NORTH TONAWANDA – In a simpler time, before iPods and the Internet, a day of fun meant a ride on the carousel.

The Herschell Carrousel Museum will take kids back to those simpler times in two weeklong, summer day camps that explore their community’s past.

Each day of camp includes a mini-tour of the museum, hands-on crafts and activities, play time in the Children’s Gallery and, of course, a ride on one of the historic carousels. Camp run from 9 a.m. to noon daily and is $50 per child for the week. There is a reduced price of $45 for Carrousel Society members.

• Classic Carrousels Camp – July 22 to 26.

This camp is open to children who have completed kindergarten through grade 2.

Each day participants will examine a different topic related to the history, math, science and art of carousels and other amusement rides.

Campers will learn about the medieval origins of carousels, discover how carvers created beautiful wooden animals, find out how gears power many amusement rides, explore the music organs and experiment with some of the Herschell company’s later rides.

Reservations and prepayment for Classic Carrousels Camp is required by July 19. Call 693-1885 to register or download the registration form from Maximum enrollment is 20 students.

• Carrousels Through the Ages Camp – Aug. 12 to 16, for children who have completed grades 3 to 5.

The Herschell companies created unique carousels and other amusement rides in Western New York for almost a century. From the first carousel in 1883 until the company moved to Kansas in 1970, both carousels and society changed greatly.

In this camp, children will explore what life was like in these different eras, from the Victorian Era through the 1950s. They will also make crafts, play games and look at amusement rides from these decades.

Reservation and prepayment for Carrousels Through the Ages Camp are due by Aug. 9. Call 693-1885 to register or download the registration form from Maximum enrollment is 20 students.

The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is housed in the historic Allan Herschell Company Factory building at 180 Thompson St. For directions and information about other special events, programs or group tours, visit the website at or contact the museum at 693-1885, online at: