Children and Families

Boy with this mom looking through microscope

Family Programs at the CU Museum of Natural History are dynamic family experiences where children and their adults explore the natural world together. Authentic museum objects are the starting point for intentionally curated hands-on science and art activities. Movement and dramatic play reinforce science learning. Tangible memories are created to take home.

  • Regularly scheduled programs include monthly Family Days focused on families with children age 3-12, and weekly Mornings at the Museum for 2-5 year old children and their caregivers.
  • Any time you visit the museum you will find Discovery Carts with information and activities to extend your family’s engagement with our exhibits.
  • Families with young children should be sure to visit the Discovery Corner to make, play and learn with real museum specimens, puzzles, art projects, and books.

All family learning opportunities at the CU Museum are based on the following concepts:

  • Intergenerational learning – adults will learn new things along with children
  • Engagement with scientists and CU students
  • Opportunities to experiment and personalize
  • Build bridges and provide tools to take out into the natural world
  • “Low-tech/high engagement” activities
  • Activities/experiences that are unique to the museum setting
  • Culturally sensitive and relevant
  • Real museum specimens and artifacts
  • High quality art supplies
  • Real science equipment