Pre School Programs

Pre School Programs

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Queens, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, NY, United States

The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a nonprofit environmental education organization, is dedicated to educating children and adults in the New York metropolitan area, protecting and preserving Alley Pond Park, open spaces and waterbodies, and advocating for sustainable environmental policies and practices.

Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC’s many environmentally-informed programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting. The building is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for major holidays. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round. Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free.

Family Trips and Programs

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Preschool Weekday Programs

After School

Family and Adult Programs

Annual Events

Birthday Parties at APEC

Make your child’s birthday joyful and enriching!

APEC’s birthday parties are learning experiences which will be remembered for a lifetime. Your child and guests are given the opportunity to appreciate nature first hand. We look forward to helping you celebrate your child’s special day!

Our 2-hour parties include:

An indoor, age-appropriate discussion about nature which includes the handling of live animals
A guided nature walk on the trails (weather permitting)
A nifty craft to make and take home.

Your child is the guide. He or she chooses the craft from our wide selection prior to the party. On party day he or she gets to choose the animals that will make a special guest appearance at the party. Program lasts about 1 ½ hours, followed by about ½ hour for refreshments and birthday cake.

Please view our Birthday Party Brochure for more details.

Click here to view our current craft choices (call to confirm; subject to change).

Theme parties for Tweens

New This Year!

Designed for Ages 8 & up Fee: $275 for up to 12 children (12 children maximum)

Spa Day Birthday

Treat your guests to a spa like experience inclusive of calming nature sounds, soothing aromatherapy and mini massage lesson. Guests will have fun creating and using all natural “spa”sentials to take home. Recipes included.

LOG CABIN LAB Owl Pellets

What’s in an owl pellet? Don a lab coat and immerse yourself in the world of dissection. Using common lab equipment guests will discover the snacks and facts about owl food.

Inquire about these themes and others at ext. 205Party Information

Ages:

2 and up

Days:

Saturday and Sunday (some after school and holidays available)

Times:

10 am – 12 noon or 1 – 3 pm (4 – 6 pm depending upon availabiliy)

Fees:

$250.00 for up to 15 children

$12.00 for each additional child

Maximum of 30 children

$30.00 second instructor fee for over 20 children

Food and Decorations:

You supply all food, cake, beverages, paper goods, decorations, and goody bags. You may arrive before the party to decorate the room and set up.

Please remember that APEC does not allow balloons in the building, due to safety concerns for our animals. Please do not include balloons in your decorations or give-aways.

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830 5th Avenue, New York City, NY, United States

CPF (City Parks Foundation) is the only nonprofit organization to create programs in parks throughout all five boroughs of New York City. We enrich and connect New Yorkers through free and accessible arts, sports, education and community-building initiatives.

We connect teachers, students and families through hands-on classroom, after school and teacher-training programs in parks, schools and Recreation Centers across New York City. Annually, our programs reach 7,500 students and community members and 600 teachers.

Information on Events and Calendar Dates for the City Park Foundation can be found here

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City Parks Foundation’s Arts programs offer over 1,200 performances a year—more than any other arts organization in New York City—in music, dance and theater (called “SummerStage”) and kids performances through SummerStage Kids, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the CityParksPuppetMobile.

SUMMERSTAGE KIDS

City Parks Foundation’s Arts programs offer over 1,200 performances a year—more than any other arts organization in New York City—in music, dance and theater (called “SummerStage”) and kids performances through SummerStage Kids, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the CityParksPuppetMobile.

SWEDISH COTTAGE MARIONETTE THEATRE

Bringing enjoyment to legions of people through its contemporary and innovative marionette productions based on children’s classics.

PUPPETMOBILE

One of the oldest marionette companies in the country presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schools.

CPF provides FREE sports instruction to over 13,000 kids and 1,000 seniors annually, at over 60 parks citywide. Whether its tennis, golf, track & field or fitness – the name of the game here is FUN for all ability levels!

TENNIS

These lessons make the sport freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed environment.

GOLF

Fun and easy for kids ages 6 to 17, these free lessons make the sport accessible to kids of all skill levels.

JUNIOR GOLF CENTER – BROOKLYN

This state-of-the-art par 3 facility offers free golf instruction to New York City children between the ages of 7-17.

TRACK & FIELD

Learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races to long jump, shot put and javelin throw.

KIDS FITNESS

These fun-filled fitness programs help keep young kids active, and help to develop positive, life-long attitudes toward healthy exercise and nutrition.

SENIORS FITNESS

Join New Yorkers ages 60 and over, for free tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in parks across the country.

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101 Hunter Road, Titusville, Hopewell Township, NJ, United States

Howell Living History Farm is a time machine that takes you back to the year 1900 – a time when horses and buggies traveled the lanes of Pleasant Valley, and when farms were bordered by snake fences and Osage orange trees.

You were a farmer, then…the kind that could drive a team of horses and plow a furrow with a walking plow. You could build a barn, or deliver a lamb, or bake a loaf of bread from wheat that you grew yourself. And you may have been remembered for the time you canned 200 quarts of tomatoes in a day, or the May Day you went to town in a one-horse sleigh.

Today, if it is time to harvest corn, you can ride up into a field in a horse drawn wagon, help us shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. We invite you to help us plant, cultivate and harvest our crops, to care for our animals, to sweep our barn, to make soap, butter and ice cream, and of course to sit under the maple tree and talk about the future. (The future looks good, by the way. There are rumors of “combines”, horseless buggies and automatic ice cream makers.)

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Howell Farm’s “Living History” enriches the present through reenactment of the past. But the past holds more than cultural riches. It holds tangible wealth for present and future generations. As you, the visitor, explore history by walking back in time, you will discover that millions of farmers in Asia, Africa and India are using similar animal-powered technology to feed growing populations and to eliminate the drudgery of hand labor. Howell Farm’s Internship Program provides training for small-farm extension agents who will work overseas teaching others how to introduce or upgrade animal-powered farming systems. It will offer you new insights into the relativity – and utility – of history.

