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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 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. Participants must bring a sack lunch for full day camps. Camps are divided by grade level.

Wrap-around Care
 

Wrap-around care is available for $5 per day, per child. Morning wrap-around care is provided beginning at 7:45 a.m. Afternoon wrap-around care ends at 4:45 p.m. Wrap-around care hours are required at time of registration to ensure proper staffing.

The deadline to register is two weeks prior to each camp. The Robot Zoo camp deadline has been extended to June 15. Full refunds or transfers will be granted up to two weeks prior to each camp.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for those in need of assistance thanks to the McDonough Foundation and US Bank. River Museum EMM members qualify as do others on specific assistance programs. Interested individuals should complete the attached scholarship application at the button below.  

Scholarship Application  
For questions on summer camps and scholarships, please contact Melissa Wersinger at mwersinger@rivermuseum.com.

 

Covid-19 Guidelines 

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

  • Staff will have their temperatures checked upon their arrival and asked to leave if they have a temperature over 100.4 or if they are feeling ill.
  • Staff will wear a mask and wear them anytime around general public.Gloves will also be available for them to use when assisting with activities.
  • We will be sanitizing tables, craft supplies, and any other utencils utilized, before and after we use them.
  • We will be washing hands and using had sanitizers througout the day.
  • Other guidelines will be supplied prior to the start of camp.

DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING COVID-19, IF WE ARE FORCED TO MAKE CHANGES OR CANCELLATIONS, WE WILL MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH A MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS (14 DAYS) PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP. AT THAT TIME, WE WILL OFFER AN OPTION TO TRANSFER TO ANOTHER CAMP OR RECEIVE A REFUND. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE MAY BE UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THAT COULD CAUSE CANCELLATIONS AT ANY TIME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!

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 $5 per camper, per day.

7:45 a.m. - 9 a.m. | Wrap-around Care
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | AM Camp Session
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Lunch
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. | PM Camp Session
4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Wrap-around Care

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

Kinder-Kamp: Animal Friends (Entering Kindergarten)

July 27 - 31 
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR 1 p.m - 4 p.m.

Prepare to enjoy animals of all shapes and sizes through this year’s Kinder-Kamp! Campers will encounter live animals, explore nature, make crafts, and even operate larger-than-life robotic animals in our newest exhibit The Robot Zoo!

Members $100  |  Non-Members $125
Kinder-KamP AM Kinder-Kamp PM Kinder-Kamp AM wrap-Around Care Kinder-kamp PM Wrap-Around Care

The Robot Zoo (Entering grades 1-2 & 3-5)

June 22-26 (Half-day and all-day options available)
This camp is where robots meet amazing animal abilities. Through exploration of our 5,000 square foot exhibit, The Robot Zoo, campers will get a chance to better understand how robots can mimic everyday functions of some of our friends in the animal world. Then campers will build their own model animals, understand how robots are made and get a behind-the-scenes look at how a zoo (our aquarium) really works.

All-Day - Members $180  |  Non-Members $225
1-2 All-Day Robot Zoo 3-5 All-Day Robot Zoo Robot Zoo Wrap-around Care
Junior Keeper (Entering grades 1-2 & 3-5)

July 6 - 10 (Half-day and all-day options available)
Love caring for animals? Want to see what keepers and aquarists do to care for animals and save endangered species? Keepers and aquarists are knowledgeable in chemistry, biology, animal psychology, exhibit design, food prep and so much more. This is every camper’s opportunity to design their own aquarium or habitat, plan and create animal diets, and learn the ropes as a junior keeper!

All-Day - Members $180  |  Non-Members $225
1-2 All-Day - Junior Keeper 3-5 All Day - Junior Keeper Junior Keeper Wrap-around Care

Mississippi River Survival (Entering grades 1-2 & 3-5)

July 13-17 (Half-day and all-day options available)
Could you survive on your own along the banks of the Mississippi River as the early explorers did? From fishing to boat building to fire starting, early explorers did it all and so will our campers. Campers will discover the diverse animals encountered along the explorers’ journey and experience (and survive) natural disasters that may have befallen these brave individuals.

All-Day - Members $180  |  Non-Members $225
1-2 All-Day - River Survival 3-5 All-Day - River Survival River Survival Wrap-around Care

Dinosaur Detectives (Entering grades 1-2 & 3-5)

July 20 - 24 (Half-day and all-day options available)
Dinosaurs are all around us. Campers will meet some present day dinosaur relatives, and uncover how fossils from the past help identify dinosaurs and other extinct creatures today. Together, we will create our own dinosaurs and dinosaur footprints based on what we learn about these amazing creatures of the past.

All-Day - Members $180  |  Non-Members $225
1-2 All-Day - Dinosaur Detectives 3-5 All-Day Dinosaur Detectives Dinosaur Detectives Wrap-around Care

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