National Medical Association 115th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

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The NMA has contracted Kama`aina Kids, Hawaii’s Premiere Childcare Organization to conduct a fun filled enriching program for youth of attendees of the NMA Convention and Scientific Assembly. The four-day Camp NMA-Zing program consists of day and evening programs. Program fees include qualified chaperones certified in first aid and CPR; transportation, admission fees, daily lunches; four t-shirts and insurance.

Each day, parents must drop off child(ren) at 8:30am and pick up at 4:00pm, provide dinner, then drop off at 6:00pm and pick up at 9:30pm.

Program takes place at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Activities are subject to change based on availability.

Schedule

AGE GROUPS
TIME
SUNDAY
July 30
MONDAY
July 31
TUESDAY
August 1
WEDNESDAY
August 2

GROUP 1
3-5 YEARS

8:30am – 4:00pm

Philadelphia Zoo

Adventure Aquarium

Academy of Natural Sciences

Franklin Institute

6:00pm – 9:30pm

Flight Science Show

West African Dance & Drum and Mlanjeni Magical Theatre

Insectarium Traveling Show

Being an Active Citizen and Growing Up in America Workshops

GROUP 2
6-8 YEARS

8:30am – 4:00pm

Philadelphia Zoo

Adventure Aquarium

Academy of Natural Sciences

Franklin Institute

6:00pm – 9:30pm

Flight Science Show

West African Dance & Drum and Mlanjeni Magical Theatre

Insectarium Traveling Show

Being an Active Citizen and Growing Up in America Workshops

GROUP 3
9-11 YEARS

8:30am – 4:00pm

Museum of the American Revolution

U.S. Mint

Project Sun

National Constitution Center

Independence Mall Historical Walking Tour

Franklin Institute

6:00pm – 9:30pm

Flight Science Show

West African Dance & Drum and Mlanjeni Magical Theatre

Insectarium Traveling Show

Being an Active Citizen and Growing Up in America Workshops

GROUP 4
12-14 YEARS

8:30am – 4:00pm

Museum of the American Revolution

U.S. Mint

Project Sun

National Constitution Center

Independence Mall Historical Walking Tour

Franklin Institute

6:00pm – 9:30pm

One Liberty Observation Deck

West African Dance & Drum and Hip-Hop Jazz Musicology

Eagles Lincoln Financial Field Tour

Pre-Teen Dance

GROUPS 5&6
15+ YEARS

8:30am – 4:00pm

Museum of the American Revolution

U.S. Mint

Project Sun

National Constitution Center

Independence Mall Historical Walking Tour

Franklin Institute

The Rocky Statue and Rocky Steps

6:00pm – 9:30pm

One Liberty Observation Deck

West African Dance & Drum and Hip-Hop Jazz Musicology

Eagles Lincoln Financial Field Tour

Teen Dance

GROUP 1
3-5 YEARS
8:30am – 4:00pm Natural History Museum The Grammy Museum Knotts Berry Farm
8:30am-8:30pm
Includes lunch and dinner
California Science Center
BubbleMania
6:00pm – 9:30pm Kaleidoscope Show & African Drumming Luce Puppet Show & Workshop Astro Adventures
GROUP 2
6-8 YEARS
8:30am – 4:00pm Natural History Museum The Grammy Museum Knotts Berry Farm
8:30am-8:30pm
Includes lunch and dinner
California Science Center
BubbleMania
6:00pm – 9:30pm Kaleidoscope Show & African Drumming Luce Puppet Show & Workshop Astro Adventures
GROUP 3
9-11 YEARS
8:30am – 4:00pm Natural History Museum Project Sun Knotts Berry Farm
8:30am-8:30pm
Includes lunch and dinner
California Science Center
The Grammy Museum
6:00pm – 9:30pm Kaleidoscope Show & African Drumming African-American Stories/ Dance Astro Adventures
GROUP 4
12-14 YEARS
8:30am – 4:00pm Hollywood Open Bus & Walking Tour Project Sun Knotts Berry Farm
8:30am-8:30pm
Includes lunch and dinner
California Science Center
The Grammy Museum African American Museum
6:00pm – 9:30pm Skyspace African-American Stories/ Dance Teen Dance
GROUP 5&6
15+ YEARS
8:30am – 4:00pm Hollywood Open Bus & Walking Tour Project Sun Knotts Berry Farm
8:30am-8:30pm
Includes lunch and dinner
California Science Center
The Grammy Museum African American Museum
6:00pm – 9:30pm Skyspace African-American Stories/ Dance Teen Dance

Program Information

The preliminary program activities have been carefully selected with the goal of providing a wide range of age-appropriate, educational, social and cultural experiences unique to Philadelphia, PA. Kama`aina Kids will work with NMA convention planners to develop a program which is convenient for parents and conventioneers, as well as, enjoyable and memorable for participants. The following activity descriptions detail the Camp NMA-Zing Youth 2017 Program. Activities are subject to change due to availability in July and August 2017.

