The Moral Logic of Sen. Chris Coons

Isolationist foreign policy and politics be damned, Sen. Coons is organizing a bipartisan coalition to save as many of the world’s refugees as he possibly can.


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U.S. Sen. Chris Coons remembers vividly his “worst day in the Senate outside of the United States.”

Five years ago, he was traveling with a congressional delegation to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, deep in the desert about 8 miles from the Syrian border. The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis was entering its third year. Zaatari opened in July 2012, and, in less than six months, the population had swelled to more than 150,000, making it the fourth-largest city in Jordan and one of the largest refugee camps in the world. Every night, hundreds upon hundreds slipped across the border to escape violence and persecution.

“The war within Syria was exceptionally brutal,” says Coons. “(Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad is literally murdering civilians. He’s dropping barrel bombs on schools, hospitals and breadlines. Government snipers are taking out random civilians.”

The scale of violence was “unspeakably tragic,” Coons says. During a closed meeting with a half-dozen refugees—people who, until the war, had lived normal lives as teachers, carpenters and doctors—the delegation was brought to tears, which U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona would later apologize for shedding on the floor of the U.S. Senate: “I have seen my share of suffering and death, but the horror I saw in those camps and the stories I heard still haunt me today.”

At the time, there was still a moderate opposition in Syria seeking support from the international community. They wanted to fight Assad, and there was real hope that his regime could be toppled. But every day the crisis deepened. Though the refugees were grateful for nonlethal aid like food, tents and generators, it wasn’t enough to turn the tide of war. During the meeting, a kindergarten teacher cautioned the senators that failure to help the Syrian opposition then would result in blowback against the United States.

Says Coons, “My recollection is she said, ‘It is tragic that our children have had to flee their homes. It’s tragic that our homes have been destroyed. It’s tragic that most of us have lost family members protesting or now fighting against Assad. But the children I am teaching will grow up to hate America and to hate Americans if you don’t get involved in this fight and help us fight against Assad. We are begging you.’”

Before they could finish their conversation, the security detail evacuated the senators by armored vehicles. Word had spread that a U.S. congressional delegation was in the camp, a protest erupted and a “stone-throwing” crowd was on the move.

Coons returned deeply troubled by what he had learned at Zaatari. Even now, he prefers not to discuss the experience in detail. It visibly upsets him. He’d rather talk about appropriations and funding levels, about the agricultural bill that’s going to help chicken farmers in Sussex County, or how the Export-Import Bank is helping a small regional manufacturer that supports jobs here in Delaware export modular steel bridges to Africa. Indeed, his time spent traveling abroad is relatively minor compared with his time spent meeting with voters and small business owners, or in committee hearings, or commuting on Amtrak’s Northeast Regional rail.

Nevertheless, the lessons of his travels abroad resonate, especially over the past few years, as isolationist sentiments have spread among the American electorate and resulted in the election of an isolationist to the White House. The contrast could not be more stark. Coons was the only member of Congress to visit Liberia during the height of the Ebola outbreak—this when senators from both parties were calling for travel bans. When the Trump administration proposed dramatic cuts to foreign aid, Coons traveled to refugee camps in Uganda and South Sudan with his friend Bob Corker, a Republican senator from Tennessee, to call attention to the need to increase foreign aid. During this historic moment when U.S. foreign policy has turned inward, toward America-first nationalism, Coons has engaged the world and sought compromise with Republican colleagues to address problems that threaten regional security in Africa and the Middle East as well as national security here at home.

In a 2013 editorial published in Newsweek, President and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa Stephen Hayes remarked that Coons was deeply interested and involved in Africa, “perhaps as much as any U.S. senator has been in years, if not ever.”

With President Trump energizing the liberal base across Delaware and the nation, however, Coons isn’t likely to gain much political capital by traveling to refugee camps in faraway places—and with Republicans, of all people. In a Democratic Party consumed by resistance to Trump’s agenda, Coons might be better off staying stateside, railing against the president and filibustering his nominees.

But, as Coons likes to say, “Congress doesn’t work that way.” The thing is, Coons isn’t going to get caught up in political litmus tests, and he’s not traveling abroad because it’s politically expedient. Coons lives according to a missionary mindset, and has for as long as anyone can remember. His life journey is to search for ways to help those in their time of need, from the streets of Wilmington to the dusty desert roads of Zaatari.

