Children's Workshops


Dancing Doggies

Creative Movement Workshop

Knowledge of canine body language is crucial to prevent unsafe situations between children and dogs. As children explore canine signals through hands-on creative movement activities, they simultaneously develop empathy and emotional intelligence. The Dancing Doggies workshop teaches kids physical skills such as balance, coordination, and spatial awareness, and fosters self-assurance, collaboration, and compassion for animals. The workshop is drop-off format, lasts one hour, and is open to kids age 6-12.  Families are invited to attend the last ten minutes of the program, to see what their children created!  Children may bring an optional in-kind donation for shelter animals.

Ames Public Library on December 1st

Roland Public Library on December 12th

Ericson Public Library on December 15th

The workshop at Ames Public Library is made possible by a donation from Joy Kix, in memory of Brent Carver. The workshops at Roland Public Library and Ericson Public Library are made possible by the Ames Community Arts Council.


Cookin' Fur Canines

Dog Treat Workshop

If your child has an interest in cooking and a soft spot for animals, they’ll love the Cookin’ Fur Canines dog treat workshop!  They'll discover the basic components of canine nutrition, compare the quality of dog food ingredients, and determine correct portions for dogs of different weights.  Kids help companion animals in need by making frozen pupsicle goodies for adoptable shelter dogs at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.