Pop-Up Science for your Community

Let the Montshire Come to You!

Montshire's Pop-Up Science outreach program travels to community fairs, schools, festivals, and private events.

  • We will customize the programming to fit your needs and audience.
  • We bring everything! Just provide us the space and we will provide the rest. Some activities may require access to electricity. Some activities are best with audience members 8 and up. All activities assume parent or caregiver assistance and supervision.

Call 802-649-2200 for more information and to make a reservation.

Science Activities

Pond Life
Explore a world beneath local waters and in the air with microscopes and hand lenses. Peek in on the fascinating and complicated lives of dragonflies, mayflies, water scorpions, and more.

Scribble Bots
Using simple materials like batteries and motors, families make whimsical art-producing contraptions. Challenging and super fun! Best for ages 8+.

Wind Tube
We bring our one-of-a-kind vertical wind tube, you bring the ideas. The challenge: to float a flying contraption at just the right height in the tube using our diverse assemblage of reuseable materials. Requires access to an electric outlet.

Straw Linkages
Use drinking straws to make a simple contraption that uses linkages, then experiment with designing your own moving sculpture. 

Human Body
Examine your own cells under our state-of-the-art microscopes! Best for ages 8+.

Lego Gears
You may know Legos, but do you know gears? Learn how worm gears and gear ratios work as you make a whimsical contraption.


2 hours    $500 + travel*
3 hours    $600 + travel*
5 hours    $700 + travel*
*current travel rate is $.75/mile

Call 802-649-2200 for more information and to make a reservation.

The folllowing Pop-up Science prgrams are generously supported by Disney, through a Creativity Garden grant, a nationwide project of the Association of Science-Teschnology Centers [ASTC].

  • Saturday, April 23rd: Girl Expo, Essex Jct., VT, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 14th: Bennington Bookfest, Bennigton, VT, 10:30 a.m –1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 28th: Listen Flea Market, Colburn Park, Lebanon, NH, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 9th: Lebanon Farmer’s Market, Colburn Park, Lebanon, NH, 4–7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 25th: Randolph Farmer’s Market, Randolph, VT,  9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 30th: Feast and Field Market, Barnard, VT, 4:30–6 p.m. 
  • Saturday, July 2nd: Bakersfield VT, (time TBD)
  • Sunday, July 3rd: Montpelier 4th of July, Montpelier, VT,  2–6 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 21st: Norwich Fair, Norwich, VT,  6–8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 23rd: Randolph Farmer’s Market, Randolph, VT, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (to be confirmed)
  • Saturday, July 30th: Barre Heritage Festival, Barre, VT, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 31st: Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, Burlington, VT,  11 a.m.–4 p.m.


Tinkering Activity 1: Scribble Bots [pdf]
Tinkering Activity 2: L.E.D. Bling​ [pdf]
Tinkering Activity 3: Paper Circuits [pdf]