Education Programs

Program options and available times/locations may be limited due to the Museum operating under modifications to ensure safety. Please submit a request using the online form below and we will contact you. For special questions, contact education@childrensmuseumofrichmond.org or call 804-474-7012

All field trip programs have been updated (Summer 2021) to reflect current Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) and/or Standards of Learning (SOL) with guidance by our new Teacher Advisory Group. If you are interested in serving on our Advisory team, contact Krista Dawson, Director of Education at Kdawson@cmorva.org

NOTE: All Preschool programs have elements supporting VA ELDS Approaches to Play & Learning; Social/Emotion Development and Communication, Language & Literacy but are not explicitly identified below.


Pre-K

Blooming Butterflies

Butterflies come to life though dramatic play and interesting models. Students will celebrate the anatomy and life cycles of these wonderful creatures though literacy and creative engagement. Additionally, students will get a flash lesson on symmetry and hone their skills on a gigantic butterfly model.

Students will leave the program with a pair of wearable butterfly wings showcasing symmetry

Blooming Butterfly Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development CD1.1, CD3.4, CD4.1

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K1 (c,e); Living Systems and Processes K6 (a, b), K7 (a, b,c), 1.5 (b, c); Earth and Space Systems K10 (a, b, c, d)

Blooming Butterflies
(Virtual Field Trip)

Butterflies come to life though dramatic play and interesting videos and models. Students will celebrate the anatomy and life cycles of these wonderful creatures though literacy and creative engagement. Additionally, students will get a flash lesson on symmetry and hone their skills on a gigantic butterfly model.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces symmetry and butterfly anatomy.

Blooming Butterfly Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development CD1.1, CD3.4, CD4.1

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K1 (c,e); Living Systems and Processes K6 (a, b), K7 (a, b,c), 1.5 (b, c); Earth and Space Systems K10 (a, b, c, d)

Celebrations Around the World

Students will learn about celebrations that take place around the world and even in their own neighborhood. We will identify the four main components that comprise a celebration: light, food, decorations, and games. Students will learn about children and their families who celebrate the winter holidays of Eid, Diwali, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and Lunar New Year, and interact with cultural props!

Students will leave the program with a Celebrations Around the World craft booklet.

Celebrations Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Cognitive Development CD2.1, CD2.2, CD2.3

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, e); History K2 (a), 3.1 (a, b, c, e), 3.13

Celebrations Around the World
(Virtual Field Trip)

Students will learn about celebrations that take place around the world and even in their own neighborhood. We will identify the four main components that comprise a celebration: light, food, decorations, and games. Students will learn about children and their families who celebrate the winter holidays of Eid, Diwali, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and Lunar New Year, and interact with cultural props!

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces the importance of family celebrations.

Celebrations Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Cognitive Development CD2.1, CD2.2, CD2.3

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, e); History K2 (a), 3.1 (a, b, c, e), 3.13

Dinosaur Discovery

Prehistoric play brings to life the wild world of DINOSAURS. Students will learn that although dinosaurs lived long ago and are extinct, there is still much to explore as they identify key features of some favorite dinosaurs. Students will step into the shoes of paleontologists through engaging activities such as “fossil” digs and themed play!

Students will leave the program with their very own clay “fossil.”

Dinosaur Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1, HPD3.2
  • Cognitive Development CD2.3, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, c, g); History K.3
  • Science: Living Systems 3.4 (c)

Dinosaur Discovery
(Virtual Field Trip)

Prehistoric play brings to life the wild world of DINOSAURS. Students will learn that although dinosaurs lived long ago and are extinct, there is still much to explore as they identify key features of some favorite dinosaurs. Students will step into the shoes of paleontologists through engaging activities such as watching a real dig video, digging for their own “fossils” and learning interesting facts about dinosaurs!

Students will receive two fun print-outs that encourages further learning at home and reinforces creativity and new knowledge of dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1, HPD3.2
  • Cognitive Development CD2.3, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, c, g); History K.3
  • Science: Living Systems 3.4 (c)

Drumsticks

Join us as we bring to life The Leopard’s Drum, a West African folktale. Through dramatic play, students learn to identify patterns in literature, art, and music! They are able to create visual and musical patterns of their own, while deepening their understanding through interactive storytelling using their created character props!

Students will leave the program with a piece of art that resembles an animal from the story.

