Summer programs available at Building Young Leaders

Building Young Leaders Education Center kicked off its summer programming this month with a roster of more than 40 classes for toddlers through teens.

One of the classes offered through the center is Puppetry Hoopla, which runs through Sunday. The class mixes a variety of creative skills by teaching students age 6 and older how to make various types of puppets that will be worked into a show written and performed as a class finale, according to a press release from the center.

This summer, participants can enroll in short weeklong sessions covering topics ranging from performing arts and creative activities to science and life skills. Classes are set up to give students the opportunity to sample a variety of interests throughout the summer, according to Wendy Spencer, the center’s director.

“As a parent, I know how hectic summer can be. Many youth activities monopolize the entire summer, forcing families to choose one thing over another,” Spencer said in the release. “We offer shorter options that save families from that choice. Kids can enroll in a single class or a handful of classes without missing out on what the rest of the family is doing.”

According to the the release, Lego Engineering, one of center’s longest-running science classes for elementary-age students, has gotten a boost this summer. Thanks to funding from First 5, the center has been able to offer multiple sessions of the hands-on physics primer for children from 3 to 5 years in age. Though the sponsored sessions are booked up, space is still available in the July 21-25 Lego Engineering for Littles workshop.

Spencer said the summer offerings showcase the importance the center places on using children’s natural curiosity to create memorable learning experiences. Some of those experiences this summer include a Broadway musical theater, dance classes and workshops in culinary arts and science.

Those with a flair for the dramatic may consider enrolling in the two-week “Summer Musical” camp, taught by theater veteran Lindsey Geibel. Open to ages 7 through 15, this summer’s musical will be Disney’s “The Aristocats Kids!” The workshop goes from July 28 through Aug. 8, culminating in two live performances Aug. 9, the release said.

​​​​​Building Young Leaders is located in the Rascal Creek Professional Park, 3337 M St. (behind the San Simeon Professional Building). Class prices vary according to age and required supplies.

For a full listing of available classes and workshops, go to