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Classes for budding naturalists, future top chefs, and more

Looking for something different for your budding naturalist or future top chef? These classes might be just the thing.

Indigo Fire

CREATE-A-COOK

 Upcoming parent-child workshops include Valentine’s Day treats (Feb. 9), 1-2-3 Bake (Feb. 16), Snow Day in the Kitchen (Feb. 23), and C is for Cookie (March 2). Workshops are two hours and cost $80 (for one adult and one child). Classes for 7- to 11-year-olds and 11 plus are also enrolling for February and April school vacation weeks (10 a.m.-noon, $50 per session). February classes are dubbed Better Than Take Out! and focus on a different type of food each day (Mexican, All-American Diner, North End). The next multiweek session (five weeks, $240) begins Feb. 24, with classes for children 3-5 (with a caregiver), 6-9, 8-11, and 11 plus. While focused on fun, these sessions include nutrition, choosing ingredients, and food preparation. Looking ahead, Summer Camp has different themes each week, from Grandma’s Kitchen to Farmers’ Market Dinners. The best part? Kids leave camp with dinner for a family of 3-5. Cost: $395-$595 per week.  53 Winchester Heights, Newton Highlands (just off Route 9), 617-795-2223, www.createacook.com


COLOR*FULL

COLOR*FULL

 While we all want our kids to embrace their creativity and have a field day with glitter glue, the ensuing mess makes us less likely to indulge their inner van Goghs. At this warm, technicolor studio that opened just over a year ago, you can stop by with kids ages 2 to 7 for open-ended art explorations. Drop-in times are Fri-Mon 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Wed 9:30-5, $12 per child, supplies included, unlimited time. For kids 4 and older, drop-off workshops and Art*full Explorations (four-week sessions beginning Thursday, Feb. 27) are offered. Upcoming workshops include Be My Valentine (Feb. 4, 6, and 12) and Drawing and Painting Exploration (Feb. 13). Workshops are 90 minutes, $25 or $100 for five workshops. February vacation week workshops include Castles (kids get to actually create their own 3-D castle), Garden Party, and Creatures and Critters (two hours, $35 or $100 for four workshops). COLOR*FULL also offers creatively themed birthday parties like Under the Sea and Rock Stars.

Boston Children's Theatre

BOSTON CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Has your child perfected the perfect pout and the mournful I-need-to-buy-this-now eyes? Maybe it’s time for drama school. Kids ages 4-10 are introduced to drama in Center Stage Discovery classes (Saturdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. ages 4-6, 12:30-2:30 ages 7-10). Kids 9-14 can take the Intermediate Acting class (Sat. noon-1:45 p.m.) or the newly offered Intermediate Acting Performance Workshop focused on the production of a play. The next session begins Feb. 8 (four weeks, $140). Classes are taught in a creative, fun, and professional environment. Drama-filled birthday parties include a full theater experience, with improv and scene games with an instructor, including costume pieces and props, concluding with a performance. Themes range from Fairy Tales to the Wild West, pizza and customized cake included. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., 617-424-6634 www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org

Indigo Fire

INDIGO FIRE

This Belmont clay and fused-glass art studio will have your children wedging, centering, and trimming clay in Kids Wheel Throwing and fusing glass to make pendants, coasters, and candle holders in Kids Glass Fusing. For children 8 and older, the eight-week sessions ($325 for Wheel Throwing, $380 for six-week Glass Fusing) include studio privileges, which means they can come in and practice any time the studio is open (if under 14 they must be accompanied by a parent). Additionally, the studio offers monthly workshops aimed at children, and welcomes all ages for drop-in clay and glass sessions (from $15). February vacation week camps for children 8 and older include Clay Camp (9 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m., $275) and Glass and Clay Workshops (1-2:30 p.m., $27-$30). Also offered are a summer clay and art camp for kids 8-13 (weekly sessions run July 7-Aug. 29), workshops for children 5-8 Wednesdays starting July 2 from 3-4:30 p.m., and Indigo instructor-led clay parties for kids 5 and up. 60 Concord Ave., Belmont, 617-489-2730, www.indigofirestudio.com

Music Together

MUSIC TOGETHER

This early childhood music program for ages newborn to 7, focuses on experiencing music and facilitating your child’s natural “musical intelligence” as opposed to learning concepts about music. In the mixed-age classes, young children (up to 5) and their caregivers are encouraged to sing along, play instruments, dance, and listen to music. The informal environment allows children to react to the music in developmentally appropriate ways. For older children, there are Big Kid drop-off classes for 6- and 7-year-olds who are ready to learn more about music. Families are welcome to try a class to see what all the noise is about. Pricing varies per location.  To find nearby Music Together classes, type in your address or ZIP code into the class locator at www.MusicTogether.com or call 1-800-728-2692.

HABITAT EDUCATION CENTER & WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

 You don’t have to drive for hours to find an outlet for your young outdoor enthusiast. At this Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary in Belmont, nature, animals, and classes are close at hand. Its Tuesday program, After School @ Habitat, allows children ages 5-9 to explore and observe the far reaches of Habitat with binoculars, microscopes, maps, and compasses (Feb. 25-May 13, $15 member, $18 nonmember). The ever-popular Coyote Club, aimed at familiarizing children with the sanctuary and teaching them to problem solve and work together, is offered monthly Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5 p.m. The next session begins Feb. 5. Let’s Experiment (ages 6-10), a two-class session that begins Feb. 4, allows children to explore nature through hands-on experiments using physics, chemistry, and engineering. School vacation sessions (February, March, and April) have daily themes, like Wonderful Wildlife and Finding Your Way (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $72/$90 per day). The Sugaring Celebration (March 15-16), with morning and afternoon sessions, shows how our favorite pancake topping is made from sugar maple trees. Curious Explorers (ages 2-3 with adult), beginning April 8, is a guided walk around Habitat. 10 Juniper Road, Belmont, 617-489-5050, www.massaudubon.org/habitat

Caitlin Hurley can be reached at caitlinhurley@yahoo.com.
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