Keep your children entertained and educated, even when they’re out of school for the summer! The Children’s Museum has fun and learning planned throughout the summer. Each camp week has a theme and is packed with scientific investigation, experiments, crafts, and educational games all in the safe and educational environment of our museum. Of course, there’s plenty of time to explore our hands-on, interactive exhibits, see one of our amazing planetarium shows, and have an up-close encounter with a live animal.
Summer Vacation Science Camp is for children entering grades 1– 6.
(MUST BE AT LEAST 6 YEARS OLD)
Join us for a fun and interactive experience to remember! Experienced staff * State licensed * Safe and positive environment
June 24-28: Critter Camp Hands-on animal encounters with opportunities to get up close, feed and hold many different animals including a hedgehog, turtle, ferret, and guinea pigs.
July 1-5 (no July 4): Frogs, Toads & Salamanders Campers will be introduced to an exciting diversity of amphibians. We will learn how to identify frogs by their calls and tadpoles. *Cost: Full Day $236/wk Members, $260/wk Non-Members; Half Day $148/wk Members, $160/wk Non-Members
July 8-12: Busy Builders Bridges, towers, ramps, inventions! Campers will spend the week using their imagination and engineering skills to solve engineering challenges. We will also create amazing mazes for our animals.
July 15-19: Super Science Liquid nitrogen ice cream is back! This is a week filled with interactive experiments. Join us for astonishing experiments exploring chemistry, engineering, biology and more.
July 22-26: Reptile Encounters Our wildlife sanctuary is home to dozens of reptiles. This week will offer exciting reptile experiences including bathing lizards, racing turtles, and learning how to hold snakes. Meet our giant snapping turtle too!
July 29-August 2: Animal Keepers Go behind the scenes and help us care for animals. Activities will include preparing food, feeding and exercising animals. A veterinarian will be here to teach us about keeping animals healthy and how to care for injured animals.
August 5-9: Marvelous Mammals Have a blast meeting different furry animals for the week. Campers will have a chance to interact with many of our mammals including our chinchilla, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets.
August 12-16: Fantastic Beasts From dragons to unicorns, become a magizoologist and join us for a mythical week including making dragon eggs, doing magical experiments, and learning the myths behind our constellations.
August 19-23: To the Extreme Join us for a high energy, action packed week of end-of-the-summer fun! We will have obstacle courses, relay races, and scavenger hunts throughout the museum. *Please note obstacle courses will be made of safe materials including hula hoops, cones and pool noodles.
Have questions? Check out our Vacation Science FAQ section below, or contact us by email: email@example.com or phone: 860.231.2830 x 440
• Children entering grades 1 – 6 in the Fall (must be at least 6 years old)
• Completed health form including immunization record, signed by a physician
• Completed parent and authorized prescriber permission form for any child requiring medications or inhaler, including Epi-Pen, needed during camp hours.
Full Day Week: 9:00am to 4:00pm Half Day Week: 9:00am to 12:30pm
Cost: per camp week
TCM/RBNC Members: $185/HALF DAY WEEK; $295/FULL DAY WEEK Non-Members: $200/HALF DAY WEEK; $325/FULL DAY WEEK
July 4th Week Members: $236/FULL; $148/HALF Non-Members: $260/FULL; $160/HALF
All program fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
1. Print out the Summer 2019 Camp Flyer. Send the completed form to The Children’s Museum by mail:
The Children’s Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford, CT 06119
We accept MasterCard, Visa, checks or cash. Please make checks payable to “The Children’s Museum”. Please note: your child is not registered for camp unless full payment has been received.
2. Call our Registration Department at (860) 231-2830 ext. 440
As a licensed Youth Camp approved by the State of Connecticut, we are required to comply with state regulations. For the safety and well-being of your child, he/she may not participate in our program unless we have the following health information on file:
- A completed, up-to-date health form signed by a physician
- The date of your child’s last exam must be indicated and must fall within three years of the last day of camp for which you are registering.
- A current immunization record
- Completed parent and authorized prescriber permission form for any child requiring medications, including Epi-Pen, during camp hours.
Click here for a blank health form. You have the option to provide us with a copy of the medical form on file at your child’s school or a health form from another licensed camp, as long as the above information is included. Be sure to check out our frequently asked questions section below before you come to Vacation Science.
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Vacation Science FAQs
Is The Children’s Museum a licensed camp? Our Vacation Science Camp, which includes our Summer Science program, is licensed by the State of Connecticut as a Youth Day Camp.
Who comprises the staff? All instructors are staff Educators from The Children’s Museum’s. Camp counselors are either local high school or college students. All of our camp staff have previous experience either working with children or at our museum and have proper First Aid training.
How are children grouped? Children are grouped according to grade level. Typically first and second graders make up the younger group; with third graders and up comprising the older group. The number of children signed up for a grade on any particular week dictates grouping. There may be times when it is necessary to deviate from our normal grouping pattern.
Can children be grouped with friends? Parents must request that their child be grouped with a friend at the time of registration. If registering by mail, please indicate this on the registration form. Activities and groups are carefully planned therefore it is not possible to switch groups the day of the program. Please remember that children are grouped according to grade level. We will do everything to honor your request but please understand that it may be necessary for a child to be placed in a group that is not grade appropriate if they request to be with an older or younger friend.
Who can attend the program? Summer Science Camp is for children entering grades 1 – 6 in the fall.
Is there a nurse on duty? As a licensed day camp, we are not required to have a nurse on duty. A staff member, who has completed the First Aid and CPR courses required by the state, serves as our on-site Health Director. Our Camp Health Directors are also trained in Basic Medication Administration, including Epi-Pens.
Can a child on medication attend the program? A child on medication may attend our camp. Our Camp Health Directors are trained in Basic Medication Administration, including Epi-Pens. Parents/guardians requesting medication administration for their child while at camp must provide appropriate written authorization(s). This includes authorization for all topical, oral, and inhalant medication applications. An Authorized Prescriber is required to complete and sign a portion of the Medication Authorization Form for all medications other than a non-prescription topical. This form must be submitted to us one week prior to attending camp. All medication must be in the original container with the Pharmacy name and Prescription Number easily identifiable. The medication should be appropriately labeled and have a current date. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 860.231.2830 x 440 for details.
What is the time for the programs? Summer Science Camp has a full day session from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or a half-day session from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
When can we arrive at the museum? Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Check in at the Museum’s Main Entrance.
When is pick-up time for children? Parents should make arrangements to pick up the children promptly at 4:00 p.m. If your child is attending the half-day program, pick-up time is 12:30 p.m. It is important that campers are picked up on time as the Museum’s normal closing time is 4:00 p.m.
What is the cancellation/refund policy? Program fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please call the Children’s Museum if your child will be absent from camp.
Will confirmation letters be sent after registering? Confirmations are not sent. Assume your child is registered unless you are contacted. Feel free to call at any time to verify your child’s registration.
What should each child bring?
- Simple snack and bagged lunch (lunch for FULL DAY ONLY). Food and drink will be refrigerated. The Department of Public Health now requires that all lunches be stored in a paper bag. Please do not send food in a thermal lunch box or container as those containers, when refrigerated, prohibit the food from reaching the required temperature deemed safe by the Department of Public Health.
- Dress for possible outdoor activities.
- Shopping money for our Gift Store (optional).