It’s a meaning of life instilled in him by his parents, by a father who volunteered with a prison ministry group and hosted “a convicted felon on furlough weekends at our home,” and a mother who volunteered at a shelter for homeless and battered women. It doesn’t matter who is sitting in the Oval Office. He finds meaning in service to others. And through the constant din of party politics, investigations and counter-investigations, Make America Great Again hats and fake news, Coons is reaching across the aisle, politics be damned, to save as many lives as possible. Because for someone, somewhere, time is running out.

 

Coons, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Michelle Nunn of CARE USA visit women and children in India.//Courtesy of the office of U.S. Sen. Chris Coons

 

The missionary mindset

Coons's yearbook photo from Amherst College.//Courtesy
of the office of U.S. Sen. Chris Coons

Before traveling to Nairobi, Kenya, as a junior at Amherst College, Christopher Andrew Coons was a self-described Republican fanatic. A founding member of the Amherst College Republicans, he campaigned for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and worked for Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Roth of Delaware.

Visiting Kenya changed everything. According to an account of his travels published in the student newspaper, The Amherst Student, family and friends uniformly advised against studying in Africa, but he went anyway. Upon returning, his friends poked fun at his transformation: “Something about Kenya, maybe the strange diet, or the tropical sun, changed my personality; Africa to them seems a catalytic converter that takes in clean-shaven, clear-thinking Americans and sends back bearded Marxists,” he wrote.

In other words, Coons left Amherst for Africa a Republican and returned a Democrat, a transformation that was as political as it was spiritual.

Even before the journey, Coons was drawn to ministry. He was involved in his church, recalls lifelong friend Charles Chesnut, and he possessed an understanding of Scripture that was beyond his years. “It was always something that really mattered to him, that he was serious about,” Chesnut says.

His experiences in Kenya reinforced the moral code of his Christian spirituality. According to the Gospel, from which Coons can quote Scripture as comfortably as any preacher, we are to follow lives of charity, humility and empathy. While in Kenya, however, Coons also found that his spiritual beliefs and the ministry that was to become his life’s calling were increasingly at odds with the guiding philosophical principles of the Republican Party.

“Experiences at Amherst my first two years made me skeptical and uncomfortable with Republicanism, enough so that I wanted to see the Third World for myself to get some perspective on my beliefs,” he wrote. “What I learned in Africa unsettled me. I saw the deprivation and oppression of the poor and the politically disfavored in a way not possible in the U.S.”

“That was a really transformative experience for him,” recalls Chesnut. “He was thinking about things very differently after that.”

Coons graduated with a degree in chemistry from Amherst, but whatever he originally thought he would do with that degree wasn’t what he wanted anymore. He got a job researching and writing about apartheid in South Africa. Then, after a year of learning about South Africa on paper, he took a leap of faith and traveled back to Africa with the Plowshares Institute, where he volunteered for three months with the South African Council of Churches. He then spent six weeks in Kenya with a World Vision-affiliated orphanage operated by Mama Zipporah Kamau, an extraordinary woman.

“She was making soup for kids who had no parents because their parents had died of AIDS,” Coons recalls. “She was a clerk in downtown Nairobi, her husband was a minister, and there was this group of kids living in unbelievable squalor in a dirt patch at the end of the bus line, and she started feeding them because she felt that she ought to.”

To serve others, Coons learned, was the highest calling. He returned from Africa in search of opportunities to serve, to live out the missionary mindset. Coons eventually found an opportunity in New York City working for the Coalition for the Homeless, traveling across the country to work in homeless shelters and with homeless advocates.

“What he did with the Coalition for the Homeless, I mean, that was not a stepping stone opportunity for him,” says former Gov. Jack Markell. “You don’t do that kind of job unless you have the passion and then the absolute determination to change people’s lives one by one.”

After New York, Coons took off to Yale Law School, where he experienced another personal and spiritual transformation. A friend suggested that he audit a course at the divinity school. After one semester, he was hooked. He left Yale with graduate degrees in both law and divinity.

“Divinity school taught me that, at its core, a life of faith is a life grounded in service and humility,” wrote Coons. “I’ve taken those values with me as my career has progressed from county government to the U.S. Senate. I hope they are evident in every decision I make as a member of Congress.”

“It’s is one of the great things about him,” Markell says. “He has the experience of changing lives one at a time, and now he’s got the platform where he can change lives millions at a time.”

