Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville is offering a variety of camps this summer. Whether your child wants to be a musician or a magician, a chef or a scientist, these camps promise to provide a fun-filled learning experience.
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All camps run from 9 a.m.-noon unless otherwise noted. Register online at www.discoveryplaceKIDS.org or by calling 800-935-0553.
• May 28-29, Music Makers: For 2-year-olds (with adult). Camp meets from 9-10:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Campers will learn about the world through music.
• May 28-31, Music Literacy: Ages 3-4. Campers spend the morning putting their favorite stories to music. They will learn to sing with Pete the Cat and play the drums with Tanka Tanka Skunk.
• June 3-4, Animal Action: For 2-year-olds (with adult). Camp meets from 9-10:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Children will learn about their favorite animals through song, story telling, and other sensory activities.
• June 3-7, Pet Vets: Ages 3-4. Campers will learn what our furry friends need in order to survive. There will be a veterinarian and some animal visitors.
• June 10-14
– Wild and Wacky Art: Ages 3-4. Campers will get messy and creative with watercolors, fabric markers and squirt guns in this art camp.
– Scientists as Artists: Ages 5-6. Campers will learn about science through art and discuss the properties of water, the color wheel and color mixing, as well as chemical reactions and forces.
– Famous Painters: Ages 7-8. Kids who participate in this class learn from the grand masters, like Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh, and have the opportunity to show their work in the Discovery Place gallery at the end of the camp session.
• June 17-21
– Storybook Cooks: Ages 3-4. In this cooking camp, kids will learn basic measuring and mixing skills while reading Eric Carl’s “Pancakes, Pancakes,” William Steig’s “Pete’s a Pizza,” and Ann McGovern’s “Stone Soup.”
– Master Chefs: Ages 5-6. Campers will learn to follow recipes as they create a delicious masterpiece. They will write and design their own recipe books to take home.
– Kitchen Chemists: Ages 7-8. Campers will learn about mixology as they experiment with different recipes in the kitchen and create meals.
• June 24-28
– Sensory Sculptures: Ages 3-4. Campers will make homemade dough to sculpt and paint their own masterpiece.
– 3-D Artists: Ages 5-6. Working with an array of 3-D materials, students will make self-portraits, sculptures and clay pots.
– Super Sculptures: Ages 7-8. Campers will work with clay and wood to make their own sculptures as well as learn about famous sculptures around the world.
• July 8 -12
– Patty Cake, Patty Cake: Ages 3-4. Kids learn to make tasty treats and healthy meals in this cooking camp. Students will leave with the knowledge of how to make a sweet and healthy snack.
– Dessert Connoisseurs: Ages 5-6. Students will learn the basic skills of cooking by making healthy meals and tasty desserts.
– Candy Makers: Ages 7-8. Students will feel like they have stepped into Willy Wonka’s famous factory as they make candy apples, lollipops, and chocolate popcorn balls.
• July 15-19
– Duplos: Ages 3-4. Camp meets from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Duplos provide the building materials for our littlest architects. Come make your own creations with Duplos blocks.
– LEGO Mania: Ages 5-6. Camp meets from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Your imagination is your blueprint at this building camp. Create a racecar or a house as your put your building skills to the test.
– LEGO Mania Extreme: Ages 7-8. Camp meets from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. LEGOS are the building blocks for fun at this architectural camp. Come make complex structures and stretch your imagination as you create your LEGO masterpiece.
• July 22-26
– Super Sleuths: Ages 3-4. Campers will learn to explore the world around them through a simple scientific process. Curiosity is a must.
– Cool Chemists: Ages 5-6. Kids will learn how chemical reactions work in a safe environment. Do you know what happens when baking soda mixes with vinegar?
– Junior Scientists: Ages 7-8. Camp scientists will learn about the science behind everyday occurrences. They will learn how sound and electricity travel and take an in-depth look at chemical reactions.
• July 29-Aug. 2
– Knights and Princesses: Ages 3-4. Campers will make swords, shields, and crowns in this imaginative camp. They will even build their own castles!
– Pirate Camp: Ages 5-6. Campers will be the captains of their imaginations as they learn about sunken ships and North Carolina’s most famous pirates. Campers will find treasure when “x” marks the spot on this camp.
– Hogwarts Class: Ages 7-8. Kids will discover the world of magic as they concoct potions, care for exotic plants, and learn about bizarre animals. Talk about the history of magical fantasy literature like “Harry Potter.”
• Aug. 5-9
– Friendly Monsters: Ages 3-4. Campers will learn about the silly side of monsters as they listen to monster songs and read Maurice Sendak’s famous book “Where the Wild Things Are.” Campers will also make their own monster costumes.
– Monster School: Ages 5-6. Campers will learn what it takes to become a monster. Have fun while painting faces, making monster puppets, and telling monstrous tales.
– Monstrous Science: Ages 7-8. Campers will enter the monster laboratory as they experiment with monstrous materials. Make giant balloon animals and experiment with cornstarch and monster foam.
• Aug. 12-16
– Playful Puppeteers: Ages 3-4. Campers will make their own puppets and tell stories through speech and song and learn about self-expression from the puppets they make.
– Junior Puppeteers: Ages 5-6. Explore the Discovery Place puppet theater as you learn about story telling and the secret life of puppets.
– Expert Puppeteers: Ages 7-8. These puppeteers will assist our younger puppeteers as they put on puppet productions. Campers will make complex marionettes and explore technology as they record their voices for their own puppet show.
– Compiled by Corinne Hester