Youth & Family

Youth and family class topics mirror adult programming with subjects such as arts, cooking, nature, gardening, skill-building, and more. Classes are taught by community educators and 577 staff. Class sizes are small and may take place in the Cottage, House, and outdoors around the beautiful gardens and grounds of 577.

Upcoming Classes

Youth Art Adventures: Fun with Seeds
Friday, June 7 ~ 10am to 11am

Designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, this class will explore the wonders of seeds through story and art! We will read “How a Seed Grows” by Helene J. Jordan, create a seed craft on recycled cardboard canvases, and even plant our own seeds together. If time and weather permit, we will also go outside to look for seeds and flowers around the grounds at the end of class.

*Cost is per child~ please register each child attending. Adults are free and do not need to register. Caregivers should attend class with their child. 

577 Staff Instructor: Avery Bohman

June Family Pottery: For Ages 7 to 17 w/ Adult
Friday, June 7 ~ 9:30am to 11:30am

This family pottery class is open to children 7 to 17 with an adult over 18, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Create your very own pet dish and tag/ornament in this fun family pottery class. Together we will make medium dishes, 6 to 8 inches in diameter, which are the perfect size water bowl for your dog or cat (or snake, bird, or anything in between). You will have a ball decorating and personalizing your dish for your favorite pet.

Pottery Coordinator Emily Horst will then show everyone how to create a little tag for the collar of your pet, or a small ornament for your wall or Christmas tree. Each pair will make one pet dish and 2 tags/ornaments.

Emily will fire your pieces with pickup scheduled for two to three weeks later. Each pair will receive a notification via email. No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

Class Registration Requirments:
• Each registration is for one (1) youth between the ages of 7 to 17, with an accompanying adult 18 years old and older. Due to the small class size, only one adult may accompany the youth registered.
• If an adult would like to accompany multiple youth participants, please sign up each youth participant individually and list the adult’s name for each registration.

Little Chefs: Taco Tuesday Tango
Tuesday, June 11 ~ 5pm to 6:30pm

We’re celebrating summertime with a fiesta in Virginia’s Kitchen. Join us for these kid-approved recipes that will have your little chef dancing for more. Designed for kids ages 7 to 12. 

We’re making tacos two different ways. First, we’ll assemble a savory walking taco with plenty of fixings. Next, we’ll make a sweet dessert taco piled high with berries and bananas, plus their choice of toppings like Nutella, marshmallows, or chocolate chips. We’ll finish the class with a fizzy and refreshing Sunrise Cooler made with a pomegranate syrup base and topped with orange juice and sparkling water.

Why should Tuesdays have all the fun? Here’s to taco night, every night!

577 Staff Instructor: Kelly Rose Hirsh

Fairy Garden with Herbs • Youth Gardening
Saturday, June 15 ~ 10am to 11am

Young gardeners with their adult partners will have fun digging in the dirt to make their very own fairy herb garden! Together, we will plant basil, thyme, rosemary, and chives in a take-home planter. Everyone will finish their pot by decorating it with fairy trinkets. All supplies included.

This class is designed for kids ages 7 to 15 with an adult guardian. *Please note: Cost is per child ~ please register each child attending. Adults are free and caregivers MUST attend class with their child.

Community Instructor: Danielle Garcia

Hot Air Balloons ~ Youth Pottery for Ages 7 to 13
Thursday, June 27 ~ 10am to 11:30am

This class is open to children ages 7 to 13. No prerequisite or experience is required.

Let your kiddo have their head in the clouds for this creative class where they will create their a hot air balloon. Your child will learn to roll out slabs, cut out shapes, and paint on a design of their choice. These pieces will be made to hang indoors or outdoors (in non-freezing temperatures) with a small hanging clay basket attached with twine/wire provided by 577.

Once completed your child’s design will be fired and either dipped in clear glaze or left matte, depending on your child’s preference.

Pickup will be scheduled for two to three weeks later. Each child will receive a notification via email. No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

Please note: Adults are not required to attend youth pottery classes. Students may be dropped off at the beginning of class and picked up at the scheduled end time. Please remember to be on time.

No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

Summer Fun: Art & Snacks for Kids
Wednesday, June 19 ~ 9:30am to 11:30am

This class is designed as a drop-off class for 5- to 9-year-olds to enjoy a fun morning creating paper crafts & scrap art, making dough, and cooking up their own simple snack. Let’s get creative together!

