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Camps

Day Camps are a long-standing children’s programme at THEMUSEUM. Since 2008, over 1200 campers have had a fantastic time at THEMUSEUM. We aim to awe, inspire and enlighten through our engaging educational camp programs.

Currently, we offer two main camp streams, our Themed Day Camps (ages 4 – 12) and our Underground Studio Makerspace camps (ages 9 – 14). Join us at THEMUSEUM for a day of exploration, creativity and fun! Learn about a variety of exciting topics guaranteed to ignite curiosity.

Themed Day Camps

Ages 4 – 12

THEMUSEUM’s Themed Day Camps give children the opportunity to learn about a range of topics in a fun, hands-on, age-appropriate way. Campers will learn through hands-on activities, demonstrations by our trained Camp Leaders, exploration of our exhibitions and through creating artwork inspired by the day’s programming. There’s a lot to do at out themed camps for children with different interests and skill levels.

PD Days

Campers get free time in our interactive exhibits as well as guided time within our temporary exhibitions. Those taking part in our themed PD Day Camps have the opportunity to complete exciting hands-on activities, watch demonstrations and educational discussions. Each day, campers will create crafts and fridge-worthy artwork that can be proudly displayed for years to come. In addition, all are welcome to attend all of THEMUSEUM’s public shows and even participate in private workshops featuring special guests!

Life in Space?

Date: June 29, 2018
Do you ever wonder if there’s life somewhere out there in the universe? We may not know what else exists, but scientists are hard at work, trying to find out. How do they do it? What evidence do they consider? How do they even know where to start looking? These are questions we can answer… join our PD Day Space Camp to find out!

Summer Camp

Summer Camps

Our themed summer camps have something for everyone! We start the day outside with fresh air and sunshine (weather permitting) before going back inside to THEMUSEUM’s five interactive floors. Campers will have the chance to play and create games, learn new skills and take part in educational and art-based activities inspired by the day’s events. They are also welcome to take part in THEMUSEUM’s public shows, workshops and interact with a variety of special guests.

STEAM at Play

Date: July 2-6, August 13-17
How is art inspired by science, technology, engineering and mathematics? Find out here, as each day will focus on the content and concepts that will allow campers to use that information to explore visual art,
performance art, literary art and music. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore arts and culture and let your creativity shine.

Build It!

Date: July 9-13, August 6-10
Calling all future engineers looking to explore mass vs. weight, balance and shock absorption! Learn how bridges stay strong, explore structural challenges and solutions and build your own creation with K’nex.
Finish the day with the ultimate challenge: Can you protect a delicate egg during an egg drop? It’s a crack’n good time!

Animal Adventures

Date: July 16-20, August 20-24 – SOLD OUT*
Looking to beat the heat this summer? Put on your imaginary parka and travel to parts unknown with THEMUSEUM. From the extreme cold of Antarctica, to the deepest part of the ocean, this exploration will uncover information about various animals and their habitats; you’ll be sure to impress friends and family with your newfound knowledge!

*We are still accepting single-day registrations. Inquire at: Camps@THEMUSEUM.ca 

Journey Through Space

Date: July 23-27, August 27-31 SOLD OUT*
Learn about various aspects of space travel from launch to science experiments to interstellar travel. Campers will work in teams to accomplish their “missions,” framed as a game or adventure story. Astronauts-in-training will also explore space from the earliest attempts to get off the ground, to
future missions – to the great beyond.

*We are still accepting single-day registrations. Inquire at: Camps@THEMUSEUM.ca 

Mystery Hunters

Date: July 30-August 3 SOLD OUT*
Oh no – something has happened at THEMUSEUM and we need your help! Follow the clues, solve riddles, check for fingerprints and learn about DNA. Every day, we’ll get closer to solving the mystery with you as our trusty detective. Great for problem-solvers who don’t want to see a sneaky villain get away!

