Baby on Board | Kids VT | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Published August 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.


Picture this: You load your two kids into the car so that you can drop off the older one at preschool. Afterward, you aren't quite ready to head home. So, where do you go? This is the kind of scenario the folks at Shelburne Museum had in mind when they decided to offer stroller tours, a new program for parents or caregivers and children under 2. Several times a year, the museum will open an hour early to host a 45-minute tour of one of its exhibitions geared to adults with little ones in strollers or front-facing baby carriers. The museum is following the lead of other museums — including the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Neb. — that have designed programming to make the art experience more accessible to young families. The inaugural stroller tour, on Tuesday, September 24 at 9 a.m., will highlight works from the new exhibition, "Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy." The exhibit features bird decoys, drawings, photographs and watercolors from Barber, who is known as the father of decoy collection. Holly Miller, the museum's family and academic programs associate, will lead the tour, which will focus on Barber's life and artistic process. Museumgoers "might be thinking they don't want to hinder anyone else's experience" by bringing young children into the museum, explained Miller. This program will provide the opportunity for learning with like-minded people and "will create an experience where parents don't have to worry."

Tickets for Shelburne Museum's first stroller tour, on Tuesday, September 24 at 9 a.m., are free for members and $10 for nonmembers, and are good for general admission to the museum after the tour. Preregistration is required. Find more information at

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.