Join us select Tuesdays to explore popular scientific disciplines in an environment designed especially for young children. Kids and caregivers work together with a museum educator to ask big questions and make new discoveries. Come encourage your child’s natural curiosity through hands-on activities and memorable experiences. 

New for 2017-2018: dive deeper into popular science disciplines with 4-week class sessions. Each session is unique – join us for one session or sign up for all six. Explore paleontology, physics, zoology, and more!  


Preschool (4s and 5s) 10:00 - 10:45am
Preschool (4s and 5s) 1:30 – 2:15pm
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade 4:15 - 5:00pm

$50/session for 1 child + adult pair (member rate)
$75/session for 1 child + adult pair (nonmember rate)

All participants must check in at the Front Desk. Classes will depart the Front Desk no later than the scheduled start time. In order to provide the best possible experience for all participants, you will not be allowed to join late.

2017 – 2018 SESSION TOPICS

Session 1 – Botany
October 3, 10, 17, 24 (register by October 2) 
From roots to flowers, discover the jobs of different plant parts. Meet live insects from the Institute’s teaching collection and consider the relationship between plants and insects. Visit the Institute of Science’s Erb and Pollinator Gardens and check for seasonal changes. Session also includes caring for cacao trees and tour of the new Chocolate exhibit!

Session 2 – Engineering
November 7, 14, 21, 28 (register by November 6)
Curious kids wanted! Come practice your problem solving skills and use your imagination to invent new things. Complete kid-friendly feats of engineering: build bridges, make mazes, construct “drawbots,” defy gravity, and more.   

Session 3 – Paleontology
December 5, 12, 19, 26 (register by December 4)
Meet dinosaurs, mastodons, and other prehistoric animals by handling fossils from the Institute’s collection. Dream up a cozy habitat for a prehistoric animal. Participate in a simulated dig and learn the geologic time scale like a paleontologist!

Session 4 – Physics
January 9, 16, 23, 30 (register by January 8)
This is science on the go! Come play with physics and make things move. Ride a hovercraft and watch air move objects. Construct cars and boats and build on your knowledge of forces. Watch a small (and safe) explosion!

Session 5 – Chemistry
February 6, 13, 20, 27 (register by February 5)
It’s time to experiment with all things sticky, icky, and wet. From soapy suds to slime and miniature explosions, explore the wacky properties of matter! Session includes recipes and suggestions for trying experiments at home!

Session 6 – Zoology
March 6, 13, 20, 27 (register by March 5)
Design camouflaged creatures, walk the length of a blue whale, study life cycles, and discover the diversity of the kingdom Animalia. Compare biped and quadruped gaits; practice your animal moves!


What if my child is sick or needs to be absent? Can we make up a missed class?
We understand that schedules change. To maintain our low child/instructor ratio, you may not drop in on other sessions, nor will the museum issue refunds for any sessions you miss.

What if the museum is closed due to inclement weather?
In the event that the museum closes for weather-related emergencies or building issues, the museum will issue free admission passes for each registered participant. Use yourself or share with friends and family!

Can I bring two children?
Your registration fee allows one child and one adult to participate in each session. You are welcome to register a second child (a friend or sibling within the session age range) for an additional $25 (members and nonmembers alike).

Can I bring an older or younger sibling?
No. Young Scientists is designed for an adult/child pair to participate together. Please find alternative care for older or younger siblings outside the session age range.

Can I bring an additional adult to class?
No. Due to room size and program capacity limits, we only have space for one participating adult to attend each session. If you bring an additional adult or sibling to the museum who are not registered for the session:

  • Members can visit the museum free-of-charge while classes are in session.
  • Non-members must pay museum admission to visit the museum while classes are in session.