When school is out – Museum Camps are in!

Explore science, technology, history and the arts through creative activities and games at Cincinnati Museum Center’s fun and educational Museum Camps. Whether there’s a day or a week off from school, there’s a camp for that.

What’s included?

All camps include an afternoon snack and days full of exciting educational activities, including science experiments, crafts, group projects, games and more!

Museum Camps at Cincinnati Museum Center include the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Cincinnati History Museum. Please note The Children’s Museum, The Cave and the Science Interactives Gallery are currently closed.

Summer Museum Camps
Week 1: June 1–4 @ Cincinnati Museum Center
LEGO Master Builder, K–1

A Master Builder doesn’t need instructions, just an imagination! Take part in building challenges, learn engineering basics and let your creativity run wild.


LEGO Engineering, 2–4

Discover different types of engineering and put your skills to the test as you participate in design challenges and learn to build simple machines.

Week 2: June 7–11 @ Cincinnati Museum Center
Dino Discovery, K–1

Dig up some fun as we learn all about dinosaurs! Explore the incredible specimens in our Dinosaur Hall, dig up and identify fossils and show off your prehistoric knowledge as we play games and have a RAWRing good time.


Paleontology, 2–4

Daspletosaurus, Galeamopus and Torvasaurus, oh my! Unearth an exciting journey in our Dinosaur Hall as we discover the prehistoric animals that once roamed our earth.

Week 3: June 14–18 @ Cincinnati Museum Center
Messy Science, K–1

Spend the week getting your hands dirty as we dive into some messy science! Bring out your inner chemist and join us for some icky, sticky experiments.


Crazy Chemistry, 2–4

Grab a lab coat, safety goggles and gloves, because it’s time for YOU to be the scientist. Mix and blend your own concoctions to learn which chemicals react to cause flashes and bangs!

Week 4: June 21–25 @ Cincinnati Museum Center
Awesome Animals, K–1

Investigate animals and their amazing adaptations. Explore these adaptations first-hand during animal encounters with our museum friends while engaging with extinct animals in our Dinosaur Hall!


Harry Potter, 2–4

Immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter. Be sorted into a Hogwarts house and work with your housemates to earn points. Design and make your own wand, then learn to cast spells and brew potions (the Muggle versions, of course!). Put your name in the Goblet of Fire and compete in our CMC-style TriWizard Tournament.

Week 5: June 28–July 2 @ Cincinnati Museum Center
Spectacular Solar System, K–1

There are eight magnificent planets in our solar system, but what happened to our ninth planet? Could there be other planets to discover? Find out as we explore our solar system and learn what makes our planet special. Finish the week with a visit to CMC’s Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery.


Space Explorers, 2–4

Travel to outer space without leaving Earth! Learn about the telescopes that let us see galaxies and the way modern scientists are exploring space with a visit to CMC’s Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery.

Week 6: July 5–9 @ Cincinnati Museum Center
LEGO Master Builder, K–1

A Master Builder doesn’t need instructions, just an imagination! Take part in building challenges, learn engineering basics and let your creativity run wild.


LEGO Engineering, 2–4

Discover different types of engineering and put your skills to the test as you participate in design challenges and learn to build simple machines.

Week 7: July 12–16 @ Cincinnati Museum Center
Dino Discovery, K–1

Dig up some fun as we learn all about dinosaurs! Explore the incredible specimens in our Dinosaur Hall, dig up and identify fossils and show off your prehistoric knowledge as we play games and have a RAWRing good time.


Paleontology, 2–4

Daspletosaurus, Galeamopus and Torvasaurus, oh my! Unearth an exciting journey in our Dinosaur Hall as we discover the prehistoric animals that once roamed our earth.

Week 8: July 19–23 @ Cincinnati Museum Center
Messy Science, K–1

Spend the week getting your hands dirty as we dive into some messy science! Bring out your inner chemist and join us for some icky, sticky experiments.


Crazy Chemistry, 2–4

Grab a lab coat, safety goggles and gloves, because it’s time for YOU to be the scientist. Mix and blend your own concoctions to learn which chemicals react to cause flashes and bangs!

Week 9: July 26–30 @ Cincinnati Museum Center
Awesome Animals, K–1

Investigate animals and their amazing adaptations. Explore these adaptations first-hand during animal encounters with our museum friends while engaging with extinct animals in our Dinosaur Hall!


