YOUTH PROGRAMS

Special Events

We love to create memorable and immersive events that celebrate our love of books, reading and all that goes with it.  Grab your tickets today for our  children's special events -- they go fast!

 
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Storytimes

Join us on Saturday afternoons for FREE storytimes!  We invite local authors to come and read their books, and some will also bring a craft or coloring project for kids to enjoy afterward.   Authors will have copies of their books for sale after each storytime. 

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Writing from the Heart

Wednesdays 

4:15- 5:45 pm

Learn the building blocks of fiction-writing, including character development, establishing place, and writing dialogue, while responding to imaginative poetry and story prompts

with Lori Kase

Writing Classes

Does your child love writing?  Our unique creative writing classes are taught by talented local authors, and encourage creativity in a variety of ways.   Rather than focusing on grammar, spelling or typical schoolroom topics, our creative writing classes provide enrichment that goes beyond the basics and encourages our students' love of the printed word.

Advanced

Writers Lab

1st & 3rd Fridays 

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Advanced creative & nonfiction writing workshop for students in grades 6 - 12.  Admission by teacher recommendation only.

 

Rolling admissions.

$175/six weeks  

with Dawn Metcalf

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Homeschool 

Creative Writing

Tuesdays (ages 10 - 13)

10:00 am - noon

Thursdays (ages 7 - 9)

2:30 - 4:00 pm

Learn to love creative writing with fun writing games and prompts!

 

with Pamela Goulardt

Acting Classes

Calling all aspiring performers! Launch your theater career with this fun and unique workshop that goes beyond the basics of acting to introduce you to every aspect of dramatic theater.

Begin with the essential skills of acting, including movement, voice and breath work, confidence, projection & scene study. Then discover exciting behind-the-scenes secrets of theater production with fun explorations of set, lighting and sound design, costume design, and even a little light theater history! (Ideal for ages 10 - 16)

COST: $150 for 6 weeks (Feb 4 - March 10)

PLEASE REGISTER HERE

INSTRUCTOR: Miranda Wheeler

Miranda Wheeler received her drama training from Smith College, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College, where she was awarded her BA in Theatre Arts, Magna cum laude, and the Genevieve Schmich Award, for “conspicuous excellence in the dramatic or theatrical field." She studied drama abroad at the University of Cambridge, and has worked in professional and educational theatres in marketing, performance, and education since 2016.

 

Fantasy Clubs

Storytelling is not just limited to reading and writing stories!  At the Storyteller's Cottage we provide unique opportunities for kids to immerse themselves in their favorite books!  Whether they're creating stories for their D&D characters or taking classes at Hogwarts, our participants are living out their wildest adventures!

Take classes at Hogwarts!

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Calling all witches & wizards! Join us the second Sunday of each month in the secret Room of Requirement at Ilvermorny, the American outpost of Hogwarts, to learn all of the magical skills Professor Umbridge doesn't want you to know!

Take three different classes each month (ranging from Potions to Herbology to Divination to Defense Against the Dark Arts, and more) with visiting Hogwarts professors. We'll make cool things, discuss the books & movies, enjoy magical snacks, and have a fantastic time with our new friends. Students will receive the monthly Quibbler newsletter featuring awesome Harry Potter projects as well!

Read, Draw, Discuss, Snack!

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Are you a fan of the anime style of animation? Do you love graphic novels, drawing, and trying cool new foods from the Maruichi Japanese Grocery Store? Then this club is for you!

Meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month to discuss new anime books & shows, taste Japanese snacks, pick up a few words of Japanese and learn to draw in the anime style. It's like a book club, class and new friend hangout all at once!

Ready for an epic adventure?

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Are you ready for a mind-bending adventure combining codebreaking, spy challenges, fantasy writing and epic book discussions?

 

This monthly club takes the best of your favorite book series: The Mysterious Benedict Society, Greenglass House, Artemis Fowl, Book Scavenger and Mr. Lemoncello's Library, and creates fascinating challenges for you each month in our hidden castle meeting room.

 

Solve mysteries, learn secret codes, analyze your favorite books

and write your own fantasy stories!

 

Try a different game each month!

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Indulge in your favorite fantasy games with your fellow enthusiasts on the first Sunday of each month.

Dungeons & Dragons * Pokemon * YuGiOh * Magic the Gathering * and more

 

Just $20 per week for a 3-hour game.

NOTE: Preregistration is required as seating is limited in our castle room.

 

Birthday Parties

Join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon immersed in your favorite literary genre. 

Find a different event repeating each week of the month.  Prepay your reservation for a discount on your cover charge, or drop in at your convenience.

Mystery Room Party

Bring up to 23 of your most clever friends and get ready to put on your detective hats! Choose from one of our three tricky mystery room games and spend an hour solving an exciting mystery. Then choose one of our cool themed rooms and enjoy food, drinks & presents (you bring the food and paper goods). Every birthday child receives a copy of our "Truly the Fairy's Great Adventure" storybook.

   

Choose one, two or three mystery game rooms, depending on the size of your party (8 players can fit in each room).  Then choose your party room -- either the Medieval Castle Room or the English Country Kitchen

Saturdays: $30 + tax per player / plus $65 for one hour for room rental

Sundays: $30 + tax per player / plus $30 for kitchen or $45 for castle rental

 

Call (860)877-6099 or EMAIL to reserve

Deposit required to book equals the cost of your room rental

plus the cost for one player.

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Magic Show Party

Make your memories magical!  Our house magician, David Reed-Brown, will fill your children with wonder and awe in a forty-five minute magic show in our mysterious Victorian Parlor.  The show includes lots of fun audience interaction, laughter, and amazing feats of wonder!  If you like, David can even have your birthday girl or boy help float a table around the room!  

 

Follow your unique magic show with cake & presents in the

 English Country Kitchen

(you provide the food, beverages, paper goods and party decorations).

Saturdays: $350 includes 45 min magic show plus 45 min kitchen rental

Sundays: $300 includes 45 min magic show plus 45 min Kitchen rental

 

Call (860)877-6099 or EMAIL to reserve

50% deposit required to reserve your party

Up to 15 guests. Full party time is 1.5 hours. 

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Themed Parties

Birthday parties at the Storyteller's Cottage are fantastical! Whether you dream of being a fairy, a princess, a student at Hogwarts, or a medieval adventurer, we can make your birthday wish come true.  

Celebrate your birthday party in the Medieval Castle Room with your very own Fantasy Party Coordinator! Choose a theme and we'll provide a staff member to lead fun games & creative crafts. 

(You provide the food, beverages, paper goods and party decorations)

 

Call (860) 877-6099 or click on a theme below to reserve

Prices, durations, and capacities vary

50% deposit required to reserve your party

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Choose a princess or fairy you would like to theme your party around, and don't forget to bring your wings! Princess Heather will read a story and lead a craft based on the selected princess or fairy.

$250 (Up to 8 guests for 1.5 hours)

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Wear your Hogwarts gear and prepare to take 3 magical classes, such as Potions, Divination, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and more! Each guest will go home with a craft they've made.

$250 (Up to 8 guests for 1.5 hours)

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Scour dungeons, slay dragons, and let your imagination run wild in your very own Dungeons & Dragons campaign. 

Sundays only

$250 (Up to 6 guests for 3 hours)

750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT | (860) 877-6099

Info@StorytellersCottage.com

© 2020 by Storyteller's Cottage LLC. All rights reserved.

 

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