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July 2013 Mini-Camps at Blue Jay Point

Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614
919-870-4330

Eco-Kids Bug-A-Boos
Mon/Wed/Fri
July 8, 10 & 12, 2013
9:00am – 11:00am OR 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Ages 4 – 5
$25/Child (Preregistration Required)

Everyone loves bugs…right? If you don’t now, you will after we get up close and personal with these cool critters. We will spend the week exploring various habitats for bugs.

Critter Capers
Mon/Wed/Fri
July 15, 17 & 19, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 6 – 8
$36/Child (Preregistration Required)

Have a blast while exploring the fields, forests and streams at Blue Jay Point. We’ll learn about mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians as we hike, do crafts, play games and enjoy thematic snacks.

 

July 2013 at Historic Yates Mill

Historic Yates MillHistoric Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-856-6675

Home-School Day:  Fantastic Foodies! Adventures at the Family Table
Monday, July 1, 2013
10:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 8 – 14
$8/Child (
Pre-registration Required)

From the Carolinas to the Ivory Coast, families all over the
world come together around the dinner table. Pull up a chair
at Yates’ and explore food traditions from around the globe.
Make a self-portrait inspired by famous Renaissance food
artist, Giuseppe Archimboldo, before taking a fantastic foodie
mill tour!  Includes mill tour.

Mill Heritage and Local History Tours
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Sundays, July 7,14 & 28
2:00pm – 3:00pm
All Ages
$3/Child (6 & Under Free), $5/Adult, $4/Senior (Pre-registration Encouraged)

Discover Historic Yates Mill – a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery. Most appropriate for ages 7 & older.

Little Historians:  Yankee Doodle Dandy
Friday, July 5, 2013
11:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 5 – 7
$4/Child (Pre-Registration Required)

Follow up your July 4th celebration with a fun dose of
history. Learn about the American Revolution through a
whimsical story set to the popular tune of Yankee
Doodle, where mice, rabbits, and other woodland
creatures bring to life the era’s important events.

Saturdays at the Old Mill Tours
Saturday July. 6, 13 & 27
1:00 – 3:00 pm (Tour Every 1/2 Hour)
All Ages
$3/Child (6 & Under Free), $5/Adult, $4/Senior

Join us for a half-hour guided tour to view the historic mill’s main power drive and milling machinery, and explore aspects of the mill’s history and preservation.

Summer Sightings Family Hike
Saturday, July 6, 2013
8:30am – 9:30 am
All Ages
$5/Family (Pre-Registration Required)

Head out with the whole family for a wild expedition into
the wet and wooded lands surrounding Yates Mill Pond.
Explore the park using binoculars and other field guides,
and search for summer-time wildlife with a naturalist.

Little Sprouts:  Build a Beaver
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Ages 3 – 5 with Accompanying Adult
$4/Child (Pre-Registration Required)

B is for busy beavers! Learn what beavers
look like by looking at real tracks, skulls
and a pelt! Build a dam and walk to the
boardwalk, then use our binoculars to spy
on a real beaver dam!

Corn Milling Demonstrations
Saturday, July 20, 2013 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm
All Ages
$3/Child (6 & Under Free), $5/Adult, $4/Senior (Pre-registration Encouraged)

Yates Mill’s full corn grinding operation is demonstrated on the third
weekend of each month from March through November and can be
viewed by taking a half-hour corn grinding tour with a costumed guide.

It`s 1863 at Yates Mill, and the yard is alive with activity! Step back
in time with our 19th century costumed interpreters and watch the
millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tours are not available between 12-1 pm
and the last tour of the day begins at 3:40 pm.

Chill Out:  The History of Ice Manufacturing
Saturday, July 20, 2013
1:00pm – 4:00 pm
All Ages
Free

Cool summer treats like ice cream, snow cones, and
popsicles all have one thing in common. Ice! Valued
around the world for its cooling purposes for thousands
of years, it was first harvested as a saleable commodity
in the United States in the early 1800s. Explore the
history of this often overlooked essential ingredient
and try your hand at ice bowling.

Summer Camp:  Young Farmers
Monday, July 22, 2013 – Thursday, July 25, 2013
9:00am – 4:00pm
Ages 7 – 9
$126/Child (Pre-Registration Required)

2 days at Historic Oak View and
2 days at Historic Yates Mill

Experience the wonders of agriculture and learn
about different aspects of the farm, from animals
to vegetables to bugs in the soil. Explore food
production and the connections between farms and
the natural environment. Participate in fun games,
songs and crafts, and spend time enjoying the
outdoors.

Paddle the Pond – Canoeing
Saturdays, July 27, 2013 @ 9:00am – 10:00am and 10:30 am – 11:30am
Sundays, July 28, 2013 @11:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 6+ with Accompanying Adult
$10/Canoe (Pre-Registration Required)

See Yates Mill Pond from the water! Canoes, paddles, life
jackets and basic instruction provided.

Family Fishing Fun
Saturdays, July 28, 2013
1:00pm -2:00 pm
Ages 5+ with Accompanying Adult
$5/Family or $3/Person (Pre-Registration Required)

Come out to the millpond and fish the old fashioned way!
Cane pole, tackle, bait and basic instruction provided. Bring your own luck and patience!

