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Events Calendar

All programs and events are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

July

Preschool Drop-In Activities: Senses

Moto-Inventions
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in July,
10:30 - 11:30 am

Toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to explore their senses through hands-on activities. New activity each week.

Weekly Wonders

Weekly Wonders

July 7 - August 29, Monday – Friday, 2 pm - 3 pm
Guests are invited to participate in hands-on activities led by our Future Science Leaders. New activity each week.

  • July 28 - August 1
    Bee Buzzer - make your own spinning noisemaker!

Preschool Story Time and Hands-on Activity

Hands-on Activity
Tuesday, July 29, 10:30 am
Friday, August 1, 10:30 am

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear the story What Will the Weather Be Like Today? by Paul Rogers and build a weather chart. Learn more about our preschool program.

August

Showtime! Amazing Chemistry

Showtime!
Saturday, August 2, 2 pm
Learn how chemical reactions can make things change color. Join scientists from the Cornell Center for Materials Research for a demonstration of the power of chemistry. Learn more about our interactive presentations.

Moto-Inventions

Moto-Inventions
Sundays in August, 1 - 2 pm
Invent contraptions that can move. Visit our Reinvention Station to tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines to take home! Materials provided by Cornell Xraise.

Weekly Wonders

Weekly Wonders

Mondays – Fridays in August, 2 pm - 3 pm
Guests are invited to participate in hands-on activities led by our Future Science Leaders. New activity each week.

  • July 28 - August 1
    Bee Buzzer - make your own spinning noisemaker!

  • August 4 - 8; August 18 - 22

    Monday
    Hands-on activity

    Tuesday & Thursday
    Our Future Science Leaders will wade into our neighboring Cascadilla Creek to collect samples of macroinvertebrates and test the quality of the water. The Sciencenter has adult-size rubber boots for any guests that would like to join them, or feel free to bring your own. Weather permitting.

    Wednesday & Friday
    Our Future Science Leaders and a scientist from the Community Science Institute will lead Sciencenter guests through the identification of the macroinvertebrates.

  • August 11 - 15
    Sandwich Kazoo - build a sound-making toy

  • August 25 - 29
    Stomp Rockets - build and launch your own rocket!

Preschool Drop-In Activities: Build

Moto-Inventions
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in August,
10:30 - 11:30 am

Toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to explore ways to build with different materials. New building materials each week.

Preschool Story Time and Hands-on Activity

Hands-on Activity
Tuesday, August 5, 10:30 am
Friday, August 8, 10:30 am

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear the story Inch by Inch by Leo Lioni, then measure and record their height to use in a decoration. Learn more about our preschool program.

Special Presentation: Liquid Nitrogen

Showtime!

Fridays, August 8 & 29, 2:30 pm
Discover the science of the very cold. Join Sciencenter educator, Emily Cotman, for a super cool demonstration.

Showtime! Bubble Rings

Showtime!
Saturday, August 9, 2 pm
Find out how to blow rings of bubbles, like the ones dolphins create and play with. Learn more about our interactive presentations.

Preschool Story Time and Hands-on Activity

Hands-on Activity
Tuesday, August 12, 10:30 am
Friday, August 15, 10:30 am

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear the story Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser and observe live earthworms. Learn more about our preschool program.

Showtime! How Do Trees Drink?

Showtime!
Saturday, August 16, 2 pm
How do big trees get water up to their leaves? Join the Cornell Plantations Environmental Education Program for Sustainability (PEEPS) to explore the movement of water in plants. Learn more about our interactive presentations.

Preschool Story Time and Hands-on Activity

Hands-on Activity
Tuesday, August 19, 10:30 am
Friday, August 22, 10:30 am

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear the story Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle and make sandpaper seahorses. Learn more about our preschool program.

Showtime! DNA & You

Showtime!
Saturday, August 23, 2 pm
Did you know that your DNA can affect how you taste some foods? Join Cornell's iGEM to explore DNA through hands-on activities. Learn more about our interactive presentations.

Preschool Story Time and Hands-on Activity

Hands-on Activity
Tuesday, August 26, 10:30 am
Friday, August 29, 10:30 am

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear the story Roly Poly Spider by Jill Sardegna and make pom-pom spiders. Learn more about our preschool program.

Showtime! Code Red Robotics

Showtime!
Saturday, August 30, 2 pm
Ithaca High School students will demonstrate their competition-winning robot that transports balls into a goal. Learn more about our interactive presentations.