Reservations are limited so pre-registration is required for two remaining programs

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 18, 2019) — Putnam Explorers and Explorers Jr programs engage kids in interactive learning-experiences based around some of their favorite things — dinosaurs and Star Wars.

Created for students in pre-K through Grade 5, the two-hour long Saturday programs are fun activities packed with learning opportunities. The programs fill up quickly, so pre-registration is required.

“Our Explorer series is an exciting way for kids to learn on a Saturday while having a great time,” said Octavia Houtekier-Boyd, vice president of education at the Putnam. “We utilize the many interactive learning-environments here at the Putnam and center our focus on topics that kids love, so it doesn’t even feel like learning for kids.”

On April 6, 9-11AM, the Explorer program will be “Rock, Paper, Fossils?” where kids will explore the science behind paleontology through a variety of activities focused on dinosaurs.

On May 4, 9-11AM, kids can join “May the 4th Be With You” — a workshop focused on the physics of Star Wars. Young explorers will make discoveries about the gravitational force of the Death Star and how speed racers fly.

Each program is $14 per child and $11 per member child. Pre-registration is required because of the limited number of reservations.

To register, please visit

Scholarship opportunities are also available. Contact Bridget Boyd-Carlson at for more information.


About the Putnam

The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for 150 years. And today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family. Launch rockets or interact with a robot in the Science Center, “touch the untouchable” in the Augmented Reality Experience, visit our famous mummies in "Unearthing Ancient Egypt", climb into a tree house in "Black Earth | Big River", or go back in time to see our region’s history in "River, Prairie, and People". Also experience internationally-recognized traveling-exhibits or take in a movie in the GIANT Screen Theater with a screen towering six stories tall. Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place.

For more information about current and upcoming events, exhibits and movies, visit

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