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! registration is limited to 28 slots per age group each day, and registration is first-come, first-served. There is a nonrefundable $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.

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.

SCHEDULE

The schedule of events is broken up into by day, and a full itinerary is available for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Program Descriptions

Sign-in/Warm-up

Children will be accepted during this time for the morning programming. This is a time they can use to get ready for the day’s activities and connect with their peers. It will be a common drop-off time for all age groups. There will not be any structured activity during this time. All children must be signed in by 8:50 a.m., or they will not be accepted into the day’s programming. Please feed them before you bring them, as we cannot allow food or beverages into the Spark! rooms.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki

Ray Becerra, the community outreach specialist with the Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, will share the history and struggle of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Gifted and Talented

Marine Ecosystems

This activity involves learning about and creating a coral reef ecosystem from craft supplies.

Pizza Geometry

This combination econonomy/geometry activity involves the creation of concept pizza restaurants where kids then compete for highest profit.

Jungle Island

Remarkable Reptiles

Did you know… reptiles have been on Earth for over 300 million years! During our remarkable reptile presentation you will learn fun facts with our reptiles from all around the world. The students will have the opportunity to interact with these amazing creatures, feel the scaly skin of our snake and many more!

Birds of “Parrot” dise

There are around 372 species of Parrots. In the Birds of “Parrot” dise outreach, students will have the chance to familiarize themselves with a collection of these fascinating birds and learn numerous facts about them.

Miami Children’s Museum

The Spiffiest Giant in Town

Watch the Scruffiest Giant turn Spiffiest Giant, help out his furry friends around town with the kindest of deeds in this all-ages theater show. The Spiffiest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson, comes to life through music, dance and quirky characters.

Abstract Art

Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky, children experiment with abstract art using recycled materials such as bottle caps, and paper towel rolls to overlap colored circles. We will replicate some of Kandinsky’s most famous artworks such as “Color Studies: Squares and Concentric Circles,” which has been mentioned as one of the greatest abstract works of art in history.

De Stijl

Inspired by Piet Mondrian, children will use lines, squares and primary colors to create an asymmetrical artwork. Using canvas, tape, and paint, we will replicate some of Mondrian’s most famous artworks, such as “Composition with Large Red Plane,” “Yellow, Black Gray and Blue” and “Broadway Boogie-Woogie.”

Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground is an innovative playground equipment system that transforms any place into a play space that encourages learning, social development, movement and above all fun.

Miami Seaquarium

Invasive Species

Invasive Species on the Move is an educational presentation given by a Miami Seaquarium Educator on invasive species in South Florida. Learn what an invasive species is, why they are not good for local ecosystems and what you can do to help. This program includes a visit from our Miami Seaqaurium resident Argentinean Tegus who are an invasive species here in South Florida.

Seal Studies

Learn all about pinnipeds during this presentation. Pinne…what?! Pinnipeds! These are all seals, sea lions and walruses! Get ready for some hands-on learning when we show you what blubber really feels like and a replica of a sea lion skull. From their adaptations to what they eat, this program will teach all about these sleek yet furry animals.

Miami Ecoadventures

Touch The Bay

Sea stars, Conchs and Sea urchins! Oh My! Explore the sea grass ecosystem through a presentation and a hands-on touch tank of some of the amazing critters found there. Learn a few of the commonly found creatures as well as the different types of sea grass.

Ocean Conservation Outreach

Learn why the oceans are so important to our planet! Discuss threats to oceans and brainstorm possible solutions and actions we can take to protect our oceans. Campers will observe an experiment that demonstrates one of the threats discussed.

Miami Zoo

Creature Feature

This interactive program focuses on fascinating creatures found around the world. Students will discover how featured animals have amazing specializations for survival in their natural habitats.

Youth Environmental Alliance

The Sea and Me — Prevent a C02 Calamity!

Your student global ecologists participate in fun experiments to test hypotheses, learn our role in the environment and food web, learn chemistry, and explore oceans and coral reefs using the scientific method. Participnts will also make an edible coral model.

Young At Art Museum

Art Around the World

Travel around the world to explore different countries! Discover symbols in art, hear stories, play games, dance to the beat, and learn to speak new languages. An ARTrageous adventure awaits.

Solar Powered Trees

Learn how real trees draw their energy from the sun, then create your own free sculpture and use solar power to reveal colorful energy.

Geometric Cityscape

Discover how a famous artist used geometric shapes to create beautiful cityscapes as you create your own math-inspired painting!

Optical Illusion Box

Discover how optical illusion is mathematically formed by shapes, lines, colors, and patterns as you create a mesmerizing Op Art box.