President’s Day child care available at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Case Western Reserve families again have a University Circle option for child care during the President’s Day holiday next month.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is collaborating with the President’s Committee on Child Care Options (PCCCO) to offer children a one-day camp covering everything from volcanoes and earthquakes to water and space.

“We appreciate the creativity and enthusiasm that museum staff bring to planning and leading these activities for children of faculty, staff and students at Case Western Reserve,” said PCCCO chair Eileen Anderson-Fye, an associate professor of bioethics. “It is a testament to their efforts that every one of these events has filled nearly as soon as they have been announced.”

In light of the overwhelming response, the museum has increased its enrollment cap this year from 25 to 30 children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at the museum (1 Wade Oval Dr.), although check-in begins at 8:30. CMNH provides snacks, but children are expected to bring their own sack lunches with drinks.

The camp’s cost is $50, and pre-registration is required. Information on how to register can be found online at

The child care committee has engaged area partners in providing programming since 2013, starting with two weeklong spring break offerings. Subsequent offerings include winter break program and several one-day holiday camps with CMNH.

Next month’s camp will include multiple hands-on activities, as well as opportunities to learn about the science of forces and motion and how items fluoresce. Campers also will visit the Smead Discovery Center and watch a planetarium show.

As with previous PCCCO offerings, individuals with household incomes of $50,000 or less are eligible for financial assistance in covering the fee for the President’s Day camp. Those with questions about financial assistance and their eligibility can contact Human Resources Manager Amy Sheldon at or 216.368.5000.