Workshops: Grades Pre-K – 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



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 explore the science of regeneration and expert survival skills with reptiles and insects and other BCM animal friends. Inspired by what we find out about our animal friends, students reflect on their own superpowers and move their bodies!



Dive 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 two Water Ways program options:



Show water some love! This interactive, live animal workshop celebrates how important water is for all of Earth’s living creatures.  Students interact with the shells and the fossils of aquatic animals, such as our ancient fossil of the extinct sea scorpion!  Students connect with BCM animal friends who have special relationships with water, such as hermit crabs and mud snails.



Let’s get our hands in the land to learn about erosion! In this earth-science workshop, students observe geological collection specimens that were shaped and changed by the movement of water. Students conduct experiments with sand, soil, and stones to explore how liquid water erosion works and what we can do to reduce our human impact on erosion.



Say it loud, say it now! Changemakers of all ages impact our communities everyday. In Listen Up, we encourage students to find their voices and to speak up and out for issues they believe in.  There are two Listen Up programs options, and both are aligned with the New York City DOE Civics for All curriculum:



Recommended for Kindergarten and up.

What is fair…unfair? How can we move through conflict together? Conflict can be an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and to grow our empathy for others. In this art and conflict transformation workshop, students explore values such as fairness, respect, and generosity, and practice listening and speaking up through role-play.  Students make a creative toolbox to hold what they discover about themselves, each other, and the power we all have to transform.



Recommended for Grades 3 and up.

How can we be the change that we seek? In this art and advocacy workshop, students share their thoughts about justice and injustice and discover how grassroots organizing looks, sounds, and feels.  Students team up to make creative manifesto poems that amplify their vision for change inspired by a real-life issue.



People around the world use fabric, metals, wood, and other materials to adorn our bodies and to tell the story of who we are. Beautiful Us is a cultural collections investigation and art-making workshop in which students explore the unique and universal reasons we adorn ourselves. Students observe and touch unique ancient and contemporary adornments from our collection.  Students then make an adornment from clay and upcycled materials for their own special purpose.



What makes a neighborhood feel like home?  A city block can feel like its own universe as well as an important part of a larger vibrant neighborhood.  In this hands-on workshop, students become urban planners who value and work with others to create great neighborhoods for everyone.  Students collaborate to imagine, design, and build a model of a neighborhood block and bring to life elements of community.



What will plants be like in the future?  In this botany and sculpture workshop, students investigate the plant life cycle and what makes each stage extraordinary,  and they learn about contemporary Afrofuturist artists whose works are inspired by plants. Each student makes mixed-media sculpture of their imagined, superstar plant of the future and considers their plant’s place in their ecosystem and its potential benefit to other living beings. While creating, students listen to a soundscape inspired by Stevie Wonder’s adventurous and futuristic album, The Secret Life of Plants.



Nature is full of patterns and rhythm that evoke wisdom and wonder. In this interdisciplinary workshop, students explore both contemporary art and cultural objects from our collection that reflect humanity’s tradition of looking to nature as we make what we need for our lives.  Inspired by nature’s patterns and looking to the future, students weave their own textile using mixed-media and upcycled materials and consider elements such as shape, form, pattern, and purpose.


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.