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.
June 20 Mud by Mary Lyn Ray
June 27 How do you hug a porcupine? By Laurie Isop
July 5 How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen
July 11 Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Arnosky
July 18 Nest by Jorey Hurley
July 25 Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
*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.
July 12 and 14: Our Senses: Smell
Budding Scientists will explore their world using their sense of smell. We will follow our nose as we set out to discover how scents and odors affect our everyday lives.
August 16 and 18: Young Naturalist: Reptiles and Amphibians
From eggs and legs to scales and tails, we'll explore the similarities and differences between reptiles and amphibians. Discover what types of reptiles are our New England neighbors.
September 13 and 15: Young Chemists: Solutions and Mixtures
Do you like to mess around with solutions and mixtures? Join us as we experiment with a variety of substances to discover what dissolves in water.