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Camps at Madison Children’s Museum!

2020 Summer Camps

Sign up for some serious school-age fun!

Registration opens:

Rates:

  • $180 per five-day camp week
  • $70 Kindergarten Mini-Camps (2 hours, Monday–Thursday)
  • Members enjoy 10% discount (must sign in w/member account before purchase!)
  • Need-based scholarships available for Access members

View the full list of available camps below.


About 2020 Summer Camps

  • All camps are designed by the museum’s education team of skilled educators and child development experts, incorporating the museum’s philosophy of “learn through play.”
  • Camps are designed for children based on the most recent grade they completed during the school year: grades 3–5, 1–5, and 4K—Kindergarten
  • Family Access members may apply for camp and program scholarships through the museum’s Access for Everyone program. Read more and apply online on our scholarship page.
  • For information about our refund and cancellation policy, please click here.
  • Campers should bring a sack lunch (morning sessions) or a snack (afternoon sessions) each day.
  • Already registered for camp? Access weekly itineraries, camper forms online. COMING SOON

Sold out? Join the waitlist!

Our camps are popular and many sell out quickly. However, families’ plans change between now and the summer so we frequently have spots open up. We keep a waitlist for each camp and we make an effort to fill every spot as it becomes available.

View the list of currently sold-out camps.

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Available Summer Camps:


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DIY Museum Camp

Monday, June 29 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dates: June 29–July 3, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ages: completing grades 3–5
Price: $180 per student, members take 10% off, Access Member scholarships available

Calling all aspiring artists, architects, designers, educators, and innovators!

Spend a week behind the scenes at Madison Children’s Museum. The museum’s team of artists, artisans, and experts will teach you the skills and tricks needed to create exhibits that inspire and amaze. Get hands-on while you care for our education animals, design your own exhibit, build exhibit elements (like the mud and thatch huts in the Wildernest), and explore other museums in Madison. This STEM camp will test your skills, challenge your imagination, and send you home with fun creations of your own.

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Project Funway Camp (Advanced Session)

Monday, June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dates: June 29–July 3, 1–5 p.m.
Ages: completing grades 3–5
Price: $180 per student, members take 10% off, Access Member scholarships available

Explore fashion design!

Sketch designs, learn sewing techniques, try out e-textile technology, and choose from recycled fabrics to bring your fashionable vision to life for a grand finale runway show. The advanced session will include more complex versions of the projects listed and more time for individual project work.

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Downtown Adventure Camp

Monday, July 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dates: July 6–10, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ages: completing grades 1–5
Price: $180 per student, members take 10% off, Access Member scholarships available

Explore downtown Madison!

Explore the little-known nooks and crannies of downtown Madison, with a week-long group scavenger hunt that will take us throughout the downtown area, including behind-the-scenes peeks at local landmarks.

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Young Chefs Camp

Monday, July 6 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dates: July 6–10, 1–5 p.m.
Ages: completing grades 1–5
Price: $180 per student, members take 10% off, Access Member scholarships available

Get cooking!

Learn basic kitchen skills like how to measure ingredients, or read and follow a recipe, as well as more advanced skills like chopping, dicing and sautéing.  We will make two new recipes each day, while exploring food cultures and sourcing local ingredients.

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Miniature Mechanical Marvels Camp

Monday, July 13 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dates: July 13–17, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ages: students completing grades 3 – 5
Price: $180 per student, members take 10% off, Access Member scholarships available

Dream it! Build it!

Explore the wonders of simple machines as you construct a miniature mechanical sculpture or environment. Bring along a few of your favorite miniature friends—action figures, minifigs, dolls, tiny animals—and design a world just for them! We will use creative design and develop math and scale skills to design elements inspired by automata, early mechanical toys powered by cranks and gears.

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Mystery at the Museum Camp

Monday, July 13 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dates: July 13–17, 1–5 p.m.
Ages: students completing grades 3–5
Price: $180 per student, members take 10% off, 50% Access member discount.

Calling all gumshoes!

Wanted:  shrewd, astute, observant and perceptive campers to help solve some of Madison Children’s Museum’s biggest mysteries.  Using logic games and puzzles, team-building challenges, and scavenger hunts we’ll build a crackerjack team of detectives.  Each day there will be a new mystery to solve, with each solution providing a clue to the biggest mystery of all:  Friday’s mystery field trip!  Where will we go? What adventures lie ahead?  How will we use our new super detective skills?
TOP secret information for caregivers:  Friday’s field trip will be to a destination within walking/busing distance of the museum.  The destination remains a secret but more information can be provided as needed.  

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[SOLD OUT] Kindergarten Mini-Camp (session 2)

Monday, July 27 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dates: July 27–30, 9–11 a.m.
Ages: completing grades 4K–Kindergarten
Price: $70 per student, Members take 10% off, Access Member scholarships available

Calling all Kindergarteners!

Join us for a special week of play and activities designed for 4-6-year-olds and first-time Madison Children’s Museum campers.  We’ll run like a gerbil, create like an artist, and think like a scientist.  Each morning will start with free playtime before the museum opens, and will also include a special craft or science activity, and additional exploration in the museum’s exhibits.  Making new friends and playing together will help campers practice important kindergarten skills like turn-taking and standing in line, and will encourage kindness and confidence.

Please note: this is a MINI camp and lasts for 2 hours, Monday–Thursday.

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