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.

Schedule:
January 4 Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
January 11 The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
January 18 Birds by Kevin Henkes
January 25 Sizing up Winter by Lizann Flatt

February 1 Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
February 8 The Mitten by Jan Brett
February 15 Welcome to the NeighborWood by Shawn Sheehy
February 22* No program - Winter Vacation

*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.

Schedule:
February 2
Lights and Shadows
This month, Budding Scientists will explore the science behind shadows. We will experiment with materials to see what makes a shadow, then take the shadow challenge – can you change the size of a shadow? Can you make the shadow dance?