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Little Explorers

Weekly Descriptions:


Sept 14/15

Week 1: Fish

Join us as we dive into the world of fish! This week little explorers will be introduced to the fish of Lake Wingra, and will even get to touch a few fish. Fun fish-based crafts and snacks will be provided and the last 30 mins of free play little explorers will be able to make a stick fishing pole and give fishing a try with their adult. Life jackets will be provided for all activities close to the water. 

Sept 21/22

Week 2: The woods

Wonder what we will find in the woods? Join us this week as we focus on the things that live and grow in the woods, from plants to chipmunks. Lots of sensory items will be found, and crafts and snacks will be focused around our woods theme. Free playtime will consist of painting and creating a masterpiece with found items during the last 30 mins of the program. 


Sept 28/29

Week 3: Bugs

We will be turning bugs into friends this week as learn about different types of insects and search for them. Little explorers will even get to “eat a bug” this week and make their own bug to take home. As usual, the last 30 mins of the program will be free play time with a sensory bin of dirt and worms.


Oct 5 / 6

Week 4: Birds

Let’s pretend we can fly this week! Little explorers will learn about birds by hiking through the words in search of bird nests and decorating their own ‘bird houses.’ Snacks will be provided, and as usual will follow the theme of the day. Last 30 minutes of free play will be making and playing with bird nests.

Oct 12/13

Week 5: Leaves

What color leaves will we find this week? We will be discussing how we can tell the seasons based on trees and their leaves. Craft activities will require collecting leaves, and we will have some fall treats for snacks. The last 30 mins will be free sensory play with leaves and other nature items.

Oct 19/20

Week 6: Pumpkins

Leading up to Halloween week, little explorers will learn more about pumpkins and go on a hike in search all things ORANGE.  Crafts and snacks will follow the theme of Halloween, and the last 30 mins will be messy pumpkin play. 

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Little Explorers is a guided adult and child program for little kids ages 1-5 and their adults to explore the outdoors. We will learn about different nature topics, and explore the world of nature sensory play while getting our hands dirty! This program focuses on introducing little kids to their outdoor playground as well as giving adults tools and activities to continue exploration on their own. Each week contains a short walk/hike, a story, a craft activity, and a snack. The last 30 mins consists of optional free playtime that can often get a bit messy.


This program will take place in rain or shine, and we ask that you please dress appropriately for being out in the elements (if extra outdoor clothing is needed, please inquire by email the week of your class). Adult participation and supervision of their child is required.

Ages: 1 to 5 years of age 

Adult participation is required during this program.

9am -11am

Location: Wingra Boats - 824 Knickerbocker Street

$12 per kid

Siblings under 1 are welcome to join for free.

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