Summer Camps at the Science Museum of Western Virginia encourage hypothesis testing, problem solving, and teamwork to complete hands-on science challenges.

Summer Camps at the Science Museum of Western Virginia

The Science Museum of Western Virginia offers fully hands-on camps in a variety of STEAM subjects. Located in Downtown Roanoke, our facility is surrounded by innovation and inspiration to help our campers gain a unique understanding of their opportunities for a promising STEAM career.

Science-based Summer Camps are essential in maintaining STEAM skills that are developed throughout the school term and often deplete over summer break. Attending fun and engaging Summer Camps results in marked improvements across all STEAM subjects when they return to school! Additionally, Summer Campers gain key skills, such as team work and confidence, that are retained for their future careers.


Summer Camp Programs 2021

All Summer Camp Programs have a Rising K – 2nd Grade class, and a 3rd-5th Grade class. Camps run from 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday, with the option of adding Before and After Care, running 8am-9am and 4pm-5pm, respectively.


Non-members camp rate – $250
Member camp rate – $225
Before or After Care – $35/week
Before and After Care – $50/week

Harry Potter Camp with Mill Mountain Theatre


(Rising K – 2nd & 3rd-5th)

June 14th-18th


Collaborative Summer Camp with Mill Mountain Theatre that explores the intersection between science and theatre!

* This camp starts at 9:30am

Make It or Break It

(Rising K – 2nd)


June 21st-25th

Every day, campers will solve new challenges through a series of engineering-oriented activities. They will discover the ins and outs of how things work, while building on their problem solving skills!

Cosmic Camp

(Rising K – 2nd & 3rd-5th

June 28th – July 2nd

Go beyond the limits of Earth and explore the other planets in our solar system by gathering data, overcoming obstacles, and designing spacecrafts to unlock the mysteries of our universe.

Little Sherlock/Forensic Science


July 12th-16th

As a STEM detective, campers will search for clues, solve puzzles, and crack secret codes to help us find the culprit.

Go With the Flow

(Rising K – 2nd & 3rd-5th)

July 19th-23rd

Discover the amazing properties of water and our role in conserving the planet’s most valuable resource indoors and outdoors.

Animal Ambassadors

(Rising K – 2nd & 3rd-5th)


July 26th-30th

Come be an ambassador for our Living Collections animals! Learn about their habitats, and how they fit into their ecosystems. Campers will get an up close and personal look at the museum’s cutest residents.

By Land, Air, or Sea?

(Rising K – 2nd & 3rd-5th)

Aug 2nd-6th

This camp is perfect for campers who want to investigate what makes things ‘GO!”. Campers will investigate how to propel things forward using mechanics and chemistry.

Bacteria Bunch

(Rising K – 2nd & 3rd-5th)

Aug 9th-13th

Campers will get an up close and personal look at bacteria, including growing their own samples. They will also learn how bacteria affects our world, including some fun culinary experiments with bacteria as the star of the show.

Code Breakers

(Rising K – 2nd & 3rd-5th)

Aug 16th-20th

Take your child’s love of technology and ‘code’ it into real world skills. Campers will experiment with and learn all about the world of computer coding!

Before and After Care

Before camp care (beginning at 8am each day) and after camp care (finishing at 5pm each day) can be added to any camp 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

COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols

During these unprecedented times, cultural facilities are adapting quickly and cautiously to the effects of COVID-19. The Science Museum of Western Virginia is complying with all federal, state, and local regulations and recommendations to facilitate Summer Camp programs with camper safety as a priority.

As such, our Summer Camp Programs have been adapted in several ways, including but not limited to:

  • Each Summer Camp will be limited to twenty campers and a small number of staff and/or volunteers.
  • Staff and volunteers will be required to wear face masks while working with campers and, unless required for a camper’s safety, behavioral concerns, or educational needs, museum team members will also maintain a 6-foot distance from campers and each other. 
  • Increased  hand washing and sanitization stations will be present throughout the museum, and a dedicated team will be responsible for implementing an effective cleaning regime.

Summer Camp Refund Policy

In response to the current policies and procedures put in place due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Science Museum of Western Virginia has adapted our Summer Camp refund policy.

  • If you have registered for summer camp and decided that summer camp is not the best decision for the health and safety of your family, we will issue full refunds as requested. To receive the full refund amount, refunds must be requested no later than 72 hours prior to the start of the camp your camper is attending. 
  • If you request a refund later than 72 hours prior to the beginning of camp, you may apply that child’s registration to another camp session, provided that space is available.
  • Exceptions to the 72 hour refund policy will be made for those that withdraw their camper due to the camper or a family member falling ill or exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19. Full refunds will be provided in this circumstance, or you may apply your child’s registration to a camp starting at least 14 days after symptoms appeared and the camper has since made a full recovery.
  • For any other extenuating circumstances, please contact Director of Education, Danielle Murray, at