Children’s Museum offers spring camps March 18 - 22

Chemistry, cooking, art and gardening will be among topics explored during Imagination Station Spring Camp March 18-22 at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. Morning sessions will be from 9 a.m.-noon, and afternoon sessions from 1-4 p.m. for the camps offered for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

With the enriching environment of the Children’s Museum as a backdrop, the Museum’s experienced staff will provide a blend of educational and interactive play. Imagination Station campers learn and grow through play in a fun and safe environment, Beth Shea, Children’s Museum Executive Director, said.

Half day camp fees are $125 for members and $135 for non-members for the week. Full day camp fees are $210 for members and $225 for non-members. Full day campers must bring a lunch, and children will have gym activities between camps. Daily rates are available upon request.

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Camps Monday, March 18, are:

• Flavorful Fruit, 9 a.m.-noon. In this tasty camp, children will learn about and taste various types of fruit.

• Cool Chemistry, 1-4 p.m. Campers will whip up some slime, investigate the pH of common household substances, and explore chemical reactions.

Camps on Tuesday, March 19, are:

• Taco Tuesday, 9 a.m.-noon. Campers will learn about traditional Mexican ingredients and how to use them in cooking, making salsa, queso dip, and tacos three ways.

• Sassy Sculpture, 1 -4 p.m. Campers will use a variety of art supplies to design and craft sculptures. Camps Wednesday, March 20, are:

• Fun in the Garden, 9 a.m.-noon. Campers will help prepare a garden bed and plant it while learning about the wonders of nature in the garden.

• Fab Flowers, 1-4 p.m. Campers will celebrate spring with a bouquet of art projects, using acrylics and pastels to create lupines, constructing tissue paper forsythias, and painting giant flowers with watercolors.

Camps Thursday, March 21, are:

• Colorful Chameleons, 9 a.m.-noon. Campers will explore the coolest lizards, examining the adaptations that make chameleons cool, the environments in which they live, and then painting colorful chameleons.

• Umbrellas & Rain Boots, 1-4 p.m. Spring weather can bring rain and mud.

Camps on Friday, March 22, are:

• Under the Sea, 9 a.m.-noon. Campers will journey under the sea as they explore beloved author Leo Lionni’s book Swimmy.

• Magical Mini Gardens, 1 -4 p.m. Kids will create an enchanting miniature garden, whip up some fairy dust, and search the museum for magical creatures.

The Children’s Museum, 461 West Outer Dr., Oak Ridge, is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, see the Children’s Museum website at or call (865) 482-1074.