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Summer Camp at the Science Museum

Keep your future scientists, engineers and astronomers engaged and entertained this summer. Science Museum summer camps provide hours of discovery, wonder and hands-on experiences you just can’t get anywhere else!

Not only do we have exciting new themes and enhanced STEM activities planned for 2024, but we’re also expanding our camp offerings. That’s right: this year we’re hosting three more weeks of summer camp than we have in the past to give even more future scientists in our community the opportunity to experience the fun!

Campers are divided into two groups–rising 1–3 and 4–6 graders–so we can tailor activities for each age group. Camps include opportunities to explore Science Museum exhibitions, watch features in The Dome and participate in a variety of interactive science programs.

We’re offering nine weeks of camp from June 17–August 16.

There are five different content themes with four camps being offered twice. Please note: if a camper is signed up to attend all nine weeks of summer camp at the Science Museum, that camper will participate in repeat activities for four weeks.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for details on camp pricing, hours, after-camp care, health protocols and more.

PLEASE NOTE: Summer camps are popular and fill up very quickly. 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.


Available Summer Camps


Check out our weekly camp themes below. Your curious kiddos can join us for one camp of one of each theme!

We understand you're eager to secure a spot. Registration opens January 29 at 9 a.m. We can't wait to welcome your future scientists to another memorable summer filled with fun, learning and adventure!

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June 17-21: Animal Adventures (Sold Out)

Travel to habitats across the globe and learn what it takes for animals to thrive!

Cartoon illustration of a floating spaceman on the moon with blue background while another spaceman rides a moon rover for the summer camp Space Survival.
June 24-28: Space Survival (Sold Out)

Explore the fascinating and awe-inspiring experience of space travel!

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July 1-3: STEM Surprise *SOLD OUT*

This camp is small on dates, but it's big on science favorites!

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July 8-12: Mess Fest *SOLD OUT*

Dig into messy substances and explore the chemical properties of muck and mire!

Scissors, pencil, ruler and car on a colorful cutout collage and cutting mat background for the summer camp Maker Magic.
July 15-19: Maker Magic *SOLD OUT*

Generate ideas, build problem-solving skills and tap into the inner inventor!

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July 22-26: Animal Adventures

Travel to habitats across the globe and learn what it takes for animals to thrive!

Cartoon illustration of a floating spaceman on the moon with blue background while another spaceman rides a moon rover for the summer camp Space Survival.
July 29-August 2: Space Survival *SOLD OUT*

Explore the fascinating and awe-inspiring experience of space travel!

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August 5-9: Mess Fest *SOLD OUT*

Dig into messy substances and explore the chemical properties of muck and mire!

Scissors, pencil, ruler and car on a colorful cutout collage and cutting mat background for the summer camp Maker Magic.
August 12-16: Maker Magic *SOLD OUT*

Generate ideas, build problem-solving skills and tap into the inner inventor!


Summer Camp Details

Pricing
Five-day summer camps cost $300 for members and $350 for non-members. The July 1–3 STEM Surprise camp costs $180 for members and $210 for non-members.

Camp fees include a daily snack, water bottle and all camp activities. Campers will need to bring their own lunch to help energize them for our scientific adventures.

Schedule
Five-day summer camps will be held from 9:15 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Friday. The July 1–3 STEM Surprise camp is 9:15 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Wednesday. Drop off opens at 8:30 a.m.

To help make these extraordinary experiences possible for all schedules, after-camp care is available until 5:30 p.m. for $50 per week, per child. The July 1–3 STEM Surprise after-camp care costs $30 per child. Families must register for after-camp care prior to using this service.

Waitlist
Summer camps are popular and fill up very quickly. If the camp you would like to attend is sold out, please click here to be added to the waitlist. Please note: the waitlist form will not open until January 29 at 9 a.m.

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.

Scholarships
The application period for scholarships has now closed. Applications were open to current Museum for All member families from January 30 at 9 a.m. – February 13 at midnight. Any entries submitted outside of this period were deleted. Eligible scholarship applications are entered into a lottery drawing. If your application is selected in the drawing, you will be notified by email by February 21.

If you are awarded a scholarship, a $20 fee, per camper is due to hold your camper's spot in camp. This fee will be refunded on the last day of the camp provided your camper(s) attends the full week. The $20 fee can be paid with a credit card, check or cash. Please note that if you are paying with check or cash, this will need to be both paid and refunded in person.

2024 Summer Camp Guide
Includes detailed health and safety protocols, pick-up procedures, what to bring and more!

Questions?

Our Guest Services team is here to help!

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