SPCA-To-Go Backpacks let kids ages five through 16 bring the fun of the SPCA home with them in an engaging, screen-free way!
Six different backpacks include a minimum of five activities, art projects and the opportunity to explore. Materials required for all the activities are included in the backpacks, along with an activity guide with step-by-step instructions and ideas for continued exploring once backpack activities are complete.
ART AND ANIMALS
Ages 5 – 12
This is a self-paced activity backpack for animal lovers who have a creative side. Kids will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively through fun and impactful crafts and activities. Craft materials and instruction will be included in each backpack.
BACK TO NATURE: EXPLORING YOUR BACKYARD
Ages 5 – 12
Discover the natural beauty that surrounds us! This is a self-paced activity backpack that will surely let children walk on the wild side. Kids will have the opportunity to explore, learn, help, and appreciate the beauty of nature and our wild neighbors right in our own backyards.
Ages 9 – 16
There are many ways to help animals. Now, kids can help animals and earn service hours for the school year! This backpack is for kids who would enjoy creating enrichment items for the animals at the SPCA as they wait for their new families to find them.
MEDIA MUTTS MINI-CAMP
Ages 9 – 14
This backpack offers a variety of multimedia fun for kids who enjoy art and theater. Participants will create animal-themed videos and take part in a variety of other fun projects and media camp challenges! This is for kids who love to create!
Ages 6 – 10
Kids will learn and practice the five elements of care and responsible pet ownership by caring for their very own pet plushie for the week. Each day, they will explore a different component of care through hands-on activities, crafts, and experiments.
INTRO TO VETERINARY SCIENCE
Ages 8 – 14
Does your child want to be a veterinarian? This backpack provides a wonderful, age-appropriate introduction to veterinary medicine. Through interactive STEM activities, crafts, and experiments, children learn the importance of proper care and disease prevention. They’ll be educated on how proper nutrition helps keep dogs and cats healthy, and what foods might be harmful for our pets. They will also practice appropriate actions to take if a pet gets hurt, and learn safety rules when working with animals.
The health and safety of our participants are our primary concerns, so all backpack materials have been disinfected and handled by healthy staff members wearing masks and gloves.
Backpacks will be available via curbside pickup, or can be delivered within Erie County at an additional cost. Backpacks can also be shipped at an additional cost.
Curbside pickup will be available at the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter Monday – Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Delivery is only offered for locations within Erie County, NY.
If you live inside or outside of Erie County, NY, and you are unable to pick up your backpack at the SPCA, you may wish to have your backpack shipped to you. Backpacks are shipped at an additional fee to be determined.
Register for your child’s backpack here . For more information, contact SPCA Director of Humane Education Christine Davis: 716-875-7360, ext. 262 or ChristineD@yourspca.org .
From the SPCA’s Humane Education Department regarding the safety of your children:
“The SPCA Serving Erie County has and always has had strict cleaning and safety policies in place due to the nature of animal sheltering and the potential for zoonotic disease exposure. During the age of COVID-19, we will follow all CDC guidelines and recommendations, require masks, require social distancing, and will temperature-check and screen for COVID prior to entry. In addition, extensive sanitizing protocols are in place, including sanitizing areas before and after use, to keep our participants and staff safe and healthy while participating in any in-person program.”