Join us for our 2021 Summer Camps!
Our Summer Camps are designed so that each child will have a unique opportunity to have fun while uncovering science, discovering new adventures, and exploring new challenges. Campers will have the opportunity to experience day-long adventures with children their own age while in a safe, facilitated environment with experienced educators. They will participate in creative projects that reinforce STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts and also have full access to exhibits as well as our new PCI Digital Dome Theater.

Registration is open for the Exploreum’s summer camps. Camps will begin on May 31st, with the following safety procedures and guidelines:

  • Drop-off is between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
  • All campers will be no-contact temperature scanned on arrival each day
  • Campers will have exclusive access to all exhibit areas prior to opening to the general public
  • Class sizes will be reduced
  • Camp classes and restrooms will be isolated from the general public
  • Daily lunch options will be available
  • Flexible pick-up times, 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Daily temperature checks and masks for all Exploreum staff and campers
  • Plastic balls have been removed from the Wharf of Wonder
  • Hand sanitizing stations available throughout the building
  • Frequent exhibit and restroom disinfecting

We look forward to having all of our campers back this summer for tons of fun and educational activities!

SIGN UP WHILE SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE!

PRICING: TUITION
(Per WEEK/Per CHILD)
4-13 YRS
General Public. . . . $180.00
Members. . . . . . . . $145.00
Camp t-shirt. . . . . . . . $10.00
Weekly meal plan . . . $30 .00

Register Online (Click here to register)

  • Follow the links online for registration
  • Camp should be selected by the age of your child at the start of their camp week
  • Confirmation materials will be provided after completing registration
  • For questions contact Josie Hilton at jgolden@exploreum.com or 251-208-6892

Tuition

  • Includes snacks twice a day
  • Does NOT include Lunch—lunches may be purchased for the week for an additional fee of $30.
  • Payment is due at the time of registration
  • Camp shirts are required daily and may be purchased for $10 each
  • Exploreum Science Center accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and personal checks. Cash will only be accepted in person.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Refunds requested within two weeks before the start of your camp session will be granted minus a 25% processing fee. Refunds requested within one week of your camp session will be granted minus a 50% processing fee. Refunds requested less than one week before the start of your camp session will not be granted, although camps may be rescheduled at no charge. Additionally, there are no partial refunds for missed days of class.

* The Exploreum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule programs for any reason and capacities are subject to change.

4-5 YEARS

May 31st – June 4th
Little Astronauts: Go on a journey through the solar system and beyond. This camp will guide campers to the moon and stars as we learn all about astronomy.

June 7th – June 11th
What does the lion say?: Learn about the types of animals seen in zoos and the environments that they come from.

June 14th – June 18th
Chemistry Rainbow: Chemistry is twice as fun if it is colorful! Campers will explore chemistry through hands on experiments ranging from endothermic reaction to polymer studies.

June 21st – June 25th
Commotion in the Ocean: Climb aboard our yellow submarine to explore what makes are oceans so special. Campers will learn about sea animals, oceans, and the wonderful Gulf of Mexico.

June 28th – July 2nd
Little Symphony: Come along on a musical journey through the orchestra. Campers will experience playing a myriad of instruments and explore the science that makes sound happen.

July 5th – July 9th
Dinotastic Fun: Go on a dino safari to the distant past! This week campers will learn more fascinating things about their favorite prehistoric animals.

July 12th – July 16th
Museum 101: Come and see the inner workings of the museum world – behind the scenes! Campers will explore the world of museums and learn how exhibits are created and curated in this hands-on camp!

July 19th – July 23rd
Tiny Detectives: Get ready to solve the mystery during this fun-filled week of forensics camp! Campers will learn all about fingerprints, hair and fiber analysis, criminology, and forensics as they work to figure out whodunit!

July 26th – July 30th
Artsy Science: Create vibrant masterpieces in this fun art inspired camp. Our little Picassos will learn about color, style, and some of the greatest artists of all time!

August 2nd – August 6th
Let’s Get Physical Science: A fun and exciting romp through basic science. Campers will perform experiments, test ideas, and see how things work.

6-8 YEARS

May 31st – June 4th
Out of this World: Get ready to explore our solar system! This week campers will learn about planets, particularly about what makes ours so special.

