Summer Camp 2017

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Registration is NOW OPEN!

Register online, by phone (309-863-3034), at the Museum's front desk, or by mail (download a registration form here).

Riverfront Museum Summer Camp 2017 is fast approaching 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! 

Summer Camp 2017 Themes

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Week 1: June 5-9 | Can You Dig It?
All New Camp!
Come see all of the amazing things you can find buried underground! This week we’ll explore everything from plants and insects, to rocks and minerals, to ancient civilizations and creatures. Campers will become entomologists, geologists, archeologists, and even paleontologists as they learn about bugs near and far, dinosaurs big and small, out-of-this-world rocks, and so much more. After a week with us, you’ll never look at a pile of dirt the same way again!

Week 2: June 12-16 | Master Builders’ Camp 
Community Favorite!
Architecture, mathematics, and design – encourage your child to explore all of these and much more in our LEGO® & K’NEX® Camp! Each day will bring about new challenges: from designing skyscrapers, boats, and bridges, to creating a stop-motion animation movie. All campers will get to build with LEGO®s and K’NEX® (half-day campers only will work with LEGOS® & Kids K'NEX®). This week includes an additional $20 fee to cover five take-home K’NEX creations that each camper will construct.

Week 3: June 19-23 | Mad Scientists’ Camp 
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 will be introduced to several fascinating areas of STEM study, like chemistry, biology, and engineering. Campers will also get to spend plenty of time exploring our summer exhibit, Playing with Light. 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 4: June 26-30 | Artists in Training
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! No previous artistic experience is needed, but a fun-loving spirit is a must. Grab your paint brush and pencil and prepare to explore art as you never have before!

Week 5: July 10-14 | World Travelers’ Camp 
All New Camp!
Grab your passport and get ready to be whisked away on a whirl-wind adventure around the world! In this unique week, campers will learn about the customs, art, architecture, animals, and music of faraway lands. Let us inspire your explorer to expand his or her horizons and cultivate a respect for the talents, achievements, and challenges of others with unique hands-on experiences they can’t get anywhere else!

Week 6: July 17-21 | At a Summer Camp Far, Far Away
All New Camp!
Join us for an exciting week of science fiction and science fact as we explore everything that deep space has to offer! Campers will explore how their favorite sci-fi and fantasy worlds have used the hidden secrets of the universe to create new realities, all while investigating how real scientists have been hard at work trying to uncover those secrets. Whether you prefer Star Wars or star gazing, you’re sure to love this camp!

Week 7: July 24-28 | Engineering Camp
Only open to campers entering 2nd-6th grades
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 8: July 31-August 4 | Best of Summer Camp
All New Camp!
Say goodbye to summer by celebrating everything you love about camp at the Riverfront Museum! Each day will feature a new and exciting theme that represents the best this summer had to offer – dinosaurs, video games, slimy science, amazing art and more. Whether you want your camper to relive their favorite moments, experience the best of a week they missed, or just get a taste of what our camp program is all about, you won’t want to miss a moment of this fun-filled week!

PRM Summer Camp Fast Facts:

Half-day (AM Only) Full-day Camp     Available Camps
3-4 Years 9-11:30 am No Weeks 1-6, 8
Half-day Camp       Full-day Camp Available Camps
K-1st Grade Yes - AM Only Yes Weeks 1-6, 8
2nd-3rd Grade No Yes Weeks 1-8
4th-6th Grade No Yes Weeks 1-8
Age Groups
Half-day Camp Full-day Camp
Member Price $124 $225
Non-Member Price $138 $250
Box-Lunch (5 days) N/A $30
Before & After Care                   $6 AM only           $6 AM or PM; $12 daily
Additional Fees              $20 (Week 2 only)             $20 (Week 2 only)
Camp Pricing (per week)

Camp Hours
• 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.

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 10% 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, Before/After Care, or the K'NEX® Fee for Week 2. To receive the discount, you must register in person or over the phone, and be able to show proof of employment (ID badge or similar item).

Call Taylor at 309-863-3034 for more information, download a registration form, or visit our registration website here.