The classes are being held every Monday during the summer and there's something for everyone! Themes range from railroads to life on the farm to pirates to police. Classes are offered at two different times and last one hour. One class is at 10:00 am and the other begins at 11:15 am.
The class is run by two young ladies who work for the museum. Each class usually starts off with a book about the week's theme. Then, we sing songs and/or do fingerplays. Next, the children are invited to a table set up with supplies to do a craft. Sometimes, we have done two crafts in one sitting if they are "small" crafts. Other times, we have taken a break to play games or do something more active. The class typically ends with one more story and then children are given a special take-home surprise before the class ends.
The children are throughly engaged for the entire hour. They are learning new things about the theme of the week, practicing their good listening skills, taking turns, standing in line and using both fine and gross motor skills with the art projects and games.
I have to admit that I wasn't too sure about paying $10 per class for each child, but it is well worth it in my opinion. The young ladies that run the class remember my girls' names and they are so friendly. They work very well together and do a good job of keeping the children engaged for the full hour. I like how parts (or all) of the classes are held outside--if the weather permits it. The girls have loved the activities and proudly display their crafts at home. The girls also look forward to the special take-home surprise at the end of each class. We always leave class happy and excited about the theme of the week.
There is still time to try out this wonderful program, but there are only four more classes left this summer. If you are interested in joining a class, check out the Manassas Museum website. They do recommend that you register in advance.
Side note: There is a wonderful playground and picnic area that is open to the public behind the museum. It's a great place to run around if you get to class a bit early or to have a picnic after class.
Craft: Circus collage with stickers, paper and stamping
Games/Activities: Circus songs, Pin the Tail on the Lion, Three-ring Beanbag Toss and Tight-rope Walking
Take-home surprise: Circus animal tatoos
Craft: Fuzzy Lamb
Games/Activities: Frog Fingerplay with frog finger puppets, Trying out a butter churn, Making real butter and Milking a pretend cow
Take-home surprise: Real lamb's wool
Craft: Ocean sticker collage and Paper Plate Rainbow Fish
Games/Activities: Fish Fingerplay with finger puppets, Parachute fun with Blow-up Sea Animals and Magnetic Fishing
Take-home surprise: Fish tatoo and a fish or toad squeaky toy
Craft: Pirate Hats, Paper Parrots and Pirate Coloring Page
Games/Activities: Fingerplay, How to talk like a pirate and a Treasure Hunt with real "treasure" at the end!
Take-home surprise: A "treasure chest" filled with loot: play money, eye patch, necklace, tatoo, Manassas Bull Run Civil War patch
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