Drumsticks Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL3.1
  • Social and Emotional Development SED2.1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD2.2
  • Cognitive Development CD3.4

VA Standards of Learning

  • English: Communication and Multimodal Literacies K.1, K.2; Reading K.8
  • Mathematics: Patterns, Functions, and Algebra K.13

Drumsticks
(Virtual Field Trip)

Join us as we bring to life The Leopard’s Drum, a West African folktale. Through dramatic play, students learn to identify patterns in literature, art, and music! They are able to create visual and musical patterns of their own, while deepening their understanding through interactive storytelling.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of patterns and story-telling.

Drumsticks Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL3.1
  • Social and Emotional Development SED2.1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD2.2
  • Cognitive Development CD3.4

VA Standards of Learning

  • English: Communication and Multimodal Literacies K.1, K.2; Reading K.8
  • Mathematics: Patterns, Functions, and Algebra K.13

Eating the Rainbow
(Virtual Field Trip)

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colors helps us grow healthy and strong. Let’s explore the spectrum of choices as we discover some of the benefits ofeating the rainbow!

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces the importance of eating healthy foods.

Eating A Rainbow Program Alignment

VA EARLY LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

  • Health and Physical Development: HPD1; HPD4.3
  • Mathematics: CD3.4

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific Investigation, Reasoning & Logic K.1 (a, d), K.2 (b); Force, Motion, & Energy K.4 (a, d); Life Processes K.7 (b)

My 5 Senses

Mystery items will have students guessing and giggling in this program about our amazing senses! Students will match physical parts and descriptive words to the five senses. Through hands-on exploration, students will deepen their awareness of how our senses help us understand the world.

Students will leave the program with a “Magnifying (Your Senses) Glass” craft.

Five Senses Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development CD1.1, CD1.2, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific Investigation, Reasoning and Logic K.5

My 5 Senses
(Virtual Field Trip)

Mystery items will have students guessing and giggling in this program about our amazing senses! Students will explore their five senses through an interactive presentation that will deepen their awareness of how these senses help us understand the world.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of the five senses.

Five Senses Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development CD1.1, CD1.2, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific Investigation, Reasoning and Logic K.5

Ready, Set, Grow!

In Ready-Set-Grow, students will celebrate the fantastic world of plants. Come act out the life cycle of a plant, discuss the importance of plants in our life, and get your hands dirty as we explore how nature works.

Students will leave the program with their very own planted seed.

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development CD1.1, CD1.2, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Living Systems and Processes K.6 (a, b), K.7 (a, b, c),1.4, 2.4 (b); Earth and Space Systems K.10, 1.7(c)

What is a Scientist?
(NEW!)

What does a scientist really do? Students will learn the answer to this question by taking part in this very hands-on, station-focused program. As students have fun predicting, observing, sorting, and recording at different experiment tables, they are not only learning the scientific method, but also recognizing that anyone can be a scientist if they have enough curiosity and willingness to explore.

Students get to take home their unique observational drawings that were created in the program.

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Communication, Language & Literacy Development: CLLD1.2, CLLD3.1
  • Health & Physical Development: HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development: Science CD1, CD2.2, CD2.3;
  • Mathematics: CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific Investigation, Reasoning & Logic K.1 (a-k), K.2 (a, b); Matter K.4 (a, b, c, d, e), K.5 (c)

Kindergarten

Adapt in the Habitat

Cool creatures assist students in learning about an animal’s five basic needs and components of a habitat, along with the forces that may cause a habitat to change. Students will explore animal body coverings and physical traits. They will also learn about physical and behavioral adaptations such as hibernation, migration, camouflage, and varied vision.

Students will leave the program with an imaginative drawing reinforcing knowledge of habitats and adaptations.

Adapt Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning:

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (a, c), 1.1 (c), 2.1 (a), 3.1 (a); Matter K.3 (a, b, c, d); Living Systems and Processes K.7 (a, b, c), 1.5 (a, b, c) 2.5 (a, b, c 3.4 (a, b), 3,5 (a, b) Earth Resources 2.8 (b)

Adapt in the Habitat
(Virtual Field Trip)

Cool creatures assist students in learning about an animal’s five basic needs and components of a habitat, along with the forces that may cause a habitat to change. Students will explore animal body coverings and physical traits. They will also learn about physical and behavioral adaptations such as hibernation, migration, and camouflage.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of habitats and adaptations.

