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  • Critters in Clay (Family)

    Please note: Fees are for one adult and one child. Please register under the adult’s name only. Transform lumps of clay into innovative animal and critter sculptures! We’ll explore various strategies and approaches for working with clay including using coils and slabs to form and connect shapes. Explore different methods for creating textures and details as you work on making practice creatures to master your techniques. Then follow your interests to create real or imagine critters and creatures of your choice. Design other features such as elements of the creature's habitat to make it more interesting! Parents/Guardians and children will collaborate together in and through the creative process to develop final works of art. We will help you create a workspace for doing clay online as well. Clay fun, creativity, and friends online! Please note: A supply list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment. Ages 6+
  • Experience Spring at Habitat (Family)

    Please note: Fees are for one adult and one child. Please register under the adult’s name only. Vernal Pool Exploration Vernal pools are temporary bodies of water that do not support fish, which are voracious predators. As a result they are a sanctuary for many unique animals like frogs, salamanders, and insects. During this excursion, you will visit Habitat’s vernal pool and discover all the species that call it home. You may even find shrimp! Please bring waterproof boots for walking around in ankle to knee deep water. Habitat will supply nets for catching and observing vernal pool creatures. Ages 6+ Saturday, April 10 9:00–11:00 am Birding: Incoming Migrants: May is the time of year where hundreds of bird species are flying across Massachusetts to their northern breeding grounds and Habitat Sanctuary is a popular pitstop along the way. We will teach you how to use binoculars (we will supply) and show you the ins and outs of locating birds in a forest canopy. This program will be suitable for both beginners and advanced birders. Ages 6+ Saturday, May 8 9:00–11:00 am Plants and their Pollinators: Pollination is one of nature's most important ecosystem services. Through observing Habitat’s community garden and meadows, you will discover a variety of animal pollinators and the flowers they turn to fruits. It’s not all about honey bees—which are not even native to Massachusetts! Ages 6+ Saturday, June 5 9:00–11:00 am
  • Family Nutrition

    Please note: Tuition is for family members sharing one device. Please register under adult’s name only. Reduce Dinnertime Drama Discover ways to teach your children and teens about balanced eating while reducing dinnertime drama. This workshop will provide you with the food science facts and numbers that you need to know to set your children up with healthy eating habits for a lifetime. We'll explore an evidence-based method that empowers you to share nutrition choices with your children while showing them how to read a nutrition facts label, working with that picky eater, building a brainy breakfast, and more. Give yourself the tools that every parent needs for getting their kids to eat healthy. Put these lessons into action in the interactive parent / child workshop, Hands-On in the Kitchen. Wednesday, May 12 | 7:30–9:00 pm | $25/screen (Adults only) Hands-on in the Kitchen Do you find that you struggle to go beyond, “because I said so,” when your child makes a not-so-stellar food choice? Join this interactive parent and child workshop to find fun and inclusive ways to share balanced nutrition with your child(ren). From the comfort and practicality of your own kitchen, we’ll use games and easy lessons to help your family make good food choices whether at home, a restaurant, or in the supermarket. We’ll have a scavenger hunt to explore where food is kept in your house, learn how to read numbers on nutrition labels, and use these skills to prepare a delicious and healthy snack. Make these lessons sustainable for your whole family with a simple, fun, and memorable traffic light analogy that will help everyone remember when an item is healthy. Please note: A list of ingredients and substitution options will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment. Take the parents-only class on Tuesday, May 12 and then put those skills into practice with your child in this fun class. Saturday, May 15 | 10:00–11:00 am | $19/screen (Ages 4+) Take both Family Nutrition classes & save | $39/screen
  • Fondant Animal Cupcakes (Family)

    Please note: Fees are for one adult and one child. Please register under the adult’s name only. Come decorate cupcakes, each with a different, whimsical animal made out of fondant. We’ll roll out, cut, and work with pre-made fondant to design four animals per person: a bumble bee, ladybug, monkey and octopus. This fun class is perfect for any level of decorator from beginner to advanced. You will need eight unfrosted cupcakes for 4 different designs. Please note: A list of ingredients and substitutions will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment. Ages 7+
  • Make & Bake Calzones (Family)

    Please note: Fees are for one adult and one child. Please register under the adult’s name only. Explore the endless possibilities of making delicious calzones—baked Italian turnovers filled with pizza ingredients—fresh from your own oven. In this hands-on class, learn to roll out and shape the dough, choose filling options to personalize your calzone, then fold it in half and crimp the edges. Calzones make a great appetizer or main course and they freeze well. Please note: A list of ingredients and substitutions will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment. Ages 8+
  • Maki Roll Sushi (Family)

