DISCOVERINGS VOLUME 21 A Newsletter for The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier ISSUE 1
2012 Summer of Fantasy
A LETTER FROM OUR NEW BOARD PRESIDENT As summer arrives in the Southern Tier, this is an exciting time at The Discovery Center, with many milestones and exciting events occurring. The first major milestone is the handover of The Story Garden, which will now be maintained by The Discovery Center. Initially established and opened in 2007 by the Binghamton Junior League, the responsibility for upkeep and expansion of The Story Garden was transferred from the Junior League, and is now fully our own. Financial support for this effort was recently provided through the ‘First Annual Spring Fling’, a great dinner-dance event put on by the DC Board of Directors, and held at Terra Cotta in downtown Binghamton. With great food and fantastic music provided by Brotherhood, this is sure to be a great annual tradition. If you haven’t seen the newest major exhibit at the Center, you need to check out “Courage, Confidence & Character: Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting”. When the ribbon cutting ceremony was complete in March, this fantastic exhibit put on display a century of Girl Scout history, with artifacts large and small that show how the Girl Scouts have evolved to become one of the nation’s most important organizations for the development of skills and leadership abilities for girls. The exhibit will be on display through March 2013, make sure you don’t miss it! The Discovery Kids Summer Camps offer over 60 different camps for three different age groups and for the first time we are offering on-line registration. The camps offer a wide variety of themes and activities, and you can be sure
to find something to make any kid happy. For more info on summer camps, be sure to visit The Discovery Center website. One of my favorite events to be involved in since I joined The Discovery Center Board of Directors is our annual “Pastabilities” event. This is the 16th year we’ve hosted this event, which is paired with the LGT Tennis Challenger tournament each year, and features celebrity chefs, live and silent auctions and music. The date this year is Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 6:30 in Binghamton’s Recreation Park. This date is a slight change from recent years, when the event was held in August, so please make note of the change and hold the date! A great time will be had by all! For 3 years I have been on The Discovery Center Board of Directors, and I am extremely honored to be taking on the role of President of the Board for the next 2 years. I feel, as many others do, that the Discovery Center is a rare jewel here in the Greater Binghamton area, and we on the Board take very seriously the task of insuring the continuation of its mission, and the growth of its influence and impact. We on the Board are always interested to know the opinions and ideas of our patrons and customers, so please feel free to provide feedback and ideas on what’s being done right, and what can be improved. And please also consider volunteering at the DC, we always have jobs that need to be done, and many happy hands make easy work. Please contact the Center if you are interested in volunteering. I hope you enjoy a wonderful summer, and spend as much of it as you can at The Discovery Center!
Ron Crawford Ron Crawford – President, Board of Directors
OUR SMMER HOURS June: Mon. 10am-3pm toddlers only (birth—pre-k) Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm July & August: Mon—Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-5pm Closed on Sundays and July 4th
SPECIAL EVENTS Meet and Greet the Broome County Doll Club On Saturday, June 9th in The Discovery Center’s Ahearn Playhouse from 11am to 3pm bring your favorite Doll or Teddy Bear and join the Broome County Doll Club for a day of everything dolls. There will be all kinds of Dolls, Teddy Bears and Dollhouses on display. This day is for everyone aged 3 to 103! There will be crafts to do and refreshments available in our Somersaults Café. Do you have a special doll that needs to be identified? Bring him or her and the Doll Club will give you more information about them. For more information, contact the Broome County Doll Club on Facebook or leave a message at 607-687-5306.
The 4th Annual Summer Carnival—Thursday June 28th Rain or Shine It’s time to celebrate the end of school and the UNOFFICIAL start of the summer season! The Discovery Center and The Story Garden will be buzzin’ with old fashioned fun, games, contests, and special events inside and out. It’s the 4th Annual Summer Carnival! Ten carnival booths will be set up for kids of all ages to test their skills and win prizes. DJ Barb Fox will be filling the air with great music. Tractor rides, paper bag hat crafts, face painting, the Ross Park Zoo Mobile, strolling clowns, hula hoop and free throw contests, special entertainment, and MUCH more will make this a very fun day for the whole family. New this year will be the Mud Pie Fling and the Gold Miners Dig. As always, you will be able to buy some great food and yummy treats in our outdoor Food Tent. The cost of the day is $6 nonmembers, $3 members. Some parts of the day ‘s events need extra tickets, such as the food, the tractor rides, and the Gold Miner’s Dig. Call 773-8661 for more info.
