Theme Days

Themed visits at The Strong museum give students an opportunity to experience the museum in new ways. Activities begin at 9:45 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., but classes may arrive and depart anytime during that period. Reservations are required. Space is limited so register early!

Students must be divided into groups of no more than five and each group must be accompanied throughout the day by an adult chaperon. Ask about availability for large groups on alternative days.

Cost: $7 per student

Theme Day Options

  • STEAM in Action Theme Day

    Using specially designed learning stations throughout the museum, students deepen their understanding of important science, technology, and math concepts through the arts. Students engage in creative problem solving, flexible thinking, and risk-taking experiences designed for a range of skill levels. Students build bridges, test hypotheses, crunch numbers, design mathematical creations, and more.

    CCR.3.11, CCR.4.11, CCR.5.11, RI.3.11, RI.4.11, RI.5.11, CCL.3.3, CCL.4.3, CCL.5.3, CCL.3.4, CCL.3.5, CCL.4.4, CCL.4.5, CCL.5.4, CCL.5.5, L.3.3, L.4.3, L.5.3

    January 29, 30, and 31, 2014

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  • NEW! Garden Science Theme Day

    Explore the wonders of garden science through engaging hands-on activities. Observe, sketch, and analyze garden specimens. Check out live garden creatures such as millipedes, meal worms, cockroaches, and spiders, and meet the museum’s entomology staff. Hop, wiggle, and fly through a bug-themed obstacle course. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour ($4 additional per person). 

    Arts 1, ST 1, ST 4, RI.K.1, RI.1.1, RI.2.1, RI.3.1

    May 1316, 2014

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  • ELA Skill Building Theme Day

    Students talk, laugh, listen, write, and play with ELA skills while exploring museum exhibits for inspiration. Mini-lessons are facilitated by museum educators throughout the exhibits and focus on the following 6+1 Traits of Writing: sentence fluency, ideas, word choice, and voice. Students receive personalized ELA skills handbooks to take back to school.

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    November 6, 2013 SOLD OUT
    November 8, 2013

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  • Let's Move! Theme Day

    Students get a workout as they visit a variety of heart-healthy stations in the museum and learn how to develop healthy habits for the summer ahead! Students challenge friends in a miniature golf tournament, stretch their understanding of anatomy with yoga for kids, strengthen their cooperation skills with playground games, develop an understanding of nutrition by planning a healthy menu, and more.

    Health 1, Arts 1

    Pre-K through Grade 2
    June 6, 10, and 11, 2014

    Grades 3 through 5
    June 12 and 13, 2014

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  • Fairy-Tale Fantasy Theme Day

    Literature comes alive and students get the royal treatment as they make fairy-tale costumes and crafts for the Royal Ball! Students meet the Queen of Play, dance in the banquet hall with lords and ladies from the Queen’s court, play knights and dragons, and practice bow and arrow skills in Sherwood Forest. Students leave the museum happily ever after.

    Arts 1, Arts 2, RL.PK.2, RL.PK.3, RL.PK.4, RI.K.10, RL.K.11, RL.1.11, RL.2.11, SL.K.1, SL.K.6, SL.1.1, SL.1.6, SL.2.1, SL.2.6

    February 26, 27, and 28, 2014

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