Family Programs

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Oceans & Beaches

Marine Ecology Field Trips Register

What sea creatures live in Nantucket Harbor?  Find out as you help collect, identify and release fish, crabs, shrimp, and other marine life!  The Harbor is filled with interesting animals that will amaze you in their shapes, colors, and habits.  This program is part of a long term research project and is interesting for adults and children alike.

This program is perfect for budding scientists and marine biologist.  See a summary of the data.

*Participants must have their own vehicle for this program.

June 9-August 22
Monday-Friday, 10am-12pm

Members: $10
Non-members: $20

Beach Discovery Field Trips Register

Go from interested beach visitor to expert beach comber!  Join us to learn how to identify the crabs, shells, sponges, and seaweeds commonly found along the beach.  Learn about the lives of these animals as we walk along one of Nantucket’s beautiful beaches.

This program meets in front of the 'Sconset Market.

June 16-August 18
Mondays, 2pm-4pm

Members: $10
Non-members: $15

Night Marine Walks Register

Nantucket Harbor teems with marine life at night that is not visible in the day. Join our Aquarium staff to learn about the fish, squid, crabs, and more that come out to feed at night in the shallow water. Meet at the MMA Aquarium, 28 Washington Street.

June 25-August 20
Wednesdays, 9pm-10:30pm

Members: $15
Non-members: $20

Forests, Fields & Wetlands

Senosry Night Hike Register

Join Director of Education, Kim Botelho, on a sensory night hike to explore a local woodland after dark. You will test your night vision, listen for nocturnal animals and learn about their adaptations, take a solo journey if dare, and more. Space is limited to 15 participants so you must register in advance. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

This hike will take place at the state forest down Lover's Lane.
A special thanks to Greg Hinson for use of his beautiful photograph!

Tuesday, April 22
8pm - 9pm

Members: Free
Non-members: $5

Family Nature Walks Register

Join us for a family friendly nature adventure!  Every other week is a Family Insect Hunt to a nearby park.  The other weeks focus on birds, ponds, and geology - come on all of them and become an expert!

June: 26, July: 10, 24, August: 7, 21:  Backyard Insect Expedition
July 3: Family Birding Trip
July 17: Pond Exploration
Aug 14: Rock Hunter

Family Birding Trip:  Join us for a family friendly trip to learn about birds.  We start at the Museum with bird feathers and specimens before heading out for a birding adventure.

Pond Exploration:  What else lives in a pond with all the fish?  Find out as we use nets and other equipment to survey a local pond!

Rock Hunter:  Have you ever held a piece of cold lava?  Or found your very own crystal?  Come with us to collect and identify lots of different types of rocks on Nantucket.  We'll learn how Nantucket formed and find out where all these rocks came from and you'll walk away with some specimens to start a rock collection of your own.

June 26-August 21
Thursdays, 9am-11am

Members: Free
Adults $10, Child $5

Historic Programs

Family Sailors’ Valentines Register

A great time for you and your child to learn and create together! Join the curator of the Mitchell House and create your own version of a sailors' valentine by decorating a small Shaker-style box or picture frame-something to be enjoyed for years to come. We provide all of the supplies - you bring your imagination and creativity! Adults must remain with child for entire program.

June 24, 10am-11:30am
July 29, 10am-11:30am

Members: $45.00 (adult/child)
Non-members: $55.00 (adult/child)
$10 for each additional child


Stargazing Nights at Loines Observatory

Join our professional astronomers for an impressive laser tour of the starry sky and for telescopic viewing of the Moon, planets, galaxies, and more.  Programs take place at 59 Milk Street Extension and are weather permitting.

June 9 – August 29
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9pm-10:30pm

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

No registration required.

Check the calendar for upcoming programming.