Pastabilities…With a Taste of Tennis Join us on Thursday, July 19th for our annual PASTABILITIES event in conjunction with the Levene, Gouldin, Thompson Tennis Challenger at Binghamton’s Recreation Park. We will host a summer evening under the stars filled with made-to-order pasta cuisine, delectable desserts, legal libations and great music by Tyson Alston. This “Big Kid Only” event sponsored by BAE Systems Employee Community Service Fund will attract patrons from throughout the area; friends of The Discovery Center, Tennis tournament followers and, of course, pasta lovers! Come sample delicious sauces from some of the area’s finest restaurants combined with gourmet toppings prepared by celebrity chefs. All proceeds from this not to be missed after tournament event will benefit The Discovery Center. The fun begins with cocktails at 6:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm followed by music and dancing until 10:30. Call your friends make your plans and dial 773-8661 x 204 for tickets.
Preschool & After School Programs for Fall! Discovery Kids Club: The place to be after 3!
Discovery Kids Preschool
Even though Summer is just getting started, it’s not too early to start thinking about where to send your child after school this Fall. The DC has the perfect solution for you, Discovery Kids Club our interactive afterschool program. Our interactive curriculm centers on arts & crafts, taekwondo classes, outdoor exploration, community outreach and much more! Homework help is also available. Discovery Kids Club hours are MondayFriday, 3-6pm plus long days on most Binghamton City Schools holiday breaks. Fees for 2012-2013 are $65 per week plus a $65 registration fee.
All the A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of learning fun! Our Preschool curriculum focuses around monthly “Good for You” themes that are infused with arts, music, pre-reading, math and gross motor skills. Children also participate with the museum’s educators for Little Hands Science, Tunes & Tales and Healthy Beginnings. Our interactive program teaches children to learn through power of play! There are separate programs for both three and four year olds; choose from a 1/2 day or full day session. Cost for 2012-13 morning programs $77/week; afternoons are $65 per week; for full $135/week. Free UPK for BCSD residents!
For more information on these programs, visit thediscoverycenter.org or call 607-773-8661 x 208
FREE PROGRAMS Summer Fun Discovery Days There is something special each day all summer long. Come for the fun and bring a lunch for a day of fun and play! All activities are free with museum admission.
Mondays Garden Stories @ 11am - Relax in our garden with some special tales to inspire readers of all ages. Receive a free notebook to create your own garden inspired tales. Bring your journal each week for a special story themed scrapbook shape to add in. Art in the Garden @ 1pm - Experience art and nature in our magical Story Garden! Enjoy scavenger hunts, smelling flowers and drawing. We will use the garden as a studio, creating beautiful floral artworks for your home garden! July 2 Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt- Keep your eyes peeled for fun! July 9 Mosaic Stepping Stones- We’ll have tiles of all shapes and colors for you to create a beautiful mosaic. Feel free to bring any beads, baubles, necklaces, or toys to add to the design. July 16 Tie Dye T Shirts- We’ll provide the dyes. You bring a light colored T-shirt. Limited quantity available for sale at the front desk in case you forget. July 23 Sun Catchers- With an old CD, paint, beads, and wire, we will create something lovely! July 30 Seed Bombs- Nothing like a little guerilla planting to make our world beautiful! August 6 Garden Delights- Edible art? Make something yummy from the garden harvest. August 13 Fairy Houses- Make a fairy abode to invite these magical friends to your garden. August 20 Toadstool Terrariums- Mix dirt, flower seeds, and a handmade toadstool for fun. August 27 Beaded Garden Stakes- Add a bit of whimsy to your garden!
Tuesdays Time Travelers @ 11am What was life like a long time ago? Investigate antique tools and implements as we try to figure out what they did, who used them, and why they were important. Enjoy hands-on activities done so long ago- wash with a washboard and tub, make a candle, and more! For ages 7 and up Grossology @ 1pm Ever wonder about the ooey, gooey gross things our body does? Why does our nose make snot? Why do farts smell? Why do I sweat? Learn all about the science of the gross thing of our body with hands-on learning activities, gross discussions, and science fun. It is totally gross, but totally science!
Wednesdays Family Imagination Art Station @ 11am – this program is a process-oriented art experience for the whole family where participants explore a variety of art forms through hands-on experiences. Have fun with your child and get messy together. Cupcake Whimsy @ 1pm - Learn a fun, new cupcake decorating technique! From candies and icing tips, you’ll have fun playing
with your food and enjoy a tasty treat, too. Take home direction cards so you can repeat our yummy fun at home.
