Toward the end of the school year, we're really looking forward to those long, lazy days of summer. But perhaps all too soon you'll realize you should have planned something to keep the kids, and yourself, from going crazy. No worries. There are still plenty of summer programs available.
>>The New England Air Museum hosts numerous family programs starting June 30. All ages will have the opportunity to put their creativity and problem solving skills to use. Learn about flight, aircraft design and aerodynamic principles. Get up close and personal with the Museum's 80 display aircraft. A variety of activities will be offered each day such as build and fly challenge activities, flight science demonstrations and the chance to sit in the cockpit of an aircraft. The Museum's Flight Sim Spot will be open each of these days between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Activities scheduled through summer include: June 30 to July 6, Build and Race an Air Trolley; July 7 to 13, Build and Race Balloon Rockets; July 14 to 16, Zip line Challenge; July 17 to 20, Straw Rocket Competition; July 21 to 22, Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth LEGO Competition; July 23 to 27, Parachute Drop; July 28 to 30, Rotochute; and July 31 to Aug. 3: Egg Drop.
The New England Air Museum is on 36 Perimeter Road (off Route 75) on the North end of the Bradley International Airport airfield, Windsor Locks, Conn. Activities are included with admission. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Information: www.neam.org and 860-623-3305.
>> The CT Science Center in Hartford is offering Summer Vacation Exploration Camps July 21 through Aug. 18. Register for one week or all five. The camps offer children hands-on science enrichment with structured activities with staff scientists and counselors plus, supervised free time to explore the Science Center's galleries and exhibits.
Topics include July 21 to 25, Amusement Park Engineering; and July 28 to Aug. 1, It's A Robot World. Camps run Monday through Friday. Drop off is between 8 and 8:30 a.m.; pick up is between 3:30 to 4 p.m. Cost is $310 per week for members and corporate members and $340 per week for nonmembers (registration fees apply). Information: 860-520-2177 or email camps@CTScienceCenter.org.
>> The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk still has a few spots open for their summer camps, including one-day programs for ages 6 through 9 and weeklong programs for ages 6 and older. Pre-registration is required. Week-long programs include July 7 to 11, "Sharks & Fish!" (for ages 6-8); and July 21 to 25 "Waterbotics" (for ages 12-15). Registration forms available at www.maritimeaquarium.org.
>> The West Hartford Art League still has a few openings in their ArtCamp, which starts the week of June 30. Four, one-week sessions are offered for kids in kindergarten through high school. A few classes that are still open include July 7 to 1, Drawing Fun with Ms. Kanachovski (for those entering grades 4 and 5); and Stone Sculpture with Joan Shapiro (for those entering grades 4 and 5); July 14 to 18, Mixed media puppets and mask making with Meredith Arcari (for those entering grades 2 and 3). Tuition starts at $125 (members) and $150. Registration: www.westhartfordart.org/classes and 860-231-8019.
>> Ansonia Nature Center, 10 Deerfield Lane, is offering Summer Nature Days classes in July and August for children from 5 to 11 years old. Classes run Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sessions are July 21 to 25, July 28 to Aug.1, Aug. 4 to 8, Aug.11 to 15. Kids will have the chance to explore the 150 acres the park offers. Tuition is $150 priority students (Ansonia residents and current family-level FANCI members); $175 all others. Information: www.ansonianaturecenter.org and 203-736-1053.
>> The New Childen's Museum in West Hartford is offering weeklong themed camps beginning June 30 and ending Aug. 22 in both their preschool and museum (no camp on July 4). Preschool Exploration Camp is appropriate for children ages 3.5 to kindergarten. The museum's Vacation Science Camp is appropriate for those children in grades 1 through 6. The museum is also offering a Summer in the Sanctuary program for age 10 to 15 years old, Thursdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., July 10 through Aug. 21. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the wildlife sanctuary and work directly with animal curators to help groom, feed and learn general animal husbandry. Call for cost. Information: 860-231-2830, Ext. 44, www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> The Children's Museum of Southeastern CT, 409 Main St., Niantic, is offering six balloon twisting sessions with April Brunelle, a professional balloon twister, Wednesdays, July 2 through Aug. 6, at 9:30 a.m. Children learn basic twists and shapes and are encouraged to use their creativity. Each child receives their own air pump and bag of balloons to keep the twisting going after class. Best for ages 6 and older. The fee is $54 members, $84 nonmembers, and includes museum admission for child. Registration: 860-691-1111 and www.cmsect.org.
>> Mystic Seaport is offering summer day camps for kids ages 4 to 16 to get a kids'-eye-view of maritime history as they explore Mystic Seaport, take part in hands-on activities, play unique games and create craft projects. Call for cost and specific classes. Registration: 860-572-5322, Ext. 1 or email email@example.com.
>> The Connecticut River Museum in Essex is offering summer adventure camps this summer, kicking off July 7 with Finding the First Americans. Kids travel back in time to find out about life in colonial America; attempt to capture critters in the Connecticut River; sail on a 75-foot wooden sailing ship and design their own watercraft; and explore Native American lifeways. Each themed week gives kids a chance to learn about science, art and history through projects, games, crafts and hands-on activities. Camps are for ages 6 to 12. Each program runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with after care available until 5 p.m. A simple snack is provided, or kids can bring their own. The non-member fee is $250 per week; member fee is $235 for each week. After care is $50. Advance registration is required: www.ctrivermuseum.org, 860-767-8269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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