Earth Rocks!

Saturday, April 20, 2024

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join BCM during spring break for a week-long celebration of our amazing planet! Each day presents exciting STEAM-inspired programs consisting of dynamic performances, hands-on workshops, and special projects in BCM’s new makerspace, Nature’s Engineers. The week is organized around four overarching themes: Grow, Sustain, Care, and Explore.

Today’s theme is Grow: Soil, Plants, and Food. Plants make up over 80% of Earth’s biomass – discover how we can use and care for them!


Animal Veterinary

🕒 10:30 am–12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm–4:30 pm

Learn how to use tools such as a stethoscope, otoscope, and thermometer to perform a check-up on a fuzzy animal friend at our animal care station.

Smelly Herbs & Spices

🕒 10:45 am–11:15 am, 11:30 am–12:00 pm, 2:45 pm–3:15 pm, and 3:30 pm–4:00 pm

Use your sense of smell to match the herb or spice with its name and discover which part of the plant is used to make the flavors we love! Join our friends at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and pot up a scented plant to take home and care for.

Dirt: the Secret Life of Soil

🕒 11:00 am–11:50 am, and 3:00 pm–3:50 pm

Where does food “come from” and from what is it made? Fusing cutting-edge science and age-old puppetry, DIRT by Arm-of-the-Sea Theater takes audiences on an imaginative journey of discovery into the ground beneath our feet. This show reveals the photosynthetic alchemy of plants, the dance between fungi and roots, and the labors of soil microbes. Educational, magical, and fun for all ages.

Food Demo: Layers of the Earth Chia Seed Pudding

🕒 12:00 pm–12:45 pm, and 2:00 pm–2:30 pm

Join Danielle Medina aka Fit N Play Mama, for an introduction to the wonderful world of plant-based foods, their superpower nutrient properties and how we can create delicious recipes. Enjoy the taste of Chia Seed Pudding that looks like the Earth’s Layers!

Earth Guardians in ColorLab Art Studio

🕒 10:30 am–4:30 pm
Half-hour long sessions, starting every 45 minutes.

Visit the ColorLab Art Studio and create your own Earth guardian creatures inspired by Wangechi Mutu’s sentinels. Participants will use natural materials like wood, clay, sticks, leaves and twine.

Plant Dyes in Nature’s Engineers Makerspace

🕒 10:30 am–4:30 pm
Half-hour long sessions, starting every 45 minutes.

Learn about plants and the colors that they produce! Test different plant-based pigments to create your own unique colors.