Spark!

Sponsored by the Mensa Foundation, Spark! comprises three days of structured programming for children ages 4-12, divided into three age group bands (4-6, 7-9 and 10-12), enabling children to have their own AG experience. (Registration for Spark! must be completed in addition to AG registration.)

Spark!

 

General information

Spark! offers your kids the chance to have fun, build new friendships, and make lasting memories of their own time at the AG. A licensed, background-checked staffer, our Gifted Youth specialist brings in professional educators from various fields to present fun, interactive programs, where kids have the chance to learn through new experiences and explore of a variety of topics and events.

Spark! registration is limited to 28 slots per age group each day, and registration is first-come/first-served. There is a non-refundable $10 per-child, per-day fee to attend any and/or all Spark! sessions. Should spots remain available, on-site Spark! registration will be $15 per day. Parents are expected to provide lunch for their child(ren).

Children must be dropped off at either 8:30 a.m. or 12:50 p.m. and must be picked up for lunch at 11:50 a.m. Sessions will finish each day around 4:45, and children must be picked up by 5 p.m.

Note: If you wish for your child to attend all three days of Spark! programming, please ensure you have added each day selected on your registration before checkout. Any child registered in the wrong age group will be moved into the correct one or, if the proper age group is full, will be removed from the sessions and added to the waitlist.

Session Schedule

Thursday, July 5
Take Flight 9 – 9:30 a.m. 4 – 6 yr
What is it 9:30 – 10 a.m. 4 – 6 yr
Boinger Puppets 10 – 11:25 a.m. 4 – 6 yr
Indy Classical Music 1 – 4 p.m. 4 – 6 yr
Indy Classical Music 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. 7 – 9 yr
Take Flight 12:50 – 1:30 p.m. 7 – 9 yr
Electricity 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. 7 – 9 yr
What Is It? 2:15 – 3 p.m. 7 – 9 yr
Sock Puppets 3 – 4:45 p.m. 7 – 9 yr
Ice Breakers 9 – 10 a.m. 10 – 12 yr
Take Flight 10 – 10:45 a.m. 10 – 12 yr
Electricity 10:45 – 11:25 a.m. 10 – 12yr
Mouth Puppets 12:50 – 2:45 p.m. 10 – 12yr
OPEN 2:45 – 4:45 p.m. 10 – 12yr
Friday, July 6
Fossils 9 – 9:30 a.m. 4 – 6 yr
Pioneer Indiana 9:30 – 10 a.m. 4 – 6 yr
Ice breakers 10 – 11:25 a.m. 4 – 6 yr
Bricks for Kids 12:45 – 2:10 p.m. 4 – 6 yr
Goat Milk Stuff 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. 4 – 6 yr
Games 3:15 – 3:50 p.m. 4 – 6 yr
Bongo Boy 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. 4 – 6 yr
Bricks for Kids 8:45 – 10:10 a.m. 7 – 9 yr
Pioneer Indiana 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. 7 – 9 yr
Underground Railroad 11 – 11:30 a.m. 7 – 9 yr
Indiana and Civil War 11:30 a.m. – Noon 7 – 9 yr
Ice breakers 1:15 – 2:10 p.m. 7 – 9 yr
Bongo Boy 2:15 – 3:10 p.m 7 – 9 yr
Goat Milk Stuff 3:15 – 4:10 p.m. 7 – 9 yr
Games 4:10 – 4:45 p.m. 7 – 9 yr
Kids Dance Outreach 9 – 10 a.m. 10 – 12 yr
Bricks for Kids 10 – 11:25 a.m. 10 – 12 yr
Pioneer Indiana 12:30 – 1 p.m. 10 – 12 yr
Underground Railroad 1 – 1:30 p.m. 10 – 12 yr
Indiana and Civil War 1:30 – 2 p.m. 10 – 12 yr
Free Time 2:05 – 3 p.m. 10 – 12 yr
Bongo Boy 3 – 3:55 p.m. 10 – 12 yr
Goat Milk Stuff 4 – 4:45 p.m. 10 – 12 yr
Saturday, July 7
Story Time 9 – 10 a.m. ALL
Storytelling Workshop 10 – 10:30 a.m. 4 – 6 yr
Games 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 4 – 6 yr
Wonderlab 1 – 1:55 p.m. 4 – 6 yr
Animal Adaptation 2 – 2:55 p.m. 4 – 6 yr
Games 3 – 4:45 p.m. 4 – 6 yr
Ice Breakers 10 – 10:45 a.m. 7 – 9 yr
Storytelling Workshop 10:45 – 11:40 a.m. 7 – 9 yr
Indy Arts Center Painting 1 – 2:50 p.m. 7 – 9 yr
Silly Safari 3 – 3:50 p.m. 7 – 9 yr
Wonderlab 3:50 – 4:45 p.m. 7 – 9 yr
Indy Arts Center Painting 9:45 – 11:45 a.m. 10 – 12 yr
Storytelling Workshop 1 – 1:50 p.m. 10 – 12 yr
Wonderlab 2 – 3 p.m. 10 – 12 yr
Free Time 3 – 3:55 p.m. 10 – 12 yr
Silly Safari 4 – 4:45 p.m. 10 – 12 yr

