Bell Museum camps deliver science to kids in a fun and enriching environment! Individual week-long camps provide opportunities to explore specific passions or learn about new subjects.
Led by the Bell Museum education staff, camps include hands-on activities, ExploraDome planetarium visits, and outdoor exploration, activities and recreation. Campers have the opportunity to meet University scientists and take field trips!
You may also call 612-624-2345 or download a registration form and submit via mail (instructions on the form).
Little Scientists 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
June 22-26, ages 4 & 5 | July 13-17, ages 4 & 5 | August 10-14, ages 4 & 5
These camps allow your little one to observe, explore, and experiment with the world around them, and answer their own "Why?" questions. Campers step into the shoes of a scientist with topics like the sun, animals that live under rocks, and how plants grow!
August 17-21, grades 4-6 completed
Explore your passion for invertebrates! Learn how to identify the different kinds—from worms to crustaceans, insects, arachnids, and beyond. Study the roles they play in rhythms of life through observation and practice your collection skills on field trips.
August 24-28, grades 4-6 completed
Discover the tricks of the bird biologist's trade! Campers practice identifying birds in the field by looking at their silhouettes, knowing about habitats, identifying flight patterns, and identifying their distinct characteristics.
July 6-10, grades 2-3 completed | August 3-7, grades K-1 completed |
August 10-14, grades K-1 completed — FULL
Our senses help us investigate nature's many colors, textures, patters, sounds, and scents. Campers try Gyotaku—Japanese fish printing—and make paper from scraps and natural objects. They also learn to sketch what they see! Campers host a theatrical performance or an art show at the end of the week.
June 8-12, grades K-1 completed |
June 15-19, grades K-1 completed — FULL
From cubs to fawns and pollywogs—explore the world of baby animals! Learn why some need to be nurtured for months, while others are ready to fun, jump, or fly right away. Also, discover how they survive in the wild.
August 3-7, grades 4-6 completed | August 10-14, grades 4-6 completed
What do scrambled eggs, first-aid cold packs, and soda pop have in common? Chemistry! Spend the week testing physical and chemical reactions, discovering a substance that doesn't have a liquid state of matter, and making liquid nitrogen ice cream.
July 6-10, grades K-1 completed — FULL | July 13-17, grades 2-3 completed
Find out what all birds have in common and discover some of the unique adaptions that help them survive in extreme environments. Campers go on field hikes to test their ability to hear different bird sounds and practice finding birds in our urban surroundings.
July 6-10, grades 4-6 completed | July 20-24, grades 4-6 completed | August 3-7, grades 2-3 completed
Dig into your favorite mystical and magical subjects! Unravel how animals change in appearance, learn about levitation by experimenting with magnets, discover the mysteries behind animal mimicry and carnivorous plants, and practice different chemical reactions.
July 20-24, grades 2-3 completed | July 27-31, grades 4-6 completed
Learn about forensic science from a crime investigator and how to use nature's clue's to solver mysteries! Campers focus on collecting fingerprints, shoe and tire impressions, and trace evidence. By week's end, campers will use their skills to help crack the case.
June 22-26, grades 2-3 completed | July 13-17, grades 4-6 completed
What are stars made of and how do they burn? Are there other solar systems out there? What can invisible light show us about our universe? From space travel to black holes, we'll investigate the universe with telescopes, rockets, and visits to the ExploraDome.
June 15-19, grades 4-6 completed
Things like Velcro and bullet trains have their origin in nature. Campers explore how plants and animals use engineering to respond to obstacles and how humans use nature's ingenuity to solve problems. Your junior engineer will also get to design and test their own invention!
June 8-12, grades 4-6 completed | July 27-31, grades 2-3 completed
Live a field biologist's life by studying living flora and fauna and their relationship to the environment. Track and observe animals using field skills like binocular use, reading a compass, keeping a logbook, safely and effectively collecting specimens, and more.
June 15-19, grades 2-3 completed | June 22-16 grades K-1 completed
Get up close and personal with Madagascar hissing cockroaches and other insects, worms, hermit crabs, arachnids, and other incredible invertebrates. Learn about their biology and the important role they play in the natural world.
August 17-21, grades 2-3 completed |
August 24-28, grades K-1 completed — FULL
From pygmy shrews to blue whales and duck-billed platypuses, discover the differences and similarities between members of the class Mammalia. Explore the Bell's dioramas to see Minnesota mammals, their habitats, what they eat, and how they compare to mammals around the globe!
June 8-12, grades 2-3 completed | June 22-26, grades 4-6 completed
We live on a mighty, ever-changing planet! Spend the week investigating Earth's geological processes and natural disasters like volcanoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes.
July 13-17, grades K-1 completed — FULL | August 10-14, grades 2-3 completed
What is nature? Can you find it in the city? Visit student-led organic farms and learn how food is grown. Find ways to help conserve the natural resources in our city. Learn how to attract native pollinators to your backyard, and help preserve habitat within an urban environment.
July 20-24, grades K-1 completed — FULL | July 27-31, grades K-1 completed — FULL
Explore scientific concepts through observation and experiments to understand how things work! Like engineers, they will use various materials to plan, design, test, and redesign.
August 17-21, grades K-1 completed — FULL | August 24-28, grades 2-3 completed
Do you know which animals can climb glass, carry babies in their mouth, or have "antifreeze" in their blood? From salamanders to snakes, learn about the remarkable adaptations that are a part of the everyday lives of reptiles and amphibians.
|Cost per camp||Bell Members *||Non-members|
|Full Day ||$245||$265|
|Half-day Preschool Camp||$125||$135|
* Become a Bell Museum Member and receive discounted Summer Camp pricing—one of the many benefits of museum membership!
Camps may be deductible on your 2015 taxes.
The Bell Museum has scholarships available to campers who have completed preK - 6th grade thanks to the generous contributions of The Minneapolis Foundation. To apply, complete the Minneapolis Foundation/Bell Museum Scholarship Application Form.
The Office of Higher Education offers scholarship programs for campers in grades 3-6 through their Summer Enrichment Program. To apply, complete the OHE Bell Museum Scholarship Application Form.
For information on Science Discovery Day Camps, read our frequently asked questions.