Thursdays Tremendous Thursdays 11am-1pm - Thursdays bring the most fabulous themed parties! Crafts, snacks, special guests and more make Thursdays so tremendous! July 5 Winter Wonderland- Go ice skating, enjoy snow cones, play with fake snow, and beat the heat! July 12 Star Wars- Meet the movie characters portrayed by Binghamton Fan Force and travel the distant galaxies. July 19 Dig the Past- It’s a day all about fossils. Dig for replica fossils, hatch a baby dino, and more. July 26 Where the Wild Things Are- Walk on the wild side as we meet animals from various habitats. August 2 Spider Mania- Learn all about these cool creatures and meet Spiderman. August 9 A’hoy Mateys! Pirates have invaded. Join in the fun or walk the plank! August 16 Gone Buggy- Visit with live creepy crawlies and make a bug catcher to take home. August 23 Super Heroes- Discover the Super Hero within! Test your skills in the Super Hero obstacle course and make a mask to reflect your super hero. August 30 Silly Seussical Fun- Have fun with all of the silly stories of Dr. Seuss.
Fridays Nature Pals @ 11am - Planet Earth sure could use a pal to protect it! From seeds to insects, plants to animal tracks, we’ll explore fascinating things in nature. If your child loves to be outside, this is the workshop for you! Bubbleology @ 1pm - The science of bubbles comes to life as you learn bubble tricks, make awesome bubble art, and try your hand at blowing bubbles of all shapes and sizes. Come dressed for a mess!
Saturdays & (Sundays-June Only) Explore and More Enhance your weekend visits with hands-on family fun! All activities are offered Saturdays at both 11am and 3pm and on Sundays at 3pm and are free with admission. June 9: Meet the Broome County Doll Club. June 10: Under the Sea June 16: Flag Day. June 17 Closed for Father’s Day June 23 & 24: Soda Geysers June 30: Exploding toothpaste July 7: Firework Painting July 14: Sun Catchers July 21: Hatch a baby dino July 28: Sun visors Aug 4: Spider webs Aug 11: Pirate hats Aug 18: Make a bug catcher Aug 25: Make a glow bug night light friend
DISCOVERY KIDS SUMMER 2012 CAMPS 7 Weeks of Summer Ed-venture to choose from Monday-Friday, July 9th through August 24th Camper Ages: 5-6 (5 year olds must be registered for fall 2012 Kindergarten), 7-8, 9-12. Special artist-in-residency camp available for 11-14 year olds. Internship program for 13-15 year olds (call 607-773-8661 for application). Hours: Half day sessions 9am-12pm and 1-4pm with the option for a full day of fun with our back-to-back camps…just bring a bag lunch! Supervised lunch with exploration of our interactive exhibits 12-1 for campers registered for both morning and afternoon sessions. Early drop off: (includes Breakfast Club) and late pick-up available. Children registered for early drop off will enjoy a nutritious breakfast with their camp friends to fuel them up for an energetic day of camp fun! Early drop-off from 8-9am and late pickup from 4-5:30pm are available for a per session fee of $15 for early and $15 for late. Camp Fees: All camp fees are due at time of registration including early drop off and late pickup fees. Members $65, non members $70 per one week half day session. One time $10 registration fee per camper for summer 2012 includes a Discovery Kids Summer Camp T-shirt.
Galumpha Gang Two Week Performing Arts Camp - July 23 – August 3, 9am-3pm Mark your calendars & plan your vacations around Galumpha Gang. You won’t want to miss out on the wildly amazing children’s performance camp instructed by the internationally acclaimed acrobatic dance company, Galumpha! Two weeks of collaborative choreography, dazzling acrobatics & teamwork will have your child performing center stage. Participants need not know a thing about acrobatics or dance, the fun is in the learning! Children will create a genuine professional performance all their own! The Galumpha Gang is geared for children 7-13 years of age, with 14-18 year old interns performing & lending a helping hand. Galumpha Gang will take place at Binghamton University’s Performing Arts Building. Fees: members $375; non-members $400 and interns (14-16) $200. Final performance Friday evening, August 3rd.
Discovery Interns for 13-15 year olds! Sign up for any or all of our 7 camp sessions July 9 – Aug 24. Explore the arts, science, history and drama and outdoor fun with an inside look at the workings of a children’s museum. Aid with summer camps, try your hand at fun-filled activities and meet new friends! Application and references required. As part of the learning process, interested applicants will be asked to interview. Selected applicants are required to attend a pre-camp training session. Hours: M-F, 8:45am-4pm. Cost $20/wk members, $25 nonmembers. Call 773-8661 x 208 for application and interview.
