Heritage Center offers summer camps for kids

Learn about where ideas and traditions originated, how they’ve evolved over time, and where we are going in the future.

The Oberlin Heritage Center will offer two new and one returning favorite hands-on history camps for kids this summer.

Camps are designed for boys and girls ages eight to 13 and are led by an experienced educator assisted by college student interns and community volunteers. This summer’s line-up includes:

Out of this World! Aerospace and Aviation, July 25-29, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When it comes to flight and space travel, Ohioans have really soared. Children will learn about aerospace and aviation in the past, present, and brainstorm what the future may hold. They’ll conduct experiments that demonstrate scientific theories, explore construction challenges, and visit related sites around Oberlin.

All Work, All Play, Aug. 1-5, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ideas of work and recreation have changed over time and continue to with new technologies. Kids can uncover the history of work, explore children’s’ chores and games, meet people who still work in traditional ways, and create with their hands, including making baskets and candles, cooking with a Dutch oven, and learning basic carpentry.

Architecture Camp, Aug. 8-12, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children can learn the basics of architecture, explore building materials, try construction challenges, sketch designs, construct mini-buildings, and envision buildings of the future. Scouts attending this camp will also complete some requirements for architecture badges.

All camp sessions are held at the air-conditioned Oberlin Depot, 240 South Main St., with some walking field trips nearby. The cost of each camp is $110 per child ($100 for children or grandchildren of OHC members). Anyone registering prior to June 25 may take an additional $5 discount on each camp. Partial scholarships may be available to those who qualify for schools’ free lunch programs.

More information, including online registration, can be found at www.oberlinheritagecenter.org or by contacting Amanda Manahan, museum education and tour coordinator, at 440-774-1700 or tourinfo@oberlinheritage.org.