Sign up for a season pass and get one workshop free!

DAVENPORT, IOWA (August 30, 2019) — With area students back in the classroom, the Putnam will kick off an all-new lineup of informal learning workshops starting September, with topics ranging from explosive volcanoes to “under-wraps” mummies.

Monthly Explorers and Explorers Jr. youth workshops return Saturday, Sept. 7, with openings for Pre-K through Grade 5, at the Putnam Museum and Science Center. Programs fill up quickly, and pre-registration is required.

“Our Explorers series is a way for kids to continue learning on a Saturday in an engaging and enriching setting,” said Rachael Mullins Steiner, Putnam president and CEO. “We utilize interactive environments throughout the entire museum, so the kids get a hands-on experience that’s tailored to their age and interests.”

Workshops are held on the first Saturday of every month through May, 9-11AM. No workshop is held in December in observance of the holidays.

Parents can take advantage of an early-bird discount of one free workshop with the purchase of a season pass, available through September 7.

Workshops for Grades 2-5

Created for students in Grades 2 through 5, Putnam Explorers programs are packed with learning, fun, and care.

The 2019-20 season begins with a “Stuck on Magnets” workshop on September 7. During this workshop, guests will learn all about magnetism’s effect on our universe followed by fun activities with magnets on a smaller scale.

Also, “All Wrapped Up in Egypt” will be held on Saturday, October 5, and invites children to hang out with the Putnam’s mummies and learn all about Egypt. On Saturday, November 2, Explorers will travel deep into the earth’s crust to learn more about the source of volcanoes with “Erupting Explorers.”

Pre-K to First Grade Offerings

For students in pre-K through Grade 1, the Putnam also offers its Explorers Jr series. Similar to Explorers, Explorers Jr workshops are filled with hands-on learning and activities, and the season opens with a “Volcanic Eruptions!” workshop on September 7.

A full list of all Explorers Jr sessions can be found at Students must be at least 4 years old.

Each Explorers and Explorers Jr program is $14 per workshop and just $11 for members. 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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