Early Learning

Early Learning

Museum of the Rockies is dedicated to nurturing the minds of young children through our exceptional early childhood programs. We believe in inspiring children to think creatively, expand their horizons, and embrace the joy of learning something new. Extensive research demonstrates that children begin learning from the moment they are born, and the preschool years are crucial for developing habits that lay the foundation for future academic success.

Our early childhood programs are thoughtfully designed to stimulate children's imaginations, encourage exploration of their surroundings, and promote hands-on discovery. We understand the importance of providing engaging and interactive experiences that captivate young minds and foster a love for lifelong learning. As a testament to our commitment, all of these programs are offered free of charge for our valued members. Join us as a member today to unlock the full benefits and enjoy these enriching programs with your child.

To stay updated on the program dates and offerings, we invite you to visit the calendar page on our website. There, you will find the most current listing of our exciting early childhood programs, ensuring you never miss an opportunity to engage your child in a transformative learning experience.

Museum of the Rockies takes pride in being an active member of the Greater Gallatin Early Childhood Community Council. As a member, we actively contribute to the promotion of healthy early childhood growth and development for all children in Gallatin County. We believe that investing in the well-being of our community's children sets the stage for a brighter future.

Join us at Museum of the Rockies, where early childhood education is celebrated and nurtured. Together, let's inspire young minds, ignite curiosity, and cultivate a lifelong love for learning.

Sensational Babies

Welcome to Sensational Babies, a program specially designed to engage and delight your baby or toddler through sensory awareness activities, art, music, and explorations that enhance gross and fine motor skills. From newborns to children up to 3 ½ years old, this program offers a nurturing environment where learning, growth, and connection thrive.

Research has shown that early interactions play a crucial role in a child's development, and Sensational Babies embraces this by encouraging you to read, talk, sing, and play with your little one. Through these interactive experiences, your child will not only develop language skills but also foster physical and social development, setting the stage for a strong foundation in their educational journey.

Our program has become a beloved favorite among parents and caregivers, as it provides a unique opportunity to connect with others who are on the same parenting journey. Share experiences, exchange insights, and build a supportive community while witnessing the joy of discovery in your child's eyes.

At Sensational Babies, we believe that every moment spent with your child is a precious opportunity for growth and connection. Our carefully curated activities engage all the senses, allowing your child to explore the world around them in a safe and stimulating environment. From sensory play to artistic expression, we provide a variety of experiences that nurture their curiosity and facilitate their cognitive and motor skills development.

Join us for Sensational Babies, where learning and play come together in a harmonious blend. Watch your child thrive, build connections, and embrace the wonders of early childhood development.

View the museum calendar for upcoming Sensational Babies programs.

Tours for Tots

Tours for Tots is an engaging and educational series designed specifically for preschoolers (ages 3-5) who have a natural curiosity and love for exploring the world of science. Each tour is carefully crafted to focus on different areas of the museum, allowing children to delve into fascinating subjects through a variety of interactive experiences.

During these tours, young participants have the opportunity to ask questions, satisfying their inquisitive minds, as we embark on a journey of discovery. Through hands-on activities, art projects, and captivating stories, children actively engage with the subject matter, deepening their understanding and sparking their imagination.

The tours are thoughtfully themed, ensuring a diverse range of topics is covered. From dinosaurs and fossils to space exploration and natural history, each program offers a unique learning experience that fosters early education skills while nurturing a sense of wonder and excitement.

Moreover, Tours for Tots provides an excellent opportunity for children and their parents or caregivers to connect and share in the joy of learning. The supportive and interactive environment encourages social development and cultivates a sense of community among participants.

Preschoolers expand their knowledge by participating in Tours for Tots and develop essential skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. This program serves as a foundation for lifelong learning, instilling a love for science and a thirst for knowledge from an early age.

Join us on these captivating tours and watch as your preschooler's curiosity blooms, their language skills flourish, and their overall development flourishes in a fun and stimulating environment.

View the museum calendar for upcoming Tours for Tots programs.