Guided Programs

Guided Programs: Grades Pre-K to 5th

BCM has launched a brand new series of lively and engaging school programs!

Each program utilizes our unique features – BCM’s collection of natural science specimen and cultural artifacts, live animals, and permanent exhibits. There’s a program for every age and interest and each experience is guided by one of our trained and engaging educators.

Educator-led programs are offered Tuesday through Friday, and run for 1 hour.

Programs are available during three time slots: 10:15am-11:15am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 12:45-1:45pm.

Our program offerings include the following experiences:

  • Classroom connections: Easily adaptable pre-visit and extension activities
  • Alignment with New York State Learning Standards
  • Hands-on activities
  • Opportunities for active and creative response
  • Essential questions that inspire critical thinking
  • Interdisciplinary exploration
  • Creative differentiation for age, group and learning needs


Jump in and make way for water! Water Ways incorporates hands-on experiments and live-animal interactions inspired by water’s relationships to the land and creatures of Brooklyn, New York State, and planet earth. There are three Water Ways program options:

WATER WAYS LIVE! is an interactive live-animal workshop. Students will explore the features of water that make it so important for all of Earth’s inhabitants. Students will interact with the shells and fossils of water creatures, such as our ancient fossil of the extinct sea scorpion! Students will also interact with our BCM animals who have special relationships with water, such as hermit crabs and mud snails.

WATER WAYS & LAND is an earth-science and water conservation workshop. Explore the relationship between water and land matters such as soil, bedrock, and crystals. Students will see striking and colorful pieces from our grand collection of geological rock specimen and explore the various states of water. Students will also conduct erosion experiments.

WATER WAYS FOREVER is a self-sufficiency and water preservation workshop. Students will learn about the earth’s water cycle and explore why, when, and how we filter water. Students will also use natural materials and activate engineering principles to build a water filter!


Whether they can regrow a tail or lift 1,000 times their weight, our animal friends at Brooklyn Children’s Museum have super powers! All animals, including humans, have unique gifts that help us to survive, grow, solve problems, and live our daily lives. Students will explore the science of regeneration and expert survival skills through this interactive workshop with our reptiles, insects, and spiders. Students will identify their favorite animal super power and reflect on their own superpowers!


Say it loud, say it now! Activists of all ages impact our communities everyday. Encourage your students to find their voice and speak up and out for issues they believe in through this hands-on workshop. Students will learn about being engaged neighbors as they explore art and advocacy and will make art to support a cause. Project options include button-making, printmaking, or silkscreening. Students will also learn about the Museum’s current rapid response collection program through which teens are collecting stories and objects that tell the story of Brooklyn today.


All humans around the world beautify, or adorn, ourselves as a way of telling the story of who we are and where we come from. Beautiful Us is a cultural collections investigation and art-making program through which students explore the beautifully unique and universal reasons we adorn ourselves in ancient and contemporary human cultures. Students will have the opportunity to handle cultural dolls, masks, and costumes from our collections for inspiration and will make beads and explore beading techniques with wood, glass, and upcycled beads as well as shells!


What makes a neighborhood “work”? Feel like “home”? A Brooklyn block can feel like its own universe as well as an important part of a larger vibrant neighborhood. In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about how urban planning that includes many voices can make our neighborhoods better. Students will collaborate to imagine, design, and build a model of a Brooklyn block and bring to life elements of community.


ColorLab is BCM’s new family art studio devoted to the art and culture of Black artists. ColorLab educators facilitate hands-on discovery and focus on artistic process, freedom of expression, and creative collaboration with others.

Option 1: Collage

Option 2: Sculpture

How can we make-believe and make our future with what we have now? In The Future Is Now, students will explore mixed-media to share their take on an imagined future way of life. Students will focus on creative process and explore values such as dimension, shape, color, and texture as well as upcycling. The Future Is Now is rooted the cultural context of Afrofuturism and the process and works of contemporary Black artists.


Brooklyn Children’s Museum is committed to delivering programs that help all young people enhance and celebrate their abilities.

Many of our school programs can be adapted to meet the needs of each class. Please inform the reservationist about any special considerations we should be aware of concerning your group.

Groups with special needs may request to book programs in the Sensory Room (limited availability). This space is designed as a multi-sensory experience with visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular, and gross motor activities, and is a welcoming environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

For all accessibility questions, please contact groups_reservations@brooklynkids.org.