Camp Newark Museum
Museum Musings by Amanda
The theme this week at Camp Newark Museum is ‘Make a Sustainable Future.’ You might think that learning about hydroelectricity, solar, wind and geothermal power would be soporific to the indefatigable campers (don’t you wish they sold Little Kid Energy instead of 5-Hour Energy?—it would last a whole day!). But as I watched from outside the classroom of the 5 and 6 year olds, waiting to take pictures, the kids were fully attentive and eager to engage as the high school aged science Explorers explained to them the multitude of uses and importance of reusable energy sources. The reason for the campers’ full attention is the structure of each day at camp. A well oiled machine, Camp Newark Museum has been around for years serving families in the surrounding area, from Newark to Springfield. The staff is committed to making each day rewarding and fun for the campers at the same time keeping the kids safe and healthy.
A camper at Camp Newark Museum has a busy schedule every day. Special activities range from Art to Science, from Music and Movement to Maker Corp, and from Planetarium play to free time in the garden. The older groups even take weekly trips to the local Glassroots and come home with unique glass art that they have made themselves. The art projects made in class are based on pieces in the Newark Museum’s expansive art collection. The Camp Exhibition of Week One focused on the Chinese New Year. Each class created dragons to celebrate the holiday. Chinese culture is important to the museum because of the large Chinese art collection at the museum. If you visited the galleries that week you probably would have seen the camp classes walking through the Chinese collection looking for inspiration for their dragons.
Testimonials on the Newark Museum website speak for themselves. One parent wrote “It was our first summer camp experience—fun and educational at the same time…What a treasure in NJ! Thank you for such a positive experience.” Stop by the museum for a visit to the galleries and consider sending your child to have fun and learn at the same time at Camp Newark Museum! The Newark Museum proves to be a wonderful camp environment for kids ages 3 to 13! Send your child for one week-long session or sign up for the last three. The themes for the next three weeks are: July 29-August 2, Wild Weather; August 5-9, Space Rover; August 12-16, What Bugs You. Call 973.596.6637 or email campnewarkmuseum@newarkmuseum,org for more information.
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