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Robinson Nature Center Programs & Activities

 

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 Fall program registration is OPEN! Click on the brochure image, or scroll down to discover end-of-summer and Fall 2014 program offerings!

Upcoming Programs

   

Click on the links or call 410-313-0400 to register. 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. 

 

Thursday, September 4

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Class - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Give your home-schooler a hands-on immersive experience at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for class schedules and info.

 

Friday, September 5

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Stars." For a preview of the film, click here.

Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere - What's Up? - 8 to 9 PM. Ages 18 years and up. Bring your date or a group of friends to discover the night sky in the warmth of the planetarium. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by an engaging, adult-oriented planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Stars." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, September 6

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join us to learn about Maryland native plants and animals through song, storytelling and/or crafts. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. All children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

AstronomyNEW! The Magic of Moonlight - 7:30 to 9 PM. Ages 7 years and up. Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night with a night hike, telescope viewing of celestial objects and the chance to see a real "moon rock" from one of NASA's lunar samples. $10 per person or $25 per family (up to 5 members).

 

Thursday, September 11

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Workshop - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Join the Robinson Home School workshop for access to projects, equipment and materials for your home-schooler to help them build on things learned during each month's home school class at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for workshop schedule and info.

 

Friday, September 12

NatureNEW! School's Out Nature Day Camp - 8:30AM to 3:30 PM with before care option starting at 8AM and after care option lasting until 5:30 PM. While school's out, join us for fun-filled day of hiking, live animal presentations, planetarium movies, crafts and scavenger hunts. See details and register at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCdaycamps.htm 

 

 Special Events Leave your Mark! Art Tile Project - 10 - 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You and/or your child create original art work for a tile which will be installed inside the Center's main building. Proceeds support Friends of the Nature Center projects, including scholarships for Title 1 school field trips and an outdoor nature play space at the Nature Center. 1 tile for $35 or 3 tiles for $100. To see pictures from previous events, click here.

 

Saturday, September 13

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 19

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Stars." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, September 20

Nature Project Wild Teacher Training - 9AM to 3:30PM. If you are a teacher looking to integrate the environment as a context for learning to meet state and national standards, this training provides a 200 + page activity guide along with materials for your classroom. Click on the link to register. Though the training is free, there is a $20 material fee due the day of the training to receive the activity guide and materials. MSDE credit available (see link for details).

  

NatureNEW! Walking with Woodpeckers - 10 AM to noon. Ages 8 years and up. Join John Harris of the Howard County Bird Club to discover the calls and feeding sites of the wonderful woodpeckers of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA). This program leaves from the Trotter Rd entrance of the MPEA. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per person.

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join us to learn about Maryland native plants and animals through song, storytelling and/or crafts. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. All children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

 

Sunday, September 21

Special Events  Nature  Astronomy  History Robinson Nature Center Anniversary Open House - Noon to 5 PM. All Ages. Come celebrate the Nature Center's 3rd birthday with live animal presentations, guided nature walks, face painting, crafts and more. No registration necessary. All activities are FREE. For a full schedule of events, see our Anniversary Open House webpage.

 

Friday, September 26

Special Events  Nature  Astronomy NEW! Nature Center OVERNIGHT! - 6 PM on Sept 26 to 9 AM on Sept 27. Girls, ages 9 to 12 years. Join us for an after-dark adventure including a night hike, campfire and snack, planetarium movie and more with your best friends at the Nature Center. Wake up to a yummy breakfast and take-home memento. Led by certified camp education staff. For details, or to register, click here. $70 for members, $85 for non-members.

 

Saturday, September 27

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.

 

Sunday, September 28

Nature NEW! Nature Fun Club - 1 to 2 PM. Ages 4 to 11 years. Join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month to hang out with other kids that love nature and enjoy themed activities and craft-making. Each Sunday holds a new adventure! Click here for more information or to register. This Sunday's session is the Amazing Animal Quest.

 

Special Events  Nature  Astronomy  History Robinson Nature Center Open house for Teachers - 2 to 4 PM. All ages. If you are a teacher, bring your family to the nature center and enjoy fun activities while discovering the new field experiences being offered at Robinson this year for your students. New additions include astronomy-based and water-focused field trips, field trips for early childhood (2 to 4 years with a parent) and secondary science field trips that include service learning and STEM components. No registration necessary, but you must present your teacher ID or other form of teacher verification for complimentary admission for your and your family.

