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Help us share more opportunities for adventure! We believe that all kids deserve a chance to explore their curiosities and discover the world in new ways. Our Camp Scholarship Fund helps defray program fees for children whose family may not otherwise be able to participate due to financial hardship.

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Summer Camps at the Indiana State Museum

CAMPS AT THE INDIANA STATE MUSEUM

Give your campers a summer to remember with one of our day and weeklong summer camps. With numerous options at various locations across the state, there’s something for every interest for preschoolers to 8th graders.

Learn more about scholarships available for qualifying families.

Because your child’s health and safety is our priority, we have the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols in place to provide your child with safe camp fun. View full list of safety procedures.

Download our FAQ for grades 1 – 6.

FULL WEEK CAMPS

  • Youth ages 4-6

    9 a.m. to noon
    $125/camper; 10% discount for members; $5/discount for siblings in same camp

    Lunch Bunch option available from noon to 1 p.m. for $35/week per child. Campers must bring their own lunch and can enjoy free-choice play and quiet time.
    Registration required two weeks prior to camp start date

     

    JUNE 13-17 | MAD SCIENCE – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Become a scientist as you experiment and collaborate with other campers on STEAM-inspired projects. Use real science tools and your curiosity to conduct hands-on experiments that will help encourage your camper’s inquisitive nature!

    JUNE 27-JULY 1 | MAKER MANIA – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Get ready to make and create! Discover the Engineer Design Process, and plan, engineer and test your own creations while using real tools.

    JULY 18-22 | WACKY & WONDERFUL – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    It’s OK to get a little messy during this wacky and wonderful week at the Indiana State Museum! Make a mess and create art projects with other campers, discover through hands-on experiments and get an up-close look at real museum artifacts.

  • Youth entering Grades 1-3

    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    $250/camper; 10% discount for members; $5/discount for siblings in same camp

    $30/camp for scholarship recipients. Scholarship camp prices include camp lunch and a snack.
    Registration required two weeks prior to camp start date

     

    JUNE 6-10 | SCIENCE OF TOYS – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    What’s inside your favorite toy? What makes it move or make a sound? Use tools to deconstruct the technology inside of toys, then engineer and create something brand new!

    JUNE 13-17 | DIY DÉCOR – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Do you have what it takes to design your own room? Make a personalized pillowcase, design a board to hold photos and mementos, stitch together a light-up stuffed creature and more.

    JUNE 20-24 | PIRATE ENGINEERING – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Arr, Matey! Get ready to build a pirate ship, create tools to capture fish and use simple machines as you become a pirate and search for coveted treasure.

    JUNE 27-JULY 1 | CULINARY: INTERNATIONAL TREATS – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Discover fine fares from all over the globe, and learn how to create these recipes yourself to share with friends and family!

    JULY 11-15 | FAMOUS HOOSIERS

    Explore famous Hoosiers who have made their mark in space, on Earth, on the track and beyond! Find out what it took for them to become so famous through a week of experiments and activities.

    Register

    JULY 18-22 | WONDEROUS CREATURES – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Discover a magical world of wonderous creatures! Join in investigations of these fantastic creatures, and explore what it takes to tame each beast.

    JULY 25-29 | CAMP HIGHLIGHTS – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Experience the summer’s best-of-the-best activities! Test, play and challenge yourself during a silly, mixed-up week packed full of kid-recommended fun.

  • Youth entering Grades 4-6

    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    $250/camper; 10% discount for members; $5/discount for siblings in same camp

    $30/camp for scholarship recipients. Scholarship camp prices include camp lunch and a snack.
    Registration required two weeks prior to camp start date

     

    JUNE 6-10 | CHEM INVESTIGATORS – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Calling all sleuths! Polish up your detective skills and get ready to investigate some science challenges throughout the museum. Plus, explore how real investigators use science to solve crimes.

