Summer Adventures Sessions


Summer 2017 offerings coming soon!


For 5 year olds to kids who have completed 3rd grade

Summer Adventures sessions are held on the NGFS Guilford Campus at 1128 New Garden Road.

Sessions run from 9:00am-3:30pm.

Student drop-off begins at 8:45am and pick-up ends at 3:45pm.

Participants must bring a lunch, snack, and water bottle each day.

Extended Care morning hours are available from 8:00am-8:45am & afternoon hours are available from 3:45pm-6:00pm.  Click here for more details.

Summer Adventures consists of  eight, one week-long themed sessions. These themes give us a focus for learning about science, historical events and people, and for games and craft projects. The children will often be separated into groups by age, but they will have the opportunity to work in multi-age groups for some projects and games. Space is limited and we do fill up, so sign up early!

Summer 2016 Schedule

Mad Scientists & Crazy Inventors

June 13-17

We have a secret laboratory where we make ewwy, gooey and gross creations! Come join us in the lab as we make slime, silly putty, bouncy balls & play with oobleck. You can make ice cream, experiment with Earth magnets, watch ghost crystals vanish and watch frozen fruit shatter!  We will tye-dye t-shirts, make glitter globes, rocket balloon cars, create glow in the dark snow, make play dough and experiment with dry ice. We will grow borax crystals, make a pickle glow, generate giant smoke rings, and make smoke bubbles! Visit our Mad Lab and witness mind-boggling feats of Science In Action!

Carpentry & Architecture (This session is now full.  You may register to be on the waitlist.)

June 20-24

Choose a project to build such as our brand new pirate ship project, secret compartment box, castle,  treasure chest, a bookshelf, birdhouse, tech charging station, toolbox, utility stool and more!. Learn how to safely use a handsaw, hammer, hand drill, square, pliers, wood rasp and screwdrivers to build and paint your masterpiece. Build wooden model kits to take home. Kids will get to judge the 16th Annual Professor Safety Pageant.  We will make wooden snakes and make stains from items in nature to create wood art.  We will design Rube Goldberg machines, and build structures in a town to see if they can survive natural disasters such as tornadoes, meteors, landslides, floods, volcanoes, even black holes!

Knights and Castles (This session is now full.  You may register to be on the waitlist.)

June 27 - July 1

Become a knight of the realm by going on a Knight’s Quest to test your bravery and skill! Learn about medieval knight life and compete in knightly challenges! Decorate your own family crest on shields, write scrolls, make medallions and design your own banner. Write your own spells and mix potions in our dank dungeon, make your choice of a jester, wizard or princess hat and make a wizard cape & wand. We will cook and eat gingerbread, write our own Bestiary, launch catapults and play the games Defend the Castle, Quidditch and Catapult Chess! Learn how to tame a unicorn, fight off a fiery dragon and hunt for the mysterious nest of the basilisk in our quest to achieve knighthood!  


July 5-8

Calling all paleontologists! Want to dig in the dirt for fossils, go on a dinosaur egg hunt & learn why T-Rex really was the king? Want to know which dinosaurs had feathers and which dinosaurs are related to chickens?  Come to this session and find out all of this and more when we create your own dinosaur, make dino soap, build a life size set of bones, and learn to track Velociraptors!  We will learn all about the Terror of the South – Acrocanthosaurus! Build your own working volcano and test the survivability of dinosaurs versus lava, asteroids and humans. Make and eat 3-Dimensional dinosaurs out of cookies and learn about tons of dinosaurs, what they ate, how big they were, all of their names and much, much more! This is a 4 day week starting on Tuesday. We are closed Monday for the national holiday, 4th of July!

Pyramids and Mummies

July 11-15

Become an archaeologist digging for artifacts and find treasures buried in the sand. Learn the secrets         of how to mummify a king, learn why they built the pyramids, make burial masks and design your own Egyptian chariot. Explore your way through secret passages, escape booby traps and avoid the mummy curse to make it out of the tomb hunts each day. Make ancient jewelry, Egyptian clothing,learn to write in Hieroglyphics, and learn about the famous female pharoah Hatshepsut.  Also mummify cats, play King Tut’s favorite board game & make protective amulets.  Adventure awaits!

Strange Sightings

July 18-22

Sasquatch? Chupacabras? Nessie? The Lost Continent of Atlantis?!? Do these things exist???  Do we know? Do we really care? Come explore these unexplained phenomena that make us say, “What was that?” Find out about UFO sightings, the Devil's Triangle, Area 51, the mysteries of Puma Punku and what the Tanuki is in Japan.  Track Bigfoot’s footprints through the woods, pour plaster casts of your foot and set traps for the big creature!  Build a replica of Atlantis and write our own field guides of cryptids. Create AlienContainment Units, make Monster Spotter Field Kits and get your official Creature Spotting License. Watch footage of actual creatures then decide if it’s real or a hoax and create your own “footage” of a “sighting.”

Ancient Greek Legends

July 25-29

Come learn all about the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece! Try your luck at the twelve labors of Heracles, design your own Spartan shield and Athenian helmet, visit the oracle to get your future told and make a laurel wreath.  Stamp your own coins and make leather pouches to carry the coins.  Cook honey cakes and build your own chariot.  We will compete in our own Olympic games and we will go on an epic journey where we will challenge the Titans for the rule of Mt. Olympus, fight off Medusa, the Minotaur and many other monsters of Greek lore!

Pirates (This session is full.)

August 1-5

Make your own pirate flag and get ready to set sail on the high seas for adventure!  Learn all about a pirate’s life, learn how a ship stays afloat, stamp your own pirate coins, and go on daily hunts for treasure, but look out for pirates! Learn how to use a compass, design your own pirate wardrobe, make “pieces of eight,”  create giant treasure maps and hear pirate  legends. You will hear the lost legend of pirate Joseph Bannister, squeeze lemon/limeades, build your own piratical Viking longboats, cook ship biscuits, and design, build and race your own pirate ship!

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