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Summer 2017 Camps Register Now!


The premier Summer Camp experience at the award-winning Hands On Children's Museum 

  • Full-day & half-day options for ages 3-K and grades 1-4
  • 40+ engaging topics in science, art and nature
  • All camps include exploration in the museum galleries
  • Outside play in the Outdoor Discovery Center

"We love Hands On camps! Our kids come home with new ideas and stories about their adventures in class and in the museum."
- Summer Camp Parent



Summer Day Camps 2017

Camps for Ages 3 - Grade K

Must be able to use the restroom independently

Week of June 26-30
9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp

1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
BUG OUT

Flutter and play all week as we learn about our insect neighbors. Discover the parts of an insect, and the insect life cycle as we observe bugs in the classroom and outdoors. Create your own insect and look through special lenses to learn how bugs see the world.

 
UP, UP AND AWAY 

Make kites, gliders and parachutes. Create, design and engineer all week as we launch items in our classroom wind tunnel and explore aerodynamics.

      

Week of JULY 5-7: 3-Day Camps
9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp

1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
OODLES OF DOODLES

Let your budding artist shine as you invent your own colors, uncover invisible paintings and use art materials in unexpected ways! ($10 materials fee)

 
OCEAN ADVENTURE

Dive in! Join us as we create fish prints, transform ourselves into an angler fish and make everlasting sandcastles. ($10 materials fee)


Week of JULY 10-14
9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp

1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
BEAKS TO TAILS

Try eating like a woodpecker, hummingbird, or duck! Learn about animal adaptations, create your own feathered friends, and make tasty treats to attract birds to your backyard.

 
TINKER TIME

Play a piano made out of playdough and circuits, create art that moves, and engineer your own fantasy machines in this inventive camp where we’ll tinker with tools.


Week of JULY 17-21
9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp

1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
ANIMALS DOWN UNDER

Learn about the unique animals of Australia and transform into your favorites as we make masks and costumes.  Listen to Aboriginal folk tales and create artwork original inspired by traditional stories and songs.

 
DUPLO DAYS

Calling all Duplo architects! Spend a week building mazes, towers, castles and anything you can imagine. Solve challenges using Duplo blocks, create unique artwork and design your own LEGO character.


Week of JULY 24-28
9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp

1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
DON’T LET THE KIDS DRIVE THE BUS

Laugh your way through camp as we read a variety of Mo Willem’s stories, create our own Piggie and Gerald masks and learn how to illustrate like Mo.


GARDEN ARTS AND EATS

Dig in to fun as we explore the museum’s Children’s Garden, cook up yummy treats and plant seedlings to take home.

 
DINO DAYS

Stomp, roar and chomp your way into the prehistoric era! Sculpt your own dinosaur egg and create prehistoric fossils to take home.


Week of JULY 31-AUG 4
9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp

1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
FURRY FRIENDS

Adopt your own stuffed animal and learn how take care of your pet. We will make unique pet homes, craft collars, make pet toys, and meet a live animal visitor.


MESSY WITH THE MASTERS

Explore impressionism, pointillism and modern art and get up close with masters like Monet and Degas.  Make art every day as you play with light and color, learn to use pastels, and mix up your own paint.

 
FAIRY TALE SCIENCE

Science meets Once Upon a Time in this STEM-focused camp. Build like the Three Little Pigs, test your house against the Big Bad Wolf, and create a witch’s bubbling cauldron.


Week of AUG 7-11
9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp

1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
DRAGONS AND FAIRIES

Enter a magic forest of hidden fairies and friendly dragons. Transform yourself into an out of this world creature, make your very own puppets, and act out magical mystical stories.


SHADOW PLAY

Explore reflection, transparency and shadows. We will create sun catchers, shadow puppets, mysterious nighttime paintings and more.

 
LITTLE BOTS

Make recycled robot sculptures, robots that draw pictures, and even robots you can eat! At the end of the week we’ll transform ourselves into little bots. ($22 materials fee)


Week of AUG 14-18
9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp

1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
MUSIC BOX

Rock out this week as you sing, dance and play! Build a tambourine, make chimes for your home and decorate rhythm sticks that will help you keep the beat.

 
KINDER KITCHEN

Get cooking while learning about healthy, balanced meals. Blend smoothies, make hummus, roll out pizzas and collect new recipes to try at home. ($22 materials fee)


Week of AUG 21-24: 4-Day Camps
9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp

1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
SURPRISING SAFARI

Visit an African watering hole and discover unique animals. Create masks inspired by the patterns of zebras, giraffes and Oryx and learn about the big cats that roam the savannah. ($12 materials fee)

 
SPLISH, SPLASH, SPLOSH!

Paint with ice cubes, craft your own raindrop masterpiece and get knee-deep in a stream as we discover what water can do. ($12 materials fee)


Week of AUG 28-SEPT 1
9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp

1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
JUMP, SLITHER, FLY!

We'll play, stretch, and sway all week as we learn why animals move the way they do. Make a slithering snake, create a bird glider, and try out some moves yourself!

 
TO THE MOON

Blast off on a fun filled exploration of our earth’s nearest neighbor.  Learn about the phases of the moon, craft a moon print, and make your own moon sand.



Camps for Grades 1-4

(as of Fall 2017)


Week of JUNE 26-30
9:15am - 12:15pm Half-Day Camp


JURASSIC EXPLORERS

Learn about the giant mammals that roamed Washington State more than 2 million years ago. Measure a mastodon, investigate smilodon teeth, and make your own trace fossil!

