Friday, September 3, 2010

Exciting New Fall Programs at the Virginia Discovery Museum!

Does your child want to create some art, explore the wonders of science, exercise your body, learn a new language, or act out your favorite character? Sign them up for one of the many weekly fall programs at the Virginia Discovery Museum. Check out our website to view the times and dates of all of these exciting programs.

Starting next week, the museum brings back seasonal favorite drop-in programs such as StoryTime Tuesdays and Magic School Bus Science Club (on Thursdays) to join Toddler Time, which is now on Wednesdays. These programs require no registration and feature a new project each week for the kids – hearing exciting stories, creating art, and exploring the depths of science and nature.

Along with these drop-in programs, the Virginia Discovery Museum is hosting several pre-registration programs in partnership with local organizations. One such program is Speak! Language Class. After the success of the language classes over the summer, Speak! Language Center presents European Vacations, in which they explore the languages and cultures of Italy, France, and Spain. Each session includes an interactive language lesson (songs, stories, and games) and an introduction to the culture of each country. Children can Flamenco dance in Spain, discover the artistic wonders of the Louvre in Paris, and order a rainbow of gelato flavors in Italy! The Speak! Language Classes will be on Wednesdays at 3:30-4:45 and welcome kids ages 5-10. The class is only $150 for members and $180 for non-members. Sign up today!

Another summer program that is now featured in the fall season is Hollywood Theatre Lab, which also requires pre-registration. Lana Young returns with a 12-week session that will teach children how to perform while exploring their imagination in a safe and fun environment. Fun and focused exercises teach children how to listen to their scene partners and build communication skills. They will learn basic stage technique, how to break down scripts, and how to find their objective as the character. The goal – teaching life skills through acting – is to build self confidence while showing children how to find truth in a character. The Hollywood Theatre Lab classes, only $210 for members and $240 for non-members, take place on Friday afternoons at 3:30-4:45 and accept children ages 6-10.

One brand new program is YogaDoodle, which is free to members. Taught by Guest Instructor, Lynn Campbell, this program features a fusion of traditional yoga postures and creative expression. Children learn postures to help experience their physical sense while exploring sight, sound, and stillness with their peers. This new program of only four sessions, starts on Tuesdays at 3:30 and includes kids ages 5-9.

Register for these programs soon as space is limited and don’t forget about Date Nights on Friday nights from 5:30-8:00. Enjoy a night on the town while your kids revel in an evening of activities, dinner, and lots of free time to play in the museum.

The fall season aims to be a busy one for the Virginia Discovery Museum, but we hope it will also be a success. We are eager to see the kids participate in the weekly programs and we welcome any feedback from our visitors. Please contact us anytime for information and questions. We wish everyone a happy fall and hope to see you for the programs. Stay tuned for updates on the new exhibit, The Tibetan Way and our Halloween Party!

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