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

Summer 2018 Programs are now online. Registration opens at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, January 16th. To register, please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200. For more information, please contact To receive updates on new programs and registration dates, please sign up for our Family Programs Newsletter.

For a calendar of spring offerings, please click here:

For a calendar of summer offerings, please click here:

To add your name to a wait list, call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200.

Spring Programs

Pre-K (Ages 3 and 4) - Sunday & Tuesday Workshops Grades K and 1 - Sunday Workshops

**Please note: These workshops are designed for a one-on-one caregiver and child interaction. If multiple children are registered to attend a workshop(e.g., twins, other siblings, cousins), there must be one adult for each child. Children who are not registered for the program may not attend.


Grades 2 and 3 Saturday Workshops Grades 4 and 5 Saturday Workshops                                      



School Break Science Selections 

Adventures: Science Selections (Grades 2 and 3) - February School Break Explorers: Science Selections (Grades 4 and 5) - February School Break
Adventures: Science Selections (Grades 2 and 3) - April School Break Explorers: Science Selections (Grades 4 and 5) - April School Break


Summer Programs   

Grade 1
Grades 2 and 3
Grades 4 and 5


The Museum's Youth Initiatives are generously supported by the leadership contribution of the New York Life Foundation.


Additional support is provided by The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation.This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



Upcoming Offerings

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PaleoDiscoveries: Life in the Permian Pre-K (Ages 3 and 4)

Before the time of the dinosaurs, proto-mammals with sails on their backs walked the land and toothless predators hunted in the seas. Explore the fossils of these ancient animals who ruled for almost 50 million years before the largest extinction event in the history of the Earth wiped most of them out for good.


GeoAdventures: Shaking Quaking Earth (Grades 2 and 3)

March 24, 2018

Millions of years of shifting, shaking, and shattering crust have created the varied landscapes we see on Earth. Explore how plate tectonics, thousands of miles beneath our feet, shape what we see on the surface.


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BioExplorers: Ocean Invertebrates (Grades 4 and 5) - Saturday Workshop

March 24, 2018

Squids and octopuses are famous, but the ocean is full of other mysterious invertebrates—animals without backbones. Explore a magnificent array of these marine animals, discover how they have changed over time, and experience the wonders of ocean exploration. 

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Explorers: Science Selections (Grades 4 and 5) - School Break Camps

April 3, 2018 - April 6, 2018

In this survey of the sciences, campers will participate in investigative projects exploring concepts in different fields of research every day. Learn how to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist, for one or two days or the whole week!

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Adventures: Science Selections (Grades 2 and 3) - School Break Camps

April 3, 2018 - April 6, 2018

In this survey of the sciences, campers will participate in investigative projects exploring concepts in different fields of research every day. Learn how to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist, for one or two days or the whole week!

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GeoDiscoveries: Water Ways Pre-K (Ages 3 and 4)

April 22, 2018 - May 8, 2018

Water is not just for keeping us clean and quenching our thirst. It drenches rainforests and dries out deserts. Join us to explore all the ways that water shapes our world.

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GeoDiscoveries: A Landscape for Life (Grades K and 1)

April 22, 2018 - May 6, 2018

What makes one area a frozen desert and another a soggy forest? Embark on a trip across the North American continent to visit the incredible variety of biomes that support and challenge our requirements for survival.

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AnthroExplorers: Walk This Way (Grade 4 and 5) - Saturday Workshop

May 5, 2018

Humans are one of the few animals adapted to life on only two feet. Investigate the structures in our body that make this possible, the first time that these features appeared in the fossil record, and the role this played in our evolution.


First Discoveries (Grade 1)

July 2, 2018 - July 6, 2018

Get a taste of hands-on learning in this introductory camp. Over four half-days, you will talk to an astronaut, follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs, trek through a rainforest, and prepare for a celebration as a child of the Haida Gwaii nation.

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

July 9, 2018 - July 13, 2018

What do we know about our neighboring planets or stars millions of light years away? Join us as we fly through a digital simulation of the universe, and investigate nearby moons, planets, and stars.

