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!
CDM Summer Camps: Monday-Friday 9:00 – 12:00 suitable for ages 3-6
Week 1: 6/24-6/28 – Cook Boss: Do you have the creativity, the stamina, the skills to become a legendary “Cook Boss?” With black box challenges, food experimentation, and solar ovens, this will be one tasty week. Throw on a chef’s hat and learn the history of your ingredients, basic kitchen safety, world flavors and more!
Week 2: 7/8-7/12 – All Aboard Platform 9 3/4: Calling all witches and wizards! Let’s get on that sorting hat and see which house you will be in this week. Use natural materials to concoct some Liquid Luck in potions class, make a wand with craft supplies, try out for the house Quidditch team, and even try your hand at Wizard Chess. (Muggles are welcome, too.)
Week 3: 7/15-7/19 Squish, Fizzle, Splat: It’s about to get messy! Transform into a mad scientist and dig your hands into squishy slime, whip up a fizzing concoction, create giant bubbles and more! Create your own experiments, test our your own ideas and bring a change of clothes!
Week 4: 7/22-7/26 Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Come on, let’s go and play! Inspired by everyone’s favorite ice queen, spend the week building glittering ice sculptures, making sparkling crowns, experimenting with temperature, and creating edible ice.
Week 5: 7/29-8/2 Vehicles: Machines That Move Us: From planes to trains to automobiles, this week is all about vehicles! Design your own train car, launch rockets into the sky, construct vehicles to zoom down super steep ramps, climb into a real fire truck, and more!
Week 6: 8/5-8/9 Fins, Fur and Feathers: Adventure abounds when we study animals for this week of CDM camp. From the African savannah to the coast of Maine to the glacial expanses of Antarctica, you’ll have a blast learning about animal families, recreating their habitats, and experiencing with your own eyes and ears their amazing animal abilities!
Week 7: 8/12-8/16 Legends of the Sea: The ocean is filled with magic and mystery! Join us as we’ll explore the deep dark ocean, make our own hidden treasure, create mermaid tails and pirate eye patches, experiment with underwater volcanoes, build miniature pirate-ships and more!
Week 8: 8/19-8/23 “Where the Wild Things Are” Let the wild rumpus start! Help transform our camp room into a jungle, create your own Wild Thing, build a boat that floats, and create a crown for a wild rumpus as we celebrate this beloved children’s book!
Kids in the Woods Camps: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 3:00 suitable for ