Young children have their very own space -- and educational programming -- at the EcoTarium! Join us every week for story time, and every month for hands-on science.
These preschool and toddler programs are very popular and space is limited. So, while they are free with admission, tickets are issued at the Tickets and Information Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that these program are designed for families. We also offer field trip programming for preschools from September-June.
Week of the Young Child
Tuesday April 25 - Friday, April 28, 2017
This year, we will celebrate the Week of the Young Child with programs about the science of sound!
Join us Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday at 11:00 a.m. for a special Science Discovery program, Sounds Abound. Children will engage in a sensory based exploration of the science of sound as we experiment with different materials to learn how sound travels to our ears.
On Preschool and Toddler Wednesday, we’ll read the story Oscar and the Bat by Geoff Waring, explore the science of sound, meet a live animal that makes sound in a unique way, and make simple musical instruments!
To learn more about the Week of the Young Child, visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website.
Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays
Each week, enjoy a story time, meet a live animal and get creative with a supervised craft activity -- all geared especially for little ones aged 4 and under.
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.
Free with museum admission.
After the program, be sure to explore the museum and visit our Preschool Discovery Area.
April 5 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
April 12 Nest by Jorey Hurley
*April 19 No Program - April School Vacation
April 26 Oscar and the Bat by Geoff Waring
*Preschool and Toddler Wednesday programs are not held during the February, April, and December school vacation weeks (Worcester Public Schools schedule).
Budding Scientists - Program for Kids Ages 4-6
First Thursday of every month
Session one: 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Session two: 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Free with museum admission.
Curious little explorers conduct simple, safe, science and nature experiments in the EcoTarium's Budding Scientists program. Held on the first Thursday of every month, you and your child will learn basic scientific principles while having fun with hands-on activities. There are two identical sessions each month. Please pick up a ticket for your session at the Tickets and Information Desk when you arrive at the museum. Limited to first 10 adult-child pairs per session.
Budding Scientists is designed for families and their children aged 4-6. You bring the curiosity, we'll provide the smocks: This is active and interactive science, so children may get messy.
April 6 Science of Sound
This month, Budding Scientists will explore the science of sound. We will play with materials to discover how sounds are made and how these materials can affect how fast sounds can travel. We will also experiment with a variety of ways to change the pitch and volume of sounds.