Howell Farm is a place where generations meet and share that gift we call heritage. Join us. It is heritage with a future.

Farm Funjoining in farm crafts, games and play; snack time. Each week, FarmHands will participate in the Farm’s scheduled craft program, and in a special activity such as a wagon ride, nature walk, game or storytelling.

This year session in the program meet for 7 Saturdays with the exception of the 2nd Fall session, which is only 6 Saturdays. 

Application: Parents wishing to enroll in the FarmHands program must attend an organizational meeting held prior to the program starting date unless they have previous been in the program. At this meeting, program content and logistics are explained by our staff and application forms are completed and submitted by parents. Meetings are intended for parents only. Meeting and Session Dates.

Applications cannot be made by mail.

FarmHands is a program for children 6-9 years old or 10-12 years old. It introduces older children to farm chores, crafts, and games and to seasonal activities which are part of the Farm’s actual operation.

The program is staffed by a FarmHands teacher, who is assisted by one or two FarmHands parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality.

During the 3-hour long program from 10:00-1:00 for 10-12 year olds and 1:30-4:30pm for 6-9 year olds, FarmHands spend their time on three different types of activities:

Daily Choresfeeding and watering animals, mixing animal feeds, collecting eggs, etc.
Seasonal Work: helping with actual operations, such as:
Spring — planting potatoes, bottle feeding lambs, digging the garden
Summer — gathering honey, watering the orchard, weighing the pigs
Fall — digging potatoes, husking corn, picking pumpkins, making cider
Winter — collecting sap for maple syrup, gathering firewood, setting
up lambing pens
The Hatchery is a weekday morning program for children 3-5 years old. It is designed as a “first-time” farm experience for children, introducing them to animals, crops and farm living through hands-on activities that are safe, fun and educational.
The program is staffed by a Hatchery teacher, who is assisted by one or two Hatchery parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality.
During the 3 hour program, Hatchery children spend their time on several types of activities:
Chores: Through daily chore routines, children learn about the needs and products of farm animals. Routines involve some or all of the following: collecting eggs, pumping water for work horses, shelling corn for geese, putting hay in sheep manger, putting straw in calf pen.
Seasonal Activities: In the spring, children visit baby animals, plant a garden, and see a sheep being shorn. In the fall, children pick and decorate pumpkins, dig potatoes, husk Indian corn and make a wallow for the pigs.
Crafts: Children make crafts using materials from the farm: corncobs, egg shells, wool, feathers, etc. Sometimes a cooking or baking project is done instead of a craft.
Storytelling and Singing: Farm related themes are used to reinforce what children have learned about animals, crops and nature.
Outdoor FunChildren explore the farm and its seasons through walks, games and play. Towards the end of the 12 week session, each child will have a chance to ride a horse or pony, and to take a hayride.
Application:
Parents wishing to enroll in The Hatchery program must attend an organizational meeting held prior to the program starting date. At this meeting, program content and logistics are explained by our staff and application forms are completed and submitted by parents. Meetings are intended for parents only. Call the farm at 609-737-3299 for meeting dates and fees.

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137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States

Family Field Trips at Plimoth Plantation offer a fascinating and personal look at the lives of the Native Wampanoag People and the Pilgrims, the English who lived in early Plymouth Colony. In addition to a self-guided Museum tour, School groups have a number of options for tailoring their visit. School Groups with a specific interest, such as early gardens, period cookery, colonial religion, Native culture, timber-frame construction, or navigation, may book a speaker through our Professional Speakers Bureau or a Guided Tour.

Our historical theme dining turns what might otherwise be just another restaurant meal into a memorable (and tasty!) addition to your visit. We offer themed meals with Pilgrim and or Native hosts, and lunch or dinner with food historians who will teach you just how Miles Standish ate his dinner without a fork. For more about historical or modern-day dining opportunities, go to our Dining page.

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The staff at the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center welcome you to Plimoth Plantation. Purchase tickets or membership here, then view the orientation film produced for Plimoth Plantation by the History Channel. This prepares you for the unique experience of visiting our outdoor living history sites, which tell the compelling story of the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people.

Plimoth Plantation museum shops

The Visitor Center houses our Museum Shops that offer a range of products from one-of a-kind Native art and jewelry, to children’s toys and books, specialty foods and an array of items made in New England.

Also in the Visitor Center you can visit the Shelby Cullom Davis Gallery and the Family Discovery Center, where fun is driven by imagination as children can try on Colonial clothes, play Native games and raise the flag aboard the shallop. The gallery also featuresGirl Playing in the Family Discovery Center at Plimoth Plantation

Thanksgiving: Memory, Myth and Meaning, a self-guided exhibit which tells the story about the 1621 events that continue to inspire America’s annual Thanksgiving holiday.

Our quick-service restaurant, Patuxet Café,features menu items adapted from both the Colonial English and Native cultures, as well as the more familiar modern snacks and meals to please diners of all ages and palates. Enjoy your meal in our spacious dining room, or when weather permits, take your food outside to the courtyard, or have a picnic on the lawn that overlooks a beautiful view of the Eel River and Cape Cod Bay.

Designed by architect Graham Gund, the Hornblower Visitor Center is also available for functions. It’s the perfect setting for your wedding, party or conference. Classrooms on the second floor accommodate education programs, workshops, business meetings and dining for small groups. In our theaters we show first-run, independent and foreign films daily in late afternoon and evening.

In the winter months, when our outdoor exhibits are closed, the Visitor Center is still a lively place where we host the Plymouth Winter Farmers’ Market and other activities and programs as announced on our calendar.

Discovery Center

Where do young children go to have fun and learn more about how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag lived in Colonial times? The Family Discovery Station – where imagination creates the experience!

