Sac museums offer children’s summer camps

By From page B6 | June 11, 2014

When it comes to summer fun, think Sacramento Museums. Below is a listing of fun summer camps and activities for children at various Sacramento area museums in 2014.

Amazing Aerospace Camp
The Aerospace Museum of California is proud to introduce aviation to interested students with a hands-on and amazing summer camp for youth ages 13 to 17. 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.

Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9-13; June 23-26; July 14-17 and Aug. 11-14. Cost is $225 per person (space is limited to 10 students per class). For more information call (916) 564-3437 or visit aerospaceca.org.

Studio Art Camp
Verge Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento, presents an artist-directed summer kids camp designed to provide an immersive art making experience for budding artists ages 11-14. The Studio Art Camp will introduce students to art making practices, ranging from painting, clay, sculpture, drawing, photography and large-scale installation works. Each class day will be taught by a different artist who is an expert in their particular discipline.

Camp dates are June 16-20 and June 23-27. Cost is $250 per week or $400 for both weeks; VERGE & CCAS members $200 per week or $375 for both weeks. For more information call (916) 498-9811 or visit ccasac.org.

Kids & Kars Camp
Rev up the summer for any young “gearheads” in your family. The California Automobile Museum is proud to offer its first ever summer camp for youth in fifth through ninth grade. With a hands-on approach, the focus of each day changes with interesting topics that include the following: Youth Basic Engine Know How (Monday); Automotive Design & Clay Modeling (Tuesday); Muscle Car Workshop (Wednesday); Electric Vehicles (Thursday) and Riding in Cars (Friday).

Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7-11. Cost is $75 for members/$90 for non-members (individual classes: $20 for members/$25 for non-members). For more information call (916) 442-6802 or visit calautomuseum.org/event/kids-kars-camp.

Sacramento History Museum

Gold Fever
Gold Fever is an introduction to California and Sacramento’s history. Campers will travel via covered wagon to the place that started it all…Sutter’s Fort. Throughout the week campers will visit several historic sites including but not limited to the California State Railroad Museum, the Old Schoolhouse Museum and the Pony Express monument. Campers will play Nineteenth Century games, do art projects, and discover their local history along the way.

Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7-11. Cost per week is $140 members/$155 for non-members. Morning and after care are also available.

History Live
History Live is the theme of our second week of camp. During this session, campers ages 8 through 12 will work on a theme for a play that they will perform at the end of the week. Traveling via covered wagon, campers will explore the past in a new way at places such as the Old City Cemetery and the re-created Eagle Theatre. Campers will also participate in a week-long history mystery that will have them searching for hidden clues and interviewing characters from the past.

Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14-18. Cost per week is $140 members/$155 for non-members. Morning and after care are also available.

Dig It
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21-25. Cost per week is $140 members/$155 for non-members. Morning and after care are also available.

Preservation, archaeology and anthropology, oh my! Last, but not least, Dig it, will encourage campers ages 8 through 12 to think about what is beneath our feet. Fieldtrips will include a visit to the State Capitol and an Old Sacramento Underground Tour. Focusing on change and time, campers will see the historic district as it has evolved from Sutter’s Embarcadero, to skid row, to the Historic State Park it is today.

For more information about Sacramento History Museum cams call (916) 808-4980 or visit HistoricOldSac.org/historycamp.

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