Early Learners

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

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 7    • February 14  • February 21   • February 28   • March 7    • March 14
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Upcoming Offerings  

Baby Buds
September 13, 2017
10-11 am
Ages 6 to 17 months old and a caregiver* 

September’s theme: Let’s Pretend! It’s time for some enchanted learning as children and their play partners take on new roles, dress-up, and magically turn everyday objects into extraordinary treasures in this make-believe playtime.

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. 

Registration opens here soon for September 13 Baby Buds

Discovery Tots
September 20, 2017
10-11 am
Ages 18 to 36 months old and a caregiver*

September’s theme:  Let’s Pretend! It’s time for some enchanted learning as children and their play partners take on new roles, dress-up, and magically turn everyday objects into extraordinary treasures in this make-believe playtime.

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.

Registration opens here soon September 20 Discovery Tots

Great Pretenders
September 27, 2017
10-11 am
Ages 3-5 years old and a caregiver* 

September’s theme:  Let’s Pretend! It’s time for some enchanted learning as children and their play partners take on new roles, dress-up, and magically turn everyday objects into extraordinary treasures in this make-believe playtime.

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.

Registration opens here soon for September 27 Great Pretenders 

Baby Buds
October 4, 2017
10-11 am
Ages 6 to 17 months old and a caregiver*

October’s theme: Teddy bear, Teddy bear, turn around. Explore and get moving with Teddy and friends as storytime and playtime activities focus on the world of up/down, over/under, outside/inside, and around and through.

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.

Registration opens here soon for October 4 Baby Buds

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

October’s theme: Teddy bear, Teddy bear, turn around. Explore and get moving with Teddy and friends as storytime and playtime activities focus on the world of up/down, over/under, outside/inside, and around and through.

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.

Registration opens here soon for October 11 Discovery Tots

Great Pretenders
October 18, 2017
10-11 am
Ages 3-5 years old and a caregiver*

October’s theme:October’s theme: Teddy bear, Teddy bear, turn around. Explore and get moving with Teddy and friends as storytime and playtime activities focus on the world of up/down, over/under, outside/inside, and of course around and through.

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.

Registration opens here soon for October 18 Great Pretenders

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 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.

Parent Cafe: Don’t Eat the Marshmallow  
October 4, 2017
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 opens here soon for Don't Eat the Marshmallow.

Parent Cafe: Cookies, Choices, & Kids
October 11, 2017
6:00-8:00pm
Adult caregivers of children ages 10 years and under

Engage children’s cooperation by blending and baking in new approaches to getting kids to do the things they need to do. Discover and create your family’s recipe for success at bath time, cleaning up, and beating morning madness.

$15 Amazeum member/$20 non-member  
Advanced registration and payment required. Parent Cafe is for adults only. Registration opens here soon for Cookies, Choices, & Kids

Parent Cafe: Food for Thought
October 18, 2017
6:00-8:00pm
Adult caregivers of children ages 10 years and under

It is all about brain development. Be inspired to use creative tools and materials to turn everyday moments into brain building moments.

$15 Amazeum member/$20 non-member  
Advanced registration and payment required. Parent Cafe is for adults only. Registration opens here soon for Food for Thought

Parent Cafe: Carrot and Stick
October 25, 2017
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 opens here soon for Carrot and Stick.

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

  • Individual Participation:
    Date: September 13, 2017 at 6:30-8:30pm
    Fee: $20 per person
    Location: Scott Family Amazeum
    Advanced registration and payment: click here to register

  • 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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