Summer Camps

We offer big adventures for curious minds all summer long. Give your child a summer filled with hands-on fun and learning. Half and full-day camps for ages 3-10, June 21-August 26, 2021.
NEW nature, art, science, and cooking camps!

Half and full-day camps include:

  • Small class sizes, safe-entry check-in, and social distancing procedures
  • Optional Combo Care. Register for AM and PM camps and add Combo Care to drop off your child early. We will care for your child between camps (lunch not included). Pick-up as late as 5:15 pm.
  • Unique and engaging science, art, and nature topics
  • Exploration and play in Museum galleries and outside play in the Outdoor Discovery Center
  • Expert instructors

2021 Summer Camps for Ages 3-5 (AVAILABLE)

Quick Links to Available Camps

JUNE 21-AUGUST 26, 2021 | Half-Day Camps (MON-FRI)

Play with light, join the circus, explore the stars, investigate bugs & butterflies, and transform into a unicorn!

Children must be able to use the restroom independently. Age 5 qualifies for additional camp options, see summer camps for ages 5-7.

WEEK 1: JUNE 21-25 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Shadow Shows
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
Play with light and shadow all week long! Create sun catchers, shadow puppets, and mysterious nighttime paintings. Discover why the moon glows, where your shadow comes from, and what animals come out at night.

Splish Splash
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Pump, spray, drip & drop as we experiment with the way water moves. Race raindrops, create a storm painting, play with pressure and gravity, and mix up potions in this wet and wild camp!

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WEEK 2: JUNE 28 – JULY 2 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Bugs and Butterflies
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
Investigate the life cycle of insects and observe bugs in the classroom and outside! Look through special lenses to learn how bugs see the world, create your own insect hats to wear, and learn all the parts of an insect as you make your own to take home.

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WEEK 3: JULY 5-9 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Tall Tales and Silly Stories
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
Goldilocks and the three bears…how about Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs?! Read your most loved tales, and then change them up! We’ll explore the many ways to retell stories and create amazing art, masks, and puppets to accompany our silly stories!

NEW! Magical Mystical Unicorns
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Transform into a unicorn with your very own unicorn mask, explore the science of rainbows, and learn about these mythical creatures through story and art.

Bugs and Butterflies
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Head out to the garden on daily bug hunts, create and taste your own nature nectar, get messy with fly swatter paintings, and creature nature journals to capture all that we learn in this fantastic weeklong exploration of the world of insects.

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WEEK 4: JULY 12-16 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

To the Zoo!
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
Move and chomp your way to prehistoric dino fun! Make and crack open a dino egg, turn yourself into a stegosaurus, and get your hands on some fossils.

Dino Days AM!
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
Move and chomp your way to prehistoric dino fun! Make and crack open a dino egg, turn yourself into a stegosaurus, and get your hands on some fossils.

Dino Days PM!
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Move and chomp your way to prehistoric dino fun! Make and crack open a dino egg, turn yourself into a stegosaurus, and get your hands on some fossils.

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WEEK 5: JULY 19-23 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Animals After Dark
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
Learn all about the animals that awaken when you go to sleep! Investigate the special features that allow creatures to see, hear, and move in the dark. Make a mask, follow animal tracks, and create nocturnal animal noises as you explore the world after dark.

NEW! Little Engineers 
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Design amazing structures and explore simple machines as we learn about force with levers, ramps, and runs. We’ll build with PVC pipes, send marbles on amazing races, and create our own new inventions in this curiosity filled camp!

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WEEK 6: JULY 26-30 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Don’t Let the Kids Drive the Bus 
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
Step into the world of Mo Willems, author of the beloved “Pigeon” and “Gerald and Piggie” books. Make pigeon puppets, illustrate a book, and create your own Gerald hat mask!

Unicorns and Narwhals 
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Will you gallop on land like a unicorn or glide under the sea like a narwhal? Design your own mask, dream up unicorn habitats and discover how narwhals really live as we learn about these creatures through story, art, and play.

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WEEK 7: AUG 2-6 (5 DAY) – SPACE AVAILABLE

Gone Camping!
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
Use your senses to spot Northwest creatures, pretend to camp under a parachute, gaze at stars in our constellation box and make a comet to toss in the sky.

