Campers at the Rossland Museum’s summer Science Camp spent a week learning about science, playing games, making crafts and performing fun scientific experiments. The camp was the first held during the month of August, and the museum has plenty more summer fun on the way.
Friday afternoon saw campers at the museum’s science camp painting rocks, creating goo, playing games outside on the museum grounds, and having a lot of fun.
“My favourite part of camp is playing games and doing experiments,” said Alyssa Dickson.
Asked what his favourite part was, Matthew Morris said, “all of the crystals” and “that we were gold panning.”
This week the museum is running yet another fun camp: the Artsy Fartsy Camp, where kids will play drama games, create pinhole cameras and musical instruments, draw, sketch, dance and more. On Wednesday night, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the museum will also host its second Night at the Rossland Museum. Entry is by donation and there will special displays, activities for kids, a movie in the Cominco Theatre and ’smores around the campfire (so long as there’s no fire ban).
On Thursday, Aug. 11, 7-8:30 p.m., the West Kootenay EcoSociety will host a Foodie Film Festival at the museum. The event is by donation and will feature short films on a variety of topics, such as urban mushroom farming, mobile greenhouses and growing good bugs.
From Aug. 15-19, the museum will be running a special Species at Risk Camp in partnership with the Royal BC Museum. There will be hands-on learning and activities all about BC’s vulnerable plants and animals. The Royal BC Museum will also bring their travelling exhibition about species at risk in BC, which will be open Aug. 15-19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Campers can explore the early days of Rossland from Aug. 22-26 at Time Traveller Camp. Kids will have the chance to dress up in pioneer garb, gold pan, make soap, create a time capsule and more. The camp includes a special trip to see the Gold Fever Follies.
Closing out the summer is Eco Camp, Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, where kids will explore the outdoors, learn outdoor survival skills and get their hands dirty.
All the museum’s summer camps are for kids ages six to 11, and campers can be registered for either a full day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or for a half day (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). A full day is $175 for museum members or $200 for non-members; a half day is $125 for member or $150 for non-members. For more information, contact the museum at 250-362-7722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.