For Educators

Educational Programming

The Pump House offers a number of educational programs; program descriptions and curriculum connections are noted below. Please contact us at education@cityofkingston.ca if you have questions or are interested in booking.

Program Fees

  • Children (75 or 90 minute program) $4.16
  • Children (Half Day) $7.21
  • Children (Full Day) $14.29
  • Adults $6.06
  • Seniors/Students $6.06
  • All prices are subject to HST

PumpHouse Program Booking Form 2018

The Museum has the following educational programming options available for booking requests Wednesdays through Fridays.

Program Descriptions

All Aboard for the Holidays Special Program

Grades K-3

90 minutes

Schools can pre-register to experience the PumpHouse as a transformed winter wonderland on December 7th before All Aboard for the Holidays opens for the weekend*.  School programming will include an exploration of different holiday traditions, a hands-on activity and free time to explore the museum.

*Limited spots available.

Date: Friday December 7, 2018.

Time slots: 10:00am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 2:30pm

All Aboard Booking Request Form 2018

Curriculum Connections

Grade 2

Social Studies

Strand A. Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Traditions
A1.1, A1.2, A2.1, A2.5, A3.2, A3.4, A3.7

Grade 1 Arts

Dance: A1.1, A1.2; Drama: B1.3, B1.4; Music: C1.1, C1.2; Visual Arts: D1.1, D1.2, D1.3,  D1.4

Grade 2 Arts

Dance: A1.1, A1.4, Drama: B1.1, B1.4; Music: C1.1, C1.2; Visual Arts: D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, D1.4

Water, Water Everywhere – Level 1

Grades JK-3
90 minutes

Don’t take water for granted! Learn about the technology that brings clean water into your home and how we can be good stewards of this important resource. Learn about the technology behind the old Kingston waterworks, discuss responsible water use and build a water filter using earth and other common-place materials.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 1

Science & Technology
Understanding Matter and Energy
Energy in Our Lives
1.1, 2.4, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5

Social Studies
People and Environments
The Local Community
B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B3.1, B3.3, B3.7

Grade 2

Science & Technology
Understanding Matter and Energy
Properties of Liquids and Solids
1.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.5

Understanding Earth and Space Systems
Air and Water in the Environment
1.1, 1.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Social Studies
People and Environments
Global Communities
B1.1, B1.3, B2.1, B3.6

Grade 3

Science and Technology
Understanding Earth and Space Systems
Soils in the Environment
1.1, 2.5, 3.1

Social Studies
Heritage and Identity
Communities in Canada, 1780–1850
A1.2, A2.1, A2.2, A2.5, A3.3, A3.4

Water, Water Everywhere – Level 2

Grades 4-6
90 minutes

Don’t take water for granted! Learn about the technology that brings clean water into your home and how we can be good stewards of this important resource. Learn about the technology behind the old Kingston waterworks, discuss responsible water use and build a water filter using earth and other common-place materials.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 4

Social Studies
People and Environments
Political and Physical Regions of Canada
B1.1,B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B2.6, B3.1, B3.5,

Science & Technology
Understanding Life Systems
Habitats and Communities
1.1, 3.3, 3.9, 3.10

Grade 5

Social Studies
People and Environments
The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship
B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B3.2, B3.6, B3.7

Science and Technology
Understanding Earth and Space Systems
Conservation of Energy and Resources
1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5

Understanding Matter and Energy
Properties of and Changes in Matter
2.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Grade 6

Social Studies
Heritage and Identity
Communities in Canada, Past and Present
A1.1, A3.2, A3.7

People and Environments
Canada’s Interactions with the Global Community
B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B2.2, B2.4, B2.5, B2.6, B3.1, B3.3, B3.5, B3.8, B3.9

Simple Machines

Grades K-4
75 minutes

Collect all the materials you need to build your own contraptions by identifying all the museum’s simple machines! Learn about how machines work and how they make our lives easier, and the many different  forms they take, through this new interactive museum program.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 1

Science and Technology
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures
2.2, 2.4 2.6, 3.4, 3.7

Grade 2

Science and Technology
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
Movement
1.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.3, 3.4

Grade 3

Science and Technology
Understanding Matter and Energy
Forces Causing Movement
2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 3.1, 3.4

Grade 4

Science and Technology
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
Pulleys and Gears
1.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.3, 3.6

Museum Tours

All Ages

Explore our Museum through a guided tour for any age, making it perfect for schools, seniors, church groups, bus trips, or small groups. Inform the museum if your group has any special needs or special accommodations prior to your visit. 

For groups over 10 participants, please contact education@cityofkingston.ca to book your tour. 

Browse the calendar to find an educational workshop, and submit the form to request a session.