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Family Programs for Grades 7–12

Our interactive programs include 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 5–7

fish in a tankOcean Park Adventure

Ocean Park – Hong Kong
Day Program, Ages 7–10
green-arrow Sunday, February 9, 2020

Dive right into a day of learning and marine life at Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s premier attraction for getting up close to creatures of the deep! Students will start their day by visiting the aquarists’ workplace, where employees practice husbandry and conservation methods such as coral breeding, and learn about Ocean Park’s unique focus on conservation and protecting our oceans. Later, families will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Rainforest area, where caretakers will introduce them to rainforest animal management and care.

This program will begin around 9 a.m. and end around 1 p.m., at which point guests will be served lunch and can continue enjoying the park until closing (10 p.m.). Lunch at the Ginger Grill restaurant and park admission are included.

Cost: $215 US per person
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Top of the Pop (Culture)!

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

green-arrow Tuesday, February 18, 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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Map of the world of hobbitsLiterary World-Building

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
Two-Day Program (no overnight accommodations provided), Grades 6–8
green-arrow Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16, 2020

Over two days, participants will craft imaginary realms as a springboard for writing their own stories that take place in settings similar to The Lord of the RingsThe Chronicles of Narnia, and the Redwall series. Beginning with a focus on geology, geography, and cartography, the first day will result in the creation of a map that rivals those found at the front of some of your favorite novels. Once the stage has been set, participants will return for the second half of the program to focus on descriptive writing in a workshop setting. Arrive with nothing but your imagination and leave with an entire universe of your own characters and their compelling stories!

This program will begin around 10 a.m. and end around 4:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Lunch and snacks will be provided each day.

Cost: $205 per person
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Solving Tough Issues in International RelationsCTY students looking at a map

Hong Kong University – Hong Kong, China
Day Program, Ages 10–13
green-arrow Saturday, March 7, 2020

Participants in this action-packed program will work together to save a country torn between competing factions and on the brink of collapse. Acting as representatives of groups within the fictional dissolving country of Pakavia, families will learn to practice negotiation, diplomacy, and critical reasoning, using what they learn to redraw the country’s borders and negotiate a peaceful solution. A breakout session for parents includes strategies for continuing to engage students in thinking about the world. Participants will leave the program with stronger confidence and applicable skills for tackling tough global issues.

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

Cost: $165 US per person
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The Science of Speedrocket ship in space

San Diego Air & Space Museum – San Diego, CA
Day Program, Grades 5–7
green-arrow Saturday, March 29, 2020

Prepare for a day of family-friendly engineering challenges! Build and test your own flying car during a Fly Your Ride workshop, create and test your own BattleBots in the Pavilion of Flight, and explore the Museum while testing your engineering skills at unique building stations specifically created for CTY: Space Lander Challenge and Glider Builders. Look inside the actual Apollo 9 space module as you explore SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure, an interactive exhibit 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 which involves a mystery reentry payload drop.

This program will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Lunch and museum admission are included.

Cost: $145 per person
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International Spy Museum, Washington, DCSpy Games

International Spy Museum – Washington, D.C.
Overnight Program, Grades 5–7
green-arrow Saturday, May 2 – Sunday, May 3, 2020

The museum doors have been locked for the night. Behind the shadows, a group of exclusive recruits stand ready to begin a night of top-secret spy training. CTYers and their families will perfect their alias and cover story, check in at “Border Patrol,” and prepare for a night of intrigue and adventure. They will begin their mission by assuming a secret identity and gathering intelligence using real spy skills. During the night, students will transform themselves through disguise; make and break secret codes; interrogate real spies; and hunt for a mole in their ranks. Meanwhile, the adults will be busy with their own clandestine mission, the details of which are too sensitive to reveal. As day breaks, enemy agents will be exposed in a dramatic finale.

This program begins around 6 p.m. Saturday and ends around 10 a.m. Sunday. Participants should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as they will be sleeping on the museum floor. A sandwich dinner, SPY snacks, a light breakfast, and museum admission are included.

Cost: $195 per person
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podium and microphone from speaker's point of view. Be a senator!Be a Senator

Edward M. Kennedy Institute – Boston, MA
Day Program, Grades 5–7
green-arrow Sunday, May 3, 2020

You’ll be a senator for the day, working to craft legislation in the institute’s full-scale replica of the U.S. Senate Chamber. Using the Senate Immersion Module, families will learn about representation and the legislative process by deliberating, negotiating, and voting on a bill they create. Students will explore the history and traditions of the Senate, visit a replica of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s Washington, D.C. office, and debate an active piece of legislation in committee, while parents tour exhibits before re-joining students for the bill’s conclusion on the Senate floor. This program educates families about the important role of the Senate in our government and inspires them to engage in the civic life of their communities.

This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 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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Programs for Grades 7–12

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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