Create your own zoo of crazy little creatures… learn a little science, do a lot of making!
Girls learn about animals, their habitats and some crazy cool facts. And they spend the week inventing their own collection of creatures. Creative activities introduce them to the dichotomous key (can you spot the icky jellybean?), social groupings (like a tower of giraffes), behavioral traits and clever adaptations (did you know otters hold flippers so they don’t drift away while they sleep?). Favorite projects include zip-line parakeet, fish on a leash, things on springs, glow in the dark jellyfish, elephant toothpaste, and mini pet park.
Design in miniature! Create your own composition, people, furniture and accessories.
Starting with pre-fabricated wooden boxes as a base for their constructions, girls plan and assemble their own structure – a bounce house, magical bookstore, or indoor water park? – it could be anything! With their architect’s hat on, they think about setting, scale, and who they are designing it for. They plan out the surface finishings and add extended spaces; they design the furniture and accessories; and they incorporate all sorts of clever engineering – like a pulley-system elevator or cantilevered swimming pool for tree frogs (yes, we’ve seen this!) Girls are doing so much learning while they are making, and they constantly amaze us with their creativity. The classroom becomes their studio and miniature world. Got designer’s block? Just visit the swap shop or inspiration station. This is a super popular class, so sign up early! And for girls who’ve taken it before, we’ve added new twists and projects to keep it fresh.
Invent with your hands, flex your brains, and create your own collection of games!
Game design is an incredible learning tool, and it’s also super fun! Girls create their own set of games by trying out a new one each day of the week. In all their making and crafting, they learn concepts like linear and non-linear game play, the mechanics of simple motions, the role of the randomizer (it’s what makes your next turn suspenseful and exciting!) and how to design a how-to! Projects include skater rollies, inertia zoom ball, PVC pom pom launchers (always a favorite), magnetic fishing, creative board games, and a few, fun magic tricks!
Mix, layer, shake, scent and make your own spa goodies!
Mix it, make it, try it out and take it home! Girls become spa scientists for the week as they learn about soothing, fizzy and smell-good ingredients and how to combine them. They start the week by inventing their own spa brand and packaging – complete with spa caddy and eye mask – then they make all the products to go along with it. The week closes with a spa party (of course!) for the girls to sample and share what they’ve made. The packed line-up of projects includes fizzy bath bombs, chocolate body butter, peppermint foot scrubs, lip smackers, bath salts, soapsicles, yummy face masks, and soooo much more!
In this class, it’s totally allowed… Space out! A crafty sneak peek out into our universe.
This theme focuses on the magic and mystery beyond our earth. During a week packed with activities, girls learn about the stars, constellations, nebulas, space storms, and the enormous variety in the make-up of the moon and planets. Everything revolves around creative, hands-on projects. Favorites include twirly copters, stomp rockets, lava lamps, kinetic sand, glittery moon rocks, glow in the dark resins, diy telescopes, sun prints and diy blacklights.
Girls bring their imaginative stories to color and life!
Story Lab is a new twist on an old favorite. This summer, we take all of it off the flat page and into the realm of 3-D project-making and creative invention. Girls’ minds are bursting with stories, and this class gives them a chance to visualize them in all different ways. While they develop the “who, where, what and how,” they design their characters, settings and scenarios. Projects include pandora’s box of ideas, 3-D character trees, finger puppets with their own theater and props, timeline garlands, imaginative and large-scale setting maps, and their own story portfolio to take home at the end of the week. We can’t wait for the projects ahead!