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We're Going Virtual!

At THEMUSEUM, the safety and well-being of our camp community has always been our top priority.  As you may know, since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we have been working tirelessly behind the scenes in an effort to find the best possible way to safely operate an in-person camp program this summer. With provincial limitations and state of emergency policies having been extended, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person camp programming for the summer of 2020. The comfort, health and safety of our campers and staff is simply too important.   

We want to thank you for your support, patience and understanding as we have awaited guidance from health officials and trusted resources.  As an organization, we did not come to this decision lightly.  We know that this will be disappointing and disruptive to many families who were looking forward to camp this summer.  

Knowing that our camps are a fundamental learning component to your summers, our exceptional team at THEMUSEUM is working diligently to bring you virtual programming at home. Bringing together campers at home will allow us not only to continue our fun, educational offerings, but also bring the added opportunity to collaborate with partners outside of our institution to bring you some of our most exciting and interactive programming locally and in some cases from across Canada. We believe we will be able to provide an online summer experience that will bring THEMUSEUM into your home. 

We understand that “virtual camp” is not ideal for everyone and camp is usually about screen-free time, but we still intend to foster friendships, build confidence, creativity and connection. We are excited to bring THEMUSEUM to your door and to keep your children engaged this summer! We will continue to pursue our Vision which is to Awe, Inspire & Enlighten. 

We recognize that these are challenging financial times for many, and will issue bulk refunds to make this process as simple as possible. Please take a moment to review THEMUSEUM Camp Refund Policies 2020, to learn more about our refund system and your options. 

For families who wish to reserve a spot and participate in our virtual offerings, you may save your Summer Camp registration fee as a credit in CampBrain. When our virtual camp launches, you may apply your credit towards those programming fees and be refunded the balance. 

THEMUSEUM is a non-profit, charitable organization. If you are able to support us by donating any of your camp fees to support S.T.E.A.M. programming, your generosity would be greatly appreciated.  We are able to offer tax receipts for any donation of $10 or greater. 

We are committed to navigating these unprecedented times with you. Please stay tuned for more information on our virtual programming in the coming weeks.  

Thank you for your continued patience and support, 

David Marskell

CEO


Day Camps are a long-standing children’s program 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, THEMUSEUM Virtual Day Camp (ages 5 – 9) and The Underground Studio MakerSpace Virtual Camp (ages 9 – 14). Register for a week of exploration, creativity and fun! Learn about a variety of exciting topics guaranteed to ignite curiosity.


THEMUSEUM Virtual Camps


Ages 5 – 9

THEMUSEUM’s Virtual Day Camp gives children the opportunity for hands on learning about a range of topics. Campers will learn through group discussions, demonstrations by our trained Camp Leaders, exploration of our exhibitions and by creating artwork inspired by the day’s content. 

Pricing

 

 PD Day

 March Break 

Members

  $27.00

 $80.00

Non-Members

  $30.00 

 $85.00

Members – Household
(30% off 2 or more children)

  N/A

 $56.00

Non-Members – Household
(30% off 2 or more children)

  N/A

 $59.00

Delivery Add-On
(Kitchener & Waterloo)

Delivery Add-On
(25km outside of Kitchener & Waterloo) 

  $10.00

 

  $20.00

 $10.00

 

 $20.00

 

March Break Camp

Dinosaur Discovery

Monday, March 15 – Friday, March 19, 2021

Through virtual exhibition tours, fun group chats, storytelling, and crafts, campers will learn all about DINOSAURS! Journey back to the Mesozoic Era and explore the world of dinosaurs, their habitats, life cycles, eating habits and more. A fantastic way for any paleontologist in training to spend their March Break!

Upon registration of camp, campers will receive:

  • One hour-long virtual calls with the camp group per day to watch demonstrations, work through art projects and discuss the week’s topic. Campers will also participate in an introductory call with The Underground Studio MakerSpace campers at the beginning of the week, as well as a wrap up call at the end of camp (Group size of <15 children/camp).
  • A printable PDF booklet with resources and activities that will supplement and support the camp’s content 
  • A supply kit of materials and templates to complete the week’s activities. (Curb-side pick-up or home delivery options available.)
PD Day Camp Themes

PD Day Camp Themes

Striking Sounds 

Friday, January 22

Do you hear the owl hoot, or the robin sing, or the dolphin call? During this PD day camp, you’ll learn about the science of sound and hearing. Learn about the different noises animals make, how they make it and why they ribbit, squawk, or growl.

Mission: Space Camp 

Friday, June 4

Earth to Mission Control – this is your Captain speaking! This camp is sure to be out of this world as you search for life on other worlds. Explore stories of extraterrestrials and envision what life might be like on another planet.

Brilliant Bugs 

Tuesday, June 29

Insects, spiders and other creepy crawlies galore. Campers will create invertebrate artwork, read stories about our 6 and 8 legged friends and learn about why these creatures play a vital role in our natural ecosystems.

