Calendar of Events

Ongoing Events

Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays
Wednesdays, 1/4/2017 - 12/20/2017 10:30 AM-11:00 AM
- Free with EcoTarium admission ($18 adults, $14 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Wednesday is Preschool and Toddler day at the EcoTarium! Kids ages 4 and under enjoy a story, make crafts, and meet an animal. Each week features a different theme and surprise animal visitor. The program includes a simple snack (apple juice and animal crackers for kids, coffee and tea for grownups). Bring your friends and explore the museum afterwards!

Tickets are first come, first served at the Tickets and Information Desk. The story and animal circle is held at 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Drop-in craft time continues from 10:30 a.m. through 11:30 a.m.

Preschool and Toddler Wednesday programs are not held during the February, April, and December school vacation weeks (Worcester Public Schools schedule).
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

City Science: The Science You Live
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 1/17/2017 - 12/31/2017
- Free with EcoTarium admission ($18 adults, $14 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Discover the hidden science stories all around us at the EcoTarium's newest, hands-on interactive exhibit! The middle level of the museum has been transformed for this 2,500 square foot exhibit featuring live animals, interactive components, and natural history specimens, to give children and families the opportunity to experiment, engineer, and observe the science that is happening on our streets and in our neighborhoods.
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

Bubbles!
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 5/9/2017 - 10/1/2017
- Free with EcoTarium admission ($18 adults, $14 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Everyone loves bubbles, and our seasonal outdoor exhibit gives kids (and grownups) of all ages a chance to make loads and loads of sudsy bubbles in all shapes and sizes. Experiment with how they are formed, the colors they produce, and their amazing properties. And while you're having fun making all those bubbles, you'll learn about such things as surface tension, evaporation and light reflection.
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

Did Dinosaurs Poop?
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 5/20/2017 - 1/7/2018
- Free with EcoTarium admission ($18 adults, $14 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Take a digestion journey! Travel as dinosaur "food" from tooth to tush and discover how poop can become a fossil. And, take on the role of paleontologist to uncover fossils at a "dig site," examine them, and figure out where - and when! - they came from. This exhibit offers bright graphics, hands-on interactives, touchable fossil casts, and purposeful play.

This exhibition is a traveling exhibition of the Paleontological Research Institution.
Sponsored by: Presented Locally By: UniBank, baystateparent, and the Worcester Bravehearts
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

June 2017

International Mud Day
Thursday, 6/29/2017 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
- Free with EcoTarium admission ($18 adults, $14 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Join us for an afternoon of play! Children will engage in creative, multi-sensory exploration during wonderfully messy mud-related programs in our Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit. Bring a change of clothes and enjoy the magic of mud!
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

Free Fun Friday at the EcoTarium
Friday, 6/30/2017
- FREE admission all day
Explore exhibits at the EcoTarium, stroll our nature trails, and enjoy Science Discovery programs for FREE throughout the day!
Sponsored by: Highland Street Foundation
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

July 2017

Nature Explore: LIVE! - Ecology of Sound
Thursday, 7/13/2017 11:00 AM-11:45 AM
- Free with EcoTarium admission ($18 adults, $14 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Join us for a series of exciting live performances on the Music and Movement Stage in our Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit held on select Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. in July and August. Explore science and nature topics through educational and interactive experiences!

On Thursday, July 13, experience the "Ecology of Sound." A high energy interactive performance with Ricardo Frota, a Brazilian musician, who creates instruments from recycled and nature found objects. The program introduces the cultures of Brazil through music, singing and dancing. Audience members of all ages will enjoy making music. Watch and listen as Frota plays a tree as a percussion instrument.

Sponsored by: This series is free with museum admission, and is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

Wizarding Science Days
Saturday, 7/22/2017
- Free with EcoTarium admission ($18 adults, $14 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Consider yourself enrolled at EcoTarium: School of Science-craft and Magical Inquiry! Use science to feel like a wizard as you attend 'classes' such as Potions, Astronomy, and Herbology! Between classes, visit with owls and explore the forbidden forest! Non-magic folk welcome. Wand and robes encouraged but not required.
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

Nature Explore: LIVE! - To Bee or Not to Bee
Thursday, 7/27/2017 11:00 AM-11:45 AM
- Free with EcoTarium admission ($18 adults, $14 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Join us for a series of exciting live performances on the Music and Movement Stage in our Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit held on select Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. in July and August. Explore science and nature topics through educational and interactive experiences!

On Thursday, July 27, The Piti Theatre Company's production tells how Farmer James has lost his bees, there's only gruel to eat and now the townspeople (the audience) have arrived to protest, chanting "There's no good food, we're in a bad mood." To Bee tells James' comic, tragic and ultimately hopeful story -- complete with puppetry, clowning, dance, live music and lots of audience participation. Piti Theatre Company created this internationally touring performance to raise awareness about the honeybee's plight and gives children and adults tools for helping bees thrive in their communities.
Sponsored by: This series is free with museum admission, and is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

August 2017

Wizarding Science Days
Tuesday, 8/1/2017
- Free with EcoTarium admission ($18 adults, $14 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Consider yourself enrolled at EcoTarium: School of Science-craft and Magical Inquiry! Use science to feel like a wizard as you attend 'classes' such as Potions, Astronomy, and Herbology! Between classes, visit with owls and explore the forbidden forest! Non-magic folk welcome. Wand and robes encouraged but not required.
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

Nature Explore: LIVE! - A Passion for Birds
Thursday, 8/10/2017 11:00 AM-11:45 AM
- Free with EcoTarium admission ($18 adults, $14 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Join us for a series of exciting live performances on the Music and Movement Stage in our Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit held on select Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. in July and August. Explore science and nature topics through educational and interactive experiences!

Using masks, comedy and continuous audience participation, Lappen explores how and why birds have adapted to their environment. Science comes to life as he demonstrates how birds move and act. Learning some specific mime skills, the audience joins Lappen in this highly interactive program as he takes on the character of each bird. Participants don masks and soar as eagles, stalk as herons and swim as puffins.
Sponsored by: This series is free with museum admission, and is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

Nature Explore: LIVE! - West African Rhythm Project
Thursday, 8/17/2017 11:00 AM-11:45 AM
- Free with EcoTarium admission ($18 adults, $14 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Join us for a series of exciting live performances on the Music and Movement Stage in our Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit held on select Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. in July and August. Explore science and nature topics through educational and interactive experiences!

On August 13, Mike Rinker and Anna Crocker burst onto the stage with interactive drumming and dancing inspired by the music and the people of West Africa. This high-energy, celebratory performance is designed to get the audience up onto their feet, moving, singing, and drumming to traditional rhythms.
Sponsored by: This series is free with museum admission, and is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

Solar Science Celebration: 2017 Eclipse
Monday, 8/21/2017 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
- Advance Tickets: $13 each/$5 for EcoTarium members; Day-of Tickets: $18 each/$5 for EcoTarium members
Come celebrate the 2017 solar eclipse EcoTarium-style! From themed Science Discovery programs and planetarium demonstrations to opportunities to safely view the partial eclipse (weather dependent), well make learning about the science of eclipses interactive and fun. And, don't miss our "Peak Partial Eclipse Party" during the half hour when the sun is most obscured by the moon!

Tickets to this event are limited! Order tickets in advance online, at the Tickets and Information Desk during your visit, or call 508.929.2703 to reserve your spot!

For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org.

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