Preschool Science at SMM

 - by KitchenPantryScientist

When I tell my kids we’re going to the science museum, the first thing they do is race up to their rooms to look through their rock collections. Even my twelve year old is not immune to this behavior.

Since they were old enough to talk, the three of them have been bringing paper wasp nests, quartz crystals, empty Monarch chrysalises,  fossils and other interesting finds to a hidden gem in the Science Museum of Minnesota: The Collector’s Corner.  At this oasis of curiosities (tucked away in a corner of the Collections Gallery near the mummy,) kids can trade in their stuff for points, which allow them to “buy” other amazing items. The more science they know about the item they’re trading in, the more points they get.  Luckily, they have a comfy couch for parents and grandparents to lounge on while they talk to the well-informed and friendly volunteers staffing the “Corner.”

The Science Museum of Minnesota is a great destination for those days when you don’t want to go outside, but you want to give your kids a chance to learn, explore and use their imaginations.

Every Tuesday, the Museum caters to the pre-K crowd with Preschool Playdates, where, if you purchase a regular price adult ticket, you receive a free child admission (ages 5 and under). Minnesota Children’s Museum members receive free Science Museum admission during Playdates.

These playdates include:

  • Admission to the Science Museum’s exhibit galleries, packed with hands-on fun.
  • Make & Take creations: Your child will use their imagination to engineer a project the museum developed especially for them!
  • Special theater programs and demonstrations designed just for preschoolers.
  • Parent’s guide to preschool activities and accommodations throughout the museum, including an introduction to the Collectors’ Corner trading post!
The museum also has classes for preschoolers, if you’d rather relax and have a cup of coffee or peruse the science museum on your own. January classes include Flashlight Fun, Fast and Slow, and Experiments on Ice.
If you don’t live in the Twin Cities or near a science museum, why not help your kids make a collector’s corner of their own, where they can trade rocks or other natural items with siblings and friends? It’s a brilliant way to encourage kids to explore, and a fun project for the cold winter months.




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