DCA is dedicated to continuing to provide educational, enriching programming to the children of New Mexico and their families throughout the summer. Courtesy/DCA
SANTA FE — From engaging camps to hands-on activities, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) continues to provide educational and quality programming for children in a virtual environment this summer.
As a starting point, parents are encouraged to check out the Summer Youth Programs portal at www.newmexicoculture.org. From there, easily navigate through the programs offered by many of the state museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions.
Without leaving home, young minds can explore the culture, nature, and history of the Land of Enchantment with online summer camps offered by New Mexico Historic Sites. Learn about the plants of the desert, go on wild west adventures, discover what life is like on the reservation, and listen to campfire stories.
Budding astronauts can reach for the stars with the Rocketeer Academy In-a-Box program from the New Mexico Museum of Space History. This virtual space camp is open to children who’ve completed grades 4-7 and consists of hour-long activities ranging from building rocket launchers and spacecraft to designing spectroscopes and learning about chemical reactions.
Visual art instruction is available on the Museum of International Folk Art website with lesson plans and projects geared toward children. Do-it-yourself activities include working with symmetrical paper cut-outs, decorative paper beads, and aluminum amulet necklaces, while lesson plans are accessible for download in both English and Spanish.
Families can enjoy the virtual music concert series Our Fair New Mexico, available for viewing on Facebook. In partnership with state museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions, these concerts feature at least one performance each week by musicians of various genres living in New Mexico.
“We are so excited to bring these rich cultural programs into the homes of New Mexicans and to support parents with fun educational opportunities for their children this summer,” said Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego.
New content for all ages is always being added to www.newmexicoculture.org, so make sure to visit the website daily.