KidsZone – Ages 4 to 12

KidsZone is an Expo favorite and very popular with parents and children alike! Children enjoy various activities and guest speakers while parents attend the Homeschool Expo or Homeschooling for Excellence 101. Guest speakers may include animal shows, science shows, robot building, LEGO building, and much more! While parents attend Homeschooling For Excellence 101, their children can attend a variety of workshops given by speakers who will challenge them to become active and excited learners. Our goal is to remind children that learning is rewarding and interesting and that learning can happen anywhere, at anytime.

Dates & Times

  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 – 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Friday, July 29, 2016 – 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 30, 2016 – 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM

Cost Per Child (Lunch not provided)

  • $40 per day OR
  • $70 for two days OR
  • $90 for all three days

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Guest Presenters

 stateparksGeorgia State Parks / Georgia Department of Natural Resources
For generations, Georgia’s children have enjoyed learning at our state parks and historic sites. We make field trips memorable and fun. Our rangers and historians are dedicated to teaching about their sites, and many of our parks and historic sites provide educational material that can be used at home or in the classroom.
zoomobile Zoo Atlanta

Let the Zoo come to YOU! A trained educator presents an exciting program using live animals, biofacts like bones and fun activities to your students. This popular program gives your students a connection to animals and conservation without ever leaving the classroom!

bigthinkersBig Thinkers Science Exploration
We believe that all children deserve a safe, fun, learning environment, which helped us develop the Big Thinkers method. The art of combining fun and learning has been achieved through extensive training on science content and classroom management. Not only do children enjoy us, but so do educators! Why, you ask? Our curriculum was created by a certified teacher ensuring that children are getting the most accurate and valuable informal science education possible. We take inquiry-based learning and make it FUN! Here at Big Thinkers we are committed to excellent customer service and strive to exceed expectations.
 brainybytesBrainy Bytes
Brainy Bytes understands the importance of cultivating students’ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art  and Math (STEM & STEAM) skills to encourage higher achievements in school, career and life.  We know educators want to help prepare every student for a successful future in a technology-driven world.
 ppcThe Piccadilly Puppets Company
Awarded the UNIMA Citation for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry, The Piccadilly Puppets Company has performed for regional, national, and international puppetry festivals and at the International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap Farm. The primary mission of The Piccadilly Puppets Company is to provide puppetry experiences of high artistic quality to young audiences of ethnically/culturally diverse populations of all socioeconomic levels. Most of the plays feature original scripts and music, and great care is taken to blend content with curriculum.All of the puppeteers are professional performers. Nancy Riggs, the director, has performed for youth as an actor, puppeteer and teacher for over 20 years for many different companies such as the Center for Puppetry Arts, The Academy Theatre for Youth, and the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. She has been with The Piccadilly Puppets Company. since 1997.
center-puppetsThe Center for Puppetry Arts
The Center for Puppetry Arts opened to the public on September 23, 1978, when Kermit the Frog and his creator Jim Henson cut the ceremonial ribbon. Today it is the largest American non-profit organization solely dedicated to the art of puppet theater.The Center’s story begins when a young puppeteer from Florida, Vincent Anthony, began touring with Nicolo Marionettes under the tutelage of Nicholas Coppola based out of New York. By 1966, he was ready for a smaller community where he could be an active partner and make a difference. He pursued the vision of a center that would promote puppetry and become a vital part of the community. He decided to call Atlanta home and created Vagabond Marionettes with Mitchell Edmonds.The Vagabond Marionettes traveled around the Southeast and presented several seasons at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center. In 1978, Anthony found a permanent home in the former Spring Street Elementary School and the Center was born. That first season, the Center mounted an exhibition of puppets, presented shows for adults and families, and hosted community-based workshops and activities that continue to this day.Since its inception, the Center has worked to serve the diverse populations of Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and the country at large. The Center reaches the community through its focus on core programming: performance, Museum and education.

Schedule

Thursday – 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Explore Architecture and Engineering while creating cities with LEGOS

Students build teamwork skills and learn about systems and how they applies to cities development. Students also receive instruction on developing and perfecting their building skills.

10:00 AM – 10:45 AMgrossology
Special Guest Entertainer: Mischa Holt
Ooey, Gooey and Grossology
Students will perform fun chemistry experiments including making slime! Additionally, students will enjoy an interactive time of learning about some of the gross but amazing things our bodies do (scabs, blood, snot, etc.).


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
ga-dnrSpecial Guest Entertainer:
Georgia State Parks / Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Life in the Mississippian Period- A discussion of Native American culture in Southeast U.S. during the Mississippian time period, with a focus on the Etowah Indian Mounds. Daily life, culture, and society for tribes such as the [Muskogee]Creek, Cherokee, and Choctaw will be highlighted.


11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Break Time – Clean Up


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch – Children should be picked up for lunch and taken to restroom before afternoon KidsZone.


