Treasure the Summers of Your Life: Summer Camps at HMNS!

Summer is a time for exploring and growing, and there is no better place for learning and fun than at HMNS Xplorations Summer Camps!

As a child, my very best teachers taught English and American History, so I grew to love these subjects.  Either my science teachers were not my strongest teachers or I fell into the trap that existed at the time—science was for boys.  Because of my background (or lack of background) in science, it is very important to me that my granddaughters love the excitement and wonder around them.  Summer camp at HMNS is the perfect place for this love to be planted and nurtured. 

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In addition to camps at HMNS, camps are held during selected weeks in The Woodlands and in Sugar Land.

Camp topics are age-appropriate.  For example, my oldest granddaughter, Abbie, has taken Amazing Animals, Booms and Blast-Offs, Build it Big, Art Smart, DinoMite, Bug-a-Boo and Waterworks.  Last summer during Waterworks, the students made bubbles.  In the photo to the left, Abbie is concentrating hard on a bubble made from soap, water, glycerin and straws.

In the same class, the students were fascinated when a Hula Hoop and wading pool plus the bubble ingredients created a bubble that surrounded each of them.  Magic!

This amazed camper pictured below is totally surrounded.  What child would not be fascinated by experiences like this?

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For summer, 2009, the Youth Education Programs Staff headed by Nicole and Kat have added three new camps:  Wild, Wild West, It’s Easy Being Green and Freeze Frame.

campWild, Wild West will be held at the Museum and at both The Woodlands and Sugar Land locations.  This camp will help cowboys and cowgirls discover the science and symbols of the Wild West as they try lassoing, churning butter, branding and participate in a cowpoke cookout.

It’s Easy Being Green will be held at the Museum and in The Woodlands.  As campers discover that it is easy being green they will experiment with water, wind and alternative energy powered model cars and design a miniature green city.

Freeze Frame will be held only at HMNS.  This camp teaches about old fashioned photography as campers discover the inner workings of a camera by dissecting an eyeball, constructing a pinhole camera, using the sun to make prints, and much, much more.

Its not to late to join in the fun, we still have spots available for the summer! You can register for Xplorations Summer Camps online. If you have a question about camp, please call the camp registrar at 713 639 4625.

I usually write about books, so I’ll close with a quote from Stuart Littleby E. B. White.  Stuart reminds us to “Treasure the summers of your life.”  A great way to give your children a summer to remember is to enroll them in Xplorations Summer Camps and watch their sense of wonder grow!

It’s Easy Being Green

s-postWhen you think of ecology for kids, you probably think of pine cones, bird feeders and planting seeds. Not us!

For the 2009 camp season, I am helping to write the curriculum for a new Xplorations Summer Camp called It’s Easy Being Green. 

So, when WE think of ecology for kids, we think solar-powered electromagnets, mini composters, the nitrogen cycle and practical ways little kids can make a big difference. Our campers are going to investigate solar, wind and water power as well as learning how every day decisions make a long-term impact.

My favorite activity so far is not particularly scientific, but it is super fun – a no-sew grocery bag made from an old t-shirt. I am also pretty excited about the day that the campers are going to investigate water ecology and oil spills.

To find out how you can sign up for this or any of our Xplorations Summer Camps, visit www.hmns.org today!

Also, if you are interested in going green, join us as we celebrate Earth Day in the museum tomorrow – if you hug a tree, you’ll get a free sapling to take home!