Here, children get to try on Colonial clothes, pretend to cook in a hearth, and learn how Pilgrim children ate their meals off of trenchers without using a fork. Discover how the Wampanoag built their homes and grew many types of vegetables before the Pilgrims settled here. Do you think catching fish is easy? Learn how the Wampanoag built a weir (a fence made of brush) to trap fish in a river.

Climb aboard the shallop (a small boat), raise the flag, and chart your course on a traverse board (a wooden board used in navigation), just like the one used by the sailors aboard the Mayflower to keep track of their course and speed at sea.

Everything in the Family Discovery Station is designed for children to touch, try on, play with and experience, including games and a puppet theater. And be sure to check the daily activity board for a story hour. The Family Discovery Station is a great way for young children to journey back in time.

Programs For Families

Plimoth Plantation offers lots of special activities for kids and families – you can experience the past hands-on when you are here!

Girls make Wampanoag pottery

During school vacations, you can always choose from a variety of Wampanoag (Native) and Pilgrim (Colonial) activities. During the summer, we have week-long day programs called Summer Adventures!

If you are looking for something fun to do with your friends (like a special birthday party), bring them here overnight. You will enjoy an evening of activities (Wampanoag or Pilgrim) here at the Museum, (including dinner) spend the night in the Hornblower Visitor Center, and visit Plimoth Plantation for two days!

Your family could have an even more special family overnight experience, living as a Colonial family wearing authentic clothing, cooking supper over the hearth, and sleeping in one of our Pilgrim homes!

We have lots of online activities for kids, including a special Interactive Thanksgiving Activity called You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving.

To receive special offers and regular updates on Plimoth Plantation’s educational programs, sign up for our Education Mailing List.

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Family Overnights in the 17th Century

Looking for a very special overnight experience with your family or friends? Sleep in the 17th Century at Plimoth Plantation, or Sleep onMayflower II in Plymouth Harbor!

Sleep Like the Pilgrims

Come to visit our fun and educational living history exhibit sites early in the day, then join us in the afternoon to begin your Pilgrim experience. As English Colonists, you will be provided with authentic reproduction Colonial clothing. After you are dressed, you will begin experiencing the fun and the work of the 17th century!

Play games, write with a quill pen, even learn a song or a dance if you’d like! Activities will be tailored to your particular interests. Gather wood and get ready to set a fire, because…

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

…you will assist in preparing a hearth-cooked meal in our reproduction Colonial homes on our Colonial Education Site. Here, you’ll eat “supper” and spend the night, sleeping in authentic beds by a warm hearth. (The homes in our Education site were originally built by the Museum’s skilled artisans at a location on the coast of Maine, for the PBS-TV reality seriesColonial House. After the series ended, we dismantled the homes and reconstructed them at our Colonial Education site.)

A Museum teacher will teach you all you need to know, and will sleep nearby. Your group will have the privacy of the home to yourselves all night. In the morning, your teacher will bring you a continental breakfast (yes, with coffee — although the Colonists in the 1620s had only water…)

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

Join us for this magical, unforgettable experience.

Cost: $1000 for up to six people.

For more information, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org, or make an online reservation request.

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Sleep on Mayflower II 

Rowing the ship's boat at Mayflower II

Yes, you read it correctly! You and your family or friends can spend the night on our full-scale reproduction of Mayflower, the well-known ship which brought the English Colonists to the shores of New England.  Mayflower II is docked in downtown Plymouth, at the same location the Pilgrims chose to build their first homes in 1620. All of our entertaining and educational living history exhibit sites will be available for you to visit both days of your stay.

After the rest of the visitors have left for the day, the ship is yours. You could row the shallop in the harbor, make a model of the ship to take home, learn to tie the knots the sailors would have used in 1620, or even try the foods the Pilgrims would have eaten on their way here from England! If that doesn’t sound like an ideal meal, don’t worry — we will provide a 21st-century meal, too! Spend your time with Museum teachers and marine artisans, who can teach you all you want to know about the Pilgrims’ 17th-century journey, and the journey of Mayflower II, which sailed here from England in 1957. The conversations and activities will be tailored to the interests and needs of your family and friends.

If you have the inclination, the decks always need to be swabbed. You may just have enough energy to explore the many decks of the ship, and then choose which one will be the place you make your bed for the night. Watching the sun set behind the masts and rigging of the ship is spectacular, but not outdone by the glow of the sun rising over historic Plymouth.

Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

For more information about cost and availability, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org.

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247 South Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040, United States

The Lutz Children’s Museum was established to foster imagination, arouse curiosity, and promote museums as resources for life long learning. We strive to provide a multi-faceted museum for children to explore culture, history, and the natural science through internal and external exhibits, programs, and experiences.

Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children ages two through twelve.

The museum’s home is a former schoolhouse. Gallery halls were once classrooms, and the school auditorium is now used for classes, parties, concerts and special events. Downtown Manchester and the historical district are right down the road.

Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children aged two through ten.

The museum’s home is a former schoolhouse. Gallery halls were once classrooms, and the school auditorium is now used for classes, parties, concerts and special events. Downtown Manchester and the historical district are right down the road.

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Visit Our Nature Center

These forty-five minute programs, recommended for all ages, are held at a nearby nature preserve. After the program is over, groups are welcome to stay at the Nature Center for lunch and exploration, or visit the Lutz Children’s Museum at no extra charge. The program costs $8 per child and includes one free admission coupon to the museum. Book your program in advance and chaperones will be admitted free with groups of ten or more children. Programs are planned for a maximum of twenty-five students; please call if you are interested in accommodations for larger group sizes.

The Podunks of Manchester

The Podunk Tribe walked the trails of Manchester 400 years ago. Join us at the Nature Center for an examination of the lifestyle and culture of Manchester’s native people. Explore the similarities and differences between their lives and the way we live in Manchester today!

