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five-day camps for grades K-12

Summer Camps

Come beat the heat—and summer brain drain!

Our week-long summer camp experiences are about exploring everything the Museum has to offer. Campers can engage in a wide variety of interdisciplinary activities bridging science, art and engineering. Don't miss out—this summer is going to be a blast!

  • Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Tinker Tots Half-Day: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • One-week sessions available between the weeks of June 24 and August 12, 2024.
  • $400 per camper ($360 for MSI members)
    Tinker Tots Half-Day: $300 per camper ($270 for MSI members)
  • After Camp (3–4 p.m.) available: +$100 per camper
  • Snack and beverage provided. Full-day campers will need to bring a lunch.

Scholarships for camp fees are available for students and their families who demonstrate financial need. Contact us for details.

Giving a camp as a gift? You can give the young scientist an MSI Gift Card in the amount of the camp. Their parent or guardian can later redeem the card, select the camp, and register the camper.

Tinker Tots (K–3)

Engage in hands-on Maker activities that focus on motor skills and color and shape recognition. Each week allows knowledge to build from prior camps, and activities align with NAEYC standards. Full-day camps for grades 2-3; half-day camps for grades K-1.

  • Paper Engineers

    Paper Engineers
    Full-day (grades 2-3): 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Half-day (grades K-1): 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Unfold the wonder that is the art of paper engineering! From creating origami satellites to building urban landscapes, paper can solve it all! Learn how engineers can use the flimsiest of materials to create solid solutions.

    • June 24-28 or July 22-26, 2024

    Full-day registration (gr. 2-3)

    Half-day registration (gr. K-1)

  • Cardboard Wunderkinds

    Cardboard Wunderkinds
    Full-day (grades 2-3): 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Half-day (grades K-1): 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Come join us in our Wanger Family Fab Lab and invent tools and machines with one of the most sustainable materials in the world… cardboard! Use our laser cutters to come up with amazing cardboard creations!

    • July 1-5 or July 29-Aug 2, 2024

    Full-day registration (gr. 2-3)

    Half-day registration (gr. K-1)

  • Designers Toolbox

    Designers Toolbox
    Full-day (grades 2-3): 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Half-day (grades K-1): 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Open up your toolbox and see what you can create using tools from our Wanger Family Fab Lab! Use your toolbox to come up with fun-filled creations for all to enjoy! See what innovations you can create using our 3D printers and laser cutters.

    • July 8-12 or August 5-9, 2024

    Full-day registration (gr. 2-3)

    Half-day registration (gr. K-1)

  • Fiber Arts

    Fiber Arts
    Full-day (grades 2-3): 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Half-day (grades K-1): 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Come learn the fundamentals of sewing and leave with a custom design made by the greatest artist in the world… YOU! See how you can create your own interactive art using tools and techniques from our Wanger Family Fab Lab.

    • July 15-19 or August 12-16, 2024

    Full-day registration (gr. 2-3)

    Half-day registration (gr. K-1)

Exhibit and Event Studios (grades 3–5)

Experience our exhibits through hands-on projects that give you an exclusive and unique perspective. For grades 3–5.

  • Extreme Exhibit Assist

    Extreme Exhibit Assist
    For youth in grades 3 through 5
    Learn how we create interactive and engaging exhibits at MSI, as well as the content that brings an exhibit to life! Get the real VIP experience and go behind the scenes of some of our most iconic creations. Learn how to engage audiences by connecting them to content that matters to you!

    • June 24-28 or July 22-26, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

  • Amplify Yourself

    Amplify Yourself
    For youth in grades 3 through 5
    Listen to the power of you! From instruments to your own body, learn how sounds resonate with the mind, body and soul. Learn about the ability of sound to transform the world around you!

    • July 1-5 or July 29-August 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

  • Space Station A

    Space Station A
    For youth in grades 3 through 5
    From blasting off into the unknown to landing back on solid ground, learn how humans live and work in outer space. Engage with hands-on activities to complete your mission! Discover how human life can survive the elements of outer space and other planets.