*We are still accepting single-day registrations. Inquire at: Camps@THEMUSEUM.ca 

The Underground Studio MakerSpace Camp

Ages 9 – 14

THEMUSEUM’s Underground Studio MakerSpace opened in 2016 as a place for people of all ages to explore making, tinkering and hands-on learning. The Underground Studio MakerSpace camps are designed to challenge and develop the skill sets of our older campers giving them a chance to learn and experiment in our PD Day Camps and the thrill of success from completing a project during our week-long school break camps.

PD Days

Conceptualize, brainstorm and learn through doing! Our trained educators will guide campers to design, create and execute projects from scratch using their own imagination. The sky truly is the limit – we want to see your ideas come to life. Mistakes will be made along the way and plans will change, which is all part of the process. Persistence and perseverance will prevail, with amazing results to show!

Robotics

Date: June 29, 2018
Need proof that we are living in the future? You’ll learn the basics of coding through hands-on activities and challenges. This full day of coding and robotics culminates with the opportunity to program your very own robot! If you master this, you may never have to do chores or homework again…

Summer Camp

HYDRAULIC ARM

Date: August 13 – August 17
Put your design skills to the test and learn how to create a hydraulic arm using our wood shop. In this week-long camp, campers will learn about the design process, templating, how to safely use power tools, and the basics of robotics. We can’t wait to see what you create!

THE INTERNET OF THINGS

Date: August 20 – August 24
The Internet of Things is for everyone! At The Underground Studio MakerSpace, our trained experts will equip you with the tools and techniques required to create your own smart objects using the Adafruit.io API. Don’t know what that means? Don’t worry, you will! Coding, circuitry and creativity are all connected, which you’ll soon find out.

STEM POWERED GIRLS

Date: August 27 – August 31
In a week-long camp of exploration and innovation, STEM Powered Girls is designed to show girls how exciting it is to be involved in STEM. Campers will be given hands-on learning opportunities while showcasing how women are changing the world and creating an empowering environment where all girls have the confidence to experiment, create and take chances!

FAQ’s

Ages
Themed Summer Camps are available to children between the ages of 4-12. Depending on the number of children, we split campers into groups based on age: 4-5, 6-7 and 8-12. Campers take part in activities and programs designed to be age and skill-appropriate. If campers wish to be paired with siblings or friends of different ages, please indicate in the notes section of your registration form and we will do our best to accommodate that request.

Due to the technical nature of our MakerSpace Camps, they are only available for children between the ages of 9 – 14.

Drop-off and Pick-up times

Camp programming run from 9:00 am – 4:15 pm. THEMUSEUM offers free extended care between 8:00 am and 9:00 am and between 4:15 – 5:30 pm. We cannot accept campers in our space prior to 8:00 am. Pick-up after 5:30 will incur late fees of $10 for the first 15 minutes (i.e. 5:30 – 5:45 pm) and $5 for every 15 minutes or part thereafter.

Fees

Registration fees can be paid in person (cash, Interac) or by filling out the credit card section on the registration form (Visa or Mastercard). We do not accept registrations over the phone.

Please note that Themed Day Camp registrations received within two weeks of the start of camp automatically incur an administration fee of $5.

Current Pricing (PD Days until July 1, 2018)

  MEMBERS NON-MEMBERS
Individual Days $40.00 $45.00
     


Summer Camp 2018 Pricing 

  MEMBERS NON-MEMBERS
Individual Days $45.00 $50.00
Full Week $185.00 $210.00


Underground Studio MakerSpace 2018 Pricing

  ACCESS PASS HOLDERS NON-ACCESS PASS
PD Days $50.00 $55.00
Full Week $235.00 $265.00

 

Please note that at this time, Underground Studio MakerSpace Summer Camps and March Break camp are full week registration only.

Registration Process

Please fill out the fillable registration forms and either return the forms in person or attached the scanned PDFs to an email to camps@THEMUSEUM.ca. We cannot accept photographs of registration forms.

