Join the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium for School’s Out Day Camps that take place on specific dates when the Dubuque Community School District has no school. The programs are for students in kindergarten - fifth grade and are available for full-day options. Students are required to bring a sack lunch.
Payment and registration are necessary one week prior to each session.
DUE TO COVID-19, THE MAXIUM NUMBER ABLE TO ATTEND IS 12 PER CAMP WITH A MINIMUM OF 7 PARTICIPANTS. CAMPERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS. IF A CHILD CANNOT ATTEND CAMP DUE TO COVID-19, A REFUND WILL BE GIVEN.
Wrap-Around Hours begin at 7:45 a.m. (Must request at time of registration.)
AM sessions run from 9 a.m. – noon.
AM session pick up from noon - 1 p.m.
Lunch runs from noon - 1 p.m. (Bring sack lunch.)
PM session drop off from noon - 1 p.m.
PM sessions run from 1 - 4 p.m.
Wrap-Around Hours end at 4:45 p.m. (Must request at time of registration.)
Register for all 8 programs for the price of 7 ($50 savings)
Register for all 8 programs for the price of 7 ($60 savings)
*Members must register and create a log in password to receive the member discount. This can be done after selecting a camp 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."
Cancellation/Refund Policy - Pre-registration is required for all School's Out Day Camps and must be received one week prior to each session. A full refund or transfer will be granted if cancellations are received by that date. 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 Youth Group Sales Manager, Melissa Wersinger at 563-557-9545 x213 or email email@example.com.
Register for the entire season of 2020-2021 School's Out Day Camps and save:
Friday, October 2 | 2020
Earth is filled with natural art and resources! Campers will get the chance to observe how our animal ambassadors create art, while creating their own masterpiece out of natural materials.
Smarts & Survival
Thursday, October 29 | 2020
Campers will leave modern technology behind and learn how to live off the land! Using household items and the outdoors, we’ll prep for survival and build fires, craft hunting tools, and create food storage. Techniques are inspired by Native Americans and early settlers.
The Tale of Halloween
Friday, October 30 | 2020
From black cats to goblins, the icons of Halloween have rich stories and strong traditions. Campers will explore these traditions as we decorate pumpkins, tell stories, and meet animals commonly associated with this witch-cackling day! Costumes welcome!
Monday, January 18 | 2021
Alligator vs. crocodile, lizards vs. salamanders, frogs vs. toads – there are all different, but how can you tell? In this program, campers will use investigative skills to compare the animal world through hands-on activities and animal encounters.
Crafting the MIssissippi
Friday, February 5 | 2021
Campers will gear up for a day of creation, innovation, and collaboration! We’ll explore the River Museum’s newest addition, the Belt Driven Machine Shop, which was used to craft boat engines. This tour will serve as inspiration, as we learn about machines and build boats!
Thursday, February 25 | 2021
Campers are invited to bring their pajamas for a day of nocturnal fun! Together, we’ll use our imagination to explore life at night. We will meet a handful of nocturnal creatures and animals and use those observations to create our own nighttime animal models.
Friday, February 26 | 2021
It’s a camper-led museum! Campers will become curators for the day and explore how experts design exhibits featuring animals, history, and science. This hands-on program will challenge campers to use problem solving, creativity, and imagination to create a new exhibit!
Wild & Crazy Weather
Friday, April 2 | 2021
Blizzards, hurricanes, floods, and more, animals live through all weather conditions. In this program, campers will discover the crazy variations of weather around the world, and how animals adapt to changing conditions. Together, we will build structures strong enough to withstand natural disasters and participate in activities that feature the marvels of weather.
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