Research shows the first 2,000 days from the time a baby is born to when a child begins kindergarten is when 85-90% of critical brain development occurs.  Children’s earliest experiences determine how their brains are wired; lay the groundwork for future health; and for the foundation for social and emotional skills needed for academic and workplace success. At the Greensboro Children’s Museum, we offer a variety of interactive learning experiences during a child’s most important development years. All programs listed below are led by qualified educators and help children develop cognitive skills, social skills, new vocabulary and more.

creative series (ages 3-5)

We offer 6-week creative series for ages 3-5 . Classes are held on Tuesdays from 3:30p to 4:30p. Led by a qualified instructor, your child will learn fundamental skills that are integral to their growth and development in each class. All series are drop-off programs. Caregivers can wait in the Museum or leave and return for pick-up. Each 6-week series is $72 for nonmembers and $60 for members. Space is limited. Early registration strongly recommended.

little sprouts
tuesdays, sept. 10 – oct. 16
Learn gardening skills in this class as your little one explores The Edible Schoolyard, the Museum’s half-acre garden.

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book and cook
tuesdays, oct. 30 – dec. 3
Using stories as inspiration, learners will use fresh ingredients to create kid-friendly dishes they’ll love making and eating.

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family cooking (ages 3+ with caregiver)

Your family can get hands-on at our monthly family cooking classes. Offered on the second Saturday of each month, these classes are an opportunity to spend time together while learning where your food comes from. This class is for ages 3+. Each class is $35 for nonmembers and $30 for members. Fees include one adult and one child, and their admission to the Museum for the day. Each additional child is $10. Pre-registration required.

family cooking: so long summer
saturday, sept. 14
We’ll prepare dishes using ingredients from The Edible Schoolyard to enjoy at dinner, in packed lunches, and as snacks.

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family cooking: full moon yoga and cooking
saturday, oct. 12
Along with a partner yoga session, we will harvest fall garden goodies to make delicious treats to enjoy together.

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family cooking: thanksgiving sides
saturday, nov. 9
You and your little helper(s) will get hands-on as you prepare simple side dishes in this “Everything but the Bird” cooking class.

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playgroup (ages 0-5)

Playgroup is held every Thursday from 3:30p to 4:30p throughout the school year. The first playgroup session is Thursday, September 19 and will continue through May. We recommend this program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Each week focuses on a different theme around friends, exploration, yoga or art.

Children must be accompanied by a caregiver for this program. Playgroup is included with the cost of admission to the Museum. Mention you are here for Playgroup when you arrive to receive one free adult admission.

busy bees (ages 0-5)

Busy Bees is held every Monday at 10a during the school year for GCM members. This weekly, staff-led program is ideal for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. From stretching with yoga poses to tapping with rhythm instruments, we’ll support motor, social, language, and spatial skills development in an energetic group environment. We also welcome special guests to host Busy Bees periodically! Children must be accompanied by a caregiver for this program.