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Due to the current Omicron wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Longway Planetarium seating is limited to 50 people per show to allow for social distancing, effective January 14, 2022. Please purchase tickets in advance to be guaranteed a seat. We highly recommend all visitors ages 2+ to wear masks while indoors at Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium. Thank you for helping us create the safest possible environment for our community.

4 Years-Old & Kindergarten Science Workshops

STEM exploration through fun, skill-building activities


Member Discount: $1 off all workshops

Safety Highlights
Hygiene: Program spaces and furniture will be sanitized before each program. Supplies (scissors, glue sticks, etc.) will be sanitized before use and will not be shared.
Masks: Masks must be worn covering the nose and mouth at all times when inside the building.

Emergency Contact Form
We will hold all forms electronically to minimize contact touch with educators.
● The Emergency Contact Form can be printed off at home, signed, scanned, and emailed in.
● If you do not have access to a computer or printer, you can request to have a form mailed to your home. Please request printed forms by email at education@sloanlongway.org. You can also request forms by phone at 810‐237‐3409.
● If you mail in or drop off your signed form to Longway Planetarium, we will scan forms into our system.

If you have any questions, please call 810-237-3409.

Wintry Weather Camp

4-7 years-olds

Date: December 28 - 30, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $50.00
Hands-on science is all around us during the winter season. You’ll learn about snowy weather, build an arctic animal habitat, and create your way through winter-themed engineering challenges.

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Push, Pull, Predict

4-years-old – Kindergarten

Date: January 8, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8.00
What is a force? How do forces cause motion? Explore the concepts of “push” and “pull” as you make predictions, investigate, and create projects to showcase these phenomena.

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Polar Bear Picnic

4-years-old – Kindergarten

Date: January 22, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8.00
Join us as we celebrate our first-ever “Polar Bear Picnic!” We’ll engage in hands-on, winter-themed activities as we sip on delicious hot cocoa with our stuffed animal friends.

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Color-Mixing Chemistry

4-years-old – Kindergarten

Date: February 19, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8.00
Mix up a variety of colors as you engage in hands-on STEM experiments and activities. You may want to dress down for this one – It’ll get a little messy!

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Maker Lab: Spring Inspirations

4-years-old – Kindergarten

Date: March 12, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8.00
Spring is right around the corner! Use the spring season as an inspiration to plan, design, and make creations that are beautifully scientific.

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Noisy Neighborhood

4-years-old – Kindergarten

Date: March 26, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8.00
Click, clack, tap, tap. What’s going on in that noisy neighborhood? Use your engineering imagination to build houses, signs, and whatever comes to mind, in your very own neighborhood.

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Kinder-Science Camp: Storybook STEM

4-years-old – Kindergarten

Date: March 28– 30, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $50.00
Did you know March is National Reading Month?! Join us as we navigate exciting, literacy-based STEM challenges with help from some of our storybook favorites.

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Monster Math

4-years-old – Kindergarten

Date: April 9, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8.00
Sharpen your math skills with this hands-on, monster-themed math extravaganza. We’ll go on a number hunt, create number puzzles, and work together to build a silly math monster.

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Solar System Adventures

4-years-old – Kindergarten

Date: April 30, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8.00
Go on an out-of-this-world adventure as you learn about the sun, moon, stars, and planets in our solar system. You’ll even make a mini solar system model to take home!

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Maker Lab: Tinker Time

4-years-old – Kindergarten

Date: May 14, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8.00
We supply, you design. Let your imagination run wild as you tinker, build, and decorate your own creations using a variety of open-ended materials.

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Frog Frenzy

4-years-old – Kindergarten

Date: May 21, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8.00
Oh my, can you drop by?! One of our Longway classrooms is overrun with flies. Let’s take on the characteristics of a frog as we catch these buzzing critters. We’ll also learn about the life cycle of a frog and make a leaping lily pad game.

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Past Workshops

Life All Around Longway

4-7 years-olds

Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8
The beauty of life and living things is all around us. We’ll learn the difference between living and nonliving things, explore nature in the Longway garden, grow a plant to take home, and create a beautiful work of art.

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Maker Lab: Shadow Puppets

4-7 years-olds

Date: September 25th
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8
Let’s learn about the fundamentals of light and shadows as we design, create, and explore with our hand-made shadow puppets.

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Mixing Up Matter

4-7 years-olds

Date: October 2nd
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8
Let’s use our hands and science tools to mix-up and explore matter as a solid, liquid, and gas. You may get a little messy in this experience, but it will be a real BLAST.

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Maker Lab: Engineering Exploration

4-7 years-olds

Date: November 6th
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8
Use your engineering imagination to explore open-ended materials and create anything that comes to mind. The possibilities are endless!

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The Turkey Hunt

4-7 years-olds

Date: November 13th
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8
"Gobble-gobble!" Turkeys have hidden themselves all around the Planetarium building. We’ll track down these tricky birds, engineer turkey traps, and make a pinecone turkey to take home.

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Geology Discovery

4-7 years-olds

Date: December 4th
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8
Earth is flourished with life, landforms, rocks, and so much more! Through hands-on activities, we’ll learn about the amazing features that have formed on Earth over billions of years.

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