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.

Holiday Vacation Week

Tuesday, December 27 - Saturday December 31, 2016

Science for Wizards
Consider yourself enrolled at EcoTarium: School of Science-craft and Magical Inquiry! Join us for ‘classes’ that explore the science in some of your favorite magical subjects!

You’ll feel like a wizard as you levitate objects in Charms, witness the power of chemistry in Potions, find Sirius and Bellatrix in the sky in Astronomy, and meet a new animal friend in Care of Magnificent Creatures.

Between classes, visit with owls and explore the forbidden forest! Non-magic folk welcome. Wand and robes encouraged but not required.

Wizarding Science Discovery programs

  • 11:30 a.m. Charms: Levitation
    Use science to levitate objects as we explore magnets, aerodynamics, and static electricity. Master the perfect wand technique to make your ‘feather’ hover around the room!
  • 12:30 p.m. Herbology
    Learn about the hidden properties of plants, near and far. Some plants will help you; others are not so nice. Get the inside scoop on which ‘fictional’ plants really exist and what might be growing in your own backyard!
  • 2:30 p.m. Care of Magnificent Creatures
    Would rats, cats, owls, and toads actually be happy living in a dormitory? Come meet some of our magically magnificent animals and learn what it really takes to give them a good home.
  • 3:30 p.m. Potions
    Experience the thrill of potions as you discover the world of chemical reactions. Watch closely as your Potions Master demonstrates how to brew foam and fire before your eyes, as if by magic!

Planetarium Shows*

  • 11:00 a.m. Passport to the Universe
    Narrated by actor Tom Hanks and created by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with NASA, this program whisks the viewer on a fascinating ride from Earth to the outskirts of the universe
  • 12:00 p.m. Astronomy: Wizards in the Stars
    Sirius and Bellatrix and Phoenix, Oh My! Learn to locate some familiar (and not so familiar) witches, wizards, and magical creatures during this live, interactive planetarium show, designed and presented by our own Education staff.
  • 2:00 p.m. Mysteries of the Unseen World
    Presented by National Geographic Entertainment and Day's End Pictures, this show takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision, uncovering the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small or simply invisible.
  • 3:00 p.m. Astronomy: Wizards in the Stars
    Sirius and Bellatrix and Phoenix, Oh My! Learn to locate some familiar (and not so familiar) witches, wizards, and magical creatures during this live, interactive planetarium show, designed and presented by our own Education staff.

*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

Refreshments

Lunch and snack items will be available for purchase from Eric's LaPatisserie between 11:00 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.