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: Frozen Forest

February 16 to 19, 2016

Explore the chilly world within the frozen forest during February vacation week! We will investigate how animals survive winter and explore the science of snow. Venture out with us and learn first hand how humans have adapted to winter weather throughout history. Bundle up for a week of cold-weather fun!

Activities on the Middle Level

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Search for Shelter
Learn where to find a safe winter home; whether you’re a deer, frog, human, or dog! Exercise your memory and imagination with some simple shelter games.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Humans in Winter
Did you know that many of the techniques humans use to survive the winter were inspired by animals? From coats to snowshoes, come experiment and explore just how much of a copycat you really are!

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Paper Snowflakes
Making paper snowflakes is a long-time favorite winter craft. At this table-top activity you can design your own snowflakes, or try one of our snowflake design challenges!

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Humans in Winter
Did you know that many of the techniques humans use to survive the winter were inspired by animals? From coats to snowshoes, come experiment and explore just how much of a copycat you really are!

Science Discovery Programs

11:30 a.m. Snowy Storytime
Join us for Snowy Storytime, where we will share some of our favorite winter picture books. We’ll learn about life over and under the snow, learn how animals survive cold winters, and create a craft based on the story we read.

12:30 p.m. Who’s Been Here? - Tracks in the Snow
Bundle up for an outdoor winter exploration as we search for animal tracks and signs around the EcoTarium grounds. We’ll see what evidence we can find, and discover what wild animals are active here in winter.

2:30 p.m. Animals in Winter
Some animals migrate, some hibernate, and others embrace the cold winter! Come meet a live animal and learn about their adaptations for winter survival.

3:30 p.m. Snowflake Investigations
How are snowflakes made? Are all snowflakes really unique? Get up close and personal with these beautiful water crystals and learn about some different types of snowflakes.

Planetarium Schedule

11:00 a.m. Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

12:00 p.m. Passport to the Universe

2:00 p.m. ASTEROID: MISSION EXTREME

3:00 p.m. Mysteries of the Unseen World

Tickets to shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater are $5 each (plus museum admission); $4 for EcoTarium members.

Refreshments

Lunch and snacks are available for purchase from Eric's LaPatisserie between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m, located on the middle level. Beverage and snack vending machines are available inside the museum on the Middle Level, in the Food for Thought Café. In addition, picnicking is welcome on the EcoTarium grounds.