Recommended Grades: K-5

Bird Search

Many different types of birds can be found at the Oak Grove Nature Center. We will learn who they are, what sounds they make, and where they live. Visits during good weather will include an outdoor search in addition to meeting birds from the LCM collection.
Recommended Grades: K-5

Bug Hunt

It’s time for a Bug Hunt! Get your walking shoes, magnifying glasses, and nets ready… It’s time to explore the bugs at the Oak Grove Nature Center! We will meet some living bugs from the museum’s collection, walk the trails in search of bugs, and learn some simple techniques used in bug identification.

Recommended Grades: K-5

Classes 

The Lutz Children’s Museum is a real museum designed just for children. They may only see the play and fun, but professional museum curators have planned these activities carefully. These experiences promote a love of learning and thirst for knowledge and the skills learned here will help children to be more successful in school and in life.

Museum teaching methods focus on self-discovery and exploration. Real museum artifacts or live animals are integrated into almost every program giving children the opportunity to experience the world first hand. Concerts and trips give young learners the chance to see arts and culture up close and to develop their own tastes and appreciation.

After School Programs

We are taking the museum on the road, and hope to make a stop at your school. We will work with you to design an after school enrichment program, vacation camp, or a full-day extension on early release days.

Professional museum educators will deliver fun and educational programs at your site. Longer programs include breaks for recreation and snack.

Programs are completely funded through registration fees. Schools just provide the space and distribute the information to parents! Cost is based on the length and number of sessions in a series.

Contact LCM Staff at 860.643.0949 x.10 or email order@lutzmuseum.org with any questions or to register for classes.

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Birthday Parties

The Lutz Children’s Museumwas founded by a teacher, Hazel Lutz, to provide educational resources to families and schools. We remain committed to her vision of providing hands-on learning opportunities that prepare students for academic success. We are the perfect place for that weekend getaway with your children. We host a number of events and Tours throughout the museum. A visit to the Lutz Museum is sure to educational and entertaining for all.

Have a unique birthday party at the Lutz Children’s Museum. A Museum Educator will tell a story, show a live animal, and plan a special activity!!

  • Private party room
  • Museum access included the day of the party
  • Invitations for you to mail
  • Name tags for attending children
  • Chaperon’s included

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2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, United States

From its earliest days, the Wildlife Conservation Society has been a leader in animal well being. The flagship Bronx Zoo established its first veterinary department in 1901. At the time, the department consisted only of a pathologist and a veterinarian. Today, the Wildlife Health Sciences division includes departments of clinical care, pathology, nutrition, and field veterinary programs. The Wildlife Health Center, located on Bronx Zoo grounds, serves more than 15,000 animals from the four WCS zoos in New York.

The state-of-the-art Aquatic Animal Health Center at the New York Aquarium opened in 2008 to meet the unique challenges of caring for its collection of marine animals. The high-tech hospital includes a laboratory and an operating room, several pools for patients with flippers, X-ray machines, and a kitchen for preparing meals for residents of all sizes, from a tiny seahorse to a 3,000-pound walrus.

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Exhibits & Attractions

Bug Carousel

Bug Carousel

Imagine bugs so big you can ride them! Enjoy a true flight of fancy aboard a long-legged praying mantis, a bright green grasshopper, or another of your favorite creepy-crawlies. In cool weather, sliding glass doors transform the carousel into an indoor experience.

Gorillas

Congo Gorilla Forest

Go nose-to-nose with gorillas in a 6.5-acre swath of the rainforest that will transport you to the heart of Africa. Your Congo wildlife safari will be packed with surprises as you trek beneath the canopy of leaves, through sprays of mist, and up to treetop lookouts.

JungleWorld

JungleWorld

Transport yourself to the tropics! Inside ourAsian jungle, the warm air is just right for otters, gibbons, and a tapir, among nearly 800 other critters that live in mangroves and beaches, sharing their homes just as they would in the wild.

Sifaka

Madagascar!

Leaping lemurs! Hissing cockroaches! Cave-dwelling crocs! Meet one-of-a-kind wildlife from the world’s fourth largest island. Towering baobobs and octopus trees, forested deserts, and other enchanting habitats will transport you there.

Tiger

Tiger Mountain

Go nose-to-nose with Siberian tigers on a woodland that recreates the Russian Far East. In this showcase of the Zoo’s animal enrichment program, discover how training, toys, and foraging games help the big cats stay fit and stimulated.

Outdoor Exhibits & Rides

Indoor Exhibits & Rides

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Activities

Ice Age 4D

4-D Theater Double Feature

Get ready for an adventure of mammoth proportions! Films include Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, The 4-D Experience and Dora and Diego’s 4-D Adventure, both combining a high-definition 3-D film with effects such as wind, mist, scents and dramatic lighting to take you on a multi-sensory journey.

Animal Activity Trail

Animal Activity Trail

Find your inner animal on the Animal Activity Trail, presented by Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and learn to move like an animal while exploring the Bronx Zoo. Run, jump, dance and crawl as you visit wildlife with remarkable athletic abilities throughout the park.

Bug Carousel

Bug Carousel

Imagine bugs so big you can ride them! Enjoy a true flight of fancy aboard a long-legged praying mantis, a bright green grasshopper, or another of your favorite creepy-crawlies. The Bug Carouselis open year-round. In cool weather, sliding glass doors make it an indoor experience.

Camel Ride

Camel Rides

Saddle up and hop on a hump! Experience a very unique form of New York City transit when you ride a camel around Wild Asia Plaza. Ride can accommodate up to three children, or one adult.

Penguin Feeding

Penguin Feedings

During the daily feeding in the Russell B. Aitken Sea Bird Colony at 3:30 p.m., watch Magellanic penguins come out of their dens or up from the deep and bob for fish. Ask a keeper your questions about the birds.

Sea Lion Feeding

Sea Lion Feedings

At the heart of the park, bark hello to California sea lions and meet their keepers. Two daily feeding and training demonstrations for the Zoo’s noisiest residents make the sea lion pool one of our most popular attractions.

