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Help your kids explore science, theater, music, art

Caitlin Weathermon, then 8, learns about static electricity from Bill Englander, Spark Museum operations volunteer, in 2013 at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention.
Caitlin Weathermon, then 8, learns about static electricity from Bill Englander, Spark Museum operations volunteer, in 2013 at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention. The Bellingham Herald

We invited community groups and businesses that serve children 12 and younger to submit their information for this list. Send information or updates for next year to newsroom@bellinghamherald.com. We invite you to add your listings for this year in the online story comments on this list.

Art with B. Calvert: 1803 Kok Road, Lynden, artwithbcalvert.blogspot.com, 360-318-0970.

Brenda Calvert teaches art classes for kids ages 5-18 at her Lynden home art studio, using a different medium each month, including painting, clay, pastels, drawing and scratch art. Tuition varies. A one-month commitment is needed, but most kids stay September to May. Sign up for your preferred class time, viewable online.

Ballet Bellingham: 1405 Fraser St., Suite 103, Bellingham, balletbellingham.com, 360-746-8508.

Ballet Bellingham offers classical ballet classes for dancers of all abilities age 3 and older. The curriculum teaches ballet technique in a progressive sequence appropriate to each student’s ability, with public performances in Bellingham, using at Mount Baker Theatre.

Bellingham Academy of Music: 232 E. Champion St., Bellingham, bellingham-music.com, 360-676-8742.

Bellingham Academy of Music offers private music lessons year-round in electric and acoustic guitar, voice, singing, piano, violin, cello, bass and flute. The teachers are highly qualified professional musicians and teachers, and students are provided recitals and workshops.

BellinghamART: 1701 Ellis St., Studio 203, Bellingham, bellinghamart.com, 360-738-8379.

BellinghamArt has about 15 years of experience teaching drawing and painting to children, teens and adults through a range of classes, workshops and weeklong camps. Learning the basics provides an appreciation for art and world cultures, tools for creativity, problem-solving skills, and pride in artistic accomplishments. Drawing is a foundation for visual art and a fundamental way of understanding the world. Quality art materials and tools are provided for each class.

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth: 1059 N. State St., Bellingham, artsarebasic.org, baay.org, artspreschool.com, 360-306-8531.

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, known as BAAY, was established by David Post in 2006 to enrich the lives of children through exploration of the arts, now headed up by Ian Bivins. It offers three programs: EduArts, after-school enrichment program currently taking place at 10 elementary and middle schools across Whatcom County; Bellingham Preschool of the Arts, an arts-focused preschool; and the BAAY Campus, a 120-seat theater in the heart of downtown Bellingham where music, theater, voice, art and dance programs take place. A robust community-backed scholarship fund allows it to extend programs to every child who can follow basic rules that support the environment of creativity and love.

Bellingham Music Club Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., Bellingham, bellinghammusicclub.org, 360-671-0252.

Bellingham Music Club offers free concerts at 10:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month, September through June, and monthly “Night Beat” evening concerts. The club encourages growth and development of music appreciation and performance in the community.

Bellingham Youth Jazz Band Bellingham Senior Activities Center, 315 Halleck St., Bellingham, jazzproject.org, 360-676-5750.

The Jazz Project’s Bellingham Youth Jazz Band was created in 1997 by musician and educator Mark Kelly as a feeder program for local high school jazz bands. The group is currently made up of seventh- to 12th-grade students from Whatcom County schools. The band meets Wednesday nights at Bellingham Senior Activities Center.

Common Threads Farm 516 E. North St., Bellingham, commonthreadsfarm.org, 360-927-1590.

Common Threads connects kids age 2 to 15 with healthy food through hands-on, seed-to-table cooking and gardening programs. In addition to facilitating school-garden-based learning in a number of Whatcom County schools, Common Threads offers after-school and summer camp programs focused on gardening, animal care, cooking, and eating. Kids can expect to cook and garden each day, and can also expect lots of age-appropriate stories, songs and artwork.

Discovery Music Academy: 2512 Meridian St., Bellingham, discoverymusicacademy.com, 360-527-9626.

Kids 7 and older can learn to play the piano, beginners through intermediate. Discovery Music Academy teaches students a classical piano foundation while having fun and learning at their own pace. The curriculum includes private lessons, a monthly group lesson, two recitals and two activities to learn from guest teachers.

Gabriel’s Art Kids: 1415 Dupont St., Bellingham, gabrielsartkids.com, 360-393-0107.

Arts preschool and after-school arts program through fifth grade, with a focus on the arts; visual, music, dance, and theater, and self-expression.

Infinity Dance Company: 1897 Front St. Suite 201, Lynden, infinitydancecompany.com, 360-393-1834.

