Science Discovery Summer Camps

 Summer camp kids on campus

Unearth a world of possibilities! Our summer camps deliver science to kids in a fun and enriching environment. Week-long camps provide opportunities to explore their scientific passions or learn about new subjects. Led by our education team, camps include hands-on activities, solar viewing through telescopes, outdoor exploration, creative activities, and more. Plus, campers have the opportunity to meet University scientists and take field trips!

June 12-September 1, 2017

Learn more about the 2017 summer camps. Registration is now open! When selecting camps, please remember that campers should be registered in the grade range that they have just completed (e.g. camper just completed 3rd grade, they should register for the 2nd-3rd grade camp range).

Note: "Rec" camps listed below are managed by University Recreation & Wellness, and spend half of the day at the Bell Museum.

Bell Museum Summer Camps support inclusivity of all our campers.  Each camper may use the bathroom or changing room that they see best fits their needs.  All gender facilities will be available; when the infrastructure lacks an all-gender bathroom or changing room, we will designate a bathroom for this purpose to ensure access to safe bathroom and changing spaces for all.

June 12 - 16*

June 19 - 23*

June 26- 30*

Mammals Among Us, K-1 *FULL*
Botany, Potions & Magical Creatures, 2-3 *FULL*
Amateur Ornithologist, 4-6

Rec: Our Climate, 8-9 yrs
Rec: Our Climate, 10-12 yrs

Little Scientists, PreK *FULL*
Jr Scientists & Engineers, K-1 *FULL*
Earth, Cosmos & Beyond, 2-3 *FULL*
CSI: Nature, 4-6
Baby Animals, K-1 *FULL*
Our Climate, 2-3
Engineering in Nature, 4-6

Rec: Honey Bees, 10-12 yrs
Rec: Chemistry, 10-12 yrs

July 10 - 14*

July 17 - 21^

July 24 - 28^

Art in Nature, K-1 *FULL*
Botany, Potions & Magical Creatures, 2-3 *FULL*
Field Biology, 4-6

Rec: Planetary Exploration, 8-9 yrs
Rec: Earth, Cosmos & Beyond, 10-12 yrs

Little Scientists, PreK
Scales & Slime, K-1 *FULL*
Mighty Earth, 2-3
Backyard Chemistry, 4-6 *FULL*
Wings, Beaks & Feet, K-1
CSI: Nature, 2-3 *FULL*
Our Climate, 4-6

Rec: Field Biology, 8-9 yrs
Rec: Field Biology, 10-12 yrs

July 31 - August 4*

August 7 - 11*

August 14 - 18^

Little Scientists, PreK
Nature in the City, K-1 *FULL*
Paleontologist at Work, 2-3
People & the Planet, 4-6
Mammals Among Us, K-1 *FULL*
Art in Nature, 2-3
STEAM Up!: Rocketry, 4-6

Rec: Engineering in Nature, 8-9 yrs
Rec: Engineering in Nature, 10-12 yrs

Invertebrates, K-1 *FULL*
Scales & Slime, 2-3
Amateur Entomologist, 4-6

August 21 - 25^

August 28 - September 1*

Wings, Beaks & Feet, K-1 *FULL*
Field Biology, 2-3
Botany, Potions and Magical Creatures, 4-6 *FULL*
Jr. Scientists & Engineers, K-1 *FULL*
Nature in the City, 2-3
Earth, Cosmos and Beyond, 4-6

Each week, full day campers (K-6) have a special trip to a recreation center on campus for an extra activity. These are indicated above by either *Swimming or ^ Bowling.

Costs per camp

Half-day camps: Member: $125, Non-member: $135

Day camps: Member: $245, Non-member: $265

For as little as $70 you can become a Bell Museum Member and receive discounted Summer Camp pricing—one of the many benefits of museum membership!

Scholarships are currently available for summer 2017. Scholarships and applications are listed at the bottom of our registration page.

Note: Camps may be tax deductible.


For more information, or to request disability accommodations, email Questions about registration should be directed to U of M Tickets at 612-624-2345 or