Please confirm all events with the venue before attending.

 

Summer 2013 Wednesday Family Programs at NCMA

What a fabulous day!

We thought it was going to be rainy, so we planned to skip our homeschool group park day and check out the family programs at the North Carolina Museum of Art instead.  So glad that we did.

First, we stopped by the Drop-In Studio for a little craft time.  Our littlest homeschooler was most excited about this part of the plan.  She LOVES “to art” and usually spends a good portion of her day “arting”.  We do a lot of crafting at home and it was extremely nice to spend some craft time together that I didn’t plan, prep or clean up!  We sat at a spacious table set up with materials, tools, instructions and examples so it was completely easy to understand.  Today the project was a sun catcher and they turned out super cute.

NCMA Craft

NCMA Suncatcher

After crafting, we headed to the auditorium to catch the Family Film that afternoon.  Today it was a series of short films about creativity and color.  Each child was given a program as we entered which made them feel pretty important.  They asked me to read them the film descriptions and were sure to keep tabs on what was coming up next.   All of the films kept their interest and had a positive message.

NCMA Program

Since the weather ended up being absolutely beautiful today, we spent our entire afternoon enjoying the rest of the museum.  The little water fountains outside the entrance are always a hit and the gravel turned out to be quite entertaining as well today.  (You know how it goes right…take them to a fancy art museum and they want to play with the water and rocks outside.)

NCMA FountainWe did make it into the West Building for a bit to check out some of the fancy art.  Our homeschool dude was fascinated by the Ancient Egyptian collection and just could not believe that everything was “real”.  He was also quite impressed that some of the paintings we saw were over 400 years old.  I think he may actually finally understand why we can’t run, jump or touch things in an art museum….there are really, really old things and yes, they are all “real”.  Homeschool dudette, not so much.  She spent most of her time trying to do everything I asked her not to do, over and over and over again.

After safely making it outside again, it was definitely time to run and jump and touch!  There was a lot of time spent rolling down the huge grassy hill and we always have to visit the sculpture of the giant legs.  I do enjoy the art inside, but the Museum Park is my favorite.  Every time we visit, we find something new and it is always relaxing.

Hill

If you want to head out on a Wednesday this summer, remember these programs. The Drop-In Studio and Family Films are scheduled all summer long every Wednesday.  If it’s hot or rainy, you can stay inside and be dry, cool and entertained.  Or if it ends up being beautiful, you can stay all day like us.  And I didn’t even mention – it’s completely free and there is no registration required!  Sweet, right?

Wondering what our little ones though about the day?
Homeschool Dude Says:  “That was fun.  I liked the Art Dog movie the best.  The Egyptian writing was cool.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  “I liked all of the movies.  The painting with the ladies was pretty.”

The Details:
NCMA
2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC
919-839-NCMA
All Ages (Films are listed as 5+, but siblings seemed very welcome.  Check out the film schedule before you go to see if it will be age appropriate.)
Free (Stop by the Box Office for your ticket.)

 

 

Dinosaurs in Motion at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dinos In Motion
Have you heard about Dinosaurs in Motion?  It’s the newest special exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh and it’s pretty cool!

Earlier this week, we went on a field trip with our homeschool group to the museum to check out the new dinos.  There are 14 life-sized metal sculptures created by a North Carolina sculptor and visitors can control them with remotes or lever-and-pulley systems.  My little ones find dinos fascinating so this was right up their alley and I knew they would just love the remote controls.  I was more interested in checking out the art aspect of it all and it was pretty amazing.

We purchased tickets as a group so we were able to get a discounted price, but even at regular ticket price, this exhibit is definitely worth checking out.  Everyone in our group really enjoyed it and had a fabulous time.

You can check out some cool pictures of the sculptures here.

Tickets are available online here.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase group rate tickets at the Box Office.  This exhibit will be at our museum until September, 8, 2013.

Wondering what our little ones thought about it?
Homeschool Dude Says:  “It was cool.  I loved moving them with the remotes.  My favorite was the swimming one.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  “That was fun.  I liked the one with the horn on his head.”

 

Summer Camps 2013 at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Sarah P Duke GardensSarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Duke University, Durham, NC 27705
919-668-1707

Nature Adventures Camp
Monday, June 17- Friday, June 21: Nature Adventures (K-2); Become a Gardener (K-5)
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28: Eco Artists
Monday, July 8 – Friday, June 12: Become a Gardener
Monday, July 15 – Friday, June 19: Nature Adventures
Monday, July 22 – Friday, June 26: Eco Artists
Monday, July 29 – Friday, Aug. 2: Nature Adventures

9:00am – 1:00pm
Ages K – 5th
$175/Week; $150 Each Sibling
($100/Child/Week Deposit to Reserve Spot with Balance Due 2 Weeks Before Camp)

Nature Adventures:
Prowl your way around the Gardens to discover animal habitats, learn how clever plants can be, and become a scientist for a week of nature adventures!

Become a Gardener:
Plant and harvest fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Learn how soil is made and play with chickens as you discover how food gets to your plate.

Eco Artists:
Get inspired by the shapes, colors, and patterns of nature! Explore the Gardens through art as you sharpen your creativity and observation skills.