Drop-In 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.

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.

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.

Children painting on paper in the Pavilion

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.

Educator kneels next to child playing at table

Museum Showcase

There’s more to the Children’s Museum than meets the eye! Join museum education staff for an insider’s look at what makes our museum special. Each Museum Showcase will focus on one distinct part of the museum. Whether it’s a special trip inside the Starlab, taking on a challenge with Imagination Playground or a fresh way of playing on the Firetruck, you’ll leave this program with a deeper appreciation of what we have to offer.

This program is free with museum admission.

Click here to see a schedule of Museum Showcase programs.

Children looking up inside our StarLab Planetarium

Star Club

Journey into the museum’s StarLab planetarium to learn basic astronomy concepts.  After the program, you’ll 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.