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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.

  • October 10 and 12: Be a Scientist: Fall Birding Sharpen your observation skills, learn how to use binoculars as we discover which birds are sticking around through the fall and which are migrating.
  • 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.
  • 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 2 Theme: Squirrels
    Book: Nuts to You! By Lois Ehlert
  • October 9 Theme: Fall Changes
    Book: Countdown to Fall  by Fran Hawk
  • October 16 Theme: Camouflage
    Book: Who’s Hiding Here? By Yoshi
  • October 23 Theme: Fall Colors
    Book: Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  • October 30 Theme: Halloween
    Book: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
  • 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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