Summer time is for camps!

What’s New in Summer Camps 2019?

This summer, CMC is offering more camps than ever before! In addition to camps at community partner locations around the Greater Cincinnati Area, we are offering more than 20 different camp themes at Union Terminal between May and August 2019.

We are thrilled to bring back popular themes like Amusement Park Science, to reinvigorate your favorite Dinosaur camps with in-depth interaction in our new Dinosaur Hall and to introduce your campers to brand new Robotics and STEAM topics! Whether your camper is a masterful maker, future doctor, robotics engineer or pop-culture wizard, Museum Camps have the perfect week planned just for them!

Summer Museum Camps will take place at five locations this summer: Union Terminal, Cincinnati Observatory, Villa Madonna Academy, Blue Ash Recreation Center and Cincinnati Country Day School.

What’s Included?

All Summer Camps include a t-shirt, afternoon snack and days full of exciting and educational activities, including science experiments, crafts, group projects, games and more! All week-long camps at Union Terminal experience an OMNIMAX® film on Fridays.

“She enjoyed building all of the random concepts she could dream up and came home ready to dive into our personal LEGO collection for more.”

Pricing Information

Summer Camps are sold by the week (with the exception of camps held July 1-3)

Regularly priced Camps

  • $230 for Members
  • $275 for non-Members

Premium Camps

  • Includes Paleontology, Archaeology, Future Filmmakers, Medical Camp, Amusement Park Science, Jr., Amusement Park Science and UC Chemistry Camp
  • $275 for Members
  • $320 for non-Members

Regularly priced Camps for 4 days (held during the week of Memorial Day)

  • $180 for Members
  • $225 for non-Members

Premium Camps for 4 days (Paleontology and Archaeology camps held during the week of Memorial Day)

  • $225 for Members
  • $270 for non-Members

Sold by day: July 1-3

Summer Camps on July 1-3 are sold by the day. Before care and after care is available and sold by the day.

  • $50 per day for Members
  • $55 per day for non-Members
  • Before care pricing per day is $5 for Members, $10 for non-Members.
  • After care pricing per day is $10 for Members, $15 for non-Members.

Multi-camp discount

  • Purchase three or more summer camps and receive $15 off each camp! This excludes single-day camps, July 1-3.
Before and After Care

Before care and after care is sold by the week (with the exception of July 1-3) and is available for all on-site and off-site camps.

Before care begins at 7:30 a.m.

  • $25 per week for Members
  • $50 per week for non-Members.
  • Before care the week of Memorial Day is $20 for Members, $40 non-Members.

After care is available until 6 p.m.

  • $50 per week for Members
  • $75 per week for non-Members.
  • After care the week of Memorial Day is $40 for Members, $60 for non-Members.

“The staff made it super easy, and super safe. I walked them up to the lobby for check in, and for pick up I didn’t even have to get out of the car! (WIN).”

Summer Schedule
Week One: May 28 to 31

Union Terminal

  • Grades K-1: Dinosaur Discovery: Dig up some fun as we learn all about dinosaurs! Explore the incredible specimens in our new Dinosaur Hall, dig up and identify fossils and show off your prehistoric knowledge as we play games and have a RAWRing good time.
  • Grades 2-4: PREMIUM, Paleontology: Daspletosaurus, Galeamopus and Torvasaurus, oh my! Unearth an exciting journey in our new Dinosaur Hall as we discover the prehistoric animals that once roamed our earth. Then take a deep-dive into the Ordovician seas that once flowed over our city as we dig up fossils around Cincinnati.
  • SOLD OUT: Grades 2-4: Exploring Egypt: Pyramids, pharaohs and more await you on this adventure to the past! Visit our featured exhibit, Egypt, and join us in ancient Egypt as we uncover artifacts, decipher hieroglyphics and explore mythology.
  • Grades 3-5: Robo-Zoo!: Hiss, squeak, ribbit, squawk! Work with your team all week long to design a zoo using LEGO Mindstorms. Meet new Cincinnati Museum Center animal ambassadors every day to discover unique animal adaptations and learn how robotic engineers incorporate these into their creations!
  • Grades 5-8: PREMIUM, Archaeology: Channel your inner Indiana Jones and unearth the exciting journey from field to lab. Meet Museum Center archaeologists, discover techniques that archaeologists use in the field and learn about people who once lived in this area as we travel around Cincinnati to learn about local archaeology!
Week Two: June 3 to 7

