Teachers can enhance their children's learning by
bringing the curriculum alive at the Children's Discovery
Museum. Bring your class to the CDM, and we
will lead them on a discovery experience of your choice
with a curriculum we provide, or you can use a lesson plan
of your own. All of our exhibits are at your disposal when
you arrive. To see what other teachers have to say
about their visit, look at our survey results.
Use Oz characters and personalities to learn about bully and buddy behavior. Tour the Judy Garland birthplace and Wizard of Oz Gallery including Abraham Lincoln's carriage (used in the movie). Explore tornadoes and build a model with a spinning vortex.
Available only from the first day of fall through Thanksgiving. Choices include parts of a plant, squash life cycle, tops or bottoms plant foods, digging vegetables, measurements, grinding grain, tasting and graphing.
Students explore rainbow science & decorate a spinning top. They do color chromatography & may use it to solve a crime-lab mystery. Creating a color wheel and mixing colors is followed by a creative art project.
Identify birds, fish, mammals, amphibians and reptiles with laser pointers, create a vertebrate art project. Use magnifiers to examine animal hides. Experience a simulated safari/drawing activity. Classify classmates by attributes.
Help puppets with a sorting activity and then arrange animals into groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, fish). Use magnifiers to examine animal hides. Perform animal actions, view mounted animals and create a mammal with art materials.
Depending on grade level, kids use the KEVA wooden building sets to creatively explore principles of geometry, balance, and engineering. They may be challenged to describe a structure and instruct a partner to build one like it. Older students will do an experiment with cantilevers.
Your class will excavate bones from a large beast which will have been buried prior to your arrival. Kids can create their own "fossil" with plaster and clay.
Push her button and Treesa will tell you about the forest. School groups have the option of a story read to them by Treesa. She can even call your students by name. Bring a class list!
The Children's Discovery Museum offers a variety of free programs during the school vacation days and during the summer months to provide educational opportunities for the community.
The 2,000 square foot Art Room provides space for creative activities that are inculded in school programs. It also serves as the lunchroom for snacks and bag lunches. Up to sixty people can be accommodated.
Step back in time to the 1920's and explore Judy Garlands' childhood home. Compare how household tasks were preformed then and now. See an old-fashioned icebox, ringer-washer, crank phonograph, phone without numbers, treadle sewing machine, a typewriter, and much more.