Summer Discovery Camps at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Summer Discovery Camps

Your child is creative and energetic! The CMC has the right combination of hands-on learning activities to inspire your child to have a fun and imaginative summer.

All of our multidisciplinary Discovery Camps offer science experiments, art exploration, music and movement and free-play in Museum exhibits and outdoor garden. Camps welcome 4, 5 and 6 year old children. A multi-age curriculum has been developed that will encourage teamwork and creativity. New themes added this year are Invent It!, Healthier Ever After, Art Meets Science, Eco Kids, and Island Explorers. Returning favorites include Superhero Science, Kitchen Chemistry, and Dinosaur Dig.

$99.00 per child/camp for CMC members
$115.00 for non-members


*Note: Cancellations made prior to 14 days before the start of camp will be refunded (minus a $5 processing fee). Changes will be charged a $5 processing fee. We reserve the right to refuse or discontinue an individual’s participation if his/her welfare or the welfare of others is in jeopardy.

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Bring your own lunch
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Additional $10.00 per day

Pre-registration for all camps and Lunch Bunch sessions is required. Space is limited – class size is limited to the first 20 children to register. *Note: Snacks will NOT be provided, please pack for your child every day. Refrigeration is available. Questions? Please check out the FAQs or call Nicole Franks, Camp Coordinator, at 216.791.7114 x21.

To register please call the Museum at 216.791.7114 or REGISTER ONLINE NOW.

Invent It! ~ June 21-25

Come be inspired by famous inventors! Use your imagination and inventive thinking to design and build your own inventions. What can you make with magnets, pipes, and clothespins? How do things fit together? What does it do? Let your imagination run wild as you think the unthinkable, create new possibilities and discover solutions! Come see recycling at its best! A few of our inventions will include rockets, race cars, airplanes, and recycled material inventions.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Healthier Ever After ~ June 28-July 2

There are no bones about it; our bodies can do amazing things inside and out! Come learn about anatomy, skeletons, and our spectacular organs as we learn and discover in our Healthier Ever After exhibit. Meet Sneakers the Dragon, talk about healthy eating, learn new games that promote exercise, and practice your obstacle course skills as campers travel through the coordination cave. Practice some of your new found medical skills in our very own doctor’s office.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Art Meets Science ~ July 12-July 16

What could be more imaginative and educational than discovering the art of science? Each day campers will learn a specific scientific principle and then use it in an art project to take home. Campers will discover the science of three dimensional art using principles such as balance and cause and effect through the works of Alexander Calder. Van Gough and Pollack will act as illustrations of how motion and gravity influence an artist’s work. Each day will become a new adventure as campers explore the wonder of discovering where art meets science! Parents will be invited to our very own gallery exhibit of our pieces on the last day of camp.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Superhero Science ~ July 19-July 23

Calling all Superheroes for the adventure of the year! We’ll use teamwork, creativity, science and expert problem solving to save the museum from the Mysterious Toy Thief! All superheroes will expand their imaginations and crime fighting skills by learning how to dust for fingerprints, creating Superhero-Mobiles, and designing their own costumes.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Kitchen Chemistry ~ July 26-July 30

Get ready to get messy! Kids will experiment, explode, and even concoct their own kitchen creations. Young chefs will have the opportunity to explore their culinary creativity in a safe and nurturing environment. All chefs will use math and science to measure, chop, cut, cool and heat food. We’ll also perform science experiments using basic kitchen ingredients! Snack provided during camp.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Eco Kids ~ August 2-6

Nature meets camp! Children will explore topics such as insects, recycling, composting, water conservation, and botany. CMC Eco Kids will try their hand at gardening, take a walking field trip to the Hershey’s Children’s Garden located at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and discover the fun in learning about and taking care of our environment!  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Island Explorers ~ August 9-13

CMC campers set sail! Join our pirate crew as we get ready to explore. Campers spend a week island hopping around the world as they discover different island customs, foods, and languages. We will transform our classroom into different islands daily as we stamp our passports and discover the world during our summer vacation.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Dinosaur Dig ~ August 16-20

Become a paleontologist! All paleontologists will practice observation and excavation skills, learn about extinction and uncover the mysteries of dinosaurs buried deep beneath the earth. We’ll crack open rocks to search for dinosaur bones, and then figure out as much as we can about how the dinosaurs lived. We’ll even experience and create our own active volcanoes.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW


This is an optional 2 hour extension to camp for families who need flexibility or just can’t get enough of CMC. Kids who participate in Lunch Bunch! will bring their own lunch to the Museum and participate in counselor supervised crafts, games and free play in the Museum from Noon- 2:00 pm. Register for Lunch Bunch! anywhere from 1 to 5 days a week!

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bring your own lunch.
$10.00 per day ~ Pre-registration required.


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