Registration now for Summer Camp 2019 - click here!
For more info, call the Front Desk at 309.863.3069.
Riverfront Museum Summer Camp 2019 is right around the corner, and you won't want to miss out on any of our EIGHT exciting weeks! Join us as we build bridges, explore the depths of the earth, travel to the farthest reaches of space, dabble in ooey-gooey science, refine our artistic sensibilities, create our own video games and much more!
Already registered? Don't forget to download your 2019 Camp Confirmation Packet to fill out and return at least 2 weeks before camp starts - click here.
Does your high school or college age student need volunteer hours or want to give back? We have 8 weeks of volunteering opportunities through Summer Camp.
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Week 1: June 3-7 | Mad Scientists' Camp
Back by Popular Demand!
Grab your lab-coat and safety glasses and come down to the Riverfront Museum for a week of gooey, bubbly, messy fun! At our Mad Scientists’ Camp, students are introduced to several fascinating areas of STEM study, like chemistry, biology, and engineering. Campers get to spend plenty of time exploring our gallery spaces, including the DOME Planetarium. Get ready for a week of exciting experiments, interesting investigations, and lots of super sleuthing to discover the hard-facts about the everyday science that powers our world!
Week 2: June 10-14 | Robotics Camp
Robotics Camp featuring LEGO® Mindstorms EV3, Dash Robotics, BeeBots, Ozobots, Kibo and more! Developed in partnership with the Illinois Math Academy and Bradley University, this camp will immerse students in the world of robotics. All campers will be introduced to robotics concepts by following curriculum created by the First LEGO League. Even our very youngest campers (Pre-Kindergarten) will still get to play and learn with robots by using Beebots, Kibo and other age-appropriate technology. Spots are limited, and this camp is sure to be popular, so register early!
Week 3: June 17-21 | STEAM Camp
Brand New Camp!
STEAM Camp combines Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math as a fun educational approach to problem solving and critical thinking. This camp emphasizes on solving challenges and working with others. This is the perfect camp for anyone who would like to try a little bit of everything we have to offer! Campers will try their hand at being a coder, game developer, robotics engineer, designer and much more in this hands on camp.
Week 4: June 24-28 | Engineering Camp
Gears and motors and robots, oh my! This week will explore science and engineering using a variety of approaches. Campers will use a variety of tools and technology including Ozobots, K’NEX engineering sets, and video game builders to investigate challenges, design and build motorized cars, and even dabble in simple robotics and computer programming. Previous building experience is not necessary, but is definitely encouraged!
Week 5: July 8-12 | Master Builders’ Camp
Back by Popular Demand!
Encourage your child to design and build in totally new ways at our building camp! Each day will bring about new challenges: from designing cityscapes and bridges, to creating a stop-motion animation movie and using LEGO® to make art. All campers will get to build with LEGO® half-day campers only will work with LEGO® & Kids K'NEX®). The campers will spend plenty of time enjoying our upcoming The Art of the Brick exhibition, which is the first art exhibition to focus exclusively on the use of LEGO® bricks as an art medium by artist Nathan Sawaya.
Week 6: July 15-19 | Artists in Training Camp
Calling All Artists! If you love painting, crafting, sculpting, drawing, and creating, this week is just for you! Several local artists and teachers will encourage young artists to embrace their known talents and explore new skills, materials, and techniques while learning about some of the greatest artists ever known! As an added bonus, some of the classes this year will theme their art projects around our summer exhibition, The Art of the Brick. Grab your paint brush and pencil and prepare to explore art as you never have before!
Week 7: July 22-26 | Robotics 2.0
Brand New Theme!
Can't get enough of Robotics? Then this is the week for you! You do not have to attend the first week of Robotics camp to enjoy Robotics 2.0, campers will be completing different robotics' challenges each week! Robotics Camp featuring LEGO® Mindstorms EV3, Dash Robotics, BeeBots, Ozobots, Kibo and more! Developed in partnership with the Illinois Math Academy and Bradley University, this camp will immerse students in the world of robotics. All campers will be introduced to robotics concepts by following curriculum created by the First LEGO League. Even our very youngest campers (Pre-Kindergarten) will still get to play and learn with robots by using Beebots, Kibo and other age-appropriate technology. Spots are limited, and this camp is sure to be popular, so register early!
Week 8: July 29-August 2 | Inventors' Camp
Brand New Theme!
In Invention Camp, your camper will see STEAM concepts come to life! Invention explores kids' natural curiosity, giving them the opportunity to become innovators through teamwork and immersive, hands-on creative problem-solving. Campers will enjoy the new, not yet revealed, museum Makerspace! The Makerspace offers campers the opportunity to build more than just inventions, it also equips them with a crucial space to question, experiment, fail and retest until they succeed. This camp will challenge your campers to use everyday materials to create new ideas, problem solve, and create solutions to problems, all while having fun!
Summer Camp Fast Facts
Half Day Camp-
9 am - 11:30 am
$130 Members | $137 Active Caterpillar Employee | $145 Public
Grades- PreK 3 to 1st grade (based on grade child will be entering in Fall 2019)
Before Care Available for $6 per day
Full Day Camp-
9 am - 3 pm
$235 Members | $250 Active Caterpillar Employee | $265 Public
Grades- Kindergarten to 6th grade (based on grade child will be entering in Fall 2019)
Optional- Boxed Lunch $6 per day or $30 per week
Before Care and After Care- $6 am or pm | $12 daily am & pm
• Full-day camp is in session from 9 - 3 pm (morning snack provided)
• Half-day camp is in session from 9 - 11:30 am (no half-day lunch)
• First day drop-off (Monday) only begins at 8:30 am
• On all other days drop-off begins at 8:45 am
• Any campers arriving earlier than the stated drop-off times will be charged an Early Drop-Off Fee unless they are enrolled in Before Care
• Full-day camp pick-up ends at 3:15 pm
• Half-day camp pick-up ends at 11:45 am
• Any campers picked up later than the stated pick-up times will be charged a Late Pick-Up Fee unless they are enrolled in After Care
Full-day campers will have a 30 minute lunch in the auditorium with supervised activities. Campers may bring a sack lunch or purchase a boxed lunch (by Cracked Pepper) for $30 for the week. Lunches may be purchased at registration, or on the first day of camp. Note: All packed lunches must be nut free!
Before & After Care
• Before Care is $6/day and runs from 7:15-8:45 am daily
• After Care is $6/day and runs from 3-5:30 pm daily
• There is a fee of $12/day per child needing both Before & After Care
Early Drop-Off | Late Pick-Up Fees
The museum reserves the right to impose a $5 fee for every 5 minutes that a camper is at the Museum before or after their designated times.
Refunds | Withdrawals | Cancellations
We ask for at least one month's notice if you plan to cancel or withdraw from a week of camp. A full refund will be given to a camper who withdraws from a camp at least two full weeks prior to the start of their camp minus a $25 processing fee. A 50% refund will be given upon withdrawal less than two weeks before camp begins minus a $25 processing fee. No refunds are given once camp begins.
Caterpillar, Inc. Employee Discount
Campers whose parent or direct guardian works for Caterpillar Inc. will receive a discount on registration fees. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts (including the museum membership discount), and it does not apply to extra fees like lunch or Before/After Care. To receive the discount, you must be able to show proof of employment (ID badge or similar item).
Call the Front Desk at 309.863.3069 for more info or to register.