 

Coons and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester check in with USAID.//Courtesy of the office of U.S. Sen. Chris Coons

 

Foreign aid in the age of 'America First'

The first year of the Trump administration was difficult for Coons, in part because so much of the policy and philosophy coming from the president and the Republican majorities in Congress did not align with his missionary mindset. Banning refugees, tearing apart immigrant families, slashing foreign aid—none of this makes sense to Coons, neither logically nor morally. When asked about the logic of Trump’s foreign policy, Coons looks baffled. “You’re not making any sense,” he says. “You just used the words Trump and logic in the same sentence.”

For Coons, the moral choice is the logical choice. The two are aligned. Saving wild elephants from poachers not only “protects creation,” as he said at a recent U.S. Global Leadership Conference, but doing so also restricts a source of funding for terrorist groups like Boko Haram. The same confluence of logic and morality applies to his positions on countless other issues. “One of the main reasons we continue to feed the world is because it’s the right thing to do,” Coons said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “But the more important thing is it actually helps keep us safer by preventing fragile states from becoming failed states and by teaching the world about our values.”

So when Trump proposed roughly $50 billion in cuts to foreign aid, mainly to the State Department and USAID, Coons traveled to South Sudan and Uganda with Corker to learn more about who we are helping and how foreign aid dollars are being spent. The civil war and refugee crisis in South Sudan is just one of four great famines sweeping across Africa and the Middle East, where approximately 20 million are at risk of starvation. Their destination was Bidi Bidi, the largest refugee camp in the world—a small city, really—home to some 280,000 people.

“Many mothers and grandmothers had walked for more than two weeks hoping only to find a better life for their children and grandchildren,” Coons and Corker wrote in a New York Times editorial. “They clung to cups of cornmeal porridge, not sure if the next ration might be smaller, or if it would exist at all.”

After Bidi Bidi, Corker returned to the United States, but Coons continued to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and from Juba to a small island in the middle of a massive, impenetrable swamp in a rebel-controlled area in the north of South Sudan known as Unity State. Hundreds of thousands sought refuge in the swamps and were surrounded on three sides by the military forces of President Salva Kiir, who was waiting for starvation and cholera to kill them off. The World Food Programme was airdropping pallets of food to keep the refugees alive.

When Coons and Corker returned, their experiences among the refugees were a blunt reminder of the critical role food aid plays in global security. Together, they reintroduced the Food for Peace Reform Act, which would modernize aid delivery by allowing the United States to purchase food closer to those experiencing famine.

“We’re the only major country left that, when we want to send food to starving people, we literally buy a shipload of rice from Louisiana or corn from Nebraska, put it on a ship out of New Orleans, ship it to Mombasa, put it on a train from Mombasa to Nairobi, put it on a truck from Nairobi to Juba, and then drive it in,” says Coons. “And the problem with that is about a third of it spoils, it costs a lot to ship, and it often gets there months too late.”

But wheels turn slowly in Congress, and more slowly now than in recent years. Coons and Corker hope to have the bill in committee by next year. On a busy Wednesday back in Washington, where every minute of the senator’s day is accounted for, there’s a sense of optimism in his voice. He’s animated about this bill. He really thinks it is going to work. But his day is hectic, and there’s always more work to do. Coons is off to the Judiciary Committee to question the president’s nominees, and then deliver a speech on how to reform public education by improving teacher training and retention. He’s drafting bills on everything from manufacturing to patent licensing to research and development. And on top of all that, the budget is up for a vote the following week.

There’s a strong impression among voters that nothing is getting done in Washington these days, concerns that are justified. But the partisan bickering that you hear about on cable news doesn’t tell the whole story. And one of the few areas of bipartisan agreement this past year has been on global health initiatives, which was a rare rebuke by the Republican Party against their own president. And as long as Republicans are willing to work with Coons, he’s ready to work with them.

During times like these, Coons recalls the advice he received from one of his mentors in the Senate, Johnny Isakson, a Republican from Georgia. “We don’t have to agree on everything. We just have to agree on something.”

“I’m conscious of the range of Delawareans from a lot of different backgrounds who just want to know that we’re listening to each other and respecting each other, and trying to make things work in Washington in a very unsettled, very difficult time.” 

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Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
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Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
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Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
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The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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Looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids while they're out of school for the summer? Join us for hands-on crafts and games based on things in the museum, garden, and...

Cost: Members and children under 2 are free. Nonmembers are $5 per child and per one a

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Wee Ones is now offered every week! This early childhood series intended for children ages 3-5 incorporates active learning through music, movement, and the exploration of objects in a warm and...

