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First Grade Sessions
NHMU First Grade camps are for children who will enter the first grade in the fall of 2017. 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 summer break at the same time—check your school schedule before registering.
Price and duration of camps vary. See individual listings.
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 5 – 9 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — Registration for this camp is now closed.
Science is awesome! Join us as we investigate several science topics while exploring the Museum using scientific tools and methods. Physics and chemistry days will be chalk full of reactions, exploding color, traveling sound waves, and changes in states of matter. Earth and space science are also on the docket, from magnets to rockets and constellations. We’ve got an action-packed week of scientific discovery…and all we need is YOU!
Week 2 | June 12 – 16 | 9:00am – Noon | $155 — Registration for this camp is now closed.
Week 6 | July 10 – 14 | 1:00 – 4:00pm | $155 — Camp full. Click here for waist list.
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 escorted from one location to the other during the lunch hour.
Week 2 | June 12 – 16 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — Registration for this camp is now closed.
Week 9 | July 31 – August 4 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — Camp full. Click here for wait list.
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 3 | June 19 – 23 | 9:00am – Noon | $155 — Registration for this camp is now closed.
Week 8* | July 25 – 28 (*T-F) | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | $125 — Click here to check availability and register
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 3 | June 19 – 23 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | $155 — Registration for this camp is now closed.
Week 7 | July 17 – 21 | 9:00am – Noon | $155 — Camp full. Click here for wait list.
Art and science go hand in hand in this week of exploration. We’ll explore soil science as we create works of art, investigate plants while creating flower paintings, and go on a color scavenger hunt. Campers will also investigate water beads, make magic milk and use shaving cream—all for the art of it!
Week 4 | June 26 – 30 | 9:00am – Noon | $155 — Registration for this camp is now closed.
Week 7 | July 17 – 21 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | $155 — Click here to check availability and register.
Partner Camp with Tanner Dance
The pulse of a heartbeat, the tempo of raindrops, the cadence of galloping horses; all are natural rhythms that vibrate and encourage us to move and explore. Join us as we investigate the many and varied patterns and rhythms of our surroundings. Tanner Dance staff will join us each day, adding music and movement to our daily experience. Family is invited to join us at the Museum on the last day of each session for a short performance.
Week 4 | June 26 – 30 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | $155 — Registration for this camp is now closed.
Week 9 | July 31 – August 4 | 9:00am – Noon | $155 — Click here to check availability and register
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 5* | July 5 – 7 (*W-F) | 9:00am – Noon | $95 — Registration for this camp is now closed.
Week 10 | August 7 – 11 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | $155 — Camp full. Click here for wait list.
The Natural History Museum of Utah is world famous for our dinosaur research! Come investigate dinosaurs and their Mesozoic world with us. Explore the differences between meat and plant eating dinosaurs, make dino tracks, learn about new dinosaur discoveries, and get a tour of our Paleontology Lab and Past Worlds Gallery. This camp is sure to excite the dinosaur lover in the family!
Week 5* | July 5 – 7 (*W-F) | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | $95 — Registration for this camp is now closed.
Week 10 | August 7 – 11 | 9:00am – Noon | $155 — Camp full. Click here for wait list.
Get ready to dig into geology in this rockin’ camp! Come explore the rock, 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!
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 8* | July 25 – 28 (*T-F) | 9:00am – Noon | $125 — Camp full. Click here for wait list.