EARLY LEARNING
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This incredible exhibit, created especially for ages 0-6, engages children in science play and so much more. Caregivers and kids will find fun opportunities to play and learn together that support the healthy development of the whole child while creating lasting memories and a foundation for lifelong learning.

Champ Lane Hours:
Open for everyone daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Champ Lane Standards: (CLIPS)
Communication: Sharing explanations of the world.

Logical Thinking: Recognizing cause-and-effect relationships.

Inquiry: Asking question, making predictions, and testing theories.

Persistence: Pursuing challenges and keeping focus during activities. Learning to ignore distraction and cope with failure.

Science Identity: Seeing yourself as someone who does science and having confidence in your own skills.

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Exhibit Features:
Climbing – Tree house, bridge, and slide to provide a feeling of risk-taking in a safe environment
Streetscape – A café, market, puppet theater, boats, and more offer the chance for social interaction and practice of emerging skills
Animal Care Kids Lab – An introduction to animal husbandry through role playing and scientific inquiry
Book Nook – This “quiet space” will offers tabletop activities, books, and other calmer activities for children and parents who seek a break from the stimulus and high energy activity found in the rest of the exhibit space. The book nook also has a semi-private nursing bench.


Programs
Our education staff works to create fun and educational programs that support early science learning. Join us for our weekly offerings of Storytime at ECHO, Pint Size Science, and Crafternoons. See our calendar for program descriptions, dates, and themes..


Philosophy
Early education at ECHO aims to make the world accessible to developing minds in a way that children learn best, through hands-on science play. By providing options to interact, engage, and ask questions, we introduce children to the social museum experience with their peers and caregivers while creating lifelong learners interested in science and the world around them.