MIM offers world-culture summer camps for kids

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This summer, your kids can travel around the world without ever leaving the Valley. That's the idea behind the brand new summer camp program at the Musical Instrument Museum.

3TV's Heidi Goitia got the details, as we continued our week-long look at unique summer camps around town.

From June 1 through 26, MIM will immerse campers ages 6-13 in music, dance, world cultures and hands-on activities for weeks of learning and fun. This inaugural program offers a unique focus on global culture, highlighting world connections through the power of music, art and more.

“We're really excited about working with the kids,” says MIM education manager Carly Ofsthun. “We've really had a great response for kids ages zero to 18.”

MIM Summer Camp consists of four week-long segments featuring the following cultural themes:

- June 1-5: Asian culture

- June 8-12: African culture

- June 15-19: Latin American Culture

- June 22-26: American Culture

Some of the fun activities include:

- A harmonica-making craft

- A South African gumboot dance activity

- Kente Cloth weaving from Africa

- East Indian dancing

- An African drum circle

Some of the unique aspects of this camp include:

-The focus on global cultures

-The ability to pick and choose the number of weeks to attend. The programming for each week is self-contained so campers can receive a full camp experience from just one week, or they can attend multiple weeks to learn about multiple global regions

-The emphasis on music and arts education at a time when these offerings are being cut from many school.

-The opportunity to explore MIM's galleries as part of camp

-Sessions occur each week in June from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and cost $240-$250 each. Extended care options are available for an additional charge.

Registration is still open but spots are filling fast. Register now to ensure your child can attend the session that he/she wants.


8:30 a.m.: Early drop-off begins. Campers enjoy games and try musical instruments.

9:00 a.m.: Morning meeting welcomes campers before they divide into age groups. Camp specialists engage campers through games, discussions, activities, and an exploration of the museum's building and exhibits to examine ideas related to the camp's cultural content.

9:45 a.m.: Camp-provided snack

10:00 a.m.: Music! Campers learn and play musical instruments from the week's highlighted culture.

11:00 a.m.: Hands-on/art-making activities. Campers create their own projects and activities related to the week's highlighted culture.

Noon: Lunch

12:30 p.m.: Games

1:00 p.m.: Dance, drama, or puppetry. Based on the selected culture for the week, campers will engage in dance, drama, or puppetry.

2:00 p.m.: Camp-provided snack

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon meeting during which campers come together and share their learning for the day.

3:00 p.m.: Dismissal; aftercare begins. During aftercare, campers select from one of several different activities, including engaging in arts and crafts activities and playing musical instruments, board games, or other group games.

5:30 p.m.: Aftercare ends; all campers are picked up for the day.

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050


You can find more information online.

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