CAMPS

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Engage and encourage the young minds in your family. Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as you join Museum educators for fun activities, games, art activities, and many more hands-on projects that explore the arts, science, and math. DCM offers Spring Break Camps, Summer Camps, and Winter Break Camps for ages 3 to 12, so check back often for updated details and registration information. Enrollment is limited and all camps require pre-registration and pre-payment. *Please note that due to construction Summer Camps the weeks of June 15, June 22 and July 6 will be held off site near the Museum at Prairie Elementary School.


2015 Summer Camps

Register Online or call 630-637-8000 ext. 0!

    • Engineering Fun week of July 6

      July 6 – July 10
      9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
      Entering 1st & 2nd Grade

      You can be an engineer! Investigate the difference between mechanical, electrical, environmental engineers, and more as we explore the world of engineering together.

      Children will explore a different kind of engineering each day as they design cars, build bridges and houses to withstand an “earthquake,” experiment with electrical circuits, and explore environmental engineering.

      Please note this camp will be held off site near the Museum at Prairie Elementary School.
    • Engineering to the Rescue! week of July 6

      July 6 – 10
      9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Entering 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

      You are lost on a desert island. How will you get off the island? Engineering is the answer! Discover the difference between types of engineers as you engineer your own rescue.

      They are all stranded on a remote island. The children learn about the different kinds of engineers – civil, mechanical, chemical, environmental, and more. They then use the skills learned to build and create what they need in order to survive on the island and, eventually, get off the island. (i.e. build shelter, find food, build boats, build bridges)

      Please note this camp will be held off site near the Museum at Prairie Elementary School.
    • Up, Up, and Away! week of July 20

      July 20 – 24
      9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
      Entering 1st & 2nd Grade

      It’s not magic – it’s science! Come and discover the basics of flight as we experiment with airplanes, hovercrafts, and even space travel!

      Children will use kites, fans, airplane wings, paper helicopters, balloons and rockets to study the basics of flight – gravity, lift, drag, and thrust. And of course, there’s the DCM hovercraft to ride!
    • The Forces of Flight week of July 20

      July 20 – 24br>9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Entering 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

      Don’t let your summer be a drag! Let us thrust you into the world of flight as we investigate flying – even into space!
    • Crazy Chemistry week of July 27

      July 27 – 31
      9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
      Entering 1st & 2nd Grade

      Get gooey and slimy. Watch things fizz and pop. Learn how to use common household chemicals to WOW your friends and family.

      Common household chemicals and other items are used in new and different ways to experiment with acids and bases, solutions and emulsions, carbon dioxide, and slime.
    • Chemical Concoctions week of July 27

      July 27 – 31
      9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Entering 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

      Gooey, slimy, and fizzy are just some of the reactions you’ll have to this camp. Learn how to use common household chemicals to WOW your family with real chemistry.
    Minimum class size: 7 Maximum class size: 12

    Fee through 5/18 per session $140 members I $170 nonmembers
    Fee after 5/18 per session $175 members I $210 nonmembers

    Preregistration and pre-payment are required. Cancellation policies apply. Must drop off and pick up child at the room door. No camps June 29 – July 3.
    • Trucks, Trains, and Transportation week of June 15

      June 15 – 19
      9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
      Age 3 – Entering Kindergarten

      Get on board for a camp that combines locomotives and mathematics!
      Children will move through this camp exploring numbers, shapes, patterns, and more.

      Please note this camp will be held off site near the Museum at Prairie Elementary School.
    • Crazy Chemists week of June 22

      June 22 – 26
      9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
      Age 3 – Entering Kindergarten

      Put on your lab coat!
      Chemistry experiments and the scientific method will come into play as children discover cool concoctions and changes in matter.

      Please note this camp will be held off site near the Museum at Prairie Elementary School.
    • Building Brainiacs week of July 6

      July 6 – 10
      9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
      Age 3 – Entering Kindergarten

      Engineering, architecture, and design concept are all incorporated into a week focused on the structures, large and small, in our world.