 

Session Descriptions

It's All About the Groove!

Bongo Boy Music's Facilitated Drum Circle Programs are creative 45-minute sessions of rhythm and groove! Each child will have a drum and other percussion instruments to play. Children will be encouraged to express their own rhythm along with creating an exciting group groove. Improvisation and movement is encouraged and celebrated. There is no wrong note or beat, so everyone can join in on the fun!

Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum

Puppet workshops! Children attending these workshops will see a short puppet show, make a fun puppet, learn how to manipulate their puppet, and perform with their puppet. This promises to be a lot of fun and a time to let creative juices flow!

Silly Safari

Come meet some animal friends at the Silly Safari Show and even pet all your favorites with fur, feathers, scales, and even slime! Let's laugh and play together while we explore science and nature!

Mission: A Silly Safari Show is a high-energy interactive theatrical performance that fosters greater appreciation for life and nature through the presentation of positive human-animal interactions.

WonderLab’s School of Science Wizardry

Sometimes scientist are able to do incredible things that seem like magic! Discover how magical science can be as you explore enchanting activities with the WonderLab. Science wizards-in-training will learn the how real-world science concepts can help us achieve things usually reserved for the realm of fiction.

Classical Music Indy Music Composition

Classical Music Indy has developed a program curriculum that combines interpreting and appreciating music while learning the basics of music notation. Musicians and staff guide music-making activities that involve performing music and mini composition lessons that provide instruction on writing music. With Classical Music Indy’s Music Composition program, students listen to learn, play, and write music!

Storytelling Arts of Indiana

Hoosier storyteller Bob Sander will tell stories and involve participants in various storytelling activities for specific age groups. Bob Sander has been telling stories professionally for 30 years throughout Indiana as well as the Illinois Storytelling Festival, the Corn Island Storytelling Festival and at the Exchange Place during the National Storytelling Festival. He is one of three individuals who co-founded Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

Bongo Boy Music's Facilitated Drum Circle Program

Bongo Boy Music's Facilitated Drum Circle Programs are creative 45-minute sessions of rhythm and groove! Each child will have a drum and other percussion instruments to play. Children will be encouraged to express their own rhythm along with creating an exciting group groove. Improvisation and movement is encouraged and celebrated. There is no wrong note or beat, so everyone can join in on the fun!

Goat Milk Stuff

The children will be learning all about dairy goats. Topics will include basic goat anatomy, raising and caring for goats, and the life cycle of a goat. They will also learn about goat milk and its many uses.

Indianapolis Art Center

Red, blue, and yellow can create endless possibilities! In this art class, we will explore the color wheel to learn about primary, secondary, and complementary colors. Then, we will pick a color scheme and mix our own colors to create vibrant, one of a kind paintings!

Indiana State Museum

Fossils — Indiana is full of ancient seas and Ice Age fossils. The children will learn how they were formed and what used to live here in our state.

Pioneer Indiana — The children will explore what it took for Indiana to become a state and what pioneer life was like for a child in 1816.

Pioneer Indiana, the Underground Railroad, and Indiana in the Civil War — The children will explore how Indiana became a state and what pioneer life was like for a child in 1816. Then they will learn about chattel slavery and Levi and Catharine Coffin’s role in the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. The children will also lean what life was like for a soldier during this time period.

Bricks for Kids

At Bricks 4 Kidz, we learn, build, and play with LEGO® bricks! Come join us for some guided instruction on how to use gears, axles, and motors to create moving LEGO machines. Then, use your creativity to change each creation and play with it in a whole new way!

Kids Dance Outreach

The Kids Dance Outreach Interactive Workshop is dance class that incorporates unique movement vocabulary, allowing children of every level to experience an energetic, fun introduction to the KDO program. Taught by KDO Teaching Artists and accompanied by live music, students will learn various movement sequences.