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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.

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


WINTER AND SPRING 2015 PROGRAMS: SUMMER 2015 PROGRAMS                                                           

April Break Camps

Pre-K (Ages 3 and 4) **Plus Adult**

Grades K and 1 **Plus Adult**

Grades 2 and 3

Grades 4 and 5

Grade 1

Grades 2 and 3

Grades 4 and 5




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Upcoming Offerings


Butterflies: Time to Fly (Pre-K; and Grades K and 1)

Experience the splendor of live butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest! In this workshop, you will observe these fascinating insects up close and investigate how they migrate, transform, trick hungry predators, and sometimes even travel across the globe.


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.

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) 


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!


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.

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PaleoAdventures: A Prehistoric Gathering (Grades 2 and 3)

July 6, 2015 - August 14, 2015

Stegosaurus, Oviraptor, or Tyrannosaurus rex—which is your favorite? Get up close with real dinosaur fossils, learn how dinosaurs walked and what they ate, and immerse yourself in the diversity of these prehistoric animals.

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Incredible Life: Pushing the Limits (Grades 2 and 3 OR Grades 4 and 5)

July 20, 2015 - August 14, 2015

Which animal moves the fastest? What could possibly survive inside a volcano? Which organism lives longer than any other? Learn the answer to these questions and many more as we explore the extraordinary achievements of life on Earth.


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.

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

August 3, 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.

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.


AstroExplorers: A Mission Beyond (Grades 4 & 5)

August 17, 2015 - August 21, 2015

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. 


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

Geminid Meteor in Mojave

AstroFavorites: The Solar System (Pre-K)

February 26, 2015 - March 12, 2015

Earth may be our home, but it is just one part of our solar system. Learn about the other planets that orbit the Sun, along with the moons, asteroids, and dwarf planets that are our closest neighbors.


Butterflies: Colors in Motion (Grades 2 and 3)

February 16, 2015 - February 20, 2015

Experience the splendor of live butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest! In this camp, you will observe these fascinating insects up close and see the world through the eyes of a butterfly.


Robots in Space

January 5, 2015 - January 19, 2015

With rovers on Mars, satellites orbiting Saturn, and a probe heading for Pluto, robots are on the frontlines of deep space exploration. Experience the fun of building and operating your own robots while learning about our solar system and beyond.


Twinkling Stars: Legends of the Sky (Grades Pre-K and K) - Sold Out (Waiting List Available)

November 5, 2014 - November 19, 2014

Billions of twinkling lights greet us every night. People throughout history examined those lights and told stories about the patterns and shapes they saw within them. Join us to meet the animals, heroes, and legends of our ancestors still preserved in the sky, and visit those same celestial bodies up close. You may even discover your own story written across the sky.

Three Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00 PM: November 5th, 12th and 19th

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