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Robinson Nature Center Programs & Activities

Click on the brochure below to see  our FALL 2015 programs. Fall registration is OPEN!  

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Robinson Nature Center Fall 2015 supplemental 

 

Upcoming programs are listed below by date. To see our programs listed by category, click on the program brochure above.   

 

We recommend pre-registering for programs as some fill up before the day of the program. Additionally, some programs may be cancelled if a sufficient number of participants do not register in advance of the program. If you plan on walking-in, we recommend calling to make sure there are still spots available for the program. 

Astronomy = Astronomy/planetarium

History = History/culture

Nature = Nature/sustainability

Special Events = Special events/activities

 **If you are deaf, hearing impaired or have speech disabilities and require the services of an interpreter for any of the programs below, please contact us at 410-313-0400 or by emailing mleatherbury@howardcountymd.gov at least 2 weeks in advance so that we may accommodate your needs.  

 

 Astronomy If you are coming to see a show in the planetarium, please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to pick up tickets and to be seated. Due to dark conditions, and to ensure the best experience for program participants, we cannot seat patrons while the show is in progress. To preview films shown in the Naturesphere, click here. 

 

Thursday, September 3

 Nature  Nature Center Home School Class, Section 1 - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 years. Give your home school student hands-on immersive experiences on the first Thursday of each month (Sept-May). Students are divided by age. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register.

Friday, September 4

 Nature  Nature Center Home School Class, Section 2 - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-9 years. Give your home school student hands-on immersive experiences on the first Friday * of each month (Sept-May). Students are divided by age. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register. * Class will meet on the 2nd Friday of the month in January and April. 

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Stars" preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

 Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere- 8 to 9 PM. Ages 18 years and up. This program is for adults and features the full-dome movie "Black Holes" preceded by a planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky and space science. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Saturday, September 5

Nature  NEW! First Saturday Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. On the first Saturday of the month, join us as we introduce a new, nature theme through games, stories and crafts. September's theme is Birds. You can continue to explore the theme throughout the rest of the month in the Discovery Room's Field Station and with docent-led activities. This program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. No registration necessary. Program is free with daily admission or annual pass.

Thursday, September 10

 Nature  Nature Center Home School Workshop - 2-3:30 PM. All ages. Connect with other homeschool families on the second Thursday of each month (Sept-May). Children have the chance to socialize and collaborate on nature, earth, and life science projects. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register.

Saturday, September 12

 Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Pegasus the Flying Horse". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

Friday, September 18

 Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Stars" preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Saturday, September 19

 Astronomy NEW! Sky-scanning - 7 to 9 PM. Ages 7 years and up with an adult. Join us for special guided night hikes by moonlight and to view near and deep sky targets through the Watson telescope at the new Howard Astronomical League (HAL) Observatory to celebrate “International Observe the Moon Night.” Bring a flashlight. $18 per family (up to 5 members) and $6 per individual. Preregistration required. This program takes place at Alpha Ridge Park located at 11685 Old Frederick Rd/Md 99 in Marriottsville, MD.

Sunday, September 20

 Nature Special Events Astronomy History Robinson Nature Center Anniversary Open House - Noon to 5 PM. All ages. Come celebrate Robinson's 4th birthday with new additions to the Center including the "Nature Place" outdoor discovery zone for kids and our animal wall display in the Discovery Room. Enjoy live animal presentations, guided nature walks, face-painting, crafts and shows in our planetarium. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. This event is FREE and no registration is necessary. We highly encourage carpooling. Off-site parking with shuttle service is available. Activity and parking info: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCopenhouse.htm or 410-313-0400.

 Nature Special Events Astronomy History Leave Your Mark: Art Tile Project - 12:30 to 2 PM and 2:30 to 4 PM. Ages 3 years and up. Make a memory that lasts a lifetime. You and/or your child create original artwork for a tile that will be permanentaly displayed in the Robinson Nature Center's main building. Proceeds from the program support Friends of the Robinson Nature Center projects including scholarships for Title 1 school field trips and the outdoor Nature Place. Please pre-register by September 18th (low enrollment will cause program to be cancelled.)  

Wednesday, September 23

Nature  School's Out Nature Day Camp - 8:30 AM -3:30 PM (optional after-care from 3:30 to 5 PM). Ages 6-12 years. Join us while school is out for an incredibly fun day of live animal presentations, crafts, nature hikes and scavenger hunts. Add optional after-care for an extended day of fun. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCdaycamps.htm for more information, for required forms and to register.

