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Daytrip | The Lutz Children’s Museum | Manchester Connecticut Review


Grandpa and I were in charge of entertaining the little darlings for several hours, and thought that The Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester, Connecticut would be an exciting educational daytrip to take the grandkids to see.

This past weekend was extremely busy!  We were celebrating charming son-in-law’s graduation from Grad School for his Master’s Degree, and also ‘Lil Moomette was participating in her second dance recital.  Her paternal grandparents were visiting from Vermont for both occasions.

Lutz Children's MuseumMy daughter and her husband also are in the process of buying a new house and wanted to take his parents to see it and show them the new town they’ll be living in.  The Hubster and I thought we’d make it easier for them to go on the grand tour without the grandkids so they wouldn’t have to take separate cars.

The Lutz Children’s Museum

The Lutz Children’s Museum has been around ever since my own girls were young, and surprisingly, we’d never been to it before!

The Lutz Children’s Museum was founded by a teacher, Hazel Lutz, to provide educational resources to families and schools.  We remain committed to her vision of providing hands-on learning opportunities that prepare students for academic success.

The museum is a non-profit organization, depending on patron support and staffed by volunteers.  I met with Joanna Lea Snyder, a Volunteer Coordinator who explained the layout of the museum and answered all of our question cheerfully!
Kodiak Brown BearWhen we entered the main Lobby, the largest bear that any of us had ever seen greeted us!  This one was a Kodiak Brown Bear, the world’s largest bear, from Kodiak, Alaska and puts the black bears here in Connecticut to shame!

There are three galleries which house the exhibits as well as a Shadow Room and Museum Store.

The grandkids were able to explore their newest exhibit of a 1940’s Main Street Manchester; 19th Century Manchester Farm Life and visited some of the wild and domestic animals that are housed in their Animal Room.

Chuckles the GroundhogThe Lutz Children’s Museum is noted as being the home of Chuckles the groundhog.  Chuckles is actually now “Molly” and has quite a reputation in the State.  Many people rely on Punxsutawney Phil, but we prefer to hear what Chuckles has to say on February 2nd, Groundhog Day about the status of winter or spring in New England.

While my granddaughter age 4 and grandson,  age 2 did get to see all of the museum, we didn’t get to spend as much time there as we would have liked.  We had another commitment that evening and had to meet back up again with my daughter and her in-laws. Both my husband and I enjoy visiting museums and nature centers, and we could have spent several hours there watching the grandkids enjoy the pint-size exhibits!

Lutz Children's Museum Manchester ConnecticutThere was a party event going on at the time, and the grandchildren enjoyed interacting with all the other kids.  We actually couldn’t tear my grandson Slugger away from the trains once he figured out the buttons to make the trains run!

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Education Programs offered at the Lutz include:

  • Junior Zookeepers
  • Footprint Mysteries
  • Junior Foresters


  • Wildlife Artists
  • Murals
  • Drum Circles

Requested programs back by popular demand include:

Graphic Novels, Animals of the Night, Animals of the World, Water, Water Everywhere, Endangered Species and Fur, Feathers & Scales.  Additionally there are excursions and classes, which is magnificent if you homeschool the kids!

Children can enjoy having their Birthday Parties hosted in the special party room and kitchen space at the Lutz Children’s Museum, where several different themes (Art them, painting, Tie-Dye Sculpture) or Animal Theme (nocturnal animal, backyard animal, barnyard animal or reptile) are offered. Access to the museum for the entire day and choice of party activity are included as well as additional such as an add-on animal, goody bags and delux party option.

Family Memberships are encouraged, which entitle patrons to free admission at hundreds of museums offering reciprocity. Included are:

  • Four LCM Guest Passes
  • Priority Class Registration
  • Six Annual Newsletters

Lutz Children's Museum Grandparents MembershipDiscounts on Events, classes, concerts, trips, parties and gift shop.
There’s also a Grandparent reciprocal membership!
If you go:

Lutz Children’s Museum
2247 South Mian Street
Manchester, Connecticut

Visit on Facebook: LutzMuseum

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  1. This is a very nice post and, of course, pictures you have there! I’ve visited so many museums here in my country and the museum you visited was so wonderful with all the pictures you shared! I’m definitely sure that lots of children would love visiting museums such as that. I can’t wait to go there myself! Interesting! Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Grandparents really love to spend time with their beloved grandchildren. The kids make them happy and feeling young. My parents also adores my children. I know how you dearly loved the kids. Good luck and wishing you more bonding times together. You are an adorable grandma!

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