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Summer Camps

Summer Camps 

Summer camps at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium provide children entering Kindergarten – 8th grade with engaging, interactive, and affordable week-long programs during the summer months. 

General Camp Information

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. Half-day and full-day options are available. Participants must bring a sack lunch for full day camps. Camps are divided by grade level.

Wrap-around care is available at no additional charge. Morning wrap-around care is provided beginning at 7:30 a.m. Afternoon wrap-around care ends at 5 p.m. Wrap-around care hours are required at time of registration to ensure proper staffing.

The deadline to regiter is two weeks prior to each camp.

A limited number of scholarships are available for those in need of assistance. To inquire about availability, please contact Melissa Wersinger at mwersinger@rivermuseum.com.

Elementary School Camps

Wrap-around care options are now available to all campers at no additional charge! Wrap-around hours begin at 7:30 a.m. for morning and full day participants and end at 5 p.m. for afternoon and full day participants.

Questions? Contact Melissa Wersinger at mwersinger@rivermuseum.com.

Kinder-Kamp (Entering Kindergarten)

June 17-21
Our Kinder-Kamp program offers exciting topics each day! We'll play in our seasonal exhibit Once Upon a Time...Exploring the World of Fairy Tales, explore nature, meet live animals, and make crafts to take home. This is a half-day program with morning and afternoon sessions available.

Mornings  |  9 a.m. – Noon
Members: $90  |  Non-Members: $120

register  
Afternoons
  |  1 – 4 p.m.
Members: $90  |  Non-Members: $120

register  

Once Upon a Time - Session I (Entering 1st - 2nd grades)

June 24-28
Join us for a week of magic as we explore the world of fairy tales! We'll learn about our favorite fairy tales, bring our favorite characters to life, and create our own stories. Last day of this camp will take place at Mines of Spain!

Full Day  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members: $180  |  Non-Members: $225
register  

Mornings  |  9 a.m. – Noon
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register  

Afternoons  |  1 – 4 p.m.
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register  

Museum VIP (Entering 3rd-5th grades)

June 24-28
Peek behind the scenes and discover what it takes to run a museum and aquarium!  After working with different departments to see what they do, we’ll apply what we’ve learned to design our own museum or aquarium. Last day of this camp will take place at Mines of Spain! 

Full Day  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members: $180  |  Non-Members: $225
register 

Mornings  |  9 a.m. – Noon
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
 register 

Afternoons  |  1 – 4 p.m.
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Mythical Creatures (Enter 1st-5th grades)

July 8-12
What’s your favorite mythical creature?  We’ll uncover the stories behind these popular beings and make connections between them and their real-world inspirations. Last day of this camp will take place at Mines of Spain! 

Full Day (1st-2nd grades)  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members: $180  |  Non-Members: $225
register 

Full Day (3rd-5th grades)  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members: $180  |  Non-Members: $225
register 

Mornings (1st-2nd grades)  |  9 a.m. – Noon
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Mornings (3rd-5th grades)  |  9 a.m. – Noon
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Afternoons (1st-2nd grades) 
|  1 – 4 p.m. 
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Afternoons (3d-5th grades)  |  1 – 4 p.m. 
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Ham Site & Point Experience (Entering 1st - 5th grades)

July 15-19 
Return to the days of yore at the Mathias Ham Historic Site. We'll bring history to life as we experience what Dubuque was like for the people who settled here over a century ago. Plus, enjoy excursions to other destinations in the Eagle Point Neighborhood.

Full Day (1st-2nd grades)  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members: $180  |  Non-Members: $225
register 

Full Day (3rd-5th grades)  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members: $180  |  Non-Members: $225
register 

Mornings (1st-2nd grades)  |  9 a.m. – Noon
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Mornings (3rd-5th grades)  |  9 a.m. – Noon
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Afternoons (1st-2nd grades) 
|  1 – 4 p.m. 
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Afternoons (3d-5th grades)  |  1 – 4 p.m. 
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Inside Out (Entering 1st - 5th grades)

July 22-26
Turn the world inside out! We'll investigate the inner workings of plants, animals, boats, and more with hands-on activities and exploration. Kids will get to participate in dissecting their own plants and owl pellets. Last day of this camp will take place at Mines of Spain!

Full Day (1st-2nd grades)  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members: $180  |  Non-Members: $225
register 

Full Day (3rd-5th grades)  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members: $180  |  Non-Members: $225
register 

Mornings (1st-2nd grades)  |  9 a.m. – Noon
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Mornings (3rd-5th grades)  |  9 a.m. – Noon
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Afternoons (1st-2nd grades) 
|  1 – 4 p.m. 
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Afternoons (3d-5th grades)  |  1 – 4 p.m. 
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Once Upon a Time - Session II (Entering 1st - 2nd grades)

July 29-Aug. 2
Join us for a week of magic as we explore the world of fairy tales! We'll learn about our favorite fairy tales, bring our favorite characters to life, and create our own stories. Last day of this camp will take place at Mines of Spain!

Full Day  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members: $180  |  Non-Members: $225
register 

Mornings
  |  9 a.m. – Noon
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Afternoons
  |  1 – 4 p.m.
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Mission: Robotics (Entering 3rd-5th grades)

July 29-Aug. 2
Tackle a variety of exciting “mission briefs” in this camp that’s all about robotics!  After learning how to design, build, and program LEGO® robots, we’ll work in teams to solve increasingly complex problems throughout the week. Last day of this camp will take place at Mines of Spain!

Full Day  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members: $180  |  Non-Members: $225
register 

Mornings
  |  9 a.m. – Noon
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125
register 

Afternoons  |  1 – 4 p.m.
Members: $100  |  Non-Members: $125 
register 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP

 

Questions? Contact Melissa Wersinger at 563-557-9545 x 213 or mwersinger@rivermuseum.com.

Outdoor Odyssey (Entering 6th-8th grades)

July 15-19
Take summer camp to the next level!  This advanced camp will take middle school students on off-campus adventures throughout the Dubuque area. Our week will conclude with a night among the fishes at the Museum & Aquarium. You won’t want to miss this one!

*Thursday begins at 9 a.m.; however, students will spend the night at the Museum & Aquarium that evening. Student pick up will be Friday at noon.

Full Day Camp  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
Members: $250  |  Non-Members: $275

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