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.

Winter Vacation

Tuesday, February 21 - Friday, February 24, 2017

City Critters
You might be surprised by the different kinds of animals that can be found in Worcester's urban ecosystem! Investigate the city as a habitat, design your own neighborhood, and learn about the secret nightlife of urban critters. Explore the new City Science: The Science You Live exhibit and experience the challenges human neighbors might pose for a city animal in fun, interactive programs.

Meet TRAX from the Worcester Railers HC on Wednesday, February 22 from 11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.!

Science Discovery programs

  • 11:30 a.m. City Story Time
    Does nature belong in the city? Join us for a story and an activity that challenges us to question where nature belongs, and discover the variety of animals that call the city home.
  • 12:30 p.m. Urban Nature Walk
    What types of habitats can be found in an urban neighborhood? Bundle up for an outdoor exploration as we search our campus for signs of nature. Discover how much nature lives right here in the city on this guided nature walk.
  • 2:30 p.m. What Comes Out at Night?
    When the sun goes down, night-loving animals come out to explore, hunt, and play! Join us in learning about special adaptations for nocturnal animals, and meet one of our live nocturnal animals!
  • 3:30 p.m. Mission Possible: Wildlife in the City
    Do you think you could survive city living if you were a bird? What would it be like to be an urban squirrel? Play a game to learn how animals overcome the challenges of life in the city. 

Table Top Activities

  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bird Feeder Watch
    Have you ever wondered what birds are at your bird feeders? How many times does one bird go to a feeder in a day? We are on a mission to find out! Join us in watching birds at our own bird feeders, make observations about which birds we see, and what food they eat.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Urban Discovery Station
    Cities are made up of living and non-living things. At this station, use your senses to determine if what you feel is a man-made or a natural item. Try your hand at sorting objects and matching them to their location in a cityscape.
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Bird Feeder Watch
    Have you ever wondered what birds are at your bird feeders? How many times does one bird go to a feeder in a day? We are on a mission to find out! Join us in watching birds at our own bird feeders, make observations about which birds we see, and what food they eat.
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Design a Nature-Friendly Neighborhood
    While cities are designed primarily for humans, they can be designed with nature in mind, too! Stop by our table top and design a nature-friendly city of your own! Get some tips about what actions you can take at home to improve your neighborhood for wildlife and nature.

Planetarium Shows*

During Winter Vacation, we are excited to present the east-coast premiere of Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth in our Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater. The live, interactive show (see trailer) takes you on an ear-opening journey to explore the science of sound and the groundbreaking new science of Soundscape Ecology. Global Soundscapes is presented locally by Bose.

Tuesday, February 21

Wednesday, February 22

Thursday, February 23

Friday, February 24

*Tickets to shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater can be purchased at the Tickets and Information Desk on the day of your visit. Tickets: $5 per person (plus museum admission)/$4 per person for EcoTarium members

Special Offer

When you join or renew an EcoTarium membership during your visit, get two free guest passes for general admission and share a day at the EcoTarium with your friends!

Refreshments

Lunch and snack items will be available for purchase from Eric's LaPatisserie 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.