Session One: July 9-13 As Seen On TV - Mornings 9am - 12pm 5-6 year olds: STAR WARS May the force be with you during this death defying week of galactic excitement. The challenge; to assist the rebels against the evil empire is on for as Yoda says, “Size matters not, look at me!” Young rebel warriors are needed for this week of mastering the force! SUPER HERO SQUAD Are you up for a Challenge? Can you make someone laugh against their will just by making a face? Do you possess the ability to star down even the toughest of opponents without even a blink? Then this is the camp for you as we test our super human powers for having fun and explore the world of super heroes from print and screen with games that challenge both the mind and body! 7-8 year olds: RIVER MONSTERS Uncover the world’s largest, strangest and most dangerous fish living in the world’s waterways. Learn about these amazing creature’s habitats and how they have
adapted. Hear stories about acts of bravery and modern folklore attributed to some of the world’s most unbelievable fish to ever swim the earth. Water science and conservation will collide with stories almost too bizarre to believe through games and hands on activities that bring it all to life. COOL2CRAFT CAMP You haven’t seen cool crafts until you have crafted with the best! Renee DeSantis, Binghamton City School District art teacher and crafter extraordinaire (She teaches high school crafts for BHS), will craft works of art that explode with creativity! 9-12 year olds: TOON TIME: CARTOONING Start thinking funny! You don’t have to be a great artist to learn to cartoon. All you need is your sense of humor and your imagination! Learn how to take simple shapes, numbers, letters and even words and turn them into wacky cartoons. Explore the stories behind the development of some of your favorite cartoon characters old and new and try your hand at creating images using exaggeration, simplification, silly poses and of course a witty storyline as you develop your own comic strip.
Afternoons 1pm - 4pm 5-6 year olds: MAGIC SCHOOL BUS ADVENTURES This is a school bus you won’t want to miss! With activities based on the popular children’s program “The Magic School Bus” you will be on your way every day to a new adventure! Remember what Ms. Fizzle says, “Get out there and explore.” STAR WARS May the force be with you during this death defying week of galactic excitement. The challenge to assist the rebels against the evil empire is on for as Yoda says, “Size matters not, look at me!” Young rebel warriors are needed for this week of mastering the force! 7-8 year olds: JEDI TRAINING CAMP Jedi Training is now in session! Star Wars warriors report to duty! Are you ready to leave your home planet and join the rebels to save Princess Leia from the clutches of Darth Vader? Travel across the galaxies and put your light saber training to use with games, science and crafts that will have you destroying the Death Star! 9-12 year olds: THE AMAZING RACE Get ready set…GO! The Amazing Race is off and running as participants travel the globe tackling fetes of endurance, agility and fact finding as they explore the countries and cultures represented in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Session Two: July 16-20 You’ve got Talent NIGHT IN THE MUSEUM – Children aged 7 or older have the opportunity to attend a museum sleepover. Each sleepover is limited to 50 children. You drop off the camper and we do the rest!! Kids arrive at 6pm for dinner. The themed night Kids Got Talent is filled with museum play, special activities and fun! Lights out at 10pm-sleepover ends at 9am Saturday after breakfast. Friday, Jul 20, $25 per camper. Mornings 9am - 12pm 5-6 year olds: OOEY, GOOEY ART A mess is a sign of a good day during this week of icky, squishy fun. Messy art activities that allow creativity to ooze through your fingers as you learn to color mix, create your own gloop paintings, and press together homemade paper creations will have you elbow deep in the creative process. Don’t forget to dress for a mess! 7-8 year olds: THE MUPPET PUPPET PLAYS “Muppets” are very special puppets. Designed by legendary puppeteer, Jim Henson, the muppet has very specific puppet features. With characteristics that include moveable arms, wide mouths, and large eyes, the muppet is part marionette and part puppet. During this week of muppet madness, young puppeteers (or should we say “muppeteers”) will create their own muppet, put on a muppet show and learn about some of their favorite muppet characters from our favorite Muppet shows.
