Hands On! Arts & Activities Day

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Hands On! Arts & Activities Day

Join us for Butler Montessori’s Hands On! Arts & Activities Day! This FREE family-friendly community event features a variety of activities and classes, including outdoor exploration and art-centered options. Hands On! provides an opportunity to gather, explore the school’s beautiful 22-acre campus, and experience hands-on learning at its best. Registration is open for amazing FREE classes and activities!

Spaces are full for almost all classes, what can you do? Stop by the class location to see if a spot is available as a result of a last-minute cancellation or no-show. If the class is full, your General Admission Registration will allow you to enjoy many wonderful activities on the Butler Montessori Campus, such as geocaching, paracord bracelet making, zapline, pony rides, and more!

Register today for FREE General Admission! Pre-registered General Admission attendees will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a $50 Butler Camp Voucher. We hope to see you!

Child making a Fairy Garden
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Hands On! is an event we want to share with our Butler Montessori Community, students, alumni, campers, family, and friends. We also want to share Butler Montessori with those who don’t yet know who we are and what we have to offer.

Hands On! Arts & Activities Day is located on Butler Montessori’s beautiful 22-acre campus, adjoining Seneca Creek State Park.  Hands On! activities and classes take place in our indoor and outdoor classrooms, on our nature trails, and the playing fields.

Butler Montessori

15951 Germantown Rd

Darnestown, MD 20878

No registration fees for any class or activity! Activities are free-flowing throughout the day while classes will have limited spaces available and require advance registration.

There will be something for everyone! Hands On! Arts & Activities Day will feature several of Butler Montessori and Butler Camp favorites available to all. Activities are free-flowing throughout the day and do not require advance registration. These activities include pony rides, zap line, geocaching/orienteering, paracord bracelet making, and a Touch-A-Truck Event! We kindly ask that all attendees RSVP and fill out a waiver either through EventBrite or when they arrive on campus.

An activity where kids can climb into the cabs, honk the horns, examine the equipment, flash the lights, and learn about how the unique vehicles do their jobs at Butler Montessori or within the Community. These include our school buses, Butler Montessori tractors and truck, as well, as a Fire Truck from our local Fire House 22 (the firehouse on 118 & Clopper Rd in Germantown).

While the event is free, advanced registration is recommended for classes in order to secure your spot – space is limited! Registration will also allow us to determine number of volunteers needed to welcome attendees, number of registrations packets to create, and anticipate parking needs.

We will be offering classes such as Cupcake Decorating, Fairy Gardens and Ogre Swamps, Going Fishin’, Salamander Sleuths, and more! These classes are free and will have limited spaces on a first come, first serve basis. When you register, please ensure you also select any of the classes you wish to attend.

Lunch will be available for purchase from our Food Truck Partner partner, Holy Crepes. Attendees can also pack a picnic lunch to enjoy as they explore our campus.

In the case of inclement weather, a status-update email will be sent 24-hours to all participants who have registered to the event via EventBrite.  All indoor classes will continue as scheduled. Status updates will be available via our Event Facebook Page. Follow the Event on FB to ensure you receive updates.

Hands On! Planning Committee



Shirley Ruiz-Lundgren

Tina Winters

Stephanie Di Iorio

Communications Sub-Committee

Kishani Huffman

Aubrey Bursch

Logistics Sub-Committee

Jody Jacobs

Katie Bradow

Volunteers – Thank you to our volunteers who will share their talents to provide an amazing class or activity during the event

Volunteer: Class/Activity Offered:

Bridgette Downer: Salamander Sleuths

Angela Lundgren: Cupcake Decorating

Kelly Beall: Save the Sea Turtles Class & Crafts

Anastasia Jantz: Mad Skillz with Paint

Jesse & Bridgette Downer: Going Fishin’

Tina Winters: Fairy Garden or Ogre Swamps

Catherine Hambly: Dazzling Duct Tape Accessories

Jennifer Carter: Face Painting

Megan Pelkey &  Shirley Ruiz-Lundgren: Paracord Bracelet Making

Stephanie Di Iorio: Leaf Pounding

Eriq Powers & Keir Soderberg: Geocaching/Orienteering

Butler Montessori, Camp, and Equestrian Staff for pony rides, zipline, ropes course, and more!