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1660 New York 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, Oyster Bay, NY, United States

Welcome to the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

After 99 years as a New York State trout hatchery, we opened as a non-profit educational center dedicated to educating our visitors about the freshwater ecosystems of New York. We are proud to have the largest living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fishes and amphibians. Visitors can tour our two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds, feed the hungry trout, and try our “Catch & Keep” fishing.

Each year schools, scouts and other groups visit the Hatchery to learn about the freshwater ecosystems of New York State. Elementary level programs, such as Fins and Jaws, Habitats and Life Cycles, and secondary level programs, such as Pond Life and Freshwater Ecology, complement New York State learning standards and enrich the learning experiences of the students. The Hatchery’s seasonal Egg Stripping program allows students to witness the centuries-old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization.

With the continuing support from Hatchery members, government agencies, private organizations and foundations, the Hatchery has been able to expand its programming with outreach options. Working in conjunction with Trout in the Classroom, the Hatchery is able to bring Egg Stripping programs into schools.

The ability of the Hatchery to serve the community as a gathering place for special family and educational events, attests to its dedicated mission to increase awareness and appreciation for the freshwater ecosystems of New York State.

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Birthday Parties

Consider having your child’s birthday party at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium this year. Children will have an opportunity to feed the fish and witness a live animal presentation. The birthday child must be turning at least 3 years old. 

Cold Fish Hatchery and Aquarium Birthday Parties

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Exhibits 

1. Walter L. Ross II Aquarium Building
This building houses over 30 different species of freshwater fish native to New York State. The fish range from the primitive bowfin to the native Long Island brook trout. In the Turtle Alcove you will find our hatchling turtles. Can you match the young turtles with the adults outside? This building was named after Walter L. Ross II who was an avid trout fisherman and enthusiastic board member.2. Robert Koenig Memorial Pond 
Dedicated in September 2001 and generously donated by his family, the Robert Koenig Memorial Pond houses brown trout and water lilies.3. Hatch House & Rearing Pools 
Trout eggs are protected from hungry predators and sunlight in the Hatch House. The eggs, taken in early November, hatch in late December. The fish remain here for about four months or until they are moved into the rearing pools. The rearing pools are intermediate pools between the troughs in the Hatch House and the large outdoor Trout Ponds. They provide the needed space for young trout to grow. The fish in these pools will move to the larger ponds within the year.

4. Trout Ponds
Refer to the signs on each pond for the species and their month of hatching. The water that feeds these ponds is 52 degrees year round. You’ll notice the nets over the ponds – these help keep hungry predators such as herons and ospreys from eating the trout.

5. Warm Water Pond
The water in this pond comes from St. John’s Pond, located directly south of the Hatchery. This pond may freeze in winter, but can reach temperatures as warm as 80 degrees in the summer. Unlike trout, the fish in this pond can tolerate higher water temperatures. The inhabitants are varied, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, bowfin, longnose gar, channel catfish, common carp, grass carp, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, white and yellow perch, American eels, walleye, white bass, lake sturgeon, redhorse suckers, and northern pike.

6. Turtle Pond
This pond has the same water source as the Warm Water Pond. On sunny days many of the turtles will bask on the cedar logs. The various species include Blandings, painted, wood, eastern spiny softshell, snapping, redbelly, and common map turtles.

7. Round Ponds
The round ponds hold brook or rainbow trout ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 years old. The round ponds are self cleaning; the water flows in at the side and drains through the middle.

8. Tidal Raceway
Freshwater flows from our outdoor ponds and artesian wells into the Tidal Raceway, which then empties into Long Island Sound. Our “Catch & Keep” trout fishing takes place in the Tidal Raceway every Friday through Tuesday.

9. Tidal Creek Observation Platform
From this deck you can observe the tidal creek and the St. John’s Pond spillway and dam, where there was once an ice house. There are still many birds and animals which visit, make homes, and sometimes reproduce in the tidal estuary. Anadromous fish, such as alewives and white perch, move into this creek seasonally.

10. Fairchild Exhibit Building
In this building, there are aquariums displaying some of New York’s smaller, native freshwater fishes, reptiles and amphibians. The “New York Amphibia ” exhibit is the largest living collection of native amphibians in the Northeast. Junior the snapping turtle, stolen from the Hatchery in 1998, has been preserved and is on display for visitors to see and learn his story. This building is named after Julia F. Fairchild, a local resident and leader in keeping the Hatchery open after the State wanted to close it.

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142 Free St, Portland, ME 04101, United States

Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families! The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.

The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children’s development and learning.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine serves as an indispensable resource for educators. In addition to inspiring discovery and imagination through exploration and play, we offer a variety of educator-led school programs. All programs are linked to the Maine Learning Results and can be adapted to suit the needs of your students. Group visits allow your students to learn through play while exploring the Museum & Theatre. Adding an optional educational program can enhance your group’s experience, teaching your students about science, culture, arts and theatre with hands-on, artifact-rich learning experiences. Our educators are eager to make your job easier – please let us know how we can best serve your needs and the needs of your students!

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Parents and Family Programs

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Fire Safety Fridays

First & third Fridays each month at about 10:30am

It’s our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet one of Portland’s firefighters and to sit on a real fire truck! (This program is sometimes abbreviated or cancelled when the firefighters must respond to a call. We appreciate your understanding.)

Money-Managing Education from KeyBank of Maine

See calendar for dates and times

Join us for fun programs about earning, saving and spending money wisely! You’ll decide how to best spend, save and share play money.

Generously sponsored by KeyBank of Maine.

Tiny Tots

Every Thursday at 10:30am

This special series of programs designed specifically for toddlers (12-36 months). We’ll learn about the world through body movement, music, sensory art projects and more!

THEATRE PROGRAMS

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine produces theatre for kids, by kids, in the Dress-Up Theatre. There are opportunities for young audiences to see a show and for young actors to develop their skills. If you are between the ages of 8 and 17, you can audition for our company of actors and participate in a production!

