Announcing 2012 Spring Programs for Kids & Families
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Exciting programs for kids and families at Carnegie Museum of Natural History are a great way to explore nature when it is cold and snowy outside—January to April. There are Overnight Adventures for night owls, and Mornings at the Museum or Breakfast with Dinosaurs for early risers. Young children will want to party in their PJs at the Pajama Nights. People of all ages are sure to love the adventures on Earth Day or the joy of discovery in Exploration Base Camp.
These spring programs are projects of the Center for Lifelong Science Learning.
Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection
This world-famous exhibition and the accompanying book reveal an intriguing story of American diplomacy and foreign policy as told through more than 200 of Secretary Albright’s pins. Read My Pins demonstrates the power of jewelry to communicate through a style and language all its own. This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Generous support for this exhibition was provided by Bren Simon and for the exhibition catalogue by St. John Knits. Read My Pins is locally sponsored by First Niagara, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, and Louis Anthony Jewelers.
M is for Museum
A must-see for families! Kids and grown-ups, guided by the ABCs, discover the wonders of one of America’s best natural history museums! It’s an exciting journey into the behind-the-scenes world of amazing museum objects and the scientists who care for and study them. Be a detective in “A is for Artifact.” Try on Butterfly wings in “B is for Beautiful.” Make your own Collection in “C is for Collect.” Identify animals in “I is for Identify.” Pretend you’re a scientific specimen in “J is for Jar.” M is for Museum is only at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. All that’s missing is YOU! Designed for visitors 5 to 13 years old—but enjoyable for all ages—M is for Museum features multimedia and hands-on activities that help curious young audiences discover how museums protect, explore, and explain the cultures of the world and nature in all its wonder.
Mornings at the Museum
Members: $10 per adult/child pair. Additional guests $5 each (up to two per adult/child pair)
Families with children ages 5 to 13, bring your children to the museum and explore the new M is for Museum exhibition one letter at a time! New early-morning hours feature a different letter each day for in-depth investigations through hands-on experiments and creative activities.
G is for Gigantic
A is for Artifact
How do archaeologists and anthropologists investigate science and cultures? Find out as you join a replica archaeology dig, identify the natural materials in real artifacts, and write your name in hieroglyphics. Create your own artifacts as you investigate craft techniques of ancient cultures. Register by February 17.
L is for Look
J is for Jar
Egg-cellent Egg Hunt
Celebrate spring by learning about egg-laying animals from prehistoric and modern times! With scavenger hunt maps in hand, children 12 and under visit hands-on exploration stations where touchable natural history specimens await. Interact with museum nature experts, answer intriguing egg-related riddles, and earn stamps and small prizes. It is a fun and exciting way to celebrate spring even if the weather is still cold and rainy outside. Scavenger hunt map and prizes available to the first 1,000 children.
Join us for an incredible adventure examining the world around you! On this special day, enjoy hands-on activities for all ages that introduce you to the museum collection and show you how our scientists’ research helps us understand and preserve the world’s amazing animals, plants, and cultures. Touch real museum specimens. Peek behind-the-scenes at the museum collection. Learn how cultures through time have interacted with the natural world. Use all of this new information to discover things you may have never noticed before in our displays!
Breakfast with Dinosaurs
Spend a leisurely weekend morning doing something truly amazing with your children. Eat a hearty breakfast including French toast, yogurt, fresh fruit, and cereal while keeping an eye on your favorite Mesozoic herbivores and carnivores in Dinosaurs in Their Time! At 8:40 a.m., the tables are cleared for very special hands-on activities developed especially for Breakfast with Dinosaurs families. Investigate dinosaur tracks and touch real fossil specimens, then enjoy a private guided tour of Dinosaurs in Their Time. Same-day admission is included in the ticket price. It is a family fun experience your dinosaur-loving child will never forget. Seating is limited, so sign up today! All ages welcome. Children under 6 months free. High chairs and boosters are not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own booster seat.
