CHECK OUT OUR SUMMER CAMPS! (scroll down for SPECIALTY CAMPS ages 11- 14)
Our children's programs are founded on 'hands on learning' and national STEM (Science,Technology,Engineering, Mathematics) standards. At the SDC we take STEM a step further and make it STEAM (Science, Technology, ART, Mathematics) because we believe that you need to include the creative element for a holistic educational experience!
AGES 3 - 11
Half Day 8:00 am - 12:00pm $90 - $100
Full Day 8:00 am - 4:30pm $130 - $150
Before and After Care Available 7:00 am to 5:30 pm $5/day
June 10 - 14
Dino explorers will discover fossilization and geologic time
– as in, “How old is that dinosaur?” They will draw and construct various dino
varieties such as the: fin backed fish eating; lizard-hipped; giant meat-eating;
ostrich and thumb-clawed; egg-thief and sloth; big-nosed giant long-necked;
early armored; parrot and frilled and – believe it or not – the fluffy dino! Campers will dig for replica dino fossils,
learn about other creatures that lived during the time of the dinosaurs, learn
about extinction and, finally, try to answer the question, “What happened to
Pirate pursuers will explore the pirate ship itself and
construct hats, ships and boats, dig for buried treasure and investigate the new
water play exhibit. Young pirate chasers will learn how mariners navigated
uncharted seas by learning some basic orienteering skills. They will learn about sea creatures pirates
may have encountered and discover how mariners of all sorts lived and worked at
sea. Campers will become familiar with some
of the infamous pirates and the age of the buccaneers through acting out
various historical pirate adventures.
Campers will also make puppets and create a puppet show to illustrate some of
what they have learned about pirates and the sea.
June 24 – 28
Birds and Binoculars
Even very young bird watchers will learn to “tune up” their
binoculars and use them as tools to observe birds and other flora and fauna. They will learn how to listen as well as to
look and to share their observations with their explorer friends. The Take Flight and other exhibits will be
used to demonstrate the science of flight and to set the stage for campers to
construct their own “birds” and flying objects.
Campers will learn to hear and see so much as they take guided nature
hikes on the boardwalk and finally to become birds themselves as they “fly”
through camp during the big bird parade flapping their newly constructed
Under the Sea
Under the sea explorers will learn about the fish and mammals
and plants that call our salty water bodies home. They will learn about the
various habitats: bays, estuaries, coral reefs, open oceans and about
underwater volcanoes, deep trenches and kelp forests. They will discover how whales, dolphins,
otters and seals are both alike and very different from the fishes that
populate the same seas. Campers will construct
undersea worlds of their own and design and build puppet creatures to populate
them. Campers will also mosaic pieces of
the Science and Discovery Centers’ new Water Play Exhibit!
July 15 – 19
Myths and Legends
Children love myths and legends, stories and fairy tales –
especially unusual ones – because they are rich with excitement and adventure. Teams of campers will imagine and create
giants and elves and fire-breathing dragons or unicorns or furry friendly
monsters or mermaids or creatures we adults can’t even dream up – hopefully
some of which will be left behind to fly in the main entrance hall throughout
the coming year. Young Imagineers will
create their own myths and legends and build castles and catapults and other
props to enact their stories. Some campers will act out their stories while
others will make puppets or books to bring their tales to life. At the end of
the week campers teams will exhibit their creations. This week will be one of
the best, filled with excitement and energy and make believe.
July 22 – 26
Science of Art and Music
Budding artists and musicians will play and create their way
through the understanding of form, shape, color and function, and experienced
teachers will guide campers to understand the physics of sound through
experience with different instruments. The Sound and Movement exhibits will be
used by campers to experiment with different ways humans have learned to make
sound, and campers will create their own sound-making devices of found and
constructed objects. Young artists may
create their own songs and illustrations to tell their own stories. Painting Plein Aire like Monet, making
mobiles like Calder and even some cave painting will be included. This will be a lively week, filled with color
and sound and happy campers.
July 29 – August 2
A Bug’s Life
“Bugs” – used very loosely here to include insects, spiders
and maybe even computer bugs – have very complicated and interesting lives as
young campers will discover as they pretend to be bugs, observe captive bugs
and track others throughout the SDC campus.
Campers will learn to give stinging insects proper respect and to value
the positive role many bugs play. Camp
counselors will help them (campers, not bugs) use magnifying lenses, nets, and
their own eyes and ears to find and identify crawly creatures. Campers will
discover many bug facts and to appreciate bug anatomy by building a bug – or
maybe two. Our camper arthropods may crawl through bug
tunnels and mimic other bug-like moves. This
week will incorporate lots of movement, art and music activities as students
think about how bugs look, move and sound.
Of course, on Friday, campers will become WATER BUGS!
August 5 – 9
Back to the Future
IPod lovers will be unplugged for a while to discover how
life might have been during pioneer times.
They will learn to dye and weave various materials then create their own
tie-dyed T-shirt or braided rug. In a
visit to the SDC authentic grist mill, campers will observe how corn and other
grains were ground into meal and learn about working and cooking with primitive
energy sources. Using the Kitchen Garden exhibit to explore various kinds of
fruits and vegetables, campers will learn about how the food we eat has changed
since pioneer days. These campers will
begin their own vegetable garden on the SDC campus and start small container
gardens to take home. Some campers will
create a miniature pioneer village while another group will build a tiny modern
“city”, each designing what their people would have and need. Some young explorers may construct a back to
the future time machine to be hung in the main gallery at the end of the week.
August 12 – 16
Why do blue crabs shed their shells, but box turtles
don’t? Your camper will be able to
answer this question and many more by the end of the Animal Wonders week. We share our planet with a delightful array
of animals from the tiniest insect to the enormous blue whale and campers will
learn that each has some very interesting abilities, habits and ways of
life. Campers will construct several dioramas
and populate them throughout the week with various creatures – realistic and
imaginary – constructed from all sorts of materials. There may even be some robot animals
involved. This will be an exciting
end-of-summer event with lots of favorite interactive stories, songs, plays,
games and activities. Students will
create pop-up books illustrating their summer fun and go home with enough
animal wonder questions to keep the family entertained ‘til next year.
Our Specialty Camps offer state of the art hands on learning that has its base in national STEM research.
Ages: 11 - 14
Time: 8am - 4:00pm
Price: $200 - $225
June 17 - 21 Marine Biology I
Explore our beautiful beaches and bays, take a trip to NOAA and meet the turtles! Help create a salt water tank at the SDC for our permanent exhibit! You WILL get wet in this class!
June 24 - 28 Marine Biology II
Explore our beautiful beaches and bays. Visit Gulf World and train a dolphin, plant sea grasses in a shoreline restoration project. You WILL get wet in this class!
July 8 - 12 Kitchen Sink Chemistry
July 15 - 19 Engineering
Learn the art of GEARS while making a permanent exhibit for the SDC that shows how our antique Grist Mill works. Take home your own gear that will amaze your friends and family!
July 22 - 26 Grossology
So gross I cant even describe it! From icky disections to building gross sticky things this camp is for the strongeststomachs! No weanies allowed!
July 29 - Aug 2 Robotics I
LEGOS LEGOS LEGOS Build your own robotic Insect and a home for him to live in!
Aug 5 - 9 Robotics II
Must have taken Basic Robotics LEGOS LEGOS LEGOS This class is for the Leaguers! Get ready for LEGO mania.
Aug 12 - 16 Rocketry and RC
Blast off while learning about airfoils. Make rockets, build remote controlled planes and make an RC land course that will be used at the museum for years to come.