Christie Apodaca Peetoom founded the dance company to inspire creativity and love for dance and life while teaching discipline and motivating each dancer to achieve their fullest potential and desired goals. Classes in jazz, ballet, tap, worship, hip-hop, ballroom and more are for youths 3 and older.

LuciaArts: 2706 Ellis St., Bellingham, luciaarts.com, facebook.com/LuciaArts, 360-510-1979.

Enrichment programs for Bellingham schools are now available for smaller groups, ages 14 and younger, in LuciaArts studio for drawing, watercolor, ceramics and multimedia, while discovering the elements of art with innovative curriculum. Movement and yoga activities may be integrated based on group interest. Ideas for upcoming workshops and camps include exploring a topic from nature through drawing, painting and ceramics. Clay works, produced using basic hand-building techniques, may be kiln-fired and painted with glazes.

Musikgarten: 1332 Oriental Ave., Bellingham, evergreenmusicstudios.com, 360-220-4628.

Now with a location in Bellingham, Evergreen Music Studios offer this early childhood music program designed for children ages birth to 5 years of age. At a Musikgarten class, participants can expect singing, dancing, story telling, and exploring the imagination all in a fun and nurturing environment.

Neighborhood Playhouse: Currently at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham, theneighborhoodplayhouse.net, 360-961-2213.

Now in its 15th year of bringing drama classes, workshops, residencies and school plays to the children of Whatcom County, with classes and performance opportunities for ages 5-13. The Neighborhood Playhouse has worked with Allied Arts in classrooms at public and private schools around Whatcom County. We are now in our fourth season of our professional productions for young audiences.

Northwest Ballet: 1417 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, Suite 201, northwestballet.org, 360-714-1246.

Northwest Ballet was formed in 2000 under the direction of John Bishop and Maureen Skomerza for all ages. Students can experience full-stage productions of classical and contemporary ballets to audiences in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Opus Performing Arts School: 114 W. Holly St. Bellingham, opusbellingham.com, 360-734-5300.

Founded by a small group of parents in the Bellingham area who wanted to provide a high quality dance experience based on a multidisciplinary curriculum in a learning environment that is both serious and fun, Opus is a ballet, dance, and music school with a special “Music Playground” program with music and movement for toddlers and preschoolers.

Perch & Play Play School Preschool: 1707 N. State St., perchandplay.com, 360-393-4925.

The PlaySchool Preschool Program at Perch & Play is an enrichment program focused on playful learning for ages 3 to 5, with a curriculum inspired by Reggio Emilia Approach and Montessori Method.

Renaissance Adventures: questnorthwest.com, 360-836-0386.

In Adventure Quest, children 8 to 14 become the heroes of an incredibly fun and dynamic quest, working together in a mythical and magical world. They experience the excitement that comes from banding together to defend their village, solve a perplexing mystery, or negotiate a peace treaty. Wielding safe foam swords, campers play dueling games and act out challenges, such as fending off a bullying ogre or a band of pirates. Each week of camp is a unique “Quest” — an interactive story that engages campers’ imaginations while teaching them the principles of responsible empowerment, creative problem-solving and cooperative conflict resolution. Location will be emailed after registration.

Spark Museum of Electrical Invention: 1312 Bay St., Bellingham, sparkmuseum.org, 360-738-3886.

The museum is a center for education and enlightenment where students can get charged about science and discovery while surrounded by one of the most significant and complete collections of its kind in the world. The museum offers workshops in robotics and other opportunities to discover, test, and be amazed by the world of electricity and radio.

Whatcom County 4-H Youth Development: 1000 N. Forest St., Suite 201, Bellingham, whatcom.wsu.edu/4h, 360-676-6736, extension 4.

Through Washington State University Extension, families throughout Whatcom County interested in becoming a part of a larger community of learners are encouraged to join 4-H Youth Development. The program fosters leadership, citizenship and life skills. Many adults and parents in the community serve as project leaders. Youth projects for kindergartners through high school include animal sciences, expressive arts, mechanical sciences, environmental studies, and leadership.

Whatcom Girls Chorus: whatcomgirlschorus.com, 360-738-4105.

Private musical group for girls in third to eight grade. Contact director Carolyn Troutman for information regarding rehearsal location and fees.

Wild Whatcom: wildwhatcom.org, 360-389-3414, info@wildwhatcom.org.

Wild Whatcom is a nonprofit organization founded by experienced outdoor educators to provide innovative, experiential education in Northwest Washington. Programs include Explorers Club for boys and girls 7 to 14, Wild Whatcom Walks and Neighborhood Nature, an after-school program offered at elementary schools.

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