School Vacation Weeks at the EcoTarium

Family fun for February, April and December School Vacation

When school's out, the EcoTarium is the place to be. Each February, April and December, our education team cooks up creative ways to learn and have fun -- all designed especially for school-age kids and their families. These theme-based weeks are filled with activities focused around a particular science or nature topic. Many activities are free with admission.

Spring Vacation: April 21-24

Join us during April School Vacation and Build It! For a Greener Tomorrow . Bring the whole family to work together on earth-friendly creations and learn how the pros adapt their designs to be green. Use your noodle in Imagination Playground, test your engineering skills in KEVA Brain Builders Challenges, bring your hard hat to the Green Construction Zone, and get inspired to create during Story Time Structures.

On Friday, April 24, our annual Earth Day Celebration features half-priced admission for everyone! Meet local green and cultural organizations under the tent and enjoy special guests and activities.

Science Discovery Programs:

11:30 a.m. Story Time Structures Listen to a story and hear how the characters create things. Try it yourself! 

12:30 p.m. KEVA Build a World Use KEVA planks to create a world where water meets land – from building your own island in the water to creating a lake full of fish on land – you can do it!

2:30 p.m.  Designing Animal Toys Using recycled materials design and build puzzle toys and structures to enrich our animals’ lives.

3:30 p.m. Tower Power! What factors do architects have to consider when designing a tall tower? Let’s build a tower and put it to the test.

Special Activities

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Imagination Playground, Hirsh Center (Lower Level)

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. KEVA Brain Builders Challenges, Middle Level

1:30-3:30 p.m. Green Construction Zone, Hirsh Center (Lower Level)

1:30-3:30 p.m. KEVA Brain Builders Challenges, Middle Level

Earth Week Special: Join or renew your EcoTarium membership during your visit and receive a $15 coupon to the Museum Shop! If you join while you visit, you can apply your admission to the cost of your membership. Our Museum Shop has just been stocked with fun new products, including snap circuit kits, brainteasers, logic games, and Steve Spangler science kits!


Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Beverage and snack vending machines are available inside the museum on the Middle Level. In addition, picnicking is welcome on the EcoTarium grounds.