Sign Up for Holiday Lights on the Farm through the tickets page. Select 'Frying Pan Park' as the Place, and your desired date of attending the Holiday Tour. The Holiday Light tour is available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until December 19th.

Animation using Minecraft (10-14 yrs)

(10-14 yrs) In this Cybertek Academy class students are introduced to basic 2D and 3D animation techniques using Minecraft characters and stages. Kids expand their perception, observation, and timing skills, as well as exercise their imagination and storytelling by studying motion in reality, then apply these skills to animation. Students learn how animators work by completing a variety of short animation exercises and projects.


Animation using Minecraft (6-10 yrs)

(6-10 yrs) In this Cybertek Academy class students are introduced to basic 2D and 3D animation techniques using Minecraft characters and stages. Kids expand their perception, observation, and timing skills, as well as exercise their imagination and storytelling by studying motion in reality, then apply these skills to animation. Students learn how animators work by completing a variety of short animation exercises and projects.


Astronomy-Listening to the Universe (8-Adult)

(8-Adult) What can you hear from space? Join the adventure to understand cosmic noise and what it tells us about the sun, the magnetic structure surrounding some of our planets and the radio signals from Jupiter. Learn how our galaxy is mapped using the faint signals from hydrogen atoms and the behavior of molecules. Listen to the sounds of pulsars, strange dense fast rotating stars. Come hear what our universe is saying. The class will be held in the roll-top observatory at Turner Farm Park.


Coding & Game Design with Scratch (6-10 yrs)

(6-10 yrs) Students learn programming concepts using a drag-and-drop platform in the MIT-developed Scratch program. Students use pre-made art or create their own, then program them to walk, talk and interact with objects while learning logic and visual programming then create a simple 2D video game in this Cybertek Academy class.


Engineering Design Process 8-14 yrs by Vendor

(8-14 yrs.) In this Youth Technology Network course students learn about the engineering design process. Using virtual reality system and software applications, students study, develop, and solve a real-world problem.


Exploring the Moon (8-Adult)

(8-Adult) The Moon is as old as the Earth, and its surface is marked by craters and lava flows billions of years old. Explore these lunar features through a high-powered telescope and learn about their origins. See where the Apollo lunar landings occurred, and discuss what the astronauts found. Class meets rain or shine with alternate viewing sessions available for cloudy days. Advance registration required, no walk-in registration available.


Find Your Way in the Night Sky: Intro to Star Maps

(8-Adult) This presentation will cover an introduction to sky coordinates, how astronomical objects are represented on maps of the sky, and how to read star maps to find your way among the stars in the sky. The talk will be illustrated by a variety of star atlases. The classroom discussion is followed by an observatory session with telescopes, weather permitting. The course is held rain or clear skies in the Roll-Top Observatory at Turner Farm Park.


Homeschool Science - Introduction to Archaeology

(6-12 yrs.) Discover how scientists learn about the history of human life through ground excavation and analysis of artifacts. The material objects humans left behind can tell us about their culture and how they lived. Become junior archaeologists as we examine real artifacts and participate in a mock dig. Can you solve the mystery we will uncover?


Homeschool Science - Introduction to Mammalogy

(6-12 yrs.) Join park naturalists to study the branch of biology that studies and observes mammals. Learn how mammals interact with their habitats, other wildlife, and their contributions to the ecosystem. We will also discuss anatomy and physiology. Use scientific instruments to enhance your observation skills. Examine preserved specimens followed by outdoor exploration into their natural habitat.


Homeschool Science-Environmental Engineers 6-12

(6-12 yrs.) Did you know that beavers are a keystone species and they created the wetland habitat at Huntley? Learn about what a keystone species is, the beavers life cycle, adaptations and impact on the environment. We use outdoor exploration, observation and lab skills to explore this topic.


Homeschool Science-Introduction to Ornithology

(6-12 yrs.) Explore how bird adaptations allow birds to live in their chosen ecosystem. Study the parks collection of preserved specimens. Followed by outdoor observations and exploration using field tools to learn identification and classification.


Homeschool-Sketching through History & Science

(6-12 yrs.) Did you know that 100 years ago, most field scientists were accomplished artists? Without portable cameras, biologists needed a way to capture their discoveries, and art was their tool. Study the techniques used in making a field sketch page, learn some basic drawing skills, and get to know the stories of long ago explorers and scientists. A field sketch kit is included.


Intermediate CAD (8-14 yrs.) by Vendor

(8-14 yrs.) This Youth Technology Network course is for students who have used computer-aided design software such as Tinkercad. Students learn about and use computer-aided design software and design thinking methods to create, customize, prepare, and print digital objects.


