Grant funded outreach

Funded Programs

  • Leading to Reading: The Museum provides pre-literacy education to under-served pre-kindergarten children. Children are brought to the Museum to engage in enriching, hands-on literacy activities. New Hanover County Schools provide the Museum with grants, along with support from the community, to sustain this program. This program serves 540 children a year.

  • STEM All-Stars: The Institute of Museum and Library Services provided the Museum with a grant to create a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) “All-stars” program for twenty-three Title 1, third grade students. These students visit the museum twice a month for STEM experiments that align with NC Science curriculum as well as teacher and parent lessons for further expansion. Ten students from UNCW and Cape Fear Community College assisted in teaching with this program. This is a 2 year program running from January 2016-May 2017. This program has currently served 40 children.

  • Bright Minds: Duke Energy provided multiple grants to the Children’s Museum to host a scientific exploration program, which teaches STEM-related subjects through experimentation to underserved first grade children. These children participated in multiple experiments all aligning with the NC Science Curriculum. Bright Minds was both an in-house and out of house program involving 10 schools. The program runs from October 2015-May 2017. This program has currently served 1,230 children.

  • Free Passes through our collaboration with Live Oak Bank

We want everyone to be able to come visit the Museum! Below is a list of all our community memberships that everyone can use!

  • New Hanover County Libraries
  • Pender County Library
  • New Hanover County Smart Start
  • Pender County Smart Start
  • Salvation Army

Book your own outreach

Dissect, Observe, Imagine! Let US come to YOU!


Our outreach programs last 45 minutes to 1 hour and include set-up, clean-up, and all materials. Class sizes require a minimum of 15 children and a maximum of 25. Our Standard Outreach options include hands-on experiments that children ages 4-9 can enjoy and are charged at $5 a student. Our Outreach Plus is advanced experiments for children ages 6-10 and is charged at $6 a student. A mileage fee is applied to all programs. Mileage is charged at $15.00 per New Hanover County visit and $0.75 per mile for all out of county visits.

Choose from our Outreach Packages Below:

Standard Outreach:

1)      Slimy States of Matter

2)      Physics of Flight

3)      Germ Lab

Outreach Plus:

1)      Owl Pellet Dissection

2)      Marshmallow Catapults


Book your outreach today!

Contact our Outreach Coordinator at 910-254-3534 ext. 101 or email  for reservations and additional information.