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School's Out Day Camps

School's Out Day Camps

School's Out Day Camps

Join the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium for School’s Out Day Camps that take place on weekdays when the Dubuque Community School District is not in session. The programs are for students in kindergarten - fifth grade and are available for full-day options. Students are required to bring a sack lunch.

Drop off between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. Programs start at 9 a.m.
Lunch runs from noon - 1 p.m. (Bring sack lunch.)
Pick up between 4-4:15 p.m. Programs end at 4 p.m.

Registration & Cost

Members must register and create a log in password to receive the member discount. This can be done after selecting a session by clicking on the links in the upper right-hand corner of the page. The membership discount will be applied when you go click "Add to Cart."

Payment and registration are necessary one week prior to each session.

$50 student/session
Register for all 8 programs for the price of 7 ($50 savings)

$60 student/session
Register for all 8 programs for the price of 7 ($60 savings)

Cancellation/Refund Policy

A full refund or transfer will be granted if cancellations are received seven days in advance of the program. In the event that a session should be cancelled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, you will be notified via email or phone by 7:30 a.m. for the morning session and 11:30 a.m. for the afternoon session on the day of the program. The Museum & Aquarium will then reschedule your child for an upcoming session if possible or refund accordingly.


Contact Melissa Wersinger at 563-557-9545 x213 or

Fall Semester
School's Out Adventure Days

Good-bye to Summer!  |  Fri., Oct. 1, 2021

How do animals prepare for the winter? Learn about adaptations, migration, and hibernation while meeting some of the creatures that call the River Museum home.


Harvest Festival  |  Thurs., Oct. 28, 2021

Celebrate autumn with a traditional harvest festival. Play games, make crafts, learn how people celebrated the harvest in years past, and compare with today's traditions. Registration closes October 21.


Animal Costumes  |  Fri., Oct. 29, 2021

Wear your costumes and see what costumes animals wear. From mimicry to camouflage, animals wear costumes too. Registration closes October 21.


Spring Semester
School's Out Adventure Days

Are Penguins Really Birds?  |  Mon., Jan. 17, 2022

Let's talk penguins! What makes penguins unique? What makes them birds? If they can't fly, what do they use their wings for? Join us to discover the answers to all these questions and more! Registration closes January 10.


Spineless  |  Fri., Feb. 4, 2022

What do a centipede, jellyfish, and crayfish all have in common? No backbone! Come learn all about invertebrates. Registration closes January 28.


Mammal Mania  |  Thurs., Feb. 24, 2022

Who is the true "king of the beasts?" We look at the characteristics and adaptations of various mammals to see who will best survive in different climates and habitats. Registration closes February 17.


Water Worlds  |  Fri., Feb. 25, 2022

One river can house numerous water worlds. From wetlands to main channel, the river has many different types of homes, each perfect for different types of animals. Registration closes February 18.


Get Ready for Gardening  |  Fri., April 15, 2022

Using the greenhouse as our backdrop, learn why we use them for gardening and the science behind how one works. We will help prepare to plant some seeds for the River Museum and get some seeds to take home. Registration closes April 8.