About Watermelon University
Watermelon University happens on two Saturdays each month at a different educational site. These locations are chosen by Professor Watermelon to provide the optimum springboards for creativity and storytelling. As young scholars complete courses, they will earn MUSES (credits) towards a Certificate of Museology. Four levels of certificates are given: 3-9 MUSES = Emerald Level, 10-18 MUSES = Ruby Level, 9-45 MUSES = Diamond Level 46-54 MUSES = Goldstone Level
Tuition is $65 for each course or $50 each when 3 or more courses are purchased at the same time. The sites for April-May are being finalized. To enroll your child in Watermelon University call or email Professor Watermelon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-200-6029.
On Father’s Day weekend (June 15-16), bring the family to beautiful Southern Indiana where Watermelon University Scholars will finish their final course and earn their Certificates of Museology. But wait… Partake in some dedicated FAMILY FUN time, too!
Friday Evening Bonfire and Barn Dance: Arrive at the Burton Kimble Farm around 6:30pm for an evening of family bonding and friend making. Roast hotdogs, drink lemonade and tell stories around the fire. Before the sun goes down, sing songs and dance outside the Patchwork Barn. AND Scholars will finally meet the Watermelon University Dean of Inspiration, Doctor Burton. She has been sending inspirational letters to the scholars throughout their coursework. This splendid evening will end around 9:00pm .
Course Fourteen: Burton Kimble Farms Education Center: Drop off your Watermelon University scholar at the farm on Saturday morning at 9am for a full day of farm-life adventures. Scholars will discover how barns are built and how they function. They’ll take a look at what’s growing in the fields and meet two Shetland ponies. Scholars will use their uncovered knowledge to create stories and art inspired by this Indiana farm. Lunch will be served. While your scholar is at the farm, go on your own Southern Indiana adventures at Spring Mill State Park or nearby French Lick. Pick up your scholar at 3pm.
Graduation Banquet: Join us on Saturday evening at 6pm in the Elm Room of the Spring Mill Inn, the hotel where you can make your weekend reservations. This hotel is part of the Spring Mill State Park, just a few miles down the road from the farm. Scholars will be invited to share selected stories they have written, and Museology Certificates will be awarded. Attendees are invited to eat from the Spring Mill Inn’s signature buffet. And on Sunday, make Father’s Day memories throughout the state park.
Course Thirteen: A Cartoonist's World
Join us on May 19th (10am-1pm) for the thirteenth course of Watermelon University. Scholars will meet on the Northside of Indianapolis at OmniSource Marketing and be introduced to Josh Smart, the illustrator of Professor Watermelon’s books and the resident cartoonist for the Indiana Pacers/Fever. Scholars will tour Mr. Smart’s office and see where he leads a team of graphic artists to create branded merchandise. After the tour, Mr. Smart will help scholars create cartoon characters for the stories they write. 3 MUSES (Credits)