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Prehistoric Preschool 2014-2015

Family Science Classes  

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 2:

Day Sky / Night Sky
Observe the sky, both during the day and at night clouds, the sun and moon, and, is that a star? We notice what we see and discover how it happens and why. Classes will include visits to the observatory and planetarium.

    • Class 1. Seasons and the Sun: First Day of Spring 
    • Class 2. Moon, Planets, Stars: Night Sky Discoveries
    • Class 3. Clouds and Sun: Day Sky Discoveries 
    • Class 4. Satellites and Asteroids: Exploring New Worlds


Class times are:
Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. -Noon: March 26, April 9, April 23, & May 7, 2015
Thursday afternoon, 1 p.m. -3 p.m.: March 26, April 9, April 23, & May7, 2015
Friday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: March 27, April 10, April 24, & May 8, 2015
Saturday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: March 28, April 11, April 25, & May 9, 2015
Saturday afternoon, 1 p.m. -3 p.m: March 28, April 11, April 25, & May 9, 2015
----Look for separate Brown Paper Ticket listings


**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.

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.

    • Class 1. Be a Bird Watcher @ the Sandia Mountain Center June 12 or 13
    • Class 2. Be a Bird @ the Kiwanis Learning Garden June 26 or 27
    • Class 3. All About City Birds @ the Kiwanis Learning Garden July 10 or 11
    • Class 4. All About Country Birds @ the Sandia Mountain Center July 24 or 25

Class times are:
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.

Friday afternoons, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon: June 12, June 26, July 10 and July 24
Saturday mornings, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon: June 13, June 27, July 11 and July 25
Saturday afternoons, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: June 13, June 27, July 11 and July 25
----Look for separate Brown Paper Ticket listings

 Click on Sandia Mountian Narural History Center  for Directions. 


Fall Session 1:

Paleontology 101
Here is another session on prehistoric creatures, from the eyes of the people who study fossils! If your child loves dinosaurs, then this class is the next step! Tune them into the joy of being a paleontologist! We begin with a class about the tools used to unearth fossils, then a class about the fossils themselves, and wrap up with separate classes about prehistoric reptiles and mammals. You may have seen fossil skin, but have you heard about the fossil fur found in our state? Optional Sunday Fossil hike at Sandia Mountain Center, date TBD.

    • Class 1 - Be a Paleontologist 
    • Class 2 - Fossil Fandango 
    • Class 3 - Prehistoric Reptiles 
    • Class 4 - Prehistoric Mammals

Class time are:
Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: September 10, September 24, October 8, & October 22, 2015
Thursday afternoon, 1 p.m. -3 p.m.: September 10, September 24, October 8, & October 22, 2015
Friday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: September 11, September 25, October 9, & October 23, 2015
Saturday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: September 12, September 26, October 10 & October 24, 201
Saturday afternoon, 1 p.m. -3 p.m: Septemberber 12, September 26, October 10, & October 24, 2015
----Look for separate Brown Paper Ticket listings


Fall Session 2:

Rocks & Volcanoes
What’s the difference between a pink rock and a black one? How does a volcano explode? Will the many extinct volcanoes in our state ever erupt again? Are Mars red rocks like New Mexico red rocks? If you and your child love rocks, and are curious about volcanoes, come explore rocks and volcanoes of New Mexico and Mars together! Optional Sunday Rock Hunt at Sandia Mountain Center, date TBD.

    • Class 1 - All About Rocks 
    • Class 2 - All About Volcanoes 
    • Class 3 - New Mexico’s Rocks and Volcanoes
    • Class 4 - Rocks and Volcanoes of the Planet Mars

Class times are:
Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: November 5, November 19, December 3, & December 17, 2015
Thursday afternoons, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: November 5, November 19, December 3, & December 17, 2015
Friday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: November 6, November 20, December 4, & December 18, 2015
Saturday mornings, 10 a.m. - Noon: November 7, November 21, December 5, & December 19, 2015
Saturday afternoons, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: November 7, November 21, December 5, & December 19, 2015
----Look for separate Brown Paper Ticket listings


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)