Little Explorers Club + Eerie Echolocation: How Animals Talk
Oct
22
to Oct 26

Little Explorers Club + Eerie Echolocation: How Animals Talk

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How do animals see where they are going and how to get their food if they are in dark places? Some animals use echolocation! Animals like bats and dolphins and whales use this method to find food and communicate in the dark! Join us at Little Explorers’ Club as we find out what echolocation is and how it is used in the animal world!

*Little Explorers Club is intended for children aged 3-5.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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JAM Sessions + Halloween Mad Science
Oct
22
to Oct 26

JAM Sessions + Halloween Mad Science

Looking for some spooky science fun? Join us as we show you some science demonstrations with a Halloween twist.


*JAM Sessions are intended for children aged 6-10.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Night at the Boo!seum 2019
Oct
23
4:30 PM16:30

Night at the Boo!seum 2019

Night at the BOO!seum is back for another trick or treat extravaganza providing a fun and safe Halloween experience at the Museum at Prairiefire! This year we're celebrating monsters, astronauts, and mission control – oh my! Brought to you by Goldfish Swim School. CLICK HERE to fill out a form and receive a FREE TRIAL SWIM LESSON from Goldfish Swim School!

Visit the MAP between 4:30 and 6:30 PM for an exploration of the Great Hall, Discovery Room, Permian Monsters, Liberty Bell 7, and Apollo Redux exhibitions, and more! This event is for children 12 and under and their families.

Wear your favorite monster or NASA-themed costume for a chance to get an EXTRA spin at the prize wheel (every child in a costume gets one) and win exclusive Museum at Prairiefire prizes! Make sure you stop by all 13 stations to get all the tricks, treats, and mad science experiments at this year's Night at the BOO!seum!

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Little Explorers Club + Marvelous Minerals: Minerals in the World
Nov
5
to Nov 9

Little Explorers Club + Marvelous Minerals: Minerals in the World

If you look around your room right now, you will find that there are minerals everywhere! Minerals are part of so many items we use every day, that we can forget they're in everything from cell phones and televisions to windows. Join us as we investigated several types of common minerals, and see how minerals are used in our daily lives!

*Little Explorers Club is intended for children aged 3-5.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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JAM Sessions + Mini Catapult
Nov
5
to Nov 9

JAM Sessions + Mini Catapult

Have you ever wanted to launch small objects to a further distance? Join us as we build a miniature catapult from popsicle sticks an


*JAM Sessions are intended for children aged 6-10.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Home at the MAP: JAM Sessions + Mini Catapult
Nov
7
10:15 AM10:15

Home at the MAP: JAM Sessions + Mini Catapult

Have you ever wanted to launch small objects to a further distance? Join us as we build a miniature catapult from popsicle sticks and glue.


*JAM Sessions are intended for children aged 6-10.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Science Happy Hour + Beer Science
Nov
20
5:30 PM17:30

Science Happy Hour + Beer Science

Stephen Holle, Kansas City Bier Company


Learn about the history of beer and the science of beer bubbles with Stephen Holle from the Kansas City Bier Company. In the first part he will answer questions such as: How is carbonation created and how does that lead to a lasting head? Why does Guinness have a creamy head? What are the gas laws that determine how to dispense beer and what techniques aid in the formation of a beautiful head on a glass of beer? And just why are bubbles so important to beer flavor?
In the second part of the presentation, learn about the cultural political, economic, and scientific influences on how beer has evolved into its current form.

MAP Members FREE, General Public $10

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Educator Open House Happy Hour 2019
Oct
15
4:30 PM16:30

Educator Open House Happy Hour 2019

What: Educator Open House Happy Hour at Museum at Prairiefire
When: Tuesday, October 15th, 2019, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Please join us for beer, wine, and light appetizers while you explore the amazing educational opportunities at the MAP this school year.
 
