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Pre-K to Kindergarten Programs


Teacher Support Materials are provided for each program. These provide vocabulary lists, student activities to use before and after your visit, exhibit connections, and resources. You'll also find Tennessee Science Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) to match our programs to your curriculum.

25-Minute Programs

$2 per person
  • Animal Adaptations

    Kindergarten, Maximum 75 students

    Discover how animals adapt to survive in some of the harshest places on Earth and in our own back yards! Explore adaptations and habitats.

    • Interdependence: Standard 2
    • Flow of Matter and Energy: Standard 3
    • Biodiversity and Change: Standard 5
  • Living In Space

    Pre-Kindergarten - K, Maximum 75 students

    Discover how astronauts survive in space and what makes living in space different from living on Earth.

    • The Universe: Standard 6

Little Labs

45 minutes
$3 per student in addition to group admission fee with minimum payment for 15 participants per program. Maximum 20 students. Available Tuesday to Friday during the school day.

Hands-on science labs are sure to excite and engage young scientists in preschool or kindergarten. ASC educators provide experiences for inquiry, exploration and observation – all designed to strengthen emerging skills and ignite curiosity in young minds. Little Labs are available for Early Childhood to Kindergarten small groups.

Please note that schools must provide at least two additional adults per program to assist the ASC educator during the program.

Little Labs can be held at your school! Click here for details.

Program Choices (choose one per date)

  • Little Engineers (NEW!)

    Design it, build it, and test it! Explore what it means to be an engineer. Make structures and learn about making them stronger.
  • The Butterfly Effect

    Learn about the metamorphosis of the caterpillar to the butterfly and about other insects.(add a $5 non-refundable materials fee)
  • Germ-Fighters

    Bacteria, viruses, germs, oh my! Learn what makes the human body sick, ways to prevent illness, and how to fight the spread of germs.
  • Diggin' Dinos

    Become a paleontologist and dig up fossils, compare dinosaur features, and discover why dinosaurs are so special.
  • Space Blast Off!

    Complete “space training” to see what it’s like to be an astronaut and how living in space is different from living on Earth.
  • Robot Explorers

    Power On! All Systems Go! What’s a robot and what can robots do? Explore simple robots and how they are different from you.
  • Whoo Ate That?

    Get wise about owls and what it means to be raptor. Investigate what’s for dinner when you are an owl through dissecting an owl pellet.

Sudekum Planetarium

$3 per person, maximum 166 seats, allow 1 hour
  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

    Grades Pre-K to 1
    Based on the popular children's show Sesame Street. Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and the Moon.
    • The Universe: Standard 7
    • The Earth: Standard 6


  • Wonderful Sky

    Grades Pre-K to 1
    This live, participatory program allows your youngest students to explore the daytime and nighttime skies in the unique, multi-sensory environment of the planetarium.
    • The Universe: Standard 6
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • Energy: Standard 1

All information and pricing subject to change without notice.

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