Adapt Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning:

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (a, c), 1.1 (c), 2.1 (a), 3.1 (a); Matter K.3 (a, b, c, d); Living Systems and Processes K.7 (a, b, c), 1.5 (a, b, c), 2.5 (a, b, c), 3.4 (a, b), 3,5 (a, b); Earth Resources 2.8 (b)

Blooming Butterflies

Butterflies come to life though dramatic play and interesting models. Students will celebrate the anatomy and life cycles of these wonderful creatures though literacy and creative engagement. Additionally, students will get a flash lesson on symmetry and hone their skills on a gigantic butterfly model.

Students will leave the program with a pair of wearable butterfly wings showcasing symmetry.

Blooming Butterflies Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development CD1.1, CD3.4, CD4.1

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K1 (c, e); Living Systems and Processes K6 (a, b), K7 (a, b, c), 1.5 (b, c); Earth and Space Systems K10 (a, b, c, d)

Blooming Butterflies
(Virtual Field Trip)

Butterflies come to life though dramatic play and interesting models. Students will celebrate the anatomy and life cycles of these wonderful creatures though literacy and creative engagement. Additionally, students will get a flash lesson on symmetry and hone their skills on a gigantic butterfly model.

Students will leave the program with a pair of wearable butterfly wings showcasing symmetry

Blooming Butterflies Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development CD1.1, CD3.4, CD4.1

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K1 (c ,e); Living Systems and Processes K6 (a, b), K7 (a, b, c), 1.5 (b, c); Earth and Space Systems K10 (a, b, c, d)

Celebrations Around the World

Students will learn about celebrations that take place around the world and even in their own neighborhood. We will identify the four main components that comprise a celebration: light, food, decorations, and games. Students will learn about children and their families who celebrate the holidays of Eid, Diwali, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and Lunar New Year, and interact with cultural props!

Students will leave the program with a Celebrations Around the World craft booklet.

Celebrations Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Cognitive Development CD2.1, CD2.2, CD2.3

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, e); History K2 (a), 3.1 (a, b, c, e), 3.13

Celebrations Around the World
(Virtual Field Trip)

Students will learn about celebrations that take place around the world and even in their own neighborhood. We will identify the four main components that comprise a celebration: light, food, decorations, and games. Students will learn about children and their families who celebrate the holidays of Eid, Diwali, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and Lunar New Year, and interact with cultural props!

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces the importance of family celebrations.

Celebrations Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Cognitive Development CD2.1, CD2.2, CD2.3

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, e); History K2 (a), 3.1 (a, b, c, e), 3.13

Dinosaur Discovery

Prehistoric play brings to life the wild world of DINOSAURS. Students will learn that although dinosaurs lived long ago and are extinct, there is still much to explore as they identify key features of some favorite dinosaurs. Students will step into the shoes of paleontologists through engaging activities such as “fossil” digs and themed play!

Students will leave the program with their very own clay “fossil.”

Dinosaur Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1, HPD3.2
  • Cognitive Development CD2.3, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, c, g); History K.3
  • Science: Living Systems 3.4 (c)

Dinosaur Discovery
(Virtual Field Trip)

Prehistoric play brings to life the wild world of DINOSAURS. Students will learn that although dinosaurs lived long ago and are extinct, there is still much to explore as they identify key features of some favorite dinosaurs. Students will step into the shoes of paleontologists through engaging activities such as watching a real dig video, digging for their own “fossils” and learning interesting facts about dinosaurs!

Students will receive two fun print-outs that encourages further learning at home and reinforces creativity and new knowledge of dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1, HPD3.2
  • Cognitive Development CD2.3, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, c, g); History K.3
  • Science: Living Systems 3.4 (c)

Drumsticks

Join us as we bring to life The Leopard’s Drum, a West African folktale. Through dramatic play, students learn to identify patterns in literature, art, and music! They are able to create visual and musical patterns of their own, while deepening their understanding through interactive storytelling using their created character props!

Students will leave the program with a piece of art that resembles an animal from the story.

Drumsticks Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL3.1
  • Social and Emotional Development SED2.1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD2.2
  • Cognitive Development CD3.4

VA Standards of Learning

  • English: Communication and Multimodal Literacies K.1, K.2; Reading K.8
  • Mathematics: Patterns, Functions, and Algebra K.13

Drumsticks
(Virtual Field Trip)

Join us as we bring to life The Leopard’s Drum, a West African folktale. Through dramatic play, students learn to identify patterns in literature, art, and music! They are able to create visual and musical patterns of their own, while deepening their understanding through interactive storytelling.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of patterns and story-telling.

