Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hohokam Experience Storytelling and Summer Programs!

It is that time again to start planning what the kids will be doing this summer! Pueblo Grande Museum, is offering its children’s summer programs for ages 3-12 during the month of July. Programs begin July 5, 2011 and run through July 29, 2011. Sign up for one program or all of them! Just click the links following each class description.

For participants ages 3-6 we have incredible storytelling programs offered each day from 9:30am to 11:30am July 5-8, 2011on Snakes, Fish and Coyotes! Find out about these desert animals and have fun doing crafts and eating snacks! Children must be accompanied by an adult for these programs. The cost for each program is $10 and pre-registration is required.

Class 1: July 5, 2011 That Minnow was Three Feet Long!

Really! Join Pueblo Grande Museum, and storyteller Sandy Oglesby, for stories about the fish that lived in the great Salt River at the time of the Hohokam. Imaginative fish and water games, healthy snacks, and fun arts and crafts are included. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Class 2: July 6, 2011 The Night the Stars Fell Out of the Sky! Watch out for falling stars! When the stars, moon and planets shine in the night sky, the Hohokam were watching. Join Pueblo Grande Museum and storyteller Sandy Oglesby for out of this world stories, snacks, games and crafts! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Class 3: July 7, 2011 Silly Snake, Shaky Rabbit
Why do snakes slither and rabbits ears twitch? Join Pueblo Grande Museum, and storyteller Sandy Oglesby, for tales about these two famous desert creatures who will have you laughing and learning at the same time. Clay art, games, snacks and other crafts are included. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Class 4: July 8, 2011 Coyote and the Bird People

Quail, Roadrunner and even Turkey keep an eye out for that wild dog, Coyote. Join Pueblo Grande Museum and storyteller Sandy Oglesby and listen to the stories and songs of the birds and hear the howl of coyote. Arts, games, snacks and finger plays will capture your imagination. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For children ages 7-12, Pueblo Grande Museum has classes that run Tuesday through Friday from 8:30am to 12:00pm. Classes will focus on stone age crafts, art, survival tools, archaeology and American Indian peoples. Participants will learn how to make tools from stones, gourds and natural materials found in the desert as well as make arts and crafts from natural desert materials. During our archaeology week, participants will learn how to survey a site and techniques in archaeology. Become the real Indiana Jones or Lara Croft and learn what Hollywood doesn’t know about the field of archaeology! These programs include all activities and snacks. The cost for each program is $55 and pre-registration is required.

Week 1: July 12-15, 2011 Those Crafty Hohokam
The Hohokam were wonderfully talented craft people. Join Pueblo Grande Museum and Sandy Oglesby, for a glimpse into the history and creativity of craft items the Hohokam enjoyed making. From the natural items found in the desert, they created a variety of items to wear, distinctively decorated pottery and stone artifacts. They traveled to the ocean to trade for shell which they turned into stunning jewelry items. And the Hohokam left behind thousands of petroglyphs that give us a testimony of what was important to their lives over 1,500 years ago. Learn how to make these crafts and join the adventure!

Week 2: July 19-22, 2011 Stone-age Survival Kit     
In this exciting program participants will make a stone-age survival kit, learning many of the ancient skills practiced at Pueblo Grande. Through expert guidance from Naturalist Vincent Pinto, participants will craft such objects as: natural rope, a stone saw, natural glue, fire-making kit, a digging stick, emergency whistle, mineral paints, a wilderness container, a knotted net bag.

Week 3: July 26-29, 2011 Preserving the Past: Archaeology for Kids    
Beneath the City of Phoenix is an ancient civilization called the Hohokam. Where did they come from? What did they look like? Where did they live? What were their houses like? What tools did they use? How did they dress? What did they eat? What games did they play? How long were they here? What happened to them? Are they still with us?
Join the Pueblo Grande Museum Archaeology for Kids summer program archaeology crew and you will have all the answers. Have fun with archaeologist Gina Gage at this hands-on, indoor and outdoor archaeology program and find out what archaeologists do, why we do it, when we do it, where we do it, and how. So, grab your sunscreen and a hat, and let’s help the Hohokam tell their story.

Posted By Renee Aguilar, Visitor Services Museum Aide

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