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BioExplorers: Interconnected Ocean (Grades 4 and 5)

July 9, 2018 - July 13, 2018

The global ocean creates a home for an incredible amount of life–but it also a laboratory for robotics, unexpected discoveries, and climate change. Cast off to explore current research that is being done in the ocean and try your hand at building some vehicles to ask a question of your very own.

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Oceans: Discovering the Deep (Grades 2 and 3)

July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018

Journey to the depths of the ocean and you will find zones that look like different worlds. Explore the edge of ocean science and some of the new tools that scientists are developing to access areas and animals that were previously beyond our reach.

Closeup of radio array telescope dishes in South Africa

AstroExplorers: Structure of the Universe (Grades 4 and 5)

July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018

The laboratory of the astrophysicist is always in flux-- it is made up of all of the exploding, moving, and emerging matter in the depths of space. Explore how astronomers gather information about stars and worlds light-years away and what that tells us about the structure of the universe.

PaleoAdventures: Digging in the Past (Grades 2 and 3)

July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018

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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AnthroExplorers: Our Evolutionary History (Grade 4 & 5)

July 30, 2018 - August 3, 2018

What is the secret to our success as a species? Explore clues left behind by prehistoric hominins and investigate how their early adaptations affected their survival. Together we’ll decipher the differences between our species and our extinct relatives.

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GeoExplorers: Earth's Destructive Power (Grade 4 & 5)

August 6, 2018 - August 10, 2018

Earthquakes, volcanoes, and more - watch out! Have you ever wondered what causes natural disasters? Learn more about the forces of nature and how people around the world continuously cope with their dangers and aftermath.

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Senses: We’re Sensational! (Grades 2 and 3)

August 6, 2018 - August 10, 2018

Absolutely everything you know about the world comes from your senses. Take a closer look, smell, and listen to the way you perceive your surroundings and uncover the special ways humans put the information all together.

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Senses: Our Brain's Perceptions (Grade 4 & 5)

August 13, 2018 - August 17, 2018

Each of our senses gather information about the world around us–but the human brain creates a unique experience from that information that no other animal can match (as far as we know!). Explore the ways humans perceive the world and how we differ from the rest of the animal kingdom


AnthroAdventures: Clues to Our Past (Grades 2 and 3)

August 13, 2018 - August 17, 2018

Do you have what it takes to be an archaeologist or a physical anthropologist? Find out as you explore a simulated archaeological dig site and delve into what makes you different from your distant Neanderthal cousins.

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PaleoExplorers: From Dinos to Birds (Grade 4 & 5)

August 20, 2018 - August 24, 2018

Contrary to popular belief, dinosaurs continue to thrive all around us! Learn how modern birds are actually dinosaurs by examining real fossils and exploring the evolutionary track of this diverse, highly adaptive group of animals.

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GeoAdventures: Habitable Earth (Grades 2 and 3)

August 27, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Liquid water isn’t the only reason why Earth can support life—from the metallic core to the edge of the sky, our planet’s features and processes maintain the beautiful, and only, place we call home. Explore the sometimes invisible features that let us thrive and what it would take to live on other planets.

Past Offerings

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Explorers: Science Selection (Grades 4 and 5) - School Break Camps

February 20, 2018 - February 23, 2018

In this survey of the sciences, campers will participate in investigative projects exploring concepts in different fields of research every day. Learn how to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist, for one or two days or all days!

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BioAdventures: Toxins in Nature (Grades 2 and 3)

January 27, 2018

Plants and animals across the spectrum of life make, eat, and even steal various toxic substances to defend themselves and catch a meal. Explore the role that poison and venom play in the lives of these organisms and how humans harness them for good.

Supernova split into four images as seen by Hubble Space Telescope.

AstroExplorers: Pulsars, Quasars, and Magnetars (Grades 4 and 5)

January 27, 2018

Images of far-away galaxies and glowing nebulas are transfixing and beautiful—but what about the objects in space barely visible or completely hidden from our view? Investigate these mysterious objects that elude explanation and to this day pose more questions than they answer.

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BioDiscoveries: Cities under the Sea (Grades K and 1)

January 21, 2018 - February 4, 2018

Corals are more than just animals. They also create large reefs that are home to a huge variety of ocean organisms. Dive under the waves to explore the biology of these reef-building animals and the incredible strategies organisms use to stay alive.