Where Learning and Play go Hand-in-Hand
CMAS is closed, but our staff is here for your family. Check out our at home activities!

In Museum Programs & Classes

NOW OFFERING OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING! 

Outdoor Story Time – This program is best suited for children ages 2-5.
Join us on Facebook or Instagram for our preschool literacy and language program. Each week we’ll read a different
book allowing your child to create real world connections as they familiarize themselves with the alphabet, new
vocabulary words, and rhymes. What are we learning: Language Proficiency, Communication Skills, and Listening Skills.

Outdoor Science Explorers – This program is best suited for children ages 3 & up.
Discover the many ways science is all around us in a program that is designed to spark curiosity and create those
surprising “aha” moments for children that can last a lifetime. Whether children are experimenting with smells,
designing an air powered car, or experimenting with color and dyes, these multi-sensory activities foster curiosity,
creativity and problem-solving skills. This program is sponsored by National Grid.
What are we learning: Cognitive Development, Early Science and Early Math Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Focus,
Perseverance, Problem Solving Skills, Critical Thinking Skills.

**ATTENTION: Outdoor Programs – Due to limited capacity, pre-registration is required.
While the museum building is still closed, we are offering in-person programs in our upper parking lot! Each family
will be spaced 6 feet apart, required to wear a mask, and will receive their own set of materials. Each family is $20
and members are free. Call the Museum at 518-584-5540 or email education@cmssny.org to reserve your spot today!

CMAS Nature School – 10 Week Program: Wednesday’s, September 16th to November 18th, 9:00 am –12:00 pm.
This Forest School style drop-off program will be held once a week for children ages 6-10 on Wednesday in Congress
Park from 10-12 AM. This inquiry based curriculum will focus on the changes in the landscape as the seasons shift,
native plants and animals, and creative exploration. All safety precautions will be used. CMAS Nature School is $200
for Non-members and $180 for Members. Space is limited so email education@cmssny.org to register!

Nature Exploration – Monday, September 21st at 10:30 am.
Come learn and explore as we make our way through Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail! Together we’ll learn the dos
and don’ts of being in nature and go over some of the native plants and animals we may see on our journey. This
program meets and ends at the Meadowbrook Road entrance. Each family is $20 and CMAS Members are free. Please
come dressed for the weather and practice all social distancing requirements!

 

*Indoor Museum Programs are Temporarily Unavailable. 

Art Adventures- (Ages 2+) The Creation Station is open every Saturday for Art Adventures from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. This is an creative space where children and their families can make art together. Each week, we offer a multi-sensory craft that encourages self-expression and experimentation with different art mediums.

What are we learning: Communication Skills, Observation, Creative Expression, Visual and Spatial Thinking, Fine Motor Skills.

Science Explorers – (Ages 3+) Discover the many ways science is all around us in a program that is designed to spark curiosity and create those surprising “a-ha” moments for children that can last a lifetime. Whether children are experimenting with smells, designing an air powered car, or experimenting with color and dyes, these multi-sensory activities foster curiosity, creativity and problem-solving skills. 

What are we learning: Cognitive Development, Early Science and Early Math Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Focus, Perseverance, Problem Solving Skills, Critical Thinking Skills.

The Story Corner- (Ages 2+) Gather round it is story time at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga. This is a fun, interactive time that features children’s books enjoyed by all ages. Children will create real world connections as they familiarize themselves to new vocabulary words, repeat rhymes to fun fingerplays, use their imagination to act out a narrative, and use their creativity as they craft a piece of artwork based on the story of the day. 

What are we learning: Language Proficiency, Communication Skills, Listening Skills, Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills.

Tuesday for Tots – (Ages 2-5) Join us for this fun and educational time for some of our littlest visitors! Experiment together with art, science, language and math early learning activities that support early childhood learning. Children can practice important skills like taking turns and making a friend as they explore the different stations that promote school readiness, social connections, and skill development. 

What are we learning: Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Social and Emotional Maturity, Early Literacy and Early Math Skills

Making Connections – The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is offering an early intervention program for children on the spectrum and their families. Meet other families in the area and specialists from AIM Services while exploring the Museum during this special off hour time. The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is pleased to offer the Making Connections program free of charge for families thanks to the generous support of our sponsors! The Saratoga Springs Lions Club and our members and guests who have contributed to our Give Play initiative. Free for children on the spectrum and their families. 

CMAS AT HOME!
 
At The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, the well-being of our visitors and members is always our first priority. In light of recent concerns, we understand if you are unable to make it to the Museum. During this time, we want to take the opportunity to share some of our favorite STEM activities that are easy to do at home! Follow the instructions below for hands-on fun:
 
Make Germs Scatter Science Experiment!

Materials:

Water
Bowl
Black Pepper
Dish Soap

Use a bowl of water, black pepper, and dish washing soap to help remind your little ones why they use soap when they wash their hands.

1. First, sprinkle pepper “germs” into the bowl of water.
2. Then have your child dip their finger in soap and place it in the bowl of water.
What happened? The black pepper should have scattered.
3. Critical Thinking: So how does soap work?
Everyone’s hands have oil on them that germs like to attach to. When you wash your hands with soap, the soap breaks down the oil & the water then rinses off your hands and sends the bacteria down the drain.
4. Explain that the black pepper is not actually germs, but the experiment is to show how soap and water work together to get rid of the germs and oil on our hands.

Fun Fact: When soap is added to the water it lowers the water’s surface tension causing the molecules on the surface to pull away from the point in which the soap was added causing the black pepper sitting on the surface to scatter.

 

Building a Bridge Engineering Challenge

Materials:

Blue Construction Paper
Masking Tape
Popsicle Sticks
Scrap Paper
Cups/Toilet Paper Rolls
Scissors
Miscellaneous Craft or Recyclable Materials
Paper and Pencil if they want to plan their designs

The Engineering Design Process is a series of steps used by engineers to come up with a solution to a problem.

Ask: What is the problem?
Plan: Brainstorm a solution, draw it and make a list of materials
Example – What should the bridge be made out of?
Create: Make it and try it out
Evaluate: What could make it better?
Example – Do you think you could have made a better bridge out of different materials?

1. Place a blue piece of construction paper on the ground for the body of water.
2. Ask your child to brainstorm ways to build a bridge over it.
Example – How long does the bridge need to be?
Example – Will the bridge be the length of the construction paper the long way or the short way?
3. Then, have your child gather the materials they will need to construct their bridge.
Explain – The bridge must be elevated off the water. What materials do they think would be good for elevation? Cups, toilet paper rolls, etc.?
4. It’s time to start building!
5. Test out the bridge by seeing how much weight it can hold.
Example – Can it hold 2 toy cars? Can it hold 3 Lego people? Is it able to hold big trucks?

 

Please visit our calendar of events for dates, times and any special programs.