Summer Camp 2023

Get ready for a fun summer of nature and science exploration!

We can’t wait to welcome you back with a mix of new themes and the return of some of our most popular camps. We’ll spend most of our day outside, exploring and learning through play, with time for experiments, games, stories and crafts. Registration opens in February for museum members, and in March for the general public.

View the PDF of the camp brochure.

School Day Off camps

Registration opens this summer for September 15 | September 25 | November 10

Spring Break camp

April 10-14 for ages 5-10

Registration Dates and Deadlines

Questions? Contact us:

Cancellation policy

  • Prior to May 1: Refund minus administrative fee
  • May 1-May 31: 50% refund minus administrative fee
  • Beginning June 1: No refunds unless an extenuating circumstance

Half Day
Summer Camp

Ages 4–6
$175 members | $215 non-members
June 5–8 | 9:30 a.m.–noon and/or 1:30–4 p.m. | Between care available for an additional fee from noon–1:30 p.m., including time for lunch and a nap.

Morning: We Love Dinos

Learn all about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures in the Paleozone, discover new creatures and fun facts about our colossal friends.

Afternoon: Animal Tales

Take an adventure through the world, learning all about amazing animals through play and stories along the way!

Summer Camp for Wee Ones

Ages 3 and Under
or $60 for all 7 sessions;
Non-members/$23 or $150 for all 7 sessions,
Non-member adults pay the admission fee

Wednesday Sessions:

June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26

Thursday Sessions:

June 15, 22, 29, July 6,13, 20, 27
9–9:45 a.m.

For our youngest friends, Summer Camp for Wee Ones is offered in two series: Wednesdays or Thursdays for seven consecutive weeks. Learn and have fun with hands-on science activities, including counting, matching, sorting, outdoor exploration, arts & crafts, and music & movement. Adults are expected to stay for the length of the program and are welcome to enjoy the museum after the program.

Full Day Summer Camp

Completed K-5
$290 members | $325 non-members
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Extended care available

This year, several themes are featured for different grade levels, and are adjusted appropriately for each developmental stage.

June 12-16 June 19-23 June 26-30 July 10-14 July 17-21 July 24-28 July 31-August 4 August 7-12 August 14-18
Completed K-1st Creatures of the Night
Animals Near and Far
Sky’s the Limit Arthropod Adventure Wellness Warriors Saltwater Silliness
Freshwater Friends
We Love Dinos Full STEAM Ahead Nature School Week 1 Nature School Week 2
Completed 2nd-3rd Super Silly Science Freshwater Friends
Arthropod Adventure
Sky’s the Limit
Saltwater Silliness
Global Animal Adventures Wellness Warriors Full STEAM Ahead
Mystery at the Museum Pocket Monsters Earth, Wind, and Fire
Completed 4th-5th DelMNS Uncovered Wellness Warriors Earth, Wind, and Fire Pocket Monsters

Full Day Camp Descriptions

Animals Near and Far

Travel the world through our museum! Discover new animals — all uniquely adapted to their environment. Explore animals as near as Delaware and as far as the Arctic!
June 12-16: Completed K-1st

Arthropod Adventure

Insects and bugs are some of the smallest parts of an ecosystem, as well as some of the most important! Through this week learn all about our buggy friends and how important they are to every ecosystem on Earth.
June 26-30: Completed K-1st


Discover and explore some of the less talked about ‘ology’ in this fun week of camp. There are so many sciences to learn about, from anthropology and archaeology to phytology. We’ll learn about different types of sciences and meet a few scientists along the way!
July 24-28: Completed 2nd-3rd

Creatures of the Night

Nocturnal animals are amazing! Learn all about our world at night and discover how these animals thrive in the dark.
June 12-16: Completed K-1st

DelMNS Uncovered

Explore the museum in a way that can only be done through our behind-the-scenes camp. Curious how we care for our animals? How were our exhibits created? What types of science happen here on a daily basis?
July 10-14: Completed 4th-5th

Earth, Wind, and Fire

Explore the elements in this dynamic and hands-on week of learning. We will discover the elements and the sciences related to them through lessons and play. Break open geodes, learn about fossils, and explore water and air cycles in ways you’ve never done before!
August 14-18: Completed 2nd-3rd
August 7-12: Completed 4th-5th

Freshwater Friends

There are so many wonderful things that go into a freshwater environment. We’ll discover all the elements of freshwater, from fish to snails to plants through exploration and fun.
June 19-23: Completed 2nd-3rd
July 17-21: Completed K-1st

Full STEAM Ahead

Explore where art and science meet in this hands-on week of learning and making. Learn all about science, engineering, art, and math in new and engaging ways using our museum as a guide.
July 24-28: Completed 2nd-3rd
July 31-August 4: Completed K-1st

Global Animal Adventures

From your backyard, to the rainforests of the Amazon, to the coldest parts of the Arctic, animals are uniquely adapted to thrive in their environment. Join us on this week-long adventure around the world, as we use our exhibits and fun activities to dig into the super awesome ways animals survive vastly different environments.
July 10-14: Completed 2nd-3rd

Mystery at the Museum

Experience our museum in a way like no other, through solving a mystery! Something mysterious has happened during the night and we’re enlisting campers to help solve the mystery using their acute sense of observation, love of science, and some very creative thinking.
July 31-August 4: Completed 2nd-3rd

Nature School

As our campers prepare for the school year ahead, we’ll take to the woods for our classes. This play-based week of outdoor learning helps your kid practice skills and routines they’ll need for school this year. We’ll use the world around us and the power of play to learn important skills as well as science and nature content. Join us for one week or for two. Each day and week are unique!
August 7-12: Completed K-1st
August 14-18: Completed K-1st

Pocket Monsters and Real-Life Monsters (The good kind!)

Explore the similarities between your favorite Pokémon and animals found throughout the world. We’ll look at the worlds of Pokémon and the ecosystems around the world to turn your everyday adventuring into a real-life Pokémon hunt.
August 7-12: Completed 2nd-3rd
August 14-18: Completed 4th-5th

Saltwater Silliness

Discover the ins and outs of what covers over 96% of the Earth: saltwater! From creatures, to deep sea exploration, to sailing on the high seas, we will discover every aspect of saltwater while being silly along the way.
June 26-30: Completed 2nd-3rd
July 17-21: Completed K-1st

Sky’s the Limit

So many things are right above our heads – birds, the clouds, the stars and universe! This week we’ll learn all about the amazing things above our heads and remember to always be looking up.
June 19-23: Completed K-1st
June 26-30: Completed 2nd-3rd

Super Silly Science

Science can be super fun and silly. Experience funny, weird, gross, and all-around awesome science through this week of experiments and games. It’s time to get super silly and learn while we laugh.
June 12-16: Completed 2nd-3rd

Wellness Warriors

Staying healthy and keeping our world healthy are our topics for this week! Learn fun new ways to stay healthy, from your body to your mind, as well as explore how we can all do our part to keep the world healthy.
July 10-14: Completed K-1st
July 17-21: Completed 2nd-3rd
July 31-August 4: Completed 4th-5th

We Love Dinos

Learn all about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures in the Paleozone, discover new creatures and fun facts about our colossal friends.
July 24-28: Completed K-1st

Become a member and save!

Join or renew your membership to the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science while registering for camp and receive significant discounts on camp registration. Your membership supports our mission to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery.

Families who are museum members when registering must continue their membership throughout their child’s time in camp. Learn more about membership.