"Mom, I'm bored."
Those three words we all hate hearing. Though I already did a blog post on a Boredom Box to help beat the boredom (check out The Boredom Box must haves here), I have come upon a few other options outside the home as well!
My girls are different in just about every way. Their likes, their styles, their interests. So, finding activities that fit them both are downright impossible.
But, finding free activities that suit an individual was actually easy! Thanks to the Apple Store, Microsoft Store and Williams of Sonoma I have at least a couple days of learning fun ready to go for my girls!
Apple Camp and Coding Classes
While checking into Apple Camp last week, I stumbled upon a FREE robotics coding class that was offered last Saturday. This was a GOLD MINE for my coding and reading loving oldest.
During the one hour class, she laid out a maze, learned how to drive the robot (Sprk which you can get at the Apple Store as well as Amazon) and use the robot's coding software to direct it through the maze. It took her the whole hour, but she LOVED every minute of it and would've stayed longer if allowed. (scroll to the bottom for photos from this outing)
Apple offers classes like these almost every Saturday. Check out the Apple Website for more information.
Apple Camp is a FREE 3 day class for Computer lovers. There are different interests to choose from and for 3 days the kids ages 8 to 12 can dive into these areas to learn more and grow their love of it. The Apple Store at the St Johns Town Center currently doesn't have dates listed, but you can sign up for notifications to be in the know when they do. Based on the one hour class I know my 9 year old will love it.
Microsoft Store Classes
fter stumbling on the Apple classes I thought, "I'm sure Microsoft offers something similar. They are competitors in the same Town Center after all." Well, I was right.
Both on weekends and during the week (hooray for Summer entertainment) Microsoft has classes on a variety of topics for kids and adults.
For our first day of summer on Thursday, I already signed my oldest up for the Minecraft Hour of Code class. This is a class that connects with Code.org in their efforts to teach kids and adults the basics of coding. (follow me on Instagram to see the fun on Thursday)
But Microsoft has more! They have YouthSpark camps covering topics from coding to presentations using PowerPoint. They also offer STEM Saturdays where you can drop in anytime from 10a to 1pm on Saturdays to let your kids participated in a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activity for 30 minutes. This Saturday it's building a Flex sensor that let's your child control a robot with their finger! STEM Saturdays and YouthSpark are FREE, but for a small fee they also have a Lego bricks Contracptions and Gross Out Science. For all the information on the classes offered visit The Microsoft Store website.
Williams of Sonoma Cooking Classes
Though, not a free Class, Williams of Sonoma offers kids cooking classes throughout the year. One Saturday a month at 10a they have a themed cooking class for the future Kids Cooking champions you know.
A fun way to introduce the basics of cooking and for only a small fee your little one had a great time! I've already signed up my 7 year old for the American Girl Birthday Party class on June 3rd. For more information check out the Williams of Sonoma website.
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