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Summer Camps

Summer Break Day Camps

Summer Camps 

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

General Camp Information

Members must register and create a log in password to receive the member discount. If they have already registered, they simply need to log in to their existing account. This can be done after selecting a camp by clicking on the links in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Participants must bring a sack lunch for full day camps. Camps are divided by grade level.

Wrap-Around Care


Due to limited summer camp sizes, we are requiring a $6 per day, per child wrap-around care fee. Morning wrap-around care is provided beginning at 7:45 a.m. Afternoon wrap-around care ends at 4:45 p.m.


Full refunds or transfers will be granted up to two weeks prior to each camp.


A limited number of Summer Camp Scholarships are available to those who are in need of assistance. The scholarships made possible by the Tim and Nancy Butler. If you have any questions or would like information, please contact Melissa Wersinger at the email below.

For questions on summer camps, please contact Melissa Wersinger at

COVID-19 Safety Measures

COVID-19 safety measures can be found at the bottom of this page.

Elementary School Camps

Elementary school camps are for children entering Kindergarten - 5th grade and are week long camps. Wrap-around care options are available to all campers for $6 per camper, per day.

7:45 a.m. - 9 a.m. | Wrap-around Care
9 a.m. | Camp Begins
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Lunch
4 p.m. | Camp Ends
4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Wrap-around Care

Questions? Contact Melissa Wersinger at

Wildly Creative (Entering grades 1-2 & 3-5)

June 28 - July 2
How is the color blue formed? What materials are used to create paint? Much of art’s history comes from nature and science. During this session, campers will investigate the history and evolution of how a variety of art forms were created. Then they will discover how animals use creativity in the form of communication. This is a week of bringing out a camper’s inner Picasso through making paint, building crafts, and creating beautiful pieces of art.

All-Day - Members $200  |  Non-Members $240

Crazy Creators (Entering grades 1-2 & 3-5)

July 12 - 16
Inspire your inner maker and scientist during this week of discovery and innovation! Each
day, campers will solve challenges using basic materials, tips from world famous inventors, and their minds. Learn about famous inventors and how their “crazy” inventions changed the world. Campers will experiment with designing and bringing their great ideas and inventions to life. We’ll utilize our brand new River of Innovation exhibit and makerspace during camp!

All-Day - Members $200 |  Non-Members $240


Jr. Keepers: Ambassador Animals  (Entering grades 1-2 & 3-5)

July 19-23
We are bringing back one of our most popular camps but with a twist! Campers will explore the world of animal care through discovering how to manage animal diets, animal habitats, animal enrichment and other husbandry practices. By the end of the week, campers will help our educators lead an ambassador animal presentation for visitors to the River Museum.

All-Day - Members $200  |  Non-Members $240


Gone Fishin' (Entering grades 1-2 & 3-5)

July 26 - 30
“Hook, Line and Sinker” isn’t just a saying, it’s all about fishing! Campers will fish, learn about their catch, and explore the proper equipment needed to catch the BIG ONE. We’ll explore fishing techniques of the past and present and explore how fishing has evolved. From finding our own bait to cooking the fish we catch, it’ll be a week of all things fish.

All-Day - Members $200  |  Non-Members $240

Kinder-Kamp: Animal Friends (Entering Kindergarten)

June 21-25 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  OR  August 2-6 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Prepare to enjoy animals of all shapes and sizes from around the world through this year’s Kinder-Kamp! Campers will encounter live animals and their habitats, explore nature, make crafts, and experience the underwater world of our newest exhibit, Splash and Bubbles!

Members $100  |  Non-Members $125



Kinder-Kamp AM wrap-Around CarE - AUGUST 

Middle School Camp

Middler School camp is for children entering 6th - 8th grade. The camp is a 2-day camp and includes an overnight at the River Museum.

Questions? Contact Melissa Wersinger at 563-557-9545 x 213 or

Next Level Overnight Adventure (Entering grades 6-8)

July 22 at 9 a.m. through July 23 at 4 p.m.
Breakfast, two lunches, & dinner included

Become citizen scientists through firsthand interaction with our freshwater mussel propagation, fishing, and paddling right outside in the Ice Harbor!  We’ll track Monarch Butterflies and talk about bees, insects, and mayflies. Campers will sleep overnight among the aquariums and take part in other behind-the-scenes scientific adventures.

Members $150  |  Non-Members $180


Covid-19 Guidelines 

The safety and health of campers is always our top priority. During this time of uncertainty, we want to assure famlies that we are taking extra precautions to provide the best Summer Camp experience possible, while following guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The following guidelines will be in place throughout all camps this summer:

  • Camp sizes are limited to 18 campers per age-specific camp and each camp will be held in a separate space. 
  • The CDC strongly recommends masks for youth ages 3 to 12. Mask use will be at the discretion of parents.
  • We will be sanitizing tables, craft supplies, and any other utensils utilized, before and after we use them.
  • We will be washing hands and using hand sanitizers throughout the day.
  • Other guidelines will be supplied prior to the start of camp.
Changes and Cancellations

Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, if we are forced to make changes to our protocols, we will make every attempt to provide participants as much notice as possible prior to the first day of camp.

Sometimes, and for unseen circumstances, we are forced to cancel camp. If for any reason a cancellation is made, you will be notified and offered an opportunity transfer to another available camp or receive a refund.