Winter/Spring

Kidizens Winter/Spring Program

Our Kidizens Winter/ Spring program is an interactive learning session in which students meet once a week to build and manage their own LEGO city. The program meets from January-May for 19 weeks in Los Altos and 18 weeks in Belmont. We’re also launching a 14-week program in Saratoga. There are two different Spring options – one that is a continuation of the Fall semester and another where the kids undergo a comprehensive, condensed curriculum and have an opportunity to build new cities from ground up.

I. Fall semester Cities continue to grow!

In this continuation of our fall program, our Kidizens cities will continue their urban development.  In January, we will begin the unit in which we study businesses. Each of the students will design, build and manage their own company. They will learn about bank loans, profits and insurance as they construct their store and appeal to customers through advertisements.

In the second half of the spring session, the kidizens will head for LEGO Island. In the process, the students will build old-fashioned ships and learn about explorers. Later, they will study the California Gold Rush and have the chance to dig for LEGO gold.

Additionally, the Kidizens Baseball League (always a huge hit with baseball fans, otherwise kids have other options to launch their own leagues, design sports teams) begins in March. Each city designs a team, logo, uniforms and a stadium for their team as we simulate games each week to see who goes on to the Brick Series.

Finally, at the end of the year, each student will build a history museum featuring photos of his/her many accomplishments at Kidizens throughout the year.

All this while, we will also be studying the court system, building city halls, solving water dilemmas, studying the environment, making our cities more environmentally friendly, building and selling cars, designing floats for the Kidizens May Fete Parade, constructing hospitals and constructing extravagant landmarks for our cities.  It’s going to be another session filled with responsible thinking, decision making, collaborative planning, designing and building and of course, lots of LEGO fun.

II. Build New Cities From Ground Zero

If you would like to experience the thrill of building an entire city from ground Zero, Our Monday morning and Thursday Afternoon Kidizens classes in Los Altos and our Wednesday and Thursday mornings classes in Belmont as well as the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon classes in Belmont are the options just for you! These classes are different from our other winter classes and are meant only for new students who did not participate in the fall.  The cities that the kids build in these two classes will be built from scratch, over the course of 18 or 19 weeks, which will include highlights from our standard fall and winter/spring semesters and a condensed curriculum. Our Saratoga  program will be a 14-week session, where kids will build an entire city and learn about the civics and economics of managing and governing a city.

Our kidizens will be building a brand new LEGO metropolis while also serving as a city council and government.  In the first couple of weeks, each of the students will build a house in their city in which to live.  They will also be learning about the “Dot Economy©” at Kidizens and deciding which objects to purchase for their own home.

In following weeks the kidizens will begin to think about what city buildings are necessary and begin construction on a farm, police station, fire station and power plant.  They will also study the history and background of those subjects to gain a wider perspective before building.

During this session the kidizens will also design city flags, run a city-wide lottery, build and manage their own businesses, devise a city energy plan, build their own cars, hold a World’s Fair and much more!

In all, it is going to be a very busy and fun winter/spring weeks at Kidizens!

Overview:

  • 19 week session starting January 8th, runs until May – Los Altos
    18 Week session starting January 13th, runs until May – Belmont
    14 Week session starting February 5th, runs until May – Saratoga
  • Students attend one session a week
  • Ages 8-11
  • Students will serve on a city council and may run for an an elected position
  • Kidizens continue the urban development of their cities established in Fall or build new cities from ground up!
  • Teachers guide students with lessons and encourage “out of the box” thinking
  • Cities elect mayors and other council positions, manage budgets, enact laws, and manage natural disasters
Los Altos/ Palo Alto Class Day/Time (select one):
Mondays Kidizens* 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesdays Kidizens
Kidizens
10:00 AM –12:30 PM
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Thursdays Kidizens* 3:20 PM – 5:50 PM
 Saratoga  Class Day/Time (select one):
 Wednesday
Friday
Kidizens
Kidizens
 10:15 AM – 12:45PM
3:20 PM – 5:50 PM
Belmont Class Day/Time (select one):
 Mondays  Kidizens  10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Tuesdays Kidizens 3:20 PM – 5:50 PM
Wednesdays Kidizens
Young Kidizens
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Thursdays Kidizens
Kidizens
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
3:20 PM – 5:50 PM

Dates: The Los Altos classes run the weeks of January 8th-May 21st (with the exception of Monday and Tuesday classes, which start the week of Jan 13th) with a week off for Winter Break and another for Spring Break during April.

The Belmont classes run the weeks of January 13th-May 21st with a week off for Winter Break and another for Spring Break during April.

The Saratoga classes run the weeks of February 5th – May 21st, with a week off for the winter break (Feb 17 – 21) and another for spring break in April.

Pricing: See our Pricing Page for more details  

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