Groups of homeschooled children can experience interactive learning first-hand with our educational programming, guided by the Ohio Academic Content Standards.
Family Lab Series:
Lively Labs (Preschool, ages 3–5 years)
Learning Labs (Ages 6–15)
At the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.,Tuesday & Thursday (see dates below)
Fee: $7/student for non-members, or $60/student/year
*Member Discount: $6/student/session
Children ages 3–15 years will be divided into age-appropriate groups where they will perform experiments based on different science topics. Every student will create an item to take home at the end of each class. While older children are learning, parents are invited to share learning experiences with infant to 2 year olds in our newly remodeled Kids’ PLAYce free of charge.
For more information or to register, please call our Education Receptionist at 937–275–7431, ext. 116.
Note: Registration closes one week prior to each lab. Payment is due at the time of registration. Plan to arrive at the Education Center entrance 15 minutes prior to class for check-in.
2013 Family Lab Series
When: 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Tuesday & Thursday
Fee: $7/student for non-members or $60/student/year
Member Discount: $6/student/session
Children ages 3–15 years will be divided into age appropriate groups where they will perform experiments based on different science topics. While older children are learning, parents are invited to share learning experiences with infant to 2 year olds in our newly remodeled KidsPlayce free of charge. Museum admission is included.
For more info or to register, call James Mallory Manager, Registration at 937.275.7431, ext116. Note: Registration closes one week prior to each lab; payment is due at the time of registration. Plan to arrive at the Education Center entrance 15 minutes prior to class for check-in.
January 8 or 10 – Forensic Law (Focus: forensics, law, exhibit) Students will get the chance to compile clues, interrogate suspects and solve a mystery. In addition, experience the inner workings of our judicial system.
February 5 or 7 – Chemistry Concoctions (Focus: chemistry, food industry). Students will discover the scientific side of sustenance. As well as discover what exactly goes into some of their favorite foods.
March 5 or 7 – Microbes/Disease Detectives (Focus: health, microbiology, exhibit) Become a detective and investigate infectious diseases. Take an interactive journey through the hidden world of microbes uncovering a mysterious universe from those that sustain life on Earth to those that threaten our health.
April 2 or 4 – RoboCode (Focus: computer programming, engineering, robots) The robots are coming!! Join our Robot Overlord as we discover just why RoboCode is binary code for fun.
May 7 or 9 - AquaLife (Focus: freshwater ecology, dissection, biology) AquaLife will bring together concepts of freshwater ecology and dissection to create a unique learning experience for your student.
June 4 or 6 – Animation! (Focus: art, technology, math, science, exhibit) Enter the exciting and visually rich world of ANIMATION. Students will experiment with storyboarding, character design, and drawing techniques while focusing on math and science concepts such as perception, illusion, apparent motion, geometry, ratios, patterns, and measurements.
July & August -- Sorry, no classes due to our summer camp programming
September 3 or 5 – BIG Science at the Nanoscale (Focus: nanotechnology, chemistry) Take a closer look at the smallest science with the biggest impact to our future. Small size can bring BIG results.
October 1 or 3 – Da Vinci Inventions (Focus: engineering design process, physics, history) Learn about Leonardo Da Vinci and his inventions. Bring his drawings to life through your own creations and put them to the test.
November 5 or 7 – SPHERES! (Focus: Earth Systems, SOS exhibit) Take a deeper look at what makes the Earth so special from its lithosphere to its exosphere and everything in between.
December 3 or 5 – Toying with Science (Focus: chemistry and physics of toys) Explore the science behind the fun of many of your favorite toys. Try your hand at making some familiar toys even better.
Attention Homeschool Groups!
Are you part of a homeschool consortium or other large homeschool group? Groups of 10 or more homeschool children can select from any of our educational program offerings at our group rates. All children in the group must be in the same grade. For fees and registration information, call 937-275-7431 ext. 116 or email us at
Download the 2012 Homeschool Family Lab Series registration form, with complete program descriptions.