Junior Detectives – This Week, August 4 through August 7

August 4th, 2014 until August 7th, 2014

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Boys and girls can improve their reasoning and creativity skills this summer during tthree fun filled four-day workshops at the Westport Historical Society centering on detective work and the circus. Think Sherlock Holmes and Calder’s Circus, the famed kinetic art installation by American sculptor Alexander Calder.

Kids attending the Junior Detective Workshop will be given notebooks and magnifying glasses – elementary, my dear Watson – and set to work interviewing people and taking notes. The interview subjects will be older Westport residents with stories to tell, so the children will also learn about the town’s history. Next they’ll examine old photos of Westport, then set out around town in search of the old buildings they saw in the photos. Each day will feature a walking tour, plenty of treasure hunts, tracking games, dramatic play and detective art. And as always, pizza and ice cream Thursday!

Elizabeth DeVoll, the Society’s education director, said the workshops are designed to keep schoolchildren mentally active during the summer months while providing opportunities for creative play with peers. The programs are appropriate for ages 5 through 12.

The Junior Detective Workshop kicks off August 4 and runs through August 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $200 for members and $235 for non-members. The workshop is limited to 15 children, so parents should register early at 203-222-1424.