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Family Programs for Grades 2-6

Our imaginative and interactive programs are designed to meet the needs of our youngest CTY participants. The programs include one-day and overnight learning experiences for students and parents at prestigious museums, aquariums, and science and nature centers. Program structure varies at each site, but every event includes hands-on activities designed to provide an environment in which families can learn and discover new interests together.

A note about our overnight programs: Unless otherwise indicated, families spend the night in the host institution. Participants should bring sleeping bags, foam pads, and pillows, as they will be sleeping on the floor.

One Day Programs

The Big Apple: A History

Museum of the City of New York – New York, New York

Grades 2-4

Sunday, April 14, 2019
Families discover the history of New York City during this interactive program at the Museum of the City of New York. Participants spend time in the groundbreaking exhibition New York at its Core to discover and interpret original artifacts that tell stories about the people who shaped the city over the centuries. Then they learn about the origins and evolution of Manhattan’s street grid system. As a culminating project, families construct a model neighborhood that conforms to this more-than-200-year-old plan using contemporary zoning and land-use regulations. Participants even take home a piece of the city as a souvenir. The program begins around 9:30 a.m. and ends around 1:30 p.m. Lunch and admission to the museum are included.

Cost: $135 per person. Register now

The Hunt for Mythical Creatures

Fable & Lark at the American Museum of Natural History – New York, New York

Grades 5-7

Monday, April 22, 2019
Join CTY and Fable & Lark, an innovative educational organization, for this unique experience that takes families on an interactive scavenger hunt inside the American Museum of Natural History. Participants travel though the museum’s galleries and use clues, crafts, questions, and activities to examine some of the animals that inspired the Fantastic Beasts series and other great mythical creatures of our time. The program begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Lunch and admission to the museum are included.

Cost: $155 per person. CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

The Wonderful World of Science

Liberty Science Center – Jersey City, New Jersey

Grades 2-4

Saturday, April 27, 2019
CTYers will develop their critical-thinking, collaboration, innovation, and problem-solving skills as they participate in hands-on, project-based workshops with CTY at Liberty Science Center. In the first workshop, “Brainstorming Around the World,” students become meteorologists and collect climatological data to explore the relationships between temperature, precipitation, and climate, and create graphical representations of their data to classify the climate zone of their region. In the second workshop, “Adaptation Examination,” families explore animal adaptations up-close while interacting with live animals, and learn how they have developed survival adaptations to find food, protect themselves, or find a mate. Families will top off the day with a film in the Planetarium Theater. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. A $10 lunch voucher and admission to the museum are included.

Cost: $130 per person. Register now

Inside the U.S. Senate

Edward M. Kennedy Institute – Boston, Massachusetts

Grades 5-7

Sunday, April 28, 2019
This program takes CTY families inside reproductions of Senator Kennedy’s office and the state Senate Chamber to experience how a bill becomes a law. After learning about an active piece of legislation being considered by the real Senate in Washington, D.C., participants make a statement on the Senate floor, declare their position, and attempt to persuade fellow Senators to vote for their position. In the process, families learn about participatory democracy and the important role of the Senate in our government; many families leave inspired to engage in the civic life of their own communities. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. Lunch and admission to the Institute are included.

Cost: $130 per person. Register now

Ready, Set, Build!

National Building Museum – Washington, D.C.

Grades 5-7

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Design is a combination of science, math, art, language, and history that engineers, architects, and city planners use to identify solutions to society’s problems. Good design is about creating solutions to these problems; it can be fun, serious, and challenging all at once. In this hands-on program, participants learn about the design of disaster shelters, and then create their own. CTYers create a shelter to protect a team of scientists from an imaginary zombie attack, construct a 6½-by-13-foot geodesic dome, and work as a team to design a shelter fit for an earthquake’s aftermath. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $130 per person. Register now

Environmental Health

NYU School of Medicine Department of Environmental Medicine and Sterling Forest State Park – Tuxedo, New York

Grades 5-7

Sunday, June 9, 2019
CTYers and their families don a lab coat and become a scientist for a day, conducting a DNA experiment under the guidance of a leading genetic toxicologist; extracting DNA from strawberries with common kitchen items; determining how clean our air is and how much air our lungs can hold; learning how to drill for oil; and more toxicology and environmental health activities. Participants take a pond walk and an iron mine tour with an experienced park ranger who helps identify the many species of aquatic life and abundant variety of plants, animals, and birds in the forest. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 5 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $150 per person. Register now

