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Museum Camps offer alternative to summer brain drain

Camps registration opens Feb 5 for Members, Feb 10 for non-Members

CINCINNATI – Summer is coming. Spend it with Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) Museum Camps. Registration for Camps opens for CMC Members February 5 and for non-Members February 10.

With kids home from school and cries of “I’m bored” on the horizon, CMC is here to help you harness that energy into creative, interactive camp experiences. Museum Camps are the perfect way to keep your kids busy, engaged and learning all break long. So grab your calendar and start planning the perfect adventure for your little explorers.

From paleontologists to mad scientists, astronauts to muggles, there’s a camp for every kid. Let your imagination run wild and put your engineering skills to the test in one of our LEGO Camps. You can even learn how to make stop-motion films during LEGO Movie Magic Camp. Dig in the dirt for bones and ancient artifacts during Paleontology and Archaeology Camps. Or join scientists and doctors from the University of Cincinnati for animal dissections and tours of their sophisticated public health and environmental genetics facilities.

Hit the midway, build your own rollercoaster and then ride some yourself during Amusement Park Science Camp. Put on a pair of goggles and get your hands dirty as you dive into icky, sticky experiments to find which chemicals react to create flashes and bangs in Messy Science and Crazy Chemistry Camps. Peer through telescopes and look to the sky as you learn about our solar system and test your skills in a series of challenges to see if you have the right stuff to be an astronaut in Spectacular Solar System and Future Astronaut Camps.

A Museum Camp favorite returns with Harry Potter Camp, where you can hop on your broomstick and participate in the TriWizard Tournament and learn to defend yourself against the Dark Arts. Explore CMC’s newest featured exhibition and unlock the mysteries of an ancient civilization in Mysteries of the Maya Camp. And discover real life science and adaptations that turn ordinary people into superheroes at Superhero Science Camp.

Whatever your situation, whatever your interests, we have a camp for you. Whether you’re a working parent looking for an alternative to childcare for your future scientist or a parent who wants their aspiring architect to spend the summer learning something new, there’s a Museum Camp for that. This year’s camps are available for kids from kindergarten to 8th grade. Each Camp begins at 9 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. with before and after care available from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CMC is hosting Summer Camps at Union Terminal, the Cincinnati Observatory, Blue Ash Recreation Center, Villa Madonna Academy and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

Spring Break Camps are available March 23 – 27 and April 13 – 17. Spring Break Camps are sold by the day.

Summer Camps are available weekly May 26 through August 7 and are sold by the week. Receive $15 off each Camp when you register for three or more.

CMC’s Museum Camps are the perfect way to keep your children’s wheels turning and minds active during the brain drain of summer. To view a complete listing of Camps with more information and to register, visit


About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit