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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Don’t forget about the exciting spring programs for kids and families at Carnegie Museum of Natural History! Explore the museum to earn prize-filled eggs at the Most “Egg-cellent” Egg Hunt, party in your PJs at a Pajama Night, or create your own mini-ecosystem in J is for Jar. Many programs are close to selling out, so register today!
These spring programs are projects of the Center for Lifelong Science Learning.
M is for Museum
A must-see for families! Kids and grown-ups, guided by the ABCs, discover the wonders of one of America’s best natural history museums! It’s an exciting journey into the behind-the-scenes world of amazing museum objects and the scientists who care for and study them. Be a detective in “A is for Artifact.” Try on Butterfly wings in “B is for Beautiful.” Make your own Collection in “C is for Collect.” Identify animals in “I is for Identify.” Pretend you’re a scientific specimen in “J is for Jar.” M is for Museum is only at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. All that’s missing is YOU! Designed for visitors 5 to 13 years old—but enjoyable for all ages—M is for Museum features multimedia and hands-on activities that help curious young audiences discover how museums protect, explore, and explain the cultures of the world and nature in all its wonder.
Mornings at the Museum
Families with children ages 5 to 13, bring your children to the museum and explore the new M is for Museum exhibition one letter at a time! New early-morning hours feature a different letter each day for in-depth investigations through hands-on experiments and creative activities.
L is for Look
J is for Jar
Most “Egg-cellent” Egg Hunt
This annual event is not to be missed! Earn prize-filled eggs as you journey through the museum looking for clues to egg-related questions. See the largest egg ever laid, discover that you came from an egg, and learn how the museum’s collection of eggs helped save several species of bird. The hunt takes approximately 45 minutes.
Breakfast with Dinosaurs
Spend a leisurely weekend morning doing something truly amazing with your children. Eat a hearty breakfast including French toast, yogurt, fresh fruit, and cereal while keeping an eye on your favorite Mesozoic herbivores and carnivores in Dinosaurs in Their Time! At 8:40 a.m., the tables are cleared for very special hands-on activities developed especially for Breakfast with Dinosaurs families. Investigate dinosaur tracks and touch real fossil specimens, then enjoy a private guided tour of Dinosaurs in Their Time. Same-day admission is included in the ticket price. It is a family fun experience your dinosaur-loving child will never forget. Seating is limited, so sign up today!
All ages welcome. Children under 6 months free. High chairs and boosters are not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own booster seat.
Friday, 7 p.m.–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
Families, school and homeschool groups, scout troops, and youth groups—bring your sleeping bags for a “camping” experience inside the museum. Sleep tight in the company of a rhinoceros! Enjoy snacks, hands-on projects, museum tours, guest appearances, and games. Overnights include a continental breakfast. Take the opportunity to explore the other exhibition areas with your free admission the next day!
All in One Night
Night of the Living Carnegie
Saturday, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Party in your PJs next to a grizzly! Wear your pajamas and try out our Overnight Adventures without actually staying overnight.
Dino-rific Pajama Party
Powdermill Nature Reserve
Powdermill Nature Reserve is located in Rector, PA, 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh amidst the rolling Laurel Highlands—home to wildflowers, trees, songbirds, salamanders, and many other wild creatures. The classroom and exhibition areas in the nature center as well as the trails outside provide meeting and program spaces for field trips and workshops. Our environmental research programs make Powdermill a world headquarters for studying the biodiversity of the mid-Appalachian region.
Free Family Nature Hour
Powdermill Nature Reserve offers indoor and outdoor activities year-round for nature lovers of all ages! Join our naturalists every weekend for free outings.
Scientific Lecture Series
Enjoy a scientific lecture series given by naturalists, scientists, and researchers from Powdermill Nature Reserve and Carnegie Museum of Natural History as well as special guest speakers. Talks are geared toward adults and last between 30 and 60 minutes in the Parker Room of the Nature Center. Check website for updated schedule.
Vernal Woodland Pools
Every year, thousands of amphibians, insects, and reptiles use seasonal woodland pools as breeding sites…and then they’re gone! After an indoor talk, come along on a tour of one of these elusive pools to catch a glimpse of the life forms that are active in late winter.
Early Signs of Spring
From flowers to insects, birds to mammals, learn the early signs of spring throughout western Pennsylvania and uncover some of them on the trails of Powdermill.
Spring Peeper Frogs
The cheerful chorus of peeper frogs is one of the earliest and most welcome signs of spring. Get a look at these tiny—and loud!—residents of seasonal pools.
NEW! Family Overnight at Powdermill
April 20: Spring Life at Powdermill (Register by March 23)
Explore the nocturnal habitats of Powdermill Nature Reserve! Discover the amazing nightlife of local insects, birds, amphibians, and mammals. Most activities take place outdoors, so please dress for the season and wear comfortable walking shoes. Flashlights are appropriate, but not required.
These overnights take place in Rector, PA, 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Free Family Activities
Experience the thrill of hands-on excavation!
Calling all nature lovers to the Discovery Room!
Family Expedition Kits
Discover Carts & Exploration Stations
Share your scientific curiosity with museum educators and teen volunteers stationed throughout our galleries. Hands-on investigations for all ages illuminate science topics and help you to explore the natural world using real and replica specimens and artifacts.
Center for Lifelong Science Learning
The Center for Lifelong Science Learning brings together museum staff and partners from area universities, community organizations, and national experts devoted to science education to conduct and explore research into informal science learning—the many ways people learn about science in settings outside school classrooms, such as museums and community organizations. The Center links these theories and practice so that the research findings are applied in the development of new educational programs and exhibitions for all ages. This research is catalyzing changes in our museum, including more immersive experiences, exciting hands-on interactions, and expanded access to collections for museum visitors. The Center for Lifelong Science Learning was launched in November 2010 and is under the direction of Mary Ann Steiner.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country and is redefining what it means to be a 21st-century natural history museum. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Through five new Centers, Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.
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