outreach programming

Let Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum bring the fun to you with our outreach programming!

With hands-on, play based lessons your students, campers and visitors will have so much fun they won’t even realize that our lessons support NYS and Next Generation curriculum standards. You provide the kids, we provide the fun! Explore & More will provide you with all the materials you need.

All of our outreach programs are offered as either in-person or virtual, be sure to indicate which you would prefer on the form below.

Storytime Art Explorers

Art Explorer’s Storytime takes your students on an adventure through famous children’s literature to discuss topics such as friendship, community, imagination, sharing and so much more! Each lesson consists of a guided read-aloud from an Explore & More educator and a facilitated activity to dive deeper into the story. These lessons help to build literacy, fine motor, social-emotional and daily living skills.

Please select from the following stories:

The Day the Crayons Quit
Mango, Abuela, and Me
Where the Wild Things Are
Festival of Colors

Ages:  Pre K – K (Ages 3-5)
Length of Program:
 45 minutes
Cost of Program: $275 -For up to 25 participants; includes all materials.
This series of lessons supports the following Curriculum Standards: PK.AL.1, PK.AL.3, PK.PDH.1, PK.PDH.5, PK.SEL.1, PK.AC.1, PK.AC.3, PK.ELAL.1, PK.ELAL.5, PK.ELAL.13, PK.SOC.2, PK.ARTS.5K.AL.1, K.AL.3, K.PDH.1, K.PDH.5, K.SEL.1, K.SEL.4, K.SEL.6, K.AC.1, K.AC.2, K.ELAL.2, K.ELAL.5, K.EAL.11, K.ELAL.13, K.SOC.3, K.SOC.5

Mini Golf

Mini Golf explores the engineering process while creating your own themed mini golf hole! Once this project is done, classmates will have a chance to play through the entire mini golf course that their fellow students built!

Ages: 1st & 2nd Grade (Ages 6-7)
Length of Program
: 1 hour
Cost of Program: $300 -For up to 25 participants; includes all materials.
This series of lessons supports the following Curriculum
Standards: ETS1.A

Invention Exchange

In our Invention exchange series we will explore the different steps in the invention process all while inventing new things! Each class will focus more in-depth on a particular step in the process and result in a newly built invention. These classes can be booked as a residency series or stand-alone program.
Please select from the following topics
Brainstorming and Exchange – Game Day!
Building and Testing – Superhero Gadgets
Research and Brainstorming – Soaring Airplanes

Ages:  3rd-5th Grade (Ages 8-11) 
Length of Program:
1 hour
Cost of Program: $300 -For up to 25 participants; includes all materials.
This series of lessons supports the following Curriculum Standards:
Math: NY-2.MD.1, Arts: 3-5 VA.Cr.1, SCI: 3-5 – EST1.1

STEM Problem Solvers!

When it comes to mysterious problems, no one can figure it out better than Western New York scientists. In this class students will learn about different mysteries that WNY scientists had to figure out by using problem solving. Along the way students will work step by step through different science experiments.

Ages:  3rd-5th Grade (Ages 8-11) 
Length of Program:
 1 hour
Cost of Program: $300 -For up to 25 participants; includes all materials.
This series of lessons supports the following Curriculum Standards:
SCI: 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-3

Outreach Form

Please complete the form below to get in touch with our team. We will contact you to complete the outreach registration!
  • Please enter a number greater than or equal to 10.
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  • Please inform us of anything else we should know about your group visit request.
  • NOTE: Requested dates are not reserved until a confirmation is received by email or phone from the Museum.
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