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We’re open! Join us Mondays March 30 and April 6 for extra days of play!

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Museum Hours: Tues - Sun 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. plus the last Monday of each month.

Camps at Madison Children’s Museum

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Sign up for some serious school-age fun!

Kids have lots of interests, so our spring, summer, and winter camps have lots to offer—from art and fashion to cooking and technology.

Summer Camp online registration is now open!

For registration questions, or to be added to the waiting list for a sold-out camp session, please contact Kelley at 608.256.6445 ext. 156 or by email.

Morning camps run 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Afternoon camps run 1 – 5 p.m. Campers are asked to bring a lunch to morning camps and a snack to afternoon camps.

Fees and Payment

Standard camp fees are $117 per session for museum members and $130 per session for nonmembers. Higher rates apply to the Day and Night at the Museum overnight camp, and the two-week Musical Theater camp sessions (open individual camp descriptions for fee information).

For information about program cancellation, withdrawal, and refunds, please see our cancellation policy.

Scholarships are available through the museum’s Access Membership program.

To apply for a scholarship, download and return the Summer Camp Scholarship Application Form to MCM.

If you are applying for summer camp scholarship(s), register for camps by downloading our 2015 Summer Camp Registration Form (pdf) instead of using online registration. Please email, mail, or drop off the Summer Camp Registration Form along with the Summer Camp Scholarship Application Form to Madison Children’s Museum.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete the MCM forms.

Coming later this spring: registered participants will be emailed full camp itineraries, permission form, general camp information, and optional lunch/snack ordering from our Roman Candle Sparkler Cafe.


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Sheep-to-Shawl Camp (SOLD OUT)

March 30 @ 9:30 am - April 3 @ 1:30 pm

Note: This camp is full; registration has closed. 

In this five-day camp, students of all ages will learn how to process raw wool: wash, card, and dye it. They can use their roving to spin yarn for knitting or crochet, or needle felt a project.

Best for ages 8 years and older (adults welcome!)

Camp runs March 30-April 3, 9:30am-1:30pm.

$117 for museum members

$130 for non-members

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Pioneer Living Camp

June 15 @ 9:00 am - June 19 @ 1:00 pm

Try your hand at pioneer living. Work with traditional tools; communicate and trade with Native American neighbors; attend school in a one-room schoolhouse; grow, cook, and preserve food; and more! Dates: June 15-19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages: completing grades 1-5.

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Project FUNway Camp (SOLD OUT)

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - June 19 @ 5:00 pm

Note: This camp is full; registration has closed. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact the registrar by email.

Sketch designs, learn sewing techniques, and choose from recycled fabrics to bring your fashionable vision to life for a grand finale runway show. Dates: June 15-19, 1-5 p.m. Ages: completing grades 1-5.

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Miniature Worlds Camp

June 22 @ 9:00 am - June 26 @ 1:00 pm

Great things can come in very small packages! In the Miniature Worlds summer camp, we will be making terrariums, doll houses, dioramas, tiny foods, miniature figures, and more. What miniature world will YOU want to create? Dates: June 22-26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages: Completing grades 1-5.

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Nature Photography Camp

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - June 26 @ 5:00 pm

Explore photography and sketching in the great outdoors! Create sun prints, hand-tinted photos, and film and digital prints. Includes field trips and gallery tours. Dates: June 22-26, 1-5 p.m. Ages: completing grades 1-5.

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Young Environmentalists Camp

June 29 @ 9:00 am - July 3 @ 1:00 pm

Do you want to learn more about what you can do to help protect the earth?  Campers will explore topics related to preserving the natural environment such as sustainability, biodiversity, urban ecology and biomimicry.   We will do many  hands-on activities and explorations with live plants and animals  that live on the four-season green roof of the museum. Dates: June 29-July 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages: completing grades 1-5.

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Young Chefs Camp: Beginner Level (SOLD OUT)

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - July 3 @ 5:00 pm

Note: This camp is full; registration has closed. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact the registrar by email.