Registration is accepted on a first come-first served basis, registration on the day of the camp is not guaranteed; payment must be received at the time of registration. Smartphone images/faxed copies of a form will not be accepted. Cancellations must be received at least seven days prior to the camp in order to receive a refund. THEMUSEUM does not provide refunds for days missed due to illness.

Camp Staff

Themed Day Camps maintain a 10:1 ratio of campers to trained Camp Leaders. Camp Leaders are supported by volunteers and co-op students who have provided vulnerable sector police background checks.

MakerSpace Camps maintain a 7:1 ratio of campers to staff with a maximum group size of 20 campers.

What to Bring

All campers must bring nut-free lunches, two snacks and a bottle of water. Bear in mind that a camp day is longer than a regular school day. For safety, campers must wear closed-toe shoes when attending camp. If your child is prone to accidents, please pack a change of clothing.

Please bring sunblock and appropriate outdoor clothing during the summer when campers have daily offsite trips.

Campers attending the MakerSpace camps must bring a bag to store supplies in addition to the above-mentioned

Please do not send your child to camp with personal toys, games, trading cards or electronics as THEMUSEUM cannot be held responsible for lost or broken items.

Accessibility

THEMUSEUM Day Camps are inclusive to children with special needs. Please inform camp staff, in writing, of any exceptionalities your child may have. This will allow us to best accommodate your child so that they have a successful time at camp.

It is recommended that a community support worker accompanies children with special needs. In some instances, a community worker will be required. THEMUSEUM cannot provide 1:1 care for campers with special needs.

If your child receives one-on-one support at school (e.g. with a dedicated Educational Assistant), requires withdrawal assistance, or is on a behavior plan, you must provide your child with a community worker. Such options include:

  • Private care agencies (e.g. Bartimeus, Premier Home Care, Care.com)
  • Additional resources are available on the CHAP Resources section of respiteservices.com.
  • For additional information and resources, please contact Extend-A-Family, a local support service.

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region
91 Moore Ave
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada
N2H 3S4
Tel: 519-741-0190

Activities and Schedule

The programming time is broken into 30-minute sections to provide variety and ensure that the campers have a chance to move. Camp activities include games, hands-on activities, demonstrations, discussion, exploring THEMUSEUM’s exhibitions, art projects inspired by the day’s themes, and private workshops. Campers also have access to THEMUSEUM’s special guest performances.  

Below is a generic schedule for THEMUSEUM’s Themed Day Camp.

During the Summer Camp (July 2nd – August 31st) campers will spend the morning at a local park for free play (weather permitting).

8:00 – 9:00 Drop Off (free extended care)
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome – Rules, songs, briefing on the day’s activities
9:30 – 10:00 SNACK
10:00 – 12:00 Programming: hands-on activities, arts and crafts, demonstrations, public performances, explore exhibitions, park time (during Summer Camp)
12:00-1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 2:30 Programming: hands-on activities, arts and crafts, demonstrations, explore exhibitions
2:30-3:00 SNACK
3:00 – 3:45 Programming: hands-on activities, arts and crafts, demonstrations, explore exhibitions
3:45 – 4:00 Debriefing and Clean Up
4:00 – 5:30 PICK UP!! (Free extended care)
Feedback and Evaluation

We are grateful to have your children take part in our programming. To continue to offer the best service and programming possible, we ask that you give us your feedback using the link below. This brief survey with your child about both your experience and their experiences with THEMUSEUM’s Day Camps.

Take the Survey
Refund/Cancellation Policy

Registration is accepted on a first come-first served basis, registration on the day of the camp is not guaranteed; payment must be received at time of registration, and a $5 administration fee applies to all registrations within 14 days of the camp date. Smart phone images/faxed copies of a form will not be accepted. Cancellations must be received at least seven days prior to the camp date in order to receive a gift card to THEMUSEUM for the full amount or receive a 50% refund of total cost. Free transfers are available to another date/week dependent on availability.

 

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