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.
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.
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.
Sat. January 27th 10am-noon Join Folk’s Farm at the museum in experiencing a live butterfly enclosure. Learn all about the life cycle of these winged beauties with hands-on activities.
Families with Special Needs Night
Friday, January 26th 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.
GROSSOLOGY LAB: The Science of Flowers
February 24th Session A 10-11a.m. Session B 11a.m.-noon.
Join the Bloomsburg University Biology Club for an in depth hour of hands-on science. Students will explore plant anatomy along with some make-and-take flower activities. Free with regular admission.
“Sit Next to Me” Film Festival with Box of Light
Saturday, Feb. 17th 3p.m.
Wouldn’t it be nice to hear a positive, interesting, heartfelt, sad, weird, and even funny sharing about what separates us and what brings us together? This film festival presented by Box of Light and WVIA public media will screen winning films from student, teen, and adult categories. Discount admission $5/person. All ages welcome.
Bloomsburg Children’s Museum LEGO Expo
March 16th, 5-7p.m.
Join the Central Columbia Junior Jay Bots and area FIRST Lego League Jr clubs for a LEGO expo! This year’s LEGO challenge is Aqua Adventure. Kids will showcase their team projects they have been working on that involve water quality, water sources and keeping our water clean. We will also have some LEGO activities, other area LEGO clubs and door prizes. Discounted admission is $2/person.
HAK4KIDZ at BloomCON
March 24th, 10a.m.-4p.m.
Bloomsburg University is hosting their third annual BloomCON cyber security conference. To get kids in on the fun, The Children’s Museum organized the Hak4Kidz event to coincide with the adult conference. Children ages 7 to 17 are invited to attend kid-friendly presentations and activities on info security, electronics, programming and all kinds of hacks. Registration required, contact museum. Free to register, but spaces are limited. Parent must attend with child.
3rd Annual Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire
Saturday April 21st 10a.m. – 4p.m.
The Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire is a Children’s Museum-organized event that is part of the global Maker Faire network created by MAKE Magazine. According to MAKE, “Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.” The event brings together amateur and professional inventors, artists, crafters, engineers and performers in a combination of large spectacles and communal interactive experiences. Admission is free, sponsored by Merck.
Culture Cafe: Global Meets Local
Japanese Culture: February 2nd
Nepalese Culture: March 2nd
Join us for an evening of storytelling, song, tastings, and crafts from cultures around the world. On First Friday 6-7p.m. 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.
Edvard Munch: Make Art That’s a Scream Sat. Feb. 3rd 11a.m.-noon
Cave Paintings: Go Tribal With Your Creation Sat. Mar. 17th 11a.m.-noon
Paul Klee: Painting Watercolor Castles Sat. April 7th 11a.m.-noon
Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10-2pm.
HOMESCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION *NEW*
Tuesdays 1p.m. Bi-weekly.
Have fun and stay healthy this winter! Certified PE instructor, Katie Rude, leads students in games and activities that focus on moderate to vigorous physical activity. Students of all ages are welcome in this class. Parents are required to stay with children under 5. Classes are $8/child per session or purchase a punch card for ten sessions for $60. Call to register, walk-ins welcome on first come first served basis. Jan. 2, Jan. 16, Jan. 30th, Feb. 13, and Feb. 27th are upcoming session dates.
Every other Wednesday 11-1p.m. during the school year beginning Jan. 17th-Apr. 25th. Parent/child activities designed to complement concepts taught in homeschool curriculum, grades K-12. Discounted admission for homeschool families ($5/person).
Spring topics include:
January 17th Shock it to me! Learn about electricity and circuits. Make some light up take home crafts too!
January 31st Wonderful Water! Join our special guests Bob Manbeck from Suez and Heather Almer from the Columbia County Conservation District to learn about water quality, where our water comes from, how our water sources are polluted and what we can do about it!
February 14th The Science of LOVE! Learn about our hearts, circulatory system and blood in this Hangout! There will be tons of fun Valentine themed experiments too!
February 28th It’s in the stars! In this hangout we will take an in depth look at astronomy! Learn about the planets, stars and space travel.
March 14th Kitchen Chemistry – it’s not just cooking, it’s SCIENCE! This Hangout will have tons of experiments around food and the chemical changes that occur when we cook.
March 28th LEGO mania – how many experiments can we do with LEGOs? Let’s find out!
April 11th Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Learn about reducing our carbon footprint, pollution in our world and ways we can combat it.
April 25th It’s Music to My Ears! Learn about musical instruments, have a sing along and create your own instrument using recycled materials. Lots of experiments involving sound.