All aboard the STEAM Train. Next stop: The intersection of Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Summer is coming to an end, and your kids want to continue to do the amazing things they were introduced to in a STEM summer camp. They’re in luck, because the STEM/STEAM (the A adds Arts) offerings for kids in Boston extend into the school year. Check out these places offering unique classes that encourage them to use their creativity while learning STEM-related skills. (And take a look at some really cool places for STEM birthday parties, too.)
If you have a young builder-maker, budding scientist, or technology enthusiast in your house, there are birthday party possibilities around Boston that will thrill you both. You could choose 3D printing at Einstein’s Workshop, design challenges at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, paleontology at the Discovery Museums, nature exploration at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, or from among many other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) themes. You’ll not only be celebrating your child, you’ll be celebrating your child’s interests and dreams for the future. Plus, your kid will have a super cool party, which is what it's all about. Here's the lowdown on geektastic parties in and around Boston.
If you’re willing to venture out just beyond city limits, you’ll find unique and wonderful art and craft making classes for your kids. Sure, the city of Boston has fine art classes at the MFA, glass crafts at the Diablo Glass School, and woodworking at The Eliot School. But Greater Boston (Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline) boasts its very own stitch lounge, a different (and wild!) museum art making experience, and studios where kids are encouraged to get messy.
When you're homeschooling and don't have a built-in school community, it's always nice to connect with other homeschooling (or unschooling) families. It’s also nice for your kids to have opportunities for exploration and enrichment beyond the regular curriculum. What’s even better is when organizations like the MFA, Mass Audubon, and The Eliot School offer those extracurricular activities where homeschooled kids can connect, at times that don’t revolve around a traditional bricks and mortar school schedule. Here are some excellent extracurricular classes and programs for homeschoolers in clay work, nature exploration, fine arts, woodworking, and even juggling.
August marks the beginning of the Back-to-School blitz, which I try to tune out as much as possible, because really, summer is my jam, and because this year, I'm returning to work full time. But if you're ready to go there, there are some amazing parent-toddler classes, from music to art to yoga, on offer throughout the city and suburbs, many of which will be enrolling shortly.
Whether you’re trying to expand your children’s cultural horizons, connect them to their roots, or just looking for something different, Boston is the place to be. We have language classes for multilingual kids, international playgroups, and world music classes. We also have classes for kids to learn dance traditions from distant lands. Boston kids can learn Flamenco, Bollywood, Irish Step Dance, Mexican Folk Dance – even the Lion Dance you see performed at the Lunar New Year celebration every year. I’ve rounded up dance classes from all over the world, from Armenia to West Africa, offered to children right here in the Boston area.
Taking full advantage of Boston’s location - the Charles River to the west and Boston Harbor to the east - community boating programs provide numerous opportunities for kids and families to learn to sail in Boston. Look a little further to the north and south, and options multiply. From annual memberships to five-day passes to one-day rentals, the following sailing centers offer packages that will fit your budget and schedule. Note that many of the lesson and camp programs fill up fast, so be sure to plan ahead.
Outdoor ice skating rinks are great for some fun, unstructured time, but if your budding skater dreams of forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and Mohawks, some formal instruction may be just the thing. Lessons are offered at most of the outdoor rinks featured in our related post, and three skating schools also provide lessons at indoor rinks in the area. We’ve highlighted these skating schools and lesson options below; schedules, registration forms and pricing details can be found on the rink or school websites.
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