Youth & Family

Youth and family class topics mirror adult programming with subjects such as arts, nature, gardening, skill-building, and more. Current offerings are limited due to the pandemic but look for more classes soon. 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

Kids Explore Nature: Bird Banquet
Saturday, January 28 ~ 1pm to 3pm

This class will meet inside Virginia’s House to make fun treats for the birds to eat. Children will learn which specific birds eat which specific foods to keep them happy and fed during the winter months. Our bird banquet recipes will include “Woodpecker Waffles” and “Apple-icious Crumble Pie”. This class is designed for 4 to 7-year-olds and an adult partner. 

Community Instructor: Nancy and John Salerno

Musical Jamboree
Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28 ~ 10am to 11am

Come and make music in this class designed especially for preschoolers! Each session will include singing, dancing, moving to music, using toy instruments, and making a simple craft.
Those registered will receive a CD or digital version of select songs from the class.

*Please Note: Please register each child attending. Adults are free and caregivers should attend class with their child(ren).

Community Instructor: Elaine Sneider

Little Chefs: Cookies with Cupid
Tuesday, February 7 ~ 5pm to 6:30pm

This kid-friendly, hands-on cooking class will get your young chef in the kitchen for some sugary Valentine’s Day fun! What’s the difference between frosting, icing, and glaze? We’ll learn about these traditional sweet toppings and find out which one works best for which dessert.

Kids will learn cookie decorating tips and tricks and have the chance to get creative on their own with delicious homemade pre-baked sugar cookies. Each child will leave with a plate of their decorated cookies and a homemade Valentine’s Day card – a sweet treat to share at home, or an adorable gift for someone special!

Important Notes: Kids should come to class wearing closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing that can get a little messy. Aprons will be provided. We will be tasting the foods that we prepare, so please make us aware of any dietary restrictions, if they apply to your child.

577 Staff Instructor: Kelly Rose Hirsh, Assistant Director of Administrative Operations

Watercolor: Valentines
Saturday, February 11 ~ 2pm to 5pm

Join us for an afternoon of fun exploring your creativity sustainably while making whimsical hearts and beautiful love-themed cards from reused and recycled materials. Perfect to give as Valentines or to any friend or loved one throughout the year, each student can choose to make 12 to 16 small cards or 6 to 8 larger-sized cards. The instructor will guide you through some examples, and students will be given lots of time to paint and collage on their own.

All supplies provided, including watercolor paints, recycled papers, and ephemera. Students are welcome to bring their own favorite paints, brushes, or collage papers.

Individuals or adult/child pairs (ages 8 and up) are welcome. Great opportunity to create handmade valentines for school.

577 Staff Instructor: Connie Stose, Program Manager & Professional Artist

Kids Explore Nature: Follow That Print
Saturday, February 25 ~ 10am to 12pm

Join us for a fun morning spent learning about and looking for animal footprints—sometimes easier to find than the animals themselves. Designed for 4 to 7-year-olds and an adult partner, this class will meet inside Virginia’s House to make a footprint trap and create a story of your favorite animal track.

Be sure to dress for the weather and wear your best tracking boots, as some time will be spent outdoors as we hunt for these amazing animal clues on the 577 grounds.

Please register each child attending. Adults are free and do not need to register. Caregivers should attend class with their child.

Community Instructor: Nancy and John Salerno

February Family Pottery: For Ages 7 to 17 w/ Adult
Monday, February 20, 10am to 12pm

Looking for something to do with your child on this day off from school? In this family clay class, both adult and child will enjoy an exploration of hand-built pottery projects with this session’s focus on adorable pinch pot animals. Your instructors will demonstrate how to make four (4) pinch pot animals ~ a mouse, penguin, bunny, and bear~ using simple slab/coils techniques. After the demonstration, you will be able to choose your favorite to create.

After creating your animal, we will finish the class by painting them with underglazes to really bring out their personalities! The 577’s pottery staff will fire and glaze the pieces with a clear glaze, and pick-up will be scheduled a couple of weeks later. Each participant will create and paint one animal.

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.

Preschool Science
Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 ~ 10am to 11am

Join us as we explore many science wonders, Preschool Style. At each session, we’ll enjoy stories, games, crafts, and some simple science experiments.

*Please Note: Please register each child attending. Adults are free and caregivers should attend class with their child(ren).

Community Instructor: Elaine Sneider

Blackout Poetry for Teens
Monday, March 20 ~ 6pm to 7:30pm

Join us for a relaxed evening in Virginia’s House to learn about and create your own blackout poetry. Blackout poetry is a form of art using printed text and redacting unwanted words (usually with black ink) to make a visual poem or statement. It can be as simple as leaving a couple of words on the page, or as creative as including a picture or design with the text and ink.

The blackout poetry for this class will be made using Sharpies and some overstock books donated to 577. Feel free to bring your own forms of text if you’d like. No prior writing or art experience is required, and all materials will be provided.

577 Instructor: Avery Bohman, Program Intern

March Family Pottery: For Ages 7 to 17 w/ Adult
Wednesday, March 22 ~ 3:30pm to 5:30pm

This family clay class is for both child and their accompanying adult to enjoy an exploration of hand-built pottery projects. Each participant will make their own pinch pot frog/toad. Then, as a team will create one small coil toad abode (toad/frog house) perfect for your garden, flower bed, or corner of your yard to help attract a jumping little friend to your yard.

The 577’s pottery staff will fire and glaze the pieces with a clear glaze and pick-up will be scheduled a couple of weeks later. 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.

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. 

577 is open daily, 9am to 5pm. The Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop is open Wednesday ~ Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

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