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Historical Society to offer February break program

Published 4:22 pm, Thursday, February 14, 2013
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The Westport Historical Society will offer a vacation program for children 5 to 12 Tuesday to Thursday, Feb 19 to 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the society, 25 Avery Place.

"Birds, Banks, Books and Bears" will feature activities honoring President Theodore Roosevelt, a hunter who chose not to shoot a cub, leading to the stuffed toy "teddy's bear." It will also include discussing endangered animals and making teddy bears, as well as a talk by author Sophie Barnes on her newest children's book about birdhouses and nests. Participants will also have a chance to do some writing and make bird dioramas and piggy banks using milk bottles and bank notes, as was done more than 100 years ago. In addition, Elizabeth Devoll, the society's education director, will tell a story about Westport's first bank and how its robbers escaped capture.

Children will also prepare healthy snacks, play games, participate in yoga and sing songs. Children bring a bag lunch and snacks are provided.

The program costs $175, $150 for society members. A daily rate can also be arranged.

Call 203-222-1424 to reserve a spot, as enrollment is limited.