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This month at the Delaware Children's Museum (DCM) we are enjoying some Summer Fun with bubbles, ocean creatures, water, firework painting , and our brand new animal extravaganza, Dog Days of Summer!
In Studio D this month, get set for some firework painting, create an artistic summer s’more, construct your own recycled bug, or paint with bubbles, all while enjoying various sensory explorations at the sensory table and painting on the easels.
You can also enjoy different science explorations on Friday afternoons, whether you are exploring the concept of solubility while mixing different materials with water in “Soluble Solutions,” learning more about the ocean animals in our Touch Tank Aquarium during “Marine Life Exploration,” discovering more about some creatures that live in cold environments during “Blubber Glove,” or stacking different densities of colorful sugar water during “Rainbow Sugar Column.”
Finally, be sure to join us for Dog Days of Summer, on July 29th from 5-8pm. Admission is only $5 for 3 hours of animal adventures and, as always, members are free! Meet service dogs and discover some of the many ways they assist people, check out the University of Delaware’s Insect Zoo, take a look at some biofacts (animal artifacts) from the Brandywine Zoo, and more! Be sure not to miss Jungle John’s reptile and insect show, beginning at 7pm.
The DCM’s Dog Days of Summer event on July 29th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm is designed teach children and their families about animals and their importance. All children are unique, and we realize that some may be either allergic to animals or do not have much exposure to animals. This event is certainly optional, but encouraged! Please call the DCM @ 302.442.6856 to speak with the Membership & Event Manager and learn more about this amazing opportunity!
Don’t forget to visit our newly opened Tree Pavilion, crawl through its hollowed-out trunk, and maybe take a picture inside!
***Featured Events and Programs***
July 2 • 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Future pilots wanted! Celebrate flight and all things that soar through the air during this interactive, monthly physics adventure. Get ready to blast off this month as we explore the topic of rockets! Learn how to make your own paper rocket, see how high it goes and launch your creation through a target or off the top of our Stratosphere exhibition!
Try Science: Be an Ornithologist
July 9 • 11am, 1pm & 3pm
With summer well underway, birds are all around us. Get to know more about our feathered friends through a variety of hands-on activities. Use common household items to simulate how different birds eat, investigate a variety of different nests, eggs, and feathers, and learn some tips to help protect the birds in your community. Finish the class by learning to recognize the sounds of birds you might hear every day and use binoculars to scan for them along the river walk (weather permitting.)
Learn about the Power of Me with Stuffee!
July 16 • 11am, 1pm & 3pm
“Come meet Stuffee, our 7’ cloth doll and ambassador for good health. Stuffee unzips to reveal major organs, which makes learning about anatomy, health, and nutrition fun!”
Jr. Engineers: Be an Environmental/Sustainable Design Engineer
July 23 • 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
Did you know that Velcro was inspired by a plant called the cocklebur? Or that glow sticks were modeled after the firefly? Learn more about these and other types of biomimicry as we study sustainable design engineering. Discover the importance of protecting our renewable resources such as water, wind, and sun as we create and analyze a simple air pollution detector, experiment with cleaning the air, and perform an oil spill clean-up simulation.
July 29• 11am-4pm
Discover the process of bread-making while answering the question, “What Makes Air Bubbles in Bread?” Activities include kneading fresh bread dough, experimenting with yeast and other bread-making ingredients, using a mortar and pestle, and sampling some tasty varieties of bread.
***Fun $5 after 5 Friday Night Programs***
July 1 • 5pm-7pm
Arrrgh Mateys! Meet at the pirate ship for a fun-filled adventure led by the DCM’s own pirates-in-residence. Read a pirate story, learn to talk like a pirate, and construct an important tool to take with you on a museum-wide treasure hunt.
Family Game Night
July 8 • 5pm-8pm
All throughout the museum enjoy classic family games with some added DCM flavor. Challenge a friend to a game of giant checkers, play ‘plate toss tic tac toe’, jumbo Jenga and more. Then learn some new games that the whole family can enjoy together!
DCM Scavenger Hunt
July 15 • 5pm-8pm
Do you have sharp eyes? Are you an “Eye Spy” master? Look high and low around the Museum to spot our hidden objects! Once you've found the hidden items, turn in your completed scavenger hunt for a cool prize! Make sure you stop and play along the way!
DCM Recycled Makerspace
July 22 • 5pm-7pm
We love to build and create new things here at the DCM, so much that we have created a makerspace! Come join us as we gather to create, invent and learn while reusing household items. You bring your imagination and we will supply everything else!
“Dog Days of Summer”
July 29 • 5pm-8pm
Dog Days of Summer is the animal extravaganza you don’t want to miss! In addition to taking part in some awesome programming, you’ll get to meet service animals, watch a live animal demonstration, and learn some cool creature facts at this new event!