learn through exploration
Programs at Museum at Prairiefire
Learn Through Exploration
In addition to providing access to science education for all through permanent and rotating exhibitions, the Museum at Prairiefire hosts ongoing and special programs every week. Starting at three years old (Little Explorers Club) young scientists can grow along with programming to learn the basics of STEM in elementary school (JAM Sessions), excavate fossils on a dig trip with real paleontologists as middle schoolers (Paleontology Rocks!), and enjoy personal conversations with scientists in a relaxed situation as adults (Science Happy Hour). You can never learn enough about the world, but you may as well have fun while doing so.
Little Explorers Club
Science Happy Hours
upcoming programs + events
Little Explorers Club (3-5 Years Old)
These 45-minute sessions guide children through a science topic with Museum scientists. Each exploratory session includes story time, an activity or experiment, artifact or animal encounters, and a craft.
JAM Sessions (Elementary Learners)
Junior Adventurers at the Museum (JAM) Sessions engage students in hands-on, inquiry-based activities to familiarize students with STEM-essentials.
Science Happy Hour (Adult Programs)
Science Happy Hour features a presentation by an expert in a particular scientific field such as paleontology and astronomy. Drinks and appetizers are provided with ticket purchase during these dynamic talks.
Museum at Prairiefire Members at all levels receive exclusive access to events taking place throughout the year. This includes early previews of traveling exhibitions and member appreciation nights.
Our daily field trips would be impossible without the help of the teachers who diligently schedule, organize, and help lead students through sessions in the Discovery Room and Exhibition Hall. Educator Appreciation Weekends and Open Houses occur regularly through the year.
Rube Goldberg Competition
Origami Holiday Trees
Kansas City Zoomobile
Night at the BOO!seum
Paleontology Rocks! (Middle School Camp)
Paleontology Rocks! digs into the basics of geology and paleontology. After students learn the essentials they are eligible to attend our Summer Field Camp-Out, an overnight dig trip led by Museum paleontologists.
Paleontology Rocks! takes place in June every summer at the Museum at Prairiefire.