Union Terminal

  • SOLD OUT: Grades K-1: Mischievous Makers, Jr.: From sticky messes to clever creations, are you a little mischief maker? Join us this week as we put our design-minds to the test and “make” our way through a series of mischievous challenges!
  • Grades 2-4: Mischievous Makers: Sticky slime, secret codes, light-up gadgets and more! Join us this week as we put our design-minds to the test and “make” our way through a series of challenges!
  • Grades 3-5: LEGO Movie Magic: Lights, camera, action! Join our crew and cast as we learn the science behind special effects and create stop-motion animation movies with LEGO minifigures and bricks. Show off your creation on Friday afternoon at our film festival!
  • Grades 5-8: PREMIUM, Future Filmmakers: Lights, camera, action! Experience an OMNIMAX® film every morning and spend the afternoon creating your own movie masterpiece. Discover the science of special effects and work with your crew to create characters, design a set, write a script and shoot a stop-motion animated film. Show off your creation on Friday afternoon at our film festival!
  • Grades 5-8: Master Makers: From computers, to clothing, to candy, everything around us is engineered! Join the maker movement as you learn to use tools, explore different technologies and engineer a design of your own!

Cincinnati Observatory

  • SOLD OUT: Grades K-2: Future Astronauts: Your training begins here! Discover the science behind space exploration, prepare your crew and your ship for a journey to the stars and then blast off on Friday during our rocket launch!
  • Grades 3-7: Rocket Science: All systems are go for launch! As part of our crew, you’ll learn about the science behind rockets, rovers and more! Design your own bottle rocket throughout the week as you discover more about NASA’s space program.
Week Three: June 10 to 14

Union Terminal

  • SOLD OUT: Grades K-1: LEGO Master Builder: A Master Builder doesn’t need instructions, just an imagination! Take part in building challenges, learn engineering basics and let your creativity run wild.
  • Grades 2-4: Harry Potter: You’re a wizard, campers, and you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Grab your broomstick and fly to Cincinnati Museum Center for a magical week of potions, fantastic beasts and duels. Costumes are encouraged, but not
    required.
  • Grades 3-5: Robo-Queen City Builders!: What does a city like Cincinnati need to thrive? Become a city engineer as you use LEGO Mindstorms to create a running city. Work with your team all week long to design and build your city, then program your robots to keep it safe and operate your city systems!
  • Grades 5-8: Harry Potter: You’re a wizard, campers, and you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Learn how to defend yourself against the Dark Arts, participate in the TriWizard Tournament and create potions using the best kind of magic …science! Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
  • Grades 5-8: PREMIUM, Medical Camp: Discover what it takes to be a doctor! Learn basic firstaid skills, participate in a dissection every day and meet professionals from the medical field.

Cincinnati Observatory

  • SOLD OUT: Grades K-2: Living in Space: Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Put your skills to the test as we explore what astronauts need to live and thrive in outer space. Join us all week as we engineer solutions to future space exploration questions!
  • Grades 3-7: Mission to Mars: 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.
Week Four: June 17 to 21

