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” 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
For Preschool and Kindergarten Groups
ECHO can be overwhelming to young children and their adults that are charged with navigating them through the exhibits. Generating a list of questions and deciding on a couple of things to see based on the interests of the group before your field trip can be helpful for focusing attention and feeling accomplished at the end of the day. Below are activity guides that offer suggestions on how to organize your ECHO visit. They include suggestions for pre-visit activities, what to do while at ECHO and post-visit activities. Be sure to plan for plenty of time for play in Champ Lane!

Early Learning Self-Guided Field Trip to ECHO: Fish
ECHO Fish Scavenger Hunt
Early Learning Self Guided Field Trip to ECHO:
Animals With Shells

ECHO Animals with Shells Scavenger Hunt

For Families and Caregivers with Preschoolers
Join us for our weekly story time, Science and Stories. With the help of a story book we will explore a different science topic each week. Songs, fingerplays, groups activities and crafts will be part of the fun as young scientists investigate, ask questions and learn about the world around them. 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.