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Vacation Week Programs

Drop-In Programs and Table Top Activities

Let the EcoTarium plan the fun this year during school vacation weeks! Drop-in programs and table-top activities on the museum floor are included with general admission.

February School Vacation: Daily Programs (Free with Admission) – February 17-21, 2020:

Theme: Engineering Week!

Attention all up-and-coming designers and inventors: Do you like finding creative solutions to tough challenges? Do you love tinkering and fixing? Join us to explore how engineers work to improve everything from the air we breathe to the clothes we wear; then plan, create and test inventions of your own. If you can dream it, you can build it!
11:30 a.m. - Offbeat Feet: Talons, Flippers and Tubes
Flippers in the desert? Claws in the ocean? When it comes to getting around, feet are definitely not one-size-fits-all! Explore the amazing ways animals propel themselves, stick to vertical surfaces, and scale incredible heights. Then sketch blueprints for a new and improved foot of your own creation.
2:30 p.m. - Build it Better: Design Challenge
Soup too hot? Can't find your keys? Need a bridge? Call an engineer! Or better yet, become one, and plan, build and test your solution to a problem. You'll turn trash into treasure by using common materials to design your way out of a predicament. Discover first hand how engineering improves our lives in surprising ways!


Earth Week: April 20-24, 2020:
We've lived here all our lives, but there's still so much to learn about the earth! Join us to discover new things about our ancient planet--from turning garbage into (black) gold, to finding better ways to filter water, to helping scientists track the first blooms of spring-- come celebrate Earth and help keep it the greenest spot in the solar system.

Enroll in Vacation Week Camp

Looking for more time to explore? We offer camps where kids (grades 2-6) are immersed in hands-on science and nature activities alongside friends old and new. Each day explores a new camp-wide theme, so you can sign up for a day, or come all week!

Winter School Vacation – February 17-21, 2020

  • Monday, 2/17: Build it Up!
  • Tuesday, 2/18: Launch It!
  • Wednesday, 2/19: Chemistry: Ice and Fire
  • Thursday, 2/20: Make It!
  • Friday, 2/21: Future of Flight

April School Vacation – April 21-24, 2020

  • Tuesday, 4/21: Fur and Feathers
  • Wednesday, 4/22: Scales and Slime
  • Thursday, 4/23: Zoom In: The Science of Tiny
  • Friday, 4/24: Zoom Out: The Science of Space

General Information:

  • For children in grades 2-6 (2019/2020 school year)
  • Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Afternoon Extended Care available from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee)
  • Camper health and permission forms will be available when registration opens, and are due 2 weeks before the start of each school vacation week

Pricing and Payment:

  • Non-Members: $70 per day
  • EcoTarium Members: $65 per day
  • Afternoon Extended Care (4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.): $15 per day
  • Full payment is due at the time of registration. Payments are nonrefundable.

Required Forms:

Our camper paperwork system will be changing this year.  More information will be provided
by the Camp Director after your initial registration through the EcoTarium. If you have
any questions about the camp paperwork process, please contact our Camp Director at or 508.929.2721.

Parent Information:


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