Come to me, O ye children!
And whisper in my ear
What the birds and the winds are singing
In your sunny atmosphere.
For what are all our contrivings,
And the wisdom of our books,
When compared with your caresses,
And the gladness of your looks?
Ye are better than all the ballads
That ever were sung or said;
For ye are living poems,
And all the rest are dead.
- Henry Longfellow, "Children" (1858)
Visiting with Children
Families are always welcome to join a ranger on a guided tour, and there are many more ways for younger visitors to learn and enjoy the site!
Ongoing family-friendly programs in the summer season include Art in the Garden (Wednesday to Sunday, weather dependent), Family Sunday activities, and the Longfellow Summer Festival (Sunday afternoons). Check the calendar for more special events.