One of the biggest challenges for parents of middle schoolers is finding summer camp or activities for their kids ages 12 and up. They are too old to be in daycare but they can’t stay home alone by themselves or they get bored. Here’s a great way for them to participate in summer activities. Learning about trains and video games to take the summer blues away. Don’t let the kids suffer from brain drain, get them socializing and excited about summer again.
GAMES & TRAINS SUMMER CAMP DEBUTS IN FRISCO
Camp for middle schoolers combines the best of videogame and railroad learnings
The National Videogame Museum and the Museum of the American Railroad have teamed up to offer a brand new summer camp for middle school children in North Texas. Called Games & Trains, the weekly camps provide children entering grades sixth through eighth with hands-on opportunities to explore the videogame and railroad industries. Camps take place each week, beginning June 5 and concluding the week of August 21. (Camps will not be offered the week of July 3–7 in observance of Independence Day.)
· Explore historical trains like an actual Chicago Metra train car
· Experiment with different energy sources that power machines and locomotives· Build a train motor· Wire a videogame controller
· Work with an Ardunio, an electronic prototyping platform enabling users to create interactive electronic objects
· And much more! Each camp lasts five days (Monday – Friday), and costs $350 per child.Drop-off will be between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. in front of the Museum of the American Railroad (6455 Page St., Frisco, TX 75034). Pickup will beat 5 p.m. inside the National Videogame Museum (8004 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 300, Frisco, TX 75034).
Children are expected to bring a sack lunch and afternoon snacks every day of the camp.A staff member who is certified in CPR, First Aid, and AED will be present at all times. To register, please click here.
About the National Videogame Museum
The National Videogame Museum (NVM) is the only museum in America dedicated to the history of the videogame industry. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings together the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) values within videogames. These values are presented both as an entertainment medium and a career path as a highly interactive, entertaining and educational experience. The NVM archive is unparalleled in size and comprised of dozens of one-of-a-kind artifacts, in addition to more than 100,000 rotating pieces of videogame hardware, software, documentation and memorabilia. The center is available for corporate events, birthday parties, field trips and research studies and is open to the public six days a week. For more information, visit www.nvmusa.org. General admission:$12/adult (ages 13 – 65); $10/children 10 and under; military; educators; seniors(Valid ID required upon purchase of military, educators and seniors tickets.) Hours: Monday (closed); Tuesday – Thursday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Friday – Saturday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Sunday (noon – 5 p.m.)
About the Museum of the American Railroad
The Museum of the American Railroad is a 50-year old collecting institution with a long history of providing quality educational and entertaining experiences to over 3 million visitors from around the world. We continue to realize our mission of preserving and presenting our priceless collection of trains, while pursuing our vision of becoming the preeminent museum of transportation in the Southwest. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Sunday (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)