The New Children’s Museum is proud to offer a limited number of free PLAY excursions for Head Start students, parents and teachers.
To nurture the parent and child relationship, Head Start groups participate in the PLAY excursion group visit which encourages family play and exploration. Each parent is provided with literature specific to Pre-K students that encourages parental interaction and family discovery.
Head Start groups are eligible to apply. Six-week advance request necessary and participating educators are required to complete a post-visit evaluation.
Please note that we are fully booked for guided tours (Create and Think) through May 2019. We have some small (25 person and under), self-guided (Play Excursion) tours still available in the spring 2019 season. If you are interested in these tours please submit your request and someone from our staff will follow up with you within two weeks. Thank you.
Two-hour self-guided PLAY excursions offer pre-K students and their parents the opportunity to explore the Museum’s variety of interactive exhibits at their own pace. Parent chaperones lead small groups of students in a variety of cognitive and physical activities with a Museum-provided map and play-prompt worksheet. These self-guided Head Start PLAY excursions are designed to encourage parent-child play and interaction as they work together to discover the child’s potential for learning.
1:5 chaperone to student ratio required. Head Start chaperones are required to take on the responsibility of facilitating the experience for their child. Museum staff are not assigned to these groups.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, or 1-3pm and Fridays from 1-3pm. Select weekends available. Tuesdays are available in the summer season.
PLAY participants: Free
Head Start chaperones are required to take on the responsibility of facilitating the experience for their child. Museum staff are not assigned to your groups. Our program for Head Start groups welcomes the 1:1 parent to child ratio and these chaperones are not charged. However, if your group brings fewer than one parent per five children, or the chaperones are unable to lead a group of students, your group is subject to a charge of $5 for every missing chaperone.