Union Terminal

  • Grades K-1: Tinkering with Toys: Do you have what it takes to make the fastest race car or the cuddliest stuffed animal? Show off your toy-making skills this week as we create our own games!
  • Grades 2-4: PREMIUM, Amusement Park Science, Jr: Amusement parks are full of science, art and fun! Build a rollercoaster, design midway games and create bumper cars all week long. Then, head to Coney Island with us on Friday to experience the thrilling science of amusement parks for yourself!
  • Grades 3-5: Robo-Secret Agents!: Your mission – use your computer engineering skills to create the perfect secret agent using LEGO Mindstorms. Work with your team all week long to train your agent to crack codes, spy on the enemy and solve the case!
  • Grades 5-8: PREMIUM, Amusement Park Science: Learn about the design, physics and engineering of your favorite amusement park rides to design your own theme park, complete with rides and roller coasters. Then, head to Kings Island with us on Friday to experience the thrilling science of amusement parks for yourself!

Villa Madonna Academy

  • Grades K-2: Jr. Jedi: Happening this summer, in a galaxy not too far, far away … we need Padawans to help the cause and restore freedom to the galaxy! Hop in your speeder, find the droids you were looking for and help save the universe. May the Force be with you!
  • Grades 3-7: Star Wars: Happening this summer, in a galaxy not too far, far away … join the Rebellion to help defeat the evil Galactic Empire! Work together to destroy the Empire’s battle station, learn about spacecraft technology and participate in Jedi training. May the Force be with you!
Week Five: June 24 to 28

Union Terminal

  • Grades K-1: Messy Science: Spend the week getting your hands dirty as we dive into some messy science! Grab a lab coat, safety goggles and gloves, because it’s time for YOU to be the scientist!
  • Grades 2-4: Crazy Chemistry: Bring out your inner chemist and join us for some icky, sticky experiments. Mix and blend your own concoctions to learn which chemicals react to cause flashes and bangs!
  • Grades 3-5: Robo-Rockets!: Blast off into a world of robotics as you use LEGO Mindstorms to code your spacecraft. Work with your team all week long to build a ship that can soar through the galaxies, safely interact with unknown substances and explore alien planets.
  • SOLD OUT: Grades 5-8: PREMIUM, University of Cincinnati Chemistry Camp: Join professors, scientists and students as we celebrate the bicentennial of the University of Cincinnati with a week of indepth chemistry experimentation! Discover exciting careers and topics in chemistry, and take a trip to campus on Friday to see behind the scenes of the university’s research laboratories and chemistry museum.

Villa Madonna Academy

  • SOLD OUT: Grades K-2: LEGO Master Builder: A Master Builder doesn’t need instructions, just an imagination! Take part in building challenges, learn engineering basics and let your creativity run wild.
  • Grades 3-6: LEGO Engineering: 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 Six: July 1 to 3 (Sold By Day)

Union Terminal

July 1

  • Grades K-1: Dinosaur Discovery: Dig up some fun as we learn all about dinosaurs! Explore the incredible specimens in our new Dinosaur Hall, dig up and identify fossils and show off your prehistoric knowledge as we play games and have a RAWRing good time.
  • Grades 2-4: Paleontology, Jr.: Daspletosaurus, Galeamopus and Torvasaurus, oh my! Unearth an exciting journey in our new Dinosaur Hall as we discover the prehistoric animals that once roamed our earth.
  • Grades 5-8: Paleontology: Discover the groundbreaking paleontology happening here in Cincinnati as you study rare specimens in our new Dinosaur Hall, meet the team working in our Paleontology Lab and experiment with research technologies!

July 2

  • Grades K-1: Tinkering with Toys: Do you have what it takes to make the fastest race car or the cuddliest stuffed animal? Show off your toy-making skills as we design our very own games!
  • Grades 2-4: Mischievous Makers: From sticky messes to clever creations, are you a mischief maker? Join us as we put our design-minds to the test and “make” our way through a series of challenges!
  • Grades 5-8: Master Makers: From computers, to clothing, to candy, everything around us is engineered! Join the maker movement as you learn to use tools, explore different technologies and engineer a design of your own.

