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The Penn Museum’s Anthropology Summer Camp for Kids is Now Enrolling!


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The Penn Museum’s Anthropology Summer Camp for Kids is Now Enrolling!

The Penn Museum’s Anthropology Summer Camp for Kids is Now Enrolling!

Online registration for the Penn Museum’s popular “Anthropologists in the Making” summer camp is now open.  This unique summer camp offers children ages 7 through 13 an engaging experience that ventures through time and across continents, all without leaving the Penn campus.

“Anthropologists in the Making” runs eight themed one-week sessions from June 27–August 19, 2016. Each week takes campers through the museum’s international galleries, behind the scenes to meet conservators and archivists, and before interactive World Wonders performances. The week culminates in a Friday showcase of learning, encouraging campers to demonstrate all they’ve discovered through creative displays and presentations. Details about and registration for the popular camp can be found online:

Children may attend one or more of this year’s weekly-themed programs:

Week 1: June 27–July 1 Game On!
With or without a board, games have been a major form of entertainment through time and across continents. Search for game pieces and sporting equipment in the Museum’s galleries. At the Showcase of Learning, design and build a game for family and friends.

Week 2: July 5–July 8 Mysterious Civilizations no camp onMonday, July 4
Uncover long, forgotten cultures that have vanished with time. Explore monumental structures and architecture whose function and construction continue to stump archaeologists and engineers today. Work with new friends to invent a civilization.

Week 3: July 11–July 15 Digging Greece and Rome
What does it take to be an archaeologist? Sift for artifacts of the Mediterranean world and piece together the stories of the dig finds. Tour the galleries to learn more about the burial rituals of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Create a grave marker and construct a mini sarcophagus.

Week 4: July 18–July 22 Furry Friends and Savage Beasts
Calling all animal lovers! Animals have been loyal companions throughout time. Travel the world to learn about some creatures that went beyond the title of family pet. Discover cryptozoology and hear some trickster tales.

Week 5: July 25–July 29 Herstory
Woman’s history is everyone’s history. Discover women who have contributed to the fields of archaeology and anthropology. Tour the galleries to discover women’s roles and divisions of labor in ancient societies. Meet mythological goddesses, scary witches, and larger-than-life heroines.

Week 6: August 1–August 5 Myths and Mysteries of Egypt
Are ancient Egyptian tomb curses real? Did Cleopatra really live up to her reputation? Ponder these questions and more during interactive gallery talks. Discover the role of mystical items while touring the Museum’s galleries. Recreate tales featuring Isis and Osiris, Seth and Horus, and more.

Week 7: August 8–August 12 Magic in the Ancient World
Before modern medicine and science, the ancients relied on magic for the healing and prevention of illnesses. Meet magicians, shamans, and oracles. Learn how magic was used for personal gain and to foretell the future in the ancient world.

Week 8: August 15–August 19 Culinary Expeditions
What people eat and drink can reveal many things about their environment and culture. Search the museum’s galleries to find tools used to acquire, prepare, and eat food. Discover sustenance cultures and what other countries may have for breakfast. Design an after-life feast, sculpt a libation bowl, and prepare hummus from scratch.

Camp hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with optional pre-camp (8:00–9:00 am) and post-camp (3:00–5:00 pm) care. For more information or to request a need-based, partial scholarship application form, call 215.898.4016, or email, and visit the website at

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