Programs for Libraries

LOGISTICS

Mileage: Face-to-face programs for libraries outside Genesee County will be charged at the 2020/2021 IRS standard mileage rate.

⭐ Face-to Face Programs:
Space Requirements: The program space should be available to Museum Educators shortly before the beginning of the activity for set-up and preparation. Tables and chairs are appreciated. Museum Educators may need access to water and electrical outlets.

🟢 Virtual Programs:

  • Museum Educators will use the virtual program platform of the library’s choice.
  • Museum Educators can set up the Zoom link for the meeting if necessary.
  • A staff member from the library must be on the virtual platform throughout the entire program.
  • The Museum will provide a materials kit for each participant. Materials kits will be delivered to libraries in Genesee County. Kits will be shipped to libraries outside Genesee County and a shipping fee will be added to the program fee.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made by 12:00 p.m. on the day before the scheduled activity. The program fee will be charged each time a Museum Educator reports for a scheduled session.

Museum staff will not be responsible for students left after the completion of the activity.  A responsible adult from the library must be present in the building during each activity.

Contact for Reservations:

Laurie Bone
Director of Education and Outreach
Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium
1310 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503
810-237-3403
lbone@sloanlongway.org

Aiesha Lewis
Outreach Coordinator
Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium
1310 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503
810-237-3416
alewis@sloanlongway.org

2021 Summer Reading Programs: Tails and Tales

⭐🟢 Dinosaur Tales

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Dinosaurs lived a long, long time ago. Let’s learn about these fascinating prehistoric creatures as we observe and touch real fossils, build our own fossil model, and make a dinosaur tail to wear. You will even design and build your own dinosaur to take home!

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Worm Motels

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Who says worms can’t relax in a cozy motel?! Explore a worm’s world by building a temporary worm habitat and learning about all of the needs of living things.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Nature’s Colors

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Have you ever noticed how colors and patterns are everywhere in nature? You will investigate how animals’ colors and patterns help them live and thrive in their habitat. Explore mimicry, camouflage, and warning colors while making a beautiful butterfly, hiding caterpillars, and engaging in other fun hands-on activities.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Jitter Critters

Audience: 8-12 year-olds

No need to get the jitters as you create your own critter! Use your artistic abilities and engineering skills to design and create your own battery-powered critter equipped with a vibrating motor.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Year-Round Offerings for Children

⭐🟢 City Shapes

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Shapes, shapes, everywhere! Which shapes will you use? Create a piece of city-scape art while exploring the attributes of shapes.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐ Colorful Chemistry

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Poor Camilla Cream… her skin has turned green. And red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple, too! Our skin cannot change colors like Camilla Cream’s, but we can make color-mixing creations. Let’s read the story, “A Bad Case of Stripes” and engage in chromatography and color-mixing chemistry activities.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Building the Alphabet

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Build your way through the alphabet! Choose from a variety of materials to construct letter art. Paint, cut, glue, and create! Which letters will you choose?

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Overhead and Underfoot

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Look up! What do you see? Stars, the moon, and the sun. Look down! What’s on the ground? Bugs and plants. We’ll explore features of the Earth as we learn about directional words.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 What’s the Weather?

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Let’s learn more about meteorology! Explore the weather and changing seasons as you create a cloud painting, design your own windsock, and much more!

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Math Games

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Math really can be all fun and games! Come join the fun as we explore numbers and shapes with fun, skill-building hands-on games and activities.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Cranky Contraptions

Audience: 8-12 year-olds

Engineering meets art! Create a moving sculpture while using wire to design a cranking mechanism that puts your sculpture in motion.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Electrical Circuits

Audience: 8-12 year-olds

Explore electricity while building simple circuits that make motors move, lightbulbs light, and buzzers buzz. You’ll even make circuit using a piece of paper!

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Wizards, Wands, and Potions

Audience: 8-12 year-olds

Step into another world full of wizards and witches. Cauldrons will bubble and potions will change color. Is it magic or chemistry? Build your own light-up wand and squish your fingers into ghost brains.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Solar System

Audience: 8-12 year-olds

Join our out-of-this-world experience! Learn about the solar system through hands-on activities as you make a scale Solar System that fits in your pocket. Get to know the planets, their moons, and other Solar System objects while creating a fold-up explosion book, making a Star Finder, and other fast-paced and fun activities.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐ Flinging Things

Audience: 8-12 year-olds

Experience forces and motion while building a variety of devices that will cause ordinary objects to fall, fling, and fly.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Build-A-Buggy Challenge

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Explore forces and motion while designing and building a buggy that moves! We’ll provide the wheels, axles, and materials to build the body, you engineer a way to make the buggy move! Are you up for the challenge?

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Space Art

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Create beautiful space-themed artworks while learning about the nighttime sky. Build a comet, use liquid water color to paint a starry scene, and learn about eclipses while making a chalk project.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 How Does Your Garden Grow?

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Plants need water and light in order to live and grow. What happens when you try to grow a plant without these resources? Set up and run your own experiment while growing seeds in terrariums you build.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $130 for first session, $55 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

⭐🟢 Owl Pellets and Food Webs

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Whooo eats who? Find out as we dissect an owl pellet while exploring food webs and animal adaptations for survival. Build a food chain and see how a food chain differs from a food web.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $150 for first session, $65 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.
PLEASE NOTE: There is an increased fee for this program to cover the cost of materials.

Call 810-237-3409 to book your library programs!

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