Art, Science, and CookingArt, Science, and Cooking


Young children learn and explore through their senses, and the experience and process is always the most exciting part of any art activity. In art children can learn and explore through exciting and messy open-ended art materials. Little ones learn about colors, textures, and shapes while developing fine motor skills and expressing their creativity through unconventional and open-ended materials.

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Classes include:

  • Ceramics (5-7 years): Join us in the ceramics studio for this introductory ceramics class. Children will gain familiarity with clay and make artistic sculptures, bowls and more.

  • Wearable Arts and Textile Design (7-10 years): This class introduces children to the fun of fiber arts, including knitting, crochet, embroidery, hand sewing, weaving and much more. Young artists will spend time learning techniques for each material that they will then use to create one-of-a-kind accessories and artwork.



Children are natural scientists, and from birth they begin exploring, investigating and learning about the world that surrounds them. By exposing your children to science early, they can begin to sort out their own environment as well as their place in it, all while having a fun time using their senses. Creative problem-solving, investigation, and learning through trial-and-error are life long skills that can be developed early through open-ended exploration of nature.

Classes include:

  • Weird Science (4-5 years):Does slime make you squeal? Want to know how to make an exploding volcano or inflate a balloon with a lemon? Join Dazzling Discoveries for messy, creative, hands-on explorations of science in our daily lives. Explore gravity, sound, weather, magnetism, outer space, rainbows, and other real-life topics. Each week your child will create a take-home project for at-home exploration.

  • Minecraft: Engineering + Video Game Design (7-12 years): Minecraft is a wildly popular sandbox game that allows kids to build new worlds out of textured cubes in a 3D environment. MakerState has designed a curriculum around the education version of the game,, that brings kids into new passion and mastery in engineering, circuitry, computing, physics, and design, as well as meta-skills in collaboration, communication and digital citizenship. MakerState has collaborated with experienced Minecraft developers to create a Challenge project series that maximizes the potential of this fun, popular learning tool. Makers will build with Redstone circuitry, create Adventure Maps, and computing devices in the game. MakerState makes Minecraft screen-time STEM-mastery learning-time!

  • Extreme Science (6-8 years): Wild weather, magnet magic, amazing mixtures, gems and minerals, fossils, edible science, vehicles in action, flying objects, simple explosions - they're all part of the experiments, demonstrations, and activities that Dazzling Discoveries will teach children about scientific principles of the world around us. Each week children conduct tests and design and create "make and take" projects that incorporate the science theme of the day.



Classes include:

  • Chess Club (4-6 years): Chess develops important skills such as forethought, responsibility, and sportsmanship. Budding chess masters at the JCC's Chess Club explore the world of chess through puzzles, play, and personal instruction. Learn all about the rules and new concepts in how to develop moves and coordinate pieces.



By learning basic cooking skills and transforming fresh ingredients into a delicious, balanced meal, children learn that real food is delicious and that cooking is an important—and fun—way to take care of yourself. In fact, one of best tools we have to prevent childhood obesity is teaching our kids to cook. Whether measuring ingredients, cutting a whole recipe in half, or just scooping out cups of flour, cooking is a great way to reinforce math skills. Not to mention science, language, problem-solving, sharing, fine motor skills, reading, and culture.

Classes include:

  • Little Chefs International (4-6 years): Children cook their way across the country and make several stops around the world all inside our kitchen. With a focus on safe practices and fresh, whole food ingredients, kids will learn various cooking methods as they dice, slice, and saute their way through the exciting flavors of the world. All recipes are nut-free; dietary laws observed.

  • Kids Cook Around the World (7-9 years): On this culinary journey, kids gain knowledge about different cultures while preparing global delicacies. With a focus on fresh, healthful ingredients, kids practice knife skills and explore various cooking methods as they cook their way through the exciting flavors of India, Morocco, Italy, Japan, France, and Mexico. All recipes are nut fee; dietary laws observed.

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