Education Programs

Adapt in the Habitat - Children's Museum of Richmond

Adapt In The Habitat

Recommended for 1st – 3rd Grade

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.

VA Standards of Learning:

  • Science: Living Systems and Processes 1.5 (a, b, c); 2.5 (a, b, c); 3.4 (a, b)

Adventures in Ancient China-Children's Museum of Richmond

Adventures In Ancient China

Recommended for 2nd – 3rd Grade

Go back in time with us to Ancient China as we learn about geography, history, and culture. Discover some of the many inventions attributed to this ancient culture, and understand more about natural geological defenses. What do fireworks have to do with evil spirits? Why are dragons such a common symbol in China? Find out in the Adventures in Ancient China program! This is a wonderful program to introduce a study of cultures or as an enrichment.

Students will leave the program with a paper dragon puppet.

VA Standards of Learning

  • History & Social Science: History 3.2; Geography 3.6, 3.7

Blooming Butterflies-Children's Musuem of Richmond

Blooming Butterflies

Recommended for Pre-K – Kindergarten

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.

VA Foundation Blocks for Early Learning

  • History and Social Science: Change over Time (c, f)
  • Health and Physical Development: Movement Principles and Concepts (d)
  • Mathematics: Geometry (a, c, d)
  • Science: Life Processes (b), Earth Patterns, Cycles and Change (f)

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Living Systems and Processes1.5 (b)2.4 (a)

Celebrations Around The World-Children's Museum of Richmond

Celebrations Around The World

Recommended for Pre-K – 1st Grade

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.

VA Foundation Blocks for Early Learning

  • History and Social Science: Similarities and Differences (a, e)

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Skills K.1 (a, e)

Dinosaur Discovery-Children's Museum of Richmond

Dinosaur Discovery

Recommended for Pre-K – Kindergarten

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.”

VA Foundation Blocks for Early Learning

  • Literacy: Vocabulary (a, d)
  • History and Social Science: Changes Over Time (b, d)

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: History K.3
  • Science: Earth and Space Systems K.10 (b, c, d)

Drumsticks-Children's Museum of Richmond

Drumsticks

Recommended for Pre-K – Kindergarten

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.

VA Foundation Blocks for Early Learning

  • Literacy: Oral Language (a, b, d, g, h); Vocabulary (a, d)
  • Mathematics: Patterns and Relationships (a, b, c)

VA Standards of Learning

  • English: Communication and Multimodal Literacies (K.1, K.2)
  • Mathematics: Patterns, Functions, and Algebra (K.13)

Economics Express-Children's Museum of Richmond

Economics Express

Recommended for Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

This program offers students a better understanding of key economic concepts including needs and wants, goods and services, and producers and consumers. They will see these concepts in action by participating in role play games. In a mini-economy simulation students will produce goods or services to be sold and then buy goods or services as consumers. Come learn the basics of financial literacy in Economics Express!

Students will leave the program with a picture of their very own good or service created for the simulation.

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: Economics K.9 (a, b) 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 2.9, 2.10

Lives of the American Indians-Children's Museum of Richmond

Lives of the American Indians

Recommended for 2nd – 3rd Grade

Students will go back in time to explore different aspects of the Powhatan, Lakota, and Pueblo lifestyles. Through hands-on, interactive activities, students will gain a better understanding of transportation, shelter, food, and clothing.

Students will leave the program with their own personalized medallion necklace.

VA Standards of Learning

  • History and Social Science: History 2.3 (a, b, c); Geography 2.7 (a, b, c)

Magnificent Magnets - Children's Museum of Richmond

Magnificent Magnets

Recommended for Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

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.

VA Foundation Blocks of Early Learning

  • Science: Force, Motion and Energy (b, c, f)

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Force, Motion, and Energy K.2 (a, b, c), 1.2 (a, b), 2.2 (a, b, c)

Mapping Ancient Egypt - Children's Museum of Richmond

Mapping Ancient Egypt

Recommended for 2nd – 3rd Grade

Go back in time with us to Ancient Egypt where we will learn about geography, incredible inventions, and famous architecture! Following a map of Egypt, we will take an adventure up the Nile, exploring ports of interest to get a peek into this ancient culture. We will learn to tell time with water, play a traditional game and build pyramids. This is a wonderful program to introduce ancient cultures or as an enrichment.

Students will leave the program with a cartouche-inspired piece of art.

VA Standards of Learning

  • History & Social Science: History 3.2; Geography 3.6, 3.7

My Five Senses - Children's Museum of Richmond

My Five Senses

Recommended for Pre-K – Kindergarten

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.

VA Foundation Blocks for Early Learning

  • Science: Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic (a)

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Living Systems and Processes K.5 (a, b)

Ready Set Grow - Children's Museum of Richmond

Ready, Set, Grow!

Recommended for Pre-K – 1st Grade

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.

Foundation Blocks for Early Learning

  • Science Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic: a,c,d; Life Processes: a, b, c; Earth Patterns, Cycle, and Change: f

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Living Systems and Processes K.7 (a, b, c); 1.4 (a, b, c); 2.4 (a, b); 2.5 (a)

Rewards of Reading - Children's Museum of Richmond

Rewards of Reading

Recommended for Pre-K – 1st Grade

This enriching program encourages students to discover the rewards that reading can bring. Students get to step into the shoes of an author and use their imaginations to create a group story- all while learning about key story elements. Students continue to express their creativity by illustrating scenes from their new tale.

Students will leave the program with a unique word-tracking bookmark and a class-created book!

VA Foundation Blocks for Early Learning

  • Literacy-Oral Language (a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h); Vocabulary (a, b, c, d); Print and Book Awareness (d, e)

VA Standards of Learning

  • English-Communication and Multimodal Literacies K.1 (a, b, de, e, f, h, I, j); K.2 (a, b, c, d)
  • Reading K.4 (c); K.5 (b, c, d); K.8 (e); K.11 (a, b, e)

Simply Machines - Children's Museum of Richmond

Simply Machines

Recommended for 1st – 3rd Grade

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.

VA Standards of Learning

  • Science: Scientific and Engineering Practices 1.1 (a, e), 2.1 (a, e), 3.1 (a, d, e), 3.2 (a, b, c, d)

Unplugged - Children's Museum of Richmond

Unplugged: Coding Without Computers

Recommended for Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

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.

VA Standards of Learning

  • 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