 

Thursday, October 2

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Class - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Give your home-schooler a hands-on immersive experience at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for class schedules and info.

Nature NEW! Trivia Night Social at the Nature Center - doors open at 7:30PM; trivia from 8 to 10 PM. Ages 21 and up. Think you have the smarts to win our Nature trivia? Gather your team, sample local breweries beverages and be entertained and enlightened by our expert hosts while testing your smarts. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrivianights.htm for trivia hosts, themes, beverages and details.

 

Friday, October 3

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "We Are Aliens." For a preview of the film, click here.

Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere - What's Up? - 8 to 9 PM. Ages 18 years and up. Bring your date or a group of friends to discover the night sky in the warmth of the planetarium. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by an engaging, adult-oriented planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Impact!." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, October 4

Nature Project Learning Tree Teacher Training - 9AM to 3:30PM. If you are a teacher looking to integrate the environment as a context for learning to meet state and national standards, this training provides a 200 + page activity guide along with materials for your classroom. Click on the link to register. Though the training is free, there is a $20 material fee due the day of the training to receive the activity guide and materials. MSDE credit available (see link for details).

Nature Discovery Days Music in Nature Series - 1st session, 10 to 10:45 AM; 2nd session 11 to 11:45 AM.. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join Port Discovery Children's Museum on four special Discovery Days for the Music in Nature Series to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome of fun (weather-permitting). Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 children each session. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

 

Sunday, October 5

Special Events History  NEW! Howard County Heritage Day - Noon to 4 PM. All ages . Take a trip back in time with activities, games, demonstrations and crafts. From calligraphy and weaving to Native American tool-making and photo-ops in period costumes, you can have fun while discovering Howard County's past. For a detailed schedule of activities, click here. $7 per person; Free, under 3 years old.

 

Thursday, October 9

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Workshop - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Join the Robinson Home School workshop for access to projects, equipment and materials for your home-schooler to help them build on things learned during each month's home school class at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for workshop schedule and info.

Nature NEW! Ladies Night Out: Hike & Social - 6 PM. Ages 21 years and up. Join other nature-loving gals on Thursday night adventures at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Each evening starts with a 1.5-hour guided hike. Afterwards, participants are invited to socialize to live music at the Great Sage Café. Tonight's hike is a Saunter for the Senses. Live music performance at the café by Brave Noise (Smooth Rock & Soul).

 

Saturday, October 11

Special Events Nature NEW! Streams to Seas Festival - 10 AM to 3 PM. All ages. The National Aquarium and Robinson Nature Center jointly present this exciting, family-focused event in which you can meet aquatic life, take guided hikes to the river, learn how your family can adopt-a-stream, see the premier of a new full-dome film in our NatureSphere theater and complete a festival "passport" for your chance to win free passes. The first 20 families to arrive receive a free rain barrel. Click here for a full schedule of events. Free with daily admission or Robinson annual pass.

 

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.

 

Sunday, October 12

Growing Up Wild Teacher Training - 1 to 4:30PM. If you are a teacher of young children ages 3 to 7, join this training to learn fun activities that can help use the environment as a context for teaching concepts and standards that you are looking to teach in your classroom. Though there is no cost for the training, there is a $10 material fee due on the day of the training in order to receive the 150 + page activity guide and materials for your classroom.

Nature NEW! Magical Monarch Butterfly Tea Party - 2 to 4 PM. Ages 3 years and up with an adult. Celebrate monarch butterfly migration time in this fun-filled program where your child discovers the world of  butterflies, "flies" through the nature center with butterfly wings and decorates his/her very own butterfly "puddling" stone. After the program, enjoy an impeccably-catered sit-down tea with delightful treats catered by Sweet Simplici-tea. $45 for parent & child; $20 each additional participant. Fee includes program, materials, full tea service and gratuity for service.

