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Family Programs for Grades 2–6

Our interactive programs are designed to spark the imaginations of our youngest CTY participants, with a range of all-day and overnight learning experiences for students and parents at prestigious museums, aquariums, and science centers. Program structure varies at each site, but every event includes hands-on activities during which families can learn and discover new interests together.


Featured Program

Stay overnight at the Chabot Space Center with CTY.

Astronomy Adventure

Chabot Space and Science Center – Oakland, California
Overnight Program, Grades 2–4
green-arrow Saturday, December 28 to Sunday, December 29, 2019

Explore the universe and your place in it during this action-packed overnight experience at the Chabot Space and Science Center! This program will take you from Earth into the vast celestial unknown through workshops, activities, exhibits, and telescopes. After viewing the state-of-the-art full dome Planetarium Show, go outside and discover constellations and other objects of the night sky using one of the largest telescopes in the country. Join us for a truly out-of-this-world overnight adventure! This program will begin around 5 p.m. on Saturday and end around 10 a.m. on Sunday. Dinner, a snack, and breakfast are included. You will need to bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows.

Cost: $195 per person
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Programs for Grades 2–4

The View at the Zoo

Maryland Zoo – Baltimore
Day Program, Grades 2–4
green-arrow Saturday, November 16, 2019

See the View at the Zoo with CTY in Baltimore.What makes a zoo a happy and healthy place for animals? It starts with well-designed, carefully maintained facilities that meet the physical and psychological needs of the animals and help visitors appreciate their natural behaviors. Participants in this program get to see and learn about the many magnificent animals that live in the Maryland Zoo; they can also use their creativity and scientific skills to design an animal exhibit. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 2:30 p.m. Lunch and zoo admission are included.

Cost: $115 per person
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The Science of Speed

San Diego Air & Space Museum
Day Program, Grades 2–4
green-arrow Sunday, November 17, 2019

Learn about the science of speed at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.Ever wish your car could fly? Build and test your own flying car during a Fly Your Ride workshop. Create and test your own BattleBots in the Pavilion of Fight. Explore the Museum while flexing your engineering skills at unique building stations created exclusively for CTY: Space Lander Challenge and Glider Builders. Look inside the actual Apollo 9 space module as you explore SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure, a new educational, interactive exhibition that explores mankind’s quest for the stars and explains how space exploration impacts our daily lives. At the end of the day, take part in a secret mission that involves a mystery re-entry payload drop. This program will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Lunch and museum admission are included.

Cost: $140 per person
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Space Engineering – A CTY Family Education Series

Join us for this exciting new CTY Family Education Series, a much-needed opportunity for families of bright students to get to know one another while learning together. Over four sessions held once a month this fall, participants will explore space engineering. They’ll create their own rover to land on “Mars,” taking a project through its entire lifespan—from designing and building to testing and implementation. They’ll experience thinking like engineers and explore questions such as “What is engineering design?” and “How do engineers use the engineering design process to prep for complex projects such as a space mission?” Parents and children will learn together by completing hands-on work in small groups. In addition, parents will attend seminars on topics that may include supporting gifted students, the emotional needs of gifted students, and monitoring social media. Families will complete the program with a new support network for families with gifted students, great memories, and project presentations to share with relatives and friends.

Note: This program will run from 1–4 p.m. on the designated dates. It is designed as a series and requires attendance on all four dates. Families may not enroll for single dates, and there are no refunds for missed dates. Make-up dates will be scheduled if there are weather cancellations.

Speyer Legacy School – New York
Day Program (four-day series), Grades 2–4

green-arrow Session 1 of 4: Sunday, September 29, 2019
green-arrow Session 2 of 4: Sunday, October 13, 2019
green-arrow Session 3 of 4: Sunday, November 17, 2019
green-arrow Session 4 of 4: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Cost: $1,500 per family (only one student and one adult may attend)
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Programs for Grades 5–7

Aquarium Overnight

The National Aquarium – Baltimore
Overnight Program, Grades 5–7
green-arrow Saturday, November 23 to Sunday, November 24, 2019

Stay overnight at the National Aquarium with CTY.Ever wonder what happens at the National Aquarium when the sun goes down and the doors are closed to the public? This truly unique overnight adventure gives CTY families exclusive access to fascinating areas inside the aquarium with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, workshops and interactive discussions with aquarium experts, and a closer look at some of the aquarium’s animals. Participants gain an appreciation for what it takes to care for more than 17,000 animals who live there. This program begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and ends at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Dinner, a light breakfast, and admission to the aquarium are included. Participants should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows.

Cost: $195 per person
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Mission to Phobos: Aerospace Engineering and Technology

Museum of Flight – Seattle
Day Program, Grades 5–7

green-arrow Sunday, December 8, 2019

Blast off into the exciting world of aerospace science, engineering, and technology at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Guided by museum educators, families will embark on a fascinating virtual mission to Phobos, one of Mars's moons. During their voyage, participants will find that the mission is in jeopardy due to a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Mars, and they'll work together using the tools of aerospace engineers and scientists to handle the emergency and its aftermath. After saving the mission and safely returning to Earth, our hero engineers will study the effects of space flight on the human body, designing their own space-ready pressure suit and testing it in the Museum’s portable vacuum chamber. This program begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends around 2:30 p.m. Lunch, museum admission, and educational materials are included.

Cost: $135 per person
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Explorations in Science: Celestial Mechanics

Lawrence Hall of Science – Berkeley, California
Day Program, Grades 5–7
green-arrow Saturday, December 7, 2019

Join CTY at the Lawrence Hall of Science for an out-of-this-world exploration of astronomy, chemistry, engineering, and the physical realm. Through hands-on experiments, activities, and discussions, participants will dive deep into intersections between the laws of motion and gravitation, systems of planets and moons, the solar system, and our galaxy, employing engineering practices to determine the roles of force and motion in the design of moving mechanisms. This program will begin around 10 a.m. and end around 4 p.m. Lunch and museum admission are included.

Cost: $135 per person
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