Cost: $5 per child and $5 per adult with paying child

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

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Christmas in July The Soul Riders Auto Club will be hosting their 10 year anniversary of the  "Christmas in July" show benefiting the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. On...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Hearth restaurant
3147 DuPont Parkway
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: Soul Riders Auto Club of Delaware
Telephone: 302-858-3672
Contact Name: Tony Lewis
Website »

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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Drama classes are an adventure in theater communication and team-building.  Exercises to improve diction, projection, stage presence and physicality serve as building blocks for character...

Cost: $575

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Kathy Buterbaugh
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
Website »

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Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services will host a stroke support group on Tuesday, July 17 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center located at 600 N. Market Street Extended in...

Cost: 0

Where:
Seaford Library & Cultural Center
600 N. Market Street Extended
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services
Telephone: 302-629-6224
Website »

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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
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Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Aladdin polishes a moldy lamp and Jane, a powerful genie, appears. Jane and her assistant, Mr. Green Genie, help the lovesick lad overcome a greedy sorceress and win the heart of the princess! Two...

Cost: $10, Children Under 3 Free!

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn about...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Jason Weaver: Works on Paper will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 6-27, 2018. The artist will host a free closing reception on Friday, July 27 from 5-7 p.m. The works in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

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Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

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The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

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A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

More information

Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

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Cinderella makes her way to the Royal Ball and into the heart of Prince Charming. Myles, The Town Crier, and his jazzy trumpet and Delmarva the outrageous step-sister add to the fun! Two actors...

Cost: $10, Children Under 3 Free!

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Telephone: 130-222-76766
Website »

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: MID-WEEK WORD REFRESHER Come join us at the Mid-Week Word Refresher every Wednesday at Faith Victory Christian Center from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Refreshments will be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
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Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
Website »

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Christmas in July The Soul Riders Auto Club will be hosting their 10 year anniversary of the  "Christmas in July" show benefiting the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. On...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Hearth restaurant
3147 DuPont Parkway
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »


Sponsor: Soul Riders Auto Club of Delaware
Telephone: 302-858-3672
Contact Name: Tony Lewis
Website »

More information

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Drama classes are an adventure in theater communication and team-building.  Exercises to improve diction, projection, stage presence and physicality serve as building blocks for character...

Cost: $575

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Kathy Buterbaugh
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
Website »

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

More information

Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you see how we have repurposed historic work areas....

Cost: $5 per person upgrade. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on July 18 and 25 and August 1 and 8 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Pre-registration is...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Diabetes Education Department
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x. 2288
Website »

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Learn about preserving your art collection! Hugh Phibbs has studied and worked in paper preservation for almost four decades as a commercial framer in Washington, DC and in the Conservation...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Enjoy a 1 hour wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August! Cruise by the scenic Christina River up to the I-495 bridge while enjoying hand selected wines. This unique outing is...

Cost:

Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
Website »

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Jason Weaver: Works on Paper will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 6-27, 2018. The artist will host a free closing reception on Friday, July 27 from 5-7 p.m. The works in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
View map »


Telephone: 302-227-6766
Website »

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

More information

Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
Website »

More information

Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow, easy motions to get into the rhythm of nature....

Cost: $10

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-658-9111
Website »

More information

Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and the Manor House, will hold a Parkinson’s education and support group on Thursday, July 19 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the...

Cost: 0

Where:
Manor House
1001 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x. 3838
Contact Name: Tara Trout

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A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

More information

Story Time Thursdays 10:30 - 11 a.m. Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the otter circle, in the main zoo, and may include a craft,...

Cost: $7 - $0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Get lost in a book during Mt. Cuba’s Story Time in the Gardens. Children are invited to visit the gardens on Thursday mornings for a story from a nature-themed children’s book. Intended for...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
View map »


Sponsor: Mt. Cuba Center
Telephone: 302-239-8883
Contact Name: Sara Stevenson
Website »

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Christmas in July The Soul Riders Auto Club will be hosting their 10 year anniversary of the  "Christmas in July" show benefiting the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. On...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Hearth restaurant
3147 DuPont Parkway
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »


Sponsor: Soul Riders Auto Club of Delaware
Telephone: 302-858-3672
Contact Name: Tony Lewis
Website »

More information

Join the Del-Mar-Va Council for our  36th Annual Golf Classic Thursday, July 19 at 11:00am Sponsorships available!

Cost: $375.00

Where:
Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club
507 Thompson Station Road
Newark, DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America
Telephone: 302-622-3300
Contact Name: Brian DeBease
Website »

More information

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »

More information

Drama classes are an adventure in theater communication and team-building.  Exercises to improve diction, projection, stage presence and physicality serve as building blocks for character...

Cost: $575

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Kathy Buterbaugh
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
Website »

More information

Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services hosts lymphedema support groups on the third Thursday of each month from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center located at 600 N. Market...

Cost: 0

Where:
Seaford Library & Cultural Center
600 N. Market Street Extended
Seaford, DE  19973
View map »


Sponsor: Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services
Telephone: 302-629-6224

More information

Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

See the gardens in a new light. Our gardens are open until 8 pm on Thursdays through August.  Stop by after work or spend the entire day and evening.

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707
View map »


Sponsor: Mt. Cuba Center
Telephone: 302-239-8883
Contact Name: Sara Stevenson
Website »

More information

KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »

More information

Join us on The Patio, voted Best Outdoor Dining by Delaware Today readers! Happy hour 4PM - 6:30PM, live entertainment 6PM - 9PM, local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, creative gastropub menu,...

Cost: menu items vary

Where:
Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Every Thursday in June  (June 7, 14, 21 and 28) and July (July 5, 12, 19, 26), 4:30-8 p.m. The Delaware Museum of Natural History is extending hours every Thursday in June and July for you to...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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June 14, 21, & 28 July 12, 19, 26 August 9, 16, 23 & 30 5:00–9:30 pm On all other Thursdays, June–August, join us to stroll through the Follies exhibition or to take a twilight tram tour of...

Cost: members free, $10 per nonmember

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The Del-Mar-Va Council presents the 5th Annual Birdies & Brews  featuring some of our best local breweries, distilleries and wineries and authentic street fair food, as well as a silent auction...

Cost: $50.00

Where:
Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club
507 Thompson Station Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America
Telephone: 302-622-3300 x108
Contact Name: Megan O'Donnell
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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Enjoy live music on the terrace with friends or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights will be scheduled...

Cost: Museum galleries are open with free admission every Thursday from 4–8 pm

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn...

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Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Come join Truly Spiked & Sparkling as they bring free yoga to Constitution Yards Beer Garden this spring and summer! Participate in an hour long class on the third Thursday of every month thru...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Constitution Yards
308 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Bring the family every Tuesday & Thursday night during June, July, and August for a fun experience. Tuesday night join our Nature Guide from Delaware Nature Society to experience and learn about...

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Where:
Dravo Plaza
Wilmington, DE  19801

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Jason Weaver: Works on Paper will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from July 6-27, 2018. The artist will host a free closing reception on Friday, July 27 from 5-7 p.m. The works in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Annual custom framing sale - 15% off all framing orders placed in July....

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Tyler Arboretum’s Summer Camps connect children with nature as they explore our unique and diverse ecosystems. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff and low student/teacher ratios facilitate fun,...

Cost: Camps vary by age and activity. See website for details.

Where:
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA  19063
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Contact Name: Liz Hornbach
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KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
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The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 302-227-6766
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The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
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A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-656-6466
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The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Departures are at 12:30 & 2:30 PM. Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
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Christmas in July The Soul Riders Auto Club will be hosting their 10 year anniversary of the  "Christmas in July" show benefiting the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. On...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Hearth restaurant
3147 DuPont Parkway
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: Soul Riders Auto Club of Delaware
Telephone: 302-858-3672
Contact Name: Tony Lewis
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Art Fitness’ primary focus is helping people live long, healthy active lives. In sticking to our mission we are proud to introduce our miniseries “Ask The Medical Professional”. This...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Art Fitness
2807 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Art Fitness
Telephone: 302.477.0123
Contact Name: Alisa Rose
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Drama classes are an adventure in theater communication and team-building.  Exercises to improve diction, projection, stage presence and physicality serve as building blocks for character...

Cost: $575

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Kathy Buterbaugh
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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KICKS Academy of Dance, located in Glen Mills, offers a number of summer dance camp programs for kids. Visit our website for more information and program...

Cost: Costs vary by age group and camp. See website for details.dance c

Where:
KICKS Academy of Dance
364 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, PA  19342
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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Spread your wings and enjoy a tropical evening with the animals. Watch free-flight macaws presented by Animal Behavior & Conservation Connections productions, sip tropical drinks...

