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Program Tours

Guided Activities for Group Visits


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About Program Tours
Tours for Preschool — 1st Grade
Tours for Kindergarten — 6th Grade
Tours for 2nd Grade — 6th Grade
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About Program Tours

Group program tours provide guided, hands-on learning with help from museum pros! Students will participate in an engaging 30-minute activity led by an Education staff member, and enjoy over an hour of free time to explore the museum’s amazing exhibits. Program tours are a perfect complement to classroom curriculum, and support the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards and interdisciplinary learning guidelines by blending art, STEM, environmental studies, and social studies.

Program tours may be added to a group visit reservation for an additional fee of $2 per child. Please see our menu of activities, below, for more information about subjects and recommended age-levels. To add on a guided activity, please mention which tour you would like to add when booking your visit.

All tours are available between March 1 and June 15. Tour offerings may be limited during other seasons; for more information, please inquire when booking your visit.

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Tours for Preschool — 1st Grade

Science Dabblers

This interactive program tour introduces children to the basic scientific concepts of the 3 states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. Through a series of short experiments, children are encouraged to make observations, ask questions, and test hypotheses, and explore the properties of water, ice, dry ice, soap and bubbles. The hands-on and thought-provoking activities provide an introduction to the general process of scientific inquiry.

Animal Adventures

This hands-on program tour introduces students to all the Rooftop Ramble animals, both domesticated and wild.  Learn about the habitats, behaviors, and life-cycles of snails, fish, reptiles and amphibians, insects, chickens and homing pigeons. Rooftop Ramble program tours highlight the interconnections between ecological systems that support life.  Explore a living urban green roof that includes a chicken coop, homing pigeons, greenhouse, alternative energy demonstrations and native Wisconsin animal collections.  These indoor/outdoor program tours are tailored to meet your class curriculum and focus on hands-on activities and experiments.

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Tours for Kindergarten — 6th Grade

Pioneer Living

This social studies program tours allow students to immerse themselves in the lives of Wisconsin pioneers. Explore our 1838 Log Cabin and yard, and learn about how pioneers lived and interacted with their environment and the people around them. Depending on grade level and season, the indoor/outdoor facilitated program may include the following topics: glaciation; native people and first contact with European explorers; food growing, preparation and storage; Madison history; and the running of a farmstead in Wisconsin in the 1840s. Pre- and post-visit materials offer opportunities to extend the learning experience.

Download seasonal curriculum supplements for the Pioneer Living tour:

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Tours for 2nd Grade — 6th Grade

Urban Ecology

Learn about the plants and animals supported by an urban green roof.  This hands-on tour introduces students to the connection between organisms in an urban environment.  How are plants, animals and insects able to survive and thrive on an urban rooftop?  Learn the answer to this question on the roof of the Madison Children’s Museum. Rooftop Ramble program tours highlight the interconnections between ecological systems that support life.  Explore a living urban greenroof that includes a chicken coop, homing pigeons, greenhouse, alternative energy demonstrations and native Wisconsin animal collections.  These indoor/outdoor program tours are tailored to meet your class curriculum and focus on hands-on activities and experiments.

Gadget Gurus

Experiment with forces and motion in STEM activity stations focused on catapults and marble roller coaster engineering. Gadget Guru activities are selected to fit the age range of students attending the program and can be tailored to support your classroom curriculum. Gadget gurus inspires kids to see the world as full of possibilities using art and science, open ended play, invention, and creativity, all while engaging students’ brains and hands in solving problems.

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Book a Visit

If you’re ready to make your group visit reservation, you can book online at any time. When prompted, make sure to mention which program tour you would like to add to your reservation.

To book by phone or email, or if you still have questions for our registration team, you can reach us by phone at (608)354-0156, or by email.

Advance booking is required to qualify for a group rate; we make an effort to accommodate every group, but a minimum of two weeks notice on all bookings is appreciated.

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