Skip to main content
COVID-19 Update: We are open! Face coverings and advance reservations required. Learn more here.
Skip to main content

2021 Summer@NHMU Kinder & First Grade Public Registration

Kinder and First Grade In-Person Summer Camp Sessions

NHMU Kindergarten and first grade camps are designed for children who will enter either of these grades in the fall of 2021. All sessions are offered in a full-day, Monday - Thursday format. We'll have a morning and an afternoon snack break, along with a midday lunch break. Two substantial snacks and a non-refrigerated lunch and drink will need to be brought from home. Mornings and afternoons will have different themes in order to provide a more robust and exciting experience. Face coverings with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric that cover the nose and mouth will be required by all staff and program participants. Be sure to familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 policies and procedures as well as our cancellation and refund information prior to registering for sessions. Please note that not all school districts begin and end summer break at the same time—check your school schedule before registering. 

Please Note: Due to our smaller group sizes, we will be offering a wait list this summer. Click here to submit a wait list request.

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


Dinosaurs ROCK / Artful Science

Each morning campers will investigate dinosaurs and their Mesozoic world. They’ll explore the differences between meat and plant eating dinosaurs while learning about new dinosaur discoveries. We’ll also explore the rocks, minerals, and processes that make up the Earth, and get tours of the Paleontology Lab and Past Worlds Gallery. Each afternoon we’ll explore art and science concepts. Flower dissections and petal paintings, color scavenger hunts, as well as bubble and soil art are all on the docket. 

Week 1 | June 7 – 10 (M-Th) | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — SOLD OUT, join the wait list.

Week 5 | July 12 – 15 (M-Th) | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — SOLD OUT, join the wait list.


Construction Zone / Bug-tacular

Mornings will be full of building bliss! Using a variety of materials and tools, we’ll investigate size and design while discovering which shapes make the strongest structures. Gumdrop towers, paper bridges, and straw rockets, as well as roller coasters and marble mazes will fill our mornings. Afternoons will be spent discovering the amazing world of insects, snails, earthworms, and spiders! We’ll study their amazing variety and importance while exploring their life cycles, habitats, and creating critter-inspired art. 

Week 2 | June 14 – 17 (M-Th) | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — SOLD OUT, join the wait list.

Week 6 | July 26 – 29 (M-Th) | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — SOLD OUT, join the wait list.


SENSEsational Science / Space Cadet

Each morning campers will explore the natural world, observing and investigating with their senses. There will be a variety of hands-on discoveries—both inside and outside the Museum. The second half of the day will be spent putting our space skills to the test. 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 21 – 24 (M-Th) | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — SOLD OUT, join the wait list.

Week 8 | August 2 – 5 (M-Th) | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280 — SOLD OUT, join the wait list.


Science Kids / Weather Matters

Campers will begin their day exploring the states of matter, creating and launching rockets, investigating magnets and participating in many hands-on/minds-on activities as they learn about the world around them. Each afternoon we’ll explore our ever-changing seasons, severe weather patterns, temperature, and more! Campers will create shadow and sun print art, build rain sticks and weather vanes, investigate how weather affects plant and animal growth, and track daily atmospheric phenomena.

Week 4 | June 28 – July 1 (M-Th)  | 9:00am – 4:00pm  | $280 — SOLD OUT, join the wait list.

Week 8 | August 9 – 12 (M-Th) | 9:00am – 4:00pm | $280  — SOLD OUT, join the wait list.


Return to 2021 Summer Camp Overview