Litchfield County: Happening in the Hills
September 18, 2021

Smithsonian Magazine Day

Free Admission on September 18, 2021 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket

KidsPlay Children’s Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 18, 2021 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.
The annual event allows museums, zoos and cultural centers from all 50 states to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day. Museum Day goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors—it acts as a springboard to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, particularly school-aged children and those in underrepresented communities. It represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion.

With many public spaces being shut down for a year or more, Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way. While tickets will be free of charge, participating museums will have safety precautions in place for this year’s event so guests can safely and comfortably enjoy their experience.

“KidsPlay continues to have a tremendous impact on our community as an essential destination for the children of the Northwest Corner. This year KidsPlay has made special efforts to become more accessible to underrepresented communities by expanding opportunities for free or reduced price admission. This is just one aspect of the Museum’s commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion as we serve the needs of an increasingly diverse community.,” said Cathy Schmitz, KidsPlay Board of Directors and Founding Member.

KidsPlay Children’s Museum is a not-for-profit organization that operates over 11,000 sq. ft. of interactive exhibits that spark curiosity and creativity. The Museum’s exhibits are inviting, create wonder and delight, offer connections to real-world activities, and inspire dramatic play and STEM learning.

Museum Day tickets will be available for download at beginning August 18, 2021. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 18, 2021. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at

KidsPlay Children’s Museum is currently open to the public Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All visitors are required to reserve or purchase a timed-entry ticket in advance to manage capacity and provide plenty of space for physical distance between groups of visitors. For more information, please visit to plan your visit.

KidsPlay Children’s Museum

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