Let your imagination run wild this summer at CDM! All camps are run by trained museum staff and include both indoor and outdoor activities, hands-on exploration, art, science, museum play, snack and more!
The museum offers three camps. CDM Summer Camps take place at the museum and are geared towards ages 3-6. Kids in the Woods, in collaboration with Viles Arboretum, takes place at the arboretum and is geared towards children 7-11. Live Your Freedoms, in collaboration with the 1st Amendment Museum, takes place at the Gannett House and is geared towards children 7-11.
Multiple Camps Discount: A $10.00 discount will be given to siblings in camp for the same week. Also, register the same camper for more than one camp & receive $10.00 off each additional camp (the first camp is full price).
CDM Summer Camps: Monday-Friday 9:00 – 12:00 suitable for ages 3-6
Week 1: 6/18 – 6/22 Maine-ly Animals Do you know who lives in your backyard? From wiggly worms to majestic moose, we’ll take a closer look at the living creatures in our own backyard. We’ll make our own antlers, create treats for birds, explore animal prints, experiments with worms and taste-test local honey!
Week 2: 6/25 – 6/29 Glow For It! Glow hard or go home! Bring your sunglasses, this week is all about light. We’ll build our own light-up circuits, experiment with sun beads, explore bioluminescence, build shimmering sun catchers, play with shadows, and celebrate the sun!
Week 3: 7/9 – 7/13 Do you believe in magic? Well, do you?? This week will ignite curiosity as we perform color-changing experiments, construct unicorn horns and ogre ears, create mesmerizing art pieces, experiment with magnets, and awaken our imaginations!
Week 4: 7/16 – 7/20 Bubble, Splat, Ooze You might want to bring a change of clothes! This week, get messy with fizzing reactions, stretchy slime, exploding experiments, bursting giant bubbles and more!
Week 5: 7/23 – 7/27 Get A Clue! Do you have what it takes to become a spy? Put on your detective hat as we design our own gadgets, practice cracking codes, test our physical fitness and construct our own disguises.
Week 6: 7/30 – 8/3 Grit, Grime & Glitter What is summer camp without a little mess?! We’ll build exploding volcanoes, whip up sparkling slime, dig our hands into mud pies, and do it all with style! Join us as we build, break and reimagine.
Week 7: 8/6 – 8/10 Ice, Ice, Baby Cool down with us this summer! We’ll break, melt and manipulate ice, concoct our own snow cones and explore the animals of the arctic, as we transport ourselves back to winter.
Week 8: 8/13 – 8/17 Little Big Stuff How tiny is an ameba? How giant is the sun? Join us as we explore the concept of size. Inspired by all things big and small, we’ll measure out our favorite animals, build our own miniature worlds, create our own measuring devices and more!
Kids In The Woods: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 3:00 suitable for ages 7-11
In partnership with Viles Arboretum, this is a unique, nature-oriented camp that will get your kids excited about engaging with the outdoors. Camp takes place at the Arboretum!
Week 1: 7/16 – 7/20 Kingdoms of Viles Arboretum Meet flora and fauna- the king and queen of our natural world. There is a wealth of knowledge to be found in the plant and animal kingdoms at the Arboretum! Dissect owl pellets, create leaf rubbings, and taste-test plants you don’t usually find at your dinner table.
Week 2: 7/23 – 7/27 Eco-Friends With every puddle-jump and mud-pie, mother nature gives us so much to be thankful for! Let’s find ways to give back while we play and hand-make seed bombs, build bug houses, collect pond samples and more!
Live Your Freedoms: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 3:00 suitable for ages 7-11
7/30 – 8/3 Let’s discover freedom in action throughout our community! Based at the Gannett House, we’ll be just a hop, skip, and a jump from Downtown Augusta, the State Museum, and Capitol Park – the perfect setting to explore the First Amendment! We’ll create stop-motion animations, tour the statehouse, participate in a scavenger hunt, create our own collaborative art piece to share with the community and more!
Note: all camps need a minimum of 3 children in order to run.