Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Conner Prairie's Summer Camp

Each week from 7 June through 30 July, the Adventure and Art Camps will be home to hundreds of children ages five to 14 who will spend their days exploring the land, water and sky, while "letting their inner artist shine". Registration for Conner Prairie Interactive History Park’s 2010 Summer Day Camps begins 5 March.

At Adventure Camp, children ages eight - 14 will take on the White River with canoe trips and tubing excursions, while five to seven year olds will explore Conner Prairie’s pond in pedal boats. Children will also hike through the backwoods of Conner Prairie, take on a challenge course, fish, swim, cook over a fire and explore the wild outdoors. New this year, adventure campers will slide into even more fun with Conner Prairie’s new Water Whoosh slide and Slip & Sled activity. With age-specific activity groups for all children, Adventure Camp has outdoor fun for every child.

At Art Camp, children ages eight to 14 will have the chance to explore painting, acting, pottery and weaving. From historical to modern crafts, campers will use the outdoors as inspiration for their work. Nature hikes and creative mediums will keep kids active while their inner artists take flight.

Both adventure and art campers will explore Conner Prairie’s historic areas, where they’ll discover what it was like to live and play in 19th-century Indiana, cozy up with animals big and small and see history in action. They’ll feel the heat from a blacksmith’s forge, soar 350 feet in the air aboard 1859 Balloon Voyage, jump in and help with farm chores and dance to the beat of a water drum.

New this year, School Break Camps will be offered 8 and 9 April and 21 and 22 October. April’s Spring Break camp for six to 13-year-olds, titled “Archaeology, Action and Art!” will run 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Campers will learn about and participate in a simulated archaeological dig, create pottery, canoe the Conner Prairie pond, build a wigwam and enjoy s’mores over the fire. Camp is $55/non-member, $50/member.

Adventure Camp and Art Camp run Monday through Friday, 7 June through 30 July, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Early arrival beginning at 8 a.m. and late departure until 5:30 p.m. are available. Camps are $185/week, $170/week for members. Additional children in the same family receive a $5 discount. For more information or to register, please call Guest Services at 317:776-6006, 800:966-1836, e-mail or online.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, formerly known as Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement, was created by Eli Lilly in 1934. During January, February and March, Conner Prairie’s indoor areas are open. On 27 March, Conner Prairie’s five themed historic areas will re-open for the outdoor season. Go online or call 317:776-6006 or 800:966-1836 for dates, times and ticket prices.

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