      Please note this camp will be held off site near the Museum at Prairie Elementary School.
    • Art Detectives week of July 13

      July 13 – 17
      9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Age 3 – Entering Kindergarten

      Discover art through math and science! Symmetry, patterns, shape, color, and science concepts all come into play in great works of art.
    • Fly Away and Soar! week of July 20

      July 20 - 24
      9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
      Age 3 – Entering Kindergarten

      Fly, sail, soar, and explore the power of wind and air. Engage in interactive experiences.
    • Earth Adventure Camp week of July 27

      July 27 - 31
      9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Age 3 – Entering Kindergarten

      Earth science concepts come into play as we explore dirt, sand, water, air, and more! Hands-on opportunities fill a week of learning and discovery.
    • Creativity Connections Camp week of August 3

      August 3 – 7br>9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Age 3 – Entering Kindergarten

      Bouncing light, bending a rainbow, and constructing colorful shadows will fill this week of creativity. Build on these activities through interactive experiences.
    Minimum class size: 7 Maximum class size: 20
    Teacher to Camper ratio: 1 to 5

    Fee through 5/18 per session $140 members I $170 nonmembers
    Fee after 5/18 per session $175 members I $210 nonmembers

    Preregistration and pre-payment are required. Cancellation policies apply. Must drop off and pick up child at the room door. No camps June 29 – July 3.
    • Super Hero Engineering LEGO® week of July 20

      July 20 – 24
      9:00 a.m. - Noon
      Ages 5 – 7 | Entering 1st – 3rd Grade

      Build the hideouts and vehicles of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but Super Hero Engineers!
    • Super Hero Master Engineering LEGO® week of July 20

      July 20 – 24
      1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
      Ages 8 – 12 | Entering 4th – 6th Grade

      Explore the tools and techniques of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but super engineers.
    • Girl Powered PRE-Engineering using LEGO®* week of July 27

      July 27 – 31

      9:00 a.m. - Noon
      Ages 5 – 7 | Entering 1st – 3rd Grade

      Taught by women engineers and educators, this course will provide a supportive environment for girls to build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes, and motorized cars.
    • Girl Powered Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO®* week of July 27

      July 27 – 31
      1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
      Ages 8 – 12 | Entering 4th – 6th Grade

      Taught by women engineers and educators, apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture to build arch bridges, motorized cars, skyscrapers, and amusement parks.
    • Mine, Craft, Build Adventure Game using LEGO®** week of August 3

      August 3 – 7
      9:00 a.m. - Noon
      Ages 5 – 7 | Entering 1st – 3rd Grade

      Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice to mine for resources, and use these resources to build special items to help in our adventures!
    • Mine, Craft, Build Survival Game using LEGO®** week of August 3

      August 3 – 7
      1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
      Ages 8 – 12 | Entering 4th – 6th Grade

      Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO®! Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice to mine for resources, craft tools, and watch out for Creepers!
    • Junior Robotics using LEGO® WeDo week of August 10

      August 10 – 14
      9:00 a.m. - Noon
      Ages 7 – 9 | Entering 3rd – 5th Grade

      Build and program robots in this introductory Robotics class using the LEGO® WeDo system. Learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts, and the names of robot components. Work in small groups to complete several projects using tilt and motion sensors.
    • Robotics using LEGO® NXT week of August 10

      August 10 – 14
      1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      Ages 9 - 12 | Entering 5th-7th Grade

      Build and program robots using the LEGO® Mindstorms NXT system! Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups, program and build your robot, and rise to the challenge.
    Minimum class size: 11 Maximum class size: 24

    Fees per weekly session:
    For Play-Well Robotics camps, week of August 10 – 14: $215 member | $250 nonmembers
    For All Other Play-Well camps: $180 member | $210 nonmembers

    Preregistration and pre-payment are required. Cancellation policies apply. Must drop off and pick up child at the room door.

    ©2015 Play-Well TEKnologies LEGO®, the LEGO logo, and the brick and knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group. These programs are not authorized, sponsored, or endorsed by The LEGO Group. Minecraft is a trademark of Mojang AB.

    *In support of the Museum’s policy of inclusion, we will accept registration for both boys and girls for any Play-Well program offered.

    **These LEGO® experiences are an original game designed by Play-Well instructors inspired by the popular Minecraft video game. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft® or LEGO®.



Summer Camps 2015 Cancellation Policy

  • No portion of the camp fee will be refunded as of the day the camp begins.
  • Registrants withdrawing seven days prior to the beginning of the camp will be charged a 50% administrative fee.
  • Registrants withdrawing prior to the week before the camps begin will be charged a 25% administrative fee.
  • Individually missed days of camp cannot be refunded.
  • Call 630.637.8000 ext. 0 to cancel.