Disclosure: New Britain Youth Museums provided my family with complimentary admission. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I recently visited the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park in Kensington, CT. Hungerford Park is a non-profit museum that offers interactive exhibits, exotic animals, barnyard animals, a playground, trails, and classes. The museum is best suited for children 2-12+.
191 Farmington Avenue, Kensington (Berlin), CT 860-827-9064
TIP: The museum is located in Kensington which is a section of Berlin. My GPS did not register Kensington as a town and I needed to put in Berlin.
Admission is $6. Children 2 and under are free. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 5 pm (check for summer hours).
The museum exhibits were divided into the four seasons. Each area had a collection of pieces from the past. There were pictures showing the way people used the lived in the past. There were also notes about what you were seeing for a self-guided tour.
My kids loved exploring the hands-on exhibits. Even though some of the content might have been above their comprehension (they’re only 3 and 1) I did try to explain how things were used and how people lived differently.
The winter display had a replica of 1900s winter kitchen. Kids can play with the old stove and ice box. My kids also loved looking at the doll house that slightly resembled our home built in 1910.
Spring was all about farming. Old farming tools were displayed. There were pictures of farming a long time ago.
The summer display resembled an old fashioned ice cream parlor. Kids could play at the diary bar and pretend to serve up sundaes.
Fall was all about harvesting and going back to school. My kids were able to make connections with apple picking and that they will soon be going to school. There was even an old fashioned school desk for the kids to check out.
There were a few little kid’s nooks for story reading, a puppet theater, and a bear cave. They were the perfect spot for preschool age children to play.
My kids found the highlight of the museum to be the exotic animal room. The animal room included fish, snakes, turtles, ferrets and birds. The animals in this room were donated to the museum because injury has left them unable to live in the wild.
Hungerford Park features an outdoor barnyard where guests can visit with chickens, ducks, geese, alpacas, goats, sheep , a cow, and several varieties of birds. Similar to the animals in the exotic room, many of the barnyard animals have been injured and need special care. There was even a quiet rehab area for injured animals.
Hungerford Park also has a playground area that is open to guests. It’s a great little shaded area with a playscape, toy cars, and a miniature wooden train. My kids loved playing and burning off some energy.
Hungerford Park also has walking trails that are open to the public. The trails pass by a pavilion with picnic tables, the barnyard animals and a pond.
Hungerford Park offers programs for children starting at age 2. They also host free community events. Check there Facebook page for current events.
We had a wonderful time exploring all that there is to do at Hungerford Park. I’d love to plan a return visit to attend one of their community events.