Upon registration of camp, campers will receive:

  • Two hour-long virtual calls with the camp group per day to watch demonstrations, work through art projects and discuss the week’s topic. A daily 30-minute lunch-time call to play a group game or listen to a story reading. One 15-minute welcome call with Day Campers and The Underground Studio MakerSpace Virtual Campers at the start of the camp session. (Group size of <15 children/camp)
  • A printable PDF booklet with resources and activities that will supplement and support the camp’s content 
  • A supply list of things you will need to complete the activities. 

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 with a variety of topics.

Pricing

 

 PD Day 

 March Break

Members

  $27.00  

  $80.00

Non-Members

  $30.00  

  $85.00

Delivery Add-On
(Kitchener & Waterloo)

Delivery Add-On
(25km outside of Kitchener & Waterloo) 

  $10.00

 

  $20.00

  $10.00

 

  $20.00

Due to the cost of the kits for The Underground Studio MakerSpace Virtual Camp we are only able to offer a single camper rate. We want to make sure you get the best experience possible!

March Break Camp

Designing Dinos!

Monday, March 15 – Friday, March 19, 2021

Did you see the animatronic dinos in our Dinosaur Drive-Thru? Recreate the life-like dinos for yourself! In our MakerSpace virtual camp, campers will learn all about hydraulics and use these skills to bring their dinosaurs “to life”! Using syringes, hoses and cardboard, campers design a hydraulic t-rex head giving motion to this prehistoric predator. This perfect hands-on experience for any young creator.

Upon registration of camp, campers will receive:

  • One hour-long virtual calls with the camp group per day to watch demonstrations, work through art projects and discuss the week’s topic. Campers will also participate in an introductory call with THEMUSEUM’s campers at the beginning of the week, as well as a wrap up call at the end of camp (Group Size: 15 campers/session)
  • A supply kit of materials and templates to complete the week’s activities. (Curb-side pick-up or home delivery options available.)
  • A printable PDF activity booklet and resources to aid campers through the session
PD Day Camps

PD Day Camps

Music Makers

Friday, January 22

Music makes you feel good and in this Virtual camp, you’ll make your own wind instrument. You’ll learn all about sound and the science behind a wind instrument.

Mission: Rocket Launch

Friday, June 4

3, 2, 1, Blast Off into this Virtual Camp where campers will learn about our solar system. They’ll learn about the physics, science and engineering behind rockets to be able to build their own rocket.

Bird Feeders 

Tuesday, June 29

In this Virtual camp, campers will learn about engineering and mathematics to create blueprints to construct their own bird feeders. Using a variety of wooden materials and led by our knowledgeable staff in The Underground Studio MakerSpace, campers will be able to create a bird friendly feeder.

Upon registration of camp, campers will receive:

  • Three virtual calls a day to share progress and learn different STEAM skills as they work on their project. One 15-minute call at the start of the camp session. (Group Size: 15 campers/session)
  • A supply kit mailed to you
  • A printable PDF activity booklet and resources to aid campers through the session

FAQ

Registration Process

Registration Process

Note that ALL Day Camps and The Underground Studio MakerSpace Camps registrations will be processed online through our CampBrain portal.

To register your child(ren) for any of our camps please click the CampBrain Registration link and follow the instructions below. 

  1. Log in to your existing CampBrain account or sign-up as a new user.
  2. Create profiles for each child that you’d like to register for camp and indicate your membership status.
  3. Select the camps you’d like to enrol in and add them to your cart.
  4. Complete the necessary forms and submit credit card payment. 
  5. Review your confirmation email for further details and a copy of your tax receipt. 

First-time registration will take approximately 20 minutes. Forms need only to be completed once per season. Forms will auto-populate from previous seasons but can be updated when enrolling for a new season.

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Tax Receipts

Tax receipts for all camp registrations from Summer 2019 onward are emailed to you at the time of booking and are also available through your CampBrain Profile. The document listed as “Household Account Statement” will act as your tax receipt.

Requests for Tax Receipts can take 5-10 business days to process. Calling our Visitor Services desk will not expedite the process.

If you require a Tax Receipt for camp registrations before Summer Camp 2019, please email us at Camps@THEMUSEUM.ca and include the following information:

  • Your child’s full name
  • Your child’s date of birth
  • The year(s) that your children were registered for our camps
  • The camp season(s) (i.e. PD Day, March Break or Summer)
  • The session(s) or dates of your registration
Feedback and Evaluation

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.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Registration: Registration is accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Payment must be received at the time of registration. 

The Underground Studio MakerSpace registrations close seven days before the start of camp. 

THEMUSEUM Day Camps, close five days before the start of camp. 

CancellationsCancellations must be received prior to the start of camp to receive a 90% refund of the total cost. The 10% Administration Charge covers staff’s processing time and credit card fees. Free transfers are available to another date/week dependant on availability. Any requests for camp cancellations or transfers must be emailed to Camps@THEMUSEUM.ca with the subject line: “Camp Cancellation – Camper’s Name” 

Delivery Radius

Delivery Radius

Not sure if you qualify for delivery? The inner circle covers $10 delivery, the outer circle covers $20 delivery. 

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