Witte Museum Camp goes virtual amid COVID-19 pandemic

Museum offering 3 different themes over 10 weeks

SAN ANTONIO – The summer months can be difficult for families to keep their kids active, engaged and learning.

This pandemic has only made the summer months more difficult but the Witte museum is making changes and keeping the learning alive.

“I love teaching my health and wellness it’s really fun especially teaching about the body and you know telling kids about the hard and like how big it is mine blowing there’s a lot of mine blowing moments,” Sarah Mendiola, H-E-B body adventure curriculum manager said.

Sarah Mendiola has been organizing curriculum and teaching students for more than three years now, but with this pandemic she has had to pivot.

“We turned Chef Camps into virtual chef camp so the kids can cook at home with their families give them a little bit more empowerment on how to cook in their own kitchen,” Mendiola said.

Through this three-screen setup, hours of preparation and hours of virtual interaction the Witte is making sure kids minds are staying active this summer.

“Do you want to keep the kids mind learning you want to keep there that muscle working and so we wanna provide this opportunity for them to learn something new,” Colleen said.

Yes, the camp is virtual, so you need to watch a screen to interact and learn, but the experience promotes getting away from staring at your devices all day.

“We also provide at this box of wonder if that includes all the activity and activity components that they would need for a couple hours of engagement at home sitting at the kitchen table doing all these different and crafts and experiments,” Ferguson said.

And even though today looked delicious, nutritious and colorful, these camps aren’t just cooking.

“Camps about dinosaurs or about everything else here at the Witte between nature science and culture,” Ferguson said.

We learned Greek nachos today, and the creativity is only getting started.

“The apple cheddar quesadilla it’s really weird apple cheddar as cranberries walnuts so good,” Mendiola said.

To learn more, visit the Witte Museum website.

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