Winter/Spring 2020 Program Line-Up

Preschool Playgroup

Join us each week for joyful learning!  This class offers stories, songs, crafts, and hands-on activities around a different theme each week.  For children ages 18 months through pre-K with their caregivers.

Tuesdays:  1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25

10:00-10:45

$60 members/$65 non-members (all 8 weeks)

$10 members/$12 non-members (individual days)

Preschool Playgroup:  Spring Mini

Tuesdays:  3/10, 3/17, 3/24

10:00-10:45

$28 members/$30 non-members (all three classes)

$10 members/$12 non-members (individual days)

Frozen Sensory Bottle Making Class

Come and have some winter fun at ECM! Use glitter and beads and more to make calm down sensory bottles to take home.

January 16

10:00-10:45

All ages with caregiver

FREE for members/ $5 non-members

Tinkering Thursdays

Join Mr. Matt in the Plocher Construction Makerspace for some hands-on fun using the Design Loop engineering challenges!
FREE with admission

U-Invent Workshops

Drop into the Plocher Construction Makerspace to create something amazing with Mr. Matt in this STEM focused workshop!

10:30am-11:30am
 FREE with admission

Chinese New Year Celebration

Gung Hay Fat Choy (Happy New Year)!  Join us as we welcome the year of the rat with lots of hands-on activities!

January 25 (All Day)

All ages with a caregiver

FREE with admission

Steph Plant Story Time 2/1

Come out to ECM for an engaging story time and concert by local author, Steph Plant! 
FREE with admission

Kids in the Kitchen:  Cereal-ously Delicious

Learn to make tasty treats based around popular cereals.

February 3

11:30-1:00

Ages 2.5-5 with a caregiver

$10 members/$12 non-members

Bumblebee Babies:  A Sensory Experience

NEW!  Join us for fun and learning with your littlest learner!  Incorporating hands-on sensory experiences, your baby is sure to have a wonderful time.

February 20, March 19, and April 16

9:00-9:30 AM

Ages 0-18 months with a caregiver

All three sessions: $10 members/$12 non-members

Individual days:  $5 members/$6 non-members

*Fee is for child only

Lap Time: Bilingual

Join us for a fun story time each month.  Your little one will learn some Spanish words and phrases while engaging in fun literacy activities.

February 6, March 5, April 2, May 7

10:00-10:30

All ages with a caregiver

FREE with admission

Exhibit Valentines

Stop by the front desk and pick up a heart.  Write your name on it and leave it in the mailbox of your favorite exhibit!

February 14 (All day)

All ages with a caregiver

FREE with admission

Kids in the Kitchen:  Edible Science

Enjoy some tasty science experiment snacks

March 23

11:30-1:00

Ages 2.5-5 with a caregiver

$10 members/$12 non-members

Easter Egg Hunt

Hippety-Hoppity!  Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt in the Discovery Garden and and spring crafts in our Art Studio.

April 4

9:30 a.m. (Egg hunt starts promptly at 9:30)

All ages with a caregiver

FREE with admission

Science Fridays: EVENING EVENT

Join us as we open ECM for special evening hours where your little one can participate in fun and engaging STEM activities!
6:30-8:30 PM
FREE with Admission

Arbor Day

Join us for an Arbor Day celebration complete with a tree planting and many hands-on activities!

April 21

10:00-11:15

All ages with a caregiver

FREE with Admission

Earth Day

Join us as we celebrate our planet, Earth!  Make your own re-useable bag and recycled art projects.

April 23

10:00-11:00

All ages with a caregiver

FREE with admission

Mother’s Day Make and Take

Make a gift to give to Mom on Mother’s Day.

May 9

10:00-12:00

All ages with a caregiver

FREE for members/ $5 non-members

Camping at the Museum

Join us for a special after hours fun-filled adventure "camping out" indoors at ECM!  BYO flashlight and favorite blanket!  We will learn about nature and camp safety and even go on a scavenger hunt!

May 28th

7:00-8:00PM

Ages 6-10, Drop off programs

$5 members/$10 non-members

 

Summer 2020 Program Line-Up

 

Tinkering Thursdays 

10:30am-11:30am

6/4, 6/18, 7/2, 7/16, 7/30

Join Mr. Matt in the Makerspace for fun tinkering challenges

All Ages with a caregiver

Free with admission

 

Green House Days

9:30am-11:00am

6/5, 7/3, 8/7

All ages with a caregiver

Free with admission

Join Farmer Joe and our friends from the Land of Goshen Farmer’s Market in the Discovery Garden greenhouse to participate in a different gardening activity each month!