June 7th – June 11th
Brain Games: This week we’re exploring the human brain, with activities that explore our different senses.

June 14th – June 18th
Rad Reactions!: Get ready for a fun week of chemistry camp! Campers will get to participate in hands-on experiments while learning about chemical reactions.

June 21st – June 25th
Dive into the Gulf Coast: Dive into an exploration of life below the waves. Learn about the plants and animals that make up the Gulf Coast ecosystem.

June 28th – July 2nd
Spy Kids: This week campers will delve into the world of forensics with lessons on fingerprints, DNA, hair and fiber analysis, and even a little bit of forensic anthropology!

July 5th – July 9th
Jurassic Kids: Get ready to go back into the past! This week campers will learn about various types of dinosaurs, including their different habitats and diets.

July 12th – July 16th
Museum 102: Come and see the inner workings of the museum world – behind the scenes! Campers will explore the world of museums and learn how exhibits are created and curated in this hands-on camp!

July 19th – July 23rd
Exploreum Zoological Research Base: Learn about the ecosystems of animals around the world. We will use our knowledge to work in teams to dream up a zoo of our own.

July 26th – July 30th
Space Station Spectacular: How do astronauts live in space? What kinds of jobs do they do? Learn what it takes to live and work in space.

August 2nd – August 6th
Wacky Machines: Learn how simple machines work. We will use those machines to build one huge giant machine called a Rube Goldberg.

9-11 YEARS

May 31st – June 4th
Across the Universe!: Journey through the atmosphere and head to the far reaches of space! Campers will learn about the planets and beyond at this exciting summer camp!

June 7th – June 11th
Colorful Chemistry: Get those gloves ready and prepare for some explosive chemistry experiments! In this camp, campers will get hands-on in some crazy chemistry experiments and their reactions!

June 14th – June 18th
Rube Goldbergineering: Learn engineering and physics principles. We will use that knowledge to build a giant Rube Goldberg machine at the end of the week.

June 21st – June 25th
Oceanic Explorers: Dive into the deep ocean and explore the world beneath the seas! Campers will learn about the different ocean zones, ocean wildlife, and conservation in this camp.

July 12th – July 16th
Museum 103: Come and see the inner workings of the museum world – behind the scenes! Campers will explore the world of museums and learn how exhibits are created and curated in this hands-on camp!

July 19th – July 23rd
The Art of Monster Science: Experience a spooky week featuring Hollywood’s most beloved monsters. See beyond the movie magic and learn about the science behind vampires, ghosts, and even mummies!

July 26th – July 30th
Wizardry Camp: Experience the world around us in a new, magical way! Students will study Astronomy, Potions, and even look into the Care of Magical creatures in this classic Exploreum Camp!

August 2nd – August 6th
CSI: Mobile: Get ready to solve the mystery during this fun-filled week of forensics camp! Campers will learn all about fingerprints, hair and fiber analysis, criminology, and forensics as they work to figure out whodunit!

11-13 YEARS

June 28th– July 2nd
AM/NS Engineering Camp – Learn engineering and physics principles. We will use that knowledge to build a giant Rube Goldberg machine at the end of the week.

July 5th – July 9th
Airbus Flight Camp – Explore the principles of flight on Earth and in space. Learn how the laws of physics are used differently for terrestrial and space flight.

Camp 101

Camp Hours

  • Camp Hours are 8:00am-5:00pm

First Day of Camp

  • Check-in will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. We strongly encourage you to arrive by 8:15am on Monday mornings to accommodate the longer check-in times. Please be mindful of social distancing procedures when dropping off and allow for more time for check-in. Please have your forms filled out before arrival as well.
  • Anticipate delays of 10-15 minutes on Monday mornings as there are forms that parents will need to fill out during check-in. Parents will need to park their vehicles and come inside the Exploreum’s front entrance on Government St. Two-hour parking spaces are available on Royal St., and paid parking is available at Cooper Riverside Park off of Water St. or at Fort Conde Parking off of Royal St.

