Summer Camp for a Day

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The Museum will host eight unique, one-day summer camps for children ages 7-12.  This camp is a full day of activities without the long term commitment.  Campers will learn about different aspects of history and participate in a variety of hands-on craft projects based on the Museum’s exhibits.  Space is limited.  Advance registration required.  Members: $25 for any 1 session & $65 for any 3 sessions.  Non-Members: $30 for any 1 session & $80 for any 3.  Call for more information, 973-377-2982 x12. 

July’s Dates & Themes:

Caleb the Carpenter  Tuesday, July 10th  Participants will learn about Caleb Burroughs, a carpenter who lived in Madison from 1799-1885, and all the tools he used. Campers will then learn how to use tools to make a variety of wood and "found object" crafts.   

Pirate Adventure Day,  Wednesday, July 18th  Campers will have fun being a pirate for the day.  Participants will learn about the life of a pirate and get to take part in a number of pirate themed activities including games and crafts.

A Patchwork of History,  Thursday, July 26th  Campers will learn the art of quilting and learn about quilts that were made by Early Americans, slaves, and Americans today.  Crafts will include various quilt-making activities. 

The 3 R's--Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,  Tuesday, July 31st  Campers will learn about the importance of recycling--even in Early American times--and make a variety of crafts with recycled and "found" objects.

 August’s Dates & Themes:

Griffins, Gargoyles & Dragons,  Wednesday, August 8th  Campers will tour the Museum building to see the gargoyles on the roof, the griffin in the garden, and the dragon in the Main Gallery fireplace.  After learning about these mythological creatures, participants will take part in a variety of activities including, making dragons, recreating (kinesthetically) a dragon, and artistically rendering their own original mythological creatures.

Material Matters  Thursday, August 16th   An exploration of weaving and textile arts.  Campers will view the current exhibit Spinning Tales: The Fabric of New Jersey and use a variety of materials to create fabulous one-of-a-kind art and textile pieces.

You've Been Framed!,  Tuesday, August 21st  As campers near summer's end, learning about frames and making a variety of frame crafts is a perfect way to preserve the season's memories. Campers are encouraged to bring photos for framing.

Dolly & Me Tea Party  Wednesday, August 29th  Bring your dolly and treat her to an afternoon tea.  Campers will learn about Colonial dolls and will make a variety of crafts, including spoon dolls, placemats and decorative fans.  The day will end with games and a lovely tea party. 


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