Through play, children learn! At the Greensboro Children’s Museum, we offer a myriad of interactive learning experiences for children of all ages, which contribute to their growth and development. Our kids programs focus on a variety of topics for ages 6-11 with an emphasis on developing the “whole” child. All programs listed below are led by qualified educators and help children develop cognitive skills, social skills, new vocabulary and more.

special events

cookies with mrs. claus
dec. 16, dec. 17, dec. 18
3:30p – 5p
Join us for an annual favorite! We will decorate homemade cookies, enjoy stories with Mrs. Claus, and create holiday crafts with the North Pole Elves!

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rockin’ noon year’s eve
tuesday, dec. 31
9a – 2p
Get ready to rock at our annual countdown to noon! Get your groove on in the Dance Zone and be a karaoke star in The Theatre.

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afterschool series

Join us after school for a deep dive into special topics including robots and cooking. 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. Class fees vary. Space is limited. Early registration strongly recommended.

techie kids: learn to code (ages 6-8)
tuesdays, jan. 7 – feb. 11
3:45p – 5p
We’ll write code with loops, sequences, and events by completing new challenges each week that are designed to help kids grow their own skills while working collaboratively.

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first lego league jr. (ages 8-10)
wednesdays, jan. 8 – march 11
3:45p – 5p
Teams will use their imaginations and LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 to design and create a building that solves a problem and makes life easier, happier, or more connected for the people that use it.

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diy: cook and create (ages 6-8)
thursdays, jan. 16 – feb. 20
3:45p – 5p
This class series focuses on kids slowing down and finding the joy in making useful, everyday items from bread to stationery.

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techie kids: digital animation (ages 6-8)
tuesdays, feb. 25 – march 31
3:45p – 5p
Together, we’ll explore the Scratch Jr. app to become junior animators to bring our love of art and storytelling to a digital format.

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cooking classes

Cooking classes at GCM give children (and adults!) a hands-on experience in the kitchen that focuses on fresh, seasonal food and wellness. Each class is an opportunity for children to try new foods, learn about where food comes from, and meet friends. All skill levels are welcome!

With the exception of family cooking classes, all paid classes and camps are drop-off programs. Caregivers can wait in the Museum or leave and return for pick-up.

kids cooking: easy as pie (ages 8-11)
friday, november 22
5p – 7p

Become the best baker in town at this pie-making extravaganza using autumn fruits from our half-acre garden.

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kids cooking: persimmon hand pies (ages 6-8)
saturday, nov. 23
10a – 11:30a
Harvest some delicious persimmon for hand pies that are sure to make it on your Thanksgiving Day menu.

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kids cooking: holiday cookies (ages 6-8)
friday, dec. 13
4p – 5:30p
Kids are hands-on in the kitchen as they make an assortment of holiday cookie classics to enjoy and share with friends.

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kids cooking: holiday cookies (ages 8-11)
saturday, dec. 14
1p – 3p
We’ll learn to bake holiday favorites that may make it onto the family’s holiday menu!

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kids cooking: tacos (ages 8-11)
friday, jan. 24
5p – 7p
Celebrate Taco Tuesday with GCM as we practice knife skills, learn how to make tortillas from scratch, and harvest ingredients from The Edible Schoolyard, the Museum’s half-acre garden, to make the ultimate taco.

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family cooking: a little love lunch (ages 3+ with a caregiver)
saturday, feb. 8
10a – 11:30a
We’ll learn lovely words to express to our special someone’s and create a dish with care to share.

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kids cooking: frittatas (ages 8-11)
friday, feb. 28
5p – 7p
We’ll put these eggs to use in an egg-cellent frittata. You’ll have a chance to meet our cluckers, harvest vegetables and herbs, and enjoy a healthy and delicious dish together.

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school's out camp

next up: monday, jan. 20 • 8:30a – 3p
Camp is not just for summer! Join us for an action-packed day of learning, exploration and play. Ages 6-14 will participate in structured activities led by qualified instructors. We’ll cover themes from cooking to coding. Children will also explore the Museum for some self-guided play as they visit our 20+ indoor and outdoor exhibits. Throughout the day, your loved one will gain skills, meet friends and have new experiences in a fun, energetic and safe environment.

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partner programs

grow it, cook it, eat it!
Life-long food habits are rooted in our childhoods. Designed by GCM educators for grades K through 2, Grow It, Cook It, Eat It! engages children in growing and preparing fresh foods. This program contributes to creating a foundation for a healthier food lifestyle, as children are more inclined to eat and enjoy a wider variety of fruits and vegetables if they are involved in growing and cooking it.

Each week, GCM educators visit a partner school and conduct a science lesson in gardening or food preparation. Children also receive a simple, low-cost recipe to take home and share with their loved ones.

cooking for life
GCM partners with an organization each year to provide third and fourth graders with an in-depth, hands-on cooking program afterschool. The overall goal of Cooking for Life is to help students learn and develop healthy eating habits and cooking efficacy. Each week, students prepare a recipe in the kitchen and learn about where the ingredients came from, most of which are grown in The Edible Schoolyard, the Museum’s half-acre garden.

At the end of the program, students will have acquired skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. By improving children’s food literacy, we empower them to live healthier, more sustainable lives and cultivate the overall health of our community.