Weekend Workshops

Does your child enjoy exploring, creating, and building? CuriOdyssey’s Weekend Workshops are the perfect place for them! Weekend Workshops take a deeper look at some of the phenomena that occur all around us everyday. Water, wind, and wildlife are just a few of the science concepts explored during weekend workshops. Museum educators support the curiosity of the kids by helping them discover the answers to their own questions. Register now for this up close and personal science experience designed to provide kids the tools to deeply understand the changing world.

Workshops take place on the 2nd Saturday of the month October through May.

Parents: All workshops take place at CuriOdyssey. Parents are welcome to join their children in workshops or can drop them off at the beginning of the workshop and pick them up at 12:00noon. Workshop content is designed for the recommended ages. A parent/guardian may be required to be with participants younger than the recommended age. All workshops require pre-registration.

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Water Wonders

October 12, 2013 Recommended for children ages 5-10 years old.
Water is the substance that supports all life on earth.We find water in all forms around us…vapor in clouds, liquid in a stream, or a solid piece of ice in our drink. Dive into the different characteristics of water and discover how many drops fit on a penny, the reaction of putting salt on ice, or how water can be sticky. Students are sure to be engaged in this wet and wondrous water workshop.

The Great Egg Drop

November 9, 2013 Recommended for children ages 6-12 years old.
You’ve heard the tale of how Humpty Dumpty fell off that wall and broke. This workshop is about designing and building a protective contraption for an egg that will “fall” off the roof of CuriOdyssey! Try different strategies to protect Humpty Dumpty like building a parachute, springy landing pads, or suspension struts. This is a fun way to experiment with and learn more about gravity, force, and air resistance so that you don’t have put “Humpty back together again.”

CuriOdyssey Animal Enrichment

December 14, 2013 Recommended for children ages 6-12 years old.
Ever wondered why the coyote has a cereal box in her enclosure or why the keepers hang paper grocery bags with the bobcats? It’s not trash; it’s what zoo keepers call “enrichment” and it helps stimulate and engage the senses of CuriOdyssey’s resident non-releasable animals. Make an enrichment package, get up-close with a live animal, and observe how our animals interact with your creation. Puzzle boxes for the ravens, twisty containers for the raccoon, and scent bags for the bobcats might look like garbage to us, but are treasures to the animals.

Fire Away! Sling Shots and Catapults

January 11, 2014 Recommended for children ages 6-12 years old.
Elasticity, levers, and trajectory are just some of the physics concepts participants will experience in this design and build workshop. Students will construct a catapult and make a traditional sling shot out of simple materials. Once complete, the countdown will begin as we safely experiment with our hurling devices. Don’t miss out on this not so far flung workshop.

Kids’ Woodshop

February 8, 2014 Recommended for children ages 8-12 years old.
Use wood, cardboard, found treasures and your creativity to construct a box car, model space ship, or whatever your child’s ingenuity and imagination allow. When building a project students exposed to a wide range of valuable carpentry skills such as measuring, sawing, drilling, fastening, sanding, shaping, assembly, and painting. Beyond practical skills learned, participants gain valuable other skills such as abstract reasoning, problem solving, fine motor skills, respect for tools, and patience. This workshop is a great pre-cursor and preparation for upcoming Pinball Machine workshop happening this spring.

Pinball Machines: Part 1

March 8, 2014 Recommended for children ages 8-12 years old.
Since the late 1700s the pinball machine has been entertaining people of all ages. Design and construct your own tabletop pinball machine complete with bumpers, spring loaded plunger, and flippers with wood and other materials. Experiment with the dynamics of action/reaction and cause/effect and employ basic design and carpentry skills. This first workshop will be focused on designing and building the foundation to one’s pinball machine. Let’s get rolling with part one of Pinball Machines!

Pinball Machines: Part 2

April 12, 2014 Recommended for children ages 8-12 years old.
This second part of the two part workshop has participants adding and designing fun features to their pinball machines. Bells, gates, and kickers can add to the challenge of keeping your ball in play. Decorate and name your table top pinball machine. We will be sure to set aside time to play with our new toy, then take your pinball machine home and start your own personal arcade!

Forces of Flight

May 10, 2014 Recommended for children ages 6-12 years old.
How does an airplane fly? This workshop takes participants through an exploration of lift, drag, thrust, and gravity – all forces that impact flight. Activities will include making a paper airplane, constructing a kite, and testing items that flutter and float. Feel lift as you hold a wing in front of a fan and meet a live bird that uses flight to survive. Join us to learn and observe directly the forces of flight!

Program Information:

Workshop Days: Saturdays (2nd Saturday of each month)
Workshop Times: 10:15am-12:00noon
Location: CuriOdyssey
Workshop Fee: $35/Members; $45/Non-Member