Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

Little Learners

Little Learners

Little Learners at Whitaker Center is an interactive STEAM program filled with lots of fun and hands on activities! We will sharpen our science process skills as we experiment, read, explore, sing, and create! Learners will have time for structured weekly activities as well as time to explore our KidsPlace exhibit. 

Dates and Times

Every program takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m in KidsPlace.

Please note, the rest of the science center will NOT be available for exploration after the conculsion of Little Learners at 11am.

Please enter through the Market Street entrance.

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February 2023 - Winter Weather Wonderland! 

February is our Winter Weather Wonderland! Winter brings with it lots of Ice and Snow. While Ice and Snow can be fun to play with, animals have to adapt to this cold weather. Let’s explore cold weather and learn what animals do in the cold! We’ll also have a Valentine’s theme on the 15th to warm up our hearts a little before diving back into our chilly theme!

PLEASE NOTE: The QUESTIONEERS  traveling exhibit will not be open on Wednesdays during Little Learners.

 Ice and Snow: Wednesday, 2/1/23; Saturday, 2/18/23 
Come play with Ice and Snow indoors! We’ll do some interesting science with ice cubes and play with snow!

 Arctic and Antarctic Animals: Wednesday, 2/8/23; Saturday, 2/11/23  
How do Penguins, Polar Bears and Seals stay warm in the cold climates of the Arctic and Antarctic? Come find out and enjoy our fun animal themed STEAM activities!

Will you be my Valentine? Wednesday, 2/15/23
Our STEAM based Valentine activities will make your heart melt! We’ll be graphing conversation hearts, increasing our fine motor skills, and engaging our minds to complete an engineering challenge perfect for young minds.

Migration and Hibernation: Wednesday, 2/22/23; Saturday, 2/25/23
Some animals deal with cold winter weather by migrating, and some animals hibernate! Come in and learn which animal does which! We’ll also make a bird feeder out of recycled materials to help out our bird friends who don’t migrate so they can get a Winter treat!

NOTE:  Please enter through the Market Street entrance.

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$10 per child non-member on Wednesdays

$0 per child member on Wednesdays

Included with Science Center admission on Saturdays for child members and non-members

Each child ticket includes admission for one accompanying adult.

If inquiring about complimentary admission with an ACCESS card, please contact education@whitakercenter.org to discuss the registration process. 

Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office within Whitaker Center.  Tickets will be available the morning of the program or in advance for the coming weeks.  
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 Who needs a ticket?

Every child that is crawling or walking and participating in all or part of the program will need a ticket. If young children are being carried in a pack, sling, or will remain in the stroller, they do not need a ticket. 

Additionally, we realize many families have school-age children learning remotely at home. You are invited to purchase them a ticket and have them join in the program. Just keep in mind, the activities are planned for children ages two to six years old and all stations may not be developmentally appropriate for older children. 


Pre-registration is suggested, but not required.  Walk-ups will be permitted the day of the program until all program seats are filled.

Other Details: 

All participants must enter the Center at our Market Street entrance. 

A Whitaker Center staff member will meet participants at the door to admit them into the Center.

Whitaker Center follows CDC guidelines and recommendations.  At this time, masks are optional. 

Thank you to Penn National Insurance for sponsoring this program.


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