Drumsticks Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL3.1
  • Social and Emotional Development SED2.1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD2.2
  • Cognitive Development CD3.4

VA Standards of Learning

  • English: Communication and Multimodal Literacies K.1, K.2; Reading K.8
  • Mathematics: Patterns, Functions, and Algebra K.13

Eating the Rainbow
(Virtual Field Trip)

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colors helps us grow healthy and strong. Let’s explore the spectrum of choices as we discover some of the benefits ofeating the rainbow!

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces the importance of eating healthy foods.

Eating the Rainbow Program Alignment

VA EARLY LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

  • Health and Physical Development: HPD1; HPD4.3
  • Mathematics: CD3.4

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific Investigation, Reasoning & Logic K.1 (a, d), K.2 (b); Force, Motion, & Energy K.4 (a, d); Life Processes K.7 (b)

Fantastic Frogs
(Virtual Field Trip)

Join us as we hop into the world of fantastic frogs! With a focus on the life cycle, this interactive program uses puppets, props, and pictures to show just how amazing a frog’s life is.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces creativity and frog anatomy.

Fantastic Frogs Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • SCIENCE:  Life Processes: K.6 (a, b), K.7 (a, c, d), 1.5 (a, b, c), 2.4 (a); Living System: 2.5 (a, b); Earth Patterns, Cycles & Change: K.9 (c), K.10 (a, b)

Magnificent Magnets

Learn why magnets are so magnificent! Students discover what makes magnets push and pull, and why some objects are magnetic and others are not. They will identify magnets from everyday life and work through an array of hands-on experiments and activities to gain further understanding.

Students will leave the program with a unique puzzle piece magnet.

Magnets Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Force, Motion, and Energy K.2 (a, b, c); 2.2 (a, b, c)

My 5 Senses

Mystery items will have students guessing and giggling in this program about our amazing senses! Students will match physical parts and descriptive words to the five senses. Through hands-on exploration, students will deepen their awareness of how our senses help us understand the world.

Students will leave the program with a “Magnifying (Your Senses) Glass” craft.

Five Senses Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development CD1.1, CD1.2, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific Investigation, Reasoning and Logic K.5

My 5 Senses
(Virtual Field Trip)

Mystery items will have students guessing and giggling in this program about our amazing senses! Students will explore their five senses through an interactive presentation that will deepen their awareness of how these senses help us understand the world.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of the five senses.

Five Senses Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development CD1.1, CD1.2, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific Investigation, Reasoning and Logic K.5

Ready, Set, Grow!

In Ready-Set-Grow, students will celebrate the fantastic world of plants. Come act out the life cycle of a plant, discuss the importance of plants in our life, and get your hands dirty as we explore how nature works.

Students will leave the program with their very own planted seed.

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development CD1.1, CD1.2, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Living Systems and Processes K.6 (a, b), K.7 (a, b, c); 1.4; 2.4 (b); Earth and Space Systems K.10; 1.7(c)

Unplugged: Coding Without Computers

Did you know “algorithm” is a fancy term for “instructions”? In this foundational program, art and movement are the mediums by which students will practice binary code and explore the role of a programmer by testing simple algorithms. Students will use the logical thinking employed by coders to concretely explore simple coding without technology!

Students will leave the program with a personalized Binary Bracelet.

Coding Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Mathematics: Number & Number Sense K.1 (a, b); Computation and Estimation 1.6
  • History/Social Science: Geography K.4
  • Computer Science: Algorithms and Programming K.1, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1; Data and Analysis K.9, 1.11, 2.11
  • Computer Technology: Basic Operations and Concepts C/T K-2.1

Weather Watchers
(COMING FALL 2021)

Watch how weather really effects life on Earth. Students will learn how to predict the weather by identifying natural patterns like the four seasons and cloud formations. Students will be shown different weather instruments that meteorologists use in understanding the weather.

Children will make a unique “Weather Viewer” that can be taken home to continue the learning with their families.

