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Prehistoric Preschool 2014-2015

Family Science Classes  

Prehistoric Preschool is a Museum program for 3-5 year-olds and their adult companions to explore natural history topics in a supportive and fun atmosphere. All activities are child-centered, hands-on, and age appropriate. Classes include two hours of crafts, songs, games, puppet shows, investigating specimens from the Museum's collections, Museum visits, and a fun and healthy snack.  Participants choose to attend all Thursday or Friday or Saturday morning classes from 10 a.m. to noon or Thursday or Saturday afternoon classes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Classes take place every other week.

 


 
Fall Session 2: Movin’ In Prehistoric Time     
Move in different ways together with creatures from the past, from burrowing worms to flying pterosaurs. Discover creatures from different ages that shared the same kind of movement and see the similarities.  
    • Class 1. Dynamic Diggers: Worms, Lungfish and Mammals--November 6, 7 or 8
    • Class 2. Stupendous Stompers: Seismosaurus, Coelophysis, Mastodon--November 20, 21 or 22
    • Class 3. Super Swimmers: Ammonite, Archelon and Mosasaur--December 4, 5 or 6
    • Class 4. Fantastic Flyers: Bats, Birds and Pterosaurs--December 18, 19 or 20


Class times are:
Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: November 6, November 20, December 4, & December 18
Thursday afternoons, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: November 6, November 20, December 4, & December 18
Friday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: November 7, November 21, December 5, & December 19
Saturday mornings,  10 a.m. - Noon: November 8, November 22, December 6, & December 20
Saturday afternoons, 1p.m. - 3 p.m.: November 8, November 22, December 6, & December 20
----Look for separate Brown Paper Ticket listings 


 

Spring Session 1:
New Mexico's Dynamic Dinos 
Have a favorite dinosaur? Find out all about the ones whose fossils were found here in our state, as we celebrate each kind of dinosaur with its own special class. From plant-eaters to predators, from fast to slow-moving, from big to small, get to know more about New Mexico's Dynamic Dinos!
  • Class 1.  Horned Head Dinos
  • Class 2.  Long Neck Dinos 
  • Class 3.  Sharp Tooth Dinos 
  • Class 4.  Coelophysis Spectacular 

Class times are: 
Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. -Noon: January 22, February 5, February 19, & March 5, 2015
Thursday afternoons, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: January 22, February 5, February 21, & March 5, 2015
Friday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: January 23, February 6, February 20, & March 6, 2015
Saturday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: January 24, February 7, February 19, & March 7, 2015
Saturday afternoons, 1p.m. - 3 p.m.: January 24, February 7, February 19, & March 7, 2015
----Look for separate Brown Paper Ticket listings


 

Spring Session 2:
Day Sky / Night Sky
Observe the sky, both during the day and at night clouds, the sun and moon, and, is that a star? We notice what we see and discover how it happens and why. Classes will include visits to the observatory and planetarium.
  • Class 1.   Seasons and the Sun: First Day of Spring 
  • Class 2.   Moon, Planets, Stars: Night Sky Discoveries
  • Class 3.   Clouds and Sun: Day Sky Discoveries 
  • Class 4.   Satellites and Asteroids: Exploring New Worlds

Class times are: 
Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. -Noon: March 26, April 9, April 23, & May 7, 2015
Thursday afternoon, 1 p.m. -3 p.m.: March 26, April 9, April 23, & May7, 2015
Friday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: March 27, April 10, April 24, & May 8, 2015
Saturday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: March 28, April 11, April 25, & May 9, 2015 
Saturday afternoon, 1 p.m. -3 p.m: March 28, April 11, April 25, & May 9, 2015
----Look for separate Brown Paper Ticket listings

**NEW** Summer Session: City Birds, Country Birds

Does your young one express an interest in birds? Do you wish to share your interest with your child? Join us as we explore what we know about birds, learn ways to watch them, and find out if different birds live in the city and the country – spending two of our classes in the “City” – in the Kiwanis Learning Garden Outdoor Classroom, and two of our classes in the “Country” – at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest. Explorations in the exhibit Birds of Paradise round out this Family Class.

Time choices (summer only): Participants choose to attend all Friday or Saturday mornings 10 a.m. to noon, or Saturday afternoons 1 to 3 p.m.

Please note: our location will change between the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest  and the Kiwanis Learning Garden Outdoor Classroom (across the street from the Museum) as per the Class Title Descriptions below.

  • Class 1. Be a Bird Watcher @ the Sandia Mountain Center June 12 or 13
  • Class 2. Be a Bird @ the Kiwanis Learning Garden June 26 or 27
  • Class 3. All About City Birds @ the Kiwanis Learning Garden July 10 or 11
  • Class 4. All About Country Birds @ the Sandia Mountain Center July 24 or 25

Class times are:
Friday afternoons, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon: June 12, June 26, July 10 and July 24
• Saturday mornings, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon: June 13, June 27, July 11 and July 25
• Saturday afternoons, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: June 13, June 27, July 11 and July 25
----Look for separate Brown Paper Ticket listings   

 Click on Sandia Mountian Narural History Center  for Directions. 


Preregistration is required. Brown Paper Tickets

All class participants must be accompanied by an adult. No more than two children may be registered per adult companion and no more than two adult companions may accompany any one child. Permission for attendance by siblings younger than 3 is made on a case-by-case basis with Early Childhood Educator. Maximum class size is 12 children and their adult companions.       

$90.00 for the first child, $81.00 for the second child in the same family.    Museum members receive a 10% discount.    Scholarships are available for children who qualify.

To apply, download the 2014 Preschool Scholarship application and instructions. For additional questions please do call 505 841-2861.  

  2014 Preschool Scholarship (125 KB PDF)