Our Preschool Workshop Themes

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Wiggly World of Worms

This workshop provides preschoolers with an opportunity to get their hands dirty while learning all about worms. They work with magnifying glasses to get an up-close look at the lives and habits of worms.


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Listen Closely

This workshop introduces kids to the science behind the sounds all around them. Kids experiment with a wave motion model and a twirling tube to help them understand that sound travels in waves and can be heard in a variety of pitches. They also learn about the everyday materials that make a variety of special effects noises in the movies and create their own special effects sounds.


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Keep in Touch

Children learn what their sense of touch tells them about the world and they also learn that some objects are safe to touch while others are not. The preschoolers are presented with the challenge of identifying a variety of objects using only their sense of touch. They also experiment with an interesting material and make their very own creation.


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Eye to Eye

This workshop introduces students to their sense of sight. They experiment with magnifying glasses, kaleidoscopes, and binoculars. The preschoolers also interact with a variety of optical illusions to illustrate that their eyes can sometimes play tricks on them.


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Human Body

Children meet Mr. Bones, the skeleton, and learn about muscles and body systems.


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Space Frontiers

Take your class on a trip through the solar system and sign them up for the Mad Science Astronaut in Training Program, where they will learn all about the elements of space. Students will even get to take their very own mini rocket home.


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Color Lab

This workshop introduces preschoolers to the exciting world of color. They make a new friend while learning about the colors of the rainbow and experiment with their creative side during an activity on color mixing. Demonstrations are conducted to introduce students to the primary colors, as well as color mixing.


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Science of Music

Boom, tap, smack, cha-cha-cha! Listen to the sounds and rhythm of the science of music. Children feel, hear, and see the vibrations that help create music in this hands-on exploration.


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Lights On

What is light? Kids mix colors of light and explore rainbows.


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Mad Mixtures

Kids learn about volcanoes and simple chemistry. They make their own modeling dough to take home.


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Taste and Smell

Kids are introduced to their senses of smell and taste. they learn how these senses help them enjoy all of their favorite foods and scents, as well as experience those that are not as pleasant. Students create their very own scented pictures to take home.


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Fluttering Birds

Children learn all about their fine feathered friends when they take an up-close look at birds. They discover how to match bird mates, see what eggs are produced by which species, learn how a bird's beak is a tool, and how to identify different birds' songs. They take home bird warblers to practice their bird songs at home.


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Let's Look Closely

Children discover a world that they might not have realized was there, through the use of mirrors, microscopes, and magnifying glasses. They reveal hidden pictures, learn about reflection and symmetry, and use handheld microscopes to observe objects closely. They take away plastic magnifying glasses to continue their exploration at home.


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Magnetic Attraction

Children experience the poles and power of magnets in this hands-on workshop that provides them with the opportunity to make their own magnet to take home.


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Adventures in Air

Preschoolers learn that even though air is invisible it is all around them, all the time. They also learn that air has the power to move items and to slow them down. They experiment with a variety of items that rely on the air to help them move.


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Energy & Motion

Kids explore the concept of energy and how it gets things moving. Toys are used to help explain simple energy ideas and capture preschoolers' attention. They also get to take home toys called “Boinks” that demonstrate how energy and motion are related.


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Butterflies

Preschoolers will learn all about butterflies; where they come from, the stages of their growth, and how they eat. They even make some of their own winged critters to take home.


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Sea, Sand & Surf

Children explore the science of the sea and learn about what sand is made from, how shells are used by animals for protection, and what animals live in the ocean. They make their own ocean bottle to take home.


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Digging for Dinosaurs

Kids are introduced to the differences between meat-eating and plant-eating animals. They have the opportunity to look at some dinosaur teeth up close and work as paleontologists, by participating in a mini dinosaur dig that engages their attention and helps them improve their scientific knowledge.


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How Big? How Much?

Preschoolers learn the basics of measurement by measuring all kinds of objects using balance beam scales, bathroom scales, and even their own feet! Children are introduced to the concept of estimation and take home a measuring foot to cut out with their parents.


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Animal Friends

Children become an animal, identify animal sounds, and learn all about animal babies and parents.


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Healthy Choices

Preschoolers are introduced to basic nutrition in this hands-on workshop. They discover what makes a healthy meal and why they need to keep eating fruits and vegetables to grow strong!


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Weather Wonders

Preschoolers help create a cloud in a bottle and make it rain inside. They also learn all about the water cycle and weather patterns, and design their very own windsock to take home.


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Shapes and Structures

Children discover different shapes and structures by using different kinds of equipment, like Geoboards and Magnatiles. They create their own structure to take home using cornstarch-based “noodles.”


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Water Works

Water is more complicated than it looks and through this exciting workshop children learn all about the different properties of water. They experiment with floating, sinking, absorption, and so much more.


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