ALL THAT JAZZ Be-bop your way through a week of rhythm and dance as you explore the rich history of Jazz in American music. Learn about the cultures that gave rise to this American born musical genre as you take a peek at Ragtime, New Orleans Jazz, Big Band Swing, Latin and Soul Jazz with music, food and cultural activities. 9-12 year olds: CUTTING EDGE CRAFTS (morning session of full day camp) Crafting takes on a whole new dimension with the creation of 3-D paper crafts that jump right off the page. Renee DeSantis, Binghamton City School District art teacher will be adapting high level crafting ideas, many of which are incorporated into her high school crafts class to The DC, for an all day (morning and afternoon session) camp that will just amaze you! So get your scissor fingers ready and make sure you eat a good breakfast to get your creative juices flowing because this is going to be fun! YOU’VE GOT TALENT Hidden talents will be revealed as talents both artistic and dramatic are tapped into during this week of creative expression. Local talent will make guest visits for ‘learn a new thing’ days. What will your talent be? Afternoons 1pm - 4pm 5-6 year olds: THE MUPPET PUPPET PLAYS “Muppets” are very special puppets. Designed by legendary puppeteer, Jim Henson, the muppet has very specific puppet features. With characteristics that include moveable arms, wide mouths, and large eyes, the muppet is part marionette and part puppet. During this week of muppet madness, young puppeteers (or should we say “muppeteers”) will create their own muppet, put on a muppet show and learn about some of their favorite muppet characters from our favorite Muppet shows. 7-8 year olds: MAKE A MESS MASTERPIECES A mess is a sign of a good day during this week of icky, squishy fun. Messy art activities that allow creativity to ooze through your fingers as you learn to color mix, create your own gloop paintings, and press together homemade paper creations will have you elbow deep in the creative process. Don’t for get to dress for a mess! THE IMAGINEERS You will be drawn into this week of fool the eyes (and the brain!) animation creation with a closer look at the Disney animation team, the Imagineers. Learn the basic principles behind animation, create a flip book, illustrate animation cells and try your hand at flash animation through an investigation of such popular Disney works as “Toy Story” and “Cars”. 9-12 year olds: CUTTING EDGE CRAFTS – afternoon session of full day camp ALL THAT JAZZ Be-bop your way through a week of rhythm and dance as you explore the rich history of Jazz in American music. Learn about the cultures that gave rise to this American born musical genre as you take a peek at Ragtime, New Orleans Jazz, Big Band Swing, Latin and soul Jazz with music, food and cultural activities.
Session Three: July 23-27 Fantasy Fun Mornings 9am - 12pm 5-6 year olds: THE SEUSS IS LOOSE Oh the Things You Can Think during this week of rhyme and meter as we celebrate the life and works of Dr. Seuss! You will like it here! You will like it there! You will like it everywhere! As we take our explorations to the garden with The Lorax, the kitchen with Green Eggs and Ham, celebrate Wacky Wednesday, Learn to balance apples on our heads with “Ten Apples On Top” and make new friends with Feet to Meet. 7-8 year olds: GNOMES According to myth, gnomes, small magical creatures with human-like features, live underground and spend their days much like humans do above ground. But, when they need something…they come out! Gnomes don’t just come out at night because they are shy. Legend has it that if a gnome is caught by sunlight, it turns to stone. Some legends say that a stone gnome must stay that way for the rest of their existence, while others release the gnomes by nightfall. Hear the stories of gnomes through the ages, go on a gnome hunt and make gnome inspired crafts. SHREK Spend the week with everyone’s favorite giant green ogre, Shrek. Fairy tale creatures, dragons, castles, magic mirrors and even a closer look at Shrek’s beloved swamp home will have you will be a “Believer” too! 9-12 year olds: WEE FOLK: TRUTH OR FICTION? Do fairies, gnomes and goblins really exist? Take another look at the fairy tales of The Brothers Grim and Hans Christian Anderson and their stories of fairies, gnomes, trolls, goblins and other strange creatures that inhabit dark woods, foggy swamps, misty meadows and mysterious mountains. Are these creatures only the stuff of folklore? You decide as you learn about the cultures and people around the world who claim that “wee folk” really do exist. Afternoons 1pm - 4pm 5-6 year olds: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Do you have an active imagination like Max from the classic children’s story Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack? Have a wild good time as you travel to Max’s imaginary world an ocean away to paradise where you will help Max rule the island of wild beasts through friendship and a little magic. Through an investigation of tropical habitats and a little imagination campers will create their own imaginary island diorama, build forts, make beastly good snacks and have a rumpus of a good time. 7-8 year olds: MYTHICAL CREATURES For thousands of years the mythical creatures have fascinated us in movies, cartoons and songs. This week we will jump into the world of fire breathing dragons, mermaids (and mermen!) and unicorns! Discovery how their powers have captured our imagination! Examine the legends, science and history of mythical creatures.
TROLL TREASURES Trolls, mythical creatures that sometimes are said to be as big as giants and other times small like a dwarf, are mischievous and usually practice nasty habits ( if you ever see one please offer them a Kleenex!). They have an aversion to noise and some say turn to stone at night, but one of their most egregious habits is to collect things that do not belong to them. During this week of trollology, campers will explore Scandinavian folklore and some of the customs that still exist today in Scandinavian culture as part of celebrations and holiday rituals. Collage from found items and Scandinavian folk art will all be investigated as we unlock the troll mystery. 9-12 year olds: JUMANJI Release the magic with Jumanji, the fantasy board game full of danger and suspense! Imagination will become reality as you roll the dice and decode the mystery of the board game with an investigation of safari animals, insects, monsoons, crocodiles and earthquakes! Take a closer look at the making of the movie and the cinematography involved in creating special effects!
