Join our experienced education staff on the first Thursday each month (January-May; September-December) for a full day of Museum access and specially-themed public programs!
Admission: $9/person (students & adults); free for members
Don't Forget! All homeschool families must enter through the Education Lobby to receive the group rate; advance registration for basic programs is not required. (See below for Lab option registration.) Students will receive full access to the Museum for the day, and can choose to arrive at any time. Themed programs will be scheduled throughout the day, and information about that day's programs will be available upon arrival.
Please note that all programs will be available to general Museum visitors, and space is not guaranteed.
In addition to our regular homeschool programs, select dates will offer a hands-on 90-minute lab just for older students.
Ages: 13 and up only
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Students will leave each workshop with a lab worksheet.
Labs will be available in September, October, February, March, April, and May.
Note: To guarantee a spot in the labs, advance registration is requested. Drop-in registration on the day of will be based on available spots. Registration for all dates is now open.
Program Theme: Ponds
Field Biology Lab, Fall Edition: Students become field biologists and ecologist as they examine macro invertebrates and water samples. Discover the chain reaction between pollution and the water’s chemical composition to learn how it affects living organisms. Field study takes place rain or shine; dress for the weather. In case of dangerous weather the program will be rescheduled. REGISTER
Program Theme: Slimy Science
Chemistry lab: Students will study matter and find out what chemicals are through observation and experimentation. In this program they will become chemists and find out how scientists determine what elements are present in a chemical. REGISTER
Program Theme: Historic Native Cultures
Program Theme: Astronomy
Wayfinders Astronomy Lab: Become a wayfinder similar to Moana by learning the sea and stars in the planetarium.
Students will study learn how Polynesian explorers settled the thousands of islands in the Pacific Ocean using the stars, and how astronauts still learn constellations today to navigate in space. Several students will use our planetarium’s Kinect software to learn to navigate using their arms and body motion. Student will also interact with Oceanic artifacts from our Collections department. REGISTER
Program Theme: Friction/Energy
Program Theme: Minerals
Rocks and Mineral Lab: Become a mineral specialist by identifying characteristics like shine and hardness. Students will discover the many uses and purposes of the Earth's geological wonders while touching real mineral specimens. REGISTER
Program Theme: Animals
Vertebrate Dissection Lab: Explore vertebrates while dissecting a frog. Compare elements of the frog’s body to human anatomy and discover how similar and different we are. REGISTER
Program Theme: Egypt
Genetics Lab: Thomas Hunt Morgan won the Nobel Prize for his discoveries that help us better understand heredity. Students will develop new crosses to show linkage, and discover sex-linked traits and mutations as they experience working as geneticists. Please register at least one month in advance to ensure adequate specimens. REGISTER
Program Theme: Ponds
Field Biology Lab, Spring Edition: Students become field biologists and ecologist as they examine macro invertebrates and water samples. Discover the chain reaction between pollution and the water’s chemical composition to learn how it affects living organisms. Field study takes place rain or shine; dress for the weather. In case of dangerous weather the program will be rescheduled. REGISTER
*NOTE: Looking for additional dates, times, and specific programs for homeschool families? Consider booking a field trip just for you! Group minimum is only ten (10) students, with 2 adults admitted free. Visit our Field Trip & Group Tour page for complete details and guidelines.