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).

 

Tot Spot Classes - Fall 2017

Reindeer Games

Travel north to find the wintery zone where real reindeer roam.  Prance with us into frosty fun, play reindeer games, and assemble your own version of a famous red-nosed reindeer.

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:

Session 6 Fri., Dec 15; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Tot Spot Classes - Winter 2018

 

Let It Snow

Snow is cold, white and FUN! Learn about the uniqueness of snowflakes. Discover why we have snow and create your own “snowy” art to take home.

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:
Session 1 Tues., Jan 9; 11:00 – Noon
Session 2 Wed., Jan 10; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 3 Wed., Jan 10; 11:00 – Noon
Session 4 Wed., Jan 10; 1:00 – 2:00
Session 5 Thurs., Jan 11; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., Jan 12; 9:30 – 10:30

Sessions for 2-year-olds:
Session 7 Tues., Jan 9; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 8 Thurs., Jan 11; 9:30 – 10:30

 

Monkey Business

Satisfy your curiosity about monkeys and get to know a famous one named ‘George.’ Go bananas playing all kinds of fun games and make a project inspired by our special museum friend.

Sessions for 3- to 6-year-olds:
Session 1 Tues., Jan 23; 11:00 – Noon
Session 2 Wed., Jan 24; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 3 Wed., Jan 24; 11:00 – Noon
Session 4 Wed., Jan 24; 1:00 – 2:00
Session 5 Thurs., Jan 25; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., Jan 26; 9:30 – 10:30

Sessions for 2-year-olds:
Session 7 Tues., Jan 23; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 8 Thurs., Jan 25; 9:30 – 10:30

 

Seeing Red

Hearts, firetrucks, strawberries and STOP signs each have the color red. Create a red collage and see what happens when we mix red with other colors.

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:
Session 1 Tues., Feb 13; 11:00 – Noon
Session 2 Wed., Feb 14; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 3 Wed., Feb 14; 11:00 – Noon
Session 4 Wed., Feb 14; 1:00 – 2:00
Session 5 Thurs., Feb 15; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., Feb 16; 9:30 – 10:30

Sessions for 2-year-olds:
Session 7 Tues., Feb 13; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 8 Thurs., Feb 15; 9:30 – 10:30

 

Penguins on Parade

Waddle up to find out about these amazing Antarctic birds. How do they keep warm? Can these birds fly? Do they have wings? Create a playful penguin to brrr-r-ring home!

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:
Session 1 Tues., Feb 27; 11:00 – Noon
Session 2 Wed., Feb 28; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 3 Wed., Feb 28; 11:00 – Noon
Session 4 Wed., Feb 28; 1:00 – 2:00
Session 5 Thurs., Mar 1; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., Mar 2; 9:30 – 10:30

Sessions for 2-year-olds:
Session 7 Tues., Feb 27; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 8 Thurs., Mar 1; 9:30 – 10:30

 

Shining Shamrocks

Dress in green for this lucky day! Enjoy the fun and fantasy of St. Patrick’s Day as we hunt for pots of gold, play with magic fizzing shamrocks and make a totally green project to take home.

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:
Session 1 Tues., Mar 13; 11:00 – Noon
Session 2 Wed., Mar 14; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 3 Wed., Mar 14; 11:00 – Noon
Session 4 Wed., Mar 14; 1:00 – 2:00
Session 5 Thurs., Mar 15; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., Mar 16; 9:30 – 10:30

Sessions for 2-year-olds:
Session 7 Tues., Mar 13; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 8 Thurs., Mar 15; 9:30 – 10:30

 

Make Way for Ducklings

Follow downy soft ducklings into an investigation of these fine-feathered friends. Find out why ducks don’t get wet and paint a scenic pond that will “quack” you up!

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:
Session 1 Tues., Apr 10; 11:00 – Noon
Session 2 Wed., Apr 11; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 3 Wed., Apr 11; 11:00 – Noon
Session 4 Wed., Apr 11; 1:00 – 2:00
Session 5 Thurs., Apr 12; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., Apr 13; 9:30 – 10:30

Sessions for 2-year-olds:
Session 7 Tues., Apr 10; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 8 Thurs., Apr 12; 9:30 – 10:30

 

Off to the Zoo

Lions, tigers, and bears oh my! Let’s explore the zoo with our friend Curious George and get to know his animal friends.

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:
Session 1 Tues., Apr 24; 11:00 – Noon
Session 2 Wed., Apr 25; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 3 Wed., Apr 25; 11:00 – Noon
Session 4 Wed., Apr 25; 1:00 – 2:00
Session 5 Thurs., Apr 26; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., Apr 27; 9:30 – 10:30

Sessions for 2-year-olds:
Session 7 Tues., Apr 24; 9:30 – 10:30
Session 8 Thurs., Apr 26; 9:30 – 10:30

 

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
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
Session 8 Thurs., May 10; 9:30 – 10:30

 

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: Jan. 16 or Jan. 18, Feb. 20 or Feb. 22, March 20 or March 22, April 17 or April 19, and 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 (January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, and 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.

 

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