Stargazers
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
On a clear night you can see a thousand or more stars! Make a star scope, create your own constellation, and share what you know about the night skies in this cosmic camp.

Moon and Mars – REGISTER
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Get on your moon boots and let’s go! Astronomical exploration awaits! This week we’ll be building and racing mini-mars rovers, creating spin-art glitter galaxies, launching stomp rockets and eating Astronaut Ice Cream!

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WEEK 8: AUG 9-13 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Balance, Juggle, Jump
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
Join the circus as we study balance, force and gravity with catapults, tight rope walking and tumbling. Transform into clowns with face painting and create geometric shapes and patterns of the three-ring circus show!

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WEEK 9: AUG 16-20 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Artist’s Laboratory
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
Find out what happens when science and art meet as we explore the big ideas in art: color, line, shape, and texture. Mix up custom colors, learn to paint without a brush, and create a “magical” painting when we combine wax and watercolors.

Pet Party
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Adopt your own stuffed pet and learn how to care for animals. We will make unique pet homes, craft collars, make pet toys, and meet a live animal visitor!

Fairyland
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Jump in to the world of fairies! We will tell fairy stories all week long with fellow fairy enthusiasts. Design our own fairy wands, hunt in the garden for fairy hideouts, make a tiny fairy garden and celebrate the week with a fairy tea party.

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WEEK 10: AUG 23-26 (4 DAY) – SPACE AVAILABLE

Jump, Slither, Fly – REGISTER
(Mon-Thurs) 9 AM – 12 PM
Play, stretch, and sway all week was we learn why animals move the way they do. Make a slithering snake, create a bird glider, and try out some moves yourself!

I Love Robots – REGISTER
(Mon-Thurs) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
This week we’ll be racing Rumble Bots, learning the basics of circuits with Makey-Makey and conductive playdough, building a robot that can draw its own pictures, and drawing, painting and playing with all things robotic! Come join us!

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2021 Summer Camps for Ages 5-7 (SOLD OUT)

JUNE 21-AUGUST 26, 2021 | Half-Day Afternoon Camps (MON-FRI, every other week)

Explore chilly science, engineer flying objects, create healthy snacks, tinker with tools, and make garden creations!

Children must be able to use the restroom independently. Some Ages Qualify for Additional Camp Options:

  • For age 5, also see summer camps for ages 3-5
  • For ages 6-7, also see summer camps for ages 6-10
WEEK 2: JUNE 28-JULY 2 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

The Science of Chill
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Find out what happens when it gets really cold! Fly snowflakes in a wind tunnel blizzard, sculpt ice blocks and watch chilly science demonstrations.

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WEEK 4: JULY 12-16 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

We Have Liftoff
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Create, design and engineer all week as we launch items in our classroom wind tunnel and explore aerodynamics! We’ll make kites, gliders, parachutes, and flying objects galore!

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WEEK 6: JULY 26-30 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Let’s Get Cookin’: Breakfast of Champions 
(Mon-Friday) 9 AM – 12 PM
Don your chef hats and fire up the grill for a week of pancakes, smoothies, parfaits, hash browns and …breakfast pizza! If you’ve ever wanted to build your own cookbook, learn your way around the kitchen, and eat good food every day of the week, then come join us as we celebrate the most important meal of the day!

Let’s Get Cookin’ 
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
You’ll say YUM every day as we create healthy snacks that include grains, vegetables, and proteins! Mix up smoothies, roll out pizza, and create your own camp cookbook to take home.

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WEEK 8: AUGUST 9-13 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Tinker Lab 
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Play a piano made from playdough and circuits, dream up designs for your own toys, and engineer your own machines in this inventive camp where we’ll tinker with tools.

Nature Makers 
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
This week well try our hand at lavender shortbread cookies, herb infused waters, ponded nature prints, homemade dressing, honey bee slime, and being an all-around garden apothecary. If you love to create and you love nature, this is the camp for you.

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WEEK 10: AUGUST 23-26 (4 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Garden Arts and Eats
(Mon-Thurs) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Explore all the beautiful creations that come from the garden as we make seed mandalas, paint pots and plant seeds, bake herbed bread, and play in our children’s garden.