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Each month features a new four-class weekly session devoted to a different story. On the final day of class, children will put on a show for friends and family! The class was created for our youngest actors, ages 4 to 5. Cost is $60/child for members, $75/child for non-members for four sessions, or $15 to try out one class.

MULTICULTURAL

Let’s Celebrate

See calendar for dates and times

What’s one thing everyone has in common? We all like to celebrate! Join us to come together and celebrate holidays of many cultures. Whether it’s your favorite holiday or one you’ve never heard of, there’s sure to be something fun to share!

SCIENCE

Whale Time: Inside Istar

Daily

Have you ever wondered how big a humpback whale is? Join us to learn all about whales from inside Istar,

Tide Pool Touch Tank

Daily

Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum’s saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter tidal zone.

Birthdays Are a Piece of Cake!


Gather your guests in the Dress Up Theatre.

Parties at the Museum & Theatre are easy to plan, a cinch to host and fun for children of all ages. We offer a range of affordable party packages to fit celebrations large or small. Choose from the options below, then request a reservation with just a few clicks.

With questions or to reserve by phone, call Shana at 207-828-1234 x232 or email shana@kitetails.org.

Visit our Flickr page to see photos of our birthday party spaces.

And remember…Museum & Theatre members recieve a 10% discount on the base price of any party!

Click here to become a member today!


Celebrate in a room just for birthdays!

Photo by Claudia Dricot

PLAYFUL PARTY

$100 for up to 10 children and unlimited adults

(additional children just $10 each)

Gather your guests in a special space just for birthdays!

Includes:

  • FREE all day Museum admission for your guests
  • 2 hours of private party time in the Birthday Room
  • Rolling carts to move your items in and out of the party space
  • Printable invitations to personalize and send to your guests
  • Add a private program (face painting, camera obscura or star show)
  • Room capacity for up to 21 children

Click here to request a Playful Party reservation now!



Enjoy your party in the Ranger Station.

SUPER CELEBRATION

$250 for up to 20 children and unlimited adults

(additional children just $10 each)

Let live turtles join your party in the Ranger Station or celebrate in style with the costumes of the Dress Up Theatre.

Includes:

  • FREE all day Museum admission for your guests
  • 2 hours of private party time in the exhibit of your choice: Ranger Station or the Dress Up Theatre
  • Rolling carts to move your items in and out of the party space
  • Printable invitations to personalize and send to your guests
  • Add a private program (face painting, camera obscura or star show)
  • Room capacity for up to 21 children in the Ranger Station or 35 in the Dress Up Theatre

Click here to request a Super Celebration reservation now!


PRIVATE PARTY

$350 for up to 20 children and unlimited adults

(additional children just $10 each)

It’s a child’s dream come true: having the run of the Museum! A truly special gift to both the birthday child and your guests.

Includes:

  • 2 hours of private play time in the entire Museum when it is closed to the public (Sundays 10am-noon or evenings 5:30-7:30pm)
  • Rolling carts to move your items in and out of the party space
  • Printable invitations to personalize and send to your guests
  • Add a private program (face painting, touch tank, camera obscura or star show)

Click here to request a Private Party reservation now!


BOOKING A PARTY

To reserve your child’s birthday party at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine call 828-1234 x232 or request a reservation online by clicking the links above.

Adults are welcome free of charge. A minimum of THREE adult chaperones are required.

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One Blachley Road Stamford, CT 06902
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Chelsea Piers Connecticut was developed and is managed by the same management team that built and currently manages the highly acclaimed Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment complex in New York City (http://www.chelseapiers.com). Like Chelsea Piers New York, it is our mission to provide an unparalleled athletic environment that is always Clean, Safe, Friendly and Fun.

Our facilities are first-rate in every way and comparable in scope to a college athletic complex. The quality of our facilities are only surpassed by the quality of our instructors and programming. We hire top-notch program directors and instructors in every sport that we offer — these professionals are not only experts in their respective sport, but are also highly gifted teachers who know how to work with athletes as young as 2 and as old as 92.

Chelsea Piers Connecticut programming highlights:

  • Learn-to-play group instruction
  • High-level instruction and training
  • Camps and Clinics
  • Youth and adult leagues
  • Private lessons
  • Chelsea Piers competitive teams
  • Meets, competitions and tournaments
  • Facility rentals to independent clubs and schools
  • Drop-in training and recreational play
  • Birthday Parties
  • Corporate and Social Events
  • Proms and Project Graduation

Membership is not required at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, however, we offer optional membership opportunities that provide a cost-effective and convenient way to take full advantage of our facility offerings. 

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Parents and Families at Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers is proud to offer exciting, affordable and fun-filled programs designed specifically for Parents and Children. With 100 acres of unparalleled sports and recreation facilities, experienced instructors, and turnkey planning services, Chelsea Piers delivers Family outings that are fun, rewarding and educational. Everyone is guaranteed to have a good time, regardless of athletic ability.

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Youth Classes

Our 400,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art sports complex provides world-class facilities, expert instruction and the most exciting sports curriculum available. Check out our programs for Little Athletes, Developmental classes in 20+ sports, elite/competitive teams and youth leagues.
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Sports Leagues

League action starts for Basketball, Box Lacrosse, Hockey, Soccer and Volleyball. Leagues feature professional referees, scorekeepers, electronic scoreboards and standings/statistics. Men’s, women’s and co-ed leagues are offered.
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Drop-In Programs

Click below for information on drop-in hours and reservation policies for the Adventure Center, the Splash Zone, batting cages, ice skating and open basketball/soccer/lacrosse.
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Membership

Become a member and save on all CPCT programming! Memberships include CPCT Club, Squash and Tennis.
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Birthday Parties & Special Events

Whether it’s a child’s birthday party or a corporate activity outing, Chelsea Piers is an ideal location for sports-themed entertainment.
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Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Chelsea Piers Connecticut puts a new spin on fun and creative Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations.