Check-In

  • Check-in will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the atrium
  • Please use the loading zone in front of the building to park and escort your child inside to check-in (Tuesday-Friday). Caregivers are required to sign in their camper in each day. Please do not allow your camper to enter the building alone.
  • Temperatures of every camper will be checked daily with a contactless thermometer. Anyone with a fever will not be allowed to attend camp. Parents will not be admitted into the building beyond the drop off area. Restrooms and other areas are off limits to parents/caregiver in order to maintain our sanitation and safety efforts.

Check-Out

  • Check-Out will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30pm in the atrium
  • Please use the loading zone in front of the building to park and walk in to check-out your child (Monday-Friday). Caregivers are required to sign in their camper out each day. No camper will be allowed to leave the building without a caregiver.
  • All caregivers are required to show identification before being permitted to leave with a camper. Please make sure to include all potential caregivers on registration forms, as anyone not on the approved list will not be permitted to leave with a camper.

Late Arrival or Early Departure

  • Please notify camp staff if your child will be arriving late or leaving early from camp at any point in the week. Advance notice is encouraged to ensure the best experience for your camper.
  • It might take 10 – 15 minutes to retrieve your camper from class. Please remain in the designated pick up area while waiting. Again, we are trying to keep campers separated from the general public.
  • In the event your camper will need to be dropped off late or picked up early you will need to park at the two-hour parking on Royal St., or in the paid parking lots at Cooper Riverside Park and Fort Conde Parking. The loading zone at the entrance to the building will not be accessible.

Authorized Persons for Camper Pick Up
Remember: Adults authorized for pick-up must be listed as an emergency contact or authorized pick-up person on your camper’s online registration form and present a valid picture ID at check-out. Campers will be released from camp only if:

  • The adult is listed on your camper(s)’ approved pickup/emergency contact list online and they present a valid photo ID. Changes can be made by contacting Josie Hilton at jgolden@exploreum.com or at 251-208-6892.

Essential Functions of a Camper
We want every camper’s experience at camp to be positive and memorable.

To provide that experience campers should be able to:

  • Move independently from place to place
  • Take care of their own personal needs
  • Have effective interactions in our group-based environment
  • Abide by camp behavior expectations

Camp Behavior Expectations
Appropriate behavior is a key component to a successful summer camp experience. This requires the cooperation of everyone, including the Exploreum staff, campers and parents or guardians. Ongoing disruptive behavior, fighting, and abusive or inappropriate language will not be tolerated.

Campers who are unable to follow Exploreum camper behavior expectations will be dismissed from camp.  Refunds will not be granted if a camper is dismissed, although any future camps booked will be refunded.

Managing Behavior
The camp staff are trained, compassionate childcare educators. We want every camper to achieve success and have a positive camp experience. Summer camp coordinators will work diligently to reward campers for positive behavior and continually strive to identify any situation that might prevent a camper from having a successful day.

Caregiver Notification
Caregivers are an essential part of the camp team. Camp staff may reach out to you periodically to communicate with you about your camper or seek your advice and guidance. We believe in good communication with our camp families and strive to be in contact about any situation concerning your camper and their experience. In the event that your camper becomes ill or injured we will do the following:

  • Caregivers will be contacted immediately by phone in the event that your camper becomes ill or injured during camp.
  • If the caregiver(s) cannot be reached, camp staff will contact the emergency contacts listed in the information completed during the camp registration process until someone is notified.
  • In some cases, your camper might need to be picked up early from camp depending on the severity of the illness or injury. In the event that a camper needs to be picked up early, caregiver(s) will have one hour to arrange for them to be picked up.

Illness
For the safety of all camps attendees, campers with contagious symptoms (i.e. fever, rash, lice, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) will not be permitted to attend camp. They can return to camp once they have been symptom-free for 24 hours. Temperatures will be checked daily and also in the event that a camper begins to exhibit symptoms a parent or caregiver will be notified.

Camper Information
Camper information will only be released to the authorized caregivers listed on the camper’s registration form. It is the responsibility of the caregiver completing the registration to include all authorized persons in the camp registration fields. If you need to add a caregiver to the list please contact Josie Hilton at jgolden@exploreum.com, or at 251-208-6892.

Medication
The Exploreum does not administer oral or topical medications. Children must be able to administer or take medication by themselves; camp staff cannot administer any type of medication, except for EpiPen and rescue inhalers.

