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 1: Plants the Perfect Providers
Fall is the time of year to learn about plants! Seeds and leaves are all around, as well as fruits and veggies ripening! We will see how plants provide for all living things on the planet – their own food, oxygen for all, and the building blocks of life. On the way, we will discover how seeds travel, the many things trees give, and end with a class dedicated to prehistoric plants! An optional plant hike at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center will be offered on a September Sunday.
First Class: September 12-14 – Show Me the Energy
Second Class: September 26-28 – Super Seeds
Third Class: October 10-12 – We All Need Trees
Fourth Class: October 24-26 – Pondering Prehistoric Plants
Choose your session day:
Thursday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon: September 12, September 26, October 10, & October 24
Thursday afternoons, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: September 12, September 26, October 10, & October 24
Friday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon: September 13, September 27, October 11, & October 25
Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon: September 14, September 28, October 12, & October 26
Saturday afternoons, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: September 14, September 28, October 12, & October 26
--Look for a separate ASAP event listing for each.
Fall Session 2: Paleontology 101
Here is another session on prehistoric creatures, from the eyes of the people who study fossils! If your child loves dinosaurs, then this class is the next step! Tune them into the joy of being a paleontologist! We begin with a class about the tools used to unearth fossils, then a class about the fossils themselves, and wrap up with separate classes about prehistoric reptiles and mammals. You may have seen fossil skin, but have you heard about the fossil fur found in our state? Come join us for Paleontology 101 and find out!
First Class: November 7-9 – Be A Paleontologist
Second Class: November 21-23 – Fossil Fandango
Third Class: December 5-7 – Prehistoric Reptiles
Fourth Class: December 19-21 – Prehistoric Mammals
Choose your session day:
Thursday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon: November 7, November 21, December 5, & December 19
Thursday afternoons, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: November 7, November 21, December 5, & December 19
Friday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon: November 8, November 22, December 6, & December 20
Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon: November 9, November 23, December 7, & December 21
Saturday afternoons, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: November 9, November 23, December 7, & December 21
Please do note that we are now using ASAP for registration and enrollment for our classes. You will need to set up an account (like Amazon.com) to purchase. Thank you.
Preregistration is required. ASAP Online Registration Website
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. To recieve the second child discount you must enter 2nd Child code at time of purchase.
Museum members receive a 10% discount.
Scholarships are available for children who qualify. To apply, download the Preschool Scholarship application and instructions. For additional questions please do call 505 841-2861.
Preschool Scholarship (1.57 MB PDF)