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Preschool Activities

MOVERS & SHAKERS                   Ages 1–2½

Here is an opportunity for children to express themselves through music and the movement of dance. They will learn how to socialize with their friends and practice following basic directions. We’ll practice walking, jumping, wiggling, and dancing as we enjoy songs, rhymes, finger plays, and toys with a little time left over for free-play.

PRESCHOOL PREP                      Ages 3-5

The best way to learn is to do it in a fun way. What better way to do that than with some exciting games, educational books, wonderful art projects, and songs about our favorite things. We’ll keep busy with circle time exercises, flash cards, make-believe, finger plays and rhymes and toys. The children will also improve their social skills by sharing, taking turns and respecting our friends. 

TINY TUTUS          Ages 1-3

Beautiful music and graceful movements make this class for little ballerinas a great way to play with friends. Stretching and basic beginners steps will be introduced with some other playful dances.

LITTLE PICASSOS                          Ages 2–4

Discover art hands on through coloring, gluing, painting, stories and more. We’ll learn that books, games, songs, and holidays are all great inspirations for artwork. Each week we will use some traditional art supplies as well as some surprises! Some weeks you will take home a “refrigerator masterpiece”, other weeks it’s all about exploring the medium.

BALLET/TAP 1                               Ages 2-4

Your child will learn the very basic movements and exercises to start their dancing career!  They will enjoy the music and dancing while making new friends.

MUSICAL MUNCHKINS               Ages 2-4

We’ll explore music by  listening to the sounds that different instruments make. We will sing lots of songs and interpret music through dance or art!

STORY TIME ART                          Ages 3-5

Story Time Art is a new class where each week students will read a story and then create an art project based on the book.

BALLET/TAP 2                               Ages 3-5

In this advanced class your child will learn new steps and some dance vocabulary.  We will also learn an entire dance by the end of the session that we will share with our families!  Prerequisite:  (ballet/Tap 1 or Preschool Ballet.).

YUMMY TUMMIES                       Ages 3-5

We will read recipes, measure ingredients and follow instructions to create snacks and treats!  We will eat our snacks and take home our recipes to share with our families!

 
 

 

Youth ActivitIes 

 

BALLET/TAP 3                                Ages 6-8

Pre-requisite: successfully complete Ballet/Tap 2
Your child will grow with this advanced class. They will be introduced to 5 positions, the barre, and fundamental movements. They will even get to learn short routines!

GUITAR 1 & 2                                     Ages 5-8 & 9-13

Bring your guitar to class and learn to play melody and rhythm. Songs are learned weekly and must be practiced at home. Students must have or be willing to rent a guitar, and should bring the Mel-Bay Book 1 for Guitar as a basis for reading music. Show your family what you learned!

ART BASICS                                     Ages 6-10

Calling all artists! Let’s get creative by learning the basics. Each week we will explore different mediums. All art projects will be taken home at the end of class.

ARCHITECTS                                  Ages 6-10

Boys and girls will experience specific small scale building tasks using kits and other building materials. They will learn to use critical thinking skills, while problem solving in a fun and creative atmosphere.

LEGOS  1 & 2                                 Ages 4-6 & 7-10

Calling all Lego fans! Each week your creativity will be challenged, as you are assigned to design something new. From spaceships to animals, from race cars to castles, you’ll be making all kinds of cool structures. Whether we build by ourselves or in groups, we’ll build some amazing things!

READING CLUB                             Ages 8-12

Is your child a bookworm?  Then we have the perfect group for you!  Each week your child will be assigned reading which will later be discussed with the entire group.  This class will allow your child share their love of books with other book lovers.

 

PAINTING                                          Ages 10-13

Painting is a new class where students will recreate a famous painting by the end of the session.

KITCHEN SCIENCE                           Ages6-10

This intro class is ideal for curious kids who like to participate in preparing food and having fun in the kitchen. Each week students will make a basic recipe that they will either eat in class or take home to share with family and friends. Bring your appetite!

STEM SCIENCE                                 Ages 6-10

If you like to figure out how things work and try new experiments then this is the class for you! We’ll explore all sorts of topics from water air pressure to ooey-gooey concoctions!!

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