Goin’ Green Preview- Camp 55

Summer will be here before you know it and we’re mixing things up at the Children’s Museum of Illinois for our big kid summer camps! Each week we will highlight a different Camp 55 week (for kids entering 1st-3rd grade in the 2016-2017 school year) with information and a look into an activity or two. All of our Camp 55 programs run Tuesday-Friday from 9A-1P. During the day we will do hands-on activities, learn about related topics, and create pieces of art to take home. Let’s get started with our first camp this summer- Goin’ Green!

After receiving a grant from the Ullrich Foundation to update our outdoor space, we were able to secure more volunteers and opportunities for education. What better way to showcase our new outdoor space then with a camp? During Goin’ Green we will explore the outside world as well as work with Junior Volunteers and a Master Gardener to learn about the CMofIL’s garden.

The very first day we will plant seeds and see how they grow during the week. Learn about the different parts of a plant by dissection and looking closely at growing plants outside. A garden is an ecosystem, though, and the plants wouldn’t be able to grow without the help of other creatures.image1

Museum Junior Volunteers are taking care of a worm bin and campers will get the opportunity to learn about the important roll worms play. We’ll also create homes and feeders for bugs, butterflies and birds. Bugs may seem creepy and crawly, but we will learn why they’re very important to the environment and gardens.  IMG_2035

The museum understands that integrating art in science is not only fun, but beneficial to children. Campers will have the opportunity to create art with organic materials found outside. We’ll also make paper that can be used and then planted to grow flowers. It’s a super fun (and messy) project.

In addition to Camp 55, CMofIL will be hosting PreK Camps for children ages 3-entering Kindergarten. Many of the PreK Camps have similar themes to Camp 55 and run on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9A-11A. Due to the popularity of these programs, please check online for availability.

We hope to see you this summer!