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Illuminating Light

Campers will learn all about different forms of light and how they influence our world.

Please note, the Grades 1–3 camp is sold out. Click here to add your name to the waitlist.

Light is fundamental to our everyday lives, but how often do you stop and think about it? Campers will learn all about different forms of light and how they influence our world.

How is light used in photography, both in the past using film and now in digital effects? Are lasers used for more than intergalactic battles (answer: yes)? What’s the deal with invisible light? Campers will explore all of this plus lights in the natural world, like bioluminescent animals and plants and light phenomena like eclipses and the Aurora Borealis.

This week is all about shedding light on … light!


Summer camp is $300 for members and $350 for non-members. Camp fees include a daily snack, camp t-shirt, water bottle and all camp activities. Campers will need to bring their own lunch to help energize them for our scientific adventures.


Camps will be held from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday through Friday. After-camp care is available until 5:30 p.m. for $50 per week, per child to help make these extraordinary experiences possible for all schedules. Families must register prior to using this service.


For all the nuts and bolts about summer camp, click here for our 2023 Summer Camp Guide. Here you will find details about pick-up and drop-off procedures, what to bring, a sample schedule, health and safety protocols, required forms and more

Waitlist Procedure

Summer camps are popular and will sell out. If the camp you would like to attend is sold out, please click here to be added to the waitlist. If a camp spot opens, we will first email all Science Museum members on the waitlist at the same time. If the spot remains open after 24 hours, we will email the rest of the waitlist. We will do this any time a spot opens in a camp.


The Science Museum is pleased to offer a limited number of weekly summer camp scholarships to its Museums for All member families. If you are a current Museums for All member and would like to learn more about summer camp scholarships, please click here. If you are interested in becoming a Museums for All member, click here.

After registering for camp, please send in the completed emergency medical form and media release located inside the 2023 Summer Camp Guide to summercamps@smv.org.

2023 Summer Camp Guide
Includes procedures, required forms and more!

Summer Camp Registration

Register for Illuminating Light Grades 4–6