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Earth and Space Systems K.9 (a, b, c), K.10 (a), 1.7(a, b, c), 2.6 (a, b, c),2.7 (a, b, c); ) Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems 1.6 (a), 2.6 (a, b, c); Earth Patterns, Cycles & Change: K.9 (a), K.10 (b), 1.7 (b, c), 2.7(a), 3.8 (a), 3.9 (a, b)

What is a Scientist?
(COMING FALL 2021)

What does a scientist really do? Students will learn the answer to this question by taking part in this very hands-on, station-focused program. As students have fun predicting, observing, sorting, and recording at different experiment tables, they are not only learning the scientific method, but also recognizing that anyone can be a scientist if they have enough curiosity and willingness to explore.

Students get to take home their unique observational drawings that were created in the program.

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Communication, Language & Literacy Development: CLLD1.2, CLLD3.1
  • Health & Physical Development: HPD1.1; Cognitive Development: Science CD1, CD2.2, CD2.3;
  • Mathematics: CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific Investigation, Reasoning & Logic: K.1 (a-k), K.2 (a, b); Matter: K.4 (a, b, c, d, e), K.5 (c)


1st Grade

Adapt in the Habitat

Cool creatures assist students in learning about an animal’s five basic needs and components of a habitat, along with the forces that may cause a habitat to change. Students will explore animal body coverings and physical traits. They will also learn about physical and behavioral adaptations such as hibernation, migration, camouflage, and varied vision.

Students will leave the program with an imaginative drawing reinforcing knowledge of habitats and adaptations.

Adapt Program Alignment

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of habitats and adaptations.

VA Standards of Learning:

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (a, c), 1.1 (c); 2.1 (a), 3.1 (a); Matter K.3 (a, b, c, d); Living Systems and Processes K.7 (a, b, c), 1.5 (a, b, c), 2.5 (a, b, c), 3.4 (a, b), 3,5 (a, b); Earth Resources 2.8 (b)

Adapt in the Habitat
(Virtual Field Trip)

Cool creatures assist students in learning about an animal’s five basic needs and components of a habitat, along with the forces that may cause a habitat to change. Students will explore animal body coverings and physical traits. They will also learn about physical and behavioral adaptations such as hibernation, migration, and camouflage.

Adapt Program Alignment

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of habitats and adaptations.

VA Standards of Learning:

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (a, c), 1.1 (c,; 2.1 (a), 3.1 (a); Matter K.3 (a, b, c, d); Living Systems and Processes K.7 (a, b, c), 1.5 (a, b, c), 2.5 (a, b, c), 3.4 (a, b), 3,5 (a, b); Earth Resources 2.8 (b)

Celebrations Around the World

Students will learn about celebrations that take place around the world and even in their own neighborhood. We will identify the four main components that comprise a celebration: light, food, decorations, and games. Students will learn about children and their families who celebrate the holidays of Eid, Diwali, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and Lunar New Year, and interact with cultural props!

Students will leave the program with a Celebrations Around the World craft booklet.

Celebrations Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Cognitive Development CD2.1, CD2.2, CD2.3

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, e); History K2 (a), 3.1 (a, b, c, e), 3.13

Celebrations Around the World
(Virtual Field Trip)

Students will learn about celebrations that take place around the world and even in their own neighborhood. We will identify the four main components that comprise a celebration: light, food, decorations, and games. Students will learn about children and their families who celebrate the holidays of Eid, Diwali, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and Lunar New Year, and interact with cultural props!

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces the importance of family celebrations.

Celebrations Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Cognitive Development CD2.1, CD2.2, CD2.3

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, e); History K2 (a), 3.1 (a, b, c, e), 3.13

Dinosaur Discovery

Prehistoric play brings to life the wild world of DINOSAURS. Students will learn that although dinosaurs lived long ago and are extinct, there is still much to explore as they identify key features of some favorite dinosaurs. Students will step into the shoes of paleontologists through engaging activities such as “fossil” digs and themed play!

Students will leave the program with their very own clay “fossil.”

Dinosaur Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1, HPD3.2
  • Cognitive Development CD2.3, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, c, g); History K.3
  • Science: Living Systems 3.4 (c)

Dinosaur Discovery
(Virtual Field Trip)

Prehistoric play brings to life the wild world of DINOSAURS. Students will learn that although dinosaurs lived long ago and are extinct, there is still much to explore as they identify key features of some favorite dinosaurs. Students will step into the shoes of paleontologists through engaging activities such as watching a real dig video, digging for their own “fossils” and learning interesting facts about dinosaurs!

