Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Summer Camps at Gilbert House

Get ready to explore “a world full of big ideas” together this summer!  Camps at Gilbert House Children’s Museum utilize a hands-on, inquiry-based approach.  Experienced educators guide all the learning opportunities and encourage a balance of active play with real-world learning.  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 16th!

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 education@acgilbert.org if you need assistance, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.  Registration closes one week before each camp session begins.

Camp Options/Prices

We offer morning Preschool Camps, afternoon Kinder Camps, and all-day Elementary Camps!  See our recommended ages below to find the right group for your child.  We additionally offer Before/After Care options for Elementary Campers.

Preschool Camps:  Ages 3-4
          Campers must be at least 3 years-old by the first day of camp.
Kinder Camps:  Age 5 
          Campers must turn 5 by Sept 1st.
Elementary Camps:  Ages 6-9
          Campers must turn 6 by Sept 1st. 

Prior to registration, please read our camp policies and payment/cancellation policies HERE.

Camp Schedule:

All camps run Monday-Friday.

Preschool Camps:  9 AM – 12 PM
Kindergarten Camps: 1 PM – 4 PM
Elementary Camps:  9 AM – 4 PM
Before Care (Elementary Camp Only):  8 AM – 9 AM
After Care  (Elementary Camp Only): 4 PM – 5 PM

2020 Camp Themes & Dates:


July 6-10:  Artist Camp
Elementary: 
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!

 Preschool/Kinder:  Campers will gain experience with different art techniques including splatter painting, working with clay, and “berry painting.”  Campers will develop new skills and hone their creativity!


July 13-17:  Zoologist Camp
Elementary: 
All about animals!  Explore habitats, the food chain, and symbiotic relationships.  Campers will participate in owl pellet dissection labs and active learning.

Preschool/Kinder:  All about animals!  Discover the elements of creature habitats and the food chain that connects them all.  Campers will explore what animals need in order to survive.


July 20-24:  Magician Camp
Elementary:  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.

Preschool/Kinder:  Abracadabra!  Learn to dazzle and amaze through a variety of magic tricks and chemical reactions.  Campers will enjoy magic-themed crafts and activities.


July 27- July 31:  Engineer Camp
Elementary: 
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.

Preschool/Kinder:  Hold on for this wild ride!  Blast a stomp rocket, launch a loop plane, and float a sailboat.  Campers will enjoy the active learning components during this week of movement study.


August 3-7:  Wacky Scientist Camp
Elementary:
  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 observations.

Preschool/Kinder:  For the curious little scientist!  Entice the senses with chemical reactions, ooey-gooey slime creations, and brain-bending oobleck… Is it a solid, a liquid, or can it be both?


August 10-14:  Secret Agent Camp
Elementary:  Shh… we’re going undercover during this week of top-secret fun.  Campers will encode secret messages, learn the art of disguise, and bring a mystery to life during a live game of CLUE at the Museum.

Preschool/Kinder:  Shh… we’re going undercover during this week of top-secret fun.  Campers will construct binoculars, observe the world around them through a periscope, and solve a sneaky mystery.


August 17-21:  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!


Our Summer Camps Have…

Hands-on Learning
Our summer camps help children learn through 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.

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. Gilbert House Children’s Museum does not provide 1:1 supervision for participants needing assistance with personal care; however, personal aides* are welcome to attend camp or classes at no extra charge. Please email Julia Golden, Programs Coordinator, at education@acgilbert.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 a personal aide intends to accompany a child, 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.