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.

Half-Price September
Friday, 9/1/2017 - Saturday, 9/30/2017
- General Admission $9 / Children 2-8, seniors, and students with ID $7 / Free for EcoTarium members and children under 2
Its Half-Price September!

All month long, General Admission and Planetarium Shows are half-price! Enjoy our hands-on exhibits, nature trails, outdoor fun, daily Science Discovery Programs, and more for half price. Indoors and outdoors theres always something fun for the whole family to discover at the EcoTarium!

September 30 is Teddy Bear Clinic which means free general admission for the whole family and planetarium shows will be half price!

This offer cannot be combined with group rates, other offers, special event, or birthday party pricing.

For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2701.

September 2017

Teddy Bear Clinic
Saturday, 9/30/2017 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
- Admission is FREE!
Calling all kids! UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center is bringing the Teddy Bear Clinic to the EcoTarium Saturday, September 30.

Bring your favorite stuffed toy for a check-up, check out cool EcoTarium exhibits, and hop aboard a firetruck and ambulance during this fun and free health and safety fair. Join us Saturday, September 30 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Admission is entirely free for the entire family!
Sponsored by: United Way
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org.

October 2017

Family Fun Overnight: To Infinity and Beyond
Saturday, 10/7/2017 7:00 PM-8:00 AM
- Nonmembers: $50 per person Members: $45 per person
Zip around the solar system in our planetarium, explore Mars, and build and land your own probe on the red planet! Explore the constellations and, weather permitting, take a look through a telescope! Choose from a variety of astronomy activities to suit your family or group. Enjoy a planetarium show before going to sleep among the exhibits, then wake up to breakfast and our sunrise wildlife tour!

This special overnight program will run with a minimum of 28 guests. A maximum ratio of 5 youth to 1 adult chaperone is required.
Register by Friday, September 22, 2017
For more information, e-mail reservations@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2703.

Great Pumpkin Nights
Thursday, 10/19/2017 - Sunday, 10/22/2017 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
- $16 General Public / $12 EcoTarium Members Children Under 2 Free
Join us for an all-ages Halloween spectacular with more than 3,000 professionally carved pumpkins lit up in stunning displays, take a train ride on the Explorer Express Train presented by the Worcester Railers (additional ticket required), plus, enjoy traditional trick-or-treating, entertainment, and more. These striking pumpkin displays of dinosaurs, safari animals, and beautifully carved jack-o'-lanterns will captivate you as you stroll the EcoTarium's gorgeous grounds.

Friendly Halloween costumes are encouraged! Bring a flashlight to light your way at night and be sure to dress for the weather. This event takes place rain or shine.
For more information, e-mail reservations@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2703.

Great Pumpkin Nights
Thursday, 10/26/2017 - Sunday, 10/29/2017 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
- $16 General Public / $12 EcoTarium Members Children Under 2 Free
Join us for an all-ages Halloween spectacular with more than 3,000 professionally carved pumpkins lit up in stunning displays, take a train ride on the Explorer Express Train presented by the Worcester Railers (additional ticket required), plus, enjoy traditional trick-or-treating, entertainment, and more. These striking pumpkin displays of dinosaurs, safari animals, and beautifully carved jack-o'-lanterns will captivate you as you stroll the EcoTarium's gorgeous grounds.

Friendly Halloween costumes are encouraged! Bring a flashlight to light your way at night and be sure to dress for the weather. This event takes place rain or shine.
For more information, e-mail reservations@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2703.

November 2017

Family Fun Overnight: Surrounded by Science
Saturday, 11/18/2017 7:00 PM-8:00 AM
- Nonmembers: $50 Per Person Members: $45 Per Person
Immerse yourself in science! Choose from some of our favorite hands-on science activities, such as squid dissection, bridge building, telescope viewing (weather permitting), and live animal programs! Enjoy a planetarium show before going to sleep among the exhibits, then wake up to breakfast and our sunrise wildlife tour!

Cost:
Nonmembers: $50 per person
Members: $45 per person
This special overnight program will run with a minimum of 28 guests. A maximum ratio of 5 youth to 1 adult chaperone is required.
Register by Friday, November 3, 2017.
For more information, e-mail reservations@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2703.

June 2018

Family Fun Overnight: EcoTarium Campout
Saturday, 6/23/2018 7:00 PM-8:00 AM
- Nonmembers: $50 per person Members: $45 per person
Join us for an overnight of outdoor skills and family fun! Practice a new knot, sing songs around a campfire (weather permitting), and get silly while learning about Leave No Trace principles. Choose from a variety of adventurous activities to suit your family or group! Pick a spot to sleep among the exhibits and finish the night with a planetarium show; or if the weather is favorable, you can choose to pitch a tent on the grounds and finish the night with a guided night hike! Either way, you can enjoy a yummy breakfast and our sunrise wildlife tour in the morning!
This special overnight program will run with a minimum of 28 guests. A maximum ratio of 5 youth to 1 adult chaperone is required.
Register by Friday, June 8, 2018.

For more information, e-mail reservations@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2703.

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