Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is launching a nationwide “Camp Croods” in partnership with La Brea Tar Pits, part of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The virtual museum kids programs celebrate the home entertainment release of Golden Globe nominated film The Croods: A New Age and feature scientists, animators, story artists and more for interactive camp sessions.
The two separate interactive programs will feature hands-on activities and scientific investigation to explore the Ice Age, human origins and fate of saber-toothed cats. Families will have the chance to meet real-life paleontologists and archaeologists, participate in DIY art projects, explore virtual tar pits (La Brea Tar Pits camp), take a virtual tour of the Human Origins exhibition (NMNH camp) and experience drawing demonstrations that bring the fan favorite prehistoric Croods characters to life.
The Croods: A New Age is available to own on Digital February 9, 2021 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-RayTM and DVD February 23, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Camp Croods at La Brea Tar Pits
Thursday, February 11, 2021, 3pm – 4:30pm PT
Saturday, February 13, 2021, 10 – 11:30am PT
FREE. Registration required. RSVP at tarpits.org/campcroods.
Camp Croods at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 6pm – 7pm ET
FREE. Registration required. RSVP at s.si.edu/croods.
Why you will love Camp Croods
We got a sneak peak at Camp Croods at La Brea Tar Pits and we think this is perfect for Croods fans of all ages! Camp Croods is a mix of entertainment, education and fanfare. Camp Croods combines the talent behind The Croods: A New Age with the knowledge of Ice Age scientists. We were all impressed by the creative presentation of information by all the panelists. The entire program was interactive and engaging. The hour and a half flew by, even for my 6 year old.
We learned all about tar pits with a paleontologist who works at La Brea Tar Pits, Laura Tewksbury. She was also obviously a Croods fan and the kids loved how she tied in fossil information with everything we loved onscreen.
Next we got an art lesson, from Story Artist, Heidi Jo Gilbert, in how to draw Chunk, the Crood’s saber tooth cat. My girls were overjoyed and a bit blown away to see the behind the scenes on how these animated movies are made. Heidi Jo Gilbert gave us the best advice, draw all the time, draw everything, because it will serve you.
We enjoyed the Create a Creature puppet making session with museum educators from Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. This project was fun, but due to time we were not able to complete ours. My kids love to take their time with crafts and really get detailed in their work. I love that we got a .pdf with instructions and a template for the project so I can help them finish it.
The last session, that combined art and science, had my kids roaring with laughter. The delightful puppet Nibbles, from the museum, was hilarious and informative. We all laughed and learned along with him and can’t wait for a trip out to L.A. to meet him in person one day!