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Sacramento area museums offer summer fun

When it comes to summer fun, think Sacramento Museums. There are plenty of activities, camps and more still happening.

 

Aerospace Museum of California, 916-564-3437, aerospaceca.org, Amazing Aerospace Camp, Aug. 11-14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ages 13-17.

The Aerospace Museum of California is proud to introduce aviation to interested students with a hands-on and amazing summer camp. This memorable summer camp teaches a variety of aviation skills and knowledge ranging from aircraft basics and flight controls to traffic patterns and the dynamics of weight and gravity. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a U.S. Coast Guard Station and each participant will even take a short flight with a registered pilot.

 

Crocker Art Museum, 916-808-7000, crockerartmuseum.org.

Mini Monets, Aug. 11-15. 9 a.m.-noon, ages 4-5.

Expertly designed to be developmentally appropriate for the youngest campers, children will develop creative expression and motor skills as they explore a new setting and try new things. Parents/caregivers are welcome to stay for parts of the session until your child feels comfortable with the facilitators, setting and routine.

Let’s Play, to Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ages 6-10.

Perfect for the active child, campers will spend a great deal of time outside playing games and sports, fishing along the river with poles they make themselves and even walking to Raley Field for a River Cats game. Campers will create a variety of art projects related to their explorations.

Fabulous Fabrics, Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ages 6-10.

Move over rubber band loom — this camp is the real deal. Campers will learn about wearable art from around the world and from different time periods. They’ll learn how to use hand stitching, machine sewing, knitting, weaving and various methods of fabric adornment to create their own hats, masks and jewelry. The week will include a walk to the California Museum to explore the wearable goods and amazing weaving in the ongoing display California Indians: Making a Difference.

Egyptian Expedition, Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 6-10.

Back by popular demand — campers will get a close look at Crocker’s Egyptian antiquities, meet the animals that inspired the Egyptian gods, decode hieroglyphics and create their own visual codes. Art projects will include clay vessels, painted frescos, jewelry and basket making. They’ll also learn about the science of real mummies and enjoy a mummy movie screening.

Egyptian Expedition II, Aug. 18-22, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 6-10.

Back by popular demand — campers will get a close look at Crocker’s Egyptian antiquities, meet the animals that inspired the Egyptian gods, decode hieroglyphics and create their own visual codes. Art projects will include clay vessels, painted frescos, jewelry and basket making. They’ll also learn about the science of real mummies and enjoy a mummy movie screening.

 

Fairytale Town, 916-808-7462, fairytaletown.org/educational-programs/day-camps/.

Farmer Brown’s Junior Farmers, Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m-noon, ages 4-6.

Farmer Brown introduces campers to the daily regimens that keep Fairytale Town’s friendly flock of farm animals fit and healthy. Campers will get to know these barnyard buddies while learning historical information and participating in related hands-on activities. Please note: Campers will have direct contact with Fairytale Town animals and animal feed. Some children may be allergic to the natural oils found in animal fur/hair and feed.

Rock School, to Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 4-6.

Channel your inner rock star in this rockin’ FunCamp. This camp features hands-on experience with several instruments, including guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. Campers will also explore rock ‘n’ roll history and participate in rock-related art activities. At the end of the week, parents and loved ones are invited to a rock show put on by the campers. Rock School is perfect for beginning musicians, but no previous experience is necessary. Please note: This FunCamp gets loud.

Little Artists, Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 4-6.

This camp introduces the world of art and basic art concepts to budding artists. Campers participate in a wonderful week of art projects featuring wall-to-wall drawing, cutting, pasting and painting in a relaxed environment. Topics include primary and secondary colors, drawing, sand art and patterns.

Young Picassos, Aug. 4-8, 1-4 p.m., ages 6-12.

This FunCamp covers the exciting variety found in the world of art! Campers will try their hand at different art media, including watercolors, prints, clay and mixed media. Campers will also explore making 3-D works of art and creating with found objects. This camp is specifically designed for the young artist who wants to try it all.

Write Now!, Aug. 11-15, 1-4 p.m., ages 6-12.

In this creative writing FunCamp, aspiring authors who wish to strengthen their storytelling skills will find a happy haven of literary enthusiasts packed with plenty of artful advice, energetic exercises and freestyle fun. The camp will cover fiction, non-fiction, prose and poetry, plus art illustrations.

 

Sacramento Zoo, 916-808-8814, fairytaletown.org/educational-programs/day-camps/

Yellow Lions, Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon, ages first and second graders

With themes that vary by week, Yellow Lions will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals. The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for first and second grade.

 

Blue Giraffe, Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ages third and fourth graders

With themes that vary by week, Blue Giraffes will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals. The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for third and fourth grade.

Purple Parrots, Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ages fifth and sixth graders

With themes that vary by week, Purple Parrots will gather for song time, make crafts and explore the natural world through active lesson plans. During the class, campers will visit with some of our animal ambassadors and create enrichments for some of our resident animals. The classes meet and incorporate California Life Science Standards for fifth and sixth grade.

 

Vet Tag-Alongs, Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-noon, ages seventh, eighth and ninth graders

Imagine what it takes to care for a toothy tiger or slimy salamander. How do you X-ray a duck’s foot or give a shot to a turtle closed up in his shell? Zoo veterinarians have one of the toughest jobs around. Campers will visit the Zoo’s animal hospital and meet the vets that care for many animal species.

Keeper Tag-Alongs, Aug. 7, 9 a.m.-noon, ages seventh, eighth and ninth graders

Find out what it takes to be a zoo keeper with these single day career classes with hands-on experience with primates, birds, reptiles, carnivores or ungulates depending on the date. What fun!

To stay connected to Sacramento Museums, “like” them on Facebook at Facebook.com/SacMuseums, follow them on Twitter @SacMuseums or visit the newly updated and user-friendly Website at SacMuseums.org.

Sacramento Association Of Museums

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