From humble roots powering 18th century ferries, to the establishment of the enduring Schuylkill Navy, Philadelphia has long been our nation's center for rowing. Throughout rowing's esteemed history there have been innovations and accomplishments that have broken barriers of class, gender, race and ability. Uncover stories of the first women's club, leading-edge adaptive rowing, and the empowerment of individuals who have risen from modest beginnings to personal fulfillment and gold-medal achievements.
Pirates and Privateers (June 26-30): A popular pirate-themed week is back! Uncover the truth behind eyepatches, discover what life was like for pirates and how pirates interacted with privateers. Mess, Muck and Mud (July 10-14): The grossest, messiest week of camp. Campers explore the detritus that provides nutrients for the river and how diseases spread on ships. Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! (Julye 17-21): Art and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) come together in a week of creative engineering challenges. The Birds and The Trees (July 24-28): Birds and conservation are the focus of this week. How can we help improve the lives of birds living around us in the city and as they migrate. Junior River Stewards (July 31- August 4): Show appreciation for the local rivers, discover important conservation strategies and explore the science behind healthy waterways. Navy Boot Camp (August 7-11): Man your battle stations and join us for an exciting week of Naval challenges and games leading up to a museum-wide obstacle course. Settlers and Sailors (August 14-18): Philadelphia history is alive with the stories of settlers and sailors who have come ashore and made lasting impacts on our City.
Join us at the Seaport Museum and learn how you would survive if you were stranded on Petty Island in the Delaware River. Without actually leaving the mainland, craft your own model with found object boatbuilding. Become one with nature as you identify and dissect edible plants. Jim Shields, bushcraft and survival teacher, and competitor on History Channel's, Alone, will help you master basic survival skills such as fire starting and shelter set-ups. Courtney Douds of Philly Falconry will also be there to discuss the sport of falconry with her live red-tailed hawk and other specimens. If you make it to the historic ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, admission is included. 1 drink ticket is included with registration. 21+ cash bar available.
For the fourth time since 2010, the Warship Olympia Tattoo Arts Conventtion will welcome over 100 tattooers to set up shop on the decks of this historic Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.The public and tattooers alike will be able to explore the nautical roots of the American tattoo tradigiton aboard an actual naval ship. This unique live tattooing event was announced today by Philadelphia artist and founder of the nationally touring tattoo convention operation, VillainArts.com, the "Tattooed Kingpin", Troy Timpel. Villain Arts will bring in the best of the best old-school tattoo-makers along with cream of the crop new artists in the industry. Representing tattoo shops from all over the country, the artists will be tattooing live aboard the Cruiser Olympia over the 3-Day weekend. The twofold exhibition also includes a traveling collection of tattoo history, antique tattooing equipment, original tattoo flash by the early American tattoo masters, objects of Pacific Exotica, photographs of sailors and tattooers, plus their drawings, letters and legacy; the expanding Villain Art's "Tattoo Museum". For added interest, tattooers will be creating their work the old-school way, using acetate stencils from the original collection of Philadelphia Tattoo hero, "Crazy" Philadelphia Eddie Funk. The Warship Olympia Tattoo Arts Convention is designed as a much smaller show than an average Villain Arts Convention, and meant to enrich and pay tribute to the many men and women that wore tattoos or made them, and thereby brought the craft's American industry to life. Olympia is docked on the Delaware River, by the Spruce Street Harbor Park on Penn's Landing.