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Let's get back to the joy and wonder of play this Summer! Please join us for a summer of fun, making, creating, playing, and learning, and keep your journal of how you played during the Summer of 2021.

My Summer of Play Journal


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Summer of Play: at Home!

This summer, we're bringing all the fun of the Museum to your backyard with playful ideas you can do right at home. Enjoy our giant library of summer activities and keep coming back for new ideas each week.

Visit Summer of Play: At Home!

Come Play in June!

Dowel Structures

In the Tent, 6/5–6/6 & 6/30–7/4
Build your own creations using dowels and rubber bands! Design your own or add onto a giant group structure.

PVC Creations

In the Common, 6/5–6/6 & 6/30–7/4
Come explore the possibilities of what you can create with PVC pipes and connectors.

Soundscapes

In the Tent, 6/12–6/13
Build a sculpture and explore it using drumsticks to discover the different sounds that can be created by putting materials together, taking them apart, and rearranging them.

Tape It!

6/12–6/13
Tape extravaganza! Pull, peel, rip, and stick tape all over the Common.

Make Mini Golf

In the Tent, 6/19–6/20
Help build a giant kid-created mini-golf course using cardboard and recycled materials. Then, try the whole course!

Spider Web

In the Common, 6/19–6/20
Use yarn to contribute to a collaborative, life-size spider web of color and shapes!

Recycled Creations

In the Common, 6/26–6/27
You can make a lot of interesting things using just “junk!” Use your imagination to design your own sculpture, invention, or object of your choice.

Chalk Paint

6/26–6/27
Make your own outdoor paint, mix ingredients and colors together, and create designs under the tent!

Art Lab in June

Pattern Play Explore the world of patterns. Using color pencils and different kinds of grid paper create your own code of colorful patterns.

STEAM Lab in June

Stamp Making Design and make your own stamp using foam and other simple materials.

Come Play in July!

Dowel Structures

In the Tent, 6/30–7/4.
Build your own creations using dowels and rubber bands! Design your own or add onto a giant group structure.

PVC Creations

In the Common, 6/30–7/4.
Come explore the possibilities of what you can create with PVC pipes and connectors.

Make Mini Golf

In the Tent, 7/7–7/11
Build your part of a giant kid-created mini-golf course using cardboard and recycled materials. Then, grab a hold of your club and try the whole course! Fore!

Spider Web

In the Common, 7/7–7/11
Use yarn to contribute to a collaborative, life-size spider web of color and shapes!

Recycled Creations

In the Common, 7/14–7/18
You can make a lot of interesting things using just "junk!" Use your imagination to design your own sculpture, invention, or object of your choice.

Soundscapes

In the Tent, 7/14–7/18
Build a sculpture with duct tape and assorted materials and explore it using drumsticks to discover the different sounds that can be created by putting materials together, taking them apart, and rearranging them.

Birds of a Feather

Create some fashionable bird plumage using mixed media collage or design a feather with colorful markers.

STEAM Lab in July

Stack It!

Challenge yourself to stack cups of all sizes in any way you can imagine.

Summer of Play Carnival

July 30, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Enjoy a fun filled night at the Museum celebrating summer with classic carnival games, food, and more.

Special Paint Extravaganza!

July 21 - August 1
Play with paint! Throw it, splatter it, roll in it, drum with it! Let your inner artist out as you play with paint in all different ways!

Come Play in August!

Tape It!

8/4–8/8
Tape extravaganza! Pull, peel, rip, and stick tape all over the Common.

Make Mini Golf

In the Tent, 8/4–8/8
Build your part of a giant kid-created mini-golf course using cardboard and recycled materials. Then, grab a hold of your club and try the whole course! Fore!

PVC Creations

In the Common, 8/25–8/29
Come explore the possibilities of what you can create with PVC pipes and connectors.

Mini River

In the Tent, 8/25–8/29
See what sinks, floats, and races down our miniature river. Splash and play in the currents.

Art Lab in August

Curious Comics
Draw your own comics, make a zine, or do a doodle.

STEAM Lab in August

Shadow Puppets
Make your own shadow puppet! Choose a unique pattern and color combination. Learn about the science of light as you test your creations. What shapes are the shadows? What colors? Can you make them appear larger?

Special Paint Extravaganza!

July 21 - August 1
Play with paint! Throw it, splatter it, roll in it, drum with it! Let your inner artist out as you play with paint in all different ways!

Pendulum Painting

In the Common, 7/21–7/25
Explore what happens when you let gravity help you paint!

Paint to Music

In the Common, 7/21–7/25
Dance, play, and paint all at once. What will you paint if you let the music guide you?

Splatter Paint

In the Tent, 7/21–7/25
Who doesn’t love throwing paint?! Play with paint and create unique works of art.

Paint a Car!

In the Tent, 7/21–7/25
The old PlaySpace car is in need of a new coat of paint, and the Museum needs your help to paint it!

Human Stamp Roller

In the Common, 7/28–8/1
Climb inside a giant tube and roll around and play in paint.

Spin Art

In the Common, 7/28–8/1.
Create a unique work of art while you spin paint around, and around, and around!

Paint with Balls, Cars, and Trains!

In the Tent, 7/28–8/1
Who needs brushes to paint, when you can paint with balls, cars, and trains! Oh my!

Paint Drumming

In the Tent, 7/28–8/1
Let’s play drums with PAINT! Get messy and explore what happens when you add paint to drumming!

Special Cardboard-Palooza!

All of August
The possibilities are endless when you play with cardboard and paper! Create a new world, add to the world’s longest chain, and more!

Paper Chain

Throughout the Museum, 8/11-8/22.
Can we make the world’s longest paper chain in two weeks?

Marble Maze

In the Common, 8/11–8/15
Create a maze and see if you can get the marble through it.

Dramatic Play

In the Common, 8/11–8/15
Will you be a race car driver? A favorite character from a book?

Balls and Tubes

In the Tent, 8/11–8/15
Create a roller coaster, or simply try and get the ball from one end of the room to the other only using tubes.

Magic Light Box

In the Tent, 8/11–8/15
Play with light and color, and discover what happens when you play with a magic light box!

Teeny Tiny Houses

In the Common, 8/18–8/22
Create a teeny tiny home for the garden or your home.

Post-It

8/18–8/22
Stick it, post it, create with it! Cover the Common with post-it notes!

Paper Airplanes and Whirligigs

In the Tent, 8/18–8/22
Make flying contraptions with just paper!

Structures

In the Tent, 8/18–8/22
Stack, build, imagine. What can you create with cardboard boxes? A forest? A city? A giant house?


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