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.
August 30 Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
September 6 A Salamanders Life by John Himmelman
September 13 Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
September 20 From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
September 27 At the Edge of the woods: A Counting Book by Cynthia Cotten
October 4 The Happy Hedgehog Band by Jill Barton
October 11 Leaves by David Ezra Stein
October 18 From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
October 25 Annual HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY! Come in your favorite costume! We'll also be reading The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
*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.
October 5: Kitchen Chemistry
This month, Budding Scientists will examine the difference between physical and chemical changes. We will conduct experiments using everyday items found in our kitchen to discover what happens during a chemical or physical reaction.