Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Junior Archaeologist - Thursdays at Museum


Nanaimo Museum Junior Archaeologist
Thursdays  in July & August

Sifting for ancient artifacts will help keep children entertained during summer vacation. The Nanaimo Museum is hosting this fun weekly drop-in program for children, Junior Archaeologist. The hands-on activities appeal to children ages 5-12 years and the cost is included in museum admission.

The activities are designed for children to participate in along with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. “These programs are a great way for parents and grandparents to help children learn about history,” says Aimee Greenaway, the museum’s Program Coordinator. “The kids have fun doing the activities and the adults are happy because the kids are getting some educational time in the summer.” The activities are offered on an ongoing basis during the programs and take approximately one hour for children to complete. Registration is not required. Caregivers must supervise children at all times during activities.

The Junior Archaeologist program was a surprise hit at the museum during spring break so it will be offered on Thursdays in July and August from 1pm-3pm. The activities include using sifting screens to find artifacts in soil, recreating broken pottery jars and touching First Nations artifacts from the museum’s education collection. The program will expand to include activities related to the Copper Inuit once the museum’s new feature exhibit Expedition: Arctic opens on Wednesday, August 14.

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