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Summer 2018 Camps Register Now!


Multi-Camp Special! Save 10% when you register for more than 1 camp!


Exciting NEW Topics Added for 2018!


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

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Summer Day Camps 2018

Camps for Ages 3 - Grade K


Must be able to use the restroom independently

TO REGISTER FOR MULTIPLE CAMPS: Call (360) 956-0818 ext. 103 or follow these steps as we work to enhance our online camp registration experience. 

1. In you 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.


REGISTERED FAMILIES: 
Click Here for Important Camp Forms
      
Week of JUNE 25-29

9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp


1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
TO THE MOON
Blast off on a mission to the moon and beyond. Craft moon prints, design a space rover, and explode comets!    

ALMOST FULL!

 
LITTLE BOTS
Construct a recycled robot, craft an art-bot, and assemble an edible robot!  We’ll even transform into robots and learn how to walk and talk like one too.    

ALMOST FULL!

Week of JULY 2-3 & 5-6 (4-day camps)

9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp


1 - 4pm Half-Day Camps
BUG OUT!
Flutter and play all week as we learn about our insect neighbors. Discover the parts of an insect, pollination, and the insect life cycle as we observe bugs in the classroom and outdoors.  Make bug hotels and hatch your own insects. Look through special lenses to learn how bugs see the world.

ALMOST FULL!       



GARDEN ARTS & EATS
Dig in to fun as we explore the museum’s Children’s Garden and cook up yummy treats. Learn to create stick and stone sculptures. Plant flowers and vegetables, decorate flower pots, and create your own stepping stone.    

ALMOST FULL!




Week of JULY 9-13

9am - 12pm Half-Day Camps


1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
SHADOW PLAY
Explore reflection, transparency, and shadows. We will create sun catchers, shadow puppets, mysterious nighttime paintings and more.    


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.    

SOLD OUT! Call for waitlist

 
TINKER TIME
Grab your tools and come tinker with us! Play a piano made out of playdough, create art that moves and engineer fantasy machines in this inventive camp.





Week of JULY 16-20

9am - 12pm Half-Day Camps


1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
CIRCUS SCIENCE
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! 


DRAGONS & FAIRIES
Enter a magic forest of hidden fairies and friendly dragons. Transform yourself into an out of this world creature through mask making and game play, make your very own puppets, and act out magical mystical stories.    

ALMOST FULL!
 
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 JULY 23-27

9am - 12pm Half-Day Camps


1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
ART LAB 
(for children with special needs)
Join museum preschool educator Betsy DeBoer and support staff from South Sound Parent to Parent for this partnership camp for children with special needs generously supported by the Agostinho Rodrigues Trust. Art and science meet as we invent our own colors, uncover invisible paintings and use art materials in unexpected ways!    
Tuition is free, limited space available. To register, contact Cristina at South Sound Parent to Parent (360) 352-1126.


FURRY FRIENDS
Adopt your own stuffed animal and learn how to take care of your pet. We will make unique pet homes, craft collars, and make special pet treats.    

 
SURPRISING SAFARI
Get ready for an adventure to an African watering hole, where we will discover the unique and wild animals that inhabit it! Create safari gear and craft works of art inspired by animal prints and textures found in the Savannah.    





Week of JULY 30-AUGUST 3

9am - 12pm Half-Day Camps


1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
PICTURE THIS
Jump into the world of your favorite picture books as we blend and paint our own paper, print with found objects, and use geometric shapes to create characters.  Discover what artists like Mo Willems, Eric Carle, and Lois Ehlert do to make the stories we read come alive!        


OCEAN ADVENTURES
Dive in! Join us as we create fish prints, transform ourselves into a jelly fish and hatch sharks and explore life in the ocean!    

ALMOST FULL!
 
SPLISH SPLASH SPLOSH
Paint with ice cubes, craft your own raindrop masterpiece and experiment with bubbles as we discover what water can do!  Campers will explore our visiting Riveropolis exhibit!    



Week of AUGUST  6-10

9am - 12pm Half-Day Camps


1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
RAINFOREST RENDEZVOUS
Explore the rainforest from the roots to the treetops. Turn yourself into a colorful toucan. Make your own tropical habitat. Take a break with a sloth…that you created.            

FILLING FAST!

DINO DAYS
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. PM camp also available!      

SOLD OUT! Call for waitlist   
  DINO DAYS
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. AM camp also available!  

FILLING FAST! 



Week of AUGUST  13-17

9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp


1 - 4pm Half-Day Camps
NEW! RIVERS & TIDES
See where the current takes you! Build bridges and dams, make friends in a tide pool, and experiment with all the things that sink and float.  Campers will explore our visiting Riveropolis exhibit!                

