Summer Camps

Summer Camp Registration Opens Soon

Member Registration Opens Saturday, March 19, 2022
Nonmember Registration Opens Sunday, March 27, 2022


Summer Camps at Gilbert House

Summer camps at Gilbert House Children's Museum utilize a hands-on, inquiry-based approach. Experienced educators guide all the learning opportunities. Our staff, our methods, and our children’s museum environment create the perfect combination for a fantastic summer camp experience. Camps are designed to be fun, creative, and original as we highlight the best of what the Museum has to offer.  

*If you are a member, be sure to set up your online account so you will receive your Member Discount for camp registration.  Registration is online only.  Please email if you need assistance, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.  

We offer all-day Elementary Camps for Grades 1 - 4. We additionally offer morning and aftercare options for our camps. At least one week advance registration required for morning care and aftercare.

Price List

Camp Schedule:


Elementary Camps:  9 AM - 4 PM
Before Care (for Elementary Camps):  8 AM - 9 AM
After Care (for Elementary Camps): 4 PM - 5 PM

Register for Before and/or After Care 



Click on the link below to register for before or after care for any summer camp registration.

July 5-8:  Magician Camp
ABRACADABRA! Learn to dazzle and amaze through a variety of magic tricks and chemical reactions. Each camper will construct a magic kit to take home.

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July 11-15:  Engineer Camp
Hold on for this wild ride! Blast a stomp rocket, launch a solar-powered car, float a sailboat, and test your parachute. Experiment with the mechanics of getting from here to there.

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July 18-22: Artist Camp
Campers will gain experience with different mediums of art including watercolors, acrylic paints, textiles, and clay. Campers will develop new skills and hone their creativity.

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July 25-29:  Scientist Camp
For the curious, and the daring! Entice the senses with chemical reactions, ooey-gooey slime creations, and egg drop challenges. Combine the perfect ingredients for a lava lamp, and make scientific observation.

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August 1-5:  Inventor Camp
Campers will dream up their own invention and build a prototype during Inventor Camp. Campers will also be tasked with daily inventions and innovation challenges such as inventing outdoor games and improving everyday items.

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July 8-12:  Astronaut Camp
Get ready to blast off on a "Mission to Mars"! Campers will build catapults to learn about craters, design a Mars colony, build mini-rovers and launch rockets as they become aerospace engineers for a week.

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August 15-19:  Best-Of Camp
Can't decide or love them all?  This week will be an exciting combination of the "best activities" from the entire summer.

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Our Summer Camps Have...

Hands-on Learning
Our summer camps help kids learn to use real objects as they explore real-world concepts. Our unique museum environment is filled with hands-on learning opportunities for campers of all ages.

Small Groups
Our small staff to student ratio allows for personal instruction. Our campers benefit as a close-knit team of learners, allowing for advanced activities unique to Gilbert House Children's Museum. COVID safety and masking guidelines provided by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will be strictly followed.

All-day Options
We offer the convenience of optional morning and afternoon extended care. Full day camps run from 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.; with extended care available from 8:00-9:00 A.M. and 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Experienced Educators
Our camp staff are trained museum educators who understand how to engage kids in out-of-school environments. Our educators bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with campers and go through a thorough background check and interview process.

Set Your Child Up for Success...

Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate in our camps and classes. In order to ensure a fun and safe experience for your child, please inform us if your child has any allergies and/or special needs. Please email Julia Golden, Programs Coordinator, at if you would like to inquire further. Gilbert House Children’s Museum reserves the right to request 1:1 supervision for participants.