Family Programs

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Adventures in Nature

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.

Perfect for budding scientists and marine biologist!  See a summary of the data.

*Participants must have their own vehicle for this program. Where to meet and what to expect.  We have changed the meeting location starting June 28th to a more central location to avoid traffic.

June 8-August 21
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. Program Information Page - directions, what to bring, what to expect.

June 15-August 17
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.

Program Information Page - Directions, what to bring, what to expect

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

Members: $15
Non-members: $20

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: 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.
Program Information Page - Directions, what to bring, what to expect

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
Non-members: $10

Special Events

Coming Soon!

Check back here for special events spring 2015.

Historic Programs

Family Sailors’ Valentines Call to 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 30, 10am-11:30am
July 28, 10am-11:30am

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

Call 508-228-2896


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.

May 8 9:00-10:30 pm
May 22 9:00-10:30 pm

Donations Encouraged

Starting June 8th, open MWF
9:00-10:30 pm

Non-members $10
Members Free

No registration required.

ARTstronomy Register

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 15  - Sun; June 22 - Moon; July 6 - Constellations;
July 20 - Planets; August 3 - Stars; August 17 - Galaxies

Select Mondays
June 15-August 17

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.

Select Tuesdays
June 16, 23
July 7, 21
August 4, 18
10:30 am - 12 pm

Members: $50
Non-members: $65

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

Robot Explorers Register

After an introduction to robots and robotic spacecraft that have explored our solar system, teams assemble robot 'cublets' and use a robotic arm to learn how robots work. They then program roving robots to complete a variety of tasks.  The program ends 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.

Select Thursdays
June 25
July 9, 23
August 6, 20

Members: $35
Non-members: $50

Stars & Senses Night Hike Register

Join Kim Botelho, Director of Education, and 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 18-August 20
Select Thursdays

Members: $10
Non-members: $20

AstroKids Nights Register

Drop your children at MMA's Natural Science Museum while you blast off for dinner during AstroKids Nights. Your child will play indoor and outdoor games, create works of art, complete scavenger hunts, or go on a night hike. At the museum they will also have a chance to visit our education animals each night.

This program is for ages 6-12.

June 19 - Solar System, June 26- Stars, July 3 - Rockets & Flight,
July 10 - Sun & Moon, July 17 - Constellations, July 24 - Robots
July 31 - Comets & Asteroids, August 7 - Earth, August 14 - Northern Lights
August 21 - Galaxies

June 19-August 20

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

Medical Form Required

Check the calendar for upcoming programming.