Early Learners

Program Descriptions || Upcoming Offerings || How to Register || Frequently Asked Questions || Early Learner PD || Parent Cafe 

The Scott Family Amazeum believes children are naturally curious and have a built in drive to ask questions. Our Early Learner programs create a play environment that allows for young children to use that natural curiosity to build on top of skills they already have, to feel success, and take on new challenges. Come ready to engage with your kiddo, develop new skills, and connect with others! One adult caregiver must attend and participate in all aspects of the child’s Early Learner program experience. Advanced registration and payment required.

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Early Learner Program Descriptions

Baby Buds
Playtime with baby creates brighter futures and stronger bonds. Infants 6 to 17 months old and their favorite adult will play together in activities that encourage physical growth, social-emotional development, and emerging language skills. A new topic is explored each month at 10-11am.
2017: • September 13  • October 4     • November 1     • December 6
2018: • January 10       • February 7   • March 7      • April 4       • May 2

Discovery Tots
Toddlers are terrific play partners! Discovery Tots workshops are perfect for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregiver to learn and grow together. This special hands-on playtime will develop language, big body, and fine motor skills.  A new topic is explored each month at 10-11am.
2017: • September 20  • October 11     • November 8    • December 13
2018: • January 17      • February 14    • March 14         • April 11     • May 9

Great Pretenders
Let’s play together! Children ages 3-5 years old and their favorite adult will become keen explorers of their world. This collaborative experience is filled with engaging activity zones that inspire curiosity, skill-building and new ideas to grow on. Play = Learning is at the center of every workshop. A new topic is explored each month at 10-11am.
2017: • September 27   • October 18     • November 15     • December 20
2018: • January 24       • February 21    • March 28     • April 18     • May 16

Make-It-Yourself
The Make-It-Yourself workshop experience is designed as an adult/child exploration driven by the child’s natural interest and curiosity about the world around them.  Workshops focus on making things with real materials including opportunities for tool usage and open-ended activities that emphasizes process over product. Make-It-Yourself workshops are for children ages 4-6 years and one adult caregiver.
A new topic is explored each session at 10-11:30 am. 
2017: • December 30
2018: • March 17    • June 9

Parent Cafe- for Adults! 
We are ‘cooking’ something special here at the Amazeum. The Parent Cafe is filled with some pretty tasty tidbits of parenting ideas. Workshops will provide adult caregivers new play-filled recipes that support children’s growth and development. Parent Cafe is an education opportunity for parents/caregivers of children ages 10 years and younger. Adults may register to attend all of the Parent Cafe sessions or may select individual sessions according to their interest. 

2017: • October 4  • October 11  • October 18  • October 25  • November 1   • November 8
2018: • February 28  • March 14
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Upcoming Offerings     

Discovery Tots
December 13, 2017
10-11 am
Ages 18 to 36 months old and a caregiver*

December’s theme: Good Night Moon. In the great green room, Bunny makes bedtime extra fun. All familiar things become playful learning opportunities for child and adult. Join us in exploring this favorite children’s book through play.

Fee per child/adult pair: Amazeum members $10, non-members $15

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required.

Click here to register for December 13 Discovery Tots
Any available seats not reserved in advance will be available for purchase at the Amazeum 10 minutes prior to the workshop start time. 

Great Pretenders
December 20, 2017
10-11 am
Ages 3-5 years old and a caregiver*

December’s theme:Good Night Moon. In the great green room, Bunny makes bedtime extra fun. All familiar things become playful learning opportunities for child and adult. Join us in exploring this favorite children’s book through play.

Fee per child/adult pair: Amazeum members $10, non-members $15

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required.

Click here to register for December 20 Great Pretenders
Any available seats not reserved in advance will be available for purchase at the Amazeum 10 minutes prior to the workshop start time. 

Make-It-Yourself
December 30, 2017
10-11:30 am
Ages 4-6 years old and a caregiver*

December’s theme: Strike Up The Band.The air will be filled with the sound of music as families explore and conduct simple sound investigations with common materials and objects. After experimenting in a variety of discovery stations, participants will design and make their own sound instruments that can be used to ring in the New Year.

$20 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$30 non-member child + adult caregiver

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required.

Click here to register for December 30 Make-It-Yourself

Baby Buds
January 10, 2018
10-11 am
Ages 6 to 17 months old and a caregiver*

January’s theme: All Around the Town. Explore and play in familiar and fun places.  Dress-up and make cookies in the bake shoppe, provide animal check-ups at the vet office, and be creative in the art studio.

Fee per child/adult pair: Amazeum members $10, non-members $15

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required.
Click here to register for January 10 Baby Buds
Any available seats not reserved in advance will be available for purchase at the Amazeum 10 minutes prior to the workshop start time.

Discovery Tots
January 17, 2018
10-11 am
Ages 18 to 36 months old and a caregiver*

January’s theme: All Around the Town. Explore and play in familiar and fun places.  Dress-up and make cookies in the bake shoppe, provide animal check-ups at the vet office, and be creative in the art studio.

Fee per child/adult pair: Amazeum members $10, non-members $15

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required.
Click here to register for January 17  Discovery Tots
Any available seats not reserved in advance will be available for purchase at the Amazeum 10 minutes prior to the workshop start time.

Great Pretenders
January 24, 2018
10-11 am
Ages 3-5 years old and a caregiver*

January’s theme: All Around the Town. Explore and play in familiar and fun places.  Dress-up and make cookies in the bake shoppe, provide animal check-ups at the vet office, and be creative in the art studio.

Fee per child/adult pair: Amazeum members $10, non-members $15

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required.
Click here to register for January 24 Great Pretenders
Any available seats not reserved in advance will be available for purchase at the Amazeum 10 minutes prior to the workshop start time.

