As part of a tradition that unites education, culture and fun, the Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría (MHCJS) and the School of Graphic Design of the University of Costa Rica-Interuniversity Campus of Alajuela (UCR-SIA) have announced exciting vacation workshops for the period from Monday, January 22 to Thursday, February 1, 2024.

Creative Vacations

In an effort to enrich the participants’ experiences, the workshops are designed for two distinct groups: school-aged children and senior citizens. The Director of the MHCJS, MSc. María Otárola Luna, highlighted the importance of these activities, stating that “the closeness that a child has to history and culture is fundamental,” and that the vacation workshops not only strengthen the bond with the institution, but also improve the sharing of older adults with society.

For youngsters ages 6 to 9, the first week, from Tuesday, January 23 to Thursday, January 25, will focus on creating piñatas inspired by characters from the popular video game “Minecraft”. Continuity and connection between the days are emphasized, as it is recommended to attend all three days of each week.

The following week, from Tuesday, January 30 to Thursday, February 1, it will be the turn of participants ages 10 to 13. These youngsters will explore the creation of fantasy character sculptures, from initial design to modeling and sculpting. In this way, the opportunity to bring imaginary monsters to life promises to be a unique and enriching experience.

Free Workshops at MHCJS for Children and Seniors

To honor the 50th anniversary of the creation of the MHCJS on December 4, 2024, a “handmade paper” workshop for seniors will be offered as a special tribute. Taking place on Monday, January 22, 2024, this workshop will provide participants with a unique opportunity to explore their creativity through this ancient craft technique.

Most of these activities are free of charge, but require prior registration. Those interested can register by sending an email to cultura@mhcjs.go.cr, where they will receive a specific form. For the older adult population, there is also the option of writing to the same email address or calling the MHCJS at 2441-4775; extension 115.

The sessions will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Parents or guardians are requested to bring and pick up minors at the beginning and end of each session, signing as responsible for the minor. One unique opportunity to learn, create and share in the heart of the Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría.

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