Children’s Summer Programs at Pueblo Grande Museum

Let’s face it: It’s hot out there, the kids are midway through summer break……… and they may be getting restless. Well, we have just the fix to help you keep the kiddies entertained. Beginning July 12 through July 29, Pueblo Grande Museum, a section of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, is offering its children’s summer program for kids ages 7-12.

From 8:30am to 12:00pm, classes will focus on stone age crafts, art, survival tools, archaeology and American Indian peoples.  Kids will learn how to make tools from stones, gourds and natural materials found in the desert as well as make arts and crafts from natural desert materials.  During our archaeology week, participants will learn how to survey a site and techniques in archaeology.  Become the real Indiana Jones or Lara Croft and learn what Hollywood doesn’t know about the field of archaeology!  These programs include all activities and snacks. The cost for each program is $55.

For more information on our summer programs or to register visit our website at or call 602-495-0901.

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Hohokam Experience Summer Program

This three week summer program is for children ages 7 to 12.  These programs run July 12-July 29 from 8:30am to 12pm.  Various topics on the Hohokam people and Native peoples of the Southwest are discussed.  Pre-registration and payment are required.

Cost:             $55

Week 1:            July 12-15, 2011            Those Crafty Hohokam            #72631

The Hohokam were wonderfully talented craft people. Join Pueblo Grande Museum and Sandy Oglesby, for a glimpse into the history and creativity of craft items the Hohokam enjoyed making.  From the natural items found in the desert, they created a variety of items to wear, distinctively decorated pottery and stone artifacts. They traveled to the ocean to trade for shell which they turned into stunning jewelry items. And the Hohokam left behind thousands of petroglyphs that give us a testimony of what was important to their lives over 1,500 years ago. Learn how to make these crafts and join the adventure! Pre-registration required.

Week 2:            July 19-22, 2011            Stone-age Survival Kit                        #72632

In this exciting program participants will make a stone-age survival kit, learning many of the ancient skills practiced at Pueblo Grande.  Through expert guidance from Naturalist Vincent Pinto, participants will craft such objects as: natural rope, a stone saw, natural glue, fire-making kit, a digging stick, emergency whistle, mineral paints, a wilderness container, a knotted net bag

Week 3:            July 26-29, 2011   Preserving the Past: Archaeology for Kids  #72633

Beneath the City of Phoenix is an ancient civilization called the Hohokam. Where did they come from? What did they look like? Where did they live? What were their houses like? What tools did they use? How did they dress? What did they eat? What games did they play? How long were they here? What happened to them? Are they still with us?

Join the Pueblo Grande Museum Archaeology for Kids summer program archaeology crew and you will have all the answers. Have fun with archaeologist Gina Gage at this hands-on,  indoor and outdoor archaeology program and find out what archaeologists do, why we do it, when we do it, where we do it, and how. So, grab your sunscreen and a hat, and let’s help the Hohokam tell their story. Pre-registration is required.

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