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Sign up your kids: Museum of Life and Science offers free weekly virtual lab sessions

Posted July 20, 2020 6:50 p.m. EDT
Updated July 23, 2020 9:19 a.m. EDT

Courtesy: Museum of Life and Science

Like many of you, I've been juggling parenting with full-time work from home since March. And while my kids are older — 10 and 15 — and are very good at keeping themselves entertained, I like to line up a few guided activities each week to keep them engaged and learning.

I shared details about the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' Natural Sciences Classroom earlier this month. And recently, at my house, we've also developed an interest in the Museum of Life and Science's virtual lab series.

LittleLab@Home takes place at 10 a.m., Wednesdays, and Lab@Home is at 2 p.m., Wednesdays. LIttleLab is designed for younger kids because of the content and the length of the program. They usually run less than 20 minutes, which is great for your grade schoolers and younger.

Lab@Home is designed for all audiences, but do run longer and go a bit deeper into the lab projects and more complex ideas. They usually run about 30 minutes.

Recent topics for LittleLab include Uncover the Earth, Painting with Nature and No Heat Kitchen experiments. Lab@Home has covered topics like Earth Rocks, Illuminating Illusions and a focus on Pollinator Week.

Even though the museum has reopened to the public on a limited basis, it will continue to offer these programs on Wednesdays for the foreseeable future.

To watch past videos, check out the museum's YouTube channel. To watch them live, you can register online on the museum's website.