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FAQs, Policies + Secrets To Our Universe

Please see our Camps and Classes pages for policies specific to these programs.

What if I didn’t read the policies? We do our best to post our policies for the world to see, and appreciate that you are reading them at this very moment. We honor our policies in the best interest of all parties. See our Camps and Classes pages for policies specific to those programs.

What’s up with A added to STEM? STEAM?  Many educators believe that the focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) without inclusion of the Arts may stifle innovation. We’ve always believed in the importance of art education and exploration for its own merits, and that an artistic, curious approach the the sciences makes for better scientists.

Can I register after the beginning of a session?  Many of the courses can be joined at any time during a session and the cost of the session pro-rated, and some of the courses are also available as a drop-in workshop. Group or private lessons, or a project-specific workshop are other alternatives.

Do I have to bring my own supplies?  The projects included in the classes for the younger children lend themselves to our stock supplies. The projects in some of the courses for the older children, teens and adults lend themselves to personal style. Courses that do not include supplies in the fee are marked as such on the Courses page of our website. We will always provide supplies to get the courses started and will provide a shopping list for the other projects. Everything you need other than personal textiles is provided.

Why the no-refund policy?  We believe in small class and camp sizes. In order to guarantee a space and keep our schedule evolving with new options, payment in-full is required before the class session or event begins. This policy allows us to keep our group sizes small and ensure that your space for a specific date/time is reserved. Registration for a class, camp or workshop may be transferred to a friend- please let us know in advance so that we may send them registration forms and anything else they may need to know. Registration for a missed private or small-group lesson cannot be refunded or transferred to another date/time as a specific date/time/instructor is reserved just for you.

What should the participant wear?  That’s always our first question, too, no matter what the event! The classes for the younger children may get creatively untidy, so please send your child in play clothes that you won’t mind seeing messy. If you are joining a child in a messy class or workshop, please consider your clothes as well. We believe that smocks and aprons contribute to distance between the student and the materials (and a false sense of security when it comes to staying “clean”.) Dressing for mess is much more fun.

Can I wait for my child at the workshop? It’s like that mysterious power of the school nap– how do the teachers enable everyone to sleep? Unless otherwise specified, all of our programs are drop-off. Children over 5 seem to participate better in the group on their own, and taking a class without their parent nearby is a way to begin developing independence. We respectfully ask that you arrive no more than 5 minutes before the class to drop-off or pick-up your child. If you arrive before class begins, please allow yourself time to wait with your child until class time. Please pick-up your child at the published dismissal time. Late pick-ups may be subject to a fee of $1/minute.

Can I take pictures of the gorgeous workshop? Using a camera for video or stills of your child in the workshop is always welcome. Using a camera for video or stills of the workshop and/or the Wishcraft Workshop team is not permitted and may not be used for any purpose, including personal, without explicit written consent.

Can I hire the Wishcraft Workshop staff for babysitting? We discourage our team from babysitting for families in order to keep roles and responsibilities at work as clear possible for both the staff and for the children. Thank you for asking and for your cooperation.

Why does my child need to be potty trained to participate in drop-off activities?  While most activities for younger kids do not last more than an hour, we are not equipped to change diapers during any of our programs.

Why are “manners” a policy the workshop?   Because the workshop is about learning as much as it is about play, it is important for participants to be able to hear the instructor. An atmosphere of respect contributes to a safer environment, as well as provides the space to create without judgment.

Are there make-ups for missed course meetings?  Attending class at the scheduled time is the participant’s responsibility. Courses include incremental lessons that build on the learning of the previous meeting, and the instructor will make sure that the participant is taught the necessary steps for the current project in their next class. Please call or email us beforehand to let us know of an upcoming absence so that we can make any possible adjustments. Missed course meetings may be made-up by joining the same or similar course type on a different day during the same session if space is available, or a for-fee private-lesson may be scheduled.

What is spatial reasoning, anyway?  In a nutshell, spatial reasoning is the ability to interpret pictures and form mental images, and to visualize movement or change in those images. A more complete answer involves detailed discussion of the powerful brain and lots of technical words, but you get the picture. Spatial reasoning at work is listening or reading instructions and then visualizing in the mind the results of each step. At Wishcraft Workshop, it’s spatial reasoning at play. Come exercise your brain with us.

How does playing with paper, fabric and yarn help someone learn?  The manipulation of the materials used in our projects aids in both cognitive and physical development, including strengthening of the fine-motor skills so important in developing the ability to write. Participating in activities in a group environment allows time for social-emotional development, critical to school readiness. Even as adults these skills are important, keeping our minds fresh as we age. Projects at Wishcraft Workshop often require the use of math skills needed at all ages, such as sorting, counting, measuring and the basic mathematical functions (but don’t worry, we’ll let the grown-ups use a calculator if they prefer.)

What does the workshop do to help protect the environment?  At Wishcraft Workshop we are always thinking about ways to protect our beautiful world for our children and their children. In addition to the basics of recycling, stocking supplies made with recycled content and using earth and people-friendly cleaning products, we are constantly exploring ways to creatively reuse items that already exist. We offer a variety of classes that include the use of natural or recycled materials. We invite your input and welcome your advice on how we can be the greenest, most colorful place in the neighborhood.

I’ve always wanted to learn ___________.  Do you have a class for that?  Us, too!  We are always looking for new projects and materials and would love to hear your ideas.  We offer private and small-group lessons for those that don’t have the time to commit to a full session or for those that want to learn something not offered as a class in the current session. Just ask and we are likely able to show you how. If we don’t have the expertise, we can host workshops to learn something new together.

Can I have a receipt for Dependent Care tax purposes?  Please keep the original receipt/confirmation provided at the time of payment. Our FEIN number for Dependent Care expenses is 45-5212203.

I see a great class at a time that doesn’t work for us.  Do you make age exceptions or schedule changes?   We might. Let’s talk about your particular circumstances and see if we can find a solution together.

I love the celebratory feel of the workshop.  Can I have a party there even if it’s not crafty? Not crafty? Why? Of course we would love to talk about your party plans, whatever the theme. We offer party packages for children and tweens that include time to create and time for treats. We also offer party packages for grown-ups, including a project or not. The workshop is such a fun and colorful place that you may find the only party decoration required is you.

Where do you get those cool graphics?  Some of our graphics are located via The Noun Project.