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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 8:45-9:15 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 login 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)

School's Out Day Camp - All Sessions

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 Day Camps

Reach For The Stars  |  Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

Journey across the universe with out-of-this-world activities that explore planets, stars, and space travel. We’ll create constellations, place the planets in order, and catch a comet by the tail. Don’t miss out on this “far out” experience!


Potion Notions  |  Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Fun is brewing in this mystical camp as we concoct colorful potions that bubble, fizz, and pop!  Come experiment with dry ice, slime, and goo.  Lab coats not required.

Oct. 27 - Potion Notions

Not-So-Scary Skeletons  |  Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Skeletons aren’t always on the inside, they can be on the outside too! Campers will discover why some animals have bones and some do not and explore their unique traits. Skeletons and other Halloween costumes are welcome but not required!

Oct. 28 - Not-So-Scary Skeletons

Spring Semester
School's Out Day Camps

Pajama Jam  |  Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

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.

Jan. 16 - Pajama Jam

Makers Camp  |  Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

Spend the day in one of our newest additions on campus - the MakerSpace! Campers will mix their science, engineering, art, and math skills to create fun activities. Light up your world by making a flashlight, find out how towers can be so tall, and use the MakerSpace to inspire your own creation.

Feb. 3 - Makers Camp

Opposite Day  |  Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023

This camp is all about opposites! We’ll participate in activities that span a gamut of extremes from light to dark, hot to cold, big to small, and many more.

Feb. 23 - Opposite Day

Under the Sea  |  Friday, Feb. 24, 2023

Where do fish sleep? On the seabed of course! Come visit some of our favorite fish friends as we dive beneath the surface to investigate life in the river and the sea. Meet the stingrays in our touch pools, watch some finicky feeders at mealtime, and make your own fish prints. You deFINitely won’t want to miss it!

Feb. 24 - Under the Sea

Over the Rainbow  |  Friday, April 7, 2023

What’s your favorite color? Join us to explore the vibrant world of nature, discover how rainbows are made, and conduct colorful experiments.

Apr. 7 - Over the Rainbow