For children ages 3 – 6
To further enhance your child’s learning, we offer unique enrichment classes, which offer an explosion of activities to excite the mind and engage the interest of the preschool to elementary-aged child. Whichever class you choose, your children are certain to burst forth with enthusiasm for the creative discoveries they make. These are parent-child programs, where moms and dads (and grandparents and nannies!) volunteer in the class on some days, and attend parent education once a month.
Creative Arts Lab
This is an art and creativity enrichment program. Children are between the ages of 2.75 and 7 years old in September. In-person classes meet in our studio on the Bellevue College campus.
What will your child experience at Creative Arts Lab?
Each week we offer a new curriculum theme for the children’s program with a large variety of hands-on, experiential art and creative activities. We believe art for young children is about thinking creatively, taking risks, making big decisions, changing your mind, experimenting with materials, expressing yourself, dreaming big, having fun and getting messy! We honor children’s creativity and work to develop their agency. (Check out videos of our storybook theme and our apple theme. Or look here for directions on how you can do all the apple themed art activities at home.)
In-person classes: Children can explore painting, sculpting, drawing materials, collage, and a variety of printing techniques. We also offer block play, puzzles, math manipulatives, and imaginary play opportunities. In circle time, we read stories and sing songs, then go outside for playground time.
For online classes (only if health guidelines prohibit us from being in person): Weekly online sessions will include songs, stories, and demonstrations of art activities. Also, the children’s teachers will plan a variety of intriguing art activities that parents can easily do at home with the children. They will share ideas and instructions via email, blog posts, or using the Seesaw app. Materials will be provided for pickup.
Check out this video from our in-person classes.
What Parents Say About Creative Arts Lab
It has been a pleasure to be in your class. We enjoyed the creative projects, true play-based learning, and being part of the supportive warm community. The education, camaraderie and community were integral to
our life this year.
Family Inventors’ Lab
This is a STE(A)M enrichment program, held on Saturday mornings. The hands-on science and engineering curriculum is aimed at children from age 3 – 6. In-person classes meet at Robinswood Park and on the BC campus.
What will your child experience at Family Inventors’ Lab?
STE(A)M is STEM with the Arts mixed in. Our activities include: hands-on science exploration, creative experimentation, construction projects with building materials of all sorts, art activities, messy sensory play, circle time with songs and books, and outdoor time. We have three quarter-long units:
- What’s a Scientist: geology, paleontology, astronomy, physics, chemistry. (We simulate earthquakes, dig for dinosaurs, gaze at stars, test gravity, and make things go boom!)
- What’s an Engineer: simple machines, electricity, and building towers, bridges, houses, and model cars. (We build cool stuff! Then knock it down! Then build it better!)
- What’s an Inventor: We explore the life sciences, as we study the human body, animal adaptations, sea life, insects, and more. Then we talk about how humans have developed inventions and tools based on what they observe in nature.
In-person classes: Classes include several stations for trying out the day’s activities, circle time and outdoor time. If you want to see all the activities we do in class, they’re documented on our parent educator’s blog: www.InventorsOfTomorrow.com.
For online classes (only if health guidelines prohibit in-person): Weekly sessions include songs, stories, explanation of key concepts and demos of hands-on activities. families can easily do at home. Instructions are shared via blog posts. Materials will be provided for pickup.
Check out this video from in-person classes:
What Parents Say About Family Inventors’ Lab
Inventors’ Lab has been an important part of our family for the entirety of our kids’ childhoods. As a father, the classes I attended transformed Saturday mornings from cereal and television to science experiments and tinkering. I love the concepts chosen, the creativity of the activities, and the time structure (including outdoors time). The ability to connect with other parents while going through the challenge of having young children has been incredibly important. – a father who participated for four years in a row
Discovery Science Lab
This is a science enrichment program, on Wednesdays after school. Each week we have a new theme. We study Chemistry, Geology, Marine Biology, Astronomy, and our Northwest Habitat. Class is for ages 5 to 9, held at Robinswood Park. STARTING IN JANUARY 2022.
