Attention parents who love to save a few bucks and find a cool place to take the kids that will keep them occupied (educationally!) for hours: it’s time to pay a visit to Pre-K Mondays at The Works, a hands-on engineering museum for kids in Bloomington.
First, the savings bit: The Works hosts select “Pre-K Mondays” during the school year where your kids (any age over 2) are admitted for just $4.50. Regular price admission – $9.00 – still applies for adults. Kids under 3 are free.
2019-2020 Pre K Monday Schedule
- October 7 Mad Hatter Hat Designs
- October 21 Hammer Time with Pumpkins and Gourds
- November 4 Duplo Construction Zone
- November 18 Bang Your Drum
- December 2 Ring Toss Game Design
- December 16 Clothespin and Popsicle Stick Building
- January 13 Skyscraper Design and Build
- January 27 Build a Snack Tube for Birds
- February 10 Design and Build Guitars
- February 24 Foil Embossing
- March 2 Planet Sun Catchers
- March 16 Cleaning Coins
- April 6 Kite Design and Build
- April 20 Sharpie Tie-Dye on Cotton Fabric
- May 4 Pool Noodle Marble Tracks
- May 18 Primary Color Play Dough Mixing
Second, why you should go to Pre-K Mondays:
Aside from the savings, there are museum activities specially suggested for junior engineers ages 3-5. There are also no school groups scheduled before 12pm on Pre-K Mornings to ensure that the youngest visitors have a relatively quiet experience (very quiet, in my experience). Pre-K Mornings also make a wonderful homeschool field trip for older kids.
And the exhibits: are all hands-on, toddler proof, and a lot of fun! My son’s favorite has consistently been the K’NEX building station, where you can design a vehicle and then time it on a racetrack. My older girls love to navigate the Sensor Maze – can they make it through without tripping the sensors? Next door, in Studio Remix, the girls can activate the beat by bouncing around on sensors built into the furniture. My toddler has been effortlessly happy building ice palaces in the corner of foam blocks and belting out “Let It Go” to her heart’s content. Other exhibits play with gears and pulleys – imagine my 3-year-old’s surprise when she could lift her mom clear off the floor with a little aid from a pulley and some elbow grease! Don’t forget about the tinkering they can do in the Experience Gallery. And, The Works has just recently added this amazing K’NEX contraption that had my kids absolutely mesmerized.
Get a taste of it in the following video:
Other “Pre-K Mondays” details: The facility is very family-friendly, with an accessible lunchroom on the bottom floor open to all museum guests. We always pack a lunch to bring along. (Note: aside from a soda vending machine, no food is sold at the museum.) Parking is available free of charge in the museum lot.
Finally: If you can’t make it to Pre-K Mondays at The Works, consider coming on one of the many days that something special is going on for all ages. Get a list of all upcoming events at The Works here.
See our directory for current hours and admission prices.