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School Programs

Guided Program Activities:

Grades Pre-K to 5th

Guided visits may choose from the following grade-appropriate activities, led by a BCM Educator. To reserve please click the Reservation & Policies tab above.

 

Title 1 Field Trip Grants

Title 1 schools in districts 16, 17, and 19 are eligible for a free Arts & Culture program at Brooklyn Children’s Museum as part of a grant provided by the New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Please contact Rosan Atherly at group_reservations@brooklynkids.org, or at (718) 735-4400 ext 365, to request more information.

MUSIC & WORLD CULTURE

Utilizing cultural artifacts and traditions, students will explore the building blocks of culture while connecting local Brooklyn diversity to the global community. From the examination of colors, patterns and shapes to understanding the role storytelling has played in preserving culture, students will be encouraged to develop perspective and cultural literacy skills.

JAM TO THE MUSIC

PreK–1st
Sing, chant, and move as we learn about how people use music and dance all over the world! Children will explore instruments from BCM’s Collection and discover how their own bodies can be used as musical instruments. Through songs, music making and movement, students will explore rhythm, tone and more.

MARVELOUS MASKS

PreK–5th
Learn about cultures from all over the world through the exciting exploration of masks! Examine colors, shapes and patterns on a diverse array of masks from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas and investigate clues about the societies that made them. After considering how masks are used in different parts of the world, students will create their own masks to take back to school.

ME AND MY COMMUNITY

K–1st
Discover the close-knit group of people (and animals!) who make up our communities. Students will learn about community helpers and the jobs they do, and how everyone can work together to make this a better world.

WORLD BROOKLYN, MY BROOKLYN

2nd–5th
Discover the close-knit group of people (and animals!) who make up our communities. Students will learn about community helpers and the jobs they do, and how everyone can work together to make this a better world.


ANIMALS & INSECTS

From building animal habitats to engaging with live reptiles and bugs, students will develop empathy for living creatures and learn about their role as stewards for the environment while building scientific inquiry skills.

CAMOUFLAGE: ANIMAL SURVIVAL

PreK-5th
The animal kingdom is full of clever critters! Explore the ways some animals hide from predators, while others stalk their prey using this stealthy adaptation. Through activities and live animal encounters, students will deepen their understanding of camouflage.

INSECT INVESTIGATORS

PreK-5th
What’s the difference between an insect and any other bug? Students will gain a deeper knowledge of bugs through hands-on activities and investigations of the Museum’s live collection of invertebrates.

HABITATS

PreK-5th
All living things need a place to call home. Students learn about different kinds of animals and their habitats in this workshop, which ends with them making a habitat of their own.


NATURAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Utilizing our varied collection of natural science specimens and live plants, students will cultivate an understanding of scientific concepts while developing problem solving and collaborative skills.

AMAZING ENGINEERS

PreK-5th
Design and build a marble maze! In this hands-on engineering exploration, students will use a set of ramps to exercise their technical and small-group teamwork skills. Working together, students will experiment by building, testing, and re-designing their creations.

BROOKLYN BUILDERS

PreK-5th
Students develop communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills— the 4 C’s for the 21st century—in this hands-on workshop that uses Imagination Playground blue blocks among other blocks to transform your young learners into a budding architect or urban planner.

BUDDING BOTANISTS

PreK-1st
Students immerse themselves in the world of plants in this workshop that introduces them to some of BCM’s most prized green friends and ends with a hands-on plant-inspired art activity.

SEEDS OF THE CITY

2nd-5th
What does a seed need to grow into a healthy plant? How does a seed travel? Through imaginative play and sorting activities with real plant parts, students will explore the plant life-cycle and discover how seeds float, fly, or hitch a ride to get from place to place.


SPECIAL NEEDS & ACCESS GROUP

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). Teachers can also arrange for a Museum on the Go pre-visit from a Museum educator to help prepare their students for a wonderful visit to BCM.

For all ADA accessibility questions, please contact Special Needs and Accessibility at (718) 735-4400 ext. 365 or email groups_reservations@brooklynkids.org

 


Target Field Trip Grants

Title 1 schools in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, grades 2nd – 8th, are eligible for a free program and self guided exploration. Only one free visit per teacher per school year will be allowed. Should you be awarded a field trip grant, you will have two weeks from the award date to make your reservation.

This program is now closed for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.