February vacation: Start making plans (Updated)

Above: If your children enjoy mystery books or CSI shows, you only have until this Friday to register them for the upcoming CSI workshop.
(Image adapted from photo posted to Flickr by West Midlands Police)

For those of you starting to make plans for February break, here are activities to keep in mind. Some require pre-registration soon.

For younger children the Southborough Library has a couple of activities up their sleeves.

  • On Tuesday, February 18th, at 2:30 pm, magician and juggler Lucky Bob will entertain the kids.
  • On Thursday, February 20th, at 11:00 am, the library will hold a Magical Storytime with books about magicians, magic tricks and more.

The library programs are free to the public with no registration necessary.

My Southborough sponsor Bonjour ABC is holding 1-5 day camps, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. Check out the bonjourabc.com for more information.

The Southborough Recreation Department is also still offering a few activities. To register, visit their website.

Register by this Friday, February 7 for:

CSI – Crime Scene Investigation – $140/pp
Ages 8-12
Thursday, February 20 – Friday, February 21, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

You will be the super science sleuths. Have fun learning about forensics, crime scene investigations, and crime lab chemistry as you perform as many as 15 different experiments designed to show you just how those tricky cases are solved. Search for the evidence, gather clues, and discover how science can help solve a mystery.

Participants will: dust for fingerprints, analyze handwriting, test for blood type using simulated blood, examine hair and clothing fibers, practice chemistry to identify mystery substances and much more!

Participants will then use their skills to solve crimes of the century.

Register by February 14 for:

Co-Ed Dodgeball – $25 pp
Grade 2 to Grade 5
Tuesday, February 18, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The famous playground game is reborn as an exciting new sport of teamwork, strategy and skill.

Co-rec teams of 6 to 10 players will put it all on the line trying to outlast opponents.

The main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with thrown balls, catching a thrown ball by a member of the opposing team, or forcing them to move outside the court boundaries when a ball is thrown at them.

Animation Programming (Educational Programming Language) – $100/pp
Grades 5 to Grades 8
Wednesday, February 19 – February 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to create a video game or create your own animated story? Don’t know where to start or afraid to try? Learn computer programming using an animated, easy to use program from MIT called SCRATCH!

In this class, you will learn some programming skills while creating games or interactive stories that you can play and share with others. No programming experience necessary.

This class is geared towards middle school students but older students are welcome. The teacher, Ms. Paula Moore, is a trained software engineer, a middle school computer and robotics teacher, and a Southborough resident. She is excited to introduce girls and boys to programming in a fun and easy way.

To attend this class, you will need to bring your own laptop. There is no software to download; the programming language is free to use on the web at scratch.mit.edu. Students will be creating an account on this site and will need a valid email address.

Update (2/7/14 8:50 am): I forgot about Algonquin Basketball Camp for 4th – 8th graders! Registration for the camp is due by February 14. Click here to learn more.

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