© Gilbert House Children's Museum
Gilbert House Children's Museum offers camps, workshops and field trip opportunities for schools and the communities. All programs utilize inquiry-based, hands on approaches and many can be tailored to specific program needs. Educators staffed by the Gilbert House will guide all learning opportunities in conjunction with school staff. Classes are offered during public school breaks and over the summer. More detailed information can be found on the event calendar through the website.
Preschool- The Gilbert House offers an accredited preschool program for children ages 3-5 at the museum. Preschool is offered half days on a full time or part time basis. Children have independent and outdoor learning time as well and large and small group centers. Personal hygiene instruction is also taught.
Summer Camps- Summer camp programming can change yearly. Some program offerings may include camps on flight, transportation engineering, human biology, agriculture, toy building, infrastructure, and outer space. Half day camps are available for preschoolers and full days for children between the ages of 6 and 12 (or grades 1-6). All camps are led by experienced educators.
Homeschool Hangouts- In line with Next Generation Science Standards, these 2 hour sessions that happen twice per month engage homeschooled children with stimulating science and innovation experiences that they may not be able to get at home. There is a new theme each month.
Field Trips- Educators should refer to the website or contact the museum directly for guidance on setting up field trips to the Children's Museum; however, there are many options for self-guided field trips, or enhancements that are focused on STEM goals and workshops.
Throughout the year, Gilbert House Children's Museum will host a wide array of special exhibit, speakers, and events to make learning even more fun such as special craft events, magic shows, ½ price admission days and more. The events calendar will detail these events as they change frequently. Birthday parties are also popular at the Children's Museum with multiple packages available.
There are a few events that are annual and looked forward to by the community.
Legacy of Play Day- Annually in February, Legacy of Play Day celebrates the life of A.C. Gilbert and offers a day of free admission to the museum and invites toy makers, and inventors from the community to share their work with visitors and continue the legacy of Gilbert.
Summer Block Party- This free community block party hosted by the Children's Museum is a day of museum exploration, free food and activities, local community resources, and much more.
Science Night for Adults- Leave the kids at home and enjoy a night of live music, food and libations as adults come together to learn about science and community progress. This is a series of events.
Discover the Wonder- Annual Fall Fundraiser features a magic show, dinner, drinks, and auction with proceeds benefiting the Gilbert House.
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