Education

A Night at the Museum

A Night at the Museum -  Larz Anderson Style!   Over 300 Families Enjoy Carriage House Community Event

Over 300 families from the greater Brookline/Boston area flocked to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum last Friday for the first: Night at the Museum, a collaborative non profit event that paired local artists, entertainers, and kids together to benefit the Brookline Food Pantry. The event donations were quadruple expectations, as children enjoyed auto and winter related games and activities, warm hot chocolate, and their very own scavenger hunt throughout the 19th century carriage house.

“What an amazing night,” Sheldon Steele, Executive Director said.  “We are so proud to uphold the tradition of caring for this community that the Museum’s founders Larz and Isabel Anderson started, all donations to the Brookline Food Pantry were made in their honor.”

“We were thrilled with the resources and enthusiasm our partners: Brookline Arts Center, Puppet Showcase Theatre, Brookline Music School and Local Brookline Artist, Jeremy Kindall brought, and hope that we can hold more of these collaborative events in the future,” said Molly Niemy, Education Manager.

Guests were treated to five fun hands-on stations full of information and arts & crafts activities! Brookline Music School showcased their upcoming events and classes for the future Mozart’s of Brookline! The Brookline Arts Center and the Puppet Showplace Theatre entertained guests with their own fun and interactive arts and crafts activities, including a special appearance by a furry puppet friend!

Two of the four arts & crafts tables were hosted by the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Children could design their own race car gloves or make their own race car out of recycled materials, with expert assistance from local Brookline artist, Jeremy Kindall. The majority of the materials used by the Larz Anderson Auto Museum arts & crafts tables came from Extras for Creative Learning in Lynn, MA.

The enthusiasm was contagious, with sponsors, staff and volunteers having as much fun as the kids.  “It was great seeing the children participating in the scavenger hunt and creating car related crafts. The museum itself is a wonderful resource, showcasing a variety of cars, clothing and bicycles from the ages. I enjoyed interacting with the kids, while sipping on hot cocoa and scanning the antiques,” Hollie Fleming, Brookline Music School’s Director of Communications remarked.

“The Puppet Showplace Theatre is thrilled to take part in this fun event! It was great to see the community come together on a cold night and warm up with cocoa and creative activities in this unique historic museum,”Roxanna Myhrum the Artistic Director said.

The Brookline Food Pantry’s Manger Rene Feuerman, beneficiaries of the event, was grateful to everyone who turned out in support with their generous donations, “to help make our community a better place.”

For more information about this and other events, programs, and opportunities at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, please contact Gayathri Arumugham at education@larzanderson.org and visit our website: www.larzanderson.org.