Explore Permian Monsters: Life Before DinosaursLiberty Bell 7: The Promise & Peril of Space Exploration, and Apollo Redux in the Exhibition Hall
Experience six sections of authentic science in the Discovery Room
Register for fun raffle prizes
Bring another educator with you to get a special reward!

Please RSVP here

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Home at the MAP: JAM Sessions + Articulated Grabber
Oct
10
10:15 AM10:15

Home at the MAP: JAM Sessions + Articulated Grabber

Have you ever wanted to pick something up that was too far away? Come join us to build your very own articulated grabber to grab and pick up all sorts of different objects.


*JAM Sessions are intended for children aged 6-10.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Science Happy Hour + Ghosts of Fort Leavenworth
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

Science Happy Hour + Ghosts of Fort Leavenworth

Megan Hunter, Frontier Army Museum


Established in 1827, Fort Leavenworth is the oldest active military post west of the Mississippi. It has served as a vital location during some of the country’s most significant conflicts including the Indian Removal Act, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Civil War, and both World Wars. Fort Leavenworth is considered one of the most haunted military posts in the army, with numerous supposedly haunted structures including the Rookery, the oldest building in Kansas.

MAP Members FREE, General Public $10

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JAM Sessions +Articulated Grabber
Oct
8
to Oct 12

JAM Sessions +Articulated Grabber

Have you ever wanted to pick something up that was too far away? Come join us to build your very own articulated grabber to grab and pick up all sorts of different objects.


*JAM Sessions are intended for children aged 6-10.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Little Explorers Club + Stretchy Snot: Exploring Polymers
Oct
8
to Oct 12

Little Explorers Club + Stretchy Snot: Exploring Polymers

Halloween is coming up and if you want to learn how to make the grossest stuff for your costume, you need to come to this Little Explorers’ Club! We will be learning how to make the nastiest green fake snot that will be perfect to gross out your parents! Join us as we learn about the polymer science behind the snot and figure out what makes it the stretchiest and gooiest it can be!

*Little Explorers Club is intended for children aged 3-5.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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 Members' Party - Permian Monsters grand opening
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Members' Party - Permian Monsters grand opening

We’re hosting a Members’ Party to celebrate the opening of Permian: Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs, Liberty Bell 7: The Promise & Peril of Space Exploration, and Apollo Redux.

MAP Members, join us in the Innovation Zone from 10:00am to 12:00pm to celebrate with treats, crafts, and fun!

Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs takes you back 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea. See fossilized skeletons and full size life models of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian. Meet the top predator, the largest saber-toothed creature of all time or dig and identify fossils in the interactive dig pits throughout the exhibition.

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 Little Explorers Club +Terrific Telescopes: Exploring Space Science
Sep
24
to Sep 28

Little Explorers Club +Terrific Telescopes: Exploring Space Science

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For a long time, when we looked up at the sky we could only see the tiny dots of lights that filled the night, but not in any detail. Then finally, a scientist named Galileo invented the world’s first telescope so that we could see things far away in space! Come join us at Little Explorers’ Club to learn about how telescopes work and how they help us explore space!

*Little Explorers Club is intended for children aged 3-5.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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National Museum Day
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

National Museum Day

Join us for Museum Day 2019 this Saturday, September 21!

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating institutions across the country will provide free admission for two people with a Museum Day ticket on Saturday, September 21, 2019. You can reserved your free ticket here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/museum-at-prairiefire/tickets/

Just show your Museum Day ticket at our Welcome Desk on Saturday, September 21, 2019!

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Science Happy Hour + 500 Million Years of Death and Destruction
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Science Happy Hour + 500 Million Years of Death and Destruction

Dr. John Huntley, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences MU

You’ve heard about the dangers of rising sea levels and temperatures around the globe. But one danger you may not have heard about: a potential rise in parasites!

Trematodes (tiny parasitic flatworms) are linked to tropical diseases that kill a million people each year. They can negatively alter marine ecosystems of the seafood we eat—increasing the risk to human health. And as sea levels rose in the past, the populations of these parasites rose, too.


