Here at Village Books we are ready to take summer seriously. This year, we are hosting Camp Village Books each Thursday in July and August. The camps, which are from 1-5pm and are for 8- to 13-year-olds, highlight different themes and activities each week, from science experiments to art activities, to games and field trips around Fairhaven.
There are lots of reasons why you should sign up your kids or grandkids for Camp Village Books this summer. First, the hands-on experiments, crafts, and activities we have lined up are going to be educational & entertaining, sometimes messy, and always FUN. Second, we will show kids all the great books that are related to each week's theme. Third, since each week has a different theme, no two camp sessions are alike, and so kids can and should sign up for more than one session (if you sign up for four or more, the price goes down). Fourth, VB staffer Christina knows how to be kid-like, and you can count on her for playing games and doing all activities together with the campers. Fifth, Village Books is just one of the greatest places Christina can think of to spend a summer hanging out with other kids doing fun stuff.
Here's a break down of each session and some of the projects kids can look forward to:
Thurs., July 14th, Mad Science Camp
Come prepared to make messes, do science experiments, learn about why things happen & how, and talk about the scientific method. We'll create Frankenstein's Hand, do experiments looking at pH levels in food, light a light bulb using lemons, and maybe even drop egg parachutes out of the window of Book Fare Cafe! And much more!
Thurs., July 21st, Games We Used to Play
Today we will play all types of low-key and energetic old-fashioned games...the kind mom, dad, grandma & grandpa used to play. We'll learn the rules in marbles and perfect our technique. Play a game of jacks. Create never-ending stories while sitting in a circle. Come have a fun day of running around and squealing with laughter.
Thurs., July 28th, Observing Nature Through Art
Make hand-bound art books with Christina using recycled office paper, rubber bands and sticks. After making our own original books, we'll hit the interurban trail in Fairhaven and take an easy-going walk in search of nature objects. We'll stop along the trail at various points to observe the sights, sounds and smells, and then record them in our books using watercolors, markers, pencils, pens and crayons.
Thurs., Aug. 4th, Behind the Scenes Businesses
This is a day for taking a field trip around Fairhaven. We'll be stopping in at a variety of local businesses to see how they run their storefronts and restaurants behind the scenes. Campers will get to experience what it's like in receiving rooms, kitchens, offices and repair shops. Everyone will come home with a new understanding of what it takes to run a business, and may get some free goodies as well.
Thurs., Aug. 11th, Writing IS Fun
Now, I'm sure you're thinking, “what kid wants to go to writing camp in the summer?” But, this isn't your average writing camp. We won't be learning about essay form, perfect grammar, composition, or research papers. Instead, we'll be learning about all of the creative ways kids can use writing to have fun. We will write our own Mad Libs, write haiku outside on the sidewalk, get an intro to slam or performance poetry, and do a brief intro to screenwriting.
Thurs., Aug. 18th, Performing Arts 101
Today's activities will be completely hands-on, and will bring in a few experts in theater, dance and music to do mini performing arts workshops. Local improv teacher from Improv Playworks, Sheila Goldsmith will come do an introductory improv workshop with the kids that will have everyone giggling.
Thurs., Aug. 25th, Maritime Science & Exploration
This week we'll learn about ships, boats and other maritime-related topics. We will talk about tall ships, learn to tie basic nautical knots, take a walk down to the water for some beach-combing, and make origami paper boats, shell rubbings, and other sea-related crafts.
More info about our camps:
Cost: $30 for each session, or $25 each if you enroll in 4 or more! All registrations must be received by 5pm on the Sunday prior to camp date. Space is limited. Camps without a minimum enrollment of 5 will be canceled and registrants will be notified. Register at the VB main counter or print out a registration form (attached below) and mail it or bring it in. A snack and water will be provided at the camp. Call
671-2626 for questions.