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Programs

In-House Programs

Tuesdays for Tots
This is a special time for our littlest visitors. Play dough, arts & crafts and building materials are all a part of this weekly theme-based program. The program is free with Museum admission. Drop-in.

Alphabet Soup

Each week we will learn a new letter of the alphabet through crafts, games, stories, songs, and more.  This multidimensional experience is a fun way to reinforce early literacy in preschoolers. The program is free with Museum admission. Wednesdays at 10:30 am.

Silly Science
Join us for our newest program, Silly Science! Each week we will explore the different ways science is all around us. Learn about magnets, stack blocks as high as you can, explore our weekly theme, create themed crafts, use your sense of touch to feel different textures, and even pet a living python! This program is free with Museum admission. Drop-in. Thursdays at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.

Wiggle & Giggle
Stop by to experiment with movement and music. Walk the balance beam, crawl through a tunnel, toss bean bags, and try out new instruments! This is a great time to meet new friends and get some exercise. The program is free with Museum admission. Fridays, drop-in between 10:00 and 11:30 am.

Cooking Around the World

Caribbean-inspired smoothies? Bruschetta? Hummus? We’ll send our taste buds on an international adventure by cooking up kid-friendly recipes from around the world. Please check the calendar for the upcoming programs and program fees.

School Vacation Workshops
When Saratoga Springs City Schools are on a vacation, the Children's Museum offers special programs, such as jewelry making and invention building. Please check our calendar for our latest events.

Story Art

Reading together is always better, so please join us Saturday mornings at 10:30 (check the calendar schedule for dates).  Each week we’ll listen to a new story and create a craft inspired by it.  Past projects have included dinosaur puppets, Mexican papel picado, West African block printing and magnets! Free with museum admission.

Artrageous

Want to be the next Picasso? Together we will learn about famous artists and then make our own masterpieces! Each week we will explore a different art style and medium. Some Sundays, 2 pm - 3 pm, check the calendar for dates.

Additional Programs
These programs only occur at certain times of the year. Please check our calendar for more information.

  • Theme Parties – check our calendar for dates
  • Seussian Celebration - March
  • Seasonal Festivities including The Fourth of July Celebration, Fall Festival, Victorian  Stroll and First Night
  • Summertime Tots - July & August
  • Big Truck Day - August

 

Outreach Programs:

         We'll come to you.

 

"The instructor was very well prepared and had a natural ability to talk at the student's level."

Okte Elementary School, Shenendehowa

"The students were very enthusiastic about it. It was great that the students could use their own ideas and experiences to build a community."

Okte Elementary School, Shenendehowa

"The second grade has this program every year.  It fits in nicely with our social studies curriculum and the students are actively engaged."

Lake Avenue Elementary, Saratoga Springs

"I did not expect so many hands-on projects! it was wonderful and the children had so much fun. The most vauable aspect of the experience was the joy and satisfaction of the children and their parents."

Brite Beginnings, Saratoga

"The students enjoyed themselves tremendously and learned so much by the hands-on experience."

Moreau Elementary, South Glens Falls

Many of our outreach programs correlate to New York State Learning Standards. For more information on the learning standards reinforced by our programs, please see each individual description.

What's Inside you with Stuffee

Focusing on health, nutrition and the systems of the body, this one hour program uses “Stuffee”, a seven foot-long doll created by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum. Stuffee unzips to reveal soft-sculpture organs of the digestive, respiratory and circulatory system. Students handle Stuffee's organs, feel his heartbeat and explore the contents of his lunch box. The cost of Stuffee is $100 per program, plus travel costs. Stuffee is appropriate for students in pre-k - 5th grade. A maximum of 30 children per program, 3 programs per day. Programs must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. This program is also available in a 90 minute format for large groups of 75-100 students for $300. Please call the museum for details on large group programs.

Correlates to NYS health education learning standards and skills at the elementary level for personal health and fitness (HPF 1).

City by Design

Create your own town!  In this planning and development program, students learn the four zoning areas of a city, brainstorm its necessary resources and construct  their own model buildings using recycled materials.  Students decide as a group where their individual homes, factories, businesses and schools are placed on our huge floor map. The cost per program is $140 plus travel costs. It is appropriate for students in 1st grade and up. This program can accommodate 30 children per program, with a maximum of two programs per day. Each program is 2 hours, and must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance.

Correlates to NYS learning standards and skills at the elementary level for geography (SS 3), understanding human and environmental needs (MST 5), and resource management (HPF 3).

Motion Madness (New!)

In this new S.T.E.M. Program, students will learn about motion through hands on experiments that test speed, friction, and other forces. Students will also be able to test their knowledge by building rollercoasters. A maximum of 30 children per program. Each program is approximately 2 hours long and is appropriate for students in 2nd grade and up. $140 plus travel costs.

 

Our Wonderful World (New!)

Pack your bags! Students will explore human diversity by exploring the music, dance, language and food of other cultures. Create pottery on your trip to Africa, give the waltz a try in Europe, decorate hanging koi fish with kanji in Asia and taste a salsa you whip up in The Americas! This 1 ½ - 2 hour long program for Pre-K to 5th grade accommodates a maximum of 30 students. $150 per program plus travel costs. Programs must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

Correlates to NYS  social studies learning standards and skills at the elementary level for geography (SS 3).

Lasting Impressions
Calling all paleontologists!  Students examine fossils as clues to our region’s surprising past.  By handling real and reproduction fossils students will discover that New York State was once under water.  Lasting Impressions is appropriate for students in 2nd through 6th grade. A maximum of 30 children per program, 2 programs per day. Each program is approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. The cost per program is $125 plus travel costs. Programs must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance.

Correlates to NYS science learning standards and skills at the elementary level, including scientific inquiry (MST 1) and the living environment (MST 4).

Beyond the Bark
Do rubber bands really come from trees? Can a tree breathe? Students answer these questions and more as they progress through Beyond the Bark’s station-based interactive activities.  Along the way, participants will make discoveries about the biology of trees, their uses and the history of the 1st Arbor Day.  They’ll leave the program with a better understanding of the importance of trees and will create a craft to bring home. Beyond the Bark is appropriate for Pre-K through 5th grade. A maximum of 30 children per program, 2 programs per day. Each program is approximately 1 1/2 hours long. The cost per program is $125 plus travel costs. Programs must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance.

Correlates to NYS learning standards and skills at the elementary level, including scientific inquiry (MST 1), the living environment (MST 4), understanding human and environmental needs (MST 5), and resource management (HPF 3).

Wacky Water (New!)
Why doesn’t that rock sink? How can you make a paper clip float? Observe the principles of buoyancy, density, surface tension, adhesion and cohesion through water play! This 1-hour, Pre-K program accommodates 30 students. Wacky Water costs $100 plus travel. Programs must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

Correlates to NYS science learning standards and skills at the elementary level, including scientific inquiry (MST 1) and the physical setting (MST 4).

 



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