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.
Spring Session 1:
**NEW** Summer Session: City Birds, Country Birds
Does your young one express an interest in birds? Do you wish to share your interest with your child? Join us as we explore what we know about birds, learn ways to watch them, and find out if different birds live in the city and the country – spending two of our classes in the “City” – in the Kiwanis Learning Garden Outdoor Classroom, and two of our classes in the “Country” – at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest. Explorations in the exhibit Birds of Paradise round out this Family Class.
Time choices (summer only): Participants choose to attend all Friday or Saturday mornings 10 a.m. to noon, or Saturday afternoons 1 to 3 p.m.
Please note: our location will change between the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest and the Kiwanis Learning Garden Outdoor Classroom (across the street from the Museum) as per the Class Title Descriptions below.
Preregistration is required. Brown Paper Tickets
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.
Cancellations made within seven days before the program are subject to forfeiture of the full payment. Cancellations made prior to seven days before the program are subject to a 50% handling fee. A waiting list will be maintained for each session that is full; no deposit is required. People on the waiting list will be notified in sequential order. Full refund will be given if the session is canceled by the Museum due to low enrollment. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science reserves the right to cancel any event that does not reach a minimum of 6 participants.
$90.00 for the first child, $81.00 for the second child in the same family. Museum members receive a 10% discount. Scholarships are available for children who qualify.
To apply, download the 2014 Preschool Scholarship application and instructions. For additional questions please do call 505 841-2861.
2014 Preschool Scholarship (125 KB PDF)