Students will receive two fun print-outs that encourages further learning at home and reinforces creativity and new knowledge of dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1, HPD3.2
  • Cognitive Development CD2.3, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, c, g); History K.3
  • Science: Living Systems 3.4 (c)

Fantastic Frogs
(Virtual Field Trip)

Join us as we hop into the world of fantastic frogs! With a focus on the life cycle, this interactive program uses puppets, props, and pictures to show just how amazing a frog’s life is.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces creativity and frog anatomy.

Fantastic Frogs Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • SCIENCE:  Life Processes: K.6 (a, b), K.7 (a, c, d), 1.5 (a, b, c), 2.4 (a); Living System: 2.5 (a, b); Earth Patterns, Cycles & Change: K.9 (c), K.10 (a, b)

Magnificent Magnets

Learn why magnets are so magnificent! Students discover what makes magnets push and pull, and why some objects are magnetic and others are not. They will identify magnets from everyday life and work through an array of hands-on experiments and activities to gain further understanding.

Students will leave the program with a unique puzzle piece magnet.

Magnets Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Force, Motion, and Energy K.2 (a, b, c), 2.2 (a, b, c)

Ready, Set, Grow!

In Ready-Set-Grow, students will celebrate the fantastic world of plants. Come act out the life cycle of a plant, discuss the importance of plants in our life, and get your hands dirty as we explore how nature works.

Students will leave the program with their very own planted seed.

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1
  • Cognitive Development CD1.1, CD1.2, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Living Systems and Processes K.6 (a, b), K.7 (a, b, c), 1.4, 2.4 (b); Earth and Space Systems K.10, 1.7(c)

Simply Machines

Students gain a working knowledge of six simple machines in Simply Machines! Through hands-on exploration, students will be challenged to identify the simple machines in an “I SPY” game, experiment to discover how machines make work easier, and test out ways to combine simple machines through construction play.

Students will leave the program with DIY machine kit.

Simply Machines Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (b, d), 1.1 (a, d, e), 2.1 (a, b, d, e), 3.1 (a, b); Force, Motion and Energy K.2 (a, b, c), 2.2 (a, b, c), 3.2 (a, b, c, d)

Simply Machines
(Virtual Field Trip)

Students gain a working knowledge of six simple machines in Simply Machines! Through an interactive presentation, students will be challenged to identify the simple machines and see that they are everywhere around us.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of the simple machines.

Simply Machines Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (b, d) 1.1 (a, d, e), 2.1 (a, b, d, e), 3.1 (a, b); Force, Motion and Energy K.2 (a, b, c), 2.2 (a, b, c), 3.2 (a, b, c, d)

Unplugged: Coding Without Computers

Did you know “algorithm” is a fancy term for “instructions”? In this foundational program, art and movement are the mediums by which students will practice binary code and explore the role of a programmer by testing simple algorithms. Students will use the logical thinking employed by coders to concretely explore simple coding without technology!

Students will leave the program with a personalized Binary Bracelet.

Coding Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Mathematics: Number & Number Sense K.1 (a, b); Computation and Estimation 1.6
  • History/Social Science: Geography K.4
  • Computer Science: Algorithms and Programming K.1, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1; Data and Analysis K.9, 1.11, 2.11
  • Computer Technology: Basic Operations and Concepts C/T K-2.1

Weather Watchers
(COMING FALL 2021)

Watch how weather really effects life on Earth. Students will learn how to predict the weather by identifying natural patterns like the four seasons and cloud formations. Students will be shown different weather instruments that meteorologists use in understanding the weather.

Children will make a unique “Weather Viewer” that can be taken home to continue the learning with their families.

Weather Watchers Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Earth and Space Systems K.9 (a, b, c), K.10 (a), 1.7(a, b, c), 2.6 (a, b, c),2.7 (a, b, c); ) Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems 1.6 (a), 2.6 (a, b, c); Earth Patterns, Cycles & Change: K.9 (a), K.10 (b), 1.7 (b, c), 2.7(a), 3.8 (a), 3.9 (a, b)

2nd Grade

Adapt in the Habitat

Cool creatures assist students in learning about an animal’s five basic needs and components of a habitat, along with the forces that may cause a habitat to change. Students will explore animal body coverings and physical traits. They will also learn about physical and behavioral adaptations such as hibernation, migration, camouflage, and varied vision.

Students will leave the program with an imaginative drawing reinforcing knowledge of habitats and adaptations.

