2018 Summer Camp for First Grade

First Grade Sessions

NHMU first grade camps are for children who will enter the first grade in the fall of 2018. Register for a morning or an afternoon session. OR, register for both sessions, making it a full day experience! Time between morning and afternoon sessions will be spent eating a lunch brought from home and exploring outside with Museum staff. Please note that not all school districts begin and end summer break at the same time—check your school schedule before registering. 

Price and duration of camps vary. See individual listings.

Click here to view and download a complete guide to our first grade sessions.


LEGO® Engineering

Partner Camp with Play-Well TEKnologies

Join us for a week of engineering bliss! Mornings will be spent with Museum staff, tinkering with toys, learning about simple machines, exploring with roller coasters, and building marble mazes. Afternoons will be spent under the tutelage of Play-Well staff, developing engineering skills utilizing thousands of LEGO® components while building engineer-designed projects such as boats, snowmobiles, catapults, and merry-go-rounds. 

Week 1 | June 4 – 8 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — This camp is no longer on sale

Week 5 | July 9 – 13 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — This camp is no longer on sale


Science Kids

Science is awesome! Join us as we investigate STEAM based topics while exploring the Museum using scientific tools and methods. Geysers, rockets, chromatography, changes in states of matter, magnets, and basic robotics—we’ve got an action-packed week of scientific discovery…and all we need is YOU!

Week 2 | June 11 – 15 | 9:00 – Noon | $160 — This camp is no longer on sale

Week 6 | July 16 – 20 | 1:00 – 4:00pm | $160 — This camp is no longer on sale


Artful Science

Partner Camp with Sarah Bly of Kidding Around Yoga

Art and science go hand-in-hand in this week of exploration. We’ll investigate soil science as we create works of art, investigate plants while creating flower paintings, and go on a color scavenger hunt. Campers will also study engineering and the design process, make magic milk, and explore nature. At the end of each day, we'll welcome Sarah Bly, certified Kidding Around Yoga Instructor, who will be adding music and movement to our experience.

Week 2 | June 11 – 15 | 1:00 – 4:00pm | $160 — This camp is no longer on sale

Week 9 | August 6 – 10 | 9:00am – Noon | $160 — This camp is no longer on sale


Dino Lab

The Natural History Museum of Utah is world famous for our dinosaur research! Come investigate dinosaurs and their Mesozoic world. Explore the differences between meat and plant eating dinosaurs, make dino tracks, learn about new dinosaur discoveries, and get a tour of the Paleontology Lab and Past Worlds Gallery. This camp is sure to excite the dinosaur lover in the family!

Week 3 | June 18 – 22 | 9:00am – Noon | $160  — This camp is no longer on sale

Week 9 | August 6 – 10 | 1:00 – 4:00pm | $160 — This camp is no longer on sale


Build it BIG

Join us for a week of building bliss! We’ll use a variety of materials and tools to investigate size and design while discovering which shapes make the strongest structures. Campers will create gumdrop towers, paper towers and bridges, straw rockets, tinker with toys, and explore with roller coasters and marble mazes as they investigate the engineering design process. 

Week 3 | June 18 – 22 | 1:00 – 4:00pm | $160 — This camp is no longer on sale

Week 8 | July 30 – August 3 | 9:00am – Noon | $160 — This camp is no longer on sale


Science of Seuss

Oh, the Places You’ll Go during this week of Seuss-filled fun! We’ll explore environments with the Lorax and Yertle the Turtle, create oobleck with Bartholomew, investigate similarities and differences with the Sneeches, and study animals—both real and imaginary—with Horton and Gerald McGrew.

Week 4 | June 25 – 29 | 9:00am – Noon | $160 — This camp is no longer on sale


Jr. Naturalists

Partner Camp with Red Butte Garden

Explore the natural world with Red Butte Garden and the Natural History Museum! Spend the first part of the day at Red Butte looking at the Garden up close and personal. We’ll get on our hands and knees as we explore the Garden from a new perspective each day, whether from that of an ant or raccoon. While at NHMU each afternoon, we’ll investigate the natural processes that surround us from the changing of the seasons and the rock cycle to the growth of plants and the water cycle. Drop camper off at Red Butte Garden by 9:00am and pick up at NHMU at 4:00pm. Campers will be walked from one location to the other during the lunch hour.

Week 4 | June 25 – 29 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — This camp is no longer on sale

Week 8 | July 30 – August 3 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — This camp is no longer on sale


Rock Hounds

Get ready to dig into geology in this rockin’ camp! Come explore the rocks, minerals and processes that make up the Earth. You’ll learn what rocks are made of, rock types, and all about the rock cycle! Start your own rock collection and become a rock hound!

Week 6 | July 16 – 20 | 9:00am – Noon | $160 — This camp is no longer on sale

Week 10 | August 13 – 17 | 1:00 – 4:00pm | $160 — This camp is no longer on sale


Bug Out!

Discover the amazing world of insects, snails, earthworms, and more! Study their amazing variety and importance while exploring their life cycles and habitats. You’ll also create insect-inspired art and music. You’ll “bee” an expert in all things creepy and crawly after this camp!

Week 7* | July 25 – 27 (*W-F) | 9:00am – Noon | $96 — This camp is no longer on sale


Space Cadet

Put your scientific skills to the test as you launch into outer space…and beyond! We’ll investigate the solar system, make and launch rockets, create models of the planets, explore stars and constellations, and enjoy other spaced-out projects and activities.

Week 7* | July 25 – 27 (*W-F) | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | $96 — This camp is no longer on sale

Week 10 | August 13 – 17 | 9:00am – Noon | $160 — This camp is no longer on sale


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