Thursday, September 24

 Nature History  NEW! Forgotten Skills Series - Foraging - 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Ages 18 years and up. Do you enjoy relying on your own wits and skills? Do you want to learn the skills your grandparents used to help food budgets stretch further? The Forgotten Skills series starts with this class on foraging (finding food in the wild) and continues with a session on canning and another on fermentation. The foraging session is held at the Robinson Nature Center. For the foraging session, the cost is $18 per person (cost includes materials). Click here to see information on all three sessions.

Friday, September 25

 Nature Special Events NEW! Harmony & Hops - 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Ages 21 years and up. Join Candlelight Concert Society and Robinson Nature Center for a unique,fall concert event where participants will migrate through different natural spaces and musical genres. Tickets are $40. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCHarmonyHops.htm for details. To purchase tickets, call 410-313-0400 or click here to purchase online if you have an account with Howard County Recreation & Parks.

Saturday, September 26

 Nature Walking with Woodpeckers - 10 AM to Noon. Ages 8 years and up. Join John Harris of the Howard County Bird Club to walk the trails at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) and hunt for signs of the seven species of woodpeckers that frequent the park. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult, and all participants must register in advance. $5 per person. Meet at the Trotter Road entrance to the park.  Please note, MPEA does not have restroom facilities.

 Astronomy  History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Pegasus the Flying Horse". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

September, 27

 NatureMagical Monarch Butterfly Tea Party - 2-4 PM. Ages 3 years and up. Enjoy a nature program, butterfly craft, photo-ops and an impeccably catered sit-down tea service by Sweet Simplici-Tea Tea Room with tea, lemonade and delightful treats just right for little fingers. Price includes program, materials, full tea service and gratuity. $45 (one child & one adult); $20 each additional person. As this is a catered event, you must register no later than Sunday, September 20th to attend. The caterer requires final numbers one week in advance.

Thursday, October 1

 Nature  Nature Center Home School Class - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 years. Give your home school student hands-on immersive experiences on the first Thursday of each month (Sept-May). Students are divided by age. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register.

Friday, October 2

 Nature  Nature Center Home School Class, Section 2 - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-9 years. Give your home school student hands-on immersive experiences on the first Friday * of each month (Sept-May). Students are divided by age. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register. * Class will meet on the 2nd Friday of the month in January and April. 

 Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Earth, Moon & Sun" preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

 Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere- 8 to 9 PM. Ages 18 years and up. This program is for adults and features the full-dome movie "Passport to the Universe" preceded by a planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky and space science. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Saturday, October 3

 Nature  NEW! First Saturday Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. On the first Saturday of the month, join us as we introduce a new, nature theme through games, stories and crafts. October's theme is Tracking Animals. You can continue to explore the theme throughout the rest of the month in the Discovery Room's Field Station and with docent-led activities. This program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. No registration necessary. Program is free with daily admission or annual pass.

 Special EventsAstronomy History  Scope out the Night Sky - 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Ages 8 and up. Back by popular demand, the Maryland Science Center and Robinson Nature Center jointly present this exciting, family-focused astronomy event! Enjoy a planetarium program, build your very own Galileoscope (a functional telescope for night sky viewing), hold a meteorite and take a tour of the sky outside with professional and amateur guides. Each family takes home one Galileoscope and all participants receive a star map. $24 per family (up to 5 members). Please preregister. We can only accommodate walk-in participants if space allows.

Saturday, October 4

Nature  NEW! Animals, Animals, Animals!- 1-1:45 PM and again from 2-2:45 PM. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Explore our wild planet, creatures of the night and more in an engaging play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. This program is offered twice on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 participants. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary. Program is free with daily admission or annual pass.

Thursday, October 8

 Nature  Nature Center Home School Workshop - 2-3:30 PM. All ages. Connect with other homeschool families on the second Thursday of each month (Sept-May). Children have the chance to socialize and collaborate on nature, earth, and life science projects. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register.

