Intersession – April 2011

3/21 – Break Week

3/28 –  Kid City (11am and on)

Meet at the front entrance at 11am, or find friends in the museum if you come later.

4/4 –    Letterboxing Workshop Part 1: at the Lutz (10am – 12 noon, lunch and letterboxing at Northwest Park in Manchester afterwards)

In this letterboxing workshop led by Shelley Wurst, each child will be able to make their own stamp to use in letterboxing excursions.  There is no age limit, and parents can either  assist their younger children in making stamps or make a stamp for them. We will also design a group Monday Homeschool Classes stamp, which we will have professionally made.  The group stamp will be a part of our very own MHC letterbox, which we will place out in the world in the second park of this workshop on 4/25.  After we create our stamps, we will go over to Northwest Park in Manchester for lunch and some real world letterboxing.  If you would like to come to this workshop, you must:

–        Send an email to committee@mhcct.org by April 1st with the name and age of each child planning to make a stamp, so we can have enough supplies on hand.

–        Bring $5 per family (to cover costs for the MHC stamp) plus $2 per child making their own stamp, and plan to stay on-site.  This is not a drop-off program.

–        If you’re planning to go letterboxing in the afternoon, bring a compass if you have one and be sure wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate hiking clothes.

Please note that you and your children will need to be members of the Lutz Children’s Museum in order to participate in this workshop and all other MHC policies will apply. If you are unfamiliar with MHC, please refer to the About Us and Important Information pages on this website.  The museum will be open for younger children not wishing to make a stamp.  Parents must remain with their children in the museum at all times.  The museum will close promptly at 12 noon.

4/11 –  Lego Engineering Workshop at the Lutz (10:30 – 12:00 noon)

Andrew Escalera of Play-Well TEKnologies offered a Lego Engineering class for us this past session which turned out to be wildly popular.  We are planning to offer his class again in the Spring, but we know that some of you just can’t wait.  So, he’s agreed to offer a workshop for us during the Intersession.  This is also a great chance for those of you who didn’t get a chance to take the class in the Winter to try it out before the Spring.  For this workshop you must:

–        Send an email to committee@mhcct.org by April 8th with the name and age of each child planning to build.

–        Bring $15 per child participating in the workshop and plan to stay on-site (this is not a drop-off program).

Play-Well TEKnologies is an engineering educational outreach program that teaches engineering principles to children in kindergarten through fifth grades utilizing LEGO™ materials. If you have any questions about this workshop, you can contact Andrew at 860-573-5039, or andrew@play-well.org.

Please note that you and your children will need to be members of the Lutz Children’s Museum to participate in this workshop and all other MHC policies will apply. If you are unfamiliar with MHC, please refer to the About Us and Important Information pages on this website. The museum will be open for younger children not participating in the workshop.  Parents must remain with their children in the museum at all times.  The museum will close promptly at 12 noon.

Please note: the following two dates have been revised since this schedule was first posted to enable us to visit OSV with the reduced homeschool admission rate.  Please note the new dates!

4/18 –  Letterboxing Workshop Part 2: Location to be announced (10am – 12 noon)

All MHC families are invited to join us for the MHC Letterboxing Club’s first Letterboxing Field Trip, on Monday April 18, from 10am to Noon, at the Oak Grove Nature Center.  Cost is $5 per family for MHC Letterboxing Club yearly dues (see below; familes who attended the workshop on 4/3 have already paid their dues for the year).  We’re going to assemble and plant the first MHC letterbox, write clues and directions to post on letterboxing websites, and follow a set of clues to find a series of letterboxes that are already hidden at the nature center.  No prior experience necessary!  We’ll be happy to teach you what you need to know to enjoy Letterboxing throughout the state, country, and the world!

Pre-registration is not neccessary, but if you have any questions about the field trip, you can contact Shelley (who will lead the trip) at collieherd@cox.net or 860-424-1084.  This event will be held rain or shine!

What to bring:  A stamp (home-made or store-bought),  a stamp-pad (ink pad), a small notebook/pad of paper, a pencil, drinking water, and appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather (we will be walking through the woods on the trail system, but may need to stray off the trail a bit here or there).  You might want to bring a picnic lunch for afterwards if it’s a nice day. Also, since the Nature Center building is not open, there will be no bathrooms available.

About the MHC Letterboxing Club:  This newly formed club will organize area Letterboxing field trips on Mondays during the Summer and during MHC Intersessions during the school year.  The club will also create, plant and maintain one letterbox each year during the MHC Spring Intersession.  Plans for the club include a blog/website for trip information, and some sort of end-of-summer special event.  Requirements are: yearly dues of $5 per family, payable at the first outing attended, and membership at the Lutz Children’s Museum.  If you plan to attend and I don’t already have your member ID# on file, please send it to me.  (A reciprocal membership from another museum does not count.)  Questions about the club can be directed at Shelley at collieherd@cox.net.

4/25 –  Old Sturbridge Village (10am, or 12 noon)

Meet inside the Visitor Center at 10am, or find friends on the Town Green for lunch at 12 noon.

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