Join us as we explore all aspects of cooking delicious meals. We will learn basic kitchen skills like chopping, dicing, measuring, and how to read and follow a recipe.  We will harvest our own herbs, collect fresh eggs, and cook using the power of the sun.  Each day we will practice our skills by preparing and sharing an afternoon snack.  We will also have the opportunity to visit the local farmers’ market, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of a grocery store.  Parents will be invited to share in a scrumptious tasting prepared by their children on the last day of camp.  Camp dates: June 29-July 3, 1-5 p.m. Ages: best suited for children completing grades 1-3 .

Please let us know if your child has any allergies.

 

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3D Printing Party Camp

July 6 @ 9:00 am - July 10 @ 1:00 pm

Join us at for a 3D Printing Party camp in offered in collaboration with UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery.  Explore 3D printing while working with the latest technology to design and print a one of a kind 3D model of your creation.  Dates: July 6-10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages: completing grades 3-5.

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Young Chefs Camp: Advanced Level (SOLD OUT)

July 6 @ 1:00 pm - July 10 @ 5:00 pm

Note: This camp is full; registration has closed. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact the registrar by email.

Join us for an exciting week of mastering kitchen skills like dicing and sautéing, exploring unique flavor combinations, and creating delicious recipes.  Each day we will prepare and share an afternoon snack, and engage in fun team challenges, such as a Salsa Showdown or a Flavor Faceoff, to practice what we’ve learned.  We will also have the opportunity to harvest herbs and vegetables from the Rooftop garden, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of a grocery store.  Parents are invited to share in a delectable tasting prepared by their children on the last day of camp.  Camp dates:  July 6-10, 1-5 pm.  Ages:  best suited for children completing grades 3-5.

Please let us know if your child has any allergies.

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Spy Camp

July 13 @ 9:00 am - July 17 @ 1:00 pm

Earn your super-sleuth spy badge as you learn science techniques to help crack a case. Campers will create their own spy kits and use them to hone their communication, observation and critical thinking skills through top-secret games and field trips to nearby locations.

Dates: July 13-17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages: completing grades 3-5.

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Day & Night at the Museum Camp (SOLD OUT)

July 13 @ 1:00 pm - July 17 @ 5:00 pm

Note: This camp is full; registration has closed. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact the registrar by email.

Who hasn’t dreamed of spending the night at a museum after the doors have been locked? You don’t have to dream anymore. Spend the week learning the secrets of behind-the-scenes operations at Madison Children’s Museum. Then spend a magical night at the museum on Thursday and see what really happens when the visitors go home. Dates: July 13-16, 1-5 p.m., with overnight sleepover on Thursday ending at 9 a.m. Friday. Ages: completing grades 1-5.

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Musical Theater Camp: Cast

July 20 @ 9:00 am - July 31 @ 1:00 pm

Join us for a special two-week camp session led by instructors from MadCAP (Madison Creative Arts Program). We will produce a musical theater show with live performances on Friday afternoon, July 31. The morning camp session will include casting and rehearsals, including, character development, script-learning, music and movement, and blocking. More details about the production to come! Dates: July 20-24 and July 27-31, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., plus performances on the afternoon of July 31. Ages: completing grades 1-6.

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Musical Theater Camp: Stagecraft

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - July 31 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for a special two-week camp session led by instructors from MadCAP (Madison Creative Arts Program). We will produce a musical theater show with live performances on Friday afternoon, July 31. The afternoon camp session will include set design and fabrication, prop construction, costume-making, stage makeup techniques, and more. More details about the production to come! Dates: July 20-24 and July 27-31, 1-5 p.m. with performances on the afternoon of July 31. Ages: completing grades 1-6.

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Inventors Camp

August 3 @ 9:00 am - August 7 @ 1:00 pm

Become an R&D innovator!  Learn about the tools of the trade that are used in the research and development of the new and improved products that we use every day, then design and make a prototype of your very own creation. Dates: August 3-7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages: completing grades 3-5.

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Lego Lab Camp

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - August 7 @ 5:00 pm

Step into our LEGO Lab to create your own sculptures and experiment with different motors, sensors, and various doodads to design and build your own robotic contraption. Dates: August 3-7, 1-5 p.m. Ages: Completing grades 3-5.

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