This afternoon the kids and I had fun at Cap Science - The Science museum here in Bordeaux. During February break I had learned that, in addition to their regular exhibits, they offer various workshops for kids of all ages. Of course, by the time I figured this out, and realized I needed to make reservations for the workshops, and then got up the nerve to call myself to sign the kids up...(keep in mind, I am proficient in French - but phone conversations are not my forte...let alone understanding the system here.). Turned out all the workshops during break were full - lesson learned - sign up early for vacation times. So, I picked a Wednesday afternoon and signed them up.
My oldest (11) took what they called Cap Science Juniors - a workshop from 2-5 pm where she learned all about the photography process. During this 3 hour workshop, she learned about the traditional techniques of photography. They made a dark chamber, took a few photos, then completed the process of developed and exposure of their own photo. She had a lot of fun.and loved the photos she created..and they even provided them with a snack part way through the workshop! What is so great about this program is that they rotate different topics each week - Robotics, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Electricity, Astronomy just to name a few...I'm sure she'll want to go back and explore a few other topics! They limit the class size, so I've now learned to sign up way in advance.
My middle daughter participated in a cooking workshop - called L'Atelier d'Arthur. Cute name for a kids cooking class. These are designed for budding cooks - 6-11 years old to learn how to cook in a kitchen as a group. There was attention to hygiene, proper measurement, and cooking techniques. This was totally hands-on! My daughter was thrilled to be able to beat up egg whites with an electric hand mixer!! This week, they were making chocolate moose, which of course they got to enjoy at the end of the hour long time! She was lucky also - as they limit the group size, but only 2 kids had signed up today - so it was like a semi-private cooking lesson. I also liked that they not only rotate different recipes each week but also the levels and age groups. Other recipes that look interesting to me are pear tarts, spice cookies, snail canapes (we are in France), and Madelines (French biscuits). I know she'll want to go back also!
|Organizing the ingredients|
|Reading the recipe|
|Look, mom - I'm really cooking!|