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Camp at Cape Fear Museum

A summer of adventure and education awaits your child at Cape Fear Museum.  Camps are geared towards children 5-14 and teach kids that the history and science of the Lower Cape Fear region is FUN! The museum is offering six exciting and interesting week-long camps this year:
• In Science Masters, children 7-8 take on the role of different scientists to explore the hows and whys of what they do.
• Incredible Insects, for ages 5-6, encourages children to explore insect life through games, investigations, and interactive experiences.  
• In Time Travelers, campers ages 7-10 discover different eras of the Museum’s collections and galleries by playing games, visiting different time periods and investigating the Museum from top to bottom.
• Cape Fear Wild teaches children ages 9-10 how to be conscientious conservationists through the discovery of the region’s plants and animals, and ponder connections between humans and the environment.
• In Museumology*, campers ages 11-14 design their own exhibit for Cape Fear Museum by selecting artifacts and telling their stories.
• In Dinos & More, for ages 5-6, children discover the answers to everything they ever wanted to know about dinosaurs:  from size and shape to names and features, try comparing prehistoric fossils and meeting their modern relatives.
Summer camps are half day, running from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The camps begin on June 18 with Science Masters and end on August 6 with Dinos &More. Weekly camp fees are $70 for Museum members and $90 for non-members. *Museumology is $90 for Museum members and $110 for non-members.
Camp dates and registration forms are available at the Museum or online at Completed forms must be printed, signed and mailed, including full payment, to: Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-4731.

May/June 2012 Programs

Learning Center
In the Learning Center on Saturdays, the whole family can conduct experiments, explore artifacts, play fun games, and create exciting tools and toys to take home. Parental participation is required.
• May—Pirate Invasion - Dates: Saturday, May 19, 26 from 1-4 PM for All Ages. Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission. Discover the world of pirates as you make and hoist your own Jolly Roger, get a pirate tattoo, and make a Lego pirate ship. Dress up like a privateer and learn how to tie knots aboard a ship. Play pirate games and go on an exciting treasure hunt.
• June - Creative Chemistry - Dates: Saturday, June 9, 16, 23, 30 from 1-4 PM, for All Ages. Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission. Is Oobleck a liquid or a solid?  What does an atom look like?  Find out as you investigate matter.  Explore solids, liquids, and gases and experiment with mixtures!  Unravel a colorful mystery and experiment with acids and bases.      
Cape Fear Skies
3-2-1-Blast off! Cape Fear Skies offers your family a realistic planetarium experience the third Sunday of each month. Venture into outer space as you hear mythical tales and explore stars, planets, and more.  Parental participation is required.
• Civil War Skies - Date: Sunday, May 20. Times:  1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 PM for Ages: All. Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission. Discover the night sky of the 1860s and the astronomical events that took place.
• Greek Myths & Legends - Date: Sunday, June 17. Times:  1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 PM for Ages: All. Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission. Explore the night sky while listening to Greek star-inspired stories.
• Museum Carts - Explore artifacts, conduct experiments, and play fun games at facilitated carts stationed throughout the Museum. Activities and locations vary – What exciting cart will you encounter on your visit? Date: Sunday, May 6 and Sunday, June 3. Time: 1-3 PM for Ages: All. Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission
Historic Collaborative Series
Join historic organizations in the downtown area to learn about regional history. Explore the beginnings of European and African settlement in the Lower Cape Fear—from Charlestowne in the 1660s to Brunswick and Wilmington in the 1720s and 1730s—with Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr., associate professor in the Department of History at UNC Wilmington.
• Historic Collaborative Lecture: “Beginnings” - Date/Time: Tuesday, May 1 at 7 PM. Location: Cape Fear Museum. European exploration of the Lower Cape Fear began in the 1660s. Find out about the failed early settlement of Charlestowne and the Barbadian experiment.
• Historic Water Tour - Date/Time: Friday, May 4; River tour: boarding at 9:30 AM, boat leaves promptly at 10:01 AM
**Meet at the Wilmington Water Tours Dock**Space is limited**
On this 2-hour tour, Captain Springer and Dr. Fonvielle will regale you with stories of the ecology and settlement along the river.
• Historic Collaborative Lecture: “Settlements” - Date/Time: Tuesday, May 8 at 7 PM. Location: Cape Fear Museum. Brunswick Town vs. Wilmington—find out why one town succeeded and the other declined, as we journey towards Revolution.
• Reservations - Fee: $10 per lecture, $30 for boat excursion; all three events for $45. Tickets are available through the Historic Wilmington Foundation 910-762-2511. Lecture series sponsored by Bellamy Mansion Museum, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear, and Historic Wilmington Foundation.
Special Events
• Stormfest - Date: Saturday, June 2. Time: 10 AM-4 PM. Fee: Free and open to the public. Meet meteorologists from area news stations; learn about weather phenomena, how to predict it, and what it’s like to be on TV! Find out how to prepare for dangerous weather, and discover the resources local governments offer to help with storm response and recovery. Organized by the National Weather Service.
• Grown-up Game Night - Date: June 15. Time: 7-10 PM. Fee: $5 for members; $7 for non-members; Memberships available on game night. Lring some friends, grab some appetizers and a seat, and get your game on!  Try your hand at new and old favorites—from Battleship to Spades to brand new games. Admission includes access to great games (instructions if needed!), snacks and drinks, and a visit to the Museum’s Toys and Games exhibit. Games provided by Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington Board Games, Cape Fear Games, and Learning Express.