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.

Fall 2018 Programs are now online. Registration opens at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, June 19th. To register, please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200. For more information, please contact To receive updates on new programs and registration dates, sign up for our Family Programs Newsletter.

For a calendar of Fall offerings, click here:

For a calendar of Summer offerings, click here:

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



Fall 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                                      


Summer Programs   

Grade 1
Grades 2 and 3
Grades 4 and 5


Support for Youth Initiatives 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

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

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.

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PaleoDiscoveries: Cretaceous Critters Pre-K (Ages 3 and 4)

October 14, 2018 - October 30, 2018

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the Earth. But they weren't alone! They shared the planet with numerous other animals and plants. Explore species, both big and small, that lived during the Cretaceous period.

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PaleoDiscoveries: Beyond Dinosaurs (Grades K and 1)

October 14, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Just before the extinction at the end of the Cretaceous, the oceans were filled with huge predators, the skies were filled with the first flying vertebrates, and the landscape changed forever. Explore this ancient world and organisms that surrounded the dinosaurs.

Illustration of five wooly mammoths walking across a snow-covered field.

PaleoAdventures: Ice Age Mammals (Grades 2 and 3)

October 27, 2018

In a world half-covered in a glacial sheet, saber-tooth cats and mammoths thrived. Investigate the clues these animals left behind to reimagine a day-in-the-life of the mammals who lived surrounded by the ice.

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AnthroExplorers: Navigating the Pacific (Grades 4 and 5)

October 27, 2018

Imagine sailing the ocean using only the stars above and the ocean currents below to locate an island and finish your journey. When the Pacific Ocean was still uncharted, people cast out in search of new island homes and developed incredible ways of navigating the unknown.

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BioAdventures: Flying through North America (Grades 2 and 3)

December 1, 2018

Sometimes travelling for thousands of miles, other times diving fast to catch prey in mid-air, birds are capable of incredible feats. Fly with us as we explore the most extreme and unusual ways that birds use to conquer the sky.


AstroExplorers: ArchaeoAstronomy (Grades 4 and 5)

December 1, 2018

From Stonehenge to the Aztec sundials, ancient peoples looked to the heavens for guidance and inspiration. Discover the roles of the celestial bodies and events in the lives of ancient peoples.

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BioDiscoveries: Making of a Mammal (Grades K and 1)

December 2, 2018 - December 16, 2018

While most mammals are furry, some barely have any hair at all! Learn what makes this diverse group special, explore the halls to see mammals from the past, and see which ones stray from the script and set themselves apart.

Past Offerings

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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