    Please note: Fees are for one adult and one child. Please register under the adult’s name only. Does your family enjoy eating sushi? Make rolling sushi a fun family affair in the comfort of your own home. With step-by-step instructions, learn techniques to make two kinds of maki rolls. We’ll start by preparing fillings: seasoning sushi rice, thinly chopping vegetables, preparing imitation crab (this class does not involve raw fish), and making tamagoyaki by rolling together thin layers of seasoned egg. Perfect your rolling techniques as we make hosomaki, a simple maki sushi typically containing one filling, surrounded by rice and wrapped tightly with nori (seaweed). We’ll then move on to making larger rolls, futomaki, filled with colorful and flavorful items. Directions for making sushi rice will be sent prior to class. Please note: A sushi mat is recommended for this class. They are available at Asian supermarkets such as HMart, Ebisuya, and Maruichi, or online from Amazon. A list of ingredients and substitution options will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment. Ages 8+
  • Off the Beaten Path Family Hikes (Family)

    Please note: Fees are for one adult and one child. Please register under the adult’s name only. (In Person) Spend some time outdoors with your family this spring and join one or more of these guided hikes to locations you might not have visited before. As we explore these extraordinary sites we’ll take time to gaze at the natural formations we encounter and hear stories of historical significance along the way. All of the hikes are easy to moderate. Bring water and snacks to have throughout the hike to keep energy levels up. Please note: Students will be asked to adhere to public health guidelines. Meeting location will be included in your receipt. All walks meet rain or shine. Ages 8+: Sundays | 11:30 am–2:00 pm | $45/pair (per hike) Great Scott, It’s Great Brook! - Great Brook Farm, Carlisle Explore the beautiful Great Brook Farm in Carlisle. This 1000-acre state park features more than 20 miles of trails, notable Native American sites, and 17th-century cellar holes leftover from English settlers. This walk will wind through glacial bogs as well as farmlands that are still utilized today. April 18 Hallelujah! - Jericho Town Forest, Weston A former farmland with vintage old roads crisscrossing through 200 acres of flat forest, various trees can be found in this quiet, peaceful setting. The walk begins and ends at a former college that is now the Campion Conference & Renewal Center, a retreat center and Jesuit retirement community and infirmary. May 2 Back to Summer Camp! – Camp Acton, East Acton One of the largest recreational areas in the region, Camp Acton offers the opportunity to see native wildlife. Formerly owned by the Boston Minuteman Boy Scout Council, you can still camp out in grounds surrounded by heavy forests and swamps. May 16
  • Sweet & Savory Crepes (Family)

    Please note: Fees are for one adult and one child. Please register under the adult’s name only. Learn the art of creating this traditional “French pancake” from scratch. We will spend time mastering the art of cooking crepes and preparing this light delicacy multiple ways. Think sweet and 'breakfast/dessert" and think 'brunch/lunch'. Truly the possibilities are endless! Please note: A list of ingredients and substitution options will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment. Ages 8+
  • Views of Arlington: Plein Air Art ( Family)

    Please note: Fees are for one adult and one child. Please register under the adult’s name only. Let’s have fun and create art outdoors! En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” which refers to the act of painting an entire finished piece outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. In this family art workshop you will learn how to draw or paint a landscape from observation. We’ll choose one of the many spectacular views in our town and admire the scenery. Then we will capture the beauty of spring using materials such as colored crayons, markers, pastels, watercolor, or tempera paints. A list of recommended materials will be sent to participants. No previous art experience needed. Please note: Students will be asked to adhere to public health guidelines. Meeting location is TBD. All walks meet rain or shine. Students may attend one or both. Ages 7+.
  • Zoo Chat: Conservation & Endangered Species (Virtual Visit)

    Please note: Tuition is for family members sharing one device. Please register under adult’s name only. ACE has partnered with Zoo New England for an exclusive behind-the-scenes virtual tour to learn how the zoo contributes to species survival. We’ll get up-close and personal with a variety of animal species and explore what factors lead to endangerment. Depending on who’s awake, animals may include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and insects. But our zoo adventure will definitely include one-on-one time with one of the cutest species that is at high risk of extinction: red pandas. Prepare to be bamboozled by the undeniable cuteness of these furry ring-tailed rascals. Learn all about how these animals live at the zoo, how biologists determine if a species is endangered, and experience firsthand some of the technology utilized in conservation projects. Your tuition for this personal zoo experience will help support the zoo’s mission to protect the ancient species, red pandas, and all endangered species around the world. Ages 5+.