Check out this video:
What Parents Say About Discovery Science Lab
My young kids developed a love of learning and a curious mind thanks to the wonderful Family Inventors and Discovery Lab classes. The classes provided a sense of community and hands on exploration.
Online Art and Science Lab
This online-only class, held on Zoom, is a sampler of all of our very best online activities from Inventors’, Discovery, and Creative Arts Lab, taught by our teachers from each of those programs. It is for ages 2.5 – 6.
In our one hour weekly session, we will introduce key science concepts, and teach foundational art techniques and engineering skills. We’ll read books and sing songs which reinforce the learning, plus throw in some silly activities just for fun. There will also be a show and tell small group session for the children to have the opportunity to interact with their teachers and classmates about things they are excited about. We will use blog posts to provide instructions for completing at-home projects, provide quarterly supply bags, and use Seesaw for children to share their work with each other. The class is at 3:30 on Saturday afternoons – we do record all sessions, so if you have to miss one, you’ll be able to catch up at any time. Some families have even chose to participate asynchronously, watching the videos on their schedule.
What Parents Say About Our Online Classes
This class has been critical for both parenting sanity and skills and essential brain stimulation and development for my child in ways that as parents we honestly would not have known how to do. This is a unique and one of a kind program which can set the early trajectory of a child to be a future leader and creative problem solver.
What is the parent involvement in these classes?
Enrichment classes are all parent-child cooperative classes, where parents and children play, learn, and grow together.
You will participate in required monthly Parent Education sessions, lasting 60 – 75 minutes. We cover topics like brain development, ways to support your child’s learning at home and at school, building children’s emotional intelligence and social skills, discipline, and managing challenging parenting situations. Parents can share experiences, offer support, build friendships, and get the parent educator’s input on current questions and concerns.
Online Classes: The monthly parent education session will be online on Zoom.
In-person classes: Parent education is held once a month, during class time. You will also be asked to work in the classroom approximately once a month. Classroom tasks include: supervising children for safety, providing and serving snacks, classroom clean-up, and playing along with the children. On non-work, non-parent-ed days, you can drop off your child or you are welcome to stay with them.
How to Register / Choosing a Class
To register, check the item number for your class in our chart below, then go to our online registration form to sign up.
Tuition: Each quarter, parents pay $55.23 in college tuition – paid through the college system, plus lab fees which are paid directly to the instructor. Lab fees are $205 for Creative Arts Lab and Family Inventors’, $225 for Discovery Science Lab, and $130 for online Art and Science. We do offer discounts when multiple siblings from one family, or multiple parents from one family, attend the same class. Scholarships are available; a confidential application is made through the class instructor.
If the class is waitlisted, go ahead and complete the registration form, and we will add you to the waitlist. (The emails from the college may say that you are registered, but that is just confirming you have a space on the waitlist.)
Questions: If you have any questions about a class, feel free to email the instructor. Click on the “contact” link in the table below.
Schedule for Fall 2021-Spring 2022
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|Class Name||Item #||Age||Schedule||Contact||Availability|
|Creative Arts Lab||7091||2.75 to 6|
(age 3 by 12/31/21)
T 12:30 - 2:30
|Online Art & Science Lab||7093||2.5- 6 years||Sat 3:30-4:30p||Janelle Durham||Open|
|Discovery Science |
(starts January 2022)
|7095||5 - 9 years|
(age 5 by 8/31)
|W 3:00-5:00p||Janelle Durham||Open|
|Family Inventors' Lab||7099||3 - 6 years|
(age 3 by 8/31)
Enrichment classes start in late September and run through May each school year. (Except Discovery Lab will run from January to June of 2022.) Students may join mid-year, if there is space available. To visit a class, contact the instructor to make arrangements – click on their name in the table to email them. Typically, if space is available in a class, they will allow you and your child to join the class one time for thirty minutes to see if it’s a good fit.
Last Updated September 20, 2021