Creative Discovery Museum Opens Summer Camp Registration

Published: | by Kyrstin Hill

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (March 24, 2017) – Summer is all about play, exploration and camp! Creative Discovery Museum combines all three with multiple opportunities throughout the summer for kids ages four through 14. From Fun with Eric Carle to Camp Riverbend, there’s a unique camp experience for every child!

Creative Discovery Museum and Riverbend Festival have partnered to present Camp Riverbend! For the first time ever, the Museum is offering a camp for older children ages 10-14. Campers will investigate the Coke Stage at Riverbend as they go back stage and work with sound and lighting professionals. Artists performing at Riverbend will spend time with the campers and answer music industry questions. They will explore Songbirds Guitar Museum during a field trip. And to top it off, campers will step into the spotlight themselves as they sing or play on stage! Camp Riverbend goes behind the scenes of the music industry June 12-16 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. This once in a lifetime camp experience is $195 for Museum members and $225 for non-members.

“We are very excited to be working with Riverbend Festival to offer this incredible experience to middle-school aged kids,” said Suzanne Ness, programs manager at Creative Discovery Museum. “This camp is perfect for a child who is constantly singing, playing an instrument or even interested to see what goes on behind the scenes in the music industry.”

“What young person doesn’t dream of being on a stage at some point? This is the perfect way to share the spotlight and give them a chance to learn the highlights and fun side of music production,” said Chip Baker, Friends of the Festival executive director. “Creative Discovery Museum is the perfect partner for sharing the mystique of Riverbend with our young people.”

The featured theme for several of the Museum’s summer camps this year is related to the popular upcoming summer exhibit, Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit. Campers will be amazed as they work through his books with science experiments, art activities, kitchen lessons and more!

“Creative Discovery Museum camps are exceptional opportunities for children to have an awesome summer experience,” said Suzanne Ness, programs manager at Creative Discovery Museum. “Our science-based camps are always filled with activities that bring science alive for children. Our preschool camps provide a great first taste for the littlest campers in our area. Our experienced staff provide a fun-filled, safe environment for children to embrace the summer camp experience.”

Half-day camp experiences include:

Ages 4-5

Eric Carle FUN!
June 19-23, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – noon; $85 for members/$105 non-members
Campers will explore the literature and art of Eric Carle as they work through his books with fun crafts, science experiences, art that looks like his illustrations and snacks to go with the theme of the book.

SUPER Heroes!
June 26-30, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – noon; $85 for members/$105 non-members
SUPERfriends, UNITE! This is the best camp for the camper that has never been to school or camp before. Campers will join other SUPERfriends to make masks and capes, create super snacks and build super-sized buildings all while making super-sized friendships. The Museum’s experienced staff will work on skills that will help children be successful in school, such as problem solving, cooperation and taking turns.

Ages 5-7

Friends’ Discovery Camp – Fun with Eric Carle!
June 5-9, 2017; 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $100 and includes a Museum membership
Friends’ Discovery Camp allows children with a disability and their typically developing peers to investigate Eric Carle’s books and immerse themselves in science and art activities! Campers are paired with each other and have a Big Buddy from UTC to help guide their experiences.

Ages 8-12

Friends’ Discovery Camp – STEAM!
June 12-16; 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $100 and includes a Museum membership
During this week of exciting explorations, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities encourage and support interactions between children with a disability and their typically developing peers, providing an environment where all children thrive. Campers are paired with each other and have a Big Buddy from UTC to help guide their experiences.

Full-day camp opportunities include:

Ages 5-12

Lights, Camera, Action!
July 17-21; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; $170 for members/$205 for non-members
Campers will spend the week developing and performing minute plays, writing scripts and making recordings of their own creations. We’ll make stop motion films and play with technology to bring their imaginations to life!

The Science of Movies!
July 24-28; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; $170 for members/$205 for non-members
Campers will investigate several current movies by learning about the science of special effects and the amazing ways that the effects we see on the big screen come to be! They explore how movie theaters operate and also have the opportunity to make their own creations using special effects make-up.

Full STEAM Ahead!
July 31 – August 4; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; $195 for members/$225 for non-members
Robots, Automotrons, and Rockets! OH, MY! Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) come together to help campers explore the world around them. They will investigate sound, movement and other mechanical wonders as they use their best problem solving skills to create amazing things with unusual materials.

Ages 8-12

Chattanooga’s Next Top Chef!
July 10-14; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; $195 for members/$225 for non-members
Campers will use all the tools of a real chef as they cook and then learn to clean up after themselves. They will tour the kitchen of a local restaurant and see how professionals work. They even cook their own lunch and snacks while they are at camp. And at the end of the week, they will come home with recipes for everything they cooked so they can show what they’ve learned!

All camps include time in the museum, food preparation in Culinary Corner, snacks, group projects, a t-shirt for each child and field trips outside the Museum. After-care will be provided for some camps for $10 a day, allowing campers to spend two extra hours in the Museum.

Each camp has limited space and registrations will fill up quickly! Payment is due at the time of registration. For more information or to make a reservation, visit To register over the phone, call Nancy McCurdy at (423) 648-6045 or Sheila Woody at (423) 648-6040.

About Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum is recognized as one of the top children’s museums in the nation. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to educational enrichment for children ages 4 months to 12 years through interactive, hands-on experiences that foster creative and critical thinking.

Creative Discovery Museum focuses on a broad range of areas encompassed by Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Technology and the Sciences. In addition to its exhibits, Creative Discovery Museum provides local residents and visitors with special events, educational programming, teacher resources for the classroom, field trips, after school programming, early childhood education classes, artist residencies, camps, art lessons, science demonstrations, and a branch of the local library. Creative Discovery Museum is a funded agency of ArtsBuild and also receives funding support from Tennessee Arts Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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