Session Four: July 30-August 3 Going for the Gold: The Olympics NIGHT IN THE MUSEUM - Children aged 7 or older have the opportunity to attend a museum sleepover. Each sleepover is limited to 50 children. You drop off the camper and we do the rest!! Kids arrive at 6pm for dinner. The themed night A Night Under the Stars is filled with museum play, special activities (Zoo Hike and a Star Lab Experience) and fun! Lights out at 10pm-sleepover ends at 9am Saturday after breakfast. Friday, Aug 3, $25 per camper. Mornings 9am - 12pm 5-6 year olds: LIGHT THE TORCH Kid’s spirits unite under the Olympic rings with an investigation of good sportsmanship and friendly competition. Learn about the Olympics early beginnings at Mount Olympus and see how the games have changed over time. The torch is lit for fun, games and crafts that will take you on an adventure of Olympic proportion! 7-8 year olds: THE SUPERHEROES AND VILIANS OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY The ancient Greeks used mythology to explain the triumphs and struggles of their world. Gods and Goddesses were revered for good weather, fine health and abundant harvest. Hear the stories of Good vs. Evil in Greek mythology through an investigation of Greece’s superheroes: Gods and Goddesses! Greek life, foods, religion and customs will give you the superhuman understanding of ancient Greece. 9-12 year olds: GHOSTS OF THE LONDON UNDERGROUND Travel London’s subway, The London Underground, to a new destination daily as we explore the city hosting the 2012 World Olympic Games. Also called “The Tube”, The London Underground is the world’s longest and oldest underground railway. The extension of the subway’s tunnels over the past 145 years has unearthed many ghost stories associated with the great bubonic
plague. Hear some of the stories that haunt the stations along the way as we visit London’s famous sites: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Hyde Park and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and The London Bridge will all be on the tour!
dog Snowy on an adventure that takes them to Morocco. Follow the clues that lead you to the sunken treasure and unlock the mystery of the Unicorn as mystery and adventure merges with fun and frolics.
Afternoons 1pm - 4pm 5-6 year olds: A PARADE OF NATIONS Everybody loves a parade and there is no better parade than the Parade of Nations at the Olympics! Help us create our own Parade of Nations as we investigate the cultures that make up the 2012 World Olympics. Learn about the national animals, build a pyramid like the Egyptians and try to hop as far as a Kangaroo can hop during this week of games, food and folk art as we experience the customs and traditions from each continent.
9-12 year olds: THE DEEP Discover the amazing and the bizarre creatures that are found in the deep sea. Thousands of feet below the surface is a dark alien world with some of the most unusual animals you could ever imagine. Investigate such animals as tube worms, giant squid and the fangtooth eel. Learn about the strange and amazing ways these animals have adapted to their environment and participate in activities that will have you over your head in fun!
7-8 year olds: OPA! “Opa” is the Greek word for Whoopee! It is said during moments of joy and celebration! Get ready for a week full of Greek spirit as we take a look at ancient Greek celebrations through an investigation of Greek pictograms that tell the story of the great feasts and celebrations that marked the important moments in Greek civilization! Greek life will come a alive with costume, foods and Greek arts. LIGHT THE TORCH Kid’s spirits unite under the Olympic rings with an investigation of good sportsmanship and friendly competition. Learn about the Olympics early beginnings at Mount Olympus and see how the games have changed over time. The torch is lit for fun, games and crafts that will take you on an adventure of Olympic proportion! 9-12 year olds: THE TWO FACES OF GREECE: SPARTA VS. ATHENS During the 5th century BC, Greece was dominated by two main powers: democratic Athens and the military oligarchy of Sparta. These city-states were very different. Be a Greek citizen for a week as you learn about the personalities, goals, customs and laws that governed Sparta and Athens then put aside your differences just as the ancients did to participate in the Olympic games where good sportsmanship rules supreme.
Session Five: August 6-10 Aqua Antics Mornings 9am - 12pm 5-6 year olds: MERMAID’S TALES Mystical creatures dancing under the moonlight in sparkling blue water is a story told around the globe. Make sea shell art, sand castles, water color masterpieces and more as you dive into folklore with stories of mermaids and the underwater palaces they call home. Bathing suit needed for wet water games! ICE AGE The summer ho-hums will be a drift this week as we explore water science with the help of our friends from one of our favorite move series “Ice Age”. Water games and an exploration of prehistoric animals get a long swimmingly as we mix a little learning with a splash of fun! Bathing suit & towel needed for wet water games! 7-8 year olds: TINTIN’S VOYAGE This is sure to be a swashbuckling good time as you set sail with Tintin, Captain Haddock and Tintin’s
Afternoons 1pm - 4pm 5-6 year olds: THROUGH THE SPYGLASS: PIRATES What is that we spot in the distance? Why it is the DC Dabloon headed your way! Learn about the pirates who sailed the Seven Seas, find hidden booty and walk the plank with games that challenge even the crustiest old barnacle! ALOHA! Let’s hit the beach baby…in Hawaii! It’s Luau time! Explore the marine life of Hawaii and the spectacular color of the Hawaiian coral reef! Learn about Hawaiian culture and dip your toe in some fun-filled water games! 7-8 year olds: THE DEEP Discover the amazing and the bizarre creatures that are found in the deep sea. Thousands of feet below the surface is a dark alien world with some of the most unusual animals you could ever imagine. Investigate such animals as tube worms, giant squid and the fangtooth eel. Learn about the strange and amazing ways these animals have adapted to their environment and participate in activities that will have you over your head in fun! 9-12 year olds: A PIRATE’S LIFE Yoho, yoho let the adventure begin! Ahoy Mateys! It is time to come aboard the DC Dabloon and sail the Seven Seas…if you dare! All hands on deck this week as we delve into an exploration of the lives of Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Sir Francis Drake and others. Eat like a pirate, learn about countries where pirates hailed and even search for buried treasure!
Session Six: August 13-17 Whiz Kids NIGHT IN THE MUSEUM - Attention all you TRAIN fans! Leave the kids with us while you’re at the Dick’s Open Concert. Children aged 7 or older have the opportunity to attend a museum sleepover. Each sleepover is limited to 50 children. You drop off the camper and we do the rest!! Kids arrive at 6pm for dinner. The themed night Who Dunnit? is filled with museum play, special activities and fun! Lights out at 10pm- sleepover ends at 9am Saturday after breakfast. Friday, Aug 17, $25 per camper.Mornings 9am - 12pm 5-6 year olds: MADAGASCAR Spend the week with the animal gang from the new movie “Madagascar’s Most Wanted” as they join a travelling circus touring Europe in an effort to find their way back home from Madagascar to The Big Apple’s Central Park Zoo. Journey through Europe as the gang runs into trouble with
animal control and the race is on! Learn about lions, penguins, monkeys, zebra, hippos, giraffes, lemurs and llamas…all the animal friends from the movie! Find out how animals are trained to perform in a circus and create your own 3 ring circus! Let the fun begin under The DC Big Top! 7-8 year olds: ANIMATION STATION Your images will run right off the pages as you try your hand at animation. Learn to fool the eyes (and the brain!) with an exploration of the basic principles behind animation, create a flip book, illustrate animation cells and make a flash animation book that will amaze your friends. 9-12 year olds: CLASS INSECTA With over a million species of insects, and even more that haven’t been studied, it should be no surprise that some of the weirdest creatures on the planet are insects. This camp is sure to give you the creepy crawlies as we investigate the longest insect in the world, the strongest insect on the earth, the animal with the weirdest life cycle, the animal with the most bizarre body parts, the prettiest and even the strangest insects on the planet! Learn about how different insects trap for prey and study those that are gruesome bloodsuckers! Get ready! Science is about to make your skin crawl with games and activities that that are downright creepy! Afternoons 1pm - 4pm 5-6 year olds: THE SKY IS THE LIMIT! This week is going to be a breath of fresh air with an investigation of flight. Birds, insects and even kites will make this camp a real flight of fancy! 7-8 year olds: MADAGASCAR Spend the week with the animal gang from the new movie “Madagascar’s Most Wanted” as they join a travelling circus touring Europe in an effort to find their way back home from Madagascar to The Big Apple’s Central Park Zoo. Journey through Europe as the gang runs into trouble with animal control and the race is on! Learn about lions, penguins, monkeys, zebra, hippos, giraffes, lemurs and llamas!- all the animal friends from the movie! Find out how animals are trained to perform in a circus and create your own 3 ring circus! Let the fun begin under The DC Big Top! 9-12 year olds: SPACE ROCKETEERS Learn the basics of rocket science this week as we shoot for the stars. Explore Newton’s Laws of motion through games and activities, make a bubble powered rocket and enjoy a picnic under the stars in our portable planetarium, The Starlab.
