All programs in Smead Discovery Center are free with general admission. No registration required.
SNAKES: SKIN, SCALES AND TAILS
Saturday, April 16; 2-3pm
Join us for a celebration of snakes with Director of Wildlife Resources Harvey Webster. Meet some of the Museum’s live snakes and see skeletons, skins, skulls and other cool snake stuff. After you learn about these spectacular creatures, you’ll agree snakes rule!
Saturday, May 14; 10am-4pm
Smead Discovery Center will join the rest of the Museum in celebrating Astronomy Day. Make a comet craft, play with toy astronauts and enjoy other astronomy-related activities.
DINOSAURS: TEETH, JAWS, BEAKS AND CLAWS
Wednesday, June 22; 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Touch realistic casts of dinosaur bones and see real dinosaur fossils from the Museum's collection. Discover how dinosaurs’ various teeth, jaws, beaks and claws were used for eating different foods with paleontologist Lee Hall, and make a dinosaur mask.
BUILD FOR THE BEES!
Wednesday, June 29; 2:30 to 4:30 pm
While honeybees and bumblebees are often the first to come to mind when people hear about bees, there are many other native pollinating bees that live in our neighborhoods. Learn about these fascinating and non-aggressive bees with Museum Educator Nancy Howell. Make simple houses to attract these beneficial insects to your yard!
THE FISH THAT ONCE RULED CLEVELAND
Wednesday, July 6; 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Touch realistic casts and see real fossils from Dunkleosteus terelli, the armored fish that once ruled Cleveland. Learn how scientists know that Cleveland was a shallow sea 360 million years ago with paleontologist Amanda McGee, and make a Dunkleosteus hat.
WETLANDS: FROGS, BOGS AND BUGS
Wednesday, July 13; 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Discover the wondrous world of wetlands with Mentor Marsh Naturalist Becky Donaldson. Do a fun science experiment to learn how wetlands clean and filter water. See live dragonfly nymphs and dress up like a wetland critter. Make your own dragonfly ring to take home.
STEPS TO A HEALTHY ME
Wednesday, July 20; 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Learn how to create your own healthy plate based on the different food groups. See where that food is going by turning our larger-than-life friend Stuffee insideout. Find out what you can do to keep your organs and body in top condition with Health Educator Melissa Duy.
Wednesday, July 27; 2:30 to 4:30 pm
See live monarchs at different stages of their lifecycle. Learn what you can do at your own home to help these butterflies with monarch enthusiast Barb Coleman. Make a butterfly craft to take home.
WHAT IS TAXIDERMY?
Wednesday, August 3; 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Meet local taxidermist and designer Maria Burke. She’ll show real examples of taxidermy and explain how the taxidermy process works. Learn why taxidermy is important in museums and make a squirrel craft to take home.
FANTASTIC FROGS AND TOADILY TOADS
Wednesday, August 10; 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Be amazed by amphibians! Director of Wildlife Resources Harvey Webster will introduce living frogs and toads from the Museum’s new wetland habitat. Learn how amphibians are unique and what you can do to help save them. Make a frog mask to take home.
Wednesday, August 17; 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Learn about the insect-eating bats of Ohio with Cleveland Metroparks Naturalist Jeff Riebe. See taxidermy bats from Ohio and a bat skeleton. Find out how white-nose syndrome is affecting bats and what you can do to help them. Make a bat craft to take home