Our early learning program - Ready, Set, STEAM - strives to foster a love and appreciation for science and nature in children through age 5. These programs provide the opportunity to explore and discover the world around them through guided play. Engaging curiosity and enjoyment of the natural world builds a foundation for science learning throughout their lives.
STEAM Story Time: My Adult and Me As our young children become natural scientists – curious, inquisitive, and always ready to explore, we are calling all preschoolers and their caregivers to join an EcoTarium educator every Tuesday at 11:00 am.
STEAM Story Time: My Adult & Me is designed to inspire young children to begin discovering the world around them and spark their scientific spirit!
Join us each week as we offer new themes, STEAM-based storybooks, and activities to explore – perfect for little hands, curious minds, and book lovers alike! Stick around after the story for a related hands-on activity, experiment, craft, movement, or even an animal encounter!
Every Tuesday, October through June, 11:00 am - 11:45 am (excluding Worcester Public School Vacations)
Included with cost of admission. Please request a ticket at the Tickets and Information Desk when you arrive at the museum. Limited to 40 adult-child pairs.
Budding Scientists Curious little explorers conduct simple, safe, science and nature experiments in the EcoTarium's Budding Scientists program.
You bring the curiosity, we'll provide the science fun. This is hands-on active and interactive science, so children may get messy!
Every Thursday, October through June, 11:00 am - 11:45 am (excluding Worcester Public School vacations)
Included with cost of admission. Please request a ticket at the Tickets and Information Desk when you arrive at the museum. Limited to 25 adult-child pairs.
Tots' Exploration Station Stay for 5 minutes or 25, drop in for an interactive science experience designed specifically for our youngest museum guests! Explorers are invited to join our exploration station, for a variety of hands-on science activities and games.
Every Friday, October through June, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (excluding Worcester Public School Vacations)
Included with the cost of admission. No ticket required, please join us on the Lower Level of the museum near the Preschool Area.