Tinker Swiss Cottage mini day camps

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum offers a variety of mini day camps throughout the summer for kids entering grades 2nd through 6th. One adult per family is invited to join their children. Each session includes cool crafts kids can take home and a tour of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum.

“All Through the House” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 4. In addition to a tour of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, kids will learn how a Victorian house was different (and the same) from a modern house. They will look at some mystery gadgets from yesteryear and guess what they are, and make a decoupage box to take home. Cost is $5 per child.

“Tinker International” is a two-day joint program with the Ethnic Heritage Museum. During the first day of each session, kids will tour Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and see things the Tinkers collected during trips to the Sandwich Islands and the western United States and paint a floor mat using Navajo designs. During the second day of each session, kids will meet at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum before walking to nearby Ethnic Heritage Museum for a tour and craft. “Tinker International” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 11 and 12. Kids should bring a bag lunch each day. Cost is $10 per child.

Tinker Swiss Cottage, home of onetime mayor Robert Hall Tinker, opened its doors as a museum in 1943 and has been giving visitors a glimpse of life in the Victorian era ever since. Tours of the Cottage include hands-on baskets that feature everyday objects from life 100 years ago, allowing visitors of all ages to really get their hands on history.

Fees cover museum admission and craft supplies. Advanced registration to reserve a space is highly encouraged. Each session is limited to 25 children. For registration materials and more info, call (815) 964-2424.

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