Free Family Activities
Experience the thrill of hands-on excavation!
Calling all nature lovers to the Discovery Room!
Family Expedition Kits
Exploration Base Camp
Carnegie Museum of Natural History has long made a collection of more than 10,000 authentic objects available to educators for use in their classrooms or groups. This amazing collection has recently been moved out of a basement storeroom and onto the first floor as a fully accessible exhibition. Families and school groups can now take a minute—or an hour—to study the construction of a Hopi basket, compare color patterns on bird eggs, test the hardness of various minerals, and use a wide selection of bird and mammal taxidermy mounts as drawing models. Visitors discover what many teachers already know—that actual objects provide powerful learning experiences. This unique space is also the site for activities related to current research of our museum scientists, seasonal changes in western Pennsylvania, and science topics straight from the headlines.
Discover Carts & Exploration Stations
Share your scientific curiosity with museum educators and teen volunteers stationed throughout our galleries. Hands-on investigations for all ages illuminate science topics and help you to explore the natural world using real and replica specimens and artifacts.
Families, school and homeschool groups, scout troops, and youth groups—bring your sleeping bags for a “camping” experience inside the museum. Sleep tight in the company of a rhinoceros! Enjoy snacks, hands-on projects, museum tours, guest appearances, and games. Overnights include a continental breakfast. Take the opportunity to explore the other exhibition areas with your free admission the next day!
All in One Night
CSI: Carnegie Science Investigator
Night of the Living Carnegie
Nighttime on the Nile
Party in your PJs next to a grizzly! Wear your pajamas and try out our Overnight Adventures without actually staying overnight.
Dino-rific Pajama Party
Homeschoolers: Spring Class Series
These classes are not just for homeschoolers anymore! Science comes alive for kids ages 4–13 in our class series designed for homeschoolers, pre-schoolers, and anyone home on a Tuesday afternoon with kids ages 4–13.
It’s About Time
Powdermill Nature Reserve
Powdermill Nature Reserve is located in Rector, PA, 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh amidst the rolling Laurel Highlands—home to wildflowers, trees, songbirds, salamanders, and many other wild creatures. The classroom and exhibition areas in the nature center as well as the trails outside provide meeting and program spaces for field trips and workshops. Our environmental research programs make Powdermill a world headquarters for studying the biodiversity of the mid-Appalachian region.
Free Family Nature Hour
Powdermill Nature Reserve offers indoor and outdoor activities year-round for nature lovers of all ages! Join our naturalists every weekend for free outings.
Scientific Lecture Series
Enjoy a scientific lecture series given by naturalists, scientists, and researchers from Powdermill Nature Reserve and Carnegie Museum of Natural History as well as special guest speakers. Talks are geared toward adults and last between 30 and 60 minutes in the Parker Room of the Nature Center. Check website for updated schedule.
Animal Tracks for All Ages
The Nature of Winter
NEW! Family Overnights at Powdermill
Explore the nocturnal habitats of Powdermill Nature Reserve! Discover the amazing nightlife of local insects, birds, amphibians, and mammals. Most activities take place outdoors, so please dress for the season and wear comfortable walking shoes. Flashlights are appropriate, but not required.
These overnights take place in Rector, PA, 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Center for Lifelong Science Learning
The Center for Lifelong Science Learning brings together museum staff and partners from area universities, community organizations, and national experts devoted to science education to conduct and explore research into informal science learning—the many ways people learn about science in settings outside school classrooms, such as museums and community organizations. The Center links these theories and practice so that the research findings are applied in the development of new educational programs and exhibitions for all ages. This research is catalyzing changes in our museum, including more immersive experiences, exciting hands-on interactions, and expanded access to collections for museum visitors. The Center for Lifelong Science Learning was launched in November 2010 and is under the direction of Mary Ann Steiner.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country and is redefining what it means to be a 21st-century natural history museum. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Through five new Centers, Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.
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