Daily Programming

Every Day is a Great Day to Play at CMEC!

Daily Drop-In Programs


With exciting, hands-on programs happening every day, the Children’s Museum offers experiential education for pint-sized visitors and their grown-up companions. Our drop-in programs are facilitated by professional Museum play-ologists to ensure maximum fun AND education! All drop-in programs are free with your Museum membership or admission.

Want to know what’s happening at the Museum during your visit? Check out the Programming Calendar.

Planetarium Show: Sky Stories!
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Lie down under the stars and learn about our great galaxy during a show in our inflatable Planetarium dome. Shows are free with your membership or admission. A sign-up sheet is posted outside the Failsafe Lab 30 minutes prior to each show. Check the Programming Calendar to find out when the next show will be, and make sure you're on time! Shows start promptly at their start time and unfortunately late visitors cannot be admitted. **Note: The Planetarium will be unavailable in September and October as some repairs are being made.

Programming Centers

There’s always something new to discover in our interactive programming spaces with projects and tabletop activity centers that change every week! Try your hand at:

  • The Art Cafe - Like arts and crafts? Then you'll LOVE the Art Cafe! Artists can put on a smock and experiment with the latest craft activities or sit down at our convenient coloring bar to draw to their hearts' content! 
  • The Exploratorium - A true play station, visit this upper level hangout to explore and interact with big-scale toys and giant-sized games! Designed to keep your kiddos moving, it's the perfect indoor space to get the wiggles out and develop their gross motor movement in super fun ways.
  • Failsafe Fab Lab + Makerspace - In the Failsafe Lab, be inspired by the idea that failure is the only true way to success. This is where STEAM comes to life: Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. We'll give you the tools and let you tinker, build, program, design, take apart, construct, revise and create. Take part in a child-led activity and you'll be amazed at what they come up with.
the power of play cmec provides a wealth of opportunities for learning through play
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