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Summer Camp for Kids

PHILADELPHIA, March 5, 2013

This summer the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is offering a summer camp for kids that’s packed with hands-on fun and exploration.

Academy Explorers Camp for children 5–12 runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 8 through Aug. 23. Each of the seven weeks explores a different natural science theme and features a field trip, plus all the museum has to offer—from dinosaurs to preserved specimens to live animals. Families can choose one, two or all seven weeks.

“We hope moms and dads will do their kids a favor and immerse them in the safe, nurturing learning environment here at the Academy,” said Hollie Barattolo, the Academy’s museum education manager. “Plus, they’ll have loads of fun!”

Each week’s activities feature a different theme:

  • Magnificent Mammals, July 8–12
    Let the fur fly as you discover what makes mammals so special. Spend some quality time with the furry residents of the Live Animal Center.
  • Diggin' Dinosaurs, July 15–19
    Use fossils to get up close and personal with dinosaurs and learn more about what the planet was like when they were alive.
  • Inside Out, July 22–26
    Discover what makes animals (including you) tick and figure out how bones, organs, blood and guts work together.
  • Ancient Animals, July 29–Aug. 2
    Travel back in time to the world of long-extinct beasts. Meet some of the critters that shared their homes with the dinosaurs.
  • Sea Monsters, Aug. 5–9
    Dive in and investigate the undersea home of some weird and wonderful creatures––the glowing, gliding and gigantic monsters of the sea.
  • Buzzin' Bugs Aug. 12–16
    Take to the air with the animal kingdom’s smallest flyers and journey deep into the dirt with the help of some slimy guides. See the world from a bug’s perspective.
  • Rainforest Roundup, Aug. 19–23
    Explore one of the earth’s most amazing ecosystems and take a closer look at the animals and plants that call the rainforest home.
The fee is $295 per camper per week for Academy members, $335 for nonmembers. For an extra fee, parents may drop their children off before camp hours and pick them up after camp hours. For more details and information on how to register, visit

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