Not exactly, but close. The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk over in Connecticut sent me a notice about summer camp sessions where kids can learn about sharks, seals, otters and, yes, even pirates. At the Maritime Explorers Summer Camp, they can also design and set up a working aquarium.
The Marimtime Aquarium is located in this historic South Norwalk district, about a half hour from Westchester up I-95. They feature events like daily seal feedings, and they show nature-themed movies on an IMAX screen.
Rather than have me go on about the summer camp, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll simply copy the entire press release below.
Here it is…
MARITIME EXPLORERS SUMMER CAMP AT The Maritime Aquarium FILLS SUMMER
’07 WITH EXPLORATION, LEARNING & SMILES
NORWALK, CT Ã¢â‚¬â€ This summer your child can explore,
learn and smile discovering sharks, seals, otters, jellies and other
amazing marine creatures from Long Island Sound. He or she can even
learn about the SoundÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pirate past, work with clay, or design and
set up a working aquarium! It’s all possible with The Maritime
AquariumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Maritime Explorers Summer Camp, a series of fun and
educational one- and two-week morning, afternoon and full-day
programs for ages six to 11 offered from June 25 through August 24.
Maritime Explorers Summer Camp, which keeps learning alive over the
summer and makes it fun, gives parents the flexibility of morning,
afternoon or (at the end of the summer) full-day themed sessions.
Some sessions, like Ã¢â‚¬Å“Wacky WaterÃ¢â‚¬? (June 25 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 29) and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Nature
AliveÃ¢â‚¬? (July 2 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 13), are available only in the morning. Afternoon-
only sessions are Ã¢â‚¬Å“Watershed Wildlife (June 25 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 29) and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Otterly
AwesomeÃ¢â‚¬? (July 23 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 27). Other sessionsÃ¢â‚¬â€like Ã¢â‚¬Å“Adventure Under the
Sea,Ã¢â‚¬? Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ocean Habitats,Ã¢â‚¬? Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sounds Fishy,Ã¢â‚¬? and Ã¢â‚¬Å“SurvivalÃ¢â‚¬? are offered in
the morning one week and in the afternoon another week. All sessions
let campers participate in hands-on science activities, have
encounters with live animals, discover Aquarium exhibits related to
the sessionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s theme, explore a local beach, enjoy an IMAX movie, and
One unique full-day session, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Jr. Marine Biologists,Ã¢â‚¬? is being
offered twice this summer (July 16 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 27 or July 30 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ August 3) for
ages nine to 11. Participants will learn how The Maritime AquariumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
aquarists care for the AquariumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s animals. Beach and river
exploration, combined with animal collection techniques, will give
campers the final tools needed to design and stock a real aquarium.
The focus then turns to animal care and maintaining a healthy habitat
in this very hands-on, rewarding session.
Two full-day sessions mark the end of a superb summer. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sea Spray
and ClayÃ¢â‚¬? (August 13 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 17) will teach campers about deep sea animals
before helping them create one of their own out of clay. Aspiring
pirates can drop anchor at the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ahoy ThereÃ¢â‚¬? session (August 20 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 24)
to learn about the real pirates who once roamed Long Island Sound,
use a compass to find treasure, build a model pirate ship, and more.
Some sessions include activities with Camp partners Stepping Stones
Museum for Children, The Clay Place, and The Little Gym.
Maritime Explorer Summer Programs costs vary from $245 to $875,
depending on the program. Precare and extended care is available
during most sessions, for an additional cost. Financial assistance
is also available.
For more information, call The Maritime Aquarium at 203-852-0700,
ext. 2353, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A full
brochure with registration application can be downloaded from the
Aquarium’s web site, www.maritimeaquarium.org/kids_camp.html.