July's Summer Camp for a Day at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Danielle Brennan of Madison works diligently on a camp activity worksheet.
Madison resident, Katie Brennan creates her own jewelry during Camp for a Day at the Museum.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts will host eight unique one day summer camps for children ages 4-12. Starting Tuesday, July 7th and ending Wednesday, August 26th, each Camp for a Day session will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July's Summer Camp for a Day will go as follows:

Kitchen Camp, Tuesday, July 7th - Participants will learn about Early American food preparation and cooking. Starting with a tour of the exhibit Food for Thought, campers will see and handle many of the old-time equipment and utensils that our forefathers (and foremothers!) used in preparing daily meals. Other activities will include churning butter to eat, visiting our herb garden to select and grind herbs for herbal tea, making decorative rubbings from kitchen trivets, and making boy and girl figures from wooden spoons.

Early American 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Wednesday, July 15th - Campers will learn how Early Americans didn't waste a thing, reusing supplies efficiently. Participants will create a variety of crafts from recycled materials.

A Taste of Jewelry, Thursday, July 23rd - Participants will learn the craft of jewelry-making from staff jewelry craftswoman Kati Brower. Campers will create designs for their jewelry and make several pieces of jewelry crafted from "found" objects brought in from home, and from different food items—apple and orange seeds, cinnamon sticks, dried pasta, beans, etc.

Textiles, Tuesday, July 28th - Campers will take part in a variety of crafts and activities using fibers and fabric. Using real lamb's wool, participants will learn the old-time art of wool-felting, and make a felted toy to take home. They will also view the Museum's textiles on display, including old quilts, and work with quilt pieces. Other activities will include fabric collages, and making dream pillows or catnip toys.

Camp for a Day offers a full day of camp activities without the long term commitment. Campers will learn about different aspects of history and participate in a variety of hands-on craft projects based on the Museum's exhibits. Camp themes include, the Food for Thought exhibit, jewelry making, creating art with food, arts and crafts with recycled items, textiles, a Colonial tea party and much more. Campers may pick and choose as many camp sessions as they please. No two camps are the same.

Camp dates are Tuesday, July 7th, Wednesday, July 15th, Thursday, July 23rd, Tuesday, July 28th, Wednesday, August 5th, Thursday, August 13th, Tuesday, August 18th and Wednesday, August 26th.

Campers are asked to bring a bag lunch, sun screen and extra drinks if hot out. Activities are both outside and inside the Museum. Anyone under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Members: $25 for any 1 session and $65 for any 3. Non-Members: $30 for any 1 session and $80 for any 3 sessions. Sign-up now! Space is limited. Advance registration required, call 973-377-2982 x12.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit our website at www.metc.org 

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