Programs & Events

Homeschool Day at the Museum

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Family Program
Aug. 28, 2012 | Tuesday, 9:00am
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 9am-12:30pm
Please note that children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences - Museum of Natural Sciences and Nature Research Center
$4 per person (including parents). Children 3 and under free.

Spend a morning at the Museum and Nature Research Center. Enjoy up to two hands on programs in the morning.

Please note: Fee is not refundable.

Registration for Homeschool Day  is full.
*Please note that children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Fee includes up to two special programs. Children three and under admitted free.

Special Homeschool Day Discounts

Experience the Museum’s new 3D movies, for the reduced group rate of $3.00 per person.

You must be registered for Homeschool Day to receive these discounts.  Tickets may be purchased at the box office the day of the event and used on another day.

For more information or to receive a copy of the Museum’s homeschool e-newsletter, contact Barbara Beaman at To join the Museum’s homeschool e-newsletter, email me your request including county of residence.

Program admission tickets will be distributed during Homeschool Day check-in beginning at 9 am.  Individual programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Homeschool Day Programs

M31 - Storytime: Locomotion

Ages 4 to 6
9:40am (one session only)

Some animals fly from tree to tree, while others walk on land and swim in the sea. Where an animal lives can provide good clues as to how it might move. After a lively story and meeting a few live animals, we’ll do some take home activities that will emphasize vocabulary and fine motor skills. Presented by the Early Childhood Unit of the Museum, especially for our youngest students, ages 18 months to 6 years.

M32 - Crafty Critters

Ages 4 to 7
9:30am and 11:00am

Learn what animals need to survive in their natural habitats with a visit from some of our friendly museum critters.

M33 - Reptiles & Amphibians

Ages 4 to 7
9:30am and 11:00am

A hands- on program exploring the differences between these two fascinating animal groups in a fun and safe environment.

N11 - Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium

9:30am – Ages 7 to 10
11:15am – Ages 11 and up

What does it take to keep a 10,000 gallon aquarium full of fish working?  Join a fish curator for a special behind the scenes tour at the Nature Research Center.

M14 - Outdoor Safari

All Ages Welcome
9:30am and 11:00am

What's growing, blooming, crawling and flying in the garden? Right outside the Museum is a lovely garden of native plants. Come outside with Prairie Ridge educators on a sneaky safari to see what we can find. We will go out rain or shine.

M45 - Backyard Bugs

Ages 8 to 10
9:30am and 11:00am

Delve into the amazing world of insects and spiders and explore the many roles of arthropods in our own backyards. Learn about their unique natural histories, unusual adaptations and how to identify many of the more common species we encounter here in North Carolina.

N42 - Animals of the Constellations

Ages 8 to 10
9:30am and 11:00am

Discover some common animal constellations and learn about the names and legends of the stars.

N43 - Fossils: Windows into the Past

Ages 11 and Up
9:30am (one session only)

Examine fossils to learn how they form and how fossils tell us about the past. Explore how we know the age of fossils and how a geologic map can help with fossil dating and identification. This is a unique opportunity to study fossil specimens from North Carolina and elsewhere.

N24 - Laboratory Investigations

Ages 11 and Up
9:30am and 11:15am

In this class we’ll bring order and a sense of familiarity to the lab by learning the names and functions of basic glassware, like beakers, volumetric flasks and graduated cylinders. Practice your technique of pipetting accurately and reading a meniscus. Calibrate a microscope and spend time observing some living and nonliving specimens. Use digital scales and learn how to measure the weight of air!

N35 – The Essence of Bioluminescence: What Do You Mean It's Not Fluorescence?

Age 11 and Up
9:30am and 11:15am

Visit the Micro World Lab and explore light in all its variations, from the bioluminescent chemical light of deep-sea plankton to the fluorescent beauty of rocks whose allure is masked in the sunshine. The class will touch on the chemistry, biology, mechanics, and uses of this wide array of natural light.