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Mini-masters in one afternoon.

Round up some friends and allow our Shine educators to turn a play date into an exciting, enriched, and educational workshop. These 1-2 hour master classes are fully customizable based on your child’s interests and can incorporate cooking, art, music, science, charity work, and more or can be based around a seasonal celebration or holiday. Contact us to start planning your workshop.

Signature Workshops

Block Party

This custom constructive arts workshop takes Legos to the next level!  Over the course of 1 to 4 sessions, little architects will have the opportunity to expand upon traditional designs by being asked to think outside the (Lego) box.  Different building materials (sugar cubes, marshmallows and toothpicks, tree blocks, wood blocks, and more) and loose parts will be introduced weekly so students get to explore a full range of construction and design.  The mini-session will culminate with a few sculptural art projects translating creatively what we leaned and discovered through our hands on approach.

Dino-Mite!

In this Jurassic workshop packed with prehistory, children learn about their favorite extinct lizards through books and dramatic play as well as what animals descended from those giant reptiles today. Kids become chemists and create baking soda volcanoes before leaving class with art work and a dinosaur egg excavation kit to do at home!

Green Thumbs

City living means nature can sometimes feel miles away, but in this workshop children learn about a seed’s spectacular life and then decorate and plant their own herb gardens – a fun way to stay green while bringing a bit of green into your kitchen and home.

Health Nuts

This hands-on lifestyle class is Health 101 for the pre-K set (minus the boring diagrams). Children learn about how to take care of our bodies, what happens during a doctor’s check-up, how to properly brush our teeth as well as create a “Rainbow Foods” wheel, a fun way to keep your family eating from the whole spectrum of fruits and veggies!

Kids In Space

Go where no kid has gone before in this galactic workshop as we explore our solar system, the concept of gravity, and space travel. Along with other creations, space cadets will create their own planetary mobiles based on Calder’s Constellations series.

The Lighthouse Workshop

Giving back to the community is one of Shine’s first priorities. This workshop introduces children to the idea of charity in a fun and age appropriate way. Kids work together to cook and/or create arts and crafts projects to be delivered to a specific local organization in need. Learn the words to our charity song “Love is Something if You Give it Away” as we join together and find out how to make giving a part of our daily lives all year round.

Myth Makers

The creatures and characters of myths and fairy tales have enchanted children for centuries. Let us capture your child’s imagination as we tell tales and explore myths from around the world. Children act out scenes from these colorful stories as well create arts and crafts inspired by the characters, whether it’s Icarus’ feathered wings or an Aztec offering bowl. As always, our content is age appropriate for young listeners.

Our Cup of Tea

Calling all Teddy Bears and friends for a cuppa at this mad-hatting version of the traditional tea party. Boys and girls create simple finger sandwiches and snacks to accompany a kettle of (imaginary) tea. After we play dress up and pick our outfits for the party, we will sit down with our friends for a stories and art.

Style Stars

This fashion-forward workshop delves ballet-flat first into the fun-filled world of clothes, costumes, and accessories. Fashion’s historical trends, from flappers to flower girls, are explored and used as artful inspiration for young designers’ own sartorial expressions in carefully crafted, teacher-led projects. Walk out wearing your new creations – or give as a gift!

The Write Stuff

This classic writer’s workshop provides a safe, supportive, and fun environment for young writers to express themselves in the written word, including short stories, poetry, haiku, and non-fiction pieces with a kid’s spin. Each workshop will feature a directed writing prompt, in addition to storytelling games, to provide a spring-board for creativity and experimentation. Writers are given the chance to read their work aloud— a great step to building public speaking confidence and an opportunity to share feelings and ideas, however, silly or serious, with peers.