    JUNE 13-17 | INDIANA INSPIRATIONS

    Follow in the footsteps of Indiana entertainers, entrepreneurs, artists, astronauts, athletes and others who have called Indiana home while creating, experimenting and finding inspiration from famous Hoosiers.

    Register

    JULY 11-JULY 15 | CULINARY TRIP AROUND THE WORLD – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Take a culinary adventure around the world and taste-test your way through a different country each day. Come ready to cook, and create your own tasty masterpieces.

    JULY 18-22 | WIZARD ACADEMY – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Potions, charms and invisibility – oh my! Mix a little magic and science together to create your own wand to see if you can make things disappear, design and build your own dragon, plus try to win the Mastodon Cup!

    JULY 25-29 | CAMP REWIND

    Relive summer camp favorites during this wild week of experiments and challenges. Rewind summer by revisiting some of our favorite activities from previous weeks. But we’re adding a little suspense – you won’t know what we’re exploring until the beginning of each day of camp.

    Register
  • Youth entering Grades 4-8

    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    $250/camper; 10% discount for members; $5/discount for siblings in same camp

    $30/camp for scholarship recipients. Scholarship camp prices include camp lunch and a snack.
    Registration required two weeks prior to camp start date

     

    JUNE 6-10 | CREATE, ACT, PERFORM! – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Join REACT by YAT directors to create a create a one-of-a-kind performance experience about facing challenges and standing up for your and others against bullies.

    JUNE 20-24 | REFASHION – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Discover how to repurpose and redesign your wardrobe into something that fits your own personal style. Play with fabrics, turn an ordinary object into an eye-catching accessory and upcycle the unwearable into a perfect outfit.

    JUNE 27-JULY 1 | LOW TO HIGH TECH

    Get ready to turn some low-tech gadgets into high tech! Discover how to use LED lights, batteries and glue guns plus some basic coding to create a simple game and more! Take your skills to the next level with a variety of challenges and experiments.

    Register

DAY CAMPS

  • Youth entering Grades 1-6

    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    $60/camper; 10% discount for members; $5/discount for siblings in same camp
    $10/day for scholarship recipients
    Registration required by 5 p.m. the day before the camp date

    MAY 25 | STICKY ART

    Get ready to roll out the duct tape and create your very own artistic masterpiece.

    Register

    MAY 26 | SCIENCE TRICKS- SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    How can air crush a can? Why do dinner glasses ring? It’s not a magic trick – it’s science! Discover some mind-blowing tricks – and a lot of science – that can wow your friends all summer long.

    MAY 27 | RIDING INTO SUMMER

    Spend the day learning all about bicycles! Test gears, stay upright with gyroscopes and discover how Indiana’s own Marshall “Major” Taylor made cycling history.

    Register

    MAY 31 | BUILDING BLOCKS

    What can you create with blocks? Test your building skills with challenges, and discover what you can construct with squares, cubes, rectangles, cylinders and more!

    Register

    JUNE 1 | H2WHOA! – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    How fast can water move a turbine? Can you engineer a boat that floats? Beware! You might get a little wet as we experiment with all things water.

    JUNE 2 | NATURE STRUCTURES

    How does a beaver’s dam stop water? What makes a nest stay in a tree when the wind blows? Explore natural structures and see if you can construct your own structure that can withstand nature’s elements.

    Register

    JUNE 3 | ENGINEERING ART – SOLD OUT

    To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Put your engineering stills to the test and create your very own art masterpieces with a little help from science.

    AUGUST 1 | MUDDY MESS

    Spend the day digging in the dirt and making a mess with mud! Experiment with water games, construct mud pies and more.

    Register

    AUGUST 2 | OOEY GOOEY ART

    Splat! Being messy is part of the artistic process, so don’t be afraid to squish together colors while creating your very own masterpiece.

    Register

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Summer Camps at Angel Mounds State Historic Site

CAMPS AT ANGEL MOUNDS

Youth entering grades 1-6
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$160/camper; 10% discount for members
Before/After care available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. for $15/camper or both options available for $25/camper.
Registration required two weeks prior to camp start date.

