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The Adventures in Science (AiS) program introduces children from Pre-K to Grade 5 to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits. The three-day workshops and week-long day camps are listed below.

To register, please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200.

For more information, please contact

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PLEASE NOTE: Middle School Institutes has separated from Adventures in Science, and is its own program. For questions about those programs, please email For programs for students grades 6 - 8 please click Middle School Institutes.

SUMMER 2015 PROGRAMS                                                           

Grades 2 and 3

Grades 4 and 5




The Museum's Youth Initiatives are generously supported by the leadership contribution of

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Upcoming Offerings


AstroExplorers: A Mission Beyond (Grades 4 & 5)

How do scientists gather information about planets and moons millions of miles away? Find out as you build and launch a rocket, collect and analyze space data, and try your hand at programming and operating your own robot. 


AstroAdventures: A Trip to Space (Grades 2 and 3)

July 27, 2015 - August 7, 2015

What do we know about our planetary neighbors and stars millions of light years away? Join us for an adventure as you fly through a digital simulation of the universe, build and use telescopes, and investigate nearby moons, planets, and stars.


Spiders: Webs Unraveled (Grades 2 and 3 OR Grades 4 and 5)

August 3, 2015 - August 28, 2015

Get up close and personal with tarantulas, examine the strength of spider silk, investigate how spiders inspire robotics engineers, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Spiders Alive exhibit.

Digging at Hidden Cave

ArchaeoAdventures: Clues to Our Past (Grades 2 & 3)

August 17, 2015 - August 21, 2015

Do you have what it takes to be an archaeologist? Find out as you explore a simulated archaeological dig site, analyze plant and animal remains found alongside our ancestors, and design your own prehistoric home to help you survive.


PaleoExplorers: Reaching Through Time (Grades 4 and 5)

August 24, 2015 - August 28, 2015

How can paleontologists know what dinosaurs looked like, all those years ago? Use the tools and techniques of paleontology to examine real fossils, figure out how dinosaurs walked, and determine what might have covered their skin—scales, feathers, or nothing at all.

Past Offerings


AnthroExplorers: Last Man Standing (Grades 4 & 5)

July 6, 2015 - July 10, 2015

What makes one species go extinct while another thrives? Explore the clues left behind by prehistoric hominids and investigate how their early adaptations affected their survival. Together we’ll decipher the differences between our species and our less-fortunate extinct relatives.


First Discoveries (Grade 1)

June 29, 2015 - July 2, 2015

Give your 1st grader a taste of what hands-on learning at the Museum is all about!

Excavations at the Panuco and Tuxpan Regions

ArchaeoExplorers: Unearth the Past (Grades 2 and 3)

April 19, 2015 - May 3, 2015

From long-lost cities to hidden temples, unearth the past as you learn the techniques and tools used by scientists to excavate sites and analyze the objects left by past cultures. Explore the Museum’s halls as you search for cultural treasures and learn what it would have been like to live in the past.

Grades 2 and 3

Three Sundays

April 19, 26, and May 3

3:30–5 pm

$125 ($115 Members) 


AstroAdventures: A Trip to Space (Grades 4 & 5)

April 6, 2015 - April 10, 2015

How do scientists gather information about planets and moons millions of miles away? Learn the answer while flying through a digital simulation of the universe, building and using telescopes, and investigating nearby moons, planets, and stars.

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