“Zwierzaki-cudaki”: weekly day camp with a trip to the PANATO and Museum of Natural History

fpt. Smithsonian's National Zoo/ (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)/ flickr.com

fpt. Smithsonian’s National Zoo/ (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)/ flickr.com

The project “Zwierzaki-cudaki” is an idea to fill five summer holiday days. The plan includes visiting the Museum of Natural History, creating three-dimensional models of animals, screen printing classes, making toy animals, creative culinary workshops and designing your dream zoo.

The “Krzywy Komin” Professional Development Centre has prepared creative day camps for children. The natural workshop “Zwierzaki-cudaki” (“Freaky pets”, or “Crazy animals”) is a series of 5 creative meetings prepared by Aleksandra Solińska – an art historian and translator working at the department of English Philology at the University of Wroclaw. For many years, she has also conducted classes for children, such as theater workshops, art workshops and creative English lessons.

The participants will learn about the world of animals and the basics of ecology. The classes will be held in the period of 10-14 August. Children aged from 6 to 12 can take part in the entire cycle or only in a selected class.

Every day includes a time for breakfast (sometimes jointly prepared), physical play, outdoor activities and creative workshops. Monday will start from building dream zoos with boxes, sticks, matches, pieces of fabric, colored paper, crayons and modeling clay. The highlight of Tuesday’s program will be a trip to the Museum of Natural History. The children will be there with a guide. Wednesday is a day intended for culinary Zoo. The children will create a vegetarian pizza and make animals from dough and fruits.

At the end of the week, the children will go on trips. On Thursday, to PANATO, where they will fathom the secrets of screen printing which is derived from the tradition that has been known for thousands of years in the Far East. At the workshop, they kids will prepare their own templates, which then will be printed on cotton bags. The last day of the workshop will allow children to explore the topic of endangered species. The participants’ task will be to create three-dimensional models of animals from foam. After reading descriptions of natural habitats, dioramas will also be created in which the toy animals will be able to live in peace.

One day of the workshops costs 120 zlotys, and the entire week – 550 zlotys. There is also an optional possibility to subscribe for a single class. Every day, the children will be under professional care from 7:30 am to 04:30 pm and provided with hot and cold drinks as well as full meals (breakfast, lunch and tea).