   

Week of JULY 5-7: 3-Day Camps
9:15am - 12:15pm Half-Day 

1:15 - 4:15pm Half-Day 
MAD SCIENCE

Fizz, pop! We’re making chemical reactions! Take home non- Newtonian fluids, make colors change and create chemical eruptions. ($10 materials fee)

 
KITCHEN LAB

Cook, test, create, and eat! Dive into the world of Molecular Gastronomy with fruit juice spaghetti and foam-ified Nutella! ($12 materials fee)


Register for July 5-7 Combo Care

Week of JULY 10-14
9:15am - 4:15pm Full-Day Camp

(8:45am-5:15pm with before & after care included)


FUN IN THE FOREST

Do you love camping, hiking & exploring nature? Search high and low for the coolest stuff in nature as we taste mushrooms and edible plants and learn about rockhounding. Learn outdoor skills and the secrets of the forest while we explore Olympia’s best parks and trails! ($35 materials fee)

   

Week of JULY 17-21
9:15am - 12:15pm Half-Day 

1:15 - 4:15pm Half-Day 
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

Direct, shoot and star in an original movie. Includes story-boarding, set design, filming, editing techniques, a special family screening, and your own copy of the video. ($22 materials fee)

 
ANIMATION STUDIO

Discover how some of your favorite animated shows were created. Working in small groups, you’ll experiment with stop- motion technology, create your own clay characters, and try your hand at claymation! ($22 materials fee)


Register for July 17-21 Combo Care

Week of JULY 24-28
9:15am - 4:15pm Full-Day Camp

(8:45am-5:15pm with before & after care included)


NATURE MAKERS

How do birds build their nests? How are flowers designed for pollinators? Discover connections between art, science and engineering as we experiment with solar energy and learn about Nature’s greatest designs! ($35 materials fee)

   

Week of JULY 31- AUGUST 4
9:15am - 12:15pm Half-Day Camp


PASSPORT TO EUROPE

Join us on this fun filled adventure to the countries of Old Europe! Make Venetian masks and discover the traditional art and cuisine of the Ukraine. Construct the Eiffel Tower, paint on canvas, and learn about art history. Discover a new country every day as you learn about the culture and traditions of Old Europe.

   

Week of AUGUST 7-11
9:15am - 4:15pm Full-Day Camp

(8:45am-5:15pm with before & after care included)


FARM TO TABLE

Get your hands dirty and learn how to prepare veggies and fruits in the most delicious ways. Through cooking, storytelling and art, ($12 materials fee) we will discover the many gifts of the garden. Visit local farms, tend the garden at the museum and make yummy food in our classroom kitchen. ($35 materials fee)

   

Week of AUGUST 14-18
9:15am - 12:15pm Half-Day 

1:15 - 4:15pm Half-Day 
TOY INVENTORS

Design, build and test out all kinds of toys. Explore the laws of physics and find out how objects stay in motion, bounce and fly. Create toys that wind up, launch and spark your imagination – catapults, spinning tops, paper rockets and more.

 
LEGO ROBOTICS

Make alligators chomp, birds flap and lions roar. Working in groups and using LEGO WeDo kits, we’ll build and program robots to move and react.


Register for August 14-18 Combo Care

Week of AUGUST 21-24: 4-Day Camps
9:15am - 12:15pm Half-Day 

1:15 - 4:15pm Half-Day 
TINKER TECH

Let’s use tools, take stuff apart and find out how things work. Explore circuits, tinker with light, use stop motion animation and create with cardboard as we play and build our way through the week. ($15 materials fee)

 
ART LAB

Build and play all week in this ultimate artists’ workshop. Make paper, design your own stamps, create multiple copies of your designs and mix your own paints. ($12 materials fee)


Register for August 21-24 Combo Care

Week of AUGUST 28-SEPTEMBER 1
9:15am - 12:15pm Half-Day Camp


WHODUNNIT?!

Dust for fingerprints, analyze hair samples and investigate mystery substances. Using awesome scientific technology, we’ll examine evidence and solve a museum mystery.

   

Camp Pricing


Members
Non-Member
Full-Day or Combo Care Camps:
$330/wk*
$370/wk*

Combo Care Camps available for Grades 1-4 on weeks with two half-days camps (AM & PM). Core curriculum runs 9:15am-4:14pm with before, after, and lunch care to extend day to 8:45am-5:15pm. Full day options include camp t-shirt.

3-Day, Combo Care (July 5-7) 
$208*
$228*
4-Day, Combo Care (Aug 21-24)
$264*
$296*
     
Half Day Camps: 
$125/wk*
$145/wk*
3-Day, Half-Day Camps (July 5-7)
$80*
$90*
4-Day, Half-Day Camps (Aug 21-24)
$100*
$116*

*Plus materials fee: $15 per half-day camp or $35 per full day camp unless otherwise indicated

Camp Extras:

Hands On Camp T-Shirt: $14/each 
Sizes include S (6-8), M (10-12), L (14-16), and XL (18-20). Full-day camps include one free T-shirt.

Daily Snacks: $5/day, $20/week
Typically includes cheese, crackers, fruit and juice (may vary). May not be suitable for campers with dietary restrictions.


REGISTERED FAMILIES: 
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