Young boy using specially outfitted telescope to safely view the Sun.

Kindergarten camps

Summer adventures for the budding scientist in your life

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Half-day, weeklong camps for children entering kindergarten in the 2020–21 school year. Kindergarten camps have a maximum of 16 children, and school grade categories are designed to ensure the best academic and social experience for all campers.

We strive to create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and inspires curiosity. Campers must be able to maintain appropriate behavior, including keeping their hands to themselves, staying with the group, following staff directions, and using respectful language. A quiet space will be available to campers who need to take a break and calm down or recharge before returning to the group.

Morning camps: 9 am–noon
Drop off: 8–9 am & pick up: 12–12:30 pm

Afternoon camps: 1–4 pm
Drop off: 12:30–1 pm & pick up: 4–5 pm

Note: If you sign your kindergartner for a morning and afternoon camp during the same week, lunch and play time with the rest of campers is included from 12–1 pm.

Junior Engineers

Boy and Father playing with legos and robot cubes

There’s more than one way to solve a problem! Campers will activate their critical thinking skills as they design, build, and test different ideas. Come explore cause and effect, build simple machines, enjoy story time with fun science twists, and meet an engineer!

June 22–26 (9 am–12 pm) SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
July 20–24 (1 –4 pm) SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist

Junior Scientists

A young boy looks at a snake someone is holding to show him

All children are scientists! Campers will use their natural curiosity to conduct experiments, make observations while exploring the museum and our outdoor learning landscapes, meet a U of M scientist, and use some of the same tools scientists use every day.

June 22–26 (1–4 pm) SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
July 20–24 (9 am–12 pm) SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist

Registration

Once you’ve selected your camps, register online here or by calling 612-626-9660 (10 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday). Please fill out one registration per child.

General registration (half-day camp)
$180/week

Bell members (half-day camp)
$160/week

Have the following info ready!

  • Camper name, birth date, age, special needs, medications and allergies
  • Primary and secondary contact name, address, email, phone number
  • An additional emergency contact name and phone number

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Refunds and cancellations
Registrations are partially refundable. If you wish to withdraw from a camp after registering, you must do so at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp in order to receive a partial refund of the registration fee—$40 of the registration fee is considered a nonrefundable deposit. No refunds will be given if a cancellation is made within the two weeks before the first day of camp.

If for any reason the Bell Museum cancels your camp, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee or the opportunity to transfer to another camp if space is available. Notification will be given two weeks prior to the start date in the event that your camp is canceled.

Camper needs
We greatly appreciate any information, suggestions or tips you would like to share regarding your camper. Filling out the registration form with as much detail as possible will give us the opportunity to prepare any special accommodations and give your camper the best experience possible. You are also welcome to email our summer camp team at bellcamps@umn.edu.

Questions?
For more information about camps or registration, email Bell camp staff at bellcamps@umn.edu or call 612-626-9660.