Youths join in archeological dig at Fort summer camp.

Kids invited to dig in to museum summer camps

Some old-fashioned fun designed to entertain and educate kids will be offered as the Langley Centennial Museum offers a series of day camps.

Some old-fashioned fun designed to entertain and educate kids will be offered this summer when the Langley Centennial Museum offers a series of day camps.

The camps, which are for children of various ages and interests, run June 30 to late August at the Museum, located at 9135 King Street in Fort Langley.

“Our museum camps are a great way for parents to provide their children with fun and educational experiences over the summer,” said Township of Langley cultural services manager Peter Tulumello. “Learning gained through exploration and fun activities almost always remains in the minds of children longer than other learning experiences do.”

Focused on arts, culture, heritage, and fun, the museum’s summer schedule launches with Pioneer Pastimes. This camp takes children back in time to when their great grandparents were young. Back then, having summer fun meant hiking, exploring, berry picking, helping mom in the kitchen, making stuff from scraps of materials and paper, and playing old fashioned games. The Pioneer Pastimes camp is for children aged six through 10 and includes a visit to the Fort Langley National Historic Site and a trip to a local fruit farm.

History themed summer activities are also offered for eight to 12-year-olds in the Diggin’ Around Archeology camp.  Kids can learn about archeological digs, treasure hunting, and more while exploring nearby sites and locations. The camp – which is for kids who aren’t afraid of dirty fingernails or dusty, grass-stained clothing – runs August 18 to 22, and fills up fast. A preschool version of this camp called Little Diggers will also be offered from August 11 to August 15.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles returns this year for children aged six to 10. An exploration of the world of travel over the past century, the camp includes visits to Langley Regional Airport, the Museum of Flight, the CN Train Station Museum, and the BC Farm Machinery Museum.

The museum will also offer several fun activities that will allow youngsters to unleash their imaginations and enjoy a little healthy competition. Youth between the ages of 10 and 14 can participate in a Reality TV Camp where Survivor meets the Amazing Race.

“Who wouldn’t want to explore all sorts of unusual things while taking on unique challenges and competing with one and another?” said summer camp leader Chelsea Hiebert. “It’s all about fun and learning.”

Hiebert was hired by the museum through the Government of Canada’s Department of Canadian Heritage. The Department has a Young Canada Works program that awarded the Langley Centennial Museum a grant to hire two students for 12 weeks.

Other arts based camps being offered at the museum include Exploring Van Gogh and Hollywood North. The week-long and day-long camps are intended to encourage artistic expression and creative thinking.

To register or for more information, visit the Museum’s website at museum.tol.ca/Programs-and-Services/Public-Programs or call 604-532-3536.

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