Adapt Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning:

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (a, c), 1.1 (c), 2.1 (a), 3.1 (a); Matter K.3 (a, b, c, d); Living Systems and Processes K.7 (a, b, c), 1.5 (a, b, c), 2.5 (a, b, c), 3.4 (a, b), 3,5 (a, b); Earth Resources 2.8 (b)

Adapt in the Habitat
(Virtual Field Trip)

Cool creatures assist students in learning about an animal’s five basic needs and components of a habitat, along with the forces that may cause a habitat to change. Students will explore animal body coverings and physical traits. They will also learn about physical and behavioral adaptations such as hibernation, migration, and camouflage.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of habitats and adaptations.

Adapt Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning:

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (a, c), 1.1 (c), 2.1 (a), 3.1 (a); Matter K.3 (a, b, c, d); Living Systems and Processes K.7 (a, b, c), 1.5 (a, b, c), 2.5 (a, b, c), 3.4 (a, b), 3,5 (a, b); Earth Resources 2.8 (b)

Dinosaur Discovery

Prehistoric play brings to life the wild world of DINOSAURS. Students will learn that although dinosaurs lived long ago and are extinct, there is still much to explore as they identify key features of some favorite dinosaurs. Students will step into the shoes of paleontologists through engaging activities such as “fossil” digs and themed play!

Students will leave the program with their very own clay “fossil.”

Dinosaur Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1, HPD3.2
  • Cognitive Development CD2.3, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, c, g); History K.3
  • Science: Living Systems 3.4 (c)

Dinosaur Discovery
(Virtual Field Trip)

Prehistoric play brings to life the wild world of DINOSAURS. Students will learn that although dinosaurs lived long ago and are extinct, there is still much to explore as they identify key features of some favorite dinosaurs. Students will step into the shoes of paleontologists through engaging activities such as watching a real dig video, digging for their own “fossils” and learning interesting facts about dinosaurs!

Students will receive two fun print-outs that encourages further learning at home and reinforces creativity and new knowledge of dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Program Alignment

VA Early Learning & Development Standards

  • Approaches to Play and Learning APL1
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development CLLD1.2
  • Health and Physical Development HPD1.1, HPD3.2
  • Cognitive Development CD2.3, CD3.4, CD3.5

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, c, g); History K.3
  • Science: Living Systems 3.4 (c)

Fantastic Frogs
(Virtual Field Trip)

Join us as we hop into the world of fantastic frogs! With a focus on the life cycle, this interactive program uses puppets, props, and pictures to show just how amazing a frog’s life is.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces creativity and frog anatomy.

Fantastic Frogs Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • SCIENCE:  Life Processes: K.6 (a, b), K.7 (a, c, d), 1.5 (a, b, c), 2.4 (a); Living System: 2.5 (a, b); Earth Patterns, Cycles & Change: K.9 (c), K.10 (a, b)

Magnificent Magnets

Learn why magnets are so magnificent! Students discover what makes magnets push and pull, and why some objects are magnetic and others are not. They will identify magnets from everyday life and work through an array of hands-on experiments and activities to gain further understanding.

Students will leave the program with a unique puzzle piece magnet.

Magnets Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Force, Motion, and Energy K.2 (a, b, c); 2.2 (a, b, c)

Simply Machines

Students gain a working knowledge of six simple machines in Simply Machines! Through hands-on exploration, students will be challenged to identify the simple machines in an “I SPY” game, experiment to discover how machines make work easier, and test out ways to combine simple machines through construction play.

Students will leave the program with DIY machine kit.

Simply Machines Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (b, d) 1.1 (a, d, e), 2.1 (a, b, d, e), 3.1 (a, b); Force, Motion and Energy K.2 (a, b, c), 2.2 (a, b, c), 3.2 (a, b, c, d)

Simply Machines
(Virtual Field Trip)

Students gain a working knowledge of six simple machines in Simply Machines! Through an interactive presentation, students will be challenged to identify the simple machines and see that they are everywhere around us.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of the simple machines.

Simply Machines Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (b, d) 1.1 (a, d, e), 2.1 (a, b, d, e), 3.1 (a, b); Force, Motion and Energy K.2 (a, b, c), 2.2 (a, b, c), 3.2 (a, b, c, d)

Unplugged: Coding Without Computers

Did you know “algorithm” is a fancy term for “instructions”? In this foundational program, art and movement are the mediums by which students will practice binary code and explore the role of a programmer by testing simple algorithms. Students will use the logical thinking employed by coders to concretely explore simple coding without technology!

