The power of art and science
What: Superhero Summer Camps
Where: Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 205 Flora St.
WHEN: July 12-Aug. 6
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Are your kids real superheroes, or do they just dress up as their favorite caped crusaders on Halloween?
Let them find out if they’ve got what it takes to uncover the full extent of their nascent powers at Whatcom Museum’s recently announced Superhero Summer Camps, which will offer parents a chance to register children ages 4-6 for half-day science- and art-themed camps led by savvy museum educators.
Weeklong sessions begin July 12 with “Super Scientists.” There, budding scientists will stay busy growing crystals, fashioning marble mazes and participating in other STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities. Starting July 19, campers choosing to take part in “Super Artists” will be focused on learning about various artists and their techniques, while at the same time discovering how to get busy creating their own masterpieces.
July 26-30, a full-day camp for youth ages 7-10 will focus on “Origin Stories”—namely, taking part in roleplaying games and how to create them. “Super 8 Photo and Film Camp” happens Aug. 2-6 and will find participants learning the secrets of turning comic book quests into movie magic. All gatherings will follow CDC safety protocols for camps, including the wearing of face coverings and regular hand and surface sanitizing.
Meanwhile, in addition to the slate of exhibits currently open for public perusal, other in-person activities will be taking place on the Whatcom Museum campus and beyond throughout the summer. Starting June 1, kids and adults are invited to help turn the museum’s “Lightwall” into a massive artwork resembling stained glass. Three-foot-square plastic sheets can be obtained for free and returned by June 27 with artistic portrayals meant to show what a typical Whatcom County summer looks like. The transparencies will cover the window squares that currently let the light in, changing the scene both inside and outside for as long as they’re up.
“We’re so excited to be able to welcome people back to the museum,” lead educator Drew Whatley says, “and there’s nothing I like more than seeing all the kooky and creative ways our community expresses itself. I would love to see a whole rainbow of colors from dozens of different squares totally transform the Lightcatcher building, but the coolest part will be how the community places its own stamp on the building.”
If your family is having a hard time getting inspired, show up to work parties taking place June 5 and 26, where markers and supplies will be available for use, and creativity will be in fully supply.
While you’re there, glean pertinent details about the return of the museum’s History Sunset Cruises taking place every Tuesday from July 13-Aug. 31. Youth are welcome to join their parents onboard the Victoria Star, where they’ll find out more not only about the working history of Bellingham Bay, but also about current events that may affect the future of the waterfront. They can then add that knowledge to their memory banks, storing it for when their superhero cred needs a boost.