Summer Programs at MNS

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The cries of “Mom, I’m bored!” may have already gotten old for many parents this summer. But there’s good news! Enrollment for summer camps at the Museum of Nature & Science are still available for ages 3 years through sixth grade! The themes are carried out through crafts, experiments, demonstrations and activities. Each one is also educational and fun!

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Summer Programs at MNS

  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jennifer Whitus, Communications Manager 214-426-4629 jwhitus@natureandscience.org MNS Camps, Programs Make Learning “Cool” This Summer Spaces Still Available for Museum of Nature & Science fun, educational children’s programs running through Aug. 19 DALLAS, Texas (June 21, 2011) – The cries of “Mom, I’m bored!” may havealready gotten old for many parents this summer. But there’s good news! Enrollment forsummer camps at the Museum of Nature & Science are still available for ages 3 yearsthrough sixth grade! The themes are carried out through crafts, experiments,demonstrations and activities. Each one is also educational and fun! Little Explorers programs are for young children six months to four years andtheir adult companions, Discovery Camp, Jr. is for toddlers ages three to four, and K-sixth graders will have fun and learning at Discovery Camp. Program sessions beganJune 13, 2011 and are offered through August 19, 2011. Each week-long, full-day (Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) DiscoveryCamp session provides a different focus and unique activities for campers kindergartenthrough sixth grade. Camp sessions are specifically designed for distinct age groups tomaximize each child’s experience. Children can travel back 65 million years, hit the highseas, experience real super powers or dabble in magic potions! cont.
  2. 2. MNS Camps, page 2 “The Discovery Camp hours are perfect for our family and we love the options ofbefore and aftercare,” says “camp mom” Lori Murphy. “I love being able to register online and see how many spots are still available for certain camps. The teachers were greatand seemed to take interest in each child.” “I was really glad that the camp stoked her love of learning and made her want togo to school when she had previously been very against school!” says Andra Hunter,another “camp mom.” “On the first day of her first camp [my daughter] told me she likedthe boys best. But on the second day, she said she liked the learning best, and then askedif she could go to school!” Discovery Camp offers more than thirty themes – with titles like Movie Magic,Secrets of Super Powers, ABC’s of Wizardry and Dinosaur Detectives – and one of themis sure to pique every child’s interest. Kindergarteners can choose from the following themes: • Dino Detectives • Science Superheroes • “Sense” –sational Science • Junior Jetsetters • Camp Castaway • Space Cadets • Creepy Critters First and second graders can select from: • Paleo Primer • What Matters? • When Earth Attacks • Science Superpowers • Science of the High Seas • Crass Critters Third and fourth graders have the following options: • ABCs of Wizardry • Carnival Physics • Gross Anatomy • Movie Magic • Mysterious Mummies • Detective Science For fifth and sixth graders, themes include: • Survivor Science • Junkyard Science • Construction Science • Robotics • Academy of Wizardry cont.
  3. 3. MNS Camps, page 3 Before and after care are available for Discovery Camp campers. Before care isavailable from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and after care is from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Further details on dates, full explanations of themes and pricing for Discovery Camp areavailable online at natureandscience.org. Discovery Camp, Jr. camps are week-long, half-day sessions (Monday - Friday,9:30 a.m. - noon) for children ages three to four years. This summer’s Discover Camp,Jr. takes campers all across the country – without ever leaving Dallas. The overall themeis Road Trip, USA, and allows campers to explore the animals, landscapes, history andfun offered in the different regions of our vast nation. The “road trip” is arranged in thefollowing sessions: • Week 1: Route 66 • Week 5: The Oregon Trail • Week 2: Pacific Coast • Week 6: The Atlantic Highway Coast Highway • Week 3: Border to Border • Week 7: The Appalachian Highway Trail • Week 4: The Great River • Week 8: The Great Road Northern Highway Complete details on dates, outlines of each “road trip” and pricing for DiscoveryCamp, Jr. are available on the MNS web site, natureandscience.org. “My [son] absolutely loved attending the Summer Camp at the Museum ofNature & Science,” says Christina Smith, who has previously joined her son in the LittleExplorers program. “Each day my son took away a beautiful piece of art that correlatedto the theme that we covered for the day or the animal that was discussed. We now haveenough artwork to include in every one of our rooms. After classes we made our waythroughout the museum to enjoy his favorite activities like the [traveling] exhibits and thehuge bubble loops. We became members. We loved it!” Further details on Little Explorers themes, dates, pricing and registration are cont.
  4. 4. MNS Camps, page 4available online at natureandscience.org. “This Summer, MNS Discovery Camps are packed with engaging hands-onexperiments and exciting topics designed to bring out the scientist in every camper,” saysTeresa Lenling, assistant director of education and public programs for the Museum.“Whether exploring buoyancy and ocean life in Science of the High Seas or mixing upchemical reactions in the ABC’s of Wizardry, campers will participate in fun activitiesevery day and experience the Museum like no one else can!” MNS’ summer children’s programs are sponsored by Texas Instruments. “TI’s support of the Museum’s summer programs is a worthwhile investment inscience and math education for North Texas students,” says Andy Smith, TI corporatephilanthropy director. “In partnership with the Museum, we can spark interest andexcitement in the critical STEM subjects in ways that will make a positive impact onstudent achievement year-round.” Pricing for Discovery Camp is $210 a week for non-members and $185 a weekfor members. Discovery Camp Robotics week is $260 for non-members and $200 formembers. Before care for Discovery Camp is $25 a week, after care is $35 a week.Discovery Camp, Jr. costs are $105 a week for non-members and $90 a week formembers. Museum members not only save money on camp registration, but they receivefree entry to the Museum’s general collection and discounts on traveling exhibits,IMAX® films and Planetarium shows. Members also gain access to invitation-onlyevents and exhibit previews. Visit natureandscience.org to find out more aboutmembership privileges or to purchase a membership online. Registration for summer camps are available online at natureandscience.org or byphone at 214-428-5555 extension 8. The MNS web site can also be used to downloadregistration forms. Completed forms can be faxed to 214-428-4310 or mailed to:
  5. 5. cont.MNS Camps, page 5 MNS Summer 2011 Children’s Programs P.O. Box 151469 Dallas, TX 75315-1469 The Museum of Nature & Science campus is located in Fair Park. The ScienceBuilding is at 1318 S. 2nd Ave., the Nature Building is at 3535 Grand Ave., and thePlanetarium is at 1620 First Ave., Dallas, TX, 75210. Learn more about the Museum, itsprograms and how to become a member online at natureandscience.org ###About the Museum of Nature & ScienceThe Museum of Nature & Science – the result of a unique merger in 2006 between theDallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Childrens Museum– is an AAM- accredited non-profit educational organization located in Dallass FairPark. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the museumdelivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor experiences through its education,exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers,families and life-long learners. The facility also includes the TI Founders IMAX® Theaterand a cutting-edge digital planetarium. The Museum of Nature & Science issupported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the TexasCommission on the Arts and HP. The Museum of Nature & Science also is building anew $185-million museum on a 4.7-acre site in Victory Park to complement the Fair Parkfacilities. To learn more about the Museum of Nature & Science, please visitwww.natureandscience.org.

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