Journey into our StarLab planetarium with our new StarLab educator, Julie Feldt. Each month children will learn about different topics in astronomy and space science. They’ll also learn how to find current objects in the night sky so that they’ll be prepared for some real stargazing.
$5.00 per child, plus museum admission. Please note: Space is limited.
Special Workshop: Paint in the Park
All Mini Monets, Petite Picassos and Wee Warhols, gather outdoors for this new workshop! Lead by our Museum educator, children will be introduced to painting on canvas “en plein air” (outdoors) on the shore of the beautiful Hudson River, while listening to soothing classical music. Paint projects are designed to be age appropriate, for children age 2 and up. The Museum’s resident artist will provide expert instruction. Light refreshments will be served. Masterpieces will be created!
Cost: $10.00 per child, plus Museum admission. Pre-registration recommended.
Weather permitting: This event may be moved indoors in case of inclement weather.
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 drop-in program.
Cost: $5 per child, plus museum admission.
About 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!
Jackson Pollack was famous for painting by dripping paint onto giant canvases to make art. Children will hear the story of Jackson Pollock’s influential approach to art, then they will use his emotional style to create their own canvas splatter painting. Warning: this could (will) get messy!
Cost: Museum admission, plus $5.00 materials fee per child.
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. Free with museum admission.
Celebrate the Museum’s 30th Anniversary! This special event is for members only.
Enjoy science demos, anniversary cake and light refreshments, and your chance to contribute to a time capsule that won’t be opened for another 30 years!
Member Night is free, all MHCM members welcome.
This movement and baby sign language class is designed for pre-walking babies (up to 12 months) and their parent/caregiver.
The program features Parent-Baby dance time, simple baby games and songs. Each session focuses on different sensory activities using parachutes, balls, scarves, rattles and more. Participants will also learn baby sign language.
September 27 theme: Things that Roll We’ll have some fun tummy time on beach balls and make a fun art project with a rolling ball.
Free with Museum admission.
Yoga mats provided (one per parent-child pair) or you may bring your own.
We’re bringing Kids’ Kitchen back during our special Harvest Festival Celebration to conclude the 2019 Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market. Your family will enjoy helping to prepare a fall-themed dish.
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! Best suited for ages 2 – 6.
Tired of carving a pumpkin only have to throw it away at the end of the season? Come to the Museum to carve a ‘Fun-Kin’ Pumpkin!
These high-quality realistic looking foam pumpkins will last forever. You and your child will design and carve them with our special safety saws, then use science to light them up by wiring their insides with LED’s, so that they’ll glow forever too! Take your ‘Fun-Kin’ Pumpkin home to enjoy this year, and for many seasons to come!
Best for ages 4 and up. Young children will need adult assistance with the carving.
Cost: $15.00 plus Museum admission, includes all supplies. Limited to 15 children per session.