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.

April School Vacation: Tuesday, April 22 - Friday, April 25

Earth Week!


Close Encounters of the Wild Kind!

Stalk! Track! Catch!  This Earth Week get up close to nature with hands-on activities designed to get kids outdoors and exploring the EcoTarium's ponds, meadows, and woods.  Learn about vernal pools and discover who lives in them, collect samples of cool pond and insect life, investigate the secret lives of wildlife through camera traps and tracking, and see what tools you'll need to become a naturalist on your own.  Free with museum admission.

Earth Week culminates in our annual Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 25. Click here for Earth Day schedule.

Daily Schedule (April 22 - 24)

Story Walk

Story Walk combines a wonderful book with getting outside and walking a trail. At the meadow, guests will notice the area starting to wake up from the long winter while reading the children’s book Over in the Meadow.

The Story Walk at the Vibram Walking Trail allows guests to venture out and explore a lovely trail they may never have taken.  Based on the book Reading the Forested Landscape, guests become forest detectives looking for clues that solve the mystery of the land.

Tabletop Activity:

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Naturalist's Backpack
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  The Naturalist's Backpack

Science Discovery Programs:

11:00 a.m.  Unpacking the Naturalist's Toolkit
12:30 p.m.  Searching for Life in the Spring Pond
1:30 p.m.  Insect Hunters
2:30 p.m.  The Secrets of Animal Tracking
3:30 p.m.  Capturing Animal Sounds

Planetarium Schedule:

11:00 a.m.  Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
12:00 p.m.  Back to the Moon
2:00 p.m.  Cosmic Collisions
3:00 p.m.  Forces of Nature


Lunch and snacks from Eric's LaPatisserie will be available for purchase between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  In addition, picnicking is welcome on the EcoTarium grounds.  Beverage and snack vending machines are available inside the museum on the Middle Level.