Families and Young Learners Programing

Infant – Preschool Classes/Programs

 

Wonder, Play, Learn…Naturally: PreK Mini Series
Friday, May 11th, 18th, 25th
10:00am – 11:00am

This early childhood mini-series for children ages 18mths – 5yrs and their caregivers offering

developmentally appropriate experiences outside to explore, discover, learn and connect with nature through play. All sessions will be outside unless the weather is extreme (lightening, highwinds, etc.) and will include a response to good children’s literature and a little music and movement. We will hunt for nature treasures, observe, manipulate, sort, imagine, pretend and create. While connecting with some like minded adults, grown-ups will learn about styles of play and how to authentically support the most powerful kind of learning, play. Facilitated by Susan Stone, a seasoned educator with a diverse and active career in the classroom and administration. Susan says, ” How lucky am I to combine my favorites – young children and parents in the outdoors!”” Registration required. $7/class for each student. Walk-ins welcome on a first come, first served basis.

May 11 – Nature Art is inspired by the works of Andy Goldsburg whose sculptures utilize all things natural. We will search for our materials and create a work of art. It is all about art as a process…and of course getting messy, the foundation for creativity!

May 18 – Homes and Hideouts focuses on the play schema, enclosing/enveloping. We will build shelters with natural materials for magical forest creatures…or maybe even ourselves! Let the pretend begin!

May 25 – Celebrate Mother Earth! is a play scenario in which all ages can engage. Who doesn’t love a party? We will collect nature treasure “ingredients” to create a pretend feast, decorations and maybe even a gift for Mother Earth using several play schemas, our imaginations and multiple senses.

Preschool Summer Camps

Ages 3-5 & their care givers. 4 day camp, runs 1 hour. $50/child, member discount applies. See Summer Camp page for full details.

Jungle Creatures: PreK Yoga Camp — June 5-8

Music & Movement Around the World — June 12-15

Music Together Preview Class

Friday August 17th 10:15-11a.m.

Friday August 24th 10:15-11a.m.

This internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program is led by certified music teacher, Kerry Kenny. Music Together® stimulates a love for music, movement, and learning in children ages newborn to kindergarten and the adults who love them. Wiggling, singing, and laughing with your child is so much fun—it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place! Music CD & Songbook included. 8 class sessions run from Friday, Sept. 14th to Nov. 2nd at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Registration required.

 

General Programing

TWO-DOLLAR TUESDAYS

Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10-2pm.

Strawberries!
Thursday, June 21
10:00am – 12:00pm

Denise Bosworth of Rohrbach’s Farm will be our special guest at the museum to help you get hands-on with a favorite ripe, red summer fruit. Activities and crafts for all ages. Free with admission.

Families with Special Needs Night
Friday, June 22
6:00pm – 8:00pm

During this unique program, the museum is open just for families with special needs. Extra staff will be on hand to help you and your loved ones get the most out of the museum’s exhibits and activities. Admission is free for families with special needs members. All ages welcome.

Pennsylvania Pond Day
Saturday, June 30
11:00am – 1:00pm

Hop into the museum for an introduction to pond life through activities and crafts. Free with regular admission.

First Friday at The Museum
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Monthly on the first Friday the museum will be OPEN UNTIL 8p.m. the first Friday of every month! Special activities for the whole family.
June 1, 6-7 p.m. – Beach Party: Kinetic Sand Fun!
July 6, 6-7 p.m. – Urie Kline: Lyco Taiko Drumming
August 3, 6-7 p.m. – Culture Café: African Diaspora

Japanese Taiko Experience
Friday, July 6th 6-7p.m.

Come learn about Japanese taiko, an exciting art form that combines drumming and movement. Members of Williamsport’s Lyco Taiko group will perform, share aspects of the history and culture of taiko, and even provide opportunities for hands-on involvement! Open to all ages and family friendly. Free with Admission.

“May the Force Be With You” Day
Saturday, July 14
10:30am – 2:00pm

Meet and take pictures with professional Star Wars characters, make your own lightsaber, enjoy new games, crafts, food vendors. Plus dunk-a-trooper, jedi obstacle course, blast-a-trooper and new activities for this year’s event. $1 off admission if you wear Star Wars t-shirt or costume!

Touch A Truck
Saturday, August 4
10:00am – 12:00pm

Join us at the museum for a fun-filled day with trucks of all kinds. Get an up-close, hands-on look at loaders, campers, tractors, fire engines, and more! Reduced admission is only $5.