Inventors! 2018 Summer Camps
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. *Registration Opens March 26th
2018 Summer Camp Schedule
Take Flight!: July 9-13
Prepare for take-off! Engineer your own flying machines, and explore how kites, parachutes, planes, and helicopters work. Campers will design, build, and fly their own rockets!
Make it Move: July 16-20
All aboard! Campers will learn about different modes of transportation, while enjoying hands-on engineering experiments with cars, bridges, submarines, trains, and roller coasters.
Amazing Bodies: July 23-27
Learn more about our amazing bodies and their intricate functions! Campers will explore our senses, limbs, and limitations, while exploring medical inventions like prosthetics and glasses.
Please Note: Registration is still available for Preschool T/Th and Elementary Camps. The Preschool MWF section is full for Amazing Bodies.
Farm to Table: July 30-Aug 3
Get dirty during this week of agricultural discovery! Plant seeds, design and create agricultural tools, and learn about different types of plants. Campers will prepare and enjoy produce from the garden!
Please Note: The Preschool sections are full for Farm to Table. Registration is still available for Elementary Camp.
Toys! Toys! Toys!: Aug 6-10
Build and experiment with building blocks, rubber band toys, circuit toys, and more! Campers will invent and create their own toy prototype.
Structures & Shelters: Aug 13-17
Calling all architects! Learn about towers, forts, pyramids, and other structures. Campers will spend the week planning, designing, and enjoying hands-on building challenges!
Sun & Space: Aug 20-24
Campers will discover a whole new realm of stars, planets, and moons! Explore constellations, navigation, and build a space suit during this week of out-of-this-world fun!
Please Note: The Preschool sections are full for Sun & Space. Registration is still available for Elementary Camp.
We offer morning-only Preschool/Kindergarten Camps for children ages 3-5 as well as all-day Elementary Camps for Grades 1st-4th. We additionally offer morning and aftercare options for our Elementary Camps. When combined with our morning and aftercare options*, all-day camps accommodate families and kids who want to turn their camp experience into an all-day adventure!
*Morning and aftercare options are not available for Preschoolers & Kindergartners. At least one week advance registration required for morning care and aftercare.
Preschool & Kindergarten Camps: 9 AM – 12 PM
Elementary Camps: 9 AM – 4 PM
Before Care (for Elementary Camps): 8 AM – 9 AM
After Care (for Elementary Camps): 4 PM – 5 PM
Our Summer Camps Have…
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.
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.
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.
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. Gilbert House Children’s Museum does not provide 1:1 supervision for participants needing assistance with personal care; however care providers* are welcome to attend camp or classes at no extra charge. Please email Julia Golden, Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to inquire further. Gilbert House Children’s Museum reserves the right to request 1:1 supervision for participants.
*Background Checks for Adults:
If an adult caregiver’s intention for staying is to help their child transition for a portion of the camp day, no background check is needed. If the adult caregiver’s intention is to stay for the entire camp or class to support a child (i.e. first drop-off experience, medical support, need for 1-on-1 support, etc.) they will need to complete a background check. The cost of the background check is $20 and parents will be asked to pay this fee.