Summer Camp 2014

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week long camps

Week-long camps are Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm. For ages 5-7 and 8-12. Camp sessions are limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration required. Tuition: $90/$80 members per child, per session  (includes one snack per day and all materials and supplies)

Check out this informational video about our camp philosophy and the experience your child will have at The Mini Museum!

Session 1: Fairy mushROOM (ages 5-7)- SOLD OUT

June 9-13, 2014

Step into a mushroom fairy ring and you’ll be magically transported to the fairy realm. Once there you’ll create a canopy of giant flowers and play fairy games under their petals. Then make a mushROOM of your very own. Before you head back to the human world, the fairies will host a tiny tea party in your honor.

Session 2: Mad LABoratory (ages 8-12)- SOLD OUT

June 16-20, 2014

Create the laboratory of a Mad Scientist who is excited about the mysteries of science. Build your lab, fill it with scientific equipment, then electrify your lab. Campers will also conduct simple experiments throughout the week.

Session 3: Fairytale Theater (ages 5-7)

June 23-27, 2014

Direct your own fairytale theater! Build a miniature theater with props, backdrops and a big red curtain. Make up fairytales of your own and create a variety of puppets including finger puppets, stick puppets and marionettes. Share your play with your friends.

Session 4: Mini Master Chef (ages 8-12)- SOLD OUT

July 7-11, 2014

Calling all cooks, design and build a miniature chef’s dream kitchen. Make dishes and utensils and miniature faux food. You’ll also learn some cooking secrets and each day you will make a tiny treat that you can eat. Options for dietary restrictions available.

Session 5: Under the Sea (ages 5-7)- SOLD OUT

July 14-18, 2014

Dive down into the ocean and discover the colorful world under the sea. Campers will learn about marine life while they build a miniature coral reef filled with multicolored sea creatures. Collage and sculpt your underwater world using paint, clay, paper, plants and seashells.

Session 6: House on Wheels (ages 8-12)- SOLD OUT

July 21-25, 2014

You don’t have to leave home to travel the world if you have a house with wheels. Campers will create a retro caravan and furnish it with the creature comforts of home.

Session 7: Castle in the Clouds (ages 5-7)

July 28-August 1, 2014

Imagine you are Jack who climbed the beanstalk and discovered a Giant’s castle in the clouds. Everything would seem BIG because you would be small in the Giant’s castle. Learn a little about scale while decorating and furnishing a magical castle in the clouds.

clubHOUSE is a daily, afternoon program. Make miniature arts and crafts, play games and practice yoga and gymnastics! Activities change daily with the week’s theme.

Weekdays from 1pm-4pm. For ages 5-12. clubHOUSE is limited to 30 children per day. Drop-ins welcome, but space cannot be guaranteed. To secure a spot, we recommend pre-registration. Tuition: $20/$15 members per child, per afternoon (includes all materials and supplies) A supervised lunch hour from 12pm-1pm is available for week-long campers who are also attending clubHOUSE or for kids who pre-register for clubHOUSE and indicate they will be here for the lunch hour. Campers need to bring their own lunch.

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To register for either the week-long summer camps or clubHOUSE, just complete the appropriate registration packet and return via mail, fax, email or in person.

week long registration packetdaily clubhouse registration packet

Mail to: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive  Tucson, AZ 85712

Fax to: 520-881-9307

Email to: Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb, Associate Director and Director of Education



Contact Associate Director and Director of Education, Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb at 520-881-0606 ext. 105
or by email.


Financial Aid Available

Scholarships for clubHOUSE based on financial need are available. For information, please contact Associate Director and Director of Education, Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb at 520-881-0606 ext. 105 or by email.

Send a Kid to clubHOUSE

The Mini Time Machine is committed to sending children from families who can demonstrate financial need to clubHOUSE. Donate $20 to send a child to an afternoon of clubHOUSE so that they can discover the magic of the BIG world of small delights!

To apply for financial aid, contact Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb at 520-881-0606 ext. 105 or by email.

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Meet our Instructors

Erica RichardErica Richard will teach our week-long summer camp sessions 1, 3, 4 & 5.

Hailing from Rhode Island, Erica Richard is a third year graduate student in the Masters in Art and Visual Culture Education program at the University of Arizona.  She has a background in business and marketing, however, is most passionate about museum education and community-based art. Working previously with the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA), the Wildcat Art Saturday Morning Art School and a number of Rhode Island based organizations, she has dabbled in various art-making techniques, such as mixed-media, sculpture, 2D drawing and painting, photography and digital media. Her belief in the transformative power of art drives her research and her practice. Erica is tremendously excited to be having fun and making miniatures with you this summer!


Ben CollinsworthBen Collinsworth will be teaching the movement and play portion of clubHOUSE.

Ben Collinsworth has a degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education. Before pursuing teaching, Ben studied Theatre Performance, becoming adept at creative movement exercises and improvisation. His experiences in children’s theatre and in Tucson classrooms have illustrated to Ben the important relationship between physical growth and cognitive development. He looks forward to an exciting summer of movement and discovery in clubHOUSE!




Michael Shea MuscarelloMichael Shea Muscarello is our Museum Outreach Educator and will be our Summer Camp Coordinator this year. He will also be the instructor for week-long summer camps sessions 2, 6 & 7.

Michael Shea Muscarello has been a Tucsonan for 15 years with roots in the Chicago area. He completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Art Education at the University of Arizona this May. Michael finds that art is a viable way to explore life’s bigger inquiries. He uses photography to capture his surroundings. In addition to photography, Michael has a background building miniature models. Art is an important part of his life. He looks forward to meeting you.




Alice VinsonAlice Vinson will be our miniature arts and crafts clubHOUSE instructor.

Alice Vinson is currently a Master of Fine Arts Candidate in Studio Art at the University of Arizona and Instructor of Record in the School of Art’s Foundations Program. She has conducted art and crafts workshops for youth since 2010, through local art organizations, schools, as well as the Arizona State University Museum of Art. Previous workshops include explorations in mixed media, sculpture, book arts, and printing methods. Alice looks forward to making minis with you in the clubHOUSE.