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Riverside Summer STEAM Series

Join us at Riverside on select summer Tuesdays from 10:00 - 12:00 for hands-on learning experiences that interweave STEAM concepts with engaging read-alouds, outdoor exploration, and joyful play and movement. Programming designed for children ages 3-6. 

Not familiar with STEAM? It's an acronym that stands for Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math. STEAM-based education encourages interdisciplinary learning and problem solving, and is a great jumping off point for engaging hands-on learning and exploration.

Weather permitting, we'll be spending lots of time outside, so please dress accordingly! Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy together during the final portion of the program.

$15 per session. Save $25 when you register for the full series, or buy a 6-class pass and save $15. 

Programming Schedule:

Tuesday, June 14 - Beyond Blocks: Creative Construction: We'll open our imaginations and explore the concepts of architecture and engineering using recycled objects to engage in creative construction. 

Tuesday, June 28 - Wonderful Wind: We'll design wind-powered vehicles, make our own kites, and create blow-paint masterpieces. 

Tuesday, July 12 - Captivating Clouds: We’ll learn about different types of clouds, create our own cloud artwork, and engage in hands-on exploration of the role of clouds in the water cycle.

Tuesday, July 19 - Let's Learn About Light: Shadows, Reflections, and Rainbows: We’ll explore shadows, create rainbows, and learn about reflections by designing our own kaleidoscopes. 

Tuesday, July 26 - Adventures in Outer Space: We’ll learn how planets orbit the sun, design our own constellations, and so much more!

Tuesday, August 2 - Pondering Ponds: We’ll learn why ducks don’t get wet, explore why some items sink while other items float, and create and play in our own pond habitat, complete with water and mud!

Tuesday, August 9 - Ocean Explorers: We’ll explore tide-pools, create artwork inspired by Leo Leonni’s classic book Swimmy, and investigate just how deep the ocean really is. 

Tuesday, August 16 - Dinosaur Discovery: We’ll create our own dinosaur fossils, get our wiggles out with lots of dinosaur-inspired movement, and explore just how big dinosaurs really were.

Tuesday, August 23 - Music Makers: We’ll create our own musical instruments using recycled materials and engage in lots of joyful movement!

Tuesday, August 30 - Kitchen Chemistry: We'll use everyday household products to create our own potions, explosions, and slime!


Miss Emma is a certified early childhood educator and permaculture designer. 

She is dedicated to sharing her love of the natural world with others through hands-on learning experiences that excite and inspire.