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The Harvard Museum of Natural History presents presents special programs for children and their families. These in depth experiences give you a chance to look at the museum in a new light with your children. Occasional gallery explorations are offered for families to enjoy on their own

 
 

Exploring Science Together

Ever been jealous of all the fun hands-on activities your children get to do when learning about nature? Well, now is your chance to join in! Our new Exploring Science Together programs are designed to be a weekend opportunity for adults and children to learn together in a fun and interactive environment. Classes are taught by museum educators with experience teaching learners of all ages.

 
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EXPLORING SCIENCE TOGETHER: DINOSAURS!

Instructor: Amy Gunzelmann

January 24, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Come dig deeper and explore the fossil world of the dinosaurs! Discover what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur and participate in a “fossil dig” with real dinosaur fossils. Explore our amazing collection of vertebrate paleontology with fun gallery activities. Compare dinosaurs to live modern animals and learn how paleontologists know what a dino’s daily life was like. Learn about dinosaur trackways and even create your own to bring home! All activities are designed to be a fun and interactive experience for students grades K–5 to learn with their families.

$10 members/$20 nonmembers, per person, including admission to the museum. Participants are encouraged to come early or stay late and explore the museum before or after class. These programs are inappropriate for children under five years of age. Advanced registration required. Register online.

 
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EXPLORING SCIENCE TOGETHER: MINERALS!

Instructor: Amy Gunzelmann

Saturday, March 14, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

What makes a mineral a mineral? Find out in this hands-on and interactive program. Be a geologist for the day and learn how to identify minerals. Discover the secret properties that make some minerals truly unique. Participate in gallery explorations of our mesmerizing mineral collections. Investigate the different uses of minerals and even create your own mineral pigment artwork to take home! All activities are designed to be a fun and interactive experience for students grades K–5 to learn with their families.

$10 members/$20 nonmembers, per person, including admission to the museum. Participants are encouraged to come early or stay late and explore the museum before or after class. These programs are inappropriate for children under five years of age. Advanced registration required. Register online.

 
 

Gallery Explorations

These educational and entertaining activities are designed for children and their families. 

 
Look, Listen & Touch

LOOK LISTEN TOUCH

Look Listen Touch is a guide for young children to explore the Museum's New England Forests, in the Zofnass Family Gallery. Pick-up the exploration flyer at the front desk or in the gallery. Learn how to help your child experience nature in a multi-sensory way. Sit on the bench beneath the wolf; shut your eyes and listen. Do you hear the sounds of a bird singing, a woodpecker tapping, a frog croaking? How many different colors can you see in the feathers of one bird? Do animal and insect babies look like their parents?

Regular museum admission rates apply. 
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