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Discovery Depot

This gallery stimulates the imagination, encourages exploration, and invites 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: Pre-K, K, 1st

Program Type: Hands-On Galleries   Subject: English & Language Arts
Cost: $2.00 per student & chaperone

Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Dream Big: Engineering Our World 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 Marbles, Motion, & Magnets, Engineering: Simple Machines, Engineering Encounters, and Robot Design Challenge (Classes).

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

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

Earth’s Wild Ride

Visit a Moon colony in 2081 during a solar eclipse and experience an exciting ride across both the Earth and Moon as a grandfather tells his grandchildren stories of our planet. Your students will learn about eclipses, the ice age, Earth’s water cycle, and the differences between our Earth and Moon.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Weatherwise (Interactive Educational Theater) and Solar System Gallery (Guided Tour) or Astronomy (Guided Exploration).

Earth's Wild Ride is preceded by a live, presenter-led tour of the current seasonal night sky.

Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: History & Social Studies, Earth & Space Science
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 a scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway in this beautiful scientific adventure.

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

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

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

Forces of Nature

Follow scientists on ground–breaking quests to understand what triggers earthquakes, volcanoes, and tornadoes.

Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Educational DVD Film   Subject: Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $4.50 per student & chaperone

Forensic Crime Lab

Students analyze and interpret evidence to identify the victim and the perpetrator at a staged crime scene. They reach their conclusions by using chromatography, forensic entomology, blood typing, skeletal identification, and other means of discovery. This class requires the participation of at least six chaperones willing to serve as “forensic assistants.”

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Ancient Egypt Gallery (Guided Tour or Exploration), Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (Planetarium Show), and Ancient Egypt & Its Art (Class).

Available to Grades: 5th, 6th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: English & Language Arts
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Geology Guided Exploration

Includes a 30-minute Solar System Gallery Guided Tour and a related 30-minute hands-on activity.

Get hands-on with geological processes and activities in the Solar System Gallery. An exhibition of minerals and fossils, including a 65-million-year-old authentic Triceratops prosus skull, will teach students about our aging planet. 

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea and Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia (Planetarium Show).

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Guided Explorations   Subject: Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $5.25 per student & chaperone

Journaling: Learning to Look & Looking to Write

As students explore the art in the current exhibition, they are encouraged to look closely and reflect on what they see. Creative writing activities take place in the gallery, using the art on view for inspiration. These activities will sharpen observation skills as students respond to art through writing while exploring opportunities for collaboration and personal reflection. Includes tour of the art exhibition on view.

Available to Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, English & Language Arts
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

National Parks Adventure

Join us for the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors. You and your students will journey through some of America’s most majestic wild places and discover a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us.

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

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

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Elmo’s friend Hu Hu Zhu visits Sesame Street and discovers that Elmo can see the same stars that he sees in China. He and your students will learn how to locate the Moon, the Big Dipper, and the North Star in the nighttime sky.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure is preceded by a live, presenter-led tour of the current seasonal night sky!

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

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

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