July 3

  • Grades K-1: LEGO Master Builder: A Master Builder doesn’t need instructions, just an imagination! Take part in building challenges, learn engineering basics and let your creativity run wild.
  • Grades 2-4: LEGO Engineering: Discover different types of engineering and put your skills to the test as you participate in design challenges and learn to build simple machines.
  • Grades 5-8: Robotics: Try your hand at code as we spend the day exploring various robotic technologies, from Spheros to LEGO Mindstorms!
Week Seven: July 8 to 12

Union Terminal

  • SOLD OUT: Grades K-1: Dinosaur Discovery: Dig up some fun as we learn all about dinosaurs! Explore the incredible specimens in our new Dinosaur Hall, dig up and identify fossils and show off your prehistoric knowledge as we play games and have a RAWRing good time.
  • Grades 2-4: PREMIUM, Paleontology: Daspletosaurus, Galeamopus and Torvasaurus, oh my! Unearth an exciting journey in our new Dinosaur Hall as we discover the prehistoric animals that once roamed our earth. Then take a deep-dive into the Ordovician seas that once flowed over our city as we dig up fossils around Cincinnati.
  • Grades 2-4: Exploring Egypt: Pyramids, pharaohs and more await you on this adventure to the past! Visit our special exhibition, Egypt, and join us in ancient Egypt as we uncover artifacts, decipher hieroglyphics and explore mythology.
  • Grades 3-5: Robo-Zoo!: Hiss, squeak, ribbit, squawk! Work with your team all week long to design a zoo using LEGO Mindstorms. Meet new Cincinnati Museum Center animal ambassadors every day to discover unique animal adaptations and learn how robotic engineers incorporate these into their creations!
  • Grades 5-8: PREMIUM, Archaeology: Channel your inner Indiana Jones and unearth the exciting journey from field to lab. Meet Museum Center archaeologists, discover techniques that archaeologists use in the field and learn about people who once lived in this area as we travel around Cincinnati to learn about local archaeology! Take a closer look at archaeology around the world as you visit our special exhibition, Egypt.

Blue Ash Recreation Center

  • SOLD OUT: Grades K-2: Super STEAM: Explore science, technology, engineering, art and math each day! See how they all connect as you create works of art through explosive science, build drawing robots and much more!
  • Grades 3-7: Harry Potter: You’re a wizard, campers, and you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Learn how to defend yourself against the Dark Arts, participate in the TriWizard Tournament and create potions using the best kind of magic … science! Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
Week Eight: July 15 to 19

Union Terminal

  • Grades K-1: Tinkering with Toys: Do you have what it takes to make the fastest race car or the cuddliest stuffed animal? Show off your toy-making skills this week as we create our own games!
  • Grades 2-4: PREMIUM, Amusement Park Science, Jr: Amusement parks are full of science, art and fun! Build a rollercoaster, design midway games and create bumper cars all week long. Then, head to Coney Island with us on Friday to experience the thrilling science of amusement parks for yourself!
  • Grades 3-5: Robo-Secret Agents!: Your mission – use your computer engineering skills to create the perfect secret agent using LEGO Mindstorms. Work with your team all week long to train your agent to crack codes, spy on the enemy and solve the case!
  • Grades 5-8: PREMIUM, Amusement Park Science: Learn about the design, physics and engineering of your favorite amusement park rides to design your own theme park, complete with rides and roller coasters. Then, head to Kings Island with us on Friday to experience the thrilling science of amusement parks for yourself!