MU paleobiologist John Huntley will discuss why you need to know about these parasites and the dramatic consequences facing our planet as temperatures and water depth continue to increase.

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Closed for Cleaning and Maintenance
Sep
16
to Sep 17

Closed for Cleaning and Maintenance

PLEASE NOTE: We will be closed during normal hours Monday and Tuesday, September 16th and 17th for scheduled maintenance and cleaning. All online services will still be available.

Doors will reopen at 5:30 pm, Tuesday, September 17th for Science Happy Hour: 500 Million Years of Death and Destruction. Regular museum hours resume Wednesday, September 18th at 10:00 am.

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Home at the MAP: JAM Sessions + Crash Car Challenge
Sep
12
to Sep 26

Home at the MAP: JAM Sessions + Crash Car Challenge

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Thursday, September 12th & 26th | 10:15-11 am
For homeschooling families who want to include Museum at Prairiefire programs as part of their learning:

JAMmers will be challenged to design and build a small car that can keep our little egg passenger safe from a car crash test over the course of 2 weeks.

*JAM Sessions are intended for children aged 6-10.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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JAM Sessions + Car Crash Challenge
Sep
10
to Sep 28

JAM Sessions + Car Crash Challenge

This is a two-part class for Sept 10 & 24 or Sept 14 & 28.

JAMmers will be challenged to design and build a small car that can keep our little egg passenger safe from a car crash test.


*JAM Sessions are intended for children aged 6-10.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $10.00/class for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Little Explorers Club + Delightful Domestication: Our Furry and Feathered Friends
Sep
10
to Sep 14

Little Explorers Club + Delightful Domestication: Our Furry and Feathered Friends

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The basic evolutionary path and changes that occur in species of animals and plants usually is dictated by environmental changes and is a very slow process. However when humans take charge, the process changes drastically. Rather than wait for the slow change of evolution for the desired characteristics (that may or may not reveal themselves), humans embark on the tedious task of selective breeding called domestication.

*Little Explorers Club is intended for children aged 3-5.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Science Happy Hour + The Failed Dreams of a Rocket Scientist
Aug
28
5:30 PM17:30

Science Happy Hour + The Failed Dreams of a Rocket Scientist

Shadan Ardalan, NASA Engineer


Shadan Ardalan is not your grandfather’s NASA engineer (especially if your grandfather had a crewcut, wore short-sleeved white shirts & skinny black ties, and worked in Mission Control during the 1960s). Shadan is part of the new breed of NASA engineer. As a son of immigrants, Shadan is a dreamer who wanted to be a part of our nation’s space program. But during his 30 year career, he realized that what he learned while flying spacecraft around Jupiter and Saturn could also be applied back on Earth. Part TED-talk, part one-man show, Shadan tells stories of his family, life, and career in a way that will hopefully entertain, amuse and inspire you….you and your grandkids.

MAP Members FREE, General Public $10

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JAM Sessions + Science of Sound
Aug
27
to Aug 31

JAM Sessions + Science of Sound

Come join us as we learn about the science of sound! See what sound looks like through our different demonstrations and experiments. See what patterns you can make with a tonoscope.

*JAM Sessions are intended for children aged 6-10.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Little Explorers Club + Awesome Anthropology: Back to School
Aug
27
to Aug 31

Little Explorers Club + Awesome Anthropology: Back to School

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As summer time ends and we are starting to go back to school, do you ever wonder how different kids around the world go back to school? Join us as we take a look at different cultures around the world, and see how their back to school traditions and routines are different from ours in America.