Because your child’s health and safety is our priority, we have the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols in place to provide your child with safe camp fun. View full list of safety procedures.

  • JUNE 6-10 | Wizards Academy - SOLD OUT

    This camp is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Have you ever wished you could change the world with a flick of your wand? Learn how to train a dragon, win a game of Muggle Quidditch and participate in the Tri-River Tournament through the week to become the reigning Domum!

  • JUNE 13-17 | New! Camp Half-Blood - SOLD OUT

    This camp is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Inspired by the Percy Jackson and the Olympians children’s book series, campers will discover Greek mythology and find out what it would be like to be a demi-god. They’ll also learn about the skills it takes to fight the hydra to rations needed for demi-gods, and everything in between during this fun and exciting week!

  • JUNE 27-JULY 1 | New! Cooking Through the Ages - SOLD OUT

    This camp is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Have you ever wondered how people from Ancient Greece or Rome, the Mississippian culture, the Middle Ages and more cooked? Discover foods people of the past gathered and prepared, then try cooking these recipes yourself! Don’t worry – you won’t spend all day cooking though. Learn what peoples’ lives were like through games and hands-on activities too.

  • JULY 11-15 | SurvivorKid - SOLD OUT

    This camp is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Ever wondered how the characters in The Hunger Games or Swiss Family Robinson lived off the land? Find out by learning some survival skills yourself! Explore ways to track animals, build shelter from materials you discover in the woods and learn how to start a fire without matches.

  • JULY 25-29 | Adventure Angel - SOLD OUT

    This camp is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist call the museum at 317.232.1637.

    Celebrate the end of summer with a week of summer camp fun! Cool off on our 70-foot slip-and-slide, and be inspired to use your curiosity and creativity while participating in team-building challenges throughout the week.

Summer Camps at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

CAMPS AT GENE STRATTON-PORTER

Jr./Teen Naturalist Day Camp

Youth ages 9-13
July 18-22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$100/camper

Lunches provided by camper, snacks and water provided by Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site and Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center.
Registration required by July 1.

Learn about birds, trees, geology and all of Indiana’s natural wonders. Spend time exploring both Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site and Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center while discovering a variety of topics and different natural spaces. By the end of the week, you’ll complete the Jr./Teen Indiana Master Naturalist course and be on your way to certification.

Register by calling the site at 260.854.3790.

Summer Camps at T.C. Steele State Historic Site

CAMPS AT T.C. STEELE

Youth entering grades 1-6
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$55/camper; 10% discount for members
Campers should bring their own sack lunch, two snacks, a water bottle, closed-toed shoes and sunscreen.
Registration required by 5 p.m. on June 6 for June 20-24 camps and June 27 for July 11-15 camps.

Our friends at WonderLab are offering summer camps at T.C. Steele for youth in grades 4-8. Learn more about those camps.

Because your child’s health and safety is our priority, we have the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols in place to provide your child with safe camp fun. View full list of safety procedures.

  • JUNE 20 | Deconstruction Zone

    Are you an aspiring engineer? Use real tools to reverse-engineer toys, appliances and technological devices to discover how they work. Then, use the pieces to build something new.

    Register
  • JUNE 21 | Birds of a Feather

    How do hollow bones help birds fly? How do birds know where they’re going when they migrate? Discover these answers and more during an exciting camp all about birds!

    Register
  • JUNE 22 | The Hoosier Group

    Learn how to create your own traditional and impressionistic masterpieces while exploring the Hoosier Group – a group of impressionist painters, including T.C. Steele, who created artwork in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Register
  • JUNE 23 | Slippery Slime

    It’s ooey and gooey. It’s slime! Spend the day mixing and kneading ingredients to make all kinds of slime during this day of fun and learning.

    Register
  • JUNE 24 | Summer Reset

    It’s time to take a break and relax for the day by making stress balls, practicing yoga, creating art and learning more about self-care practices.