 

Baby Sign 

9:30am-10:00am

6/5, 6/12, 6/19

Ages 0-18 months with a caregiver

$16 museum members/$18 non-members

Help your little one communicate while he or she learns to talk.  Learn useful signs through stories, songs, and hands-on activities.

 

Discovery in the Garden 

12:30pm-1:30pm

6/5 – Science in the Garden

6/12 – Art in the Garden

6/19 – Growing in the Garden

6/26 – Fantasy in the Garden

Ages Kindergarten through 5th grade (drop off class)

Fee:  (all four classes) $38 members/ $45 non-members

Individual Classes: $10 members/$15 non-members

Can sign up as a series or for individual classes

What can you discover in nature?  SO much! Join us in the Discovery Garden this summer to explore different topics each week.  Come for one class or all four.

 

Camp Messy 

10am-12pm

6/8

7/31

All ages with a caregiver

Fee:  $10 members/$15 non-members

Camp Messy is back!  Come and make a joyful mess at the museum during this engaging sensory experience

 

Young Writers Workshop

2pm-3pm

6/8

7/6

8/3

Ages 8-12

Fee: $20 members/ $25 non-members

Does your child love to write and tell stories?  Join us this summer for our writers workshop where we will learn how to construct a short fiction story through fun and engaging activities.

 

Art in the AM 

9:30am-10:30am

6/9, 6/30, 7/17, 7/25, 8/3

Meet us in ECM’s Art Studio for a fun open-ended art experience.  We will be crafting something different each week.

All ages with a caregiver

Free with admission

 

Relax Mermaid Style – Early Elementary 

12:30pm -1:30pm

6/10

Ages Kindergarten-2nd grade (drop off program)

$10 members/$15 non-members

Calling all mermaids! Make mermaid slime, a sensory bottle and there might even be a fun surprise!

 

Relax Mermaid Style – Older Elementary 

2pm-3:30pm

6/10

Ages 3rd grade and up (drop off program)

$10 members/$15 non-members

Calling all mermaids!  Make a bath bomb, mermaid slime and a mermaid sensory bottle.

 

STEAM Saturdays

5:30pm-8:30pm

6/13:  Space Night

7/11:  Maker Night

8/8:  Nature Night

Join us for a special family science evening event each month here at the museum!  Who knew science could be this much fun!

All ages with caregiver

Free with admission

 

Kindermusic Workshops - Thursday & Friday 

4pm-4:45pm

6/11, 6/12, 6/18, 6/19

Kindermusic Workshop - Monday & Tuesday

11:30pm-12:15pm

6/15, 6/16, 6/29, 6/30

All ages with a caregiver

$50 per family (museum members)/ $60 per family (non-members)

Join Ms Ellen at the museum for an immersive musical experience!

 

Food Science 

2pm-3:30pm

6/15

June:  Fool Your Taste Buds.  Participants will be food detectives and use their sense of taste to determine what’s in a recipe, compare flavors, and look at store bought vs. homemade.

7/13

July:  Fool Your Nose and Eyes.  The sense of smell and sight play heavily into how our minds interact and interpret food.  Will you be fooled?

Ages Kindergarten and up

Fee:  (session) $20 members/ $30 non-members

Individual classes:  $12 members/$18 non-members

 

Father’s Day Make & Take 

10am-12pm

6/20

All ages with a caregiver

Free with admission

Drop in and make an awesome gift for dad!

 

Splish Splash Camp 

10am-12pm

6/22

8/4

All ages with a caregiver

Fee:  $10 museum members/$15 non-members

Splish Splash!  Join us for all things water fun!

 

Going Green

2pm-3:30pm

6/23

Ages Kindergarten and up (children younger than 2nd grade with need a caregiver’s assistance)

Fee:  $10 members/$12 non-members

What can you do to make our community a better place? Recycling, waster reduction, conservation.  Participants will learn more on each topic, complete a recycling challenge and make a reusable cloth sack from a t-shirt.

 

Slime Camp 

10:30am-2pm

6/24

Bring a sack lunch

Ages:

Fee:  $20 members/$25 non-members 

Spend the day making and playing with slime.  Learn about the science of slime and take some slime home to continue the exploration.  Campers will have time to enjoy the museum as well. Bring a sack lunch. 

 

“PLAY” at the Museum – PreK 

10am-11am

6/25

“PLAY” at the Museum – School Age-K-2 

1pm-2pm

6/25

Fee:  $10 members/ $12 non-members

Calling all thespians! Join us for this interactive camp.  Children will have the chance to put on a play! They will experience the whole process:  from making backgrounds and costumes to learning easy lines and presenting their show.  

