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Camden Earth Week 2012

Come celebrate Camden Earth Week 2012!

Thursday, April 19, 2012:

Rain Garden Planting 9:30 am

Ferry Avenue Branch Library, 852 Ferry Avenue, Camden, NJ

SMART Start to Earth Week 11 am

Featuring Sustainability Address by Mayor Dana L. Redd

Ferry Avenue Branch Library, 852 Ferry Avenue, Camden, NJ

Camden Green Drinks Happy Hour 5 pm-7 pm

Victor's Pub, 1 Market Street, Camden, NJ

Friday, April 20, 2012

EC Charter School Green Play 10 am

Northgate Park, 600 Elm Street, Camden, NJ

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tree Planting 9am-12pm

1240 Marten Street, Camden, NJ (Whitman Park Neighborhood)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Camden SMART Earth Day Panel 12:30pm-2pm

Waterfront Technology Center, 230 Federal Street, Camden, NJ

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pheonix Park Groundbreaking Ceremony 10 am

227 Jefferson Street, Camden, NJ

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Camden Children's Garden "Delicious and Nutritious" 10am-11:30am

Parent-Child Workshop, Cost $10

Camden Children's Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

Event details at www.camdensmart.com!

For more information please contact Shahid Rana of Cooper's Ferry Partnership at srana@coopersferry.com or (856) 757-9154.

Adventure Aquarium opens new "KidZone"

Adventure Aquarium opens new "KidZone"

CAMDEN - Bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to attractions for Adventure Aquarium's smallest visitors.

"KidZone," which opens Saturday, is the aquarium's most child-accessible exhibit space yet. The underwater windows are closer to the ground, the rooms encourage interaction, and the sea creatures are relatively small. But they all have their quirks.

Any child who remembers the film Finding Nemo will recognize the display's orange-and-white clown fish, or the outgoing cleaner shrimp - which, given the opportunity, will climb on your hand and inspect your cuticles.

Every seaborne critter has a different shape, color, and role to play, and "KidZone" features rooms modeled after watery environs: freshwater rivers, beaches and shores and, finally, the deep blue ocean, where some of the strangest creatures live in collective symbiosis.

"It's life on the reef," said husbandry director Marc Kind, the expert in charge of the sea animals. "It's not unlike the Serengeti , except it's a little more complex, a little more intricate, and a lot more colorful."

The goal of "KidZone" is to bring all that color - the upside-down jellyfish, the scaly, crocodilian caiman, the purple and green coral mounds - down to the physical level of children ages 6 and younger.

"We tend to do things big," Kind said, referring to Adventure Aquarium spectacles like "Shark Realm."

"A lot of those animals, for our little guests, can sometimes be overwhelming," he said.

"KidZone" gives the youngest marine enthusiast the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of less-intimidating creatures. Accompanying the exhibit tours are the AquaPals, a team of friendly animal characters led by an excitable shark named Gill. And they're not just friendly faces: Each has a secret to tell about its species. (Lizzie informs visitors that hippos can't swim - they just bounce along the river floor.)

Some of the most inviting displays place children right among the fish.

Pop-up exhibits include a fish tank with two child-size glass viewing bubbles underneath - the fish whiz energetically around the spectators - and another where visitors peer up at glow-in-the-dark flashlight fish, whose luminescent eyes blink on and off. It's "analogous to being outside in the woods with 15 fireflies flying around their head," according to Kind.

"KidZone," more than the exhibits that came before it, was designed with plenty of space for strollers and exploration, and open sight lines for parents.

"Mom and dad can have a little bit of freedom with letting the kids move around," said Kimberly Horishny, guest experience manager at the aquarium and a co-organizer of "KidZone."

That's important, because between the sea stars, the lionfish, the dragon-faced ribbon eel, and all the rest, there is plenty to see.

Contact Matt Huston at 215-854-5289 or mhuston@philly.com.

2012 Camden Children's Garden Opening

Dear Valued Customer:  HAPPY SPRING!  Camden Children's Garden will re-open for the 2012 season on Saturday, March 31, 2012, and then we are open Friday through Sunday (and Thursdays in July & August). Admission is $6.00 per person. The Garden is a 4.5 acre garden designed for children and families as a special place to explore & discover nature. The 8 themed gardens, amusements, and Butterfly House provide horticultural experiences for creative & imaginative play.  

MEMBERSHIP

Membership covers an entire season and provides an affordable opportunity to visit the Garden  multiple times from April through November, discounts on workshops and on purchases in  Ginkgo’s Gift Shop.

http://www.camdenchildrensgarden.org/Brochure Files to Download/membershipwebapp.pdf

RENTALS

    BIRTHDAY PARTIES:  Imagine having your next birthday party in thewhimsical Camden Children's Garden. Parties are from 11am - 1pm or 2-4pm.  

http://www.camdenchildrensgarden.org/Brochure Files to Download/Web Brochures/Birthday-web.pdf

    EVENING RENTALS:   Nestled along the  Delaware River, the Camden Children's  Garden  provides a  festive outdoor  atmosphere for parties and business functions.  The Garden can host corporate events, family reunions and parties, fundraisers, weddings, as well as Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.http://www.camdenchildrensgarden.org/Brochure Files to Download/Web Brochures/Rentals-web.pdf

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES

    “SPROUTS AND SEEDLINGS”  NEW!  PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOPS Ages 2-4 with one adult Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30AM $10 for single class or $40 per month for non-members/$36 for members.  Each week focuses on a subtopic of the monthly theme and includes circle time, songs, hands-on activities, healthy snacks, story time, nature crafts, guided garden explorations, and a ride on our train or carousel. Advanced registration at least three days before each session is required. Call 856-365-9741 to reserve your spot today!

April Delicious and Nutritious:  Dates April 4, 11, 18, and 25.

May Beautiful Butterflies:  Dates  May 2, 9, 16, and 23. 

Call 856.365.9741 for additional information about our educational programs.  For general questions email: info@camdenchildrensgarden.org

Saturday April 7:  Easter Bunny Brunch & Egg Hunt
$10.00 per child; $12.00 per adult
Hop on over to the Garden for a buffet brunch with the Easter Bunny catered by Tortilla Press! Choose one of two seatings: 11:00-11:45AM or 12:00-12:45PM. Easter Egg hunt will follow at 2:00PM.  Reservations must be made in advance.  For reservations, please call 856-365-8733.

 FAMILY FESTIVALS:  This Spring and Summer

2nd & 4th Weekend Family Festivals are held from  1 — 4 pm. Festivals are held rain or shine and include themed educational and craft activities while supplies last. Vendors are welcome and should call for pricing and information.

April 14 & 15      Dino Day & Bug Bonanza,

April 28 & 29      Earth & Arbor Day

May 12 & 13       Beautiful Butterflies, Birds & Cinco de Mayo

May 26 & 27       Fit & Fun

June 9 & 10       StrawBEARy Surprise &  Art in Nature

June 23 & 24      Festival de Aibonito, PR

July 14 & 15      BlueBEARy Blast &  Celebrate New Jersey

July 28 & 29      Storybook Celebration

Aug 11& 12       Peach, Princess & Pirates

Aug 25 & 26      Chocolate & Vanilla

http://www.camdenchildrensgarden.org/events.html

www.CamdenChildren'sGarden.org

 Dino Garden



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