    • July 8-12 or August 5-9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

  • Spycraft Workshop

    Spycraft Workshop
    For youth in grades 3 through 5
    Discover the world of iconic international people of mystery through behind-the-scenes tours of some of our popular exhibits! Engage with hands-on STEAM activities to learn how spy gadgets are made. From cars to clothes, learn how technology has evolved in spycraft.

    • July 15-19 or August 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

Young Makers (grades 4–6)

Experience a digital studio full of STEAM learning! Work on new projects each week as you build your Maker skills! For grades 4–6.

  • Design Studio

    Design Studio
    For youth in grades 4 through 6.
    Get your gears turning! Learn how to solve everyday problems by designing unique solutions. Within our Wanger Family Fab Lab’s Design Studio, using prototypes made from a variety of materials and technologies you will get to express your creativity and imagination and see your ideas take shape into your own design solutions.

    • June 24-28 or July 22-26, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

  • Cardboard Mechatronics

    Cardboard Mechatronics
    For youth in grades 4 through 6
    Let’s get moving with some cardboard mechatronics! Whether building a bike, train or robot, these hands-on systems developed in our Wanger Family Fab Lab will help you go the distance! Learn to use cardboard, circuits and sensors to engineer amazing machines!

    • July 1-5 or July 29-August 2, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

  • The World of Circuits

    The World of Circuits
    For youth in grades 4 through 6
    Let’s get connected! Create circuit systems that move and harness electricity and energize the world around us. With these skills at your fingertips, the power is yours!

    • July 8-12 or August 5-9, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

  • Bricks & Scales

    Bricks & Scales
    For youth in grades 4 through 6
    Whether building up or scaling down, use tools from our Fab Lab to build on your engineering skills and literally measure your success! From giant skyscrapers and castles to whole neighborhoods, learn how to build with bricks to scale! Engage in STEAM challenges and create groundbreaking structures.

    • July 15-19 or August 12-16, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

Explorers (grades 6–9)

Dive deep into MSI’s collection to explore science, technology and history. For grades 6–9.

  • Eco Engineers

    Eco Engineers
    For youth in grades 6 through 9
    Dive into the process of thinking like an engineer! Explore exhibits and engage in hands-on STEAM activities that help solve the problems of today to create a better tomorrow. Learn how engineers solve problems, whether local, global or out of this world!

    • June 24-28 or July 22-26, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

  • Secret Agent Science

    Secret Agent Science
    For youth in grades 6 through 9
    Learn what goes into being a secret agent in today’s world. Explore our one-of-a-kind exhibits to see how secret agents utilize new technologies to decode messages, analyze evidence, and catch the culprit! Through hands-on STEAM activities, discover how science can help solve it all.

    • July 1-5 or July 29-August 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

  • Exploration Space

    Exploration Space
    For youth in grades 6 through 9
    Join us on a journey to a destination far, far away! From traveling to the Moon, Mars and beyond, learn what scientists are looking for in the great unknown. Complete your mission with hands-on STEAM activities to help humans survive and thrive while we explore the final frontier!

    • July 8-12 or August 5-9, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

  • Patterned Pathways

    Patterned Pathways
    For youth in grades 6 through 9
    From patterns in nature here on Earth to those within our solar system, explore the beauty of math and composition embedded within environments that are all around us! Engage in hands-on STEAM activities to find out how we use—and are affected by—patterns in our daily lives.

    • July 15-19 or August 12-16, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration

Expand your design thinking by becoming a Bridge Mentor to young camp participants or develop and tackle your own "design thesis" project working with our Wanger Family Fab Lab staff. For grades 7-12.

  • Fab Lab Apprentices

    Fab Lab Apprentices
    For youth in grades 7 through 12.

    • June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug 2, Aug 5-9, or Aug 12-16, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Registration