Local museums to expand youth programs in April
by Mark Andrews
Mar 25, 2013 | 1006 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow History Museum and Tellus Science Museum are adding additional programs next month to reach out to local youth.

The history museum will offer spring break camps for children ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 11 years old during the first week of April.

According to a press release, “‘Let’s Make Music’ will take place on Monday, April 1, for children ages 4 to 6 years old and on Tuesday, April 2, for ages 7 to 11 years old. ‘Toys and Games Galore’ will take place on Wednesday, April 3, for children ages 4 to 6 years old and on Thursday, April 4, for ages 7 to 11 years old.

“During ‘Let’s Make Music,’ campers will explore different styles of music, enjoy making musical instruments and learn about the various instruments used in popular songs. ‘Toys and Games Galor’ will give campers the opportunity to dive into the world of toys and games as they test their creative skills — they will even try their hand at building a moving toy snake.”

The Camps will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon, with light refreshments being offered each day. The price is $18 for members and $20 for not-yet-members. Advanced registration is required.

To register for camp, call 770-387-3849. Camps will take place at the Bartow History Museum, 4 E. Church St. in downtown Cartersville. Parking is available next to the building. For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288, or visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

Following the week of local city and county schools’ spring break, Tellus Science Museum will host its Spring Break Escape from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8-12.

“What we want to do is add a little flair to spring break this year and give people a reason to come back to the museum and have a little fun and learn something,” Marketing Director Joe Schulman said. “It’s a little bit of some added value for visitors because they’re going to see everything we normally have in the museum plus some extra activities that are geared toward kids.”

He added, “The goal of the museum is to educate the public, and so any time we can do that and have it be fun at the same time, that’s always been what we’re about — education and fun.”

The event schedule is as follows:

• Monday, April 8 — “Explore the fascinating world of rocks with a special emphasis on the rocks of the Grand Canyon. Bring in your rocks for identification.”

• Tuesday, April 9 — “Learn how the Wright brothers were inspired to create the control system of their aircraft using an inner tube box.”

• Wednesday, April 10 — “Using minerals from your gem panning experience we will study the various colors, luster, streak and hardness using minerals found from the Vulcan Materials Gem Panning area at Tellus.”

• Thursday April 11 — “Study fossils; small ones under a stereoscope and larger fossils too.”

• Friday, April 12 — “Optical Illusions always fascinate. Come visit different activity stations to see why your eye sees what it sees.”

For more information, visit www.tellusmuseum.org, or call 770-606-5700.