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Stockton’s Children’s museum born out of tragedy of Cleveland School killings

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Stockton’s Children’s museum born out of tragedy of Cleveland School killings

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POSTED June 2, 2012 2:29 a.m.

STOCKTON — The Children’s Museum of Stockton represents summer fun for area youngsters.

It’s there they can take part in one of the week-long camps that begins in July.

“Children will get the opportunity to enjoy two different themed camps each week,” said Children’s Museum officials. “That’s right – we are combining two camps into one.”

The summer fun kicks off on week of July 2 through 6 with “America the Beautiful” and “Museum Fun.” Children ages 5 through 12 can enjoy patriotic pride with all things red, white and blue while partaking with all that the Museum has to offer.

The Children’s Museum is open to youngsters of all ages, families and schools, serving as a center of discovery and learning through interactive exhibits, programming and workshops.

It came as result of the tragic 1989 Cleveland School shootings, where five children were killed and 30 others were wounded in the massacre. Among the wounded was teacher Janet Geng, who was inspired during a trip to Washington D.C. – she came upon a children’s museum – to bring the same concept to Stockton as a process of physical and spiritual healing.

The ball got rolling in March 1990 with a small group of community leaders who not only discussed the possibility but soon put together a board of directors and supporters from the private and public sectors.

The City of Stockton offered the property at 402 W. Weber Ave. as the home to the Children’s Museum some four years later.

With it came KIDSWORLD, which became part of the permanent exhibit, occupying three-fourths of the 22,000-square-foot facility. This version of a miniature city for children to enjoy includes a bank, hospital, grocery store, post office and art center, to name a few.

Regular visiting hours are Wednesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The summer camps are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Tuition is $125 per week.

Other camps offered include:

• Week 2 – Awesome Art / Woodshop, July 9-13. Awesome Art turns trash into treasure while the woodshop consists of building with the use of hammers, nails, glue and even Popsicle sticks.

• Week 3 – Mad Science / Outta this world, July 16-20. Children learn chemistry, biology and even cosmology via science. They explore the planets and the universe in the other program.

• Week 4 – Buggin’ out with reptile / Wacky sports, July 23-27. The world of bugs, insects and reptiles make up the first program while the other is a busy week of sports and games.

• Week 5 – Animal planet / Go Green, July 30 to Aug. 3. The zoo comes here as youngsters learn about their favorite animals in the wild and under sea. They learn about ecology in Go Green.

• Week 6 – Celebrations / Around the World, Aug. 6-10. The final program is an end of the summer celebration. Around the World allows youngsters to explore different cultures.

Summer camp information is also available at the City of Stockton Parks and Recreation Department, 6 E. Lindsay St.

 

— VINCE REMBULAT

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