Family Programs

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Adventures in Nature

Marine Ecology Field Trips

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 8-August 21
Monday-Friday, 10am-12pm

Members: $10
Non-members: $20

Beach Discovery Field Trips

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 15-August 17
Mondays, 2pm-4pm

Members: $10
Non-members: $15

Night Marine Walks

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 17-August 12
Wednesdays, 9pm-10:30pm

Members: $15
Non-members: $20

Family Nature Walks

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: 25, July: 9, 23, August: 6, 20:  Backyard Insect Expedition
July 2, 16: Family Birding Trip
Aug 13: Rock Hunter (Must have your own vehicle)

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.

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 25-August 20
Thursdays, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Members: $5
Adults $10, Child $5

Medical Form Required

Special Events

Coming Soon!

Check back here for special events spring 2015.

Historic Programs

Family Sailors’ Valentines

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 30, 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.

Fridays, January 23 7:30-9:00 pm
February 27 7:30-9:00 pm
March 23 7:30-9:00 pm
March 27 9:00-10:30 pm
April 10 9:00-10:30 pm
May 8 9:00-10:30 pm
May 22 9:00-10:30 pm

Donations Encouraged

No registration required.


Art and science collide in an afternoon of fun for young children.  Using pictures and stories, kids are introduced to the wonders of the universe and their place in it.  They then create their own cosmic works of art using various media, learning some basic astronomy in the process and developing a personal connection with the universe. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult.  One adult admitted free of charge with registered child.  Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

June 23 & July 28 - Sun
June 30 & August 4 - Moon
July 7 & August 11 - Constellations
July 14 & August 18 - Planets
July 21 & August 25 - Stars

June 23-August 25

Members: $20
Non-members: $35

Blast Off! Register

Children discover the wonders of space exploration by building and launching their own model rockets. The fun begins by constructing and flying paper airplanes to learn about gravity and atmosphere on Earth, Mars and the Moon. They then move on to rockets propelled by air and water to learn more about the science of flight. Finally, they assemble and launch their own model rockets under the safe supervision of instructors. The program ends with an introduction to the International Space Station and how to become an astronaut.

Children must be accompanied by an adult or medical form required for drop-off. One adult admitted free of charge with registered child. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.  Program takes place at Nobadeer Northerly Field on Nobadeer Rd.

September 4 & 11
4:30 - 6 pm

Members: $30
Non-members: $50

Medical Form Required (if adult does not stay for program)

Robot Explorers

After an introduction to robots and robotic spacecraft that have explored our solar system, teams assemble robot 'cublets' to learn how robots work. They practice using a robotic arm to pick up items. They then program roving robots to explore a challenging 'Martian' surface like a real planetary rover would, ending with a fun robot competition. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult.  One adult admitted free of charge with registered child.  Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

June 19-August 28, except August 21

Members: $35
Non-members: $50

Stars & Senses Night Hike

Join Kim Botelho, Director of Education, and Caitlin Hay, MMA's Astronomy Educator, for an evening hike under the stars.  You will test your night vision, listen for nocturnal animals and learn about their adaptations, take a solo journey if you dare, learn the stories of summer constellations and more.  Pre-registration required.

Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

June 12-August 21
Select Thursdays

Members: $10
Non-members: $15

AstroKids Nights

Drop your child at MMA while you blast off for dinner during AstroKids Nights.  Your child will play games, build solar systems, create works of art, or go on a night hike.  Check the Friday theme to learn more.

This program is for ages 6-12.

June 27 & August 8 - Solar System
July 11 - Galaxies
July 25 - Sun & Moon
August 22 - Sun & Moon

June 13-August 22
Select Fridays

Members: $60 per child
Non-members: $75 per child

Medical Form Required

Check the calendar for upcoming programming.