Tot 2-6 years

group of kids with teacherTot Spot Classes are designed to stimulate pre-school minds and encourage creative thinking through a combination of art, stories, movement and music. New Tot Spot classes are offered throughout the year, so check back frequently!

Tot Spot classes are designed for children ages 2 through 6.

Please note that admission to Discovery Center Museum itself is separate from the Tot Spot classes.

Cost: $12 public; $10 members (per child, per class) - advance registration is required.

Preregistration required; payment must accompany registration. Registration for Members begins December 18. 

In our classes for 2-year-olds, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Adults are not required to attend classes for 3- to 6-year olds but are welcome to come in to observe the class.

Cancellation Policy:  Refunds (less 10%) are available for classes when cancelled at least 10 days in advance. 

To register: call 815-963-6769, stop by our office or register online (at the top of the events purchasing page you can sort by event type).

 

 Looking for Summer Tot Spot Camps? Click here!

 

Tot Spot Classes - Spring 2018 

Are You My Mother?

We’ll use this classic story to find out about baby animals and their mothers. Then we’ll make a special gift for our mom.

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:
Session 1 Tues., May 8; 11:00 – Noon
Session 2 Wed., May 9; 9:30 – 10:30 - CLASS CANCELLED
Session 3 Wed., May 9; 11:00 – Noon
Session 4 Wed., May 9; 1:00 – 2:00
Session 5 Thurs., May 10; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., May 11; 9:30 – 10:30

Sessions for 2-year-olds:
Session 7 Tues., May 8; 9:30 – 10:30 - CLASS CANCELLED
Session 8 Thurs., May 10; 9:30 – 10:30

 

Toddler TIme and First Fridays - Spring 2018 

Toddler Time

Being one is FUN! Take advantage of this playgroup designed for children ages 12 months to 24 months as we sing songs, read stories and explore interesting materials while meeting new friends! Toddler Time is held from 9:30 – 10:30 am this winter/spring on one Tuesday each month, and then repeated on the successive Thursday. Choose from these dates: May 22 or May 24. Enrollment is limited to 10 families. Advance registration is required. To register, follow the link under education classes on our website, or call 815-963-6769. The fee is $6/family per session. Register now to come each month and save: $27/family for all five sessions. Toddler Time meets in the Tot Spot classroom (east end of the building).

 

First Fridays

What could make the Tot Spot Exhibit areas even more engaging? Having Ms. Jenny there to play with! Bring your preschoolers between 11:00am and 1:00pm on the first Fridays of each month (May 4). Ms. Jenny will be there with fun activities designed especially for our littlest visitors. No registration needed. Included with regular Museum admission; free for Museum members.

 

Tot Spot Mini Camps - Summer 2018 (for 3 to 6-year-olds)

Registration: registration closes 5:00 pm Monday the week before class. Three ways to register: online at discoverycentermuseum.org; call 815-963-6769; or stop by our office between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm weekdays.

Adults are not required to attend classes for 3- to 6- year-olds but are welcome to come and play!

Cancellation Policy:  refunds (less 10%) are available for classes when cancelled at least 10 days in advance. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel camps; in which case, a full refund will be issued. 

Price for 3 day camps: $45 public, $40 members and Saturday Camp: $25 public, $20 members

 

Mini Camps

 

Incredible Super Heroes

Whether you are Mr. Incredible or Elastagirl you will have a blast at this camp! Create your cape or disguise and discover your own superpowers!

Session 1: Tuesday - Thursday June 19, 20, 21; 10:00 - 11:30 am
Session 2: Tuesday - Thursday June 19, 20, 21; 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Saturday Mini Camp:
(2-hour session)
Session 3: Saturday June 23; 9:30 - 11:30 am

 

Junior Scientist

Put on your lab coats and goggles! Be prepared to mix and measure as we create slime, oobleck and other fun experiments. Microscopes, magnifying glasses and more will be part of our time exploring science.

Session 1: Tuesday - Thursday June 26, 27, 28; 10:00 - 11:30 am
Session 2: Tuesday - Thursday June 26, 27, 28; 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Saturday Mini Camp:
(2-hour session)
Session 3: Saturday June 30; 9:30 - 11:30 am

 

Exploring Nature with Eric Carle

Let's investigate nature through the amazing books of Eric Carle. We will see why the Firefly is lonely, what makes the Ladybug so grouchy and what keeps Spider so busy! We will even become writers and illustrators of our own nature guide.

Session 1: Tuesday - Thursday July 10, 11, 12; 10:00 - 11:30 am
Session 2: Tuesday - Thursday July 10, 11, 12, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Saturday Mini Camp:
(2-hour session)
Session 3: Saturday July 14; 9:30 - 11:30 am

 

I Spy School

Become a spy! Crack the codes, navigate a spy training obstacle course, dust for fingerprints and make your own disguise.

Session 1: Tuesday - Thursday July 24, 25, 26; 10:00 - 11:30 am
Session 2: Tuesday - Thursday July 24, 25, 26; 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Saturday Mini Camp:
(2-hour session)
Session 3: Saturday July 28; 9:30 - 11:30 am

 

Makin' Music

Clap, march, and dance to the sounds of rock and roll, jazz, country and more! Musicians will visit and we will make our own musical instruments to take home!

Session 1: Tuesday - Thursday July 31, August 1, 2; 10:00 - 11:30 am
Session 2: Tuesday - Thursday July 31, August 1, 2; 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Saturday Mini Camp:
(2-hour session)
Session 3: Saturday August 4; 9:30 - 11:30 am

 

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