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Explore science and nature through hands-on, interactive camps for a variety of ages at the Delaware Museum of Natural History.

Toddlers up to age three discover the world in Museum Babies camp. Campers completing kindergarten through sixth grade can choose from a variety of full-day camps.

Whether they are building a forest shelter, training like an astronaut, or making an exploding volcano, campers make exciting and unforgettable discoveries. All of our camps encourage children to create once-in-a-lifetime memories they will never forget!

Join us for our favorite camps, returning with exciting new activities, as well as brand-new camps debuting this year. Every camp includes outdoor fun, gallery exploration, traveling exhibit discoveries, live animal experiences, and so much more.

Not a Member? Join today while you register for camp and enjoy discounts on summer camp, events, and the Museum Store for all of 2020.

Camper Hygiene and Safety

In response to COVID-19, we have new safety protocols in place for DMNH Summer Camps.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History has put in place new procedures to ensure that campers and camp staff follow the guidelines from the CDC, State of Delaware, Department of Public Health, and the American Camp Association.

DMNH camp staff will ensure that campers can maintain social distancing whenever possible, including inside and outside of the Museum. Individual camps will stay separate throughout the camp day.

Each camp will have their own designated space inside the Museum that is closed to the general public during camp.

Each camper will receive their own designated space in their camp room (their “field station”)and a personal “field station kit.” The kit will contain supplies for the camper to use throughout the week, reducing the need to share supplies.

DMNH asks that each camper bring a face mask to camp each day. DMNH will have disposable masks available as needed. Camp staff will wear face masks at all times during camp. Campers will be asked to wear masks when they are not able to maintain social distancing.

DMNH galleries and camp spaces, supplies, and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be available at all times in all camp areas. Camp staff will review and practice all cleaning procedures with the campers throughout camp.

Museum Babies: Animals Around the World

August 4, 11, 18, 25

Register for Museum Babies: Around the World

Museum Babies: Nature Explorers

August 5, 12, 19, 26

Register for Museum Babies: Nature Explorers
9–9:30 a.m.

Interested in camps for toddlers not yet in pre-kindergarten? Museum Babies is every Tuesday and Wednesday for four consecutive weeks in August from 9–9:30 a.m. In each series, learn and have fun with hands-on activities, including counting, matching, sorting, music and movement. Adults are expected to stay for the length of the program and are welcome to enjoy the Museum after the program.
Members/$25, Non-members/$40 per four-week session.

Completed Kindergarten

Explore nature and science through games, interactive experiments, crafts, group activities and stories.

Members/$205, Non-members/$240 | Extended care available: 8–9 a.m. Monday–Friday,
4–5:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday (Not available Fridays), $35 for morning / $28 for afternoon / $58 for both

Superheroes Camp

July 6-10

Learn which animals are as strong as Superman™, as fast as The Flash™, or as agile as Wonder Woman™. Enjoy activities, games, and crafts as we discover the superheroes of the animal kingdom.

Register for Superheroes Camp

Space Camp

July 13–17
Blast off into outer space to learn about planets, stars, and moons, and explore our newest traveling exhibit, Be the Astronaut. This camp is out of this world!

Register for Space Camp

Arctic Adventures

July 20–24

It might be hot outside, but it’s cool at camp as we travel to the North and South Poles to visit polar bears and penguins in their frozen homes.

Register for Arctic Adventures

SOLD OUT: Pocket Monsters

July 27–31

Get your Poké Balls™ ready! In this Pokémon™-themed camp, discover the real life animal inspirations behind some of your favorite pocket monsters.

Pocket Monsters is sold out.

The Great Outdoors

August 3-7

Discover a new animal and habitat every day as we explore the great outdoors. We’ll hike through forests and meadows, play games, and make nature crafts to take home.

Register for The Great Outdoors

Animal Oddities

August 10–14

The Duckbilled Platypus, Star-nose Mole and Hagfish might be some of the most bizarre animals on the planet. Discover some of the slimiest, furriest, and strangest creatures in the world.

Register for Animal Oddities

Once Upon a Time

August 17–21

Once upon a time, there was a camp where your imagination could soar! Join us in reading animal tales, meeting live animals, playing games, and creating your own story.

Register for Once Upon a Time

Completed First–Second Grade

Adventure-filled science camps.

Members/$230, Non-members/$265 | Extended care available: 8–9 a.m. Monday–Friday,
4–5:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday (Not available Fridays), $35 for morning / $28 for afternoon / $58 for both

Legends of the Hidden Museum

July 6–10

Become an archeologist, biologist, astronomer, botanist, and more as you unravel secrets from legends around the world and find the hidden treasure.

Register for Legends of the Hidden Museum

Mystery at the Museum

July 13–17

Can you solve the mystery at the Museum? Use your best detective skills to find clues, talk to witnesses, go behind the scenes of the Museum, and use forensic science to discover “who-dunnit!”

Register for Mystery at the Museum

SOLD OUT: The Science of Minecraft

July 20–24

From geology to physics to biomes, there is so much to learn from the video game Minecraft. Enjoy a week of exciting experiments based on this popular game. This camp is full. 

Creatures of the Past

July 27–31

What happened to the dinosaurs and many other creatures from the past 200 million years? Travel back in time to discover the amazing creatures once roaming the Earth.

Register for Creatures of the Past

Shark Camp

August 3–7

Spend a week exploring these titans of the oceans through hands-on activities, games, and crafts. Learn about a new shark each day and you’ll end the week as one jaw-some camper!