Friday, October 9

 Nature Ladies Night Hike Out! - 7:30 to 9 PM. Ages 21 years and up. Join other nature-loving gals and naturalist from the Robinson Nature Center on a night adventure to explore the nocturnal wonders of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA). For those interested in grabbing a bite to eat first, meet at Great Sage vegan restaurant at 6 PM. Hike begins at 7:30 PM. If joining for the hike, meet at the Trotter Rd entrance to Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA). You must preregister for the program. Please note, there are no bathrooms at the MPEA and parking is limited. The hike covers approximately 2 miles on unpaved terrain. Bring a flashlight.

Saturday, October 10

Nature Lil' Acorns Fall Romp - 10 to 11:30 AM. Ages 2-3 years with parent/guardian. Share with your youngster the fascinating changes that occur during the fall through a parent/child interactive program that includes song, sensory activities, a puppet show and a short walk through the woods. $18 for one parent & one child. $9 each additional parent or child.

 Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Princess Andromeda". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

Friday, October 16

 Nature  School's Out Nature Day Camp - 8:30 AM -3:30 PM (optional after-care from 3:30 to 5 PM). Ages 6-12 years. Join us while school is out for an incredibly fun day of live animal presentations, crafts, nature hikes and scavenger hunts. Add optional after-care for an extended day of fun. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCdaycamps.htm for more information, for required forms and to register.

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Earth, Moon & Sun" preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Nature Special Events Trivia Night Social - Doors open at 7:30 PM, Trivia from 8 to 10 PM. Ages 21 years and up. Test your nature trivia smarts while raising money for a good cause! Door and drink fees from this social gathering fund the Friends of the Robinson Nature Center's scholarships for Title 1 school field trips. You'll laugh your way through the evening as you learn more about the topic, take part in raffles and participate in fun challenges. Cash bar with light snacks provided. Please register in advance by calling 410-313-0400. To see this season's host and topic, www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrivianights.htm.

Saturday, October17

Nature Special Events History NEW! An Environmental Lens - 10 AM to 3 PM. All ages. Discover and capture nature with your camera lens in this collaborative event between Robinson Nature Center and the Central Maryland Photographers Guild. Enjoy films, nature-photo scavenger hunts, mini-sessions on photography tips and more. For more information, see www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCenvironmentallens.htm.

Sunday, October 18

 Nature  NEW! Animals, Animals, Animals!- 1-1:45 PM and again from 2-2:45 PM. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Explore our wild planet, creatures of the night and more in an engaging play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. This program is offered twice on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 participants. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary. Program is free with daily admission or annual pass.

Saturday, October 24

 Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Princess Andromeda". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

 Nature Special Events History Trick or Treat Among the Trees - 4 to 6:45 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Enjoy a trick-or-treating adventure through the woods where each stop holds tasty, healthy treats and fun, nature activities. $15 for one child and one adult. This program is a family favorite and fills quickly. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrickortreat.htm for pictures of the event, information on how to register and more!

Sunday, October 25

 Nature Special Events History Enchanted Trick-IN-Treat for Tots - 10 to Noon. Ages 2-6 years. Enjoy a trick-or-treating adventure through the woods where each stop holds tasty, healthy treats and fun, nature activities. $15 for one child and one adult. This program is a family favorite and fills quickly. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrickortreat.htm for pictures of the event, information on how to register and more!

Sunday, November 1

 Nature Special EventsPumpkin' Chunkin' - 2 to 4 PM. All ages. Come cheer on students from Howard County Public Schools as they use their STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology & Math) skills in a competion to see whose design can launch a pumpkin accurately and precisely towards a far-range target. Please note the admission fees for the Nature Center are $5 per adult, $3 per child and Free for children under 3. Access to event is included with admission or a Robinson annual pass. For more information on last year's results and this year's rules, see: www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCpumpkinlaunch.htm 

 Thursday, November 5

 Nature  Nature Center Home School Class - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 years. Give your home school student hands-on immersive experiences on the first Thursday of each month (Sept-May). Students are divided by age. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register.

Friday, November 6

 Nature  Nature Center Home School Class, Section 2 - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-9 years. Give your home school student hands-on immersive experiences on the first Friday * of each month (Sept-May). Students are divided by age. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register. * Class will meet on the 2nd Friday of the month in January and April. 

