The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures’ week-long summer camp sessions, for children ages 5–12, incorporate hands-on STEAM concepts and provide a fun environment for students to use their imaginations, create and build. Half-day camp sessions take place from 9am–12pm or 1pm–4 pm Monday through Friday, and include one snack per day and all materials and supplies to complete each project. To ensure a quality experience, each camp is limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required for all sessions.
Tuition is $125 ($112.50 for museum members) per child, per session.
Session 1: World of Dinosaurs (ages 5–7)
June 5–9, 2017 | 9am–12pm
Become a paleontologist excavating a dinosaur graveyard. Build a miniature excavation site with dinosaur bones, waterfall, greenery and an explosive volcano. Discuss fossils and paleontology. Additional activities include creating miniature clay fossils, paleontologist tools, and dinosaur eggs.
Session 2: Ancient World– Pompeii (ages 8–12)
June 5–9, 2017 | 1pm–4pm
Discover the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, frozen in time since the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 70. Build a diorama that explores Pompeii as an archeological site. Learning about volcanic activity and archeology, students build a miniature version of the once “sleeping giant” volcano and the city ruins beneath it. Create miniature replicas of archaeological tools, and the everyday objects – pottery, sculptures, food, and jewelry – discovered intact by archeologists.
Session 3: Galaxy Voyage (ages 5–7)
June 12–June 16, 2017 | 9am–12pm
Become an astronaut traveling through the Milky Way Galaxy for the very first time. Design and build a miniature rocket ship and create an alien landscape with valleys, craters, and rock formations. Additional activities include launching a model rocket and creating a nebula galaxy jar.
Session 4: The Secret World of Insects (ages 8–12)
June 12–June 16, 2017 | 1pm–4pm
Discover small creatures in a big way! Exploring size and scale, students study the tiniest details of insects and sculpt a larger-than-life insect in a display case. Create displays that contain faux plants and insects in their natural environments made from a variety of sculpture processes.
Session 5: Fairy Garden Planter (ages 8–12)
June 19–June 23, 2017 | 9am–12pm
Create a whimsical fairy garden in a planter tray. Build a fairy cottage with a patio roof surrounded by real plants. Make miniature garden accessories including a bird house, walking path, mushrooms and a resident fairy or gnome. Additional activities include creating a fairy jar silhouette and beaded bubble wands.
Session 6: Fairy Camping (ages 5–7)
June 19–June 23, 2017 | 1pm–4pm
Even fairies like to camp! Create and build your fairy camp in a lush meadow. Students create a stunning backdrop, lush green meadow and stream. Build a tent, campfire, picnic area, boat and other camp accessories designed for small fairies, sprites and gnomes. Additional activities include fairy lights and beaded bubble wands.
Session 7: Fairy Crystal Garden (ages 8–12)
June 26–June 30, 2017 | 9am–12pm
Build a unique fairy landscape nestled among magical crystal geodes. Students grow their own crystals and create a magical crystal landscape – the perfect home for fairies, sprites and gnomes! Other activities include creating a fairy light jar, breaking their own geode, and making miniature fairies and gnomes.
Session 8: A Visit to the Big City (ages 5–7)
June 26–June 30, 2017 | 1pm–4pm
Join Fairy Caitlin as she packs her bags and heads to the big city! Create and build a city landscape with city lights, skyscrapers, big buildings, bridges, and bumper-to-bumper vehicles. This busy landscape is a new, exciting environment for our resident fairy, so help her discover the city! Additional activities include making miniature roads, street signs, city silhouettes, magnet-powered cars, and fairy city lights.
Stephanie Dal Pral | If you were to ask Stephanie Dal Pra about herself she would probably say, “I am an artist and teacher with a little comedian thrown in.” Stephanie loves life and learning and enjoys sharing her passion with others. She has an MFA in fine arts, sculpture as well as a teaching certificate from Pima Community College. Stephanie has been a professional artist and educator for nearly 10 years. She enjoys working with children and has taught art to K-6 students for much of her teaching career. She also volunteered with Girl Scouts leading a troop of 6 and 7 year olds for six years. During the regular school year Stephanie teaches fifth grade in the Sunnyside Unified School District.
You can register for summer camp online using the button below, by phone at 520-881-0606 or in person at the museum. A completed registration packet is required for each child attending camp by the Friday prior to the first day of camp. Registration forms will be emailed to you if you purchase camp online or you can pick one up in person at the museum or download it here.
Please note, you will not be considered registered until payment has been made in full. Refunds Policy: The Museum will provide a refund of paid tuition minus a $25.00 administration fee if cancellation is received 15 business days or more prior to camp start date. The Mini Time Machine Museum cannot offer refunds for sessions missed as a result of student illness, emergencies or other events beyond our control.
Contact Director of Education and Registrar, Moira McGee at 520-881-0606 ext. 113 or by email.
Financial Aid Available
Scholarships based on financial need are available. The museum offers one scholarship per camp session on a first-come, first-serve basis. To qualify, you must prove need based on the 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines (https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines). Applicants must fall within the 100%-250% range based on household size and income and prove need with documentation: WIC, EIC, Temporary Assistance Card or 2016 tax return.
To apply, please email Moira McGee for an application and additional information.
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