Play theme Pre-K:  Baby Shark

Play theme K-2:  The Tortoise and the Hare

 

Elementary Painting 

2pm-3pm

6/29

Ages Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

Fee:  $10 members/$15 non-members

Learn to mix colors, use basic painting techniques, and complete a masterpiece to bring home.

 

Star Wars Camp

1pm-4pm

7/1

Ages Kindergarten and up

Fee:  $25 members/$30 non-members

class limited to 16 participants

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a Jedi?  Learn the force and join the rebels on this important mission with three parts:  Build a Lightsaber, Droid Inventor, and Bloxels Star Wars Game Design.

 

Hands on the Human Body 

10am-11am

7/6

7/13

7/20

7/27

Ages 2-5 with a caregiver

Fee:  (session) $40 members/$50 non-members

(individual classes) $12 members/$15 non-members

Ages 2-5 with a caregiver

Fee:  (session) $40 members/$50 non-members

(individual classes) $12 members/$15 non-members

Learn all about the amazing human body in this interactive workshop.  Join us for one class or all four!

 

Dino Camp – PreK 

10am-11:30am

7/7

Dino Camp – Elementary 

1pm-2:30pm

7/7

Fee:  $10 museum members/$15 non-members

Explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs and become a junior paleontologist for an afternoon.

 

Harry Potter Camp 

12:30pm-4pm

7/8

Ages 2nd grade and up (drop off program)

Fee:  $25 members/$30 non-members

Step into the wizarding world!  Participants will be sorted and given a tee shirt of house colors to wear.  Get your wand and attend classes in: potions, quidditch, transfiguration, and so much more!  

 

I Spy Bottle Make & Take

4pm-5pm

7/9

All ages with a caregiver

Free for museum members/$5 non-members 

Create an I Spy Bottle perfect for entertaining little ones to take in the car on your summer adventures!

 

U-Invent Workshop 

2pm-3:30pm

6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24

All ages with a caregiver

Free with admission

Join Mr. Matt in the Makerspace for inventor challenges and create something spectacular while learning the science behind it.

 

Morse Code & the Telegraph 

12:30pm-2:30pm

7/15

Ages 2nd grade and up (drop off program)

Fee:  $15 members/$18 non-members 

Learn about Samuel Morse, how Morse code has been used, create a hidden message bracelet using Morse code, and build a telegraph.

 

STEM Camp 

2pm-4pm

7/21, 7/22, 7/23

Ages 2nd grade and up (drop off program)

Fee:  $30 members/$40 non-members

Join us for a three day STEM intensive experience. Work through different challenges From Rube Goldberg Contraptions, Scribble Bots, Paper-Craft Circuits and Star Charts to LEDs and Salvage Bots.

 

Shark Week in a Day

2pm-3:30pm

7/28

Ages Kindergarten and up (drop off program)

Fee:  $10 members/$15 non-members

Learn about the great underwater beasts we call sharks with a variety of activities!

 

Around the World – Olympic Style 

12:30pm - 4pm

7/29

Ages Kindergarten and up (drop off program)

Fee:  $25 members/$30 non-members

Learn about different cultures as you complete challenges to move around the world.

 

LEGO Me Crazy 

10am-3pm

8/5

Age:  Kindergarten and Up (Drop off Program-bring a sack lunch)

Fee:  $40 members/$50 non-members

Participants will rotate through several timed LEGO building challenges, complete a LEGO robotics challenge and much, much more! 

 

Stress Balls Make & Take 

10am-11am

8/6

All ages with a caregiver

Fee:  Free for museum members/$5 non-members

Create your very own calm down ball to take home.

 

 


Registration Information

Registration Policies:

Registrations close one week prior to the program date or when the program is sold out.

Registration forms can be submitted online (e-mail to executive@edwardsvillechildrensmuseum.org), mailed or dropped off.

Children may register for programs only within their age level.

Museum Members receive a discount on program fees as indicated.

Children three years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Complete one registration form per child.

In order to secure registration, please submit a legible contact/registration form.

Payment:

Complete payment is required within 72 hours of registration.

Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Credit cards, cash and checks are accepted in house; online payments are required for online registration.

Cancellations and Transfers:

A refund will be issued if your cancellation is received no later than two weeks prior to the first day of the program in which you are registered.

Participants may not make up or receive a refund for missed programs.

We reserve the right to cancel a program due to low enrollment (full refund will be issued).

When possible, we allow a program participant to transfer to a different program as long as there are openings and the participant is the appropriate age. Two weeks notice is required.