School Age Programing

School Age Classes and Clubs

FIRST Lego League Jr.(R)

First Lego League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6-10. Create and test a Team Model using a Lego WeDo robotics kit to show your ideas. Teams explore a real-world scientific problem: AQUA ADVENTURE Challenge, create a Show Me poster, construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO elements. Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm for 10 weeks starting November 14th. Registration required. $80/student (members $72). Includes team t-shirt. Spaces are limited.

Click 2017 Fall Classes and Clubs Registration Form to register for FIRST Lego Leauge Jr.

iMAKETM  Art & Science Class Series

This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. LED Coptors, Fake Scars, and FlipJar Night Lights are just some of the fun projects waiting for you to create. Pick which projects you like best or try them all. See museum website or class brochure for full calendar of projects.

Visit the iMAKE page for more information.

Bakers In Training Class at Panera

During this fun-filled culinary experience, your child will try their hand at bread making by stretching and scoring  a mini French baguette. They will also sample from Panera’s clean kid’s menu and will decorate their own cookie, with pro tips from Panera’s artisan bakers.

Visit the Bakers in Training page for more information.

Infectious Intelligence Club 

Middle and High School-aged students will design and build combat robots (Battlebots), with the goal of entering a local competition in spring. The project is a collaborative effort for the club and students will compete as a team. STEM concepts will be covered. This monthly club is hosted by Museum Education Coordinator, Dr. Ginny Weibel. Class size is limited to 8 students and a teacher’s recommendation is required because of the challenging nature of the club. Monthly on the first Monday 5-7p.m. 10 sessions: October 2017 to July 2018. Open to grades 6 and up. Payment required upon registration. $120.00 ($108.00 for members)  Pizza dinner included.

Click 2017 Fall Classes and Clubs Registration Form to register for Infectious Intelligence Club.

Scout Programs

The museum offers a list of fun patch and badge oppertunities for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, at all levels. Topics include: Exploring Club, robotics, 3D printing, circuits, microscopy, and trick photography.

Visit the Boy Scout and Girl Scout pages for more information.

Exploring Club

Exploring Club is for boys and girls ages 10 to14 who are interested in learning about exciting career choices through activities, guest speakers and field trips to take an indepth look at careers in various fields (such as medical, emergency services, science, aviation, etc).

Visit the Exploring Club page for more information.

KidPower Self Defense

Saturday, December 30th – 10a.m. Ages 6-10 – 11p.m. Ages 11-14

In this 40 minute class, students will be empowered by learning to use key phrases and “get away” moves based on martial arts. Will include stretching,  partner practice activities, and age appropriate instruction on basic stranger safety. Taught by teen instructor Erik Weibel, black belt in Tae Kwon-Do and Karate, with ten years of martial arts experience. Adult must stay at program with children under 12. Free with regular admission. Spaces are limited — call the museum to RSVP.

GENERAL PROGRAMS

 Make Lab: DIY Recycled-Tire Garden Seat

Sat. Aug26th 11-12:30p.m.

Weave a garden floor seat using sports rope and repurposed tires. Parents must stay with children during program. Regular admission + $5 material fee. Call or email the museum to RSVP — seats are limited.

Mini Petting Zoo 

Sat. September  9th 10-12p.m.

Do you love animals? Get up close and hands-on with various warm and furry critters while learning about them too. Free with regular admission.

GROSSOLOGY LAB: BONE DISSECTION 

Saturday, Oct. 14thTwo sessions: 11-noon and 12:15-1:15p.m.

Ewww gross! Get hands-on with Bloomsburg University’s Biology Club for a one-hour grossology activity using real scientists’ equipment. Take part in a  Dissection Lab with Drs. Jennifer Vendetti and Angela Hess of Bloomsburg University. Free with regular admission. Space is limited. Call the museum to RSVP. Recommended for ages 7+.

Turkey Day

Nov. 25th 11-1p.m.

Families are invited to a day of feathery fun at the museum with turkey crafts and games, plus get your picture taken with live turkeys! Wear a turkey on your shirt for $1 off.

First Fridays — Open ‘till Eight

The museum will be OPEN UNTIL 8p.m. the first Friday of every month! Special activities for the whole family. Check Facebook for details.

Culture Cafe: Global Meets Local *NEW*

Join us for an evening of storytelling, song, tastings, and crafts from places like India, Turkey, Colombia, Italy, Iran and Japan. Monthly on first Friday 6-7p.m. Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1 Check Facebook for details. Included with regular admission.

 Meet the Masters: An Art Workshop Series

It’s never too early to introduce art through exploring “the masters” like Monet, O’Keefe, and Picasso. Try the masters’ styles with a hands-on family art project. RSVP by contacting the museum. Recommended for ages 5+. Free with regular admission.

Pablo Picasso: Guitar Lessons From a Painter Sat. Sept. 2nd 11a.m.-noon

Gustav Klimt: The Tree of Life Sat. Oct. 28th 11a.m.-noon

Families with Special Needs Night

Friday, September 15th 6-8p.m.

During this unique program, the museum is open just for families with special needs. Extra staff will be on hand to help you and your family get the most out of the museum’s exhibits and activities. Admission is FREE for families with special needs members. All ages welcome.

 SPARK LAB: BRINGING SCIENCE TO LIFE

Invent, experiment, and explore at this monthly lab that ignites curiosity about the world around us. Free with regular admission. Check Facebook for details.

  • Mini Petting Zoo Sept. 9th 11-1pm
  • Grossology Lab: Dissection October 14th Session A 11-noon & 12:15-1:15pm
  • Science of Gingerbread Nov. 11th 11-1pm
  • Santa Circuits – Dec. Dec. 23 11-1pm

 

TWO-DOLLAR TUESDAYS

Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10-2pm.

HOMESCHOOL HANGOUTS

Every other Wednesday 11-1p.m. during the school year beginning Oct. 4th-Dec 13, resumes in January. Parent/child activities designed to complement concepts taught in homeschool curriculum, grades K-12. Discounted admission for homeschool families ($5/person).

Fall topics include: Crazy Chemistry, Ecology, Microbiology, Science of Gingerbread, Geology, Holiday Customs Around the World.

CONTESTS & OFF SITE Programs 

Third Annual Children’s Museum Competitive Science Fair

Students in grades 4-8 are invited to enter a project in the fair which will take place on January 18, 2018. To enter a project, complete the registration form found on our website or pick one up at the Museum’s office.  Registration forms are due no later than November 17, 2017.  CASH PRIZES are awarded to top 3 projects in each grade. NASCO gift cards are awarded to top 3 teachers or homeschooling groups with the most students participating.

 Second Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Display

Don’t miss the sights and smells of our Gingerbread House Competition and Display.  Enter your own creation or enjoy viewing this amazing edible art by local artisans and  kid hobbyists alike. Adult, family, and kids categories! Registration forms on our website and the Museum’s office. Entry drop-off is Thursday December 7th. December 9th, winners will be announced at the Gingerbread Village Reception, 10-12p.m. Gingerbread creations will be on display from December 9th – December 31st, 2017.

Pre-show Activities Lightwire Theater: Electric Christmas

December 2nd 1-2p.m. Free children’s activities — Santa Circuits, Black Light Experiments, and neon art projects.  Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.