Family Programs

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Second Saturdays at the Hitchcock Center

9am-1pm
March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9

Free
The Hitchcock Center is open to families and the community second Saturdays of the month, September thru December from 9am-1pm. Stop by to explore our building, talk with an educator, read a book with your kids or grandkids in our visitor center, and join us for one of our family science programs.

Saturday Family Science Series

10-11am
March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9

Free, registration appreciated. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead.
Join us for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature.

Upcoming themes:
April 14: Water Cycle
May 12: Metamorphosis
June 9: Pollinators

Family StoryWalk Series with Dawn Marvin Ward

Saturdays, 10:30am-11:30am
April 28: Looking for a Moose
May 19: A Fairy Went A-Marketing – POSTPONED
June 16: Turtle Splash!
FREE
Register here
Looking for a fun Saturday morning activity with your young children? This spring, we are excited to be offering a free StoryWalk series with Dawn Ward! Designed for pre-readers and their families, Dawn’s StoryWalks will include an outdoor family walk and indoor natural history touch-table activities. Join us for one or all! Many thanks to the Amherst Cultural Council for generously funding this series. 

Youth and Family Birding

with Dan Ziomek, Local Birder and WRSI’s Bird Songs Radio Program
For young people ages 8-13 and their families
Saturday, April 28 and/or Saturday, May 12
7:30am-10am
Individual/Youth: Members $12 Non-members $15 per class; Parent/Child: Members $18/Non-members $22 per class
Space is limited, registration required

Spring migration is the most exciting time of year to get out and see birds! Come learn the new species returning from the south wearing their spring colors. Be the next generation of birders!

Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Author Event and Book Signing

Saturday, May 12, 11am
Free, registration appreciated
Book sales to benefit the Hitchcock Center.

Join Corinne and Artemis as they share their new book with us. Explore the fun and fascinating world of insects through this lively question and answer book. Do dragonflies breathe fire? Do stink bugs take baths? Do bedbugs wear pajamas? These silly questions—the kind kids often ask—are followed by informative answers, sure to make every reader eager to learn more about insects. Kids will delight in this engaging, interactive read-aloud, and educators, parents, and budding naturalists will enjoy the detailed illustrations.

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