SUMMER CAMPS

Discover, explore, and find what inspires you this summer with a wide variety of fun science camps to choose from at the Science Museum of Western Virginia! 

With so many options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the best fit for you explore an exciting STEM subject. See our list of current programs below.

The Science Museum also offers before and after care everyday of the Summer Camp Programs to work around the working lives of parents and guardians.

Registration for Summer Camp 2019 is now open!

You can now register for our new and improved 2019 programs! See our list of programs below including  descriptions of what participants will explore throughout the week.

Our Pre-K Camp Program, named ‘Early Explorers’, will run between 9am-1pm. All other K-5 Camp Programs run between 9am-4pm.

The Science Museum is partnering with Mill Mountain Theatre for this year’s ‘Adventures with Harry Potter‘! To register for this camp, please click here to be re-directed to Mill Mountain Theatre’s website.

If you have any further questions or would like more information, please email: hweiss@smwv.org 

REGISTER TODAY

Specialty Programs:

Camp Program

Age 

Description

Science and Theatre Camp: Adventures with Harry Potter

June 10-14th

(9am-4pm)

K-5 Do you have what it takes to be the brightest witch or wizard of your age? Grab your spell book and magic wand for this enchanting co-camp with Mill Mountain Theatre and the Science Museum of Western Virginia. Students will experience how science and theatre come together while exploring a magical world inspired by J.K. Rowling’s books. This full-day camp culminates in a performance for friends and family on the Trinkle MainStage. Register here through Mill Mountain Theatre’s website.

Please send lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your wizard or witch each day.

$350 before May 1st, $375 after May 1st

Early Explorers

June 17-21st

(9am-1pm)

Pre-K Explore your world in this adventure-themed Pre-K camp for 4 and 5 year olds. We will investigate the animals, plants, and habitats found all around the world and also examine the crazy feats of engineering required to travel to some of the most exotic places in our world. This camp begins at 9am and ends at 1pm.

Please send lunch, a snack, and a water bottle with your explorer each day.

$150 for non-members, $130 for members

Robotics

July 15-19th

(9am-4pm)

K-5 Whether they are cleaning our houses, diving down to the bottom of the deepest oceans, or exploring far away planets, robots are everywhere. But who tells them what to do? Join us as we do a hands-on exploration of robot programming and design. This camp takes place at Virginia Western Community College

Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your roboticist each day.

$240 for non members, $215 for members

CAMP IS FULL! Email Hannah Weiss at hweiss@smwv.org to be placed on the waiting list.

K-5 Programs:

Camp Program

Description

Doctor Junior

June 17-22nd

(9am-4pm)

Calling all (future) doctors! Please report to Doctor Junior summer camp at the science museum, where you can test your diagnostic skills and figure out how and why our bodies work!

Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your future doctor each day.

$240 for non members, $215 for members

Amazing Creatures and where to Seek Them

June 24-28th

(9am-4pm)

Do you love amazing and fantastic creatures? Use your knowledge and skills to help the science museum discover and learn about some out of this realm animals. During this week-long camp, campers will travel to meet new animals, experience different environments, and maybe even uncover a new species of their own!

Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your naturalist each day.

$240 for non members, $215 for members

Machine Masters

July 1-3rd

(9am-4pm)

Put your skills of taking a simple action and making it work in the most creative and complicated way possible to the test! Come use your imagination to create your very own Rube Goldberg Machine right here at the science museum for our 3 day, 4th of July week camp.

Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your machine-master each day.

$150 for non members, $130 for members

Everyday Engineering

July 8-12th

(9am-4pm)

Come discover the engineering behind everyday objects with the science museum. Together we will take things apart, examine devices and design new inventions as we explore the way that the things around us work.

Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your engineer each day.

$250 for non members, $225 for members

Hero Headquarters

July 15-19th

(9am-4pm)

Super Heroes…assemble! Heroes, Heroines, and Sidekicks come use your superpowers at the science museum to help battle super villains and save the universe!

Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your Super Hero each day.

$240 for non members, $215 for members

Out of this World!

July 22-26th

(9am-4pm)

Come and join the science museum as we explore the galaxy, perfect our rockets, and take humanity’s first steps onto another planet! During this week long camp, campers will build and launch a model rocket, experiment with space science, and work together to plan and execute a human colony on another planet.

Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your astronaut each day.

$240 for non members, $215 for members

Science Girls

July 22-27th

(9am-4pm)

This camp is just for girls and seeks to engage young women in STEM learning. Meet a variety of female STEM professionals as they conduct exciting hands-on activities and tell their stories of pursuing careers in STEM fields. We will also spend a day at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg to work with some of the STEM professionals in their labs.

Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your Science Girl each day.

$250 for non members, $225 for members

Extraordinary Experiments

July 29th-Aug 2nd

(9am-4pm)

Give your DIY experiments an upgrade with us at the science museum. Join us for a week-long camp, where you will execute stunning chemistry, master astounding physics, and design your own wacky experiments.

Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your scientist each day.

$240 for non members, $215 for members

Before and After Camp Care

Before camp care (beginning at 8am each day) and after camp care (ending at 5pm each day; 2pm for Pre-K) may be added to any session for an additional fee:

Before Camp Care:  $35 per week

After Camp Care:  $35 per week

Before and After Camp Care:  $50 per week

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Should you wish to withdraw a child from any camp session, you may apply that child’s registration to another session of camp, provided that space in that session is available.
  • If you wish to withdraw a child from any camp session and you do not wish to transfer him or her into another camp session, the following refund policy will be in effect:
Time Period Refund Amount
 May 15 or earlier  100%
After May 15, but more than 14 (fourteen) calendar days prior to first day of your camp session 50%
13 (thirteen) to 7 (seven) calendar days prior to the first day of your camp session 25%
Less than 7 (seven) calendar days prior to first day of your camp session 0%, except in cases of documented medical or family emergencies

Summer 2019 volunteer opportunity:

Do you know anyone who might be interested in volunteering to help with our camps this summer? Send them the link for our Summer Camp Volunteer application: https://goo.gl/forms/giUEhibnHMmEj3Qy1