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Upcoming Funshops

Bee Our Guest (Second Grade Funshop)

Join us for our first-ever Funshop for second graders, and get a taste of the fun hands-on, minds-on activities that we offer in our summer camps.

This event will be led by one of the IMSA curriculum specialists responsible for creating our Funshops AND summer programs. Participants will be engineering their own bee-bot, and then maneuvering it via a zipline in and out of a flower garden, all while learning about engineering design principles and how bees communicate.

Please note, space for this event is very limited!

(Because this is a pilot program, the fee to attend ($10) is nominal.)


Can You Dig IT?

“Kids Obsessed with Dinosaurs are Smarter Than Those Who Aren’t”

Grades 3-4

Dinosaurs may be extinct, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t leave behind clues for us to discover… In this FunShop, students will put their paleontology skills to the test by trying to unearth all the fossils hidden in the IMSA dig sites. Will the fossils we uncover be enough to reconstruct an entire dinosaur skeleton? Come join us to find out!


Grades 5-6

Come join us for an exciting adventure that will take us back in time! We will become archaeologists and uncover secrets from ancient cultures. Once found we will piece together the clues, and discover exactly what was left behind for us to find. Come help us unveil which ancient society left behind the artifacts, and why!


  • *Applying for a scholarship does not guarantee an award or registration into the Funshop.
  • To qualify and apply for a scholarship, the student is required to submit proof of eligibility: proof of participation in a free or reduced lunch program, OR proof of parent’s income.
  • We offer a very limited number of scholarships for each grade grouping, and try to favor first-time applicants.
  • WATCH YOUR EMAIL and CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER! Award recipients will be notified via email and must reply to scholarship offer.
NO refunds or credits will be granted for FUNshops.



Follow the link to register!

(If you’d like to request that your child be in the same group as a friend, please complete the Friend Request form located in your account once you have completed registration. One friend request per child and both families need to make a mutual request)


Program Dates & Locations


Bee our Guest – Second Grade Funshop

Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:30 am – Noon
Location: IMSA – 1500 Sullivan Rd.
                 Aurora, IL 60506

Registration Closes: March 31, 2019

Can You Dig IT? Funshop

Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:30 am – Noon
Location: IMSA – 1500 Sullivan Rd.
                 Aurora, IL 60506

Registration Closes: March 31, 2019
Scholarship Application Closes: February 28, 2019


Friday, March 29th, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Belle Valley School,
                 2465 Amann Drive
                 Belleville, IL 62220
Registration Closes: March 25, 2019
Scholarship Application Closes: March 1, 2019


Friday, April 5, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Liberty Middle School,
                 1 District Drive
                 Edwardsville, IL 62025
Registration Closes: April 1, 2019
Scholarship Application Closes: March 4, 2019