Students will leave the program with a personalized Binary Bracelet.

Coding Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Mathematics: Number & Number Sense K.1 (a, b); Computation and Estimation 1.6
  • History/Social Science: Geography K.4
  • Computer Science: Algorithms and Programming K.1, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1; Data and Analysis K.9, 1.11, 2.11
  • Computer Technology: Basic Operations and Concepts C/T K-2.1

Weather Watchers (NEW!)

Watch how weather really effects life on Earth. Students will learn how to predict the weather by identifying natural patterns like the four seasons and cloud formations. Students will be shown different weather instruments that meteorologists use in understanding the weather.

Children will make a unique “Weather Viewer” that can be taken home to continue the learning with their families.

Weather Watchers Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Earth and Space Systems K.9 (a, b, c), K.10 (a), 1.7(a, b, c), 2.6 (a, b, c),2.7 (a, b, c); ) Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems 1.6 (a), 2.6 (a, b, c); Earth Patterns, Cycles & Change: K.9 (a), K.10 (b), 1.7 (b, c), 2.7(a), 3.8 (a), 3.9 (a, b)

3rd Grade

Adapt in the Habitat

Cool creatures assist students in learning about an animal’s five basic needs and components of a habitat, along with the forces that may cause a habitat to change. Students will explore animal body coverings and physical traits. They will also learn about physical and behavioral adaptations such as hibernation, migration, camouflage, and varied vision.

Students will leave the program with an imaginative drawing reinforcing knowledge of habitats and adaptations.

Adapt Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning:

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (a, c), 1.1 (c), 2.1 (a), 3.1 (a); Matter K.3 (a, b, c, d); Living Systems and Processes K.7 (a, b, c,) 1.5 (a, b, c); 2.5 (a, b, c), 3.4 (a, b), 3,5 (a, b); Earth Resources 2.8 (b)

Adapt in the Habitat
(Virtual Field Trip)

Cool creatures assist students in learning about an animal’s five basic needs and components of a habitat, along with the forces that may cause a habitat to change. Students will explore animal body coverings and physical traits. They will also learn about physical and behavioral adaptations such as hibernation, migration, and camouflage.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of habitats and adaptations.

Adapt Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning:

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (a, c), 1.1 (c), 2.1 (a), 3.1 (a); Matter K.3 (a, b, c, d); Living Systems and Processes K.7 (a, b, c), 1.5 (a, b, c); 2.5 (a, b, c), 3.4 (a, b), 3,5 (a, b); Earth Resources 2.8 (b)

Simply Machines

Students gain a working knowledge of six simple machines in Simply Machines! Through hands-on exploration, students will be challenged to identify the simple machines in an “I SPY” game, experiment to discover how machines make work easier, and test out ways to combine simple machines through construction play.

Students will leave the program with DIY machine kit.

Simply Machines Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (b, d), 1.1 (a, d, e), 2.1 (a, b, d, e), 3.1 (a, b); Force, Motion and Energy K.2 (a, b, c), 2.2 (a, b, c), 3.2 (a, b, c, d)

Simply Machines
(Virtual Field Trip)

Students gain a working knowledge of six simple machines in Simply Machines! Through an interactive presentation, students will be challenged to identify the simple machines and see that they are everywhere around us.

Students will receive a fun print-out that encourages further learning at home and reinforces new knowledge of the simple machines.

Simply Machines Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices K.1 (b, d), 1.1 (a, d, e), 2.1 (a, b, d, e), 3.1 (a, b); Force, Motion and Energy K.2 (a, b, c), 2.2 (a, b, c), 3.2 (a, b, c, d)

Weather Watchers (COMING FALL 2021)

Watch how weather really effects life on Earth. Students will learn how to predict the weather by identifying natural patterns like the four seasons and cloud formations. Students will be shown different weather instruments that meteorologists use in understanding the weather.

Children will make a unique “Weather Viewer” that can be taken home to continue the learning with their families.

Weather Watchers Program Alignment

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Earth and Space Systems K.9 (a, b, c), K.10 (a), 1.7(a, b, c), 2.6 (a, b, c),2.7 (a, b, c); ) Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems 1.6 (a), 2.6 (a, b, c); Earth Patterns, Cycles & Change: K.9 (a), K.10 (b), 1.7 (b, c), 2.7(a), 3.8 (a), 3.9 (a, b)