Intro to Computer-Aided Design 8-14 yrs by Vendor

(8-14 yrs.) In this Youth Technology Network course students learn to use computer-aided design software and design thinking methods to create, customize, prepare, and print digital objects.


Intro to Telescopes

(8-Adult) Now that you have received a new telescope, how do you set it up and use it? Or are you considering buying a telescope? This course goes into introductory basics of astronomy, observing the sky, and what you need to know to setup and use your telescope. Will provide hands-on use of telescopes and observing objects in the sky in the Roll-Top Observatory if the weather allows. Attendees can bring their own telescope for assistance and advice. Advance registration required, no walk-in registration available.


Introduction to Astronomy

(8-Adult) This course provides a general introduction to some fundamentals of astronomy and the universe we see in the sky around us. We will discuss the basic types of astronomical objects from the small to the large, the motions of the planets and stars, and interesting phenomena in the night sky. The classroom discussion is followed by an observatory session with telescopes, weather permitting. The course is held rain or clear skies in the Roll-Top Observatory at Turner.


LEGO Aquatic Bots (5-8 yrs.) by Vendor

(5-8 yrs.) Make LEGO® WeDo 2.0 AquaBots in this Baroody Camps robotics class. Each day students build and code a different water-themed robot using LEGO® gears, pulleys, axles, motors and sensors. Make boats, seaplanes, ocean explorers and robotic denizens of the deep!


Make Your First 3D Video Game (8-14 yrs.)

(8-14 yrs.) In this Black Rocket classic, you will go well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world. Students learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay, and storytelling. Mac users can play their project at home, but will not be able to edit the project without a PC. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years experience.


Minecraft Modding by Cybertek (10-14 yrs)

(10-14 yrs) In this Cybertek Academy class, students learn to create their own custom gameplay items and elements using MCreator and Minecraft. Students also learn to create artwork for various items, and implement them into the game with custom behaviors. Design your own custom blocks, weapons, food, biomes and more.


Minecraft Modding by Cybertek (6-9 yrs)

(6-9 yrs) In this Cybertek Academy class, students learn to create their own custom gameplay items and elements using MCreator and Minecraft. Students also learn to create artwork for various items, and implement them into the game with custom behaviors. Design your own custom blocks, weapons, food, biomes and more.


Night Sky Tour at the Roll-Top Observatory

(8-Adult) This program is a fun tour of planets, constellations, stars, nebulas, and galaxies in the night sky that can be seen with the eye and in telescopes at the Roll-Top observatory at Turner Farm Park. If inclement weather, then we will discuss and show images of objects that could be observed in clear skies. No knowledge of astronomy is needed, just an interest in learning about the universe around our planet. The course is held rain or clear skies in the Roll-Top Observatory at Turner Farm Park.


Outdoor Science Lab at Huntley

(6-Adult) Explore the exciting world of science with fun hands-on experiments, activities, and challenges! Enrich your understanding of various science and engineering topics using scientific investigations, observations, and lab skills with the guidance of a park naturalist. Each outdoor class will focus on a different science theme. Check session notes for details. All supplies included. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Rainbows, Haloes & Glories (6-Adult)

(6-Adult) Covers common and some uncommon phenomena people can see in the day or night skies such as rainbows, haloes and glories. We will cover sunrise and sunset phenomena like the green flash, the purple light, and simple questions like why the sky is blue and sunsets are orange. This course will teach people how to better appreciate the sky both day and night. The course is held rain or clear skies in the Roll-Top observatory classroom at Turner Farm Park. It is recommend parents accompany younger children. Advance registration required, no walk-in registration available.


Roblox Makers (8-14 yrs.)

(8-14 yrs.) Unlock the power of ROBLOX Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX developers. Students learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX world, as well as how to bring characters to life with unique animations you design in this Black Rocket Productions class. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years experience.


Roblox: Imaginative Game Design (10-14 yrs)

(10-14 yrs) In this Cybertek Academy course, students will learn how to use coding fundamentals to strategically engineer an immersive, imaginative cosmos for one of the fastest-growing gaming platforms in the world. “Roblox, Imaginative Game Design” provides students with hands-on experiences in innovation and the underlying mechanics of 3D gaming.


Roblox: Imaginative Game Design (6-9 yrs)

(6-9 yrs) In this Cybertek Academy course, students will learn how to use coding fundamentals to strategically engineer an immersive, imaginative cosmos for one of the fastest-growing gaming platforms in the world. “Roblox, Imaginative Game Design” provides students with hands-on experiences in innovation and the underlying mechanics of 3D gaming.


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