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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.


Programs for Grades 2–4

Day at the BaySilhouette of 2 people sitting in front of a huge blue aquarium tank

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey, CA
Grades 2–4
green-arrow Monday, August 17, 2020

Join CTY at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for an experience that truly takes you under water. Students will join the Underwater Explorers Diving Program for a fish-eye view of the Great Tide Pool by donning masks, regulators, and dry suits for a surface scuba experience. The Aquarium’s certified diving staff will assist students in the water and introduce them to the animals that live along the rocky shore. No experience necessary—just a sense of adventure! Parents and students will then enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour and discover what it takes to run a world-class aquarium, learn about exciting research projects that are being conducted, and find out how to prepare food for 10,000 animals. Glimpse the exhibits from the other side of the window during a day of marine discovery like no other!

All children must be at least 8 years old to participate in this program. It begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m. The ticket price includes admission to the aquarium.

Cost: $175 per student; $125 per adult
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Programs for Grades 5–7

Top of the Pop (Culture)!

Visit the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, WAMuseum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) – Seattle, WA
Day Program, Grades 5–7

green-arrow Monday, June 22, 2020

Join CTY for this amazing program at MoPOP, which invites you to unlock your creative potential through in-depth exhibitions and hands-on experiences that bring pop culture to life. Participate in two fascinating workshops and explore the new Minecraft exhibition:

Building New Worlds—Science-Fiction Story Builder: What can stories like Star TrekThe Hunger Games, and WALL-E tell us about our own society? We’ll examine what makes science-fiction stories unique, explore some common questions they pose, and seek inspiration for our own stories in the Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction exhibit.

The Hero’s Journey in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Embark on a hero’s journey! From Star Wars to Wonder Woman and beyond, we’ll examine the role of the hero and common elements among their stories, and we’ll write our own stories using inspiration from MoPOP’s galleries.

Explore Minecraft, the immersive new exhibition that brings the virtual landscape to life. Discover how it has developed into a platform for unlimited creative expression, community crafting, and influence to build a better world outside the game.

This program will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Admission to the museum, the Minecraft exhibition, and a $15 lunch voucher are included.

Cost: $75 per person
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microscope, gloved hand and a small vial of liquidGenetics, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Research

National Institutes of Health – Bethesda, Maryland
Day Program, Grades 7–10
green-arrow ​Monday, June 29, 2020

Join us for a day of scientific inquiry at the National Institutes of Health. Co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the National Human Genome Research Institute, this program features lectures given by leading experts in genetics, bioinformatics, and biomedical research, exciting hands-on activities for students, and a tour of the National Library of Medicine’s fascinating History of Medicine collection for parents.

This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $140 per person
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Mt. St Helens volcanoVolcano Campout

Mount St. Helens Institute – Toutle, WA
Overnight Program, Grades 5–7
green-arrow Friday, July 31 to Saturday, August 1, 2020

Experience a volcano at night while learning about the ever-changing landscape of Mount St. Helens and the fascinating geological discoveries there. Engage in hands-on scientific activities, including an evening exploration hike and interactive discussions with educators about the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic landscapes, natural processes, and cultural past. Visit 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 overnight program begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday and ends around noon on Sunday. It includes dinner, 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
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vegetables and a bag of beansMaster Chefs

Home Cooking New York – New York, NY
Day Program, Grades 5–7
green-arrow Saturday, August 15, 2020
green-arrow Saturday, September 12, 2020

Join one of the wonderful chefs from Home Cooking New York in a food adventure like no other! A knowledgeable chef-instructor will guide you through Union Square’s famous outdoor Greenmarket to learn about what foods are in season and how to select the best of the best. We will then go to the Home Cooking Manhattan cooking school, where we’ll use the ingredients we found to prepare a fresh three-course meal before sitting down together to enjoy it. This half-day program will provide an invaluable culinary experience for both students and parents!

The program will begin around 10 a.m. and end around 2 p.m.

Cost: $165 per person
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