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Creative Flow & Craft

Join the Hanuman Homiess founder Stefanie Tovar for a Yoga class that will inspire imaginative play through movement, sound and ART to support SPARK! Stefanie will lead the children through a class that will at times be high energy to help get some wiggles out before they settle into a final relaxation that will close with Live Music by Stef with her instrument from India, the Harmonium! The kids will have the option to sing with Stef before it is time for crafts, turning their Yoga Mats into a work of art!

This offering is for kiddos aged 7 and up.

$20 for the general public includes the Class and Craft of a Yoga Mat you can take home!
$15 for Members of SPARK!

Register by filling out the form below!

 


New Toys at SPARK!

Giant Light Bright

Brace yourself for a blast from the past. We’re certain you’ll feel nostalgic when you get your hands on the bigger than life-size version of this beloved toy. While attending an IAAPA conference in Orlando, Florida, the SPARK! team decided a Giant Light Bright was a great way to engage kids in fun, creative play. With more than five colors to choose from, guests can create words and images with sidewalk chalk-sized pegs. You can even black out spaces with black-colored pegs! The Giant Light Bright is available during all public events as well as scheduled group visits.

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Web-Enabled Photo Kiosk

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words – and we believe you’ll have LOTS to say about SPARK! Check out the kiosk, strike a pose in front of the green screen and select from several SPARK! themed backdrops to get those creative juices flowing behind (and in front of) the lens. Be your own photographer and jump in front of scenes including the capsized ship and multi-colored mermaid. Throw a party or event at SPARK! and you’ll receive printing privileges for these special, hand-held memories. Customized backdrops with company logos or names are available for private events.

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Faye C. Briggs Christmas Create

On December 5, follow the Children’s Health Holiday Parade route and end at SPARK! Celebrate the seasons and your creativity with hands-on activities for the whole family. Share in the spirit of giving by making a nightlight for children in transitional housing and explore our 6,000-foot Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture. Ideal for families with children in 2nd grade through high school. No drop-offs. $10 at the door.


Halloween Spooktacular Featured Activity – Story Doodling

In celebration of our first-ever public event on October 31 at SPARK! we’re sharing three featured activities happening that day. Our first post was an overview of how oil pastels and black construction paper can be used in a project to spark creativity in kids ages 8–10 before they outgrow Halloween. More on that here.

Our second activity is story doodling on trick-or-treat bags, another craft we believe can challenge kids to think beyond what they know and tap into their imaginations to produce original work. According to a study on Drawing Development in Children by researcher Viktor Lowenfeld, kids enter the the “pseudo- naturalistic stage” around age 12. Meaning art is no longer a spontaneous activity because their focus has shifted towards creating “adult-like” naturalistic drawings. We’re confident that this activity will teach kids to be less critical of their work by helping them slow down and enjoy the process. Here’s how it works.

Materials:

A brown paper bag

Story doodling worksheet

Markers

Instructions:

Utilize the worksheet as a brainstorming exercise. Next, review your worksheet to use it as inspiration to design your bag. Select your favorite doodle(s) and repeat across the surface of your bag.

Final Product:

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During the Halloween Spooktacular, you’ll also get to explore our newly renovated Creepy Crawl, see the Mad Scientist in action, and stop by all 13 treat stations. This event is open to families with children in 2nd grade through high school. No drop-offs are allowed. Admission is $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

Stay tuned for the next featured activity: Spooky Jars