CAMPS

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Engage and encourage young minds with our camp offerings! Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as you join Museum educators for fun activities, games, crafts, and other 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.


2015 Summer Camps

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

    • Make It Move SMC-115

      June 22 – 26
      9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
      Entering 1st & 2nd Grade

      What helps things move? Machines! Join us for a week of investigation, experimentation, and building with simple and compound machines.

      First, we’ll study the simple machines, then move on to the forces that make things move like gravity and magnetism. We’ll experiment with energy sources and finish with playing with robots. Children will make several projects to take home.
    • Engineering Fun SMC-215

      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.
    • Building Basics SMC-315

      July 13 – 17
      9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
      Entering 1st & 2nd Grade

      What do you get when you combine tools and math? Cool, colorful fun! We will build projects based on geometry, patterns, estimating, and more!

      Building projects will be the focus during the exploration of math subjects – estimation, measurement, geometry, and patterns. They will also study how math and art work together, particularly in architecture.
    • Up, Up, and Away! SMC-415

      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!
    • Crazy Chemistry SMC-515

      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.
    • Ready for Robots? SMC-615

      June 22 – 26
      9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Entering 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

      Robotics, electric circuits, and simple machines are all investigated in this highly hands-on camp. Each participant will make their own simple robot to take home.

      Children first will learn about how things move by studying and experimenting with the simple machines and using our Electricity Discovery Bags to create electric circuits. They then use this knowledge to design and create their own simple robot.
    • Engineering to the Rescue! SMC-715

      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)
    • Cardboard Construction SMC-815

      July 13 – 17
      9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Entering 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

      The carpenter’s first rule: measure twice, cut once! Learn the basics of carpentry and how to safely use real tools to construct a useable piece of furniture out of cardboard.

      Children learn the importance of measurement and practice with real tools (saws, awls, slot cutters) to build increasingly more complex projects throughout the week. This is all leading up to constructing a useable piece of furniture to take home, made out of triple-thick cardboard.
    • The Forces of Flight SMC-915

      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!
    • Chemical Concoctions SMC-1015

      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 PSC-61515

      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.
    • Crazy Chemists PSC-62215

      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.
    • Building Brainiacs PSC-70615

      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.
    • Art Detectives PSC-71315

      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! PSC-721015

      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 PSC-72715

      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 PSC-80315

      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® PW-515

      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!
    • Girl Powered PRE-Engineering using LEGO®* PW-715

      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.
    • Mine, Craft, Build Adventure Game using LEGO®** PW-915

      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!
    • Junior Robotics using LEGO® WeDo PW-1115

      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.
    • Super Hero Master Engineering LEGO® PW-615

      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 Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO®* PW-815

      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 Survival Game using LEGO®** PW-1015

      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!
    • Robotics using LEGO® NXT PW-1215

      August 10 – 14
      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.