CDM Early Explorers

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Early Explorer's
This program is a drop off program for 4- and 5-year-olds. All participants will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Classes will be limited to 10 children per session. Each program will need a minimum of 5 children to run. This program will take place in the third-floor classroom. Each child will share a table with another child; however, they will sit at opposite ends from each other to allow for physical distancing. Each child will also have their own set of supplies and manipulatives for use through the class.

Early Explorer's is designed for your child to start gaining independence and experiencing a structured classroom environment without their grownup. Children will start class at their table exploring a tabletop activity. From there, we will move onto circle time where classroom expectations are established, we sing a greeting song, and read a story to introduce the day's topic. Then we will work through two structured activities back at our table with a music and movement break in between to get our bodies moving. Class will end with another circle time to review our morning and sing a good-bye
song.

CDM Home School 1

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Home School Programs

Home School programs are available to all students between the age of 5 and 13. We ask that families sign their child up for the appropriate section. Children who are 9 can choose the section they feel is most appropriate for them. These programs allow children to experience STEAM based activities and concepts through hands-on experiments, building, and play.

Time:     9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost:      $16 Members / Museums for All
       $21 Non-Members

5-9 years old

September: Aerodynamics
The science of flight involves a number of forces: gravity, lift, thrust and drag.  We will use these concepts to design and test some simple plane, gliders and other flying objects.
Thursday, September 1
Friday, September 2

October:  Science Magic Tricks
We will explore in some simple science and learn some “magic” tricks that will make people think you have superpowers- but really it’s all about the science!
Thursday, October 6
Friday, October 7

November:  Japanese Art Techniques
Inspired by Japanese art techniques, using a variety of mediums, we will create some of our own beautiful creations.  We will try out sumanigashi, practice origami folding and learn a little about the kawaii trend with clay miniatures.
Thursday, November 3
Friday, November 4

CDM Early Childhood Kit

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Early Childhood Program Kit
If your family is not quite ready to attend in-person programs, but you are missing Miss Erin's hands-on activities, we have a kit option for you! Kits will include a link to Miss Erin reading the story that goes along with each kit's monthly theme and guidance through one activity included in the kit. Kits will include an activity guide with directions and most of the supplies for 6 hands-on activities that focus on STEAM based learning through fine motor, process art, and sensory exploration activities. Supplies not included are common household materials such as markers, scissors, a cookie sheet, large mixing bowl, measuring cups, etc.

CDM Play, Learn, Grow

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Play, Learn, and Grow
This program is a parent / child program. All participants will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Classes will be limited to 5 parent/child pairs each session. Each program will need a minimum of 2 parent/child pairs to run. This program will take place in the third-floor classroom. Each family will have their own designated table to complete activities at as well as their own set of manipulatives for use throughout the class.
 
Play is the work of a child. Children learn about the world around them, by playing. So how do you as your child's first teacher help them learn the most through their play? Our programs are designed specifically for the parent/caregiver and child to learn and grow together through various types of play and explorations!  

Class will begin with circle time where we sing a Hello song all together and read a story introducing the theme. Next, parents and children will work together to explores STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, & math) activities that develop, social, problem-solving, and gross and fine motor skills. Activities include sensory exploration, building activities, process-based art activities, dramatic play, exploring math concepts, and so much more! To wrap up our time, parents and children will gather for music and movement activity, bubbles, and a Good-bye song.

CDM Home School 2

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Home School Programs

Home School programs are available to all students between the age of 5 and 13. We ask that families sign their child up for the appropriate section. Children who are 9 can choose the section they feel is most appropriate for them. These programs allow children to experience STEAM based activities and concepts through hands-on experiments, building, and play.

Time:     9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost:      $16 Members / Museums for All
       $21 Non-Members

Website for 5-9 year old Home School programs: https://72435.blackbaudhosting.com/72435/tickets?tab=3&txobjid=7dec21a5-3778-43c0-a926-b25d1e90f435

9-13 years old

September: Codes in History
Coding is a part of our everyday life, but did you know that we have been using codes throughout history but some of the first computer programming was written in the 1840s by Ada Lovelace. We will explore the historical use of code to send messages, create our own codes, and learn what coding for computing means.
Thursday, September 1
Friday, September 2

October: Dynamic Planet
Our earth is a dynamic place. We are kicking off earth science week by exploring our earth systems and how they affect our daily lives.
Thursday, October 6
Friday, October 7

November: Fall Chemical Colors
Trees and plants change color in the fall. How does that happen and why? These are questions we will explore and learn how to extract those colors from our plants to make dye and paint with them.
Thursday, November 3
Friday, November 4

CDM Family Workshops

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Family Workshops

All participants will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Classes will be limited to 5 adult/student pairs. Each program will need a minimum of 2 adult/student pairs to run.

These programs are designed for a child and a caregiver to attend and enjoy making something together.

 

Family Paint Night
Join us for a fun opportunity to create and paint together as a family! Each family registration (1 adult & 1 child) includes any art making supplies needed for the activity, and guided instruction every step of the way. No prior painting experience is required! Make sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on, fun can get messy!

 

STEAM Challenge Workshops:

STEAM Challenge Workshops offer parents and children an opportunity to engage in hands-on STEAM based learning and exploration together. Each program consists of instructor led discussion of STEAM principles and various STEAM challenges that parent/child pairs will work together to solve! 

CDM Art Around You: Exploring Contemporary Art in the Community

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Art Around You: Exploring Contemporary Art in the Community
Explore the work of contemporary artists and create your own masterpiece inspired by a FREE guided tour of University Galleries of Illinois State University. Then explore the styles and media you learned about as you create your own artwork back at the Children's Discovery Museum! 

Age:                      Children 7-10 years old
Class Time:         1 – 4 p.m.
Class Cost:          $5 Members / Museums for All
        $10 Non-Members
Reduced cost of programming is thanks the generous support of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Mirza/Arts and Culture Grant and University Galleries of Illinois State University.
Dates:        Saturday, September 3: Nazarafin Lotfl, “A Garden to Build”,
      Saturday, October 1: Jess T. Dugan, “I want you to know my story”
      Saturday, November 5: Beyond the Norm 2022
      Saturday, December 10: Design Streak

CDM Innovation Station

CDM Guest Programing

NT Rental: Private

NT Rental: Marriott

CDM Day Camps

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Discovery Day Camps

Discovery Day Camps offers children an opportunity to engage in STEAM based learning through play. Each day consists of play time in the classroom while students are arriving, themed activities, 30 min lunch, more fun activities, then snack and play time in the classroom during pick up.

Ages: K-5th grade
Class Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Class Cost: $55 Members / Museums for All, $60 Non-Members

Children must bring a sack lunch and a water bottle to class.

Monday, October 10: Pumpkin Chuckin’
Did you know that Illinois produces more pumpkins than any other state? We are going to learn about the fun sport of pumpkin chuckin’ and will do experiments to test our ability to drop, chuck, fling, and hurl pumpkins through the air.  

Tuesday, November 8: Mythbusters
Mind boggling myths or simple facts?  It is up to you to find out!  We will test some fun, hands-on experiments that will challenge beliefs, common rumors and the laws of physics all patterned after the popular TV show to answer all kinds of amazing questions.