Youth Summer Camps

We offer youth summer camps with a little bit of something for everyone! Book your child's camps for a summer adventure of behind-the-scenes looks, exploring the museum, friend-making opportunities and discovering new things.

Day Camp Enrollment
Weeklong Camp Enrollment

Members, to receive your member discount, enroll for day camps here, and enroll in weeklong camps here.

Youth summer camps are offered in the following categories:

Scroll below to find information about each camp category, or click on the camp categories above to jump to that section of the page.

Early Childhood Camps
Don't miss out on the oportunity to send your youngest kiddos to a half-day summer camp as well! Learn more >>

Youth Summer Day Camps


Ages

These camps are designed for those entering first through sixth grades in Fall 2019.

Cost
Daily camp cost: $45
Before care: $6 per day (only available for day camps, not weeklong camps)
Aftercare: $9 per day (only available for day camps, not weeklong camps)
Sibling discount: $5 discount when siblings attend the same day camp
Scholarship: Marion County residents can apply to receive a summer day camp for $7 (see details)

Enroll
Day Camps: Members, sign up here, and non-members, sign up here.
Weeklong Camps: Members, sign up here, and non-members, sign up here.
To enroll in before or aftercare, please call us at 317.232.1637.
For updates about future camps and youth programs, subscribe for youth program email updates.

Time
Camp: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Before care: 8 – 9 a.m.
Aftercare: 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline
Please register your child by 5 p.m. the day before camp start date.

Camps

May 28: Fiber Arts - Stitch by Stitch
Do you enjoy creating with your hands? Join us for a day full of needle crafting, hand stitching, weaving and cross stitch. Our day camp will offer a fun and creative introduction to many traditional fiber arts. 

May 29: Flying into Space
Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut? Explore space, rockets and all that is needed to live in space for a day, a month or even a year!

May 30: Lights, Science, Color!
All the colors of the rainbow create our light. Bend light, twist colors and use mirrors and reflection to create colorful experiments.  

May 31: Prehistoric Pottery
What can prehistoric pottery tell us about the first people who lived or who settled in Indiana?  Solve a pottery puzzle to determine the shape and use of an ancient object, shape and mold your own pottery based on different methods used before the invention of the pottery wheel, and experiment with ancient technology used to decorate pottery.  

July 29: Art Exploration & Experiments
Calling all artists! Join us for a day of delving into the artistic process of artist Felrath Hines. Create original artworks, explore a variety of media and conduct colorful experiments.

July 30: Saber-tooth Sleuths
Did you know that saber-toothed cats once roamed Indiana? Create a smilodon tooth and toothpaste while looking at real fossils. Uncover what makes this cat so cool and different from today’s cats.

July 31: Mastodon Escape 
The museum has a missing mastodon! Can you find the clues, figure out the puzzles and solve the mystery before time runs out? 

August 1: Cold as Ice
It might be blazing hot outside, but it’s going to be cold as ice in this camp! Make ice cube magic, freeze liquid in an instant, explore glacier science and create art with ice. Plus, enjoy a tasty frozen treat to end the day.

August 2: Pioneer Makers
Pioneers couldn’t go to a store to buy their toys – they had to make them. Learn how to use woodworking tools to create a simple toy and carve soap to create something extraordinary. 

Youth Summer Weeklong Camps

Grade Levels
Each camp is designed for those entering certain grade levels. See the camp details for the grade level.

Cost
Weekly camp cost: $210 
Before care: $30 per week
Aftercare: $45 per week
Sibling discount: $5 discount when siblings attend the same day camp
Scholarship: Marion County residents can apply to receive a summer weeklong camp for $25 (see details)

Enroll
Day Camps: Members, sign up here, and non-members, sign up here.
Weeklong Camps: Members, sign up here, and non-members, sign up here.
To enroll in before or aftercare, please call us at 317.232.1637.
For updates about future camps and youth programs, subscribe for youth program email updates.

Time
Camp: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Before care: 8 – 9 a.m.
Aftercare: 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Camps for youth entering grades 1 – 3 in Fall 2019

Be the Agent with PBS’ Odd Squad 
Become an Odd Squad Agent and get ready to put your STEM skills to the test! Olive and Otto need your help to make sense of odd happenings, restore order and put things right before it’s too late. 
Grade: Entering 1–3 in Fall 2019
Date: June 3–7, 2019
Registration Deadline: May 20, 2019

Fashion by Design
Do you have the intuition of an interior designer? Do you dream of designing your own room? Join us in creating furnishings designed and created by YOU! Use a sewing machine to make a personalized pillow case, design a pinup board to hold photos and mementos, stitch together a light-up stuffed animal or monster and participate in design challenges. 
Grade: Entering 1–3 in Fall 2019
Date: June 10-14, 2019
Registration Deadline: May 27, 2019

