For Educators

Educational Programming

Take on our building challenges and learn about water stewardship, explore simple machines, or explore our seasonal exhibition at the unique site of Kingston's first waterworks. 

Booking a Program

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Program Fees

Program 2020 Fee Description
Children
(75-90 minute)
$4.25 A 75-90 minute hands-on program
Children
(Half Day)
$7.70 A 2-hour hands-on program
Children
(Full Day)
$15.20

Two programs (75-90 minutes each) plus a 1-hour lunch break**.

Youth  $6.42* Program for 13-24 years 
Adult $6.42* Adult education program
Senior $6.42* Program for 65+ years

*Prices are subject to HST.
Free admission for chaperones.

**Lunch can take place in the Discovery Centre or backyard (weather permitting) with teacher supervision.

The Museum has the following educational programming options available for booking requests Tuesdays through Fridays beginning May 2020.  Please contact us at education@cityofkingston.ca if you have questions or are interested in booking.

Program Descriptions

The Case of Sydenham Ward | 7-10; Adults

Grades 7 - 10; Adults
120 minutes
Exhibit-Based Programming 

Using Ontario Street as a subject of study, visitors will delve into its rich history by analyzing cases of individuals connected to the street. Visitors will learn about the people who lived on Ontario Street and the physical, social, and cultural changes that contributed to the street's changes through time. 

Curriculum Connections

History

Grade 7: 

Strands B1: B1.1, B1.2,
Strand B2: B2.3, B2.4, B2.5. B2.6 
Strand B3: B3.3, B3.5

Grade 8: 

Strand A1: A1.2, A1.3
Strand A2: A2.2, A2.3, A 2.5, A2.6
Strand A3: A3.3, A3.5

Strand B1.:B1.2, B1.3
Strand B2: B2.3, 2.6
Strand B3: B3.1, B3.3, B3.5 

Water, Water Everywhere – L1 | K-3

Level 1 for Grades JK-3
Kindergarten: 75 minutes; Grade 1-3: 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 – L2 | 4-6

Level 2 for 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 - Level 1 | K-1

Level 1 for Grades K-1
Kindergarten: 75 minutes; Grade 1: 90 minutes

We challenge you! Move a load from point A to point B by constructing and operating your own simple machines. Learn about how simple machines work to 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

Simple Machines - Level 2 | 2-4

Level 2 for Grades 2-4
90 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 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

Museumworthy | 1-5

Grades 1 - 5 
90 minutes

Everyone has a favourite museum!  But, how are the collections we see and the stories we hear put together behind the scenes?  What makes the art and artifacts important? Through this interactive program, students will learn how museums collect objects, preserve objects and tell stories. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate this learning by collectively creating their own exhibitions with their own artifacts brought from home. 

Curriculum Connections

GRADE 1

Language 
Oral communications, writing, reading, media literacy

Social Studies
Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities, The Local Community

GRADE 2

Language
Oral communications, writing, reading, media literacy

Social Studies
Changing Family & Community Traditions, Global Communities

GRADE 3-5

Language
Oral communication, reading, writing, media literacy

Museum Tours | All Ages

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.