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Program Tours

Guided Activities for Group Visits


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Tours for 4K — 1st 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, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Group Visits are limited to Self-Guided Visits on Wednesdays and Thursdays; for more information, please inquire when booking your visit.

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Tours for 4K— 1st Grade

 Gadget Gurus: Wind Tunnel Engineering

Make predictions and test prototypes while experimenting with recycled materials to create test vehicles for our vertical wind tunnels. 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.

  Animal Adventures (not available April 1-May 17 due to Rooftop renovation)

Get up close and personal with the birds, reptiles and fish that call our Rooftop Clubhouse home. Learn about the animals’ habitats, life cycle, and care and feeding, as well as safe animal handling.

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Tours for 2nd Grade — 6th Grade

Architecture and Engineering

This STEM-based, hands-on program tour focuses on challenges that architects encounter when designing bridges and buildings. Students will participate in a series of activity stations to build a variety of structures that explore the application of engineering principles to architecture, including cantilevers, catenary arches, and 3-D geometric modeling.

  Gadget Gurus: Catapults & Roller Coasters

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)354-0540 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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