Kids' Programs: Preschool Wednesdays and Budding Scientists

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.

Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays

Every Wednesday*

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.

October 5 Move! by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
October 12 How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague 
October 19 Guess Whose Shadow? by Stephen Swinburne
October 26 Annual Halloween Costume Party The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

November 2 Nuts to You! by Lois Elhart
November 9 Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
November 16 A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
November 23 In November by Cynthia Rylant
November 30 When the Moon Smiled by Petr Horacek

* 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

Budding ScientistsFirst 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.

November 3 
Kitchen Chemistry
This month, Budding Scientists will be exploring the difference between mixtures and solutions. We will make predictions, test our hypotheses, and record our observations.