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!).
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 the week before camp from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday thru Friday.
- 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.