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.
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.
September 26 The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
October 3 The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
October 10 Leaves by David Ezra Stein
October 17 Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
October 24 What's that Awful Smell by Heather Tekavec
October 31 The Little Old Lady Who wasn't afraid of anything by Linda Williams - Annual Halloween Costume Party!
*Preschool and Toddler Wednesday programs are not held during the February, April, and December school vacation weeks (Worcester Public Schools schedule).
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.
October 11 and 13: Physics Fun: Windy Explorations
Are you ready to explore the power of wind? Join us as we experiment and play with a variety of materials and work together to build solutions for the "Wind Power Challenge"!
November 8 and 10: Young Naturalist: Animal Homes
Curious about where animals live? Come explore with us as we search high and low to discover where animals live on the EcoTarium grounds.
December 13 and 15: Be a Scientist: Tracking
Have you ever found footprints and wondered who left them? Join us as we discover what footprints, scat, and other clues can tell us about the secret life of animals.