Pre-K Tours and Workshops

Docent-guided tours and workshops are led by knowledgeable staff from the Programs Department. Our tours include a gallery walk-through with a tour guide who interprets the exhibit and answers questions. Many of our tours, especially for young visitors, have interactive learning opportunities.    

Want the Riverfront Museum to come to you? Check out our new Pre-Kindergarten School Outreach Programs!

Pre-K Tours

A to Z Museum Art Search
Capacity: One class, approximately 25 students
Location: Permanent Collection Gallery

Description: Students will learn and review the letters of the alphabet, while exploring art in the galleries. Students will sing the alphabet song, come up with words that represent each letter of the alphabet (for example, “A” is for “apple”), and play “Alphabet Art Match,” linking letters of the alphabet with key paintings in the gallery.

River Safari Tour
Capacity: One class, approximately 25 students
Location: Permanent Collection Gallery

Description: Students will go on a museum “safari” tour, and even dress like explorers, as they examine artwork of living creatures in the museum’s art collection. Students will borrow a discovery pack that allows them to observe and record the findings of their safari tour.

My First Museum Tour
Capacity: One class, approximately 25 students
Location: Permanent Collection Gallery

Description: Students will learn all about museums, exploring topics such as “what is a museum,” “why do museums take special care of their collections,” and “what is proper museum etiquette?” Students will also explore the rich art, science, history and achievement displays in the museum.

Passport to the World
Capacity: One class, approximately 25 students
Location: Permanent Collection Gallery

Description: Students will explore people and places of different countries around the world. Each student will receive a “passport” and get a special stamp for each artwork they visit, with each artwork representing a different country. While viewing the artwork, students will learn about the customs, foods and traditions of various cultures around the globe, and even get hands-on exploration of items from different countries.

Shapes and Colors
Capacity: One class, approximately 25 students
Location: Permanent Collection Gallery

Description: Students will listen to the story Mouse Shapes and spend time reviewing shapes and colors. Students will then go on a “shape and color” hunt, looking for circles, squares, triangles and rectangles in the artwork in the gallery, as well as search for their favorite color in the gallery. Students will also work in small groups to create pictures out of piles of shapes.

Sounds all Around
Capacity: One class, approximately 25 students
Location: Permanent Collection Gallery

Description: Students will explore artwork in the gallery and imagine, create or listen to the sounds being made in the artwork. Students will also have the opportunity to play different percussive instruments, during their investigations.

Pre-K Workshops

Bubble Blast Workshop
Capacity: 20 students
Location: Classroom 1 or 2

Description: Based on our popular “Bubble Blast” show, this workshop will introduce young learners to the science of bubbles. Learn how to make giant bubbles, paint with bubbles, and make a bubble explosion!
Additional flat rate of $50 added to a field trip for this workshop for preparation, supplies, and cleanup. This fee covers up to 3 workshops for the same school on a single date.

Busy Bees 
Capacity: One class, approximately 25 students
Location: Classroom 1 or 2

Students will learn about the life-cycle and roles of honeybees, what goes on inside a beehive, how bees pollinate flowers, and how they produce honey. They will also learn how honeybees communicate with one another using a special “bee dance,” and get to practice performing the dance themselves. Students will even get to taste different kinds of honey and learn a little about beekeepers! 

Jr. Geologist
Capacity: One class, approximately 25 students
Location: Classroom 1 or 2

Chalky, speckled, striped, heavy, and even shiny! Rocks come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! In this hands-on workshop, students will learn all about rocks: where we can find them, how they are formed, and what we can learn from studying them. Students will also have an opportunity for hands-on exploration of specimens from the museum’s rock and mineral collection, create their own rocks from play dough, and even pick out a real rock to take home to start their very own collection! This workshop is 45 minutes in length.

Origami Adventures
Capacity: One class, approximately 25 students
Location: Classroom 1 or 2

This hands-on workshop is perfect for little fingers that just can’t keep still! We will begin by reading Fold Me a Poem by Kristine George and talking about all of the amazing things you can make with paper. Students will then learn about the ancient roots of paper, and get to compare and contrast regular paper with recycled paper and traditional origami papers. The second half of the workshop will be dedicated to creating several examples of origami animals that students will get to take home!