By LISA CAPOBIANCO
From animation drawings to carousel design art to cartoon film showings, the Winter Wonderland Children’s Adventure event at the Bristol Historical Society will feature something for all children.
The free event will take place on Monday, Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature a variety of venues and activities. Children and their families are free to walk around at the venues of their choice throughout the event. The event was made possible through grants from the Bristol Rotary Club and the Main Street Community Foundation.
Tom Dickau, president of the Bristol Historical Society, said the goal of the event is to spark more interest among youth while providing entertainment during the children’s winter break.
“We want to bring youth into the historical society…so they know what we’re about, they know where we’re located,” said Dickau, adding that event was a natural outgrowth of the success of children’s movies shown on The Patch this past summer. “We want a lot of youth in here, and we’re beginning to get it because we’re getting some youth following through our movies.”
During the event, a professional actress will perform four hours of “Frozen,” providing plate spinning, hologram balloons and more. The 40-minute performance will take place every hour on the half hour mark: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., etc. The event also will feature cartoon film showings, costumed characters, face painting, carousel design painting and about 20 venues of crafts and games. Children and families are welcome to take pictures with the costumed characters. Free popcorn and soda will be provided as well as chances to win prizes at various venues and an hourly drawing for prizes. Some of these prizes include children’s books, an animation drawing created by Cortlandt Hull, founder of the Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, gift certificates and more.
In addition, the historical society will not only be decorated as a winter wonderland, but it will also be surrounded by different exhibits that display the kinds of toys and games children had in the past, including dolls, elephants, and more.
“Every showcase in the building is dedicated to an exhibition for kids,” said Dickau.
The historical society invited neighborhood associations to provide children’s activities during the event, including the Federal Hill Association, which will bring a winter wonderland backdrop that shows snowmen of all different sizes. Children can put their face into the snowmen to get their picture taken.
Every museum in Bristol was invited to take part in the event, including the American Clock & Watch Museum, Indian Rock Nature Center, the Witch’s Dungeon and the Memorial Military Museum. Both Bristol Public Library and Manross Library will participate as well as private citizens, including a ventriloquist, and other individuals, who will feature programs like “Magic of Science” and “Fun with Mathematics” for children.
Dickau said the collaboration among the different local groups and individuals is what the community should be about.
“It’s what we want to be about,” said Dickau, adding that he hopes for more youth-oriented programming at the historical society. “It’s nice to have the other museums joining us, the other associations and the libraries.”
Winter Wonderland will take place Monday at the Bristol Historical Society, located at 98 Summer St. The snow date is Tuesday, Dec. 29. In the event of inclement weather, check the Bristol Historical Society’s Facebook page or bristolct.net.
By LISA CAPOBIANCO