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 27, 2017 – 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Friday, July 28, 2017 – 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 – 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


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Georgia 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.


zoomobileZoo 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.


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Brainy 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.


Abrakadoodle

Abrakadoodle is all about creativity for kids, which since it was founded in 2002, has delivered the very best in visual arts classes for kids, summer art camps, holiday art camps, art parties and art events to more than one-million children in schools, community sites and Abrakadoodle art studios for kids around the world!  Abrakadoodle believes in hands-on, active discovery and exploration in our art classes for kids.  This encourages a love of art, learning and innovation! Abrakadoodle embraces “process art”, which simply means that kids learn best as they explore art materials and the creative process of taking ideas from within and bringing them into existence


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. 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.


LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta

LEGOLAND is a fantastic, fun, creative experience. It’s like jumping into the biggest box of LEGO® bricks ever! With 15 different attractions to explore, all included in the price of admission, it’s the perfect place for a day of indoor fun. See Atlanta landmarks made from LEGO bricks, ride our two rides, watch all five of our 4D movies, explore our NEW Pirate Adventure Island with your mateys, learn new tips and tricks in the Model Builder Academy and much more! Come build your way to an awesome day!


Engineering for Kids

Engineering for Kids, ages 4 to 14 are introduced to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education through programs such as after-school programs, classes, camps, workshops, and birthday parties. We also offer programs for home schooled students, scouts events, in-school field trips and parent’s night out events! Select your student’s age group below to get started.


American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered scouting program for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. The AHG program seeks to develop the whole child – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Girls earn badges doing age-appropriate activities in diverse areas of interest such as outdoor Skills, Family Living, and Science and Technology. Additional activities include camping, community service, patriotic salutes, and father-daughter events. AHG also stresses the importance of service to the community through several projects including participating in the annual National Day of Service.


Club SciKidz

Club SciKidz, was founded on the principle that parents want to provide their children with exciting, challenging, and life impacting academic enrichment experiences. Our company is committed to demonstrating how science works in the real world by providing activities in veterinary medicine, robotics, forensics, video game creation, food science, paleontology, engineering, chemistry and biology, astronomy, oceanography, emergency medicine, and special effects.


Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens’ Birds of Prey program is presented with the permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Since its debut in 2000, the program has helped educate more than 1 million visitors about man’s impact on raptors and other forms of wildlife.  During suitable weather, these magnificent creatures – which cannot be released into the wild, due either to injury or having developed an unnatural association with humans, known as “imprinting” – demonstrate their strength, speed and natural instincts in daily free-flighted shows. Several birds appear at each show, swooping overhead and giving guests an up-close look “on the glove,” while our raptor experts explain how man’s actions affect their well being.


jenny l coteJenny L. Cote

Award-winning Author, Speaker and Producer Jenny L. Cote developed an early passion for God, history and young people, and beautifully blends these passions together in her two fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz® and Epic Order of the Seven®. Likened to C.S. Lewis by book reviewers and bloggers, Jenny provides creative writing workshops at schools, homeschool groups and universities across the US and abroad.  Her books are available online and in stores around the world, as well as in multiple e-book formats (Kindle, Nook, etc.). Although written with children in mind, Jenny’s readership heavily comprises adults.


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

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