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Early Learning Programs

A Space of Learning and Discovery Preschool Wednesdays and Budding Scientists

Our Early Learning programs inspire creativity and promote exploration through themed hand-on experiences designed for young children and their caregivers.

 

Early Learning Programs are ticketed experiences. Purchase tickets at the Tickets & Information Desk upon entry. Space is limited. Programs are not held during school vacation weeks (Worcester Public Schools schedule).

  • Children under the age of 2 are free
  • $3 per child 2 years old+ (member rate)
  • $5 per child 2 years old+ (non-member rate)
  • Tickets can be purchased at the Tickets & Information Desk upon entry

 

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Budding Scientists: Monthly Programs held on Thursday and Saturday

Have fun conducting simple, safe experiments while learning basic scientific and nature principles. Held monthly on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Please purchase a ticket for your session at the Tickets and Information Desk when you arrive at the museum. Limited to first 10 adult-child pairs per session.

Schedule

Thursday (Two Sessions): 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. - 12: 15 p.m.

Saturday: 10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

  • November 14 and 16: Young Naturalist: Fall Leaves After examining the variety of leaves found on the EcoTarium grounds, we will conduct an experiment to discover what colors might be hidden within our leaves.
  • December 19 and 21: Physics Fun: Magnets: Examine magnetic force through play and experimentation.  We will become Magnet Detectives as we explore how magnetic force interacts with different materials and discover that magnetic force acts in a predictable way.
  • Budding Scientists is offered at an additional cost to museum admission:
    • Children under the age of 2 are free
    • $3 per child 2 years old+ (member rate)
    • $5 per child 2 years old+ (non-member rate)
    • Tickets can be purchased at the Tickets & Information Desk upon entry
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Preschool Wednesdays: Program for Kids Ages 0-4

Hear a story, meet a live animal, eat a snack, and explore hands-on themed craft and science experiences. Held weekly.

*Preschool and Toddler Wednesday programs are not held during the February, April, and December school vacation weeks (Worcester Public Schools schedule).

Schedule

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. with story reading and live animal visit at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. (same story and animal). 

  • October 30 Theme: Halloween
    Book: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda William
  • November 6 Theme: Birds
    Book: The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
  • November 13 Theme: Arachnids
    Book: Fang and Stinger by Conrad Storad
  • November 20 Theme: Shapes
    Book: Mouse shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • November 27 Theme: Thank you, Animals!
    Book: In November by Cynthia Rylant
  • December 4 Theme: Skunks
    Book: Forest Bright Forest Night by Jennifer Ward
  • December 11 Theme: Seasonal Changes
    Book: Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak
  • December 18 Theme: What do Animals Do in the Winter?
    Book: Hibernation Station by Michele Meadows
  • December 25 Museum Closed
  • Preschool Wednesdays are offered at an additional cost to museum admission:
    • Children under the age of 2 are free
    • $3 per child 2 years old+ (member rate)
    • $5 per child 2 years old+ (non-member rate)
    • Tickets can be purchased at the Tickets & Information Desk upon entry
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