When I was growing up, I always looked forward to weekends, holidays, and all the breaks. But then the days off from school would come, and I missed school. So I played school at home. My younger brother was my student, and I was always the teacher. Turns out, he didn’t like school as much as I did.
I was probably five or six when my parents bought me my first chemistry set, and I was hooked. Science was always my thing. I loved to create things, ask questions about the world around us, and explore. I could not get enough science. I even spent my free time building molecules.
If you had told me that there was such a thing as a science camp when I was younger, I would have been so excited.
If you had told me that year-round science camp existed, I would have lost my mind.
Kids in pre-k to sixth grade actually have this opportunity today, and my ten-year-old self is so jealous.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History offers camps during the summer, but also during APS scheduled breaks, even including parent/teacher conference days.
Their camps are multi-age collaborative experiences, highlighting all the best parts of hands-on learning and exploration. Camps include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities, outdoor play, games, and collaborative projects. These camps offer a unique opportunity for children to form friendships, learn through hands-on activities, exercise their imaginations, and discover through play and exploration.
Nuclear Science can be understood by children of all ages, and the perspective of the world it gives them will open their minds to endless possibilities. The museum is a great place to visit for kids of any age (but the adults will want to go too). Like other science museums, you can learn how things work and try a few experiments. Like other history museums, you can learn about people, places, and things that have shaped some of the events of our world. You can learn about how technology has changed the way we live.
Are you excited yet?
I truly am about to ask if they will allow a thirty-something mom into a camp because these sound like so much fun.
Here are the details:
This year, summer camps began on May 30 and will go until August 4. Camps are week-long and are for students pre-k through 6th grade from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm to accommodate parents’ work schedules.
The education team will divide camp topics into week-long camps that are multi-age collaborative camper experiences. The full-day camp programs run from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Before-care is available from 7:30 am – 8:30 am and after-care from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. There is no additional cost for before and after-care. They are available regardless of the camper’s use.
If your kids are jumping at this opportunity or if you want more information, check out the website here.