Riah and I got to visit Camp Croods (virtually) today for a special press sneak peek of the new interactive and virtual program, which opens to the public this week and it was super fun!
So what’s Camp Croods?
La Brea Tar Pits, part of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC), and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) have both partnered with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to bring families and kids “Camp Croods,” based on the DreamWorks Animation family film The Croods: A New Age.
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.
What can you expect from Camp Croods?
So your experience may be a tad different than ours, as sometimes public events are a bit different than press events, however here’s what we did:
- We got to meet the movie director
- We got introduced to a few of the Croodimals (Croods animals)
- Riah got to answer questions via polls (which we both loved)
- A ton of lame jokes (that will secretly make the kids laugh)
- Time for the kids to ask their questions like a normal exhibit
- Activities and educational entertainment like arts and crafts, drawing, and puppets
- We got to meet a puppeteer, a paleontologist and a Dreamworks story board artist
So expect something super similar!
Do we recommend signing up for Camp Croods?
Hell yeah! Sorry … I mean, yes.
It honestly felt like a real school trip to the Museum, but just at home via Zoom! They used actual photos from The Croods 2 movie to teach the kids about fossils, which was great.
It’s great for kids who love dinosaurs, since it’s all about fossils. However, even if your kids hate museums and bones, there’s also arts and crafts, a drawing tutorial and some more educational instruction via a super funny puppet called Nibbles! (Which of course was Riah’s favorite part!)
And as someone who hates museums, and who also has a kid who hates museums, this event was great! Since we were home Riah got to turn her camera off and get snacks, and just relax. There was no pressure to ask or answer questions, as there sometimes is with in-person museum trips.
How can you sign up for Camp Croods?
Just pick a day, and use the links below to register!
Camp Croods at La Brea Tar Pits (this is the one we attended)
- 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
Don’t forget – The Croods: A New Age is now available to own on Digital.
About The Movie
The first prehistoric family is ready for another rocking adventure! The Croods have survived fanged beasts, natural disasters, and even young love, but now they must face their biggest challenge yet: another family! In search of a new home, the Croods discover a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family (emphasis on the “better”).
As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, but when a new threat forces both families to embark on an epic adventure, they must all learn to work together…or they’ll all go extinct! Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clarke Duke, Cloris Leachman, Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage and Kelly Marie Tran star in this hilarious animated comedy for the whole family!
The Croods: A New Age will also be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD February 23, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.