DIY Science Explorer Kits FAQs

  • How do the kits work? Will the kit come with instructions?

    DIY Science Explorer kits work for a single class period or can be set up for all day exploration. Each kit comes with a “how-to” booklet that provides instructions, prompts for engagement, vocabulary, and NGSS Standards alignment.

  • How many kids can play with one kit at a time?

    To allow for optimal learning, we recommend 10-15 kids at a time, however the whole class may be able participate. This may depend on each kit’s parts and pieces, your students’ ages and stages, and classroom dynamics.

  • Do the kit rental days include pick-up and drop-off?

    Yes. You will pick up the kit from the Children’s Museum on Day 1 of your rental and return it on the final day of your rental. We are available as early as 8:30am for pick up and it must be returned by 4 pm on the final day of your rental. For example, with a 5 day school week rental, the kit may be picked up as early as 8:30am on Monday morning and must be returned before 4 pm on Friday afternoon.

  • I’m supposed to return my kit tomorrow, but I want to add on more days. Can I?

    The maximum rental period is 5 days. If you have had the kit for 5 days, it may not be extended. If you have had the kit fewer than 5 days, it may be extended based on availability. Please contact the Museum.

  • Where else can I use these kits?

    Our DIY Science Explorer Kits are perfect for the classroom, playtime, homeschool, troop meeting or a small birthday party.

  • Are the DIY Explorer Kits standards-aligned?

    Yes, each of the DIY Science Explorer Kits are designed with the Next Generation Science Standards in mind. Each kit encourages students to make meaning out of the science phenomena that they observe.

  • My kit has missing/broken pieces. What do I do?

    We double-check our DIY kit inventory before renting them out, but we may miss something. Please contact us immediately if your kit has missing or broken pieces so we can assess how to move forward, and to ensure that we do not charge you incorrectly for the damages.

  • I will not be able to return my kit on time. What should I do?

    There will be a $30 per day late fee for each additional day beyond your return date. Please contact the Museum as soon as you are aware that you will be unable to return the kit on time.

Please contact our School and Community Programs Coordinator with additional questions at or call 707-546-4069 x113.