Harry Potter, 2–4

Immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter. Be sorted into a Hogwarts house and work with your housemates to earn points. Design and make your own wand, then learn to cast spells and brew potions (the Muggle versions, of course!). Put your name in the Goblet of Fire and compete in our CMC-style TriWizard Tournament.

Week 10: August 2–6 @ Cincinnati Museum Center
Spectacular Solar System, K–1

There are eight magnificent planets in our solar system, but what happened to our ninth planet? Could there be other planets to discover? Find out as we explore our solar system and learn what makes our planet special. Finish the week with a visit to CMC’s Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery.


Space Explorers, 2–4

Travel to outer space without leaving Earth! Learn about the telescopes that let us see galaxies and the way modern scientists are exploring space with a visit to CMC’s Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery.

Offsite Camps
Week 4: June 21–25 @ Blue Ash Rec Center
LEGO Master Builder, K–1

A Master Builder doesn’t need instructions, just an imagination! Take part in building challenges, learn engineering basics and let your creativity run wild.


LEGO Engineering, 2–4

Discover different types of engineering and put your skills to the test as you participate in design challenges and learn to build simple machines.

Week 8: July 19–23 @ Cincinnati Observatory
Spectacular Solar System, K–1

There are eight magnificent planets in our solar system, but what happened to our ninth planet? Could we still discover other planets? Find out as we explore our solar system and learn what makes our planet special, then blast off on Friday during our rocket launch!


Future Astronauts, 2–4

Your training begins here! Discover the science behind space exploration, prepare your crew and your ship for a journey to the stars, then blast off on Friday during our rocket launch!

Week 9: July 26–30 @ Cincinnati Observatory
Living in Space, K–1

Your training begins here! Discover the science behind space exploration, prepare your crew and your ship for a journey to the stars, then blast off on Friday during our rocket launch!


Mission to Mars, 2–4

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out how to take astronauts to Mars for the very first time. Once humans arrive on the Red Planet, you’ll work with your fellow space campers to build a Mars habitat and solve problems through challenge-based projects.

Cancellation Policy

There is a $10 processing fee for canceling 15 or more days in advance of the first day of camp. There will be a $50 fee if you cancel 7 to 14 days before the first day of camp. Half of your camp registration will be refunded if you cancel less than 7 days in advance. No refund is given after the first day of camp.

The health of our campers and staff is of the utmost importance to Cincinnati Museum Center. In the case that you cancel due to any health-related matter for a camper – whether related to COVID-19 or otherwise – no advance notice is required and we will provide a refund for days missed.

To cancel, please call (513) 287-7001. A refund will be issued to the same credit card used to register for camp. Please have the card in hand when calling to cancel.

“My daughter had a great time. When we dropped her off after the first day, she ran right up to her counselors and fellow campers. It was obvious that she was comfortable and felt safe there."

COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Museum Camps

For Campers
Each morning when you arrive at camp we will be taking your temperature and you will wash your hands before heading into meet your counselor and fellow campers. You, your camp friends and counselors will all be wearing their own special masks. Everyone will be getting their very own face shield to decorate any way you want! You will be getting your very own materials and table for the day all to yourself!
For Adults

Camps will have smaller class sizes. Campers will remain together for the duration of the camp day without mixing with other camp groups.

Each camper will get their own set of materials that will be prepped ahead of time.

All campers and staff are required to wear facial coverings that fully cover the mouth, nose, and chin. If your camper is not familiar with wearing a facial covering we ask that you utilize our online camp videos and content so your camper can enjoy camp activities from the comfort of your own home. If you would like a list of activities that we will be doing, please contact the Museum Camps Manager at (513) 728-0082 or neskridge@cincymuseum.org.

Campers will be given their own face shield that they can choose to wear in addition to their facial covering. They will get to decorate their face shield as they get to know their fellow campers on the first day of camp!

In order to social distance and keep our group numbers down, we will not be offering before or after care for Museum Camps.

To reduce numbers at the entrance to the building and keep our camp areas safe, drop off and pick up will have assigned times.

You will be asked to conduct a daily health assessment for each camper each morning before arriving at camp. At curb-side check-in camp staff will ask you about the results of your camper’s daily health assessment, take your camper’s temperature, check them into their camp and walk them inside to their group.

We are asking all campers to leave personal items at home and pack lunch in disposable bags. Bottled water will be provided by Cincinnati Museum Center and available to campers throughout the day.