Please note: Snacks will include milk, eggs, and wheat. Food allergies will be accommodated by the instructor if possible– please indicate any food allergies at registration or email cstose@577foundation with any questions.

Community Instructor: Elaine Sneider

Kids Explore Nature: Cicadas
Saturday, June 29 ~ 10am to 11:30am

Young explorers will learn all about cicadas, that often underappreciated bug that fills our late summer nights with it’s buzzing love songs. Designed for kids ages 4 to 7 with an adult guardian, together we’ll investigate this mysterious creature, why they live underground, how they know when to come out, and finally create a painted cicada craft project.

*Cost is per child~ please register each child attending. Adults are free and do not need to register. Caregivers should attend class with their child. Please dress for the weather as part of the class will be outside.

Community Instructors: Nancy & John Salerno

Slab of Summer ~ Youth Pottery Camp
5 Sessions ~ Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12
~ Youth Ages 7 to 11: 9:30am to 11:30am
~ Youth Ages 12 to 17: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

This five-session camp is open to children ages 7 to 17. No prerequisite or experience is required.

Camps are back! Your kiddo will spend an exciting week with the 577 Pottery Staff Julie Beutler and Emily Horst exploring clay. Using nature and the beautiful 577 grounds as our inspiration, we will create a new project each day.

Together, we will explore hand building techniques including pinch, slab and coils. Plus! As a special summer camp bonus, we will make a wheel-thrown pot! All supplies and firings included.  

Please note: Adults are not required to attend youth pottery classes. Students may be dropped off at the beginning of class and picked up at the scheduled end time. Please remember to be on time.

No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

Snails! ~ July Family Pottery: For Ages 5 to 6 w/ Adult
Thursday, July 18 ~ 10am to 11:30am

This family pottery class is open to children 5 to 6 with an adult over 18, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Join Julie and Emily, 577’s pottery instructors, for a creative family pottery class. Each family will make and decorate two (2) to four (4) adorable snails. You can choose to work on them together, make your own individual snails, or mix it up with a combination of both! We’ll explore two different styles of snails, a coil style – cute in gardens and planters, and a pinch pot design – great for storing trinkets and treasures. After building your snails, we will spend time painting them with liquid color clay to add that perfect finishing touch.

Julie and Emily will complete the process with a bisque fire and clear glaze. Your cute lil’ guys will be ready for pick up in approximately 12 to 14 days after class. Each pair will receive a notification via email. No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

Class Registration Requirments:
• Each registration is for one (1) youth between the ages of 5 to 6, with an accompanying adult 18 years old and older. Due to the small class size, only one adult may accompany the youth registered.
• If an adult would like to accompany multiple youth participants, please sign up each youth participant individually and list the adult’s name for each registration.

Checkerboard ~ July Family Pottery: For Ages 13 to 17 w/ Adult
Friday, July 26 ~ 9am to 11am

This family pottery class is open to children 13 to 17 with an adult over 18, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Join us for a unique family pottery class making a checkerboard ~ the perfect addition to game night!. Each pair will make one checkerboard with 24 pieces, 12 pieces for each side. Opt for a traditional design or let your imagination run wild with unconventional patterns, the choice is yours!

Under the guidance of your instructor, Emily, 577’s pottery coordinator and ceramic artist, you’ll start by rolling out a slab of clay and cutting out your boards. Then, it’s time to cut out the individual pieces and personalize your boards to your heart’s content. Work together with your kiddo to make an unforgettable project that can be used for years to come. Once fired, these projects may be glazed or high fired to finish, with Emily discussing your choices in class. Pickup will be in approximately 2 to 3 weeks after class. Each pair will receive a notification via email. No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

Class Registration Requirments:
• Each registration is for one (1) youth between the ages of 13 to 17, with an accompanying adult 18 years old and older. Due to the small class size, only one adult may accompany the youth registered.
• If an adult would like to accompany multiple youth participants, please sign up each youth participant individually and list the adult’s name for each registration.

Kids Explore Nature: Bees & Honey
Saturday, July 27 ~ 10am to 11:30am

Young explorers will learn all about bees and all the work it takes to make delicious honey. Designed for kids ages 4 to 7 with an adult guardian, together we’ll investigate the bee’s life cycle, the amazing way they communicate with each other, and finally we’ll make our own honeycombs and a wooden mason bee house to take home. We’ll even taste some different types of honey!

*Cost is per child~ please register each child attending. Adults are free and do not need to register. Caregivers should attend class with their child. Please dress for the weather as part of the class will be outside.

Community Instructors: Nancy & John Salerno

Youth: Candy STEAM •  For Ages 8 to 12-year-olds
Monday, July 29 ~ 9:30am to 11:30am

Young participants in this fun class will explore all the aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, using candy as our tools. We’ll create candy structures, paint with candy, play games, and more. Kids ages 8 to 12 year-olds will enjoy this enriching experience that’s a real “treat”!

*Class information: Some candy may contain wheat or chemical/synthetic food dyes. Please state any food allergies at registration.

Community Instructor: Elaine Sneider

Youth Art & Nature: Create a Critter
Tuesday, July 30 ~ 10am to 11:30am

Young creatives will spend a fun morning with their adult caregivers and Bennett, 577 landscape horticulturist, making their an imaginative critter from natural materials found on the 577 grounds. Each child will transform a Honey Locust seedpod into a creature of their own design. The fun will continue as everyone will be encouraged to write and/or draw a story about their imaginary creatures. All supplies included.

*Cost is per child~ please register each child attending. Adults are free and caregivers MUST attend class with their child.

577 Staff Instructor: Bennett O Dowling

Platter ~ July Family Pottery: For Ages 7 to 17 w/ Adult
Wednesday, July 31 ~ 9am to 10:30am

This family pottery class is open to children 7 to 17 with an adult over 18, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Join Julie and Emily, 577’s pottery instructors, for a creative and memorable experience making a large family “special day” platter. As a team, each adult and youth will work to roll out a slab, then prep and decorate a new heirloom for your family.

The platter will be food-safe ~ perfect for birthdays, holidays, or any special dinner at home. It’s large enough for serving, yet just the right size for everyday use. Pickup will be in approximately 12 to 14 days after class. Each pair will receive a notification via email. No experience is necessary. Create lasting memories and a treasured keepsake!

Class Registration Requirments:
• Each registration is for one (1) youth between the ages of 7 to 17, with an accompanying adult 18 years old and older. Due to the small class size, only one adult may accompany the youth registered.
• If an adult would like to accompany multiple youth participants, please sign up each youth participant individually and list the adult’s name for each registration.

Monster Set ~ July Family Pottery: For Ages 7 to 12 w/ Adult
Wednesday, July 31 ~ 1pm to 3pm

This family pottery class is open to children 7 to 12 with an adult over 18, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Join Julie and Emily, 577’s pottery instructors, for a “frightfully fun” family pottery class. Each family member will make and decorate their very own “monster” themed bowl and plate. Together, we’ll use pinch pot and slab techniques to bring to life fun, wide-mouth creature dip bowls and matching or complementing snack plates from your imagination. Not sure what you want your set to look like, don’t worry! We’ll start with some fun demonstrations to get your imagination flowing.

Everyone will complete their projects by painting them with liquid colored clay for bright and fun colors. Cute for movie nights, lunch, and after-school snacks, you will love using your own custom plate and dip bowl set! Julie and Emily will complete the process with a clear glaze and a high-fire making them food-safe. Pickup will be in approximately 12 to 14 days after class. Each pair will receive a notification via email. No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay!

Class Registration Requirments:
• Each registration is for one (1) youth between the ages of 7 to 12, with an accompanying adult 18 years old and older. Due to the small class size, only one adult may accompany the youth registered.
• If an adult would like to accompany multiple youth participants, please sign up each youth participant individually and list the adult’s name for each registration.

Class Locations & Parking Map

Signed up for a class and need help finding your classroom location and parking? Each class description lists its location. Click the button below to view a full map of the grounds and buildings with two lots available for easy and convenient parking. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Because space is limited, we rely on you to register for classes thoughtfully. Please help us continue to offer these wonderful classes as affordably as possible by adhering to the following registration, cancellation, and refund policies.

Photo & Video Release

Photos and videos may be taken during 577 classes and events for use on our website and other relevant media outlets and your attendance constitutes consent. View the full policy below including how you can opt-out of this release. 

Join us for Music in the Gardens on Saturday, June 8, from 11am to 3pm. Events are free, family-friendly, and rain or shine.

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