Families enjoy many of the regular museum programs, such as summer festivals and Thirsty Thursdays, but MNA also offers programs and activities to meet the specific needs and interests of our youngest members. The resources on this page include many activities that can be downloaded and printed out or watched at home, offering enriching experiences that will help prepare for or follow-up on a visit to the museum.
Each month educator Mari Soliday presents an online education program for kids, including an activity to try at home. New episodes stream onto the MNA Facebook page on the first Friday of the month at 2:30 pm. Past episodes can be found in both the video section of the MNA Facebook page and on the MNA YouTube channel. Visit the MNA calendar to see the upcoming programs.
Activity downloads: Balancing Butterfly
This rhyming story imagines what the objects in the museum might do at night. The story familiarized young children with some of what they will see at the museum, and can be used as a scavenger hunt. Download & print. Watch the story read by the author.
Find these animals (download – MNA scavenger hunts – animals in art)
Print out and color some of the art, then bring the pages you colored with you to the museum to compare to the original. Talk about the different color choices your child made compared to the artist. Ages 5-8
Junior Paleontologist program
Paleontologist Dr. Dave Gillette has created a series of fun, dinosaur-related activities for anyone who loves dinosaurs. This program is a useful, non-technical introduction to paleontology and features MNA specimens and exhibits throughout. By participating in any of these activities, kids (of all ages) qualify to become Junior Paleontologists. The activities are posted here as a downloadable journal. There is also a Junior Paleontology group on the MNA Facebook page.
Walking through Flagstaff can be a lesson in geology, as you spot examples of different types of rock and their uses. Try this in other towns too.
Created to go with an exhibition on honeypot ants, this labsheet can also be used to observe and learn from ants in your backyard.
Art lesson based on MNA Founder Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton (MRFC), who was an artist and a champion of art education.
Pottery design activity based on the work of Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo
Kids can watch as staff and museum friends read or tell children’s stories. Many of the books featured are available in our bookstore.