Little Robin’s Nature Camp
Have you ever wondered how a bee makes its hive? How does a bird build its nest? How do animals and plants adapt to call downtown Indianapolis home? Explore and discover more about the curious critters that live in Indiana. 
Grade: Entering 1–3 in Fall 2019
Date: June 17-21, 2019
Registration Deadline: June 3, 2019

Science of Toys
Have you ever wondered what was inside your favorite toy? What makes it move? How does it make sound? Can you make it do something else? We’ll provide the toys and tools, and campers provide the imagination to take apart the toys and create something new! 
Grade:
Entering 1–3 in Fall 2019
Date: June 24-28, 2019
Registration Deadline: June 10, 2019

Culinary: Tiny Bites
Tiny bites with big taste! Learn how to create yummy snacks, appetizers and other quick bites to share with friends. Using items you can find in your kitchen and cabinets, explore different ways to add tasty treats to your week. 
Grade: Entering 1–3 in Fall 2019
Date: July 8-12, 2019
Registration Deadline: June 24, 2019

Sensational Science with PBS’ Ruff Ruffman
Put your mad STEM skills to the test! Engage in the science inquiry and engineering design process alongside Ruff and his friends. Explore force and motion, engineering, chemistry and material science as you play, build, explore and learn together. 
Grade: Entering 1–3 in Fall 2019
Date: July 15-19, 2019
Registration Deadline: July 1, 2019

Movin’ and Grovin’
Celebrate the end of summer with challenges that get you movin’ and groovin’. How many balloons can you stomp in a minute? Can you melt a glacier? Join us for a week of games, fun and adventure!
Grade: Entering 1–3 in Fall 2019 
Date: July 22-26
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2019

Camps for youth entering grades 4 – 6 in Fall 2019

Culinary: Home Grown
Do you have what it takes to make your lunch from the ground up? Plant herbs to take home and enjoy all year long. Use fresh produce that you can grow at home to create your favorite foods. Learn new cooking techniques and how to create a garden for perfect ingredients. 
Grade: Entering 4-6 in Fall 2019 
Date: June 10-14, 2019
Registration Deadline: May 27, 2019

Urban Ecology
Become active and caring citizens of our planet in this week-long exploration of the environment right in our backyard. Join the museum and the White River Alliance to investigate water quality, identify pollinators, hike an urban wilderness trail and learn how to protect natural resources for the future.
Grade: Entering 4-6 in Fall 2019 
Date: June 17-21, 2019
Registration Deadline: June 3, 2019

Engineering Explorers
Calling all future engineers! Each day we’ll solve a different engineering challenge using civil, mechanical, structural and chemical engineering. How much weight will your bridge hold? How many loops and hills can you build in a roller coaster? Can you design a vehicle that doesn’t spill water? 
Grade: Entering 4-6 in Fall 2019 
Date:
June 24-28, 2019
Registration Deadline: June 10, 2019

Wizard Academy
Potions, charms, invisibility…oh my! Create your own wand and see if you can make things disappear. Is it magic? Or science? You decide as you make potions, design and build your own dragon, and try to win the Mastodon Cup. What will you uncover at the Wizard’s Academy? 
Grade: Entering 4-6 in Fall 2019 
Date: July 15-19, 2019
Registration Deadline: July 1, 2019

Extreme Challenge
Celebrate the end of summer with extreme challenges designed to exercise your brains and bodies. Challenges are created to promote teamwork, enhance problem solving skills and test your endurance, willpower and bravery. Are you up for the challenge? 
Grade: Entering 4-6 in Fall 2019 
Date: July 22-26
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2019

Camps for youth entering grades 4 – 8 in Fall 2019

Tech Exploration
Low tech, high tech – experiment with both in this creative camp! Start off with some essentials like LEDs, batteries and glue guns. Then, level up to some basic coding to create a simple game. Finally, advance to create unique movie projects using 3D drawing and movie-making apps from Microsoft.  Grade: entering 6th-8th
Grade: Entering 4-8 in Fall 2019 
Date:
June 3–7, 2019
Registration Deadline: May 20, 2019

Self-Empowerment Theatre Camp
Join Young Actors Theatre (YAT) directors to create a one-of-a-kind performance experience about facing peer pressure. Visit the museum’s experiences, gain theatrical training, and create and perform a play about issues students face today. Campers will build confidence to dream big, creativity to inspire innovation and discipline for self-reliance. Learn more about YAT and our self-empowerment theatre at yatkids.org.
Grade: Entering 4-8 in Fall 2019 
Date: June 17-21, 2019
Registration Deadline: June 3, 2019

Refashion: Vintage to Couture 
Do you have the eye of a fashion designer? Repurpose and redesign your wardrobe into something that better fits your own personal style! Get a front row viewing of our Style of Color exhibit, experiment with fabric dying, turn an ordinary object into an eye-catching accessory and upcycle clothes of the past into high fashion. 
Grade: Entering 4-8 in Fall 2019 
Date: July 8-12, 2019
Registration Deadline: June 24, 2019

As a reminder, all camps require one week's notice for cancelation. Review our registration, cancelation and bad weather policies here.