What with the heat wave we’ve been experiencing, a parent’s mind wanders to thoughts of indoor activities – at places with air conditioning – such as Liberty Science Center. Current and upcoming programs include “We explore-weather” for the little ones (2-5 years; July 19-July 23). “Slow food” focuses on local farms and good, natural eats (July 24-25 ). “Talking Lasers” (July 28-29) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the laser. On July 29th from 1-3pm, elementary school kid scientists will showcase their home-made science experiments (“Whizz Kids – We’re Obsessed with Science”). Also check out NJ Moms blogger Melissa Skabich, writing about the family’s latest trip to LSC.
The photo is of a very friendly lizard that lives at LSC. The blog author confesses to not always finding reptile exhibits terribly exciting. The reptiles are typically sitting perfectly still for minutes and minutes and minutes and minutes on end. Not this fella. He or she will paddle right up to the window to see what you’re up to.
Educational offerings for kids from the blog author’s employer: Kean University is offering a Reading and Math clinic for students in grades K through 8. The program assesses the strengths and areas for improvement of each participant. From the website: “The reading program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and the math program will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fees for the six-week programs are $600 for reading and $400 for math. Discounts are available for those who register for both programs and for students of Kean University employees.” For more info, contact Dr. Davida Schuman, clinic director, at 908-737-3934.”
If you haven’t yet heard about the USA Science and Engineering Festival happening in Washington, D.C. in October 2010, you might want to check out their website. Among the activities for kids: Chemistry Magic! This is a family-friendly workshop hosted by the National Children’s Museum. Make something called “chemistry flowers” from water and black ink. Plus there’s some mention of slime making. (Eeeew! But probably a lot of fun.) Also, K-12 teams will compete in a Rubik’s Cube tournament to see who can solve the cube the fastest. The Kidzone link on the website gives tips on solving the cube. Considering the blog’s owner has had a nearly-solved cube sitting on her desk for months now, it might be in her best interest to consider those tips as well.
More locally, Smartycat Kids offers science workshops for kids by age groupings. They currently run programs in a number of NJ towns: Westfield, Fanwood, Millburn, Mount Olive, Chatham, Long Hill, East Brunswick, and Nutley. The summer camps should be in full swing right now, but the blog’s author was told that the after school classes would resume in September. My daughter, who is headed into 4th grade, was in Lab Coats (grades 2-5) for 20 weeks last spring and enjoyed it very much. She was also one of only a handful of girls in the workshops, but that’s a topic for another blog post.