College for Kids provides an enriching, educational, and fun experience for Pre-K - 8th grade students! This innovative program gives children the chance to expand their horizons and experience a world of knowledge beyond the K-12 curriculum. Children will work with area experts (JMU staff/students, teachers, etc.) to discover talents they never knew they had, explore new ideas/fields of study, and develop a new passion for learning!


5 Saturdays-

January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th, and February 24th

There will be an inclement weather make up day on Saturday, March 2nd if needed.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM each Saturday




JMU's Memorial Hall (Unless otherwise noted below in the course descriptions.)

Scroll through the course options below! 


Course Options:

Children's Lit with Arts and Crafts (K - 2nd Grades)- Do you love stories? Do you love arts and crafts? What about when we put them all together? Each day will feature a different overarching theme involving children’s books that connect along with an arts and crafts project! We will hear stories and then create art pieces based on those stories. Topics will include weather, dinosaurs, animals, and much more! Come explore stories in a hands-on, fun and interactive way!

LEGO Adventures (1st - 5th Grades)- FULL What kind of vehicle would you need to explore the arctic? How could you keep the animals away during a rainforest journey? LEGO lovers will figure out the answers to these questions and more as they build and program a variety of LEGO creations using the LEGO Spike Essentials curriculum. Students will learn basic engineering principles and computer programming as they go on a different adventure each week!

Brunch Bunch (1st - 5th Grades)- **PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE EXPLORE MORE DISCOVERY MUSEUM.**- FULL Each week young chefs in this class will practice basic kitchen safety and learn to use a variety of kitchen tools as they follow, make, and eat a variety of healthy and delicious recipes. They’ll also learn to set a table and practice basic etiquette skills. The best part? They get to eat brunch with friends at the museum every week!

Wildlife Explorers (2nd - 4th Grades)- Are you ready to get wild and explore animals and nature through all sorts of fun crafts, games, and activities? Join Wildlife Explorers as we learn about animals that live around us and all over the world. We will make our very own habitats as well! If you love animals, nature, and fun, you will love this course!

Color, Color, Color! (3rd - 5th Grades)- During this course, students will create 2D and 3D pieces using color study and color theory. Our studies will include crystals and cut stones inspired by the South African Artist Kurt Pio, color studies in Fauvism and Expressionism, and fantasy house structures based on weird and wacky fungi! There will also be experimentation in color mixing and use of paper mache and model magic in our 3D projects.

Scientists in Training (3rd - 5th Grades)- The best part about science is doing experiments and learning how to apply them to real life! Learn more about the world of science through fun activities and hands-on experiments. Be prepared to get creative and messy as we explore a broad range of topics including space, the environment, volcanoes, and more!

Olympic Fencing (5th - 8th Grades)- FULL 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 develop their stratigic thinking skills.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (5th - 8th Grades)- Have you dreamed about the day your owl drops off your acceptance letter into Hogwarts? Well now your dreams are coming true! Walk through platform 9 3/4, hop on the Hogwarts Express, and join us on a magical adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Every week, we will take a new class at Hogwarts just like the ones in the books and movies while doing fun activities that coordinate with each new lesson. You do not need any background knowledge of Harry Potter to join this session- just a curious mind about magic, potions, magical creatures, and things of this sort!

Intro to Engineering & Simple Technology (6th - 8th Grades)- FULL Do you enjoy problem-solving, understanding how things work, and working with your hands? Try out this Introduction to Engineering and Simple Technology Course! In this course, we'll be looking at the engineering design process and touching on technical skills, such as sketching. We'll have a hands-on activity every week. At the end of the course, we'll watch Big Hero 6 as a case study on the engineering design process and its progression to help wrap up all that we've learned. It'll be a super fun time filled with lots of learning opportunities! All you'll need is imagination, creativity, and an innovator's spirit!

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