It’s not too early to think about what the kids will do during spring break, the i.d.e.a. Museum is reminding parents.
Toward that end, the downtown Mesa museum is featuring a hands-on program on science technology engineering arts and math.
The idea behind the museum’s Wonder Camp is to give kids ages 6 to 12 a chance to deepen their STEAM knowledge in a fun and engaging manner.
“Busy families seeking a fun, educational experience for their school-age children will delight in our spring Wonder Camp,” said i.d.e.a. Museum Education Curator Dena Milliron.
“Wonder Camp was developed to encourage collaboration, promote a love for learning and inspire creative problem solving through art and science activities,” she added.
Because space is limited, the museum is suggesting parents make their reservations soon for the camp, which runs March 9-13 in half-day and full-day sessions.
Activities will focus on “how stuff is made” and incorporate themes from museum’s “Art of the Story” exhibition on the art of storytelling.
Children will get to create their own “Wonderland” island with plaster, construct bridges to transport hexbugs between islands, explore energy sources and build a solar oven, make story cubes with a special guest artist and sew a pillow-pet sidekick creature.
The half-day camp, 8:30 a.m.-noon costs $76 for museum members and $85 for nonmembers.
The full-day camp, which runs until 4 p.m., costs $170 for members and $190 for nonmembers. Children will be expected to bring a lunch.
Museum officials also are developing a summer Wonder Camp for July 13-17 and while no details have been announced, registration is already open online. Register at ideaMuseum.org/camps.html.
The museum’s separate “Art of the Story” exhibition is already open to parents and their children, featuring stories told through various mediums – including visual arts, spoken word, film, animation, pop-up books, novels, short stories, dance, music and other forms of expression.
There also are 70 artworks by artists from around the country done in paintings, ceramics, mixed-media monotypes, woodcut prints, drawings, sculpture, glass, fiber, digital photographs and video.
Planned activities for children of all ages include performing in a puppet/musical theater, creating a set and acting out a story via green screen, sharing family stories, building a storyboard and making bookmarks, puppets, booklets and more.
“Art of the Story,” which runs through May 24, is included with regular museum admission, which is $9 for ages 1 and older; i.d.e.a. Museum members are free.