Put a poem in your pocket: Poetry Month with Walt Whitman!

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Whether you’re an accomplished poet or a merely a fan, spread the love for poetry by gathering your children heading on down to the
Walt Whitman Birthplace Historic Site and Interpretive Center! In honor of National Poetry Month, started by the American Academy of Poets in 1996, the Center will be having many kid-friendly events, from now until April 30th, to boost the appreciation of the rhymed word within the next generation.

Children will be able to “make and take” a poem home with them using the arts and crafts supplies available at the Center and they will also be able to display their finished poems on the Spring Carousel. Using the familiar themes of springtime: bunnies, Easter eggs, tulips, baby chicks and butterflies, young kids will be able to expand their creativity and perhaps the workshop will even plant the kernel of a life-long love for poetry as well!

In addition, both children and their families will get a chance to peek into 19th-Century life by touring the farmhouse and speaking with an interpreter who knows all about this time period. There will also be an opportunity to hear a recording of Walt Whitman reciting his famous poem “America,” as well.

Put a poem in your pocket and come on down!

Walt Whitman Birthplace Center Hours

Wed-Fri. – 1PM to 4PM

Sat.-Sun. – 11AM to 4PM

*Winter Hours (through June 15)

“Children will be able to “make and take” a poem home with them using the arts and crafts supplies available at the Center…”


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