    Register
  • JULY 11 | Cardboard Construction

    What can you build with cardboard, scissors and tape? Put your maker skills to the test by planning and constructing your own design.

    Register
  • JULY 12 | Lights, Science, Color!

    Get ready to bend light, twist colors and use mirrors to reflect and create colorful experiments with a day full of hands-on activities.

    Register
  • JULY 13 | Crazy About Science

    Pop! Fizz! BOOM! Examine chemical reactions through cool hands-on science experiments.

    Register
  • JULY 14 | Out of this World

    Become an astronaut-in-training while finding out if you have what it takes to go on an out-of-this-world mission. Explore space through hands-on activities and more.

    Register
  • JULY 15 | Rocks or Minerals?

    What are rocks? How are they different from minerals? Find out through some scientific discovery. Learn about rocks and minerals formed right here in Indiana, and others that are created in other geographic locations.

    Register

How we're staying safe

  • Indiana State Museum

    Our Camp Room

    • Tables are spaced 4-5 feet apart.
    • We will have up to two campers per 6’ table, sitting at opposite ends of the table.
    • We allow campers to self select their seat for the day. Siblings may choose to sit together or at different tables.

    Camp Activities

    • All materials will be grouped per child. Each camper will have a bin of art supplies that will be just theirs to use during the camp day.
    • We will do our best to limit contact with non-camp staff and museum visitors. This includes touring the galleries before the museum opens and having lunch in our camp room.
    • Recess and free exploration are important aspects of camp. We will have a variety of exploration bins that a camper can explore for the day. These materials will be cleaned at the end of each day. If the weather permits (not raining), we will go outside for walks and non-contact recess games.

    Cleaning

    • Campers will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently, before and after snack and lunch, and after using the restroom. Both hand-sanitizer and soap and water will be available for campers to use as needed.
    • Tables, chairs, camper bins and materials will be cleaned at the end of each camp day, once the campers have left for the day.
    • We are using 80% isopropyl alcohol, Virex and cleaning wipes to clean items after use.

    Additionally

    • Masks are optional.
    • Pick-up and drop off details will be sent to caregivers before camp.
    • If we don’t reach our minimum camp attendance, camp will be cancelled on the Monday the week before that scheduled camp.
  • Angel Mounds State Historic Site

    Our Camp Room

    • We will have a limited number of campers per table.

    Cleaning

    • Campers will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently, before and after snack and lunch, and after using the restroom. Both hand-sanitizer and soap and water will be available for campers to use as needed.

    Additionally

    • Masks are optional.
  • T.C. Steele State Historic Site

    OUR CAMP ROOM

    • We will have up to two campers per 6’ table, sitting at opposite ends of the table.
    • We allow campers to self select their seat for the day. Siblings may choose to sit together or at different tables.

    CAMP ACTIVITIES

    • All materials will be grouped per table. Each table will have a bin of art supplies that will be just theirs to use during the camp day.
    • We will do our best to limit contact with non-camp staff and museum visitors.
    • Recess and free exploration are important aspects of camp. We will have variety of exploration bins that a camper can explore with for the day. These materials will be cleaned at the end of each day. If the weather permits (not raining), we will go outside for walks and low-contact recess games.

    CLEANING

    • Campers will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently, before and after snack and lunch, and after using the restroom. Both hand-sanitizer and soap and water will be available for campers to use as needed.
    • Tables, chairs, camper bins and materials will be cleaned at the end of each camp day, once the campers have left for the day.
    • We are using 80% isopropyl alcohol, Virex and cleaning wipes to clean items after use.

    ADDITIONALLY

    • Masks are optional.
    • Pick-up and drop off will happen in the Visitor Center. Additional details will be emailed to caregivers before camp.
    • If we don’t reach our minimum camp attendance, camp will be cancelled on the Monday the week before that scheduled camp.

Review our registration, cancellation and bad weather policies here.