*Little Explorers Club is intended for children aged 3-5.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Aug
24
to Aug 25

Early Closing for Night at the Musuem

The Museum at Prairiefire will close at 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 24th in preparation for our Annual Gala, Night at the Museum. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Night at the Museum supports our Mission Program, Kansas City Urban Advantage (KCUA). KCUA is a standards and research-based collaboration between under-served schools and youth, the Museum at Prairiefire, and partnering Kansas City metro cultural and learning institutions such as museums, science centers, cultural organizations, and zoos. Find out more about KCUA here: https://www.kcurbanadvantage.org/ . Reserve tickets to our Annual Gala, Night at the Museum, here: https://shop.visitthemap.org/products/night-at-the-museum-2019?_pos=1&_sid=6296457be&_ss=r

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JAM Sessions + Importance of Water
Aug
6
to Aug 10

JAM Sessions + Importance of Water

Did you know that the water you drink from your tap is filtered from river water thanks to your city’s water plant? Come join us as we learn about the importance of clean drinking water, explore our wetlands, and put together a miniature water filter.

*JAM Sessions are intended for children aged 6-10.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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 Little Explorers Club + Ancient Marine Animals: Rulers of the Sea Long Ago
Aug
6
to Aug 10

Little Explorers Club + Ancient Marine Animals: Rulers of the Sea Long Ago

What did the sea look like millions of years ago? How was life for sea creatures different back then? Join us for Little Explorers’ Club as we talk about some of the biggest marine predators of the ancient world, like mosasaurs, megaladones, and liopleurodons to name a few!

*Little Explorers Club is intended for children aged 3-5.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Meet the Astronaut: Mike Massimino
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Astronaut: Mike Massimino

He’s an astronaut, the first person to tweet from space, a recurring character on the hit TV show “The Big Bang Theory,” and now a New York Times bestselling author.

You can meet Mike Massimino and hear all about the adventures detailed in his book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.

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Home at the MAP: JAM Sessions + Propeller Power Car
Jul
25
10:15 AM10:15

Home at the MAP: JAM Sessions + Propeller Power Car

For homeschooling families who want to include Museum at Prairiefire programs as part of their learning:

Join us as we teach you to build a small car that can zoom thanks to small wheels, rubber bands, propeller, and kinetic energy.

*JAM Sessions are intended for children aged 6-10.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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JAM Sessions + Propeller Power Car
Jul
23
to Jul 27

JAM Sessions + Propeller Power Car

Join us as we teach you to build a small car that can zoom thanks to small wheels, rubber bands, propeller, and kinetic energy.

*JAM Sessions are intended for children aged 6-10.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Little Explorers Club + Super Stalactites and Stalagmites
Jul
23
to Jul 27

Little Explorers Club + Super Stalactites and Stalagmites

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In all this hot weather, we want to cool off with some cave exploration! Have you ever wondered about the large spikes that come up from the floor and come down from the ceiling in caves? If so, this Little Explorers’ Club is for you! How do they form, what are they made of, and how do we tell the difference between their big names? Join us as we talk about stalagmites and stalactites in our next class!

*Little Explorers Club is intended for children aged 3-5.
*Tickets are FREE for MAP members and $5.00 for general admission. Members, please log in to receive your discount.

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Science Happy Hour + Apollo 11: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
Jul
17
5:30 PM17:30

Science Happy Hour + Apollo 11: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Jim Remar, President/CEO, Cosmosphere


On July 20, 1969, The Eagle touched down on the moon’s Tranquility Base.  That momentous achievement, which today is considered one of the greatest know to humankind, fulfilled an objective set forth by President Kennedy in 1961.  Relive the journey that captured the collective attention of people across the globe and won a race that began twelve years prior. A DSKY - an Apollo Command Module and Lunar Module computer - and lunar tools fabricated by the Cosmosphere’s SpaceWorks division will be there as well!

MAP Members FREE, General Public $10

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Creative by Nature Art Camp
Jul
16
to Jul 18

Creative by Nature Art Camp

SOLD OUT

NEW! Join us for an Art and Nature CREATIVE CAMP in partnership with Eva Reynolds Fine Art! Each day will focus on a different topic: Conservation, Nature and Science. Kids ages 5-13 can be creative, have fun, and feel good about their own unique ideas.

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