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Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

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.

Five Senses

Let's use our science process of observation by using the science tools we always have with us - our five senses - to explore the world and communicate our observations.
  • September 22 - Smell
  • September 29 - Taste

Science of Fall

In October we will focus on the science of fall. We’ll learn about how plants, animals, and people react to the cooling temperatures and shorter days.
  • October 6 - Plants in Fall
  • October 13 - Harvest
  • October 20 - Fall Animals
  • October 27 - People in Fall


$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.  

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.

Given new CDC guidelines Whitaker Center is requiring all individuals grade 12 and under wear a mask during their time Whitaker Center.  Those older than 12th grade are highly encouraged to wear a mask as the majority of Whitaker Center patrons are not yet eligible to receive a vaccination against Covid-19. 


Thank you to Penn National Insurance for sponsoring this program.


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