For the last few summers, my kids have had the chance to attend Camp Galileo. Now Camp Galileo isn’t your ordinary summer camp. With locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles area and the Chicago area, it is the ultimate summer experience for kids in Pre-K through 5th grade. Read on to find out how you can take advantage of early bird pricing and get $25 off per week. I will also share how to have fun making musical instruments with kids – Camp Galileo style!
There is an excitement that surrounds every Camp Galileo experience and it begins from the second you drop your kids off. Experienced, nurturing and FUN staff members await each morning to count down and help your child blast off into their day.
At camp, kids are grouped by grade level and work on art, science and outdoor activities in fun hands-on ways. Kids learn best by doing and through trial and error, and lots of doing goes on at Camp Galileo. Each summer there are four weekly themes. When my kids attended last summer, one of the themes was Galileo Rocks where the kids learned all about music and musical instruments. This year four new themes await campers – Space Explorers, National Park Adventure, Galileo Makers: Toys and Galileo Olympics. No matter what theme you choose, fun and learning are guaranteed to happen.
The programs at Camp Galileo challenge kids to be reflective, visionary, determined, courageous and collaborative. Here my twins work together to make a cone using a cup and a piece of card stock.
While this was going on, my youngest was in her class trying to create the perfect drumstick.
She tinkered and experimented until she created her perfect drumstick.
Then she was ready to rock!
Each day after camp, parents are given the news of what the children did each day. Often, this included a personal note specific to each child. I loved the news because in addition to keeping you abreast of all the days events, it always had a handy section with questions to ask your child about the day. Sometimes asking kids questions about their day is like pulling teeth, but these questions are a great way to connect with kids at the end of the day.
Ready to sign up for Camp Galileo? Sign up for multiple camp sessions and save $20 off your second week, $30 off your third and $50 off your fourth or more, plus 40% off all extended care. Save even more ($25 per week) when you sign up by February 29. If you refer-a-friend Refer a new family you both save $25. Be sure to tell your friend(s) to enter the coupon code 2016FRIEND at checkout along with your first name, last name, and email address so that you’ll both receive the discount. *Refer-A-Friend discount available for new families only.
Making Musical Instruments with Kids
Of course after such an immersive experience at Camp Galileo, the kids were interested in forming a band at home. They used instruments they made at Camp Galileo and created some of their own at home too. Making musical instruments with kids is easy to do. There are lots you can make just using items from your recycling bin. My daughter made a guitar using cardboard, card stock, string and tape.
My youngest daughter made these cool shakers by placing random items in empty plastic containers. Add some pipe cleaner handles and they are ready to go.
Once everyone had an instrument, the band was ready to play. The girls performed a concert for me on their musical instruments. I hope now that you see how much fun you can have making musical instruments you’ll try it yourself.