Early Childhood Education

Preschool Registration for 2023-2024 is Now Open! 

Learn more and visit the link below to register today.

Summer Camp

Welcome to Tallahassee Museum Early Childhood’s Enchanted Forest Summer Camp!
Established in 1964, the Tallahassee Museum Early Childhood Program offers a 6-week nature-
filled summer camp for ages 3 and up to entering Kindergarten. Experience enchanting days full of playful learning on 52 acres of beautiful woodlands. Our Enchanted Forest Summer Camp will follow a daily routine emphasizing active forest play and child-initiated activities such as fort building, mud pie making, and costume dress-up. Every day will include two hikes/nature play through our wonderland of wildlife trails. We include plant/tree/wildflower identification, yoga, art projects, and bird watching.

Our Early Childhood summer camp is perfect for our littlest learners, who are potty-trained, to
get an introduction to an early childhood classroom and a daily routine with teachers in a nature-filled peaceful setting. Our camp offers Pre-K and those entering Kindergarten students a magical and enchanting summer during public school closure. Our 1:10 teacher-to-camper ratio allows our Early Childhood/Forest School Certified teachers, with degrees, to engage children and prioritize safety for the Museum’s youngest campers on our wild lands.

Early Childhood Campers need to bring/wear:

  • Non-tie, closed-toed shoes (Velcro, etc.)
  • Apply bug spray/sunscreen prior to camp
  • Lunch and Afternoon Snacks (labeled with camper’s first and last name)
  • Water Bottle (labeled with camper’s first and last name)
  • Blanket for rest time (quiet time is 12-1:30)
  • Change of clothes (labeled with first and last name)

Early Childhood Camp operates from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday (we do not offer extended hours for our youngest campers).

Each week is a $250.00 for non-members and $240.00 for members.


Little Fairies and Sprites June 12-16:

A whimsical week of fairy wings and garden tea parties on our enchanted 52 acres of woodlands. Campers make their own pixie dust, fairy wand, willow headdress, and fairy house.
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Forts and Fairy Tales June 19-23:

A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) week of fun forts! Campers use problem-solving and cooperation skills to plan and build different kinds of forts and castles from our beloved classic fairy tales.
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Frogs and Folklore June 26-30:

Campers will investigate amphibious creatures and their magical properties. Our little scientists will use magnifiers and microscopes to explore metamorphosis and the life cycle of frogs and toads. This week will include lots of water play and the classic fairytale The Frog Prince.
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Closed the week of July 4th

Fungi in Fairyland July 10-14:

Campers will explore and identify mushrooms and lichens on our long-leaf pine nature trails. Campers will make their own toadstool fairy house, play musical mushrooms and make magical mud pies.
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Forest Friends July 17-21:

“Let The Wild Rumpus Start!” Campers will hike our woodland trails and observe our native Florida Wildlife. Campers will make animal crafts and have a Where the Wild Things Are animal mask parade.
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Fantasy and Fairy Tales July 24-28:

Fantastical stories of giants, queens, kings, princesses, knights, and dragons in this fairy tales literacy week. Campers can wear a costume from home or dress up at camp. Campers will make their crown and magic wands and explore nature play on our 52 acres of an enchanted forest.
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Imagine a classroom with tall trees, abundant wildlife, historic buildings, and a bright red caboose!

Preschool Classes

Please note that we operate on the Leon County Schools schedule. If schools are closed due to holidays, school breaks, or inclement weather, preschool classes will also be closed.

Registration is now closed. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email elawrence@tallahasseemuseum.org

Class Integration

Our Full Day classes not only serve VPK students but are also open to students enrolled in our standard Early Childhood program! Students learn to work together building collaborative skills that will help prepare them for the world ahead.

The Museum’s accredited preschool program offers a Monday-Friday Full Day Class and a Monday-Friday Morning Class. The program offers a qualified Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) class within the full-day program. All children enrolled must be potty trained. 

If you are enrolling in VPK, eligibility forms are issued and may be obtained from the Early Learning Coalition website. For more information scroll down and follow the ELC link.

Dates: 2023 – 2024, Classes beginning August 2023

Part-time classes are 9:00am-12:00pm

Full time classes are 9:00am-4:00pm

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As a Florida Gold Seal Status site (Certificate # A4970), our overall objective is to provide an enriching learning experience for your child in a healthy environment.

For families registering in our Preschool program, you will receive a family membership to the Museum, allowing you to come out and experience the many exciting opportunities our Museum has to offer. You will receive free Museum admission for 4 people per visit, and discounted rates on birthday parties, workshops & classes. 

To Schedule a Tour please email Erica Lawrence at elawrence@tallahasseemuseum.org

Monday- Friday Morning Class

This class is great for families who prefer shorter preschool days for their children. Like our Full Day program, the Museum becomes the classroom both indoors and out!

Ages: 3-5 years old
Times: 9:00 am-12: 00 pm/ VPK Instructional Hours Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 12:00pm
Fee: Non-VPK: $480 per month/ VPK: covered by ELC

Monday- Friday Full Day Class

This class is offered for the family looking for a full-day, five days a week program. The entire Museum is utilized to offer your child a well-rounded and unique learning experience. Classes integrate the Museum’s resources into the curriculum.
Ages: 3- 5 years old
Times: 9:00 am-4:00 pm/ VPK Instructional Hours Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: Non-VPK: $830 per month/ VPK wrap-around fee $560 per month.

Registration and Supply Fee of $200 is due at the time of registration; this fee is waived for students in VPK half day.

Please know that no registration is final without payment. To make a payment please call 850.575.8684 ext. 136

State Paid VPK Information

Our Early Childhood program participates in this initiative and offers VPK instructional hours on specific days. Monday through Friday throughout the school year are the designated days for qualified VPK students.

The state of Florida pays for 15 instructional hours of Voluntary Pre-K per week. Our base rate for Early Childhood Education is $630 per month. Parents must pay a wrap-around fee that covers the hours of the class not paid for by the state VPK program.

*We do not offer part-time spots in either class*
Prices are based on the current state of Florida VPK rates.

Enrolling In VPK – VPK Registration is now full; please email elawrence@tallahasseemuseum.org to join the waitlist.

To register for Tallahassee Museum Preschool non-VPK, email elawrence@tallahasseemuseum.org

Tallahassee Museum Preschool Parent Handbook 2022-2023