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Winter College for Kids provides an enriching, educational, and fun experience for 1st - 8th graders! Students work with JMU faculty, students, and experts from the community to explore and discover talents they never knew they had!


Saturdays, January 29 - February 26, 2022

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(Inclement weather day on Saturday, March 5, 2022, if needed.)

PRICE: $170

Memorial Hall (Unless otherwise stated in course options below.)


Scroll through our course offerings below. We welcome students in 1st through 8th grades to join in on the SAFE learning and fun we have planned!

REFUND POLICY: Full refunds will be offered until January 15, 2021. After that date, you will only receive a 75% refund.

MASK REQUIREMENT: All students are required to have a mask on upon arrival to the program. Students may not attend unless they are symptom free, per CDC guidelines.

Elementary School

FULL- Rising Stars! (1st - 4th): If you love theatre, or just love to sing and act… this class is for you! Explore your inner Broadway star as you learn the basics of theatre: setting, costumes, acting, singing, and more! Discover your full potential in theatre as we learn songs from a musical, tips on acting, and by the end of the program, be able to record a short performance to show off your skills. We hope to see our future stars there! 

FULL- LEGO We-Do (1st - 5th): This class is for LEGO maniacs who are ready to immerse themselves into the world of engineering and computer programming. Students will explore simple machines and the concepts of force and motion as they build and program LEGO robots using We-Do LEGO 2.0 curriculum.

FULL- Mysterious and Magical Food (1st - 5th): THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD AT THE EXPLORE MORE DISCOVERY MUSEUM - Enter the Explore More Discovery Museum’s state of the art kitchen and explore the science of chocolate, have fun fermenting, and mix up some “explosive” fun that makes science taste delicious! Students will engage in (and eat) a variety of culinary experiments as they learn how individual ingredients and foods work the way they do! 

FULL- Junior Bakers (1st - 5th): Do you love to bake? Learn how to create fun and simple recipes that can be made at home! We will get to use professional baking tools and techniques to decorate our creations as well as learn how to be safe and sanitary in the kitchen. We will also have our goodies for sale when parents come to pick up at the end of each day!

FULL- 3D Art - A Layered Experience (1st - 5th): In this class, we will be working with all things layered! We will be creating in 3D using materials such as clay, colored paper, transparent sheets, and sharpies. We will also be looking at artists such as Wayne Thiebauld, Henri Matisse, and George Seurat.


Late Elementary through Middle School

Wilderness Wanderers (2nd - 4th): Do you enjoy the outdoors, animals, nature, plants, and more? In this class we will explore the great outdoors and learn about the animals and plants around us through hands on learning, crafts, and more! Come join the fun! “Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young.” – Richard Louv 

The Wacky World of an Artist's Toolbox (2nd - 6th): In this class, we are going to explore the wonderful world of art while experimenting and playing with different art materials. Each day we will dig deep into a new art medium and technique as we explore some of the ways it can be used to make amazing art. Artists at every level will be able to learn something new, so come along and bring your imaginations to this fun and vibrant show of creativity!

FULL- Calling All Junior Chefs (3rd - 6th): Do you love all things food? Are you a pro (in training) in the kitchen? Come join a seasoned chef and Virginia Public Media Podcast Producer on a delectable tasting from around the world. Come learn how to make your favorite foods (bongiorno pasta primavera!). We will have tastings of some of the most delicious foods - and you will learn how to make it at home safely. By the end of our time together, you will learn about the 5 tastes of our favorite foods: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami. Get ready to dazzle your family with dinner. 

Scientists in Training (3rd - 6th): The best part about science is doing experiments and learning how to apply it to real life! Learn more about the world of science through fun activities and be prepared to get messy!

Choose Your Own Adventure - Storybook Writing (3rd - 6th): Do you love books? Have you ever wanted to write your own? In Adventure Storybook Writing, you can create a world of your own full of crazy characters, happy heroes, silly situations, vile villains, and more! It’s up to you to choose your own adventure and share it with your friends!

Design Challenge Fun! (3rd - 6th): Do you like using your hands and thinking outside the box? In this class, we will put our STEM skills to the test while completing a number of design challenges. We will create our own structures and objects to take home using a variety of materials. Come and join in on the fun!

Scratch Coding (4th - 6th): Come put your imagination to work by designing your own interactive stories, games, and animations! Scratch is a computer programming language that makes it fun to practice basic coding concepts. Learn how to make characters move around the screen, interact with other characters, and respond with sound effects.

FULL- Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (4th - 7th): We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Term begins on January 29th. We will be sorted into houses upon arrival. To avoid detection by Muggles, we will be presented with a wand on the first day of school. We hope you will join us for a magical year!

The Makery (5th - 8th): THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD AT THE MAKERY IN CARRIER LIBRARY - Come join us in The Makery! We’ll explore the joy of making things through projects that blend digital and physical making. Students will experience exciting technologies like 3D printing, virtual reality, electronics, and laser cutters while also learning about problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Olympic Fencing (5th - 8th): This course will focus on saber fencing, the fast-paced Olympic sport and the style that is loosely depicted in movies like the Three Musketeers and Pirates of the Caribbean. We will cover basic footwork, techniques, and strategies, that culminate in a realistic fencing tournament! Take a giant LEAP forward learning how to fence! Fencing is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and has been the sport of swordplay for many centuries. It requires strength, speed, balance, and a sharp mind. Students learning to fence improve inner discipline, have better fitness/coordination/flexibility, and development of strategic thinking.

Stop Motion Animation (5th - 8th): Have you enjoyed the stop motion animation in movies like The Lego Movie and Coraline? Do you enjoy telling stories with LEGO or clay? Come learn how to create your own stop motion video from storyboarding to video editing and publication.



Middle School

Python Coding (6th - 8th): Discover a new world of creativity and self-expression using computer programming! Learn how to compose your own music, draw 2D graphics, and make robots dance. Come see why Python is the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science at top-ranked universities.


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