Fairytale Town presents Summer FunCamps

By From page A8 | June 14, 2017

Fairytale Town offers exciting and educational weeklong camps during the summer.

Morning sessions from 9 a.m. to noon are offered for children ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 9. Each camp is designed for a specific age group and features a unique theme, including visual and theatre arts, literature, puppetry, animals, gardening and more. Children can explore new areas of interest or dive deeper into their favorite topic.

Afternoon adventures sessions from noon to 4 p.m. can be added to a morning session to create a full-day camp experience. Afternoon Adventures are offered for ages 4 to 9 and feature a supervised lunch and recess time followed by more curriculum-based, open-ended activities, dramatic play, story time and more.

Morning sessions are $145 per child per week. A morning session plus afternoon adventures is $340 per child per week. Visit fairytaletown.org to register.

Morning sessions
(ages 4 to 6)

Little Ranchers
June 19-23: Get a taste of ranch life and help with the daily regimens that keep our friendly flock of farm animals fit and healthy. Campers will have plenty of hands-on contact with our fuzzy, furry barnyard buddies, learn historical information and participate 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.

Storybook Stage
June 26-30: Every story needs someone to tell it. Campers will help bring beloved nursery rhymes and fairytales to life and create new stories of their own, complete with props and sets. Our storytellers will experience the magic of theater, develop performance skills and practice stage basics through hands-on games, activities and crafts.

Camp Kaleidoscope
July 10-14: This camp introduces art and basic color concepts to beginning artists. Campers participate in a wonderful week of art projects featuring drawing, cutting, pasting and painting in a relaxed and colorful environment. Topics explored include primary and secondary colors, drawing, color mixing and patterns.

Gardens Galore
July 17-21: Fairytale Town offers plenty of green thumb fun in this gardening camp. This FunCamp covers the essentials of home gardening with an accent on environmentally “green” practices. Campers will also receive an up-close perspective on Fairytale Town’s own unique gardens and plants.

Music Makers
Jul. 24-28: Kazoos, maracas and cereal box guitars. Campers will explore music and get to meet some professional musicians for a summer sing-along to remember. Basic music principles and a bit of music history will be covered along with music related arts and crafts. At the end of the week parents and loved ones are invited to a concert put on by the campers. No previous musical experience required.

Storybook Science
July 31 through Aug. 4: Discover the science behind our favorite stories. Gravity had a lot to do with Humpty Dumpty’s great fall. Was Merlin the Magician really magical? Or maybe he was a scientist? One of the 3 Little Pigs knew that a brick house would withstand all that huffing and puffing. Campers will dive into stories and conduct their own hands-on experiments to test the science behind their favorite stories.

Art in Nature
Aug. 7-11: Join us for a week full of art projects inspired by Mother Nature. Campers will explore nature in an artsy week of fun to create masterpieces with flora and fauna. Artists will be drawing, cutting, pasting and painting while using the outdoors as tools and inspiration. Parents and guardians are invited to the “Outdoor Art” reception on Friday where campers will showcase their nature art pieces.

Dino Detectives
Aug. 14-18: If you love everything about dinosaurs, then this is the camp for you. Discover how paleontologists learn about these ancient reptiles by investigating real fossils and replicas. Campers will excavate fossils, make their own fossil cast and dig in to what it takes to recover ancient dinosaur fossils. Meet real living Fairytale Town animals and explore the unique characteristics that help them survive and link them to the dinosaurs of the past. 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.

Morning sessions
(ages 7 to 9)

June 19-23: Fairytale Town presents a Theatre Arts FunCamp that emphasizes creative playmaking onstage and off — Drama-Rama. Includes all aspects of theatre, from acting and script-writing to costume design and set/prop construction. Campers will write, design, produce and perform short plays and skits in this fast-paced, fun-filled week.

Farm-to-Fork Fun
June 26-30: Sacramento is America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. From poultry to produce, campers will discover where their food comes from in this fun week following food from farm to fork. Campers will plant, tend, harvest and cook food straight from the Fairytale Town garden and learn about eating healthy and local food through a variety of cooking techniques. Please note: Campers will have direct contact with Fairytale Town animals and animal feed. Campers will also be working with a variety of foods. Please list any food allergies during registration.

Culture Craft Club
July 10-14: Take a world tour of multicultural crafts. Campers will discover the Indonesian art of batik, the Arabic knot tying craft macramé, Peruvian friendship bracelets and more. Campers will dive into some of the world’s oldest arts and crafts forms and learn the stories behind them. This camp is hands-on, messy, artistic, educational and fun.

Map Quest
July 17-21: At the heart of every child is an adventurer. Campers will discover the adventure that awaits them as they blaze trails through Fairytale Town and William Land Park on the hunt for treasure and fun. Campers will not only learn to orient a map, use a compass and follow a trail, but they will become cartographers and make their own maps, hide treasure and challenge others to find it. Please Note: This FunCamp will take supervised adventures outside the Fairytale Town gates in William Land Park.

Buggin’ Out
July 24-28: In Buggin’ Out, campers will be introduced to the lesser known arthropods that call Fairytale Town home. Children will get up close and personal with plenty of creepy crawlers including tarantulas, bees, cockroaches, termites, lady bugs, earthworms and more. Campers will take daily surveys of the park to find and observe bugs in their natural environment and learn basic concepts including life cycles, entomology, pollination and decomposition. Please note: Campers will have direct contact with Fairytale Town’s arthropods; some children may be allergic to tarantula hair, bees and/or other bugs.

Food, Fun & Fairytales
July 31 through Aug. 4: Fairytales have common themes of magical creatures, heroes, villains … and food. Campers will become Magical Chefs as they taste their way through different stories. Learn about “Curds and Whey,” discover why Goldilocks ate so much porridge, recreate the gingerbread house from Hansel & Gretel and more in this tasty week of Food, Fun and Fairytales. Please note: Campers will be working with a variety of foods. Please list any food allergies during registration.

Imagination Engineers
Aug. 7-11: Creative thinking skills abound in this FunCamp designed to let kids’ imaginations run wild. Campers will take part in a collaborative week of building with different recycled materials. An igloo made of milk jugs? A tower made of cardboard tubes? Pool-noodle playhouse? Who knows what the campers will come up with, but it will certainly be fun! Discover the magic that happens when you mix imagination, cardboard, recycled materials and duct tape.

Comic Connections
Aug. 14-18: The perfect FunCamp for budding artists who want to draw, draw and draw some more! Campers will learn how to create characters, write dialogue and develop a basic storyline. Exciting hands-on activities and fun drawing games will build upon the children’s prior knowledge and skills to show them how fun art can be. Campers will have the option to create their own comic book or a freestanding art piece to display in a “Comic Book Convention” at the end of the week.

Afternoon Adventures
(ages 4 to 9)
June 19 through Aug. 18: Campers will enjoy a supervised lunch and recess time followed by hands-on activities, dramatic play, story time and more. The open-ended activities ignite imagination and creative thinking. Curriculum-based activities and themes vary each week, so campers can enroll in multiple weeks. Please note: Campers need to bring their own lunches or pre-purchase meal-deals from the Dish & Spoon Café. Afternoon Adventures will have children ages 4 to 9 years old together. Camper must be enrolled in a morning session to enroll in afternoon adventures. Camp will not be held the week of July 4.

Kathleen Richards


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