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2021 Summer Camps for Ages 6-10 (SOLD OUT)

JUNE 21-AUGUST 26, 2021 | Half & Full-Day Camps (MON-FRI)

Sew like a designer, explore world cultures, create potions & lotions, build flying machines, experiment in the kitchen, and learn survivor skills.

Ages 6-7 qualify for additional camp options, see camps age 5-7.

WEEK 1: JUNE 21-25 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Designer’s Dream
(Mon-Friday) 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Immerse yourself in the world of textile arts from the simplest stitch all the way to wearable technology. We‘ll learn three basic stitches, collaborate on a complete outfit, make our own bracelets and scrunchies, and even make our own sewable circuits!

Around the World
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Learn new games, create art projects, and discover different cultures all week long as we “travel” around the world. Design a boomerang when we “visit” Australia, transport to Russia with the taste of dumplings, design an Indian mandala, and more!

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WEEK 2: JUNE 28 – July 2 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Special FX
Full-day camp, Combo Care included
(Mon-Friday) 9:15 AM – 4:15 PM
Build animatronic Lego-robots, make your own stop-motion Godzilla-style monster scenes, and learn some of the classics of movie camera magic in this camp all about the fundamentals of special effects.

Survivor!
Full-day camp, Combo Care included
(Mon-Friday) 9:15 AM – 4:15 PM
Build animatronic Lego-robots, make your own stop-motion Godzilla-style monster scenes, and learn some of the classics of movie camera magic in this camp all about the fundamentals of special effects.

WEEK 3: JULY 5-9 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Science My Ride
(Mon-Friday) 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Use science to find the wildest ways to make things go! Make your own rubber band cars, mini-wind surfers, DIY hover saucers, rockets and more in this amazing on-the-move camp!

NEW! Potions and Lotions
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Put chemistry in action as you make your own lip balm, face masks, and bath bombs, and do weird and wild experiments when Dr. Science comes to visit!

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WEEK 4: JULY 12-16 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Calling All Cooks!

Full-day camp, Combo Care included
(Mon-Friday) 9:15 AM – 4:15 PM
Whip up fun recipes that are delicious and good for you! You’ll gain useful cooking skills while you make a variety of tasty dishes from different cultures. Design your own chef’s apron and hat, work with guest chefs from our café, and visit the farmer’s market!

WEEK 5: JULY 19-23 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Artist’s Studio
(Mon-Friday) 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Craft and create all week long in the ultimate artists’ workshop. Make paper, design your own stamps, learn printing techniques to create multiple copies of your designs, and mix your own paint.

Pets and Vets
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Learn what it takes to care for our furry friends as you adopt your own stuffed pet and care for it all week long. You’ll design animal habitats, meet a live animal guest, and hear from real animal experts.

Treasure Hunters
(Mon-Friday) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn how to read a map, take a baring on a compass, and decode the clues in the Museum week long treasure hunt. We’ll have to adventure our way through rough terrain at our Bouldering at the Beach exhibit and even scale the massive rock wall to hunt down the treasure and claim the prize!

WEEK 6: JULY 26-30 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Kitchen Science
Full-day camp, Combo Care included
(Mon-Friday) 9:15 AM – 4:15 PM
How does bread rise? Is yeast actually alive? Can I really turn an egg into a bouncing ball? Learn all this and more as we experiment, cook, and of course EAT in this amazing kitchen laboratory!

WEEK 7: AUGUST 2-6 (5 DAY) – SOLD OUT

New! Eco Kids
(Mon-Friday) 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Learn how to become a steward of our natural world through science, adventure, and invention! Create trash-to-treasure crafts, tend the Children’s Garden and cook up delicious snacks from your harvest, use natural dyes to make accessories and more as we learn all about how to help our ecosystem thrive.

Survivor!
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Learn the skills you need to stay safe on an outdoor adventure. Spend the week learning survival skills like building fires, making shelter, and purifying water, and become an expert at navigating rough terrain in our new Bouldering at the Beach exhibit!

