The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) just announced a cool new program for after-school drop in classes. They will now be offered at the public for children in grades 3-8. Instead of spending time on smart devices, they can now have a blast at the museum!

Students will use the Museum as a learning lab, working with artifacts and specimens, and conducting experiments to explore science, history, culture and more. Museum educators will lead small-group, hands-on learning experiences tied to classroom curriculum objectives.

Classes are available weekly from October 13 to November 18, with Tuesday sessions for 6-8th grade and Wednesday sessions for 3rd-5th grade. Sessions will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the GRPM’s Van Andel Museum Center, downtown at 272 Pearl Street. Capacity is limited to eight students per session, to ensure a low risk environment. Students will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening prior to attending the session.

STEAM Labs will be offered on Tuesdays for students in grades 6-8. Students will conduct experiments, design inventions and exploring careers in STEM fields.

Museum Exploration classes will be offered on Wednesdays for students in grades 3-5. Sessions include Fossil Hunters, Sturgeon Excursion, Dream it Build It LEGO® Bricks and more.

Classes are $25 for the public, and $20 for GRPM members. Single drop-in classes can be purchased as well as multiple sessions, with a 10% discount for purchasing the full six-week session. For more information on drop in classes and to register today, visit grpm.org/Educlasses.