Our activity-based parties let the kids have fun while the adults enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while watching the action from the mezzanines. Round out the night with dinner and dancing; options range from a casual buffet to a seated dinner reception.

Each celebration is customized; please view our sample celebrations to help you get started with planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah your family and friends will never forget.

SAMPLE CELEBRATIONS

School Break Camps  at Chelsea Piers

After a successful and exciting inaugural summer of sports camps, Chelsea Piers Connecticut is proud to announce several Holiday Camp offerings. Campers get to enjoy world-class athletic facilities, expert and caring instructors and the most exciting sports curriculum available. Chelsea Piers Connecticut offers athletes of all abilities, 2-17 years the opportunity to improve skills, have fun and exercise over the Holidays.

Camp programs are offered during specific Holiday weeks/weekends. Available Holiday breaks may vary by camp. Please see specific camp schedule for exact dates.

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We look forward to welcoming you and your Family to Chelsea Piers!

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301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, United States

Now in its 134th season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881, and has continued to uphold the vision of its founder, the businessman, philanthropist, Civil War veteran, and amateur musician Henry Lee Higginson, for well over a century. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, and China; in addition, it reaches audiences numbering in the millions through its performances on radio, television, and recordings.

The BSO’S 2012-13 Season continues the orchestra’s extraordinary 132-year tradition of presenting the very best of the classical music world by spotlighting the virtuosic talents of BSO Musicians along with an internationally acclaimed roster of conductors and guest soloists.

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BSO Kids 

A website just for kids!

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Family Concerts 

The BSO’s Family Concert Series provides engaging, age-appropriate, educational orchestral concert experiences especially for children ages 3-8 and their families.

MORE INFO

Days in the Arts (DARTS) 

The Days in the Arts (DARTS) program is a summer residential program near Tanglewood that provides middle school students with a high-quality arts immersion experience, allowing each student to engage with and create art and their peers in a positive, non-judgmental environment.

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Concerts for Very Young People

In partnership with the Boston Children’s Museum, the BSO will pilot a program in the 2012-2013 season that brings BSO Musicians together with young children ages 2-5 and their families for live, interactive performances intended for small groups.

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308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, United States

For over 90 years, Boston Children’s Museum has served as a leader in Boston and within the museum community. Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children’s exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children’s Museum focuses on three key areas of expertise: visitor programs, teacher resources and early childhood education.

Since its founding by teachers a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. We welcome visiting groups from schools, community groups, afterschool programs, childcare centers, and even colleges and corporations to roll up their sleeves, learn together, and interact with our world-class exhibits and staff. We support learning by providing real objects and direct experiences that encourage imagination, curiosity, and questioning. Our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious!

EXHIBITS AND PROGRAMS

WAYS TO SAVE 

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Boston Childrens Museum for Parents and Families

Self Guided Visits

Self-Guided Visits of Boston Children’s Museum offer children the opportunity to explore our many exhibits and public programs at their own pace.  Children and their adult chaperones can remain longer in especially intriguing exhibits, following the children’s curiosity and imagination.  Children are likely to discover some very thought-provoking activities – and in doing so develop some lifelong interests and skills.

Whatever your age, Boston Children’s Museum provides activities to spark your imagination.

Here you can be an artist, visit another country, experiment with science and explore your world. To help plan your next visit, check out our monthly Calendar of programs and events.

Please check back with us soon to find out more information about Programs and Events in the New Boston Children’s Museum or join our mailing list HERE for updates.

Birthday Party Packages

Yellow Party Room – capacity: 25 guests (10 children max.)

Green Party Room – capacity: 40 guests (15 children max.)

Blue Party Room – capacity: 60 guests (25 children max.)

  • Bronze Party Package

    Room rental for 2 hours, free Museum admission for the day for you and all party guests, and a Birthday Party Coordinator to assist you the day of the event.

    Yellow Party Room: $325

    Green Party Room: $400

    Blue Party Room: $475

  • Silver Party Package

    Bronze Party Package + papergoods (available in green, red, hot pink, blue, yellow, and purple) and Museum Shop coupons for all children attending the party.

    Yellow Party Room: $375

    Green Party Room: $450

    Blue Party Room: $525

  • Gold Party Package

    Silver Party Package + a Boston Children’s Museum T-shirt for the Birthday child, a 15% off Museum Shop coupon for the party host, and an activity of your choice.

    Yellow Party Room: $450

    Green Party Room: $525

    Blue Party Room: $600

Food Options

We want your Boston Children’s Museum birthday party to be a wonderful experience. We partner with Au Bon Pain Café and Sweet Tooth Bakery to offer you delicious, affordable, and easy food options.

Au Bon Pain Party Food Options

Sweet Tooth Bakery
Sweet Tooth Bakery specializes in freshly baked, customized kids’ cakes! We also provide additional items including cupcakes, cookies, and pastries. Please contact us at (617) 268–2555 for details or to place an order.
Crumbs Bake Shop
Cupcakes from CRUMBS BAKE SHOP will make your party special! We have over 40 flavors baked fresh daily – available in 4 sizes – Contact CRUMBS CATERING/Boston at 617-870-4700 for more info. bostoncatering@crumbs.com

You are welcome to have food delivered from elsewhere or bought in from home. The Museum does not allow food heating devices and prohibits the consumption of alcohol. All food and cake must be consumed in the party room. 

Activities

Activity Ages Price
Sculpting All Ages $25
Origami 3 and up $25
Face Painting All Ages $30
Crown or Mask Decoration 4 and Up $45
Sock Puppets 5 and Up $50

The Shop at Boston Children’s Museum

The Shop at Boston Children’s Museum offers Birthday party hosts many options for goodie bags, favors, and gifts. Please visit the “Shop” section of our website for more details.

