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
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.
March 21 We're going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
March 28 Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
April 4 In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
April 11 Jump Frog Jump! by Robert Kalen
April 18 VACATION WEEK - NO PRESCHOOL
April 25 It's Spring! By Linda Glazer
*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
Monthly Programs held on Thursday and Saturday
Thursday (Two Sessions)
10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Free with museum admission. 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.
Curious little explorers conduct simple, safe, science and nature experiments in the EcoTarium's Budding Scientists program. Now with three identical sessions held monthly on both Thursday and Saturday, you and your child will learn basic scientific principles while having fun with hands-on activities.
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 12 and 14: Our Senses: Hearing
Budding Scientists will explore their sense of hearing. Discover how sound waves travel as we experiment with and listen to sounds from nature and music.
May 17 and 19: Young Naturalist: Spring Birding
Budding Scientists will explore the world of spring birds. We will sharpen our observation skills as we discover how to identify birds through both sight and sounds.
June 14 and 16: Be a Scientist Skills: Plant a Garden
Budding Scientists will explore the world of the backyard garden. Discover what seeds need to grow as we help plant the EcoTarium Sensory Garden.