  1. Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo, features more than 1,600 rare and exotic animals from around the world, 42 acres of picturesque Victorian gardens, and outstanding art and historical architecture. See the acclaimed PECO Primate Reserve, featuring orangutans, gorillas, lemurs, langurs and gibbons. Visit the Rare Animal Conservation Center, the Reptile and Amphibian House, and Carnivore Kingdom. Special children’s exhibits include the Treehouse, an activity-oriented discovery center about animal habitats, and the Children Zoo, featuring a petting yard and daily live animal shows.
  2. The Historic Philadelphia Walking Tour will provide us with a primary overview of the Independence National Historical Park area by connecting the buildings and places where the events of the American Revolution transpired. The tour depicts the dramatic story of brave men and women who were responsible for creating America. We will stop at famous site, such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the President’s House Site, the Betsy Ross House, and more.
  3. The 160,000 square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains our U.S. Constitution, which is among the most influential and important documents in the history of the world. The Center incorporates high-tech exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays, including the Kimmel Theatre, which features “Freedom Rising.” Hands-on experiences include trying on judicial robes, rendering your opinion on key Supreme Court cases and taking the Presidential oath of Office.
  4. The Franklin Institute’s Traveling Science Show brings their interactive lesson to us, with the goal of generating an enthusiasm for science. Exciting show topics range from chemistry, to motion and machines, to flight, to how to create a storm, and more!
  5. One Liberty Observation Deck provides us with panoramic bird’s-eye views of the city from the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in downtown Philadelphia. In addition to panoramic views, each floor includes interactive experiences and installations, including a towering Ben Franklin sculpture, Philadelphia-focused listening stations and six multi-lingual touch screens that allow visitors to zoom in on a single point hundreds of feet below.
  6. At Adventure Aquarium, we will discover life underwater! The facility features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water. The aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast and is the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos. We will come face-to-face with penguins, turtles, stingrays, and so much more through daily shows and up-close animal experiences.
  7. Project Sun is an annual event conducted by the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association (ANMA) for youth, ages nine and up.
  8. The Museum of the American Revolution will open its doors to the public on April 19, 2017, on the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, considered the opening of hostilities between Britain and its North American colonies. The museum contains more than 3,000 Revolutionary War-era artifacts and an arc of galleries that lead chronologically through the revolution, from its beginnings in Boston to its conclusion on the fields of Yorktown, to the treaty of Paris and the writing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia.
  9. The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s Learning Through the Arts program offers participants an opportunity to interact with visual and performing artists, express their ideas through lively discussions and participation, and gain cultural literacy. Additionally, students can gain valuable communication and critical thinking skills. For the West African Drum and Dance workshop, students will get up and get moving as they explore the use of drums as tools for communication in West African cultures. They will also learn about the role and meaning of dance in celebrating important moments in the life of the community. The Mlanjeni Magical Theatre workshop introduces our little ones to the traditional African theatre style called Mungamano, an interactive performance that includes storytelling, folk music, conjuring, puppets and masks. Participants sing, dance, chant and chat with characters throughout the performance. A Hip-Hop Jazz Musicology workshop teaches our teens about the social, historical and musical influences on hip-hop music and how it relates to other genres within African American traditions. This workshop creates a forum to bridge our collective understanding of how hip-hop relates to its predecessors. Each participant contributes to the workshop and can walk away enjoying a deeper connection to the story, music and history that is the African American experience.
  10. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University showcases remarkable collections and features the discoveries that rocked the world throughout time. The museum offers four floors of exhibit space. In Dinosaur Hall, you can climb inside a T-Rex skull, try on horns and claws, dig for fossils, and view a fully constructed T-rex. In the tropical rain forest, multitudes of butterflies from Kenya, Costa Rica and Malaysia will flit around you. Large game animals like the Indian tiger or wildebeest, are mounted in 3-D painted dioramas that replicated their natural habitats in Philadelphia.
  11. The National Constitution Center will also bring us their Traveling History and Civics Program with two workshops “Being an Active Citizen” and “Growing Up in America.” Using historical artifacts, costumes and engaging activities, their expert education staff will bring American history, government and civics to life. Traveling workshops are designed to reach students in a dynamic format, get them excited about American history and energize their civic voice.
  12. The U.S. Mint tour is a fascinating experience for all ages. Tours cover the present state of coin manufacturing and the history of the Mint. We’ll learn about the craftsmanship required at all stages of the minting process, from the original designs and sculptures to the actual striking of the coins.
  13. The Insectarium Traveling Show will bring its selection of living insects for a hands-on presentation. Giant millipedes, hissing cockroaches, amazing walking sticks, furry tarantulas, and more will amaze students, and turn them on to the incredible world of arthropods, butterflies and moths.
  14. Philadelphia Eagles VIP Stadium Tour offers our teens a behind-the-scenes look at Lincoln Financial Field, known to Eagles fans as “The Linc.” Our exclusive tour of the open-air football stadium will include the Xfinity Press Box, Club and Suite Levels, Eagles Home Interview Room, Locker Room and Field. The tour provides excitement for guests of all ages!
  15. The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and most beloved science museums in the country, with eminently touchable attractions that explore science in disciplines ranging from sports to space. Highlights include, The Sports Challenge, which uses virtual reality technology to illustrate the physics of sports; The Train Factory’s climb-aboard steam engine; Space Command’s simulated earth-orbit research station; a fully equipped weather station; and exhibits on electricity.
  16. The Rocky Statue and Rocky Steps are two of the most famous tourist attractions in Philadelphia. Visiting the statue, running up the steps, and taking a picture at the top is a rite of passage on any visit to Philadelphia. The Rocky Balboa statue is one of Philadelphia’s most famous pieces of public art – a bigger-than-life boxer. After filming Rocky III, Sylvester Stallone donated the statue to the City of Philadelphia. The Rocky Steps have been declared the second most famous movie filming location in the entire world. Making the iconic trip up the steps is regarded as a symbol of perseverance and determination.
  17. The Camp NMA-Zing Pre-Teen and Teen Dance, for ages 12 and up, is an on-site dance party for youth to unwind, express imagination and artistry, and celebrate with their friends. A live DJ, lighting effects, dance contests and more will make this last evening of camp one to remember.
Why I Attend Convention

The scientific sessions provide excellent information on advances in my specialty in an environment conducive to discussing special practice issues important for my patients. Spontaneous engagement and discussions with physicians and other healthcare professionals with similar patient demographics further enhances my learning and engagement during the NMA conference.

Roland Matthews, M.D.