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posted: 3/10/2014 8:19 AM

DuPage Children's Museum offer summer camp options

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By Brianne Bromberek
DuPage Children’s Museum

DuPage Children's Museum is a summertime campground for discovery and adventure this year with more than 20 summer camp options for children ages 3 to 10.

Beginning in June, campers can take part in a number of camp offerings exploring academic subjects such as science, technology, engineering, art and math.

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Preschool Summer Camps are for the youngest campers, ages 3 to 5. Kids can enjoy up to seven weeks of different themed camps designed to explore STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math in an age-appropriate way.

Get on board for a camp that combines locomotives and mathematics in Trucks, Trains and Transportation, or put on your lab coats to discover cool concoctions and changes in matter in Mix It Up! Pre-K Chemistry.

Program staff embrace a learning-through-play approach, guiding youngsters to use critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills all on their own. Preschool campers must be 3 as of Feb. 1 and toilet-trained.

For children entering first through fifth grade, five weeks of hands-on exploration are available that touch on disciplines such as chemistry, engineering, robotics and carpentry. Each unique session meets five days a week from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with camp topics such as the Wonder of Flight, Kid Engineers and Robot Mania. Additionally, campers will develop creativity, sequencing skills, fine motor skills, and a basic knowledge of that week's discipline.

Engineering with Lego camps will return to the museum this summer, with six camp options for ages 5 and 6 and 7 to 10. Facilitated by Play-Well TEKnologies, these camps use more than 100,000 pieces of Lego for each camp while teaching children basic engineering principles and terminology.

Build complex machines and structures in Jedi Master Engineering with Lego or enter the world of Ninjago in Ninjaneering with Lego.

All camps offer children a hands-on learning experience as well as the opportunity to build problem-solving skills and foster a greater appreciation for how things work, while encouraging qualities such as inquisitiveness, self-reliance and self-confidence.

Preregistration and prepayment are required for all camps. Children do not need an adult partner present to participate. An adult must drop the child off and pick up the child at the room. For a complete listing of camps and to register, visit dupagechildrens.org or call (630) 637-8000.

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