Winter break campers get to meet Albany animals during two weeks of activities

Jan. 1—ALBANY — For 30 Albany area kids, the holiday break was a time for play and learning about the world of nature at Winter Break Camp, hosted by the Artesian Alliance.

"Each week (had) a different theme based on science, nature and animals," Jackie Entz, education director of the alliance, which is a partnership among Chehaw Park & Zoo, the Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center. "There are crafts every day, games based around the theme."

The activities and games were held at the Thronateeska Heritage Center and the RiverQuarium, and reinforced the learning.

"We're playing games, but the games are educational, so you don't have that brain-drain during winter break," Entz said. "We teach them through fun, hands-on ways.

"Each day they get to go on an adventure into the aquarium, and each week they get to visit Thronateeska a couple of times. Each day they get to meet an ambassador animal. There are crafts every day."

The alliance will host spring break camp at Chehaw, and all three venues will hold summer camps.