Programs & Workshops for Children & Families

Indoors and out, Montshire's programs for children and families provide plenty of opportunities for exploring science during the school year.

Most programs require pre-registration and a fee is charged. Programs are taught by the Montshire education staff. Need-based scholarships are available. 

Young Scientist Program

This weekly preschool/kindergarten program will foster your child's natural curiosity and learning through hands-on experiments and fun projects as we explore the physical and natural sciences. A different topic is presented each week. Preregistration required.
Morning and afternoon sessions.


The Montshire offers programs and special days for homeschoolers to explore science in unique and fun ways. Homeschool groups are also invited to schedule their own group visit and a staff-led workshop.

Books and Beyond! Science for Preschoolers

This program combines great children’s literature and hands-on activities for fun science learning and exploration. Each day features a different book and activity. For children ages 3-5 and their parent or caregiver. Free with museum admission.

Afterschool Science Adventures

This is an opportunity to explore science and nature using hands-on experiences and real experiments. We will hypothesize, test, observe, and also use our creativity. Explore a different theme each week! For children in grades K-2. Preregistration required.

Afterschool Adventures Program: Inventors’ Workshop

This three-part series is perfect for children who enjoy building, tinkering, and figuring out how things work. Investigate simple machines, mechanics, energy transfer, and more, as we design and build amazing, chain-reaction machines.  For children in grades 3–6. Preregistration required.