Jun. 5th - Sep. 1st
Join Childrens Lighthouse's eX - S.T.R.E.A.M. Summer Camp for ages 2-5. Housed in our state of the art preschool, this program is run by experienced educators and follows weekly themes like "Wild Things" and "Sticky, Icky & Gross". Kids will learn Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art & Math through hands on games and learning activities. The students will head outside to Revere Park for outside play and exploration as well. Organic breakfast, lunch and snack are included daily. The weekly rate is $425/child for care from 7am-6:30pm.
Jun. 10th - Sep. 3rd
Children will have fun learning about life in present-day Japan in this playful and interactive exhibit. Families will be transported to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite, the other, too cute for words. Together, the exhibit highlights how old and new traditions coexist in Japan today, giving visitors a family-friendly window into Japanese culture. The beautiful, natural Shinto shrine park invites children to build a bridge, crawl through a forest, encounter kami spirits, and make a wish at a wishing tree. In the colorful, bustling Tokyo, kids sing karaoke, smile for the photo booth camera, serve up a seasonal Japanese meal, design adorable mascots and more! Included with Discovery Center admission. Admission: $8.00/person or free for members and children age one and younger.
Jun. 27th - Aug. 25th
Summer Camp! June 27th - August 25th.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00-4:00pm.
Morning Camp from 9:15am-12:15pm will be held during the week of August 7th-11th!
If you are searching for a fun summer camp program that offers flexibility and convenience, look no further! My Gym Summer Camp is here! My Gym's high energy three hour camps accommodate children 2.5 - 7.5 years old. Each camp day is completely unique as children participate in sports, games, relays, dance, arts & crafts, snacks, spaceflight rides and more -- all inside My Gym's safe and air-conditioned gym. Our program is designed to enhance physical development, imagination and a sense of individual success.
Summer Camp session runs June 27th through August 25th. Camp is offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00-4:00pm! Also, this summer we are offering morning camp from 9:15am-12:15pm for one week only, August 7th - 11th!
As always, camps are "pick and choose" your dates for whatever meets your schedule. This year, we have multiple pricing options and great discounted packages allowing you ultimate flexibility on price and on booking your days!
Jun. 27th - Jul. 31st
The Cottonwood Gulch Prairie Trek began in 1926 when our founder, Hillis Howie, learned of plans to pave Route 66. He wanted to make sure that his students learned about the American West and Native cultures before it was too late. This 5 week, all male Trek will inspire and challenge young men through wilderness backpacking, local service projects, rock climbing, mountaineering, canyoneering, and exploration of cultural and scientific sites around the Four Corners. Prairie Trekkers spend a large part of their Trek traveling from site to site, bound only by the road and their destination. The remaining time will be spend at our Base Camp property located in the Zuni Mountains. Here Trekkers will work on their personal legacy projects that may include forest restoration projects, organic farming projects, or special carpentry additions to Base Camp. Prairie Trekkers have the highest rate of return and represent a 90 year legacy here at The Gulch.
Jun. 27th - Jul. 31st
Mountain Desert Trek is an experience unlike any other. Are you ready to spend 6 weeks backpacking through desert canyons, up mountain peaks, across rivers, and into the wilderness? Do you enjoy ghost towns, Native American cultures, local artists and musicians, service learning, and organic farming? The Cottonwood Gulch Mountain Desert Trek is our longest and most intensive Trek designed for young men and women ages 16-18. This Trek will spend much of their 44 days exploring sites like a Colorado 14er, Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, The Great Sand Dunes, and many other world class destinations. MDT Trekkers will develop leadership skills through personal projects, planning expeditions, demonstrating expedition mentality, and communal living. Most importantly, Trekkers will learn self-reliance, compassion for their peers, and how to overcome personal challenges.
Jun. 27th - Jul. 31st
The Turquoise Trail (a.k.a. The TT) was started in 1934, and it's been a pride of the Gulch ever since. Back then, The Gulch was a pioneer in getting young women outdoors. Today, the Turquoise Trail still inspires women to challenge express themselves as young women. This 5 week long all-female Trek will enamor trekkers and take them through wilderness backpacking trips, local service projects, rock climbing and mountaineering, and explorations of cultural and scientific sites throughout the Southwest. This Trek will spend the majority of their time out on the open road traveling the four corners. However, we settle down for 10 days at our Base Camp to work of legacy projects. In the past, these projects have included adobe kiln and horno restoration, pottery and silver smithing in our Native Arts Workshop, organic farming, forest restoration, and Base Camp beatification projects. Like our original trip, the Prairie Trek, nearly every member of this group returns for a second summer; a testament to the power of these experiences.
Immerse yourself in this time-honored matsuri and make a wish, create traditional decorations, or put together a kite. Enjoy Japanese star stories and explore the night sky in the planetarium,then walk through the Shinto shrine and explore more in our temporary exhibition, Hello From Japan. Included with Discovery Center admission. Admission: $8.00/person or free for members and children age one and younger.
Aug. 4th - 5th
Join us for two fun days of invention, construction and innovation! Use real tools and real materials to create amazing projects in our Make It Workshop, where you can build cool things and take them home! Make a musical instrument, design a boat that floats, learn to solder or make a toy car! Or use our materials and invent your own creation! Included with Discovery Center admission. Admission: $8.00/person or free for members and children age one and younger.
Aug. 20th - 21st
Sunday, August 20; 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Get ready!
Monday, August 21; 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eclipse day!
Gather all the info you need to understand how our tiny moon can block all the light from our gigantic sun. Take in a special planetarium show, explore sun-moon-earth relationships, manipulate models of scale, size, and movement, and build tools to safely view the eclipse. On Monday, Eclipse Day, we'll repeat all the activities from Sunday. Plus we'll be outside, weather permitting, and watch as the moon slowly covers the sun and then slides past! Maximum eclipse coverage in Rockford is around noon. Included with Discovery Center admission. Admission: $8.00/person or free for members and children age one and younger.