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.

Jump Into Autumn!
In September, come join us as we EXPLORE all the wonders of fall from colors to scents; from apples to acorns; from pumpkin pudding to apple slices.  We will be savvy chemists, mighty engineers, strong mathematicians and sensorial explorers!

September 7th - Apples, Apples All Around
Because apples are in season, this is perfect for apple exploration, apple themed  play and apple sensorial discovery! We will explore the tastes, smells, colors and even apple volcanoes!

September 14th - Fall Leaves Fall
We will be all hands on as we add an element of surprise to our learning about leaves! This week, we will  spark conversation, build prior knowledge, strengthen our fine motor skills and bloom as creative scientists through cooperative learning!

September 21st - Pumpkins, Boo!
As October draws close, we become mad pumpkin scientists using all of our senses! Touching pumpkins slime.matching the scents of fall, building a pumpkin harvest for exploration and discovery,and tasting our own homemade pumpkin pudding!

September 28th - Colors of Fall
Exploding with color, fall excites our eyes, noses, taste buds and our delight in exploration! Excite, delight, explore and grow in the colors of autumn!

Buy Tickets to Little Learners


$10 per child non-member

$3 per child member

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.  
Buy Tickets to Little Learners

 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 3rd Street doors. 

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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