Flower art, slime and chemistry, science and art, and St. Patrick’s Day activities will be among spring break camps offered for children in kindergarten through 5th grades at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge Monday through Friday, March 12-16.
The museum will offer morning camps from 9 a.m.-noon and afternoon sessions from 1-4 p.m. Children may register for individual sessions, a day, all mornings, all afternoons, or the entire week.
Meanwhile, the Children’s Museum will be open for visits Tuesday through Sunday during spring break. Children may imagine they are astronauts in the Mars Rocket Room, play in a farmer’s market in the Healthy Living exhibit, explore how children lived in historic Appalachia, wander through a rain forest, play in a tugboat in TVA Waterworks, and much more.
Here’s the schedule of activities for March 12-16:
- DIY Discovery, Monday, 9 a.m.-noon. Children will explore a sampling of popular do-it-yourself projects, making survival bracelets, creating a snuggly donut, and making Fidget Spinners.
- Slime! Monday, 1-4 p.m. Campers will learn the chemistry behind making slime, making glitter slime, magnetic slime, floam, kinetic slime, slime paintings and slime bubbles.
- Flower Frenzy, Tuesday, 9 a.m.-noon. Campers will make dogwood flowers with popcorn, paint cherry blossoms using plastic bottles, and imagine what rain in rainbow colors looks like in this journey into color.
- A Spectrum of Colors, Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. Children will discover the visible light spectrum and how pigments work as they construct a spectrometer, make a colorful bracelet, build a kaleidoscope, and explore how pigments work while making art using chromatography.
- Upcycle/Recycle! Wednesday, 9 a.m.-noon. Campers will make paint from mud, art from bubble wrap or an old potato masher, as they discover beautiful ways to use old things and experiment with pigments and printmaking.
- STEAM Art, Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. Campers will discover the connection between science and art as they use magnets to paint a picture, create art with bubbles, explore effects of gravity on paint, paint a splatter mural using catapults, and build an art bot.
- Naturally Curious, Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon. Children will explore the wonders of plants using Eric Carle’s book, “The Tiny Seed,” to explore seeds, dissect seeds, make a sprouting jar, and learn the life cycle of a plant.
- Eric Carle’s Art Safari, Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Campers will explore techniques Carle used in his art and create an original artwork featuring plants and animals, inspired by Carle.
- Art Rocks! Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. Campers will paint rocks to hide in Oak Ridge, inspired by Oak Ridge ROCKS, create a rocking game of tic-tac-toe and “plant” rock gardens.
- All about Leprechauns! Friday, 1-4 p.m. Children build their own leprechaun house, play shaving cream coin hunt, do the shamrock shuffle, run the rainbow relay with a partner, and follow the coins to find the leprechaun’s treasure.
The half-day rate for the week, for morning or afternoon camps, is $125 for members and $135 for non-members. For the full week, morning and afternoon, the rate is $210 for members and $225 for non-members. Full day campers should bring a lunch. Daily rates are available on request.
For more information on these activities, see the Children’s Museum website at http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org/ or call (865) 482-1074. To register online, see http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org/classworkshopcamp-registration/.
The Children’s Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 62 and older, and $6 for children ages 3-18. Admission is free for children under 3 and museum members.