|From 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Amazement Square offers workshops that explore a single subject in depth. Participants are invited to discover the world around them in new and exciting ways with hands-on learning activities led by experienced facilitators. Ultimate Workshops are recommended for ages 8-12, unless otherwise noted.
Daily Cost Per Child:
Regular Price $60 / Member Price $48
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Architecture (July 2, 9)
An exciting 2-part look at the world of architecture. The first session will introduce you to the basic concepts of architecture and give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of downtown’s most fascinating buildings.
The second session will build your knowledge at one of Central Virginia’s greatest buildings: Poplar Forest. Explore Jefferson’s retreat with an expert behind its restoration and see firsthand the work of one of America’s greatest architects.
*The first part of the session will have children dropped off and picked up at Amazement Square. The second part will have children dropped off and picked up at Poplar Forest.
The Amazing Race (July 23, 25, August 13, 15)
This Amazing Race will challenge contestants physically, mentally, and technically! Using hand-held GPS devices, players will compete to gain points by locating caches, clues, objects, and facts all around Amazement Square, the surrounding park, and the downtown area. Each group will gain points by accomplishing challenges and solving clues—all while trying to beat the clock!
Geology (July 2, 30)
Geology is the study of the earth, and we will dig into the field in innovative ways. Create a volcano in a cup, take your own core samples, and explore the processes of weathering. Then take your new knowledge to Rise Up Climbing Gym for a group rock climbing lesson.
Jr. LEGO® (July 16)
Do you have little hands and a big imagination? Come join us as we explore our surroundings to see how simple shapes and ideas are used to create everyday objects. Help make this big world come to life in a small way as we build our way through with LEGO® Duplo. (ages 3-5)
LEGO® Builders (July 18)
Using LEGO® parts can be very fun, and sometimes a little tricky. Do the wings keep falling off that space cruiser? Do those awesome tires not fit under the truck? Let’s put our minds, and LEGO® bricks, together and learn a few new ways to keep our mini-figures safe as they investigate the world we love building for them. (ages 6-8)
LEGO® Masters (August 20, 22)
Designers have all types of ways to keep buildings together, even if it’s over 150 years old. Do you think you can make your LEGO® town just as strong? Come with us on this adventure as we examine some of these cool ideas, and try out some of our own! (ages 8-12)