How to Register

  • Click on the blue link in the Upcoming Offerings listed above.
  • Review the information provided about the Early Learner Workshop.
  • Verify that this is the workshop you are interested in and that you meet the age requirements for the workshop. 
  • Click ‘login’.
  • If you are a returning visitor, use your existing user name and password to log in. If you are a first time visitor, follow the prompts to create a new web account.
  • Once you are logged in, select family members or add additional family members in order to display the adult and child that will attend the workshop in the ‘register name(s)’ section.
  • Please note the age restrictions for the workshop. Please only enroll children that are within the age restrictions. Register 1 adult and 1 child.
  • Select the appropriate adult price from the drop down options.
  • Select the appropriate child price from the drop down options.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • In ‘my cart’, verify the quantity, description, and total due is correct. Make adjustments by selecting ‘remove’ or ‘continue shopping’.
  • Click ‘complete purchase’ and follow the prompts to make payment. 
  • A purchase receipt will be displayed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided.
  • You are now registered! We’ll see you at the workshop!

Parent Cafe- for Adults! 

We are ‘cooking’ something special here at the Amazeum. The Parent Cafe opens in October with a 6 week series of some pretty tasty tidbits of parenting ideas. Weekly workshops will provide adult caregivers new play-filled recipes that support children’s growth and development. Each Parent Cafe session is a blend of ideas, activities, and table talk. Parent Cafe is an evening drizzled with all things sweet and savory for families raising young children. Come and get it!

Parent Cafe is an educational opportunity for parents/caregivers of children ages 10 years and younger. Adults may register to attend all of the Parent Cafe sessions or may select individual sessions according to their interest.

Parent Cafe: Don’t Eat the Marshmallow
February 28, 2018
6:00-8:00pm
Adult caregivers of children ages 10 years and under

It can take a lot of self-control in waiting to eat that special treat. Discover activities that families can use to help develop children’s skills in paying attention, remembering the rules, thinking flexibly and exercising self control.

$15 Amazeum member/$20 non-member  

Advanced registration and payment required. Parent Cafe is for adults only. Registration for Don’t Eat the Marshmallow will open here soon

Parent Cafe: Carrot and Stick
March 14, 2018
6:00-8:00pm
Adult caregivers of children ages 10 years and under

Time to take the new superfood approach to resolving conflicts. Gather a bowlful of strategies for more peaceful, effective solutions in motivating children to change their behavior.

$15 Amazeum member/$20 non-member  

Advanced registration and payment required. Parent Cafe is for adults only. Registration for Carrot and Stick will open here soon 

Early Childhood Education Professional Development

STEAM for Early Childhood
2 hour professional development workshop
Recommended for early childhood teachers/providers of children ages 3-5 years
STEAM for Early Childhood workshop is for adults only

Young children are naturally driven to explore, play, and wonder about how and why things work. This workshop is designed to inspire confidence in exploring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) topics. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, educators will gain resources and teaching strategies to integrate STEAM into the early childhood classroom and practice techniques in guiding children in play-based facilitation.

  • Breaking STEAM apart and putting it back together for your classroom
  • Focus on process, not just outcomes; Support learning through play investigation
  • Creating provocations (challenges) that engage children in constructing knowledge

Click here for the early learning standards addressed in STEAM for Early Childhood workshop

Two workshop formats available: individual participation or private workshop

  • Private Workshop:
    Date: to be determined in collaboration with Amazeum 
    Fee: $150 for a two-hour PD workshop for up to 40 participants (minimum of 10 participants)
    Location: Scott Family Amazeum (if space permits) OR at your site (additional $50 mileage fee for sites over 45 miles from Amazeum)
    Advanced registration and payment required by contacting Director of Education at mporter@amazeum.org

Object Play: Enriching Early Learner Environments
2 hour professional development workshop
Recommended for early childhood teachers/providers of children ages 9-60 months
Object Play workshop is for adults only

Object-rich environments provide meaningful, open-ended learning that is an effective way to help children develop their imagination, creativity, and to deepen critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This workshop is designed to guide teachers’ understanding and practice of providing natural and recycled materials in the classroom and how to support children’s process of investigation and active exploration. Through this workshop, early childhood teachers and providers will

  • Discover the importance and benefits of object play in children’s learning and development
  • Identify strategies for supporting children’s object play
  • Make connections between themes and objects

Click here for the early learning standards addressed in Object Play workshop

Two workshop formats available: individual participation or private workshop

  • Individual Participation:
    Date: April 9, 2018 at 6:30-8:30pm
    Fee: $20 per person
    Location: Scott Family Amazeum
    Advanced registration and payment: registration opens here soon

  • Private Workshop:
    Date: to be determined in collaboration with Amazeum 
    Fee: $150 for a two-hour PD workshop for up to 40 participants (minimum of 10 participants)
    Location: Scott Family Amazeum (if space permits) OR at your site (additional $50 mileage fee for sites over 45 miles from Amazeum)
    Advanced registration and payment required by contacting Director of Education at mporter@amazeum.org

 

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The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families located in Bentonville, Ark. A museum with a foundation in the arts and sciences, the Amazeum encourages creativity, curiosity and community through exhibits, educational collaboration, and programs, workshops and camps. Amazeum experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, tinkering hub, nearly one acre of outdoor space, and ever-evolving daily pop-up activities.

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Mon: 10 am - 5 pm
Tues: closed
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10 am - 5 pm
Sun: 1 pm - 5 pm
CLOSED Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Year's Day (Jan. 1)
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Members - FREE
Kids under 2 years - FREE
Adults & Kids - $9.50

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