Summer Tinkering Camp FAQ - DuPage Children's Museum

Summer Tinkering Camp Frequently Asked Questions


How long is each camp? How many camp sessions are in a camp week?

Each camp lasts one week; Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – Noon.


Where is Tinkering Camp held?

The majority of Tinkering Camp will be held outdoors at DuPage Children’s Museum. We will have access to outdoor work space as well as playtime in the Museum.


Where will the campers be located during inclement weather?

Camp will be held rain or shine. On rainy days, a greater portion of camp will be held inside the Museum. We will utilize the lower level where we have access to our labs, event spaces and cafe area.


What should be worn/brought to camp?

Comfortable, slightly loose play clothing and closed toed shoes (no sandals, crocs, flip flops) should be worn to camp. Please note that your camper’s clothing will come in contact with paint, markers, grass, and mud and will experience the general wear and tear of a glorious week at summer camp.

Please bring a backpack/bag with:

  • Water Bottle
  • Extra Mask
  • Sunscreen
  • Snack (that can remain in their bag/backpack)


Can you provide a sample schedule for a camp day?

  • 9:00   | Campers Arrive
  • 9:15   | Project Introduction/Safety Training
  • 9:45   | Design, Build, Prototype
  • 10:30 | Snack Break (campers should bring their own snack)
  • 10:45 | Design, Build, Prototype
  • 11:30 | Finish up, Clean up, Play, Pick up


What are the Walking Field Trips?

Once a week we will venture off-site to have a reprieve, do some exploring, and let our wondering inform our work. We will go to the park, walk along the river, or maybe just find an open space to enjoy the sunshine!


What are you doing in regards to the on-going safety concerns around Covid-19?

  • Face masks are required to be worn over the nose and mouth by staff and campers at all times. During snack time, campers will be socially distanced.
  • Cleaning and sanitation will take place throughout the day.
  • Children will be required to frequently wash their hands and use sanitizer.
  • The majority of the camp will take place outdoors, including snack time. 
  • Campers will remain with the same group of children and camp staff for the entire week.
  • Temperature checks will take place at check in each day. If a camper has a fever of 100.4 or greater, they will not be able to participate in camp that day.


Camp participants are asked to perform a COVID-19 self-assessment prior to coming to Camp each day. If your camper is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, please stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • If you or your camper have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with or who has symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days


Will Campers have time to play in the Museum?

Though the majority of our time will be spent in our outdoor work space, we will have plenty of time to play inside the Museum. In the event of inclement weather, we will spend more time inside (while adhering to Covid regulations).


Who will facilitate Tinkering Camp?

Dustin Thacker, Arts and Maker Specialist, will work with a team of staff and interns to create a welcoming, curious and dynamic camp environment. As the Art and Maker Specialist, Dustin creates multi-disciplinary experiences that integrate art, math, and science while designing an environment that reinforces the importance of open-ended and hands-on exploration.


Will there be an opportunity to meet the camp’s facilitator?

There will be a Caregiver Information Meeting scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on the Thursday before each camp begins via video conferencing. This will be your chance to ask questions, better understand what our days will look like , and how to help your child be successful at Tinkering camp.


How will the facilitator communicate with parents throughout the camp?

In addition to the pre-camp Caregiver Information Meeting, a mid-week (Wednesday) email will update caregivers on camper’s progress and participation, give highlights, and offer extra support where needed.


What do I do if someone besides a parent or guardian needs to pick up my child from camp?

If someone besides the designated parent or guardian will be picking up your child, you must fill out the parental consent form in the Registration forms. The person who is to pick up your child must have a valid ID matching the information you provided.


What happens if I am late in picking up my child from camp?

In the event that the pick up person is late, the Museum will bill the camper’s parents $5 for the first five minutes of late time and $1 for each additional minute of late time. A counselor will remain with a child until a parent arrives. Parents are responsible for the late fee if their designated pick up person is late.


What happens if my child has an accident or injury at camp?

We will always put your child’s safety first. Should any injury occur during camp we will contact you immediately. It is important that you complete the Registration Forms as they provide valuable information to counselors about your child’s health history and any specific needs.