The Lutz

 

We searched high and low, far and wide. We searched for a location that had a large room where we could hold group classes and activities, several smaller spaces where we could teach smaller groups of children, some space outside for kids to run around and interesting things for younger children to play with and explore while their siblings are in classes. We searched for a location that felt warm and comfortable, where it would be easy to keep track of our children, where the staff was friendly and helpful.  And we wanted this magical location to be fairly close to where the majority of our membership lived.  We found all this and more with the Lutz Children’s Museum.

The Lutz Children’s Museum is a wonderful resource located in a former schoolhouse building in the town of Manchester, CT.  They have a large Gallery room with multiple hands-on exhibits, a live Animal Collection and the school auditorium is currently used as a Multi-Purpose Room for concerts and other special events.  At the Lutz we are able to hold classes while younger siblings play in the exhibits.  Children can also play outdoor games on the field out back. As a bonus, we can hold classes and explore the trails at the Oak Grove Nature Center, a 52-acre nature preserve located only 1.5 miles away.  In addition, we have easy access to the Lutz educators, who offer interesting and exciting classes for us, and we could not ask for a more helpful and friendly group of people to work with.

Instead of paying rent the Lutz very generously simply asks that we become members of the museum.  Our membership fee is our entrance to the museum.  A family reciprocal membership to the Lutz is yearly (pro-rated for the calendar year) and includes unlimited admission to the museum, as well as free or discounted admission to a wide range of science and children’s museums both in CT and nation-wide.  Membership to the Lutz also includes several other benefits, all of which you can find at their website: www.lutzmuseum.org.

If you do not visit other science museums or children’s museums, you can purchase an LCM only membership . We typically use the Lutz Museum 25 Mondays out of the year, which works out for rent and insurance for all members of your family.  We don’t think we would find a better deal anywhere else!

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