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Astronaut" preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere- 8 to 9 PM. Ages 18 years and up. This program is for adults and features the full-dome movie "Impact!" preceded by a planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky and space science. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Saturday, November 7

Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Pisces & Aquarius". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

Nature  NEW! First Saturday Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. On the first Saturday of the month, join us as we introduce a new, nature theme through games, stories and crafts. November's theme is Digging Up the Past. You can continue to explore the theme throughout the rest of the month in the Discovery Room's Field Station and with docent-led activities. This program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. No registration necessary. Program is free with daily admission or annual pass.

Nature NEW! One Smart Cookie - 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Ages 7 years and up. In this trivia program, everyone is a winner! Bring your family out for a cookie bar and fun, nature-themed trivia. Take part in special raffle prizes and fun, family-friendly challenges to see which team will score the most points. We'll explore the topic of Reptiles & Amphibians and have a gingerbread man cookie bar. $35 per family (up to 5 members) or $10 per individual. We request you preregister for this program so we can provide the appropriate amount of cookies and toppings.

Saturday, November 8

Nature  NEW! Animals, Animals, Animals!- 1-1:45 PM and again from 2-2:45 PM. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Explore our wild planet, creatures of the night and more in an engaging play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. This program is offered twice on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 participants. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary. Program is free with daily admission or annual pass.

Thursday, November 12

Nature  Nature Center Home School Workshop - 2-3:30 PM. All ages. Connect with other homeschool families on the second Thursday of each month (Sept-May). Children have the chance to socialize and collaborate on nature, earth, and life science projects. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register.

Saturday, Saturday, November 15

 Nature  NEW! Animals, Animals, Animals!- 1-1:45 PM and again from 2-2:45 PM. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Explore our wild planet, creatures of the night and more in an engaging play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. This program is offered twice on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 participants. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary. Program is free with daily admission or annual pass.

Friday, November 20

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Astronaut" preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Saturday, November 21

Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Pisces & Aquarius". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

Thursday, December 3

Nature  Nature Center Home School Class - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 years. Give your home school student hands-on immersive experiences on the first Thursday of each month (Sept-May). Students are divided by age. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register.

Friday, December 4

 Nature  Nature Center Home School Class, Section 2 - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-9 years. Give your home school student hands-on immersive experiences on the first Friday * of each month (Sept-May). Students are divided by age. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register. * Class will meet on the 2nd Friday of the month in January and April. 

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "We Are Aliens" preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere- 8 to 9 PM. Ages 18 years and up. This program is for adults and features the full-dome movie "Oasis in Space" preceded by a planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky and space science. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Saturday, December 5

Nature  NEW! First Saturday Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. On the first Saturday of the month, join us as we introduce a new, nature theme through games, stories and crafts. December's theme is Astronomy. You can continue to explore the theme throughout the rest of the month in the Discovery Room's Field Station and with docent-led activities. This program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. No registration necessary. Program is free with daily admission or annual pass.

Nature Special Events Holiday Centerpiece Workshop - 2 to 4 PM. Ages 14 years and up. Enjoy festive music, light snacks and cider while learning tips on harvesting and using natural materials to make centerpieces, wreaths and more. You'll make and take home a centerpiece made of sustainably-harvested greens, cones and ribbons. Please bring pruners and gloves. $30 per centerpiece. We ask that you register in advance so we may estimate the amount of greens to harvest.

Thursday, December 10

Nature  Nature Center Home School Workshop - 2-3:30 PM. All ages. Connect with other homeschool families on the second Thursday of each month (Sept-May). Children have the chance to socialize and collaborate on nature, earth, and life science projects. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register.

Saturday, December 12

Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Taurus the Great Bull". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

Sunday, December 13

 Nature Special Events Deer Santa - 2 to 4 PM. Ages 2 to 6 years. Come test your reindeer skills on our reindeer trail and warm up with a snack, seasonal craft and a photo with Santa! $20 for one child and one adult. Call to register an additional child ($15) or an additional adult ($5). This program is a family favorite. Register in advance to secure your spot!

Friday, December 18

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "We Are Aliens" preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Sunday, December 20

Nature NEW! Hunt for the Holiday Opossum - 1 to 2 PM. Ages 5-10 years. Come trace the tracks of the holiday opossum through the Nature Center trails and building to find the ornaments that she's misplaced. Encounter special animal friends along the way. A unique holiday surprise awaits you at the end of your quest! $8 per person.

Saturday, December 26

Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Taurus the Great Bull". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.