1Puppet1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Special Guest Entertainer:
Cen
ter for Puppetry Arts
Puppetry as Theatre Art I — Celebrate the magical intersection of puppetry and theatre!  Puppets have been used to tell stories since theatre began, and can be found in performance from stage to screen and everywhere in between.  Students will learn about puppets from all over the world, dive into fun actor-to-puppeteer exercises that celebrate the power of teamwork and ensemble, and have a blast in a puppet skills boot camp!


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Special Guest Entertainer:
Big Thinkers Scienc
e ExplorationScience
As Big Thinkers, students will dive into a variety of science topics!  With interactive experiments on subjects ranging from dry ice, electricity, dinosaurs, magnets, and optical illusions, students will investigate using proven scientific methods.


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Special Guest Entertainer:
Zoo Atlanta
Zoo
The Zoo comes to YOU!  During these popular sessions, a trained educator presents an exciting program using live animals, biofacts like bones, and fun activities for students.  You never know which animals you’ll experience.  It could be an alligator, tortoise, prairie dog, armadillo, tarantula, or others!  Whatever it is, students are always guaranteed a surprise!


4:00 PM
KidsZone Dismissed

 

Friday – 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Beautifying Cities through Architecture and Green Space with LEGOS
Appreciate the efforts of those who make our cities and towns more beautiful. Make beautiful buildings and outdoor art, and learn to set green and blue spaces for neighborhood families to enjoy.

10:00 AM – 10:45 AMcherokeetales
Special Guest Entertainer:
Piccadilly Puppets

Cherokee Tales – Chief One Feather introduces audiences to Georgia’s early inhabitants – the Cherokee Indians. Presented in an engaging, storytelling style, this show involves puppets and students in costume to tell Cherokee Creation Myths and a legend associated with the Trail of Tears.


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Special Guest Entertainer:
Gga-dnr2eorgia State Parks/Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Sensory Awareness – Nature is all around us!  Students will enjoy experiencing nature through the 5 senses:  touch, taste, sounds, smell, and sight.


11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Break Time – Clean Up


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch – Children should be picked up for lunch and taken to restroom before afternoon KidsZone.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PMZoo2
Special Guest Entertainer:
Zoo Atlanta

The Zoo comes to YOU! During these popular sessions, a trained educator presents an exciting program using live animals, biofacts like bones, and fun activities for students. You never know which animals you’ll experience. It could be an alligator, tortoise, prairie dog, armadillo, tarantula, or others! Whatever it is, students are always guaranteed a surprise!


2:00 PM – 3:00 PMpuppetry1
Special Guest Entertainer:
Center for Puppetry Arts

Puppetry as Theatre Art II — Celebrate the magical intersection of puppetry and theatre!  Puppets have been used to tell stories since theatre began, and can be found in performance from stage to screen and everywhere in between.  Students will learn about puppets from all over the world, dive into fun actor-to-puppeteer exercises that celebrate the power of teamwork and ensemble, and have a blast in a puppet skills boot camp!


3:00 PM – 4:00 PMrobots
Special Guest Entertainer:
Brainy Bytes

In an exciting, dynamic environment, students will learn to build and experiment with technology. Students will develop a love for technology while learning new skills!



4:00 PM
KidsZone Dismissed

Saturday – 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Explore Architecture and Engineering While Creating Cities with LEGOS
Students build teamwork skills while learning about systems and how they apply to city development.  Students also receive instruction on developing and perfecting their building skills.

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Special Guest Entertainer:
Piccadilly PuppetsPuppets3

Butterfly Ballad —  This story follows Katy and Kevin Caterpillar through the amazing stages of their lives – from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly – and their fascinating migration to Mexico!  The story, narrated by Mother Nature, involves rod and hand puppets.


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Special Guest Entertainer:GA-DNR3
Georgia State Parks/Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Georgia Wildlife Encounter – Learn about native animals by experiencing them first hand!  Bring all your questions about snakes and salamanders to this live animal show.  How do you tell venomous snakes from non-venomous?  Do turtles have teeth?  What do I do if I see a wild animal in my backyard?  You will meet some of Panola Mountain State Park’s scaly ambassadors and feel the furs of different mammals as we learn what makes each one unique.


11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Break Time – Clean Up


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch – Children should be picked up for lunch and taken to restroom before afternoon KidsZone.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Special Guest Entertainer:zoo3
Zoo Atlanta

The Zoo comes to YOU! During these popular sessions, a trained educator presents an exciting program using live animals, biofacts like bones, and fun activities for students. You never know which animals you’ll experience. It could be an alligator, tortoise, prairie dog, armadillo, tarantula, or others! Whatever it is, students are always guaranteed a surprise!


2:00 PM – 3:00 PMScience4
Special Guest Entertainer:
Big Thinkers Science Exploration
As Big Thinkers, students will dive into a variety of science topics!  With interactive experiments on subjects ranging from dry ice, electricity, dinosaurs, magnets, and optical illusions, students will investigate using proven scientific methods.


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Special Guest Entertainer:EV3 IMAGE
Brainy Bytes

In an exciting, dynamic environment, students will learn to build and experiment with technology. Students will develop a love for technology while learning new skills!


4:00 PM
KidsZone Dismissed