SOLD OUT! Call for waitlist 

  WATER MOVERS
Pump, spray, drip and drop as we experiment with all the ways water moves.  Play with pressure & gravity, mix up potions, and create a Non-Newtonian fluid in this hands-on science camp!  Campers will explore our visiting Riveropolis exhibit!    

FILLING FAST!

GET MESSY WITH THE MASTERS
Get inspired by Miro, Picasso, Van Gogh, and other artists as you paint, collage, and sculpt this week!  Create a cubist masterpiece, expressionist painting, and “glass” sculpture as you learn about pattern, color, line, and texture.    


Week of AUGUST  20-23 (4-day camps)

9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp


1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
UP, UP & AWAY
Make kites, gliders and parachutes. Create, design and engineer all week as we launch items in our classroom wind tunnel and explore aerodynamics.                    

SOLD OUT! Call for waitlist

  NEW! MUDWORKS
Get your hands dirty! Campers will use clay and mud to build and create art and learn the magic hidden in simple dirt and natural materials.  Campers will explore our new outdoor Mud Pie Kitchen and Insect Hotel building stations!  

SOLD OUT! Call for waitlist


Week of AUGUST 27-31 

9am - 12pm Half-Day Camp


1 - 4pm Half-Day Camp
NEW! CONSTRUCTION!
Get your hard hat on and join us for this week of building up some fun. We will work with engineering challenges every day as we assemble structures. Fort Boards, Rigamajig and more!                    

SOLD OUT! Call for waitlist 

  ONCE UPON A TIME
Get ready for a magical week filled with creatures from your favorite fairy tales. We will invent our own stories and make puppets and costumes to act them out!       

ALMOST FULL!
Camps for Grades 1-4

(as of Fall 2018)

TO REGISTER FOR MULTIPLE CAMPS: Call (360) 956-0818 ext. 103 or follow these steps as we work to enhance our online camp registration experience. 

1. In you 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.


REGISTERED FAMILIES: 
Click Here for Important Camp Forms

Week of JUNE 25-29 

9:15am - 12:15pm Half-Day Camp


1:15 - 4:15pm Half-Day Camp
CREATIVE CONTRAPTIONS!
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.                        

SOLD OUT! Call for waitlist 

  FIZZ, POP, WOW!
We’re making chemical reactions with our own Dr. Science! Take home non-Newtonian fluids, make color changing potions and create chemical eruptions.       

SOLD OUT! Call for waitlist 


COMBO CARE
Register for AM & PM camps, then add Combo Care to make a full day 8:45am-5:15pm. Free HOCM t-shirt included!
Add Combo Care! 




Week of JULY 2-3 & 5-6 (4-day camps) 

9:15am - 12:15pm Half-Day Camp


1:15 - 4:15pm Half-Day Camp
NEW! CAMP OUT!
Learn outdoor skills including fire making, shelter building, food preparation, and water purification. Campers will spend the week creating an outdoor adventure kit that they can continue to build on at home.                        

ALMOST FULL!

  SUPER SLEUTHS
Do you have what it takes to be a super sleuth? Put your forensic skills to the test as we analyze hair and fiber samples, test mystery substances, and extract DNA. Together, we will work to solve a museum mystery.   

ALMOST FULL!




COMBO CARE
Register for AM & PM camps, then add Combo Care to make a full day 8:45am-5:15pm. Free HOCM t-shirt included!
Add Combo Care! 




Week of JULY 9-13 

9:15am - 12:15pm Half-Day Camp


1:15 - 4:15pm Half-Day Camp
ANIMATION STUDIO
From Thaumatropes and Zoetropes to Ipad movies - join museum MakeSpace Coordinator Jo KaLhoun and her assistant Brin Smith to create characters and short stories, stop motion animation and a glow-in-the-dark mini movie.                        

SOLD OUT! Call for waitlist 
  TINKER TECH
Calling all curious minds! Use tools, take stuff apart and find out how things work in the STEAM focused camp. Explore circuits, tinker with light, and create sculptures with hot glue with museum MakeSpace Coordinator Jo KaLhoun.       

SOLD OUT! Call for waitlist 



COMBO CARE
Register for AM & PM camps, then add Combo Care to make a full day 8:45am-5:15pm. Free HOCM t-shirt included!
Add Combo Care! 




Week of JULY 16-20
FULL-DAY CAMP (9:15am-4:15pm) 
Includes before & after care extending day to 8:45am-5:15pm 

FARM TO TABLE