BYU museums keep children busy all summer


School is out for the summer, but for some Utah children the learning has just begun.

For the next few months, museums across BYU campus will provide activities for children to keep busy in the often long summer days.


File Photo. Children played with, learned about and raced tortoises as part of the Bean Museum's Safari Saturday last weekend.

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures keeps kids entertained with activities from the past. Every Tuesday and Thursday until August, the museum will hold classes for children ages 5-11.

According to Debbie Smith, program coordinator at the museum, activities are fast-paced and exciting.

“The program is for children to come learn about what we have in the museum in a more involved way,” Smith said. “We teach through fun activities and programs.”

Older children can enjoy the education at the museum by attending the Adventures of Anthropology activities. These take place every Thursday this month at 11 a.m.

According to Smith, the activities involve more thinking and enhanced learning, but still provide a lot of fun for children.

“We created the Adventures of Anthropology activities for the kids who have been coming to our classes for years,” said Cari Nelson, director of education at the museum. “They have grown up but still want the experience we offer.”

With activities like relay races, plays and digging for bones, educators tie in history with entertainment for optimal learning.

“We really like to help the kids have an interest and appreciation of other cultures and peoples around the world,” Nelson said. “We strive for a strong educational environment.”

Admission to the programs at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures is free, but attendance is limited. Those interested may contact the museum by emailing or calling 801-422-0022.

North of campus, children have the opportunity to learn about science and wildlife at the Monte L. Bean Museum. Here young learners take part in Wildlife Adventures every Tuesday and Thursday at noon.

File photo. Children played with, learned about and raced tortoises as part of the Bean Museum's Safari Saturday last weekend.

“On Tuesday kids come and learn through activities at the museum and on Thursday they take a field trip relating to what they learned,” said Katy Knight, education director at the museum.

The Bean Museum also offers classes for those ages 12 and up. These Nature Experienceships, as they are called, offer patrons a chance to take field trips with experts.

“Everyone likes to spend time in the canyon, but to go out with an expert is a rare opportunity,” Knight said. “People should take advantage of that.”

According to Knight, educators offer these classes to feed the young minds of the next generation of scientists.

“We want kids to gain a love of science so we can get a new generation of upcoming scientists,” she said. “We also like to get kids away from the TV and get them outside looking at things they often forget about.”

To register for either of these programs visit Registration costs are between $10 and $35.

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