Register for Shark Camp

Earth’s Wild Ride

August 10–14

Discover the power of fire, ice, wind, and water as we explore earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and much, much more in this Earth-shaking camp!

Register for Earth’s Wild Ride

Super Silly Science

August 17–21

Perform mind-boggling science experiments in this always exciting, never boring camp. We’ll provide the lab coat and goggles—this camp might get messy!

Register for Super Silly Science

Completed Third–Sixth Grade

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Members/$265, Non-members/$300, unless noted.

Extended care available: 8–9 a.m. Monday–Friday,
4–5:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday (Not available Fridays), $35 for morning / $28 for afternoon / $58 for both

Young Engineers

July 13–17

Build beyond your imagination! Learn what makes certain structures strong by building bridges, miniature landscapes, and other engineering creations.

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DMNH Olympics

July 20–24

Get ready for the 2020 Summer Olympics at DMNH! As a team, play games inspired by the Olympics and some that are just downright weird, wild and fun.

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Camp Olympus

July 27-31

What’s your favorite myth or legend? Is it Star Wars, King Arthur, or those told by the Greeks? Create and battle monsters, read ancient myths, and prepare for Friday’s heroic quest.

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Be the Astronaut

August 3–7

Join us as we launch into astronomy! Explore planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and the newest space missions.

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Behind the Scene Adventures

August 10-14

Go behind the scenes of DMNH, where all the action happens. Get up close with our live animals and visit areas in the Museum most people don’t see.

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Carnival Camp

August 17–21

Step right up and join the fun of the magnificent DMNH Carnival Camp coming to town! Join us on Friday for a mini-carnival designed and run by the campers with shows, science, and fun for the whole family.

Register Today

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is excited to announce our first ever Virtual Summer Camps! Let us bring summer camp to you! We have designed a program that will keep our campers and their families safe while still having an awesome week. Campers will build the camp group culture we all love through hands-on learning experiences, shared interactive snack times, educational independent play, songs, dance, animal encounters, museum tours, and science investigations (Phew! That’s a lot of stuff!).

Registration Closed: Digging for Clues – June 22-26

Scientists are constantly digging for clues to learn about things they can’t see with their own eyes. Paleontologists have learned everything they know about the world of dinosaurs by digging up fossils from insects, plants, dinosaur bones, (and even dinosaur poop!). Astronomers have learned about our own solar system, The Milky Way Galaxy and other galaxies beyond ours by digging into photos of the sky, watching the night sky, and from rovers on other planets. Get ready to dig for clues with us using your camp kit and start your mission from your very own home research station.

Registration Closed: Gotta Catch ‘Em All June 29-July 3

Let’s dive into the science behind one of the most popular games of our time, Pokémon! Did you know, the creator of Pokémon was inspired to build the game based on his own childhood love of bug collecting? If you explore them closely, you’ll start to notice that some Pokémon characters look very similar to some fascinating animals out here in the real world. During this week of virtual camp, we’re going to dive into exploring the natural world, become trainers, and do some collecting of our own. No prior knowledge or passion for Pokémon is required to enjoy this week of virtual fun. In this virtual camp your camper will learn about the amazing characteristics of various animals while practicing age appropriate science skills that include observing, categorizing, and taking care of the environment – all through the fun and familiar lens of Pokémon.

Virtual Camp Structure:

  • Virtual Camp runs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m.-noon.
  • On Wednesday, there will be an On-Site Exploration Day
    • Come meet your camp staff and have a personal camp experience at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Anyone within your household may come join your camper for an on-site experience related to their camp curriculum.
    • The experience will last 15-30 minutes. Families will sign up online in advance for a time slot and a station. Time slots will run from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • This in-person experience allows you and your family to explore with us while following the safety guidelines from the State of Delaware CDC.
    • On this day, there will be no virtual component with staff but we will have at-home options for you and your family.
  • Price: $120 for DMNH members/ $150 for non-members for the week.
  • Ages: Designed for ages kindergarten – completed 2nd grade
  • Virtual Platform: Camps will be held on Zoom with any device. Zoom is free to use. On Friday, you’ll receive email with a ZOOM link to join in camp at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning.
  • Camp Kit: All campers will receive a pre-made a camp kit for each day that has everything your camper will need from the littlest paper to some awesome explorer tools that they’d normally have to leave with us at camp. Camp kits will be available for curbside pick-up from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. the Friday before camp. We will bring the kit out to your car.
  • Note to Parents: We’ll have prepped the materials and designed our activities to set your camper up to be as independent as possible while working on camp. An adult will need to start the day with us and your camper for 5-10 minutes to make sure they’re all set. The goal is for your camper to be independently rocking on with us at camp but they’ll require hands-off supervision while working with us virtually.
  • Registration Note: Registration is for an entire week of programming. Camp is best when everyone can participate every day. We understand this may not work for everyone though and we’re doing our best to build programming where participants can join on any given day and have a great time regardless of whether they were there for the other days of camp.

REGISTER EARLY!

ONLINE REGISTRATION

Registering online is fast and easy, and gives you a better chance of getting your top choice of camps. Due to the popularity of online registration, we cannot guarantee space for registrations received by mail or fax.

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY

Full refunds will be issued for any canceled camps. For questions about our refund policy contact education@delmnh.org

REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION

A Welcome Packet with important documents and information will be sent after your camper’s registration is processed.

IMPORTANT FORMS

Media Release forms are part of the registration process and are included in your Welcome Packet. All forms MUST be completed and returned prior to your child attending camp. A camper CANNOT attend camp until all forms and payments are completed.