S’more Family Shabbat

Friday, June 17 | 5:30-8:00pm | Free
Gather the kiddos, pack your picnic basket, and join us for a fun, free Shabbat celebration under the stars at Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp! All families with young children (infant-3rd grade) are welcome – older siblings and grandparents, too. Program includes time for dinner, musical Shabbat and s’mores.

Co-sponsored by: Temple Chai, JCC Chicago and Big Tent Judaism

Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp Open House

Sunday, June 26 | 10:00am-Noon | Free
Families can try out a morning at Apachi! Experience many of the activities that we offer at camp and meet our staff. There’s something for everyone — art, sports, swimming (in heated pools) and more. Highlights include climbing our 30 foot tower, flying down our zipline and exploring our hands-on outdoor science park, the Garoon Gateway to Science.

Little Lake County Playground Tour at Garoon

Saturday, June 30 | 4:00-6:00pm | Free
Bring your own picnic dinner and enjoy a twilight exploration of Garoon Gateway to Science. This state-of-the-art outdoor science park encourages children to investigate eight basic principles of science. With 52 fun hands-on exhibits, Garoon is designed for children and adults to explore science with curiosity, creativity and, most of all…fun!

Summer Nights at the Park!

Mondays, July 11, 18, & 25 | 6:00-7:30pm | $10 per family
Enjoy entertainment, live music, food trucks and more at Garoon Gateway to Science at Lake County JCC. This state-of-the-art outdoor science park encourages children to investigate and explore the principles of Water, Energy, Waves, Forces, Vision, Sound, Motion and Biology with curiosity, creativity and, most of all…fun!

Special Guest Performances:
July 11 – Master Juggler Mike Vondruska
July 18 – Super Stolie
July 25 – Miss Jamie from the Farm

Self-Guided Science

These exhibits encourage children to explore things at their own pace. All field trips include elements appropriate for the educational needs of everyone from 3 year-old to adult.

Self—Guided field trips Include
  • 1½ hours to explore the interactive, hands–on exhibits
  • Option to use lunch room for ½ hour (must be reserved in advance) $50 additional charge
Fee

$5 per child Minimum of $100

 

Workshops

These workshops provide hands–on learning experiences that expand on concepts integrated into the science exhibits. These are designed to meet the developmental needs of anyone from 3 year-old to adults.

Focused workshops include
  • 1½ hours to explore the interactive, hands–on exhibits, includes a 45 minute guided workshop conducted by a Garoon gateway docent
  • Pre and post–visit extension materials
  • Option to use lunch room for ½ hour (must be reserved in advance) $50 additional charge
Fee

$5 per child
$125 per docent (up to 30 children)
Minimum group size is 16

Field Trip Guidelines
  • Registration — Advanced registration is required for all groups.
  • By Mail — Send the registration form with a check. Or call the office to register at 847.726.0800 and speak with a representative to assist you.
  • Chaperones — A minimum of 1 chaperone (age 18 & up) for every 10 children is required. Chaperones are free.
  • Special Needs — Please let us know at the time of booking if your group has any children with special needs, so we may accommodate you.
  • Lunch Facilities — Facilities for groups may be rented for $50 per classroom.

About Philip Garoon

Inspired by the Clore Garden of Science at the Weizmann Institute of science in Israel, Philip Garoon was motivated to build the Gateway in an effort to instill a love of science in all children. The JCC Garoon Gateway to Science was designed with the guidance of two of the world’s leading experts in the field of experimental science education, Dr. Moshe Rishpon, director of Israel’s Clore Garden, the world’s first outdoor science museum, and Dr. Alan Friedman, founding director of the New York Hall of Science, New York City’s largest hands-on science and technology center.

“We believe the world we live in today is a rapidly changing one, and our country can only remain great if it fosters in future generations an interest and curiosity in science and technology.” – Philip Garoon

philip garoon and familyChicago native, Philip Garoon, is a prolific philanthropist for education – his philanthropic portfolio includes Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation, Spertus College, JCC Chicago, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), the CJE SeniorLife, and other cultural, educational, medical and research organizations.  He is the founder and Chairman of Basic Wire & Cable Co.

Garoon Gateway to Science is available for Private or Corporate events.

For more information on booking your private or corporate event, please contact 847.726.0800.

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