Blue Ash Recreation Center

  • SOLD OUT: Grades K-2: LEGO Master Builder: A Master Builder doesn’t need instructions, just an imagination! Take part in building challenges, learn engineering basics and let your creativity run wild.
  • Grades 3-6: LEGO Engineering: 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 Nine: July 22-26

Union Terminal

  • SOLD OUT: Grades K-1: Mischievous Makers, Jr.: From sticky messes to clever creations, are you a little mischief maker? Join us this week as we put our design-minds to the test and “make” our way through a series of mischievous challenges!
  • Grades 2-4: Mischievous Makers: Sticky slime, secret codes, light-up gadgets and more! Join us this week as we put our design-minds to the test and “make” our way through a series of challenges!
  • Grades 3-5: LEGO Movie Magic: Lights, camera, action! Join our crew and cast as we learn the science behind special effects and create stop-motion animation movies with LEGO minifigures and bricks. Show off your creation on Friday afternoon at our film festival!
  • Grades 5-8: PREMIUM, Future Filmmakers: Lights, camera, action! Experience an OMNIMAX® film every morning and spend the afternoon creating your own movie masterpiece. Discover the science of special effects and work with your crew to create characters, design a set, write a script and shoot a stop-motion animated film. Show off your creation on Friday afternoon at our film festival!
  • Grades 5-8: Master Makers: From computers, to clothing, to candy, everything around us is engineered! Join the maker movement as you learn to use tools, explore different technologies and engineer a design of your own!

Cincinnati Observatory

  • SOLD OUT: Grades K-2: Future Astronauts: Your training begins here! Discover the science behind space exploration, prepare your crew and your ship for a journey to the stars and then blast off on Friday during our rocket launch!
  • Grades 3-7: Rocket Science: All systems are go for launch! As part of our crew, you’ll learn about the science behind rockets, rovers and more! Design your own bottle rocket throughout the week as you discover more about NASA’s space program.
Week Ten: July 29-August 2

Union Terminal

  • Grades K-1: LEGO Master Builder: A Master Builder doesn’t need instructions, just an imagination! Take part in building challenges, learn engineering basics and let your creativity run wild.
  • Grades 2-4: Harry Potter: You’re a wizard, campers, and you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Grab your broomstick and fly to Cincinnati Museum Center for a magical week of potions, fantastic beasts and duels. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
  • Grades 3-5: Robo-Queen City Builders!: What does a city like Cincinnati need to thrive? Become a city engineer as you use LEGO Mindstorms to create a running city. Work with your team all week long to design and build your city, then program your robots to keep it safe and operate your city systems!
  • Grades 5-8: Harry Potter: You’re a wizard, campers, and you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Learn how to defend yourself against the Dark Arts, participate in the TriWizard Tournament and create potions using the best kind of magic… science! Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Cincinnati Observatory

  • SOLD OUT: Grades K-2: Living in Space: Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Put your skills to the test as we explore what astronauts need to live and thrive in outer space. Join us all week as we engineer solutions to future space exploration questions!
  • Grades 3-7: Mission to Mars: 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.
Week Eleven: August 5-9

Union Terminal

  • Grades K-1: Messy Science: Spend the week getting your hands dirty as we dive into some messy science! Grab a lab coat, safety goggles and gloves, because it’s time for YOU to be the scientist!
  • Grades 2-4: Crazy Chemistry: Bring out your inner chemist and join us for some icky, sticky experiments. Mix and blend your own concoctions to learn which chemicals react to cause flashes and bangs!
  • Grades 3-5: Robo-Rockets!: Blast off into a world of robotics as you use LEGO Mindstorms to code your spacecraft. Work with your team all week long to build a ship that can soar through the galaxies, safely interact with unknown substances and explore alien planets.
  • Grades 5-8: PREMIUM, Medical Camp: Discover what it takes to be a doctor! Learn basic firstaid skills, participate in a dissection every day and meet professionals from the medical field.

Cincinnati Country Day School

  • Grades K-2: Super STEAM: Explore science, technology, engineering, art and math each day! See how they all connect as you create works of art through explosive science, build drawing robots and much more!
  • Grades 3-7: Harry Potter: You’re a wizard, campers, and you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Learn how to defend yourself against the Dark Arts, participate in the TriWizard Tournament, meet some fantastic beasts and create potions using the best kind of magic … science! Costumes are encouraged, but not required.