• Introducing New STEAM Kits for Kids 6 and up!

  • Check out these fun and educational kits for kids ages 6 and up. It’s sad that we couldn’t have BuildFest this year but these Playhouse Builds STEAM kits bring BuildFest to your house! Looking for activities for kids under 6? Check out the monthly Play Kits for kids aged 2-6 which are posted here.  The minimum suggested donations for each kit help cover the cost of supplies. Families experiencing financial hardship may request one free kit per month (either a Play Kit or a STEAM Kit). These kits were designed by Playhouse staff using funds from a short-term Paycheck Protection Program loan from the Small Business Administration. If you would like to see this program continue, please give a gift to the Play Kit Project here.

  • The Artistic Chemist Kit

    While supplies last–only 50 kits available!

    Learn about chemistry while creating a beautiful garden! The Artistic Chemist Kit includes the following activities: 

    1. Borax Crystal Flowers
    2. Traveling Rainbow
    3. Chromatography Butterflies and Flowers
    4. DIY Silly Putty
    5. Bath Bombs
    6. Create Your Own Butterfly Garden diorama

    Minimum suggested donation is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. 

    Recommended for ages 6 and up. Parental Supervision Required

    Created by Anna Welsh and Sydney Blume. 

  • Town Engineer

    Available July 8. While supplies last–only 50 kits available!

    The Town Engineer Kit challenges you to think like an engineer as you build the following projects:

    1. Balloon-powered car
    2. Balloon-powered rocket
    3. Marshmallow tower
    4. Earthquake table
    5. Bridge challenge

    This kit includes a pair of adult-sized scissors, a ruler, a roll of tape, dry spaghetti (contains gluten), marshmallows, ping-pong balls, balloons, and rubber bands. Minimum suggested donation is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

    Recommended for ages 6 and up.

    Created by Patrick McNeel, with assistance from Brooke Hester, Richard Elaver, Claire Parnell, and Kathy Parham.

    Instrucciones de actividad en español

  • The Art in Motion Kit

    Available July 22. While supplies last–only 50 kits available!

     The Art in Motion kit includes the following activities: 

    1. Art Bot
    2. Moving Pictures (Thaumatrope)
    3. Splatter Painting
    4. 3D Hand
    5. It Shrinks! (Shrink Art)
    6. Calder Mobile

    Minimum suggested donation is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. 

    Recommended for ages 6 and up.

    Created by Anna Welsh. 

  • The Light Exploration Kit

    Available August 31. While supplies last–only 50 kits available!

    With this Light Box, you get to discover the science of optics and learn about the production of light, how light affects the way we see things, how light can be separated into different colors. The Light Exploration Kit includes the following activities: 

    1. Glow Hot, Glow Cold
    2. Smash ‘n Glow
    3. Backwards Light and Stripey Light
    4. Word Stretcher and Light Dot Maker
    5. Rainbow Maker 

    and More!

    Recommended for ages 6 and up.

    Created by Caroline Donaghy, Anna Welsh, Brooke Hester, and Claire Parnell. 

  • Safety Strategies for Play Kits

    In order to recieve the kits, parents and caregivers must affirm that they understand and agree to the following safety strategies for the Play Kits: 

    Leave this kit unopened for 72 hours after pickup. The Children’s Playhouse has followed current CDC recommendations and utilized reasonable mitigation strategies concerning COVID-19, so that the assembly and distribution of the Play Kits is as safe as possible.  The Children’s Playhouse, however, cannot make any guarantees about potential exposure to COVID-19, with respect to supplies included in the Play Kits or staff/volunteers assembling such Play Kits, due to the highly contagious nature of the virus.  Accordingly, The Children’s Playhouse recommends leaving each Play Kit unopened for seventy-two (72) hours before use and it is MY responsibility as a parent to do so. 

    Remove Activities that are not right for your child. The activities included in the Play Kit are designed for children of various ages and that it is MY responsibility as a parent to remove activities that may be inappropriate because of age or other reason from the Play Kit before it is used by my child(ren).  

    Supervise your children while using these supplies. As a parent, I am responsible for monitoring the usage of the Play Kit by my child(ren).

    Click here to read the full Play Kit Safety Release

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