The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is launching a monthly Thursday evening Explorer's Drop-Off Program for kids so their parents can enjoy an adult evening.
The first scheduled classes for ages 3 to 11 are Feb. 27 and March 27. Drop-off is from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pick-up runs from 8:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The museum is always open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.
Tara Clark, a member of the Mountains to the Sea AmeriCorps program, is behind the night out evenings for kids. Clark tells me that kids will learn about nature-related topics, play games, explore the museum, see live animals and use recycled materials to make crafts. A healthy, nut-free snack will be provided. Kids will be separated into two age groups: 3 to 6 and 7 to 11. All children must be potty trained.
The Feb. 27 focus is on backyard birds. Kids will become animal detectives on March 27 and learn about scats, prints and sounds.
The museum may add more classes based on demand, Clark tells me. Right now, plans call for holding them once a month.
The cost is $30 for the first child and $15 for each additional child. (Museum members pay $25 for the first kid and $10 for each additional child). Pre-registration is required as space is limited.
For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are available on an as-needed basis. (And donations for the scholarship program are great appreciated).