The Early Adventures Program

Part of Children & Families

A group of preschoolers from the Early Adventures Program look at a butterfly with a magnifying glass.
The application for the 2023-2024 academic year will become available here on May 10th at 10am.

The Early Adventures Program

In the Early Adventures Program, preschoolers are encouraged to use their natural curiosity to investigate the world around them. Experienced science educators work with Museum scientists and specialists to create age-appropriate learning experiences that reflect the Museum's research and collections, including zoology, Earth and planetary sciences, anthropology, and paleontology.  

The Early Adventures Program's classrooms provide stimulating environments, with artifacts and specimens from the Museum's Education collection, live animal habitats, a children's science library, scientific tools, and educational materials for first-hand investigation. New state-of-the-art classrooms allow for in-depth studies and guided expeditions to destinations in the Museum such as the Hall of Biodiversity, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, and other galleries and exhibits.  

Children and Adults Learn Together

Designed for preschoolers, the Early Adventures Program meets weekly throughout the school year.  

Parents, grandparents or caregivers attend class with their children, a core principle of the program based on research that shows young children attain deeper levels of understanding and richer connections to their learning when significant adults are present. 

Applying to the Early Adventures Program

Thank you for your interest in the Early Adventures Program! Information regarding admissions for the 2023-2024 year will be available in the coming months. 

Class Tuition: $3100

Refunds and Cancellations 

If after registering, you find that your child will be unable to participate in the Program, please notify us in writing via email to [email protected] by Friday, August 18, 2023.  

Tuition payments are non-refundable after Friday, August 18, 2023. After that date, tuition will be applied towards The Early Adventures Program's financial aid fund. 

If you have questions about the Early Adventures Program, please email us at [email protected]

For Children in Grades K-5

Please visit our Science and Nature Program website. 

Health and Safety During Onsite Programs

The health and safety of our participants and staff is the top priority. You’ll notice some important changes to the Museum, our classrooms, and health and safety measures. For more information, please visit the Health and Safety page.

Children and Family Learning at the American Museum of Natural History provides exciting science learning opportunities for young children and families through OLogy, the Discovery Room, The Science and Nature Program, and Public Programs.

Support for Children and Family Learning programming has been provided by Shaiza Rizavi and Jonathan Friedland, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, and Ellen K. and Lawrence R. Gross.