 

Friday, October 17

NatureNEW! School's Out Nature Day Camp - 8:30AM to 3:30 PM with before care option starting at 8AM and after care option lasting until 5:30 PM. While school's out, join us for fun-filled day of hiking, live animal presentations, planetarium movies, crafts and scavenger hunts. See details and register at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCdaycamps.htm 

 Special Events Leave your Mark! Art Tile Project - 10 - 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You and/or your child create original art work for a tile which will be installed inside the Center's main building. Proceeds support Friends of the Nature Center projects, including scholarships for Title 1 school field trips and an outdoor nature play space at the Nature Center. 1 tile for $35 or 3 tiles for $100. To see pictures from previous events, click here

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "We Are Aliens." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, October 18

Nature Discovery Days Music in Nature Series - 1st session, 10 to 10:45 AM; 2nd session 11 to 11:45 AM.. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join Port Discovery Children's Museum on four special Discovery Days for the Music in Nature Series to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome of fun (weather-permitting). Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 children each session. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

 

Sunday, October 19

Nature NEW! Nature Fun Club - 1 to 2 PM. Ages 4 to 11 years. Join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month to hang out with other kids that love nature and enjoy themed activities and craft-making. Each Sunday holds a new adventure! Click here for more information or to register. This Sunday's session is the Fall Foliage Craft Adventure.

 

Saturday, October 25

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. 

Special Events Nature Trick or Treat Among the Trees - 4 to 6:45 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. Celebrate Halloween with a trick-or-treating adventure along the trails. Learn about neat fall happenings while collecting treats at each stop. See our special events page for details, links to registration and pictures from last year's event. $7 per child; $5 per adult.  

 

Sunday, October 26

Special Events Nature Enchanted Forest Trick-IN-Tot - 10 AM to Noon. Ages 2 years and up with an adult. Celebrate Halloween with a stroller-friendly trick-or-treating adventure through our exhibits and along paved trails. Learn about neat fall happenings while collecting treats at each stop. See our special events page for details and links to registration. $7 per child (2 years and up), $5 per adult; free under 2 years old.

 

Saturday, November 1

Nature Discovery Days Music in Nature Series - 1st session, 10 to 10:45 AM; 2nd session 11 to 11:45 AM.. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join Port Discovery Children's Museum on four special Discovery Days for the Music in Nature Series to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome of fun (weather-permitting). Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 children each session. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

 

Special Events Astronomy History Scope Out the Night Sky - 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Ages 8 years and up. Join the Maryland Science Center and Robinson Nature Center for an incredible opportunity to build your family's own telescope, handle meteorites billions of years old, see a planetarium show and view celestial objects through high-powered telescopes (weather-dependent). $24 per family (up to five family members).

 

Sunday, November 2

Special Events NatureNEW! Pumpkin' Chunkin' - 2 to 3:30 PM. All ages. Watch as local high school STEM clubs compete using catapults they designed to launch old pumpkins towards targets in the woods. No registration necessary to watch. For those interested in entering a team in the competition, click here.

 

Thursday, November 6

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Class - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Give your home-schooler a hands-on immersive experience at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for class schedules and info.

Nature NEW! Trivia Night Social at the Nature Center - doors open at 7:30PM; trivia from 8 to 10 PM. Ages 21 and up. Think you have the smarts to win our Nature trivia? Gather your team, sample local breweries beverages and be entertained and enlightened by our expert hosts while testing your smarts. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrivianights.htm for trivia hosts, themes, beverages and details.

 

Friday, November 7

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Earth, Moon & Sun." For a preview of the film, click here.

Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere - What's Up? - 8 to 9 PM. Ages 18 years and up. Bring your date or a group of friends to discover the night sky in the warmth of the planetarium. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by an engaging, adult-oriented planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Black Holes." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, November 8

Nature Lil' Acorns Fall Fling (Parent/Child) - 10:30 AM to Noon. Ages 2-3 yrs with an adult. Share with your youngster the fascinating changes that occur in fall through song, sensory activities, a puppet show and a short walk through the woods. An adult must be registered with each child registered. $9 per person. To register a child, click here. To register an adult, click here.

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 and Aquarius". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

 

Thursday, November 13

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Workshop - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Join the Robinson Home School workshop for access to projects, equipment and materials for your home-schooler to help them build on things learned during each month's home school class at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for workshop schedule and info.

Nature NEW! Ladies Night Out: Hike & Social - 6 PM. Ages 21 years and up. Join other nature-loving gals on Thursday night adventures at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Each evening starts with a 1.5-hour guided hike. Afterwards, participants are invited to socialize to live music at the Great Sage Café. Tonight's hike is a Autumn Amble. Live music performance at the café by Bill Hooper (Folk Singer/Songwriter).

