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DuPage Children’s Museum offers hands-on winter break camps

Updated: December 29, 2012 6:26AM

Get out of the cold this winter season and heat up with daily discoveries and hands-on learning and fun at DuPage Children’s Museum’s winter break camps. Choose from four different camp options for children ages 5-10, with topics including chemistry, art and engineering. Two-day and three-day sessions are available in the morning or afternoon.

“Winter break camps are the perfect way to keep young minds sharp over the school break,” said Margaret Hanly, director of programs at DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. “Hands-on fun keeps campers engaged while they learn and practice new concepts.”

Cool Chemical Concoctions

Mix and match substances at DuPage Children’s Museum’s Cool Chemical Concoctions camp. Slime, bubbles and fizzing rule as children experiment with cool chemistry projects using everyday products and materials. This session, designed for children ages 7-10, will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 27 and 28 each day. Fees are $110 for members and $120 for nonmembers. Save $10 by registering by Nove. 30.

Fantastic Mask Making

Create a life mask of your own face and then turn it into a fantastic creature at Fantastic Mask Making for children ages 7-10. Add horns, curls, spikes or other details you imagine your creature would have. Then experiment with other mask-making techniques and learn creative ways to put them all together. This camp is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 3, and Jan. 4. Fees are $110 for members and $120 for nonmembers. Register before Nov. 30 to save $10.

Play-Well TEKnologies: Jedi Engineering

DuPage Children’s Museum is also partnering with Play-Well TEKnologies to offer Engineering with LEGO camps. Kids will explore worlds far, far away at Jedi Engineering camp, for ages 5-6. Build places, droids and palaces inspired by designs made in far away galaxies. This three-day session runs from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 2 through 4. Fees are $120 for members and $135 for nonmembers.

Play-Well TEKnologies: Sportsbots with LEGO

With access to over 100,000 pieces of LEGO, Play-Well TEKnologies engineering with LEGO camps provide children the opportunity to build what they have only dreamed about while completing real engineering challenges. At Play-Well’s Sportsbots with LEGO camp, children will design and build motorized, remote-controlled sportsbots to compete in rousing games of soccer, hockey, basketball, football, quidditch and bocce, among others. This camp, designed for children ages 7-10, is from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 2 through 4. Fees are $120 for members and $135 for nonmembers.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all camps. Children do not need an adult partner present to participate. An adult must drop the child off and pick the child up at the room. Registration can be completed by calling the museum at 630-637-8000, ext. 0, by visiting the museum online at

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