Blast from the Past Summer History Camp

  • Registration opens on March 1st, 2022.
  • Two identical one-week sessions are available to choose from.
    • The 1st session will be from June 20th through June 24th.
    • The 2nd session will be from June 27th through July 1st.
    • Each session can have up to 40 kids enrolled.
    • Spots are reserved on a first come first serve basis.
  • Advanced, paid registration is required.
    • $125.00 admission fee for residents of West Baton Rouge Parish and members of the Historical Association.
      • Members of the Historical Association who are not residents of West Baton Rouge Parish and have not registered before should call the Museum before registering.
    • $150.00 admission fee for all other participants.
  • Camper drop off is from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM and pick up is from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
  • Campers will need to bring a bag lunch that does not require heating or refrigeration(NO PEANUTS PLEASE).

Fun and Games of Long Ago

This year, campers ages 6 through 12 will enjoy historic pastimes ranging from lobbing Tennis balls on a court and Rolling Hoops and Croquet on the lawn to playing Hop Scotch and  board games, making old fashioned toys and ice cream using a hand cranked freezer, and oh so much more!

This year’s theme is all fun and games and is inspired by the museum’s summer exhibition, Courting Style which takes a look at the fashion on the tennis courts. Tennis has been a popular activity for men and women alike since the 1870s. Derived from the medieval game, Jeu de Paume, it became a casual leisure activity for social gatherings. In addition to the game of Tennis, campers will learn the history, customs, and traditions behind many forms of amusement.  

While it may seem like we are going to play all day, and we will, rest assured, we will be exploring the science and invention of playthings, employing problem solving skills, and using team work and our imaginations.  The American Academy of Pediatrics states, “Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.” Einstein is also quoted as saying, “Imagination is more important than Knowledge.” So, let the games begin! 

When the work is done, it’s time for fun!  Museum staff, visiting artists, and other special guests will lead campers through time by engaging in a series of creative hands-on activities. Through play, old-fashioned chores, and storytelling, campers will gain an appreciation for Fun and Games of Long Ago.

Two one-week sessions are available to choose from. Blast from the Past will be offered from June 20th through June 24th and again, June 27th through July 1st. Camper drop off is from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM and pick up is from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM  in the front gravel circle driveway. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided daily. Space is limited. COVID-19 protocol will be followed. Advanced, paid registration is required, and reservations are taken on a first come, first paid basis. The admission fee for camp is $125.00 for West Baton Rouge Parish residents or members of the West Baton Rouge Historical Association and $150.00 for all other participants. For more information contact the Museum.