Seattle Children’s Museum Discovery Days 2017 Winter Camp

Wondering what to do for winter vacation? Join the Seattle Children’s Museum’s Discovery Day Camp! In addition to extended activities and Museum fun, winter campers will participate in SCM’s Festivals of Light, explorations of cultural traditions from around the world. And, take a deep dive into the Museum’s winter themed, STEM based activities:

  • Designed for ages 4-10
  • Full or half day sessions
  • Come for the full camp experience, or just a day, or anything in between


Week One: Festivals of Light

We’ll focus on two traditions each day, enjoy performances, and participate in cultural dances. Come hear and enact traditional stories, sample food, and make art inspired by cultures around the world and represented by communities in our region. Sponsored in part by 4Culture.

December 18th – Divali & Loi Kratong

  • Make– Lotus Flowers & Krathongs
  • Listen and make– Diya Lamps and their story
  • Create– Rangoli Sand Paintings
  • Taste– Kheer Rice Pudding

December 19th – Pasko & Navidad

  • Design- Tin Luminaries
  • Learn-Walis Ting-ting Christmas Trees
  • Make- Parols
  • Sing– Traditional Songs
  • Learn- Mexican Dances

December 20th – Kwanzaa & Chanukah

Sing traditional dreidel songs, play games and learn about the Principles of Kwanzaa!

  • Taste-– Latkes
  • Play-Runaway Dreidel
  • Design– Kwanzaa Print Patterns
  • Listen-– African drum and dance with Ocheami

December 21st – Bodhi & the Winter Solstice

Learn the science behind Solstice and explore the many ways to express kindness during Bodhi Day.

  • Create- A Bodhi Day Tree of Kindness
  • Practice- Meditation and mindfulness
  • Make- Saturnalia candles
  • Learn- Saturnalia opposites

December 22nd – Christmas in the USA & Europe

Compare and explore Christmas traditions from around the world!

  • Learn- About Tomtens
  • Paint- Swirl Baubles
  • Make- Santa Lucia crowns and wands
  • Stitch– a Stocking


Week Two: Winter Fun

December 26th – Things Are Heating Up!

What do animals do in the winter? How are igloos built? Find out as we explore the science behind some of winter’s coolest phenomena.

  • Investigate- the Science Behind the Seasons
  • Learn- Animal Adaptations in Winter
  • Design- Igloo Architecture
  • Explore- Insulation – finger knitting

December 27th – Captivating Classics

What makes a story timeless? Explore favorite winter classics, turn them upside down, and make them into something new. Maybe it will be a new classic!

  • Inspired by winter-themed stories
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • The Mitten
  • The Nutcracker –With Pacific Northwest Ballet

December 28th – Santa’s Workshop

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an elf? We’ll transform ourselves into pointy-eared helpers and get to work inventing and making our own toys.

  • Invent- A New Toy
  • Design- Snow globes
  • Make- Your Own Elf Costume

December 29th – New Year’s Around the World

Did you know that in Ethiopia, the New Year is called Enkutatash, meaning “gift of jewels”? Girls gather flowers and give them to friends and family, while the chibos, or torches, are lit. We’ll make our own “torches” and flowers, as well as explore other New Year’s traditions from around the world!

  • Craft– Ethiopian flowers and torches
  • Games and Traditions- Brazilian “wave jumping”
  • Design– Your very own (French) paper crown
  • Greece – make mini cakes with a hidden chocolate coin