Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fun Programs and Events in the Spring!

Does your child want to act out a favorite character, exercise his body, create new recipes, explore the wonders of air and space, or discover the power of all things steampunk? Sign them up for one of the many weekly programs starting at the Virginia Discovery Museum this spring. Check out our bi-monthly calendar or our website to view the times and dates of all of these exciting programs. In addition to our usual fantastic Drop-in Programs such as StoryTime Tuesdays, Poetry Club, Toddler Time, and Magic School Bus Science Club, we have several pre-registration programs in partnership with local organizations

One program that will start January 7 – February 11 is Hollywood Theatre Lab, which requires pre-registration. In this six week session, actress and acting instructor Lana Young 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 $90 for members and $110 for non-members, take place on Friday afternoons at 3:30pm-4:30pm and accept children ages 6-8.

After the success of last summer’s program, the VDM is proud to present YogaDoodle, 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 six sessions, starts on Wednesdays from 3:45pm-4:45pm and includes kids ages 5-9. Members pay $90 and non-members pay $110.

On January 17 from 9am-12pm, the museum will host a Teacher Workday Program featuring Steampunk: The Power of Steam. Give your kids a chance to explore the infinite possibilities of all things steampunk! Your kids will make dirigibles and steampunk goggles to go with them. They will create metallic art, fantasize about the past and the future, and look at how technology changes through the ages. It promises to be a day of gears, gadgets and, most of all, good times. The program is for children ages 4-7 and is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Coming on Saturday mornings from February 5 – March 12 is our Little Chefs program. Bring your little ones and create tasty snacks and delicious meals ogether! Your kids will learn about kitchen safety and build their cooking skills in a fun, safe environment. Space is limited, so sign up today. The program runs from 10am-11:30am and includes kids ages 4-8. To sign up for individual classes, the cost is $10 for members and $13 for non-members. To sign up for all six classes, the cost is $55 for members and $70 for non-members.

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. For the winter months, Date Nights will be on the first Fridays of the month. This pre-registration drop-off program includes a craft, games, a dinner with cheese pizza, carrot sticks, and fruit juice, and lots of free time to play in the Museum! Space is limited to 12 children per week and will not run without a minimum of 4 children, so be sure to call to register before 5pm the Thursday before the program. Registrants will be notified by 5pm on the Thursday before the program if we need to cancel. The program is for kids ages 3-8 and VDM members pay $20 while non-members $25. We have a siblings discount of $5 and a cancellation fee of $10 after 12pm on the Thursday before the registered program. No refund for same-day cancellation.

The spring season aims to be a busy one for the Virginia Discovery Museum, but we hope it will also be a success. Don’t forget that we will also be hosting our annual Kid*Vention, the theme of which is Discover Sky and Space! This fun event will be on March 26 from 9am-3pm (location TBA) and is all about taking time to look up and explore what’s above our heads! Learn about birds and bats, planes and rockets, comets and more through hands-on activities, crafts and games. Sponsored by the Virginia Discovery Museum, WVPT, the City of Charlottesville, and Lite Rock Z95.1, this is one event your family won’t want to miss!

We are eager to see the kids participate in the weekly programs and events and we welcome any feedback from our visitors. Please contact us anytime for information and questions. We wish everyone a happy winter and hope to see you for the programs. Stay tuned for updates on the new exhibit, Up, Up, and Away!

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