Release Date: June 11,2019
Akron Children’s Museum’s Summer Camp programs start this month and run through July. Back by popular demand is Camp Creativity, sponsored in part by the Cavanaugh Building Corporation, where campers will explore their creative sides through literary, visual and performing arts. New this year will be the addition of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camp offering: Lego and Lux Blok Maker Camp. This exciting new offering is made possible through a grant from the GPD Group Employee’s Foundation and is an extension of programs and materials offered in conjunction with the museum’s Little Monster Maker Space Exhibit.
ACM’s executive director Traci Buckner says campers should expect the fun to be multiplied this
year. “Families have already discovered what a jewel we have in the Akron Children’s Museum.
There’s no secret as to why it has been voted in the top three museums to visit in the Akron area.
When kids come to the museum they are transported into a creative world of play that has learning
and fun at its core. Thanks to the support of generous donors and friends of the museum, we are
gearing up to provide a camp experience that children will remember for years to come.”
Camp Creativity will be facilitated by local teaching artists and educators who will share their
knowledge and passion for their craft during this inspiring week-long experience in which participants
will write, illustrate, make, and present their very own stories. Each day will end with a fun
self-directed interactive exploration throughout the museum’s 20 exhibits.
Camp Creativity campers may choose from four weekly sessions that run from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 17- 21 and July 22-26 for 6-8 year olds and June 24 - 28 and July 29 - Aug 2 for 9-12 year olds.
Campers will start each day with an interactive story time with librarians from Akron Summit Public
Library. Throughout the week, participants will develop their personal literary masterpieces. Younger
participants (ages 6-8) will compose a written story with the guidance of local author Eric Van
Raepenbusch; older campers (ages 9-12) will create individual graphic novels with educator Abbie
Radtka during the June 24 - 28 session and science and nature books with award-winning author
Conrad Storad during the July 29 - Aug 2 session. Participants will explore a variety of illustration
techniques with teaching artist Jen Davis from smARTStudio. Teaching artist Kyle Jozsa from
Wandering Aesthetics will guide the preparation for the finale presentation using theatrical concepts
such as movement, voice, imagination and props.
The new STEM camp will run July 8 - 12 for ages 8 yrs - 12 yrs with both full-day (8:30-3:00) and
half-day (8:30-12:00 or 12-3:00) options available. Designed to challenge and engage children who
like to create unique original structures, the LEGO & Lux Blox Maker Camp, facilitated by Tyler
Jones, 6th grade science teacher at Jackson Memorial Middle School in Jackson Township, offers
participants opportunities to solve building challenges and design solutions to real-world problems.
Participants will work individually and with others during this fun-filled STEM learning experience.
All of Akron Children’s Museum’s camps take a personalized approach to learning; therefore, limited
spots are available each session and early registration is recommended. Registration can be found at
tinyurl.com/acmcamp and https://tinyurl.com/ACMMakerCamp or through the museum website at
akronkids.org. Museum members will receive a 10% discount. For more information, contact the
museum at 330-396-6103.