Space Engineering Grades 2-4

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland 

Grades 2-4

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Participants learn the principles of engineering and how to think like engineers during a day filled with hands-on workshops at Johns Hopkins University. Families take a project through its entire lifespan—from designing to building and testing, and even create their own rover and land it on “Mars.” This program begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $140 per person. CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list for grades 2-4

Space Engineering Grades 5-7

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

Grades 5-7

Sunday, June 16, 2019
Participants learn the principles of engineering and how to think like engineers during a day filled with hands-on workshops at Johns Hopkins University. Families take a project through its entire lifespan—from designing to building and testing, and even create their own rover and land it on “Mars.” This program begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $140 per person. CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list for grades 5-7

Overnight Programs

Underwater Adventures

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium – Sarasota, Florida

Grades 5-7

Sunday, April 14 to Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Families dive right in to the amazing and diverse underwater world at this renowned aquarium and research laboratory, home to unique ocean animals that thrive in Florida’s diverse marine ecosystems, a dolphin and whale hospital, and a sea turtle rehabilitation center. CTYers solve a marine mammal mystery and participate in field experiences such as kayaking through a mangrove forest and collecting marine specimens in Sarasota Bay; meeting some resident animals and their trainers through exclusive tours of the aquarium; and more. Whether exploring the bay aboard a private charter or gaining a deeper understanding of fish anatomy while dissecting an invasive lionfish, families are guaranteed to have fun and learn lots during this exciting program. Please note: Some meals are provided during the program. Hotel reservations and transportation are not included in the cost of this program. More detailed information will be available upon registration.

Cost: $565 per person. Register now

A Night at the Museum

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History – New Haven, Connecticut

Grades 5-7

Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Participants get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s paleontology, entomology, and botany departments during this program filled with fascinating workshops and discoveries. Families learn how fossil preparators extract dinosaur bones from the surrounding matrix, and meet other Yale scientists to learn how their research is helping us understand the evolutionary history of life on Earth. This overnight program begins around 5 p.m. on Saturday and ends around 11 a.m. on Sunday. Dinner, a snack, and light breakfast are included. Participants should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as they will be sleeping on the museum floor.

Cost: $185 per person. Register now

Aquarium Overnight

National Aquarium – Baltimore, Maryland

Grades 2-4

Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, June 30, 2019
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 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. on Saturday and ends at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Dinner, a light breakfast and aquarium admission is included. You will need to bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows, as you will be sleeping on the floor. Please note that everyone must be at least 8 years old to participate in this program.

Cost: $190 per person. Register now

Volcano Campout

Mount St. Helens Institute – Toutle, Washington

Grades 2-4

Saturday, July 6 to Sunday, July 7, 2019
Participants in this overnight adventure experience a volcano at night while learning about the ever-changing landscape of Mount St. Helens and the fascinating geological discoveries underway there. CTYers and their families engage in hands-on scientific activities including an evening hike and interactive discussions with educators about the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic landscapes, natural processes, and cultural past. They will also visit the Johnson Ridge Observatory, where the active volcano is monitored. This campout in the Science and Learning Center offers spectacular views of the crater and lava dome. This program begins around 2 p.m. Saturday and ends around noon on Sunday. It includes dinner, a continental breakfast, and lunch. Families should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as they will be sleeping in bunk beds. Detailed information will be available upon registration.

Cost: $205 per person. CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Volcano Campout

Mount St. Helens Institute – Toutle, Washington

Grades 5-7

Saturday, August 3 to Sunday, August 4, 2019
Participants in this overnight adventure experience a volcano at night while learning about the ever-changing landscape of Mount St. Helens and the fascinating geological discoveries underway there. CTYers and their families engage in hands-on scientific activities including an evening hike and interactive discussions with educators about the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic landscapes, natural processes, and cultural past. Trek in the Blast Zone area and marvel at the dramatic views of the volcano, the Pumice Plain, and Spirit Lake. This campout in the Science and Learning Center offers spectacular views of the crater and lava dome. This program begins around 2 p.m. Saturday and ends around noon on Sunday. It includes dinner and a continental breakfast and lunch. Participants should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as they will be sleeping in bunk beds. Detailed information will be available upon registration.

Cost: $205 per person. Register now

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