Have you thought about donating your child’s gifts or having your guests make a donation in lieu of a gift? Below are some organizations which gladly accept:

Room to Grow
http://www.roomtogrow.org/
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new clothing and toys for children ages 0-3
Birthday Wishes
http://www.birthdaywishes.org/Default.aspx
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new children’s toys and party supplies
Cradles to Crayons
http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new clothing and toys for children ages 0-12

Boston Children’s Museum is located at 308 Congress Street. It is a short walk from downtown and easily accessible by public transportation. Boston Children’s Museum does not have a parking garage, however there are affordable paid parking lots available in close proximity. Please consider public transportation if you can, especially during school vacation weeks. This is an exciting part of town, with a lot of development and construction taking place, which also makes parking more challenging on days when other businesses are open.

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10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States

The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Throughout the Museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, and objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city. Visit today! Admission to the collection is FREE for everyone, every day!

Collection

African

American

Ancient Americas

Antioch Mosaics

Asian

Contemporary

European

Modern

Native American

Pacific Islands

Prints, Drawings & Photographs

Sculpture Gardens

Textiles

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Baltimore Museum of Art for Parents and Families

Family Fun at the BMA!

Visit the BMA for exciting family programs throughout the year—hands-on art workshops, special gallery tours, and more! Admission and activities are free, so bring the whole family and stay for as long or as short a time as you like.

Look for Henri Matisse’s dog Raoudi (pronounced “rowdy”), the BMA’s guide for family art adventures. This perky schnauzer from the much-loved painting Interior with Dog leads the way on the Museum’s Artful Stories audio tour and many other activities. Wherever you find him, you’ll know that fun for the whole family will soon follow!

Stop by on Free Family Sundays for free hands-on art workshops and tours just for families.

Free Audio Tour for Families!

Costume Packs

Available whenever the Museum is open

FREE

The BMA features new Costume Packs inspired by works of art. Kids can twirl in a tutu inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer, don King George IV’s fanciful cape, carry a Native American bandolier, or hold court in an ornate collar, necklace, and bodice fit for a Queen.

Costume Packs are available at the Welcome Desk in the BMA lobby.

BMA Audio Tour for Families

FREE

The BMA is one of the only museum audio tours with a dog leading the way! Raoudi, Matisse’s perky schnauzer, is the voice behind the Museum’s new Family Tour, which highlights objects in the collection. Rather than headphones, the Family Tour offers a handheld audio device that allows families to pause and chat about a work.

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American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York City, NY, United States

 

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.

The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

The Education Department creates learning opportunities for learners of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, at the Museum, at home, in school, and in the community.

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Programs

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Hayden Planetarium Programs

After-hours lectures and programs for the Museum’s Hayden Planetarium Theater

Adventures in Science

CAMP, INSTITUTE, WORKSHOP

Adventures in Science

Multi-day and weeklong science immersions for children in grades pre-K – 8 that introduce them to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits.

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Global Weekends

A family-friendly series of day-long programs about contemporary cultures from around the world.

Discovery Room

EXHIBITION

Discovery Room

The Discovery Room offers families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the scenes look at its science.

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CHILD AND CAREGIVER PROGRAM, CHILD AND PARENT PROGRAM

The Early Adventures Program

This program encourages preschoolers, ages 2 to 5 years old, to use their instinctive nature to investigate and explore the world around them in an environment designed for them.

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KIDS AND FAMILY PROGRAM

Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins

Step into the state-of-the-art Sackler Educational Laboratory, located in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, every Saturday and Sunday, for hands-on activities led by scientists.

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WALKS AND TOURS

Nature Walks

Observe the vibrant migration of birds in Central Park and other nature walks hosted by the Museum.

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CHILD AND PARENT PROGRAM

The Science and Nature Program

Classes for young children and their parents or caregivers about the wonders of science and nature.

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Milstein Science Series

This weekend afternoon series give visitors a chance to interact with scientists, discover amazing creatures, and celebrate science under the iconic blue whale.

Monthly Family Series

AT THE MUSEUM, PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Monthly Family Series

Monthly programs for families with children ages 4 to 11 that runs from October to June that include audience participation and hands-on activities.

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1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored the remarkable diversity of our natural world, sharing these discoveries with the public through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publications.

Family Trips & Programs

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For Parents and Families

Whether it’s camp, field trips, birthday parties, or more, sign-up for enjoyable and memorable programs for families and children. You can also participate in family-friendly festivals and museum activities.

Birthday Parties at the Academy

With a T. rex that has celebrated millions of birthdays, the Academy really knows how to throw a party! Celebrate your child’s special day with dinosaurs, butterflies, hands-on activities, and personalized attention from our staff.

Our Birthday Parties…

  • Are for children ages 3 and up
  • Are 2 hours long
  • Are available at 10:30 am or 2:00 pm on Saturdays or Sundays
  • Include free admission to the museum

For More Information on their Birthday Party Packages click here

Family Field Trips and Workshops

The Academy invites you and your family to share in one or more of fun and educational field trips and workshops that are held on selected weekends throughout the year. They are designed for children ages seven and up.

For more information about the programs, contact Hollie Barattolo at barattolo@ansp.org.

Safari Overnights

Experience the Academy After Dark. Enjoy interactive activities and meet some of our live animals—all with the guidance of the Academy’s experienced naturalists! Break to socialize and enjoy refreshments and snacks. Sleep next to lions, tigers, or Tyrannosaurus rex. Awake to a light breakfast and more exploration. Each child receives a participation patch.

For more information on their Safari Overnight Program and Schedule Click here

Tiny Tot Explorers

Young children and their favorite adults can join us in exploring nature through games, crafts, songs, and museum lorations. Tiny Tots Explorers (ages 3–4) meet from 10–11 am on Wednesday mornings in Outside In. We will provide an appropriate snack.

You may register for a single session or the entire series. Session size is limited to ten adult/child pairs.

For more information and Session dates and Times Click Here

Festivals and Events

The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts a wide variety of Events and Festivals through out the year.

Click here to see what is happening when!

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