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Beetles, Bugs, & Butterflies

This artful approach to science motivates students to explore the amazing world of insects while learning about adaptations, physiology, and the role insects play in their daily lives. Colorful, take-home art projects creatively reinforce scientific concepts.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show (Interactive Educational Theater), Flight of the Butterflies (Planetarium Show), and Lin Emery: A Force of Nature (Exhibition Guided Tour or Exploration).

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, Science as Inquiry, Life Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Discovery Depot

This gallery stimulates a child’s imagination and encourages exploration and creative play. After a trip through the Children’s Playhouse, young chefs can enjoy nutrition oriented role play in the kitchen center while little engineers operate the wooden train. Puzzles, books, and games provide plenty of additional opportunities for learning and fun!

Available to Grades: PS, Pre-K, K, 1st

Program Type: Hands-On Galleries   Subject: Science as Inquiry, English & Language Arts
Cost: $1.50 per student & chaperone

Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world while transforming the way we think about engineering.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Engineering: Simple Machines, Engineering Encounters, and Robot Design Challenge (Classes).

Available to Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Math, Science as Inquiry, Physical Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Flight of the Butterflies

Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey, join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, and discover the compelling true story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway in this beautiful scientific adventure.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show (Interactive Educational Theater) and Beetles, Bugs, & Butterflies (Class).

Available to Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Life Science, History & Social Studies, Science & the Environment
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show

Join Miss Trudy, along with her puppet pals Sheldon the Sheepdog and Frederick the Mouse, on an imaginative, multidisciplinary exploration of the art and science of the seasons. Young students will enjoy songs, stories, and educational activities sprinkled with laughter and fun as they discover the exciting surprises awaiting them in Miss Trudy’s Trunk!

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Flight of the Butterflies (Planetarium Show) and Beetles, Bugs, & Butterflies (Class).

Available to Grades: PS, Pre-K, K

Program Type: Interactive Educational Theater   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.50 per student & chaperone

Shake, Rattle, & Roll

Dr. Decibel, Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s wacky science professor, leads students in an interactive exploration of the world of sound. “Junior Sound Scientists” will learn about the anatomy of the ear, experiment with unique musical instruments, and become familiar with key vocabulary terms and concepts relating to sound, such as volume, pitch, and frequency. This engaging program can easily be adapted for various grade levels.

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Program Type: Interactive Educational Theater   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Physical Science
Cost: $6.50 per student & chaperone

Winter/Spring Exhibition - Finding Vivian Maier Guided Tour

What are the odds of a camera-toting babysitter becoming a famous photographer? Vivian Maier (1926-2009) worked as a nanny for about forty years on Chicago’s North Shore, taking candid shots of people while on field trips with her young charges. Children playing tag, ladies admiring shop windows, and men waiting for the bus are among the approximately 100,000 photographs by Maier, which were shot in black and white and later color film. Maier became an instant celebrity posthumously when an anonymous trunk of undeveloped film came up at auction in 2009. The purchaser later posted the images on the Internet, catching the attention of art critics world-wide. Students will discuss the difference between traditional photography and digital imagery, learn what makes a successful composition, and talk about the art tradition of street photography.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Bright Light (Class) and Seeing! (Planetarium Show). 

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Guided Tours   Subject: Art, Science as Inquiry, History & Social Studies
Cost: $1.50 per student & chaperone