Cost: $20–40

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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The event will feature live music performed by "Sweet Steele" and "Cocktails @ 3," delicious food catered by Benvenuto, LLC, and raffles throughout the evening....

Cost: $60 per person

Where:
Sunset Cove
3 Haven Lake
Milford, DE  19963
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Sponsor: The Auxiliary of Milford Memorial Hospital
Telephone: 302-422-5009
Contact Name: Gerry Morris

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Join us for the second annual Wilmington Writers Conference as we investigate how communities can be strengthened through activism in the arts. On Friday night, the Museum welcomes the general...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to enjoy a sunset cruise while painting and sipping! Each guest will be painting a Nautical Wine Glass or Nautical Wood Plank, depending on date....

Cost: $50

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Join us for the second annual Wilmington Writers Conference as we investigate how communities can be strengthened through activism in the arts. On Friday night, the Museum welcomes the general...

Cost: $25

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a Safe Sitter® class on Saturday, July 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Nursing Conference Room. These classes are open to pre-teens and teenagers between 11...

Cost: $35 per student

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke's Maternal Child Health Clinical Educator
Telephone: 302-629-6611 x. 2540

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Join us again this spring and summer for yoga in the beautiful Copeland Sculpture Garden. Beginners, casual attendees, and families are welcome. Bring your own mat or borrow one of ours!...

Cost: Free, $10 suggested donation

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Rehoboth Summer Children's conducts week-long camps in theatre and film for ages 5-14. Campers learn basic stage and video skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Camps run 9 am - 3 pm...

Cost: Film Camp $295/Week, Theatre Camp $265/Week

Where:
Rehoboth Summer Childrens Theatre
19285 Holland Glade Rd
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Telephone: 302-227-6766
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The Delaware Museum of Natural History's summer exhibit, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, runs June 23-September 3 during museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission: $9 ages 3-59, $8 for seniors, $2 for ages 1-2

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-9111
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Bring the family and enjoy a variety of food trucks on a summer Saturday in the middle of July at the Wilmington & Western. Our vintage steam locomotive will be pulling trains through the Red...

Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors (60+): $11; Children (2-12): $6; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
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A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies:...

Cost: Included with general admission ($5-20)

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main Street
Odessa, DE  19730
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Sponsor: Historic Odessa Foundation
Telephone: 130-237-84119
Contact Name: Jennifer Cabell Kostik
Website »

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THE FIGURE: THE INDICATIVE AND THE ALLUSIVE Group Exhibition  April 1 - August 26, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop with Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 PM...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-656-6466
Website »

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The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

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A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

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Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public...

Cost: Free with museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

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Departures are at 12:30 & 2:30 PM. Take a leisurely 1.5-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half-hour layover to have a...

Cost: Adults: $14+; Seniors (60+): $13+; Children (2-12): $12+; Children under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: (302) 998-1930
Website »

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Christmas in July The Soul Riders Auto Club will be hosting their 10 year anniversary of the  "Christmas in July" show benefiting the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. On...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Hearth restaurant
3147 DuPont Parkway
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »


Sponsor: Soul Riders Auto Club of Delaware
Telephone: 302-858-3672
Contact Name: Tony Lewis
Website »

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Escape Brandywine is a new, historically-immersive Escape Room presented by the Chadds Ford Historical Society! Designed like other popular escape room games, Escape...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

More information

Check www.bluerocks.com for dates, times, and special events.

Cost:

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Reptile Shows Fri-Sun, 12 p.m. Did you know reptiles have super powers? Find out about some of their special abilities, plus learn about how YOU can become a superhero for reptiles! Takes place...

Cost: $7-0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Creature Features Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ Noon & 2 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2 pm. Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education...

Cost: $7-$0

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Take in the elegant sunsets aboard the Riverboat Queen on our Thursday Sunset Dinner Cruises! Start your weekend early dockside with this delicious BBQ on the River buffet, featuring options to...

Cost: $45 Adults $22.50 Children ages 3-12 Children under 3 FREE

Where:
Public Docks
Behind Iron Hill Brewery
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Internet sensation Miranda Sings (20M followers, 2B+ views) brings her No Offense Tour to The Playhouse for an all ages show on Saturday, July...

Cost: $39-$81

Where:
The Playhouse
818 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Known for his crowd-pleasing performances, Cedric “The Entertainer” & Friends will bring a night of laughter to the SugarHouse Casino Event Center on Saturday, July 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets for...

Cost: $79-$99

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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