Epipens & Rescue Inhalers
The Exploreum has staff who can administer EpiPens and rescue inhalers in the event of an emergency. Please email Josie Hilton at jgolden@www.exploreum.com with any additional severe allergy information at least a week prior to camp. The Exploreum cannot accept medication that is expired. Required medications must be in the original packaging with prescription label and placed in a Ziploc bag labeled with the child’s name and dosage.

Lunches and Snacks
Campers with specific dietary needs or food allergies are encouraged to bring their own lunch and snack daily.

  • Campers purchasing our lunch option should review the menu carefully.

If you have any questions about the menu options please contact the Cafe at 251-208-6815.

  • Families that have selected to prepare their own food should pack a lunch and drinks for each day.
  • Lunches can only be purchased for the entire week
  • If a camper forgets his or her lunch, a camp meal will be provided. Parents will be responsible for paying a $6 lunch fee at camp check-out.
  • Due to the nature of our facility, we are not a nut-free environment. However, we do discourage packing nut products in lunches and we do not serve nut products in our lunches. If you have specific questions or concerns about nut allergies please contact Josie Hilton at jgolden@www.exploreum.com or at 251-208-6892.

What to Wear
Campers should come to camp dressed to experiment, play, and have fun.

Their clothes should be comfortable and easy to button, snap, or zip to foster independence.

  • Camp shirts must be worn every day of summer camp. For security reasons, campers without a camp shirt will not be permitted to attend camp.
  • Campers should wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes and be prepared to go outside each day (weather permitting). Sandals, flip-flops, and roller shoes are NOT permitted.
  • Campers are encouraged to bring a light sweater or jacket.
  • Please send your campers in clothing that they can easily fasten themselves during bathroom breaks. In the event that your child is unable to fasten his/her own clothing, camp staff will contact you to make you aware of the situation. For that camp day, camp management will assist your camper as needed. (For younger campers, it’s advised to send a change of clothes.)

What Not to Bring

  • Personal items are strictly prohibited. All electronic devices, MP3 players, cell phones, personal gaming devices and toys are not allowed during the camp day.
  • If the camp staff finds one of these items it will be confiscated and held until the end of the day. At that time, it will be returned to the caregiver.

Personal Property Policy
The Exploreum is not responsible for any personal items that the camper brings with them. It is strongly recommended that items such as sweaters, lunch boxes, and water bottles are labeled with the camper’s first and last name.

  • Cell phones are not allowed at camp, but if a cell phone must be brought to camp, it must be put away during camp hours (8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.). This applies to cell connected smart watches.
  • Campers are prohibited from bringing personal sports equipment, electronic equipment, trading cards, toys, or live animals.

Activities
Throughout the camp week, your camper(s) will experience a variety of activities and experiences tied to a theme. Themes have been selected to support various STEM disciplines. Each day campers will be exposed to hands-on experiments and guided activities. When appropriate, The Exploreum exhibits and programs are integrated into the lessons and activities to reinforce the theme.

Our day is broken into four blocks with lunch and recess in the middle. At least one block each day will be spent exploring the Science Center or watching a film or live show. Exercise and outdoor play are also an important part of childhood; therefore, children will spend up to 30 minutes each day outside engaged in recess activities (weather permitting). During this time, children will have access to bathrooms and water as needed.

If there are any activities your camper should not participate in, please note it on your online registration. Please note: Activities over the course of the summer might include but are not limited to: use of science tools and apparatus, group work, getting messy, visiting exhibits, building, cutting, recess games, large format movies, writing, drawing, crafts, and singing.

Additional Information
Labeling Items such as lunch boxes with the camper’s name is highly encouraged. The Exploreum is not responsible for any personal items.

Program capacities are subject to change.

The Exploreum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule programs for any reason.

Individuals requiring special accommodations should submit a written request to the Education Department 30 days prior to the start of the camp session.

Wait List
Wait list are available for camp weeks that have reached capacity. Please email your child’s name, age, and interested camp week to jgolden@exploreum.com. If a spot becomes available, we will notify you via email and prompt you to complete online registration.

Important Numbers
If you need to reach camp staff during the day, please call the Box Office at 251-208-6893.