Session Seven: August 20-24 Movies On Demand Mornings 9am - 12pm 5-6 year olds: OZ You will be swept away to the magical world of Oz as the yellow brick road leads you to a new adventure every day. A lion’s share of activities will test your courage, and have you playing mind games that will keep you headed to the emerald village where you will try your hand at science wizardry that would stump even the powerful OZ himself. So, click your heels
and get ready to put your heart into a week in full Technicolor. STAR WARS May the force be with you during this death defying week of galactic excitement. The challenge to assist the rebels against the evil empire is on for as Yoda says, “Size matters not, look at me!” Young rebel warriors are needed for this week of mastering the force! 7-8 year olds: HARRY POTTER Muggles welcome! The Hogwarts Express is ready to depart from Platform 9 3/4 and they don’t like it when the new pupils are late to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry! This week of fantasy fun will be filled with magical animals, unusual plants and magical potions! Study the way of owls, play a game of Quidditch, and try to catch the golden snitch. JUMANJI Release the magic with Jumanji, the fantasy board game full of danger and suspense! Imagination will become reality as you roll the dice and decode the mystery of the board game with an investigation of safari animals, insects, monsoons, crocodiles and earthquakes! Take a closer look at the making of the movie and the cinematography involved in creating special effects! 9-12 year olds: ZORRO! An investigation of Spanish culture will be masked in mystery with Zorro, the fictional Spanish outlaw from the Spanish colonial era of California. Zorro, Spanish for “Fox”, will be our inspiration as we keep villains at bay with acts of courage and cunning mind games. Spanish language and culture will be woven into an investigation of Spanish noblemen, horsemanship, sword play and acts of agility. Afternoons 1pm - 4pm 5-6 year olds: SUPER HEROES Practice the science of Spiderman, bravery of Batman and the strength of Superman through challenging games, experiments and activities. PRINCESS ETIQUETTE Politeness counts as we have a royal good time in the Kingdom of Fun this week with costumes, crafts, games and food that will have you acting and behaving like royalty. Little princesses will learn about princesses both real and off the reel. 7-8 year olds: STAR WARS May the force be with you during this death defying week of galactic excitement. The challenge to assist the rebels against the evil empire is on for as Yoda says, “Size matters not, look at me!” Young rebel warriors are needed for this week of mastering the force! ZORRO! An investigation of Spanish culture will be masked in mystery with Zorro, the fictional Spanish outlaw from the Spanish colonial era of California. Zorro, Spanish for “Fox”, will be our inspiration as we keep villains at bay with acts of courage and cunning mind games. Spanish language and culture will be woven into an investigation of Spanish noblemen, horsemanship, sword play and acts of agility. 9-12 year olds: HUGO Based on the blockbuster movie hit, this week of camp will be pure adventure! Have you seen it? Or even better, have you read the book? The movie “Hugo” is a must see. 1930’s Paris will be our setting as we have a fun-filled investigation of trains, clocks, early cinema and 1930’s Paris. Campers will create their own dream-like silent movie in the fashion of Melies!
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Center Kids We invite you to another year of free family fun! Our new theme Off the Pages will make books come alive! Don’t miss these fun-filled hands-on activities and special guests sure to be enjoyed by the whole family. Center Kids is the second Saturday of the month from 1-3 p.m. in the United Way reading/ library room across from VanCott’s Jewelers. This program is sponsored by your friends at The Oakdale Mall. June 9th: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Who said books just have to have words? Join in the fun as we jump in to the pages of Jeff Kinney, where you’ll construct your own comic starring….YOU! Readings of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will take place at 1:30 and 2:30.
Gracias, Dankeschön, Ευχαριστώ, Grazie, 감사합니다 , Go raibh maith agaibh BC Roller Derby Club, Alpha Phi Omega from Binghamton University, Freihoffers, Mr. Doug and his fabulous stories, Heather and Amanda, Ron Crawford and our fabulous Lockheed Martin Painters, Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas at Binghamton University, Sul Pong Korean Drumming Group, Lambda Phi Epsilon from Binghamton University, Student Volunteer Center, Michelle Swartz, Ruth Henneman, Gabrielle Montanez, Britanny Carr, Mead Westvaco, Broome County Doll Club, Girl Scouts of NY Penn Pathways Council, Taylor Rental of Vestal, Don Young, Joan Hunt, Judy Dennis, Felix Staconni, David Hogan, Bates Troy Laundry, TriCities Opera, Binghamton University Theatre Department, 4-H Bunny Buds Club, Lowes of Vestal, Home Depot, Nyala Farm Alpacas. Riley & The Queen of Colors: So. Tier Actors Read (STAR), Santino DeAngelo, Grace Morrisey and Kate Murray. Spring Fling Fundraiser: Binghamton Giant Markets Foundation, Hinman Howard Katell, LLP, Visions Federal Credit Union, and United Advisors, Terra Cotta Catering, Brotherhood, Co-chairs Barbara Fuller and Pat Kritkausky