Family Programs

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. 

This program takes place at local beaches.  We meet in the Chicken Box parking lot at 16 Dave Street

Wednesday - Friday
June 13 - August 26
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Members: $10
Non-members: $25


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.

Mondays
June 27 - August 22
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM



Members: $10
Non-members: $25

Night Marine Ecology Field Trip 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

Wednesdays
July 6, 20
Aug 3, 17

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Members: $10
Non-members: $25

Family Snorkeling Tour Register

Come join us at Jetties Beach as we experience the beautiful marine life of Nantucket Island! Our guides will teach you proper snorkeling techniques and will point out any local marine life you come across including horseshoe crabs, pipe fish, puffer fish, moon snails, American eels, flounder and more! Swimming experience is recommended. All equipment is included.

All children must at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult.

Tuesdays
June 21; July 5, 26; August 9
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Members: $55
Non-members: $70

Pre-registration required

Family Snorkeling with Underwater Digital Photography Register

Come join us at Jetties Beach as we experience the beautiful marine life of Nantucket Island! Our guides will teach you proper snorkeling techniques, how to use our Nikon Coolpix waterproof cameras, and will point out any local marine life you come across including horseshoe crabs, pipe fish, puffer fish, moon snails, American eels, flounder and more! You will have online access to your images within 1 week of your program.  Swimming experience is recommended. All equipment is included.

All children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult.

Tuesdays
June 28; July 12,19; August 2, 16
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Members: $75
Non-members: $90

Pre-Registration Required

Night Insect Field Trip Register

Night insects are often heard, but rarely seen!  We will use nets and vials to collect and learn about the hug variety of night insects that live right in downtown Nantucket.  Bring a headlamp if you have one; a limited number of lights are available for loan.

Meet at the Natural Science Museum (7 Milk Street).

July 13
August 10

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Members: $10
Non-members: $25

Nature Nights Register

Drop your children off while you enjoy an evening out.  Your child will play indoor and outdoor games, create works of art, complete scavenger hunts, or go on a night hike.  Each night will have a different theme related to Nantucket’s land, sea, and sky.

Themes: June 24 – Reptiles and Amphibians, July 1 -Marine Mammals, July 8 -Solar System, July 15 – Things with Wings, July 22 – Sharks, July 29 – Stars and Constellations, August 5 – All About Plants

Location: 33 Washington Street

Fridays
June 24 - August 5
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Members: $65
Non-members: $80

Medical Form Required

NEW Critters and Crafts Register

Join us for this all new summer program!  Each week, you will meet a live animal, learn about its adaptations, and then have fun making a themed art project.

Appropriate for ages 5 and up.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  One adult admitted free of charge with registered child.

Thursdays
June 30; July 14, 28; August 11
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Members: $20
Non-members: $35

Medical Form Required

Upcycle Whale Workshop Register

Learn the basics of sculpting with marine debris as you create your very own whale!  Cindy Pease Roe uses found marine debris to create treasured sculptures out of former trash.  Ages 10 and up.

Monday, July 11
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Members: $45
Non-members: $50

Ages 10 and up.

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.

Reservations necessary, limited to 8 total participants. For a parent/grandparent/guardian and a child aged 5 or older.

Pre-registration required by calling 508.228.2896

June 28
July 26

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


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

Call 508-228-2896 to register.

Mitchell House at Night Call to Register

Ever wonder what it’s like to be in the Mitchell House at night as the shadows grow longer and the house becomes darker and darker and darker?  Come for a little behind-the-scenes-tour where we will tell you spooky ghost stories and if it’s clear, take a look through some telescopes – maybe even Maria’s own!

Pre-registration required by calling 508.228.2896

July 28
August 11

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$35 Member Pair
$50 Non-Member pair
Additional child $10/child

Limited to 12 participants.

For a child and parent. Parent must accompany child for entire program.

Astronomy

Open 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.

Starlight Express (Fridays, June 17 – September 30)

Take the FREE Starlight Express shuttle every Friday night from downtown Nantucket and view the night skies at Loines Observatory.  Funded by a grant from The Community Foundation for Nantucket’s ReMain Nantucket Fund.

Group 1: To Loines

Aquarium: 8:45 PM
Visitor Information Center: 8:48 PM
Nantucket Hotel & Resort: 8:51 PM
Loines Observatory: 9:00 PM

Group 2: To Loines

Aquarium: 9:25 PM
Visitor Information Center: 9:28PM
Nantucket Hotel & Resort: 9:31 PM
Loines Observatory: 9:40 PM

Group 1: Depart Loines

Loines Observatory: 9:45 PM
Nantucket Hotel & Resort: 9:54 PM
Visitor Information Center: 9:57 PM
Aquarium: 10:00 PM

Group 2: Depart Loines

Loines Observatory: 10:35 PM
Nantucket Hotel & Resort: 10:44 PM
Visitor Information Center: 10:47 PM
Aquarium: 10:50 PM

Please view calendar for dates and times

Non-members $10
Members Free

If in doubt about the weather, please call 508-257-1117



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.

Location: 33 Washington St. across from the aquarium.  There is no parking available but it is located right beside the town parking lot.

Tuesdays
June 14, 28; July 12, 26; August 9
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Members: $20
Non-members: $35


Blast Off!

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  One adult admitted free of charge with registered child. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Location: Program takes place at the Delta Lower Grass field on Sun Island rd off Nobadeer.

Stayed tuned for 2016 dates and hours


Members: $50
Non-members: $65

Must be accompanied by an adult

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.

Location: 33 Washington St. across from the aquarium.  There is no parking available but it is located right beside the town parking lot.

Thursdays
July 7, 21; August 4,18
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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.

Location: State Forest, meet at state forest parking lot on Lover’s Lane

Thursdays
June 30 - August 18
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Members: $10
Non-members: $25

Check the calendar for upcoming programming.