Drop-In Programs


Making Masterpieces

This facilitated art program invites parents and caregivers to work with their pre-school aged children to create something special to take home. Each month features a new project!

Cost:  Museum admission, plus $5.00 materials fee per child.

Click here to see a schedule of Making Masterpieces programs.

Preschool children reading books while sitting on a carpet

Afternoon ABC 123

This early literacy and math program features a playgroup format to engage both toddlers and their parents/caregivers in song, stories and hands-on projects. Parents will get take-home ideas to support early learning in the home. Each month has a different theme!

This program is free with museum admission.

Click here to see a schedule of Afternoon ABC 123 programs.

Young woman working out with her baby boy at home

Baby Moves

This movement and baby sign language class is designed for pre-walking babies (up to 12 months) and their parent/caregiver.

Free with Museum admission.

Yoga mats provided (one per parent-child pair) or you may bring your own. Maximum 30 people per class.

Click here to see a schedule of Baby Moves programs.

Children with tomato plants during our Gardening program

Fertile Minds Gardening Times

Fertile Minds Gardening Time is a new seasonal program designed to introduce young children to gardening and to connect them to where their food comes from.

This program is free with museum admission.

Click here to see a schedule of Fertile Minds Gardening Time programs.

Children with educator exploring electric circuits while sitting on rug

STEM Club / Homeschool Club

Join us each week as we feature a facilitated lesson with an exciting science or art project!  Children will work on the project while parents meet nearby for networking and discussion.

Everyone is welcome to come see what the club is up to. Every month Home School Club families pick from a list of topics to determine the activities for the month. No matter what they choose, every week is a great chance for homeschoolers to meet, learn and participate in unique interactive experiences.

Although this program focuses on the needs of home schooled children ages 4 – 7, all are welcome to attend this weekly drop-in program.

Cost:  Museum admission, plus $5.00 per person.

Click here to see a schedule of Home School Club program dates.

Educator pouring healthy green drink

Kids' Kitchen @ The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market

We’re making delicious food from the freshest ingredients you can get! Children will follow educators as we pick produce from either our children’s garden or venders at the market. Educators and kid volunteers will then demonstrate simple cooking techniques to turn the produce into a scrumptious kid friendly snack. And of course we’ll taste test our creations!

This program is free, held during the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market, on Mondays at 4:00 pm from June 3 through September 2. An additional Kids’ Kitchen will be held on September 30.


Paint in the Park

This seasonal workshop invites all Mini Monets, Petite Picassos and Wee Warhols, to gather outdoors for painting on canvas “en plein air” (outdoors) on the shore of the beautiful Hudson River.  Workshop is facilitated by our resident artist, Miss Josie and is designed to be age appropriate, for children age 2 and up.  Light refreshments will be served. Masterpieces will be created!

Cost:  $10.00 per child, plus Museum admission. Pre-registration recommended.

Workshop is seasonal and weather permitting: This event may be moved indoors or into the Pavilion in case of inclement weather.

Children looking up inside our StarLab Planetarium

Star Club

Journey into the museum’s StarLab planetarium to learn basic astronomy concepts.  After the program, your child will be able to find real constellations in the night sky!

Cost:  Museum admission, plus $5.00 per person; Space is limited.

Click here to see a schedule of StarLab presentations.

Storytime with Ed

Storytime with Ed

Join Ed, our special guest volunteer, as he makes some of his favorite stories come alive! With a lively voice and a keen grasp of just what will interest your little ones, Ed will entertain and educate with wonderful books just right for early learners. This program is best for children ages 3 – 5.

This program is free with museum admission.

Click here to see a schedule of Storytime with Ed programs.