Winner of the 2020 and 2021 Lagniappe magazine Nappie Award for Best Summer Camps (Mobile and Baldwin Counties).

Join us for our 2022 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.

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Registration is open for the Exploreum’s summer camps. Camps will begin on June 6th, with the following safety procedures and guidelines:

  • Drop-off is between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
  • 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.–4:30 p.m.
  • 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. . . . . . . . $12.00

Weekly meal plan . . . $35 .00

 

Register Online

  • Click HERE to register now.
  • 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 (preferred) or at 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 $35.
  • Payment is due at the time of registration
  • Camp shirts are required daily and may be purchased for $12 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

June 6th– June 10th

Dinotastic Expedition: Get ready to go on a prehistoric journey to discover the exciting world of dinosaurs. We will learn about all the ways paleontologists study fossils to unlock the secrets of the past.

June 13th– June 17th

Little Symphony: Get ready to go on a tour of the orchestra in this musical camp. We will learn how to play instruments, encounter new rhythms, and create beautiful sounds for all to enjoy.

June 20th– June 24th

Space Cadets: Come tour the starry skies in this out of this world astronomy camp! Campers will experience hands on activities that will let them explore the solar system and beyond.

June 27th– July 1st

Natural Factuals: It’s a great big world out there and we are going to explore it! Join us as we explore the natural world and all of its wonders.

July 11th– July 15th

Artistic Science 101: Break out your inner artist and create masterpieces in this engaging art camp. We will learn how exciting art can be when you add science to the canvas.

July 18th– July 22nd

The Science of Me: Come and learn about the science of us this week! We’ll get to explore the different systems that make up the human body with hands-on activities involving the brain, heart, and lungs!

July 25th– July 29th

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!

August 1st– August 5th

Carnival Science: Let the Science Roll in this Mardi Gras themed science camp. We will experience lots of fun projects inspired by some of Mobile’s fun carnival traditions.

 

6-7 YEARS

June 6th– June 10th

How to Train Your Dinosaur: Have you ever thought about having a dinosaur as a pet? This week campers will learn about various types of dinosaurs, including their different habitats, diets, and even what it would take to train your own dinosaur!

June 13th– June 17th

My BodyWorks: Learn all about the human body and how it works this week with a camp full of anatomy and physiology! We’ll get to explore the different systems that make up the human body with hands-on activities involving the brain, heart, and lungs!

June 20th– June 24th

Artistic Science 102: Break out your inner artist and create masterpieces in this engaging art camp. We will learn how exciting art can be when you add science to the canvas.

June 27th– July 1st

Chemistry Kids: Get ready for a fun week of chemistry camp! Campers will get to participate in hands-on experiments while learning about chemical reactions.

July 11th– July 15th

Into the Deep: Dive below the oceans way and discover a whole new world! Campers will learn and explore our underwater world and the animals that live there!

July 18th– July 22nd

Critter Constructions: Who are the engineers of the wild? Learn how different animals change the world around them and how does it affect the ecosystems they live in.

July 25th– July 29th

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!

August 1st– August 5th

I Spy: 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!

 

8-10 YEARS

June 6th– June 10th

Planetary Pioneers: Explore the deepest reaches of space to find humanity’s newest home! Campers will learn about wondrous exoplanets throughout our galaxy, and will even have the opportunity to create their own exoplanet travel guide!

June 13th– June 17th

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.

June 20th– June 24th

AM/NS Engineering Camp: How did ancient peoples build the Seven Wonders of the World? Explore ancient engineering principles that we still use to create the wonders of today.

June 27th– July 1st

Can you Sense it: Experience the world around you one sense at a time! Students will learn how our bodies process the world around them by experimenting with their own senses.

July 11th– July 15th

Mystery Masters: 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 18th– July 22nd

Artistic Science 103: Break out your inner artist and create masterpieces in this engaging art camp. We will learn how exciting art can be when you add science to the canvas.

July 25th– July 29th

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!

August 1st– August 5th

Intro to Magic: Explore the magical world around us! In this camp, campers will learn about different areas of science each day — from chemical potions to magical creatures. Campers will truly learn that science is magic that works!

 

11-13 YEARS

June 6th– June 10th

AM/NS Engineering Camp – How did ancient peoples build the Seven Wonders of the World? Explore ancient engineering principles that we still use to create the wonders of today.

June 13th– June 17th

Intro to Magic: Explore the magical world around us! In this camp, campers will learn about different areas of science each day — from chemical potions to magical creatures. Campers will truly learn that science is magic that works!

June 20th– June 24th

Forensics 101: 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!

June 27th– July 1st

Artistic Science 104: Break out your inner artist and create masterpieces in this engaging art camp. We will learn how exciting art can be when you add science to the canvas.

July 11th– July 15th

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.

July 18th– July 22nd

Mythmaker Camp: Long ago, our ancestors depending on myths to explain the ever-changing world around them. Campers will explore these myths with hands-on experiments, all while studying the natural phenomena that inspired it all!

July 25th– July 29th

Museum 104: 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!

August 1st– August 5th

City Mouse Survival Camp: How do animals survive and thrive in the concrete jungle? Investigate the surprising biodiversity of the city and the survival hacks that animals use to coexist as our neighbors.

 

Camp 101

Camp Hours

  • Camp Hours are 8:00am-4:30pm

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 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.

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.
  • 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 (preferred) 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 camp 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. If a camper begins to exhibit any contagious symptoms, caregiver(s) will be contacted and will have one hour to arrange for them to be picked up.

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 (preferred) 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@exploreum.com with any additional severe allergy information at least one 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. We do not offer lunch options by the day.
  • 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@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.

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 lists 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