Build your little one’s self-confidence as children cook, craft and dance through our multi-sensory programs. Designed with young brains and bodies in mind, children develop motor skills, cooperation and communication in a nurturing environment. Parents, grandparents and caregivers benefit from social interaction with other grown ups, too!

Kids in the Kitchen

What comes first, second and third when following a recipe? Even the littlest learners build basic math skills through counting, measuring ingredients and sequencing. Participants develop listening skills, expand their palate and gain a sense of ownership as they create their very own snack, start to finish. September through June, this program is designed for children ages 3-5.  Our summer series is geared towards families with children ages 3-8.

Find out what’s cooking this week on our calendar.

Messy Afternoons

Enjoy extended play time in a quieter setting within the Museum. In our learning studio filled with tactile materials, parents and children have the opportunity to build relationships with other parents and children. Broaden descriptive vocabulary, engage your child in sensory play and enrich your experience after the Museum visit by replicating these developmentally-appropriate activities at home. 

See when the next mess (that you don’t need to clean up!) takes place on our calendar.

Music and Movement

Interactive sing-alongs, creative movement exercises, finger plays, puppetry and classic children’s songs tap into each child’s individual expressive ability. From infancy, children are naturally receptive to tempo and rhythm in its musical form. This half-hour program immerses children under five in activities that enhance and support the kinesthetic, linguistic and musical intelligences.

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story + ART 

Through early exposure to language in print, children can develop an affinity for both literature and storytelling. Our half-hour program we call “stART” begins with circle time-style stories and concludes with a take-home project relating to the book of the day. We encourage interdisciplinary exploration of children’s literature through the art of illustration, often using the illustrator’s media for our own craft activities. stART prepares young children for school settings, including the ability to sit and listen to a story, follow three step directions, and take turns. Seasonal books, themes tying into our exhibits and childhood classics are all featured throughout the year. 

Discover what we’re reading this week on our calendar.

Little ones move to the beat while staying active in our popular Music and Movement class.

Vocabulary development and math skills are just some of the skills children build as they prepare tasty dishes.

Little ones move to the beat while staying active in our popular Music and Movement class.

Little ones move to the beat while staying active in our popular Music and Movement class.