 

Friday, November 15

Nature Project WET Teacher Training - 9AM to 3:30PM . If you are a teacher looking to integrate the environment as a context for learning to meet state and national standards, this training provides a 200 + page activity guide along with materials for your classroom. Click on the link to register. Though the training is free, there is a $20 material fee due the day of the training to receive the activity guide and materials. MSDE credit available (see link for details).

Nature Discovery Days Music in Nature Series - 1st session, 10 to 10:45 AM; 2nd session 11 to 11:45 AM.. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join Port Discovery Children's Museum on four special Discovery Days for the Music in Nature Series to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome of fun (weather-permitting). Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 children each session. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

 

Sunday, November 16

Nature NEW! Nature Fun Club - 1 to 2 PM. Ages 4 to 11 years. Join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month to hang out with other kids that love nature and enjoy themed activities and craft-making. Each Sunday holds a new adventure! Click here for more information or to register. This Sunday's session is the Constellation Blast.

 

Friday, November 21

Special Events Mistletoe and Moonlight Shopping - 6 to 9 PM. All ages. Bring your family out to enjoy the Center's exhibits and live music while you shop for the perfect gift. Robinson annual pass holders receive a 15% discount on all purchases during this event. Admission to the Center is Free during this event.

 

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Earth, Moon & Sun." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, November 22

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 and Aquarius". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

 

Wednesday, November 26

NatureNEW! School's Out Nature Day Camp - 8:30AM to 3:30 PM with before care option starting at 8AM and after care option lasting until 5:30 PM. While school's out, join us for fun-filled day of hiking, live animal presentations, planetarium movies, crafts and scavenger hunts. See details and register at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCdaycamps.htm 

 

Thursday, December 4

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Class - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Give your home-schooler a hands-on immersive experience at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for class schedules and info.

 

Friday, December 5

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Astronomy: 3,000 Years of Stargazing." For a preview of the film, click here.

Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere - What's Up? - 8 to 9 PM. Ages 18 years and up. Bring your date or a group of friends to discover the night sky in the warmth of the planetarium. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by an engaging, adult-oriented planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Astronomy: 3,000 Years of Stargazing." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, December 6

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join us to learn about Maryland native plants and animals through song, storytelling and/or crafts. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. All children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

 

Sunday, December 7

Nature NEW! Holiday Centerpiece Workshop - 2 to 4 PM. Ages 14 years and up. Bring a friend or family member and enjoy festive music, light snacks and cider while you create an exquisite centerpiece made of all-natural materials. $30 per centerpiece. Please register in advance so we can estimate the amount of materials to provide.

 

Thursday, December 11

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Workshop - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Join the Robinson Home School workshop for access to projects, equipment and materials for your home-schooler to help them build on things learned during each month's home school class at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for workshop schedule and info.

 

Saturday, December 13

Special Events Nature NEW! Happy Holi-Day Camp/Parent's Day Out to Shop - 9 AM to Noon (morning session); 1 to 4 PM (afternoon session); Noon to 1 PM (supervised lunch and movie). 6 to 12 years. Drop your children off at Robinson to make homemade holiday gifts and enjoy nature presentations while you head to the Mall in Columbia (less than 4 miles from the Center) for kid-free holiday shopping. $30 per session; $5 to add supervised lunch and movie. Click here to register or for more information.

 

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 14

Nature Deer Santa - 2 to 4 PM. All Ages. Hike or "reindeer trail" to test your skills against those of our four-legged friends on this family-friendly adventure. Enjoy a snack while making a seasonal craft, and await the appearance of Santa! All children must be accompanied by an adult. $10 per child. $5 per adult.

 

Friday, December 19

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Astronomy: 3,000 Years of Stargazing." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, December 20

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join us to learn about Maryland native plants and animals through song, storytelling and/or crafts. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. All children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

 

Sunday, December 21

Nature NEW! Nature Fun Club - 1 to 2 PM. Ages 4 to 11 years. Join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month to hang out with other kids that love nature and enjoy themed activities and craft-making. Each Sunday holds a new adventure! Click here for more information or to register. This Sunday's session is the Hunt for the Holiday Opossum.

 

Saturday, December 27

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.