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WEEK 8: AUGUST 9-13 (5 DAY) – SPACE AVAILABLE

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 
Full-day camp, Combo Care included
(Mon-Friday) 9:15 AM – 4:15 PM
Join us for a week of sleuthing! Have fun with forensics as you learn how to dust for fingerprints, analyze fiber samples, and test mystery substances. We will examine evidence and use awesome technology to solve a museum mystery.

Treasure Hunters – REGISTER
(Mon-Friday) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn how to read a map, take a baring on a compass, and decode the clues in the Museum week long treasure hunt. We’ll have to adventure our way through rough terrain at our Bouldering at the Beach exhibit and even scale the massive rock wall to hunt down the treasure and claim the prize!

WEEK 9: AUGUST 16-20 (5 DAY) – SPACE AVAILABLE

Launch Time – REGISTER
(Mon-Friday) 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM
How high can it fly? We’ll build flyers helicopters, and stomp rockets. Then, we’ll set up electric paper airplane launchers and find other ways to make our creations fly farther, straighter, and faster!

Toy Inventors Laboratory 
(Mon-Friday) 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Take apart electronic toys to see how they work, sew your own stuffed franken-animals, invent your own games and more as we tinker, craft, and play all week long.

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WEEK 10: AUGUST 23-26 (4 DAY) – SOLD OUT

Nature Makers
Full-day camp, Combo Care included
(Mon-Thurs) 9:15 AM – 4:15 PM
Discover the makers studio in your own backyard as you tinker, create, and explore our natural world! Engineer like an animal, learn about native plants, and mix up potions in our forest apothecary.

Camp Pricing

Save up to 30%

  • Become a Museum member and get discounted tuition
  • Sign up for multiple camps and save 10%
  • Register by April 30 and get Early Bird pricing and save 10%

Full Day Camps
  • 5-Day Camp $263 Early Bird/$292 Members, $292 Early Bird/$324 Non-Members
  • 4-Day Camp $329 Early Bird/$365 Members, $365 Early Bird/$405 Non-Members
Half-Day Camps
  • 5-Day Camp $149 Early Bird/$155 Members, $165 Early Bird/ $177 Non-Members
  • 4-Day Camp $119 Early Bird/$132 Members, $133 Early Bird/ $148 Non-Members
Combo Care

Register for AM and PM camps and add Combo Care to drop off your child as early as 8:45 a.m. We will care for your child between camps (lunch not provided). Pick up as late as 5:15 p.m. Available for 5-year-olds who have completed kindergarten through age 10.

  • 5-Day Combo Care  $72 Early Bird/$80 Members, $72 Early Bird/$80 Non-Members
  • 4-Day Combo Care  $58 Early Bird/$64 Members, $58 Early Bird/$64 Non-Members

How to Register for Multiple Camps

To register for multiple camps, follow these steps as we work to enhance our online camp registration experience.

  1. In your web browser, open a new ‘tab’ for each camp you wish to register for.
  2. In the first browser tab, select the camp you wish to purchase and click “Register Now”.
  3. Complete the registrant information and click “Add to Cart”.
  4. Switch over to the second open browser tab and follow the same procedure to register for an additional camp. You will have the option to “Auto-Fill” with the same registration information from the previous camp.
  5. The Shopping Cart will reflect total camp registrations. Complete the billing & payment information.
  6. If you need assistance or prefer to register over the phone, please call (360) 956-0818 ext. 0

Tuition & Cancellation Policy

Full payment is required to register. $25 of camp tuition is non-refundable per half day camp spot. $50 of camp tuition is non-refundable per full day camp spot. Remaining tuition and materials fee is refundable for cancellations made 2 or more weeks prior to camp start date.

For more information, please contact our Registration Coordinator at (360) 956-0818 ext. 103.

Required Camp Forms for Registered Families

Submit required camp forms at least one week before camp start. For campers with allergies or medical accommodations, return forms at least two weeks before camp start. If registering after the deadline, please return forms as soon as possible.

1. Camp Permission Form (required for all campers)
2. Health Screening and COVID-19 Waiver (required for all campers)
3. Allergy Letter 2021 Fillable (required for campers with allergies)
4. Medical Accommodation Form (required for campers with life-saving medications)

Email completed forms to campforms@hocm.org.