Museum Camps FAQs
What are the hours of Museum Camp?
Museum Camps run from 8:45am-4:15pm Monday-Friday (with the exception of Memorial Day)
If you have multiple campers your drop off time will be with the oldest grade band and pick up time will be with the youngest grade band.
K-1st grade: 8:45 a.m.
2nd-4th grades: 9:00 a.m.
In order to decrease crowds we will also have staggered check out times. If you have multiple campers your pick up time will be with the youngest grade band.
K-1st grade: 4:00 p.m.
2nd-4th grades: 4:15 p.m.
Do you have before and after care available?
In order to social distance and keep group sizes small, we will not be offering before or after care at this time.
How many campers will be in a group?
Group sizes range from 7 to 9 campers per classroom. Groups will remain separate throughout the day.
What safety precautions will Museum Camps be taking?
Camps will have smaller class sizes and campers will remain together for the duration of the camp day. Campers will not mix 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 email@example.com.
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 Camp.
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 your camper(s) 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 lunches in disposable bags. Bottled water will be provided by Cincinnati Museum Center and available to campers throughout the day.
Is there a discount for Cincinnati Museum Center members?
Yes! CMC Members receive $35 off of four-day camps and $25 off of week-long camps.
How do I register my child for Museum Camps?
You can register for Museum Camps online at https://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camps/. Please have your payment information, membership number (if you are a member) and child’s information ready to make registration quicker and easier.
What is the 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.
Does my camper need paperwork to participate in Museum Camps?
Yes! Please fill out the Museum Camp Permission Forms when registering for Museum Camps online at https://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camps/.
What do we need for check-in and check-out?
Check-in and out will look a little different this year. In order to decrease crowds, check-in and out will begin at different times depending on your camper’s grade. When you arrive, you will pull up to the front doors of Cincinnati Museum Center and remain in your car. We ask that everyone in the car wear a mask if age-appropriate.
During 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.
During check-out, any adult picking up a child will be required to show a photo ID as well as be listed on the Museum Camp Permission Form. Parents also need to be listed on the Museum Camp Permission Form and show ID every day when picking up campers. Changes to Museum Camp Permission Forms must be made in person with a photo ID.
What if my child will need to arrive late or leave early?
To reduce numbers in the building and keep our camp areas safe, we are asking adults to drop off and pick up their campers at the assigned times unless there is an emergency. If you need to pick your camper up early or drop off late, please contact us at (513) 728-0082 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance.
What if my child will be absent?
If your child will be absent, please notify the Camp Manger at (513) 728-0082 or email@example.com as soon as possible.
What will my child do at camp?
The activities during camp are based on the different camp themes. Each camper will get their own set of materials for the day. Your child will be participating in a variety of activities such as science experiments, arts and crafts, games, animal encounters, interactive presentations and more!
For more information about a specific camp theme, please contact the Museum Camps Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 728-0082.
Can I enroll my child in a camp for a younger/older age group?
No. Camps are designed with child development in mind. To ensure each camper has an engaging experience, campers must fall within the camp’s grade band by the first day of the camp session they are attending.
Do Museum Camps serve children with special needs?
Although Cincinnati Museum Center’s Museum Camps are not specifically designed to accommodate children with special needs, we make every reasonable effort to serve campers who require special attention or consideration.
Campers with special needs may bring accessibility items to camp. Please notify the Camp Manager ahead of time if your camper will be bringing an accessibility item to camp.
If your child has a special need or a life-threatening allergy, please contact the Camp Manager to discuss their needs before the camper’s first day.
Please also let us know of any tools or techniques we may use to help your camper have a great time at camp. The more we know about your camper in advance, the better equipped we will be to make your child’s camp experience the best and safest possible!
If you are interested in enrolling a child with special needs and have further questions, please contact the Camp Manager to set up a meeting to evaluate our program’s suitability for your child.
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Can my child and their friend be in the same group?
Yes! When you register your child, just request that they be in the same group as their friend. Please make sure to have their friend’s name ready and be sure that their friend has registered for the same camp. Campers must be in the same grade band.
What should my child wear/bring?
Children should wear typical play clothes. Please keep in mind that some days we may have messy activities. Some areas inside can get chilly, so a sweater or jacket is recommended. A clean facial covering is now a daily requirement. Since we often have games and physical activities in addition to 30 minutes of recess, please send children in shoes that are appropriate for running and playing.
All personal items should be kept at home. Please only send your camper with their lunch for the day.
Bottled water will be provided for your camper throughout the day. All electronics, toys and valuable items should be kept at home, with the exception of items used for accessibility purposes. Cincinnati Museum Center is not responsible for any lost, broken or stolen items.
All campers MUST bring a packed lunch in a disposable bag. An hour break will be taken for lunch and recess each day. Lunches should not contain any items that need to be refrigerated or heated. Campers may NOT purchase food or items from our retail spaces during camp. Campers should NOT be sent to camp with money.
My child must take medication. How can they do this at camp?
The Cincinnati Museum Center is not permitted to administer medicine to children with the exception of Epi-pens. It is important that you inform us of any medical conditions or special needs. Please contact the Camp Manager to discuss their needs before the camper’s first day. We do our best to accommodate needs and requests.
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How can I get in contact with Museum Camp staff if there is an emergency?
If you need to contact Museum Camps right away, please call the Museum Camps Manager at (513) 728-0082. You may also call our Public Safety office at (513) 287-7048.
What happens if my child becomes ill during camp?
We will call you and ask you to come pick up your child. If necessary, our Public Safety officers will assist with injury or illness. Please read over our Healthy Camp Begins at Home document for more information.
Do you provide water?
Yes! We will provide your camper with bottled water throughout the day.
Do you provide snacks?
Yes! We provide an afternoon snack for all Museum Campers. Snacks are simple, peanut-free items such as Nutri-Grain Bars or Goldfish Crackers. If your child is on a special or restricted diet or has a food allergy, they are permitted to bring their own snack. Please send a note if your child will be bringing their own snack and include any food allergies on the Museum Camp Permission Form.
Do you provide lunch?
No. Each child must bring a packed lunch in a disposable bag. An hour break will be taken each day for lunch and recess. Lunches must be brought from home and should not contain any items that need to be refrigerated or heated up. Campers may NOT purchase food from the food court or vending machines. Campers should NOT be sent to camp with money.
Can my child purchase food or items from the food court or gift shop?
No. Campers are not permitted to purchase any items from the food court or any of our gift shops. Please do NOT send money with your camper for any reason.
My child is in Kindergarten/First Grade and needs a rest in the afternoon. Do you provide resting time?
Yes! In addition to lunch and recess, our younger campers (Kindergarten through First Grade) will be given 30 – 45 minutes of quiet time in the afternoon. During this time, they may rest while watching an age-appropriate movie or reading a children’s book.
What are the behavior expectations at camp?
All campers and staff are expected to wear a facial covering at all times. Families should perform a daily health assessment before arriving at Union Terminal.
At the beginning of camp, campers and instructors work together to set the rules. This time allows for everyone to set expectations and boundaries. Both campers and instructors are always expected to be respectful to each other, their peers and their surroundings.
The more we know about your camper, the better equipped we are to help your child meet behavior expectations and have the best time at camp! Please let us know of any tools or techniques we may use to help your camper have the best camp experience. You may share this with camp staff during drop-off or on the permission form. Please contact the Museum Camps Manager at (513) 728-0082 or email@example.com
All personal items should be kept at home.
All electronics, toys and valuable items should be kept at home, with the exception of items used for accessibility purposes. Please notify us ahead of time if your camper will be bringing an item for these purposes. If a non-accessibility item brought from home disrupts camp, the item may be confiscated until the end of the day. Cincinnati Museum Center is not responsible for any lost, broken or stolen items.
How does Museum Camp manage behavioral issues?
If campers are participating in disruptive behavior, including not wearing a facial covering, our instructors first use positive reinforcement and redirection to help them make better choices. In cases where the behavior continues, the following steps are taken. Campers are given three chances to follow directions after a warning or conversation with instructor before losing a turn or being asked to sit out.
2. Conversation with Instructor
3. Sit Out from Activity
4. Speak with Coordinator or Manager
5. Call Home/Conversations with Parents or Guardians
6. Removal from Camp
In cases where Museum Camp Staff are concerned that the behavior of a camper is harmful to themselves, other campers, staff or their surroundings, steps may be bypassed in order to address the situation.
What are the qualifications of your Museum Camp Instructors?
Museum Camp Instructors are Cincinnati Museum Center staff, college graduates and upper-level college students. All of our instructors are experienced educators and have taught in classrooms, camps, museums, art centers, etc. Museum Camp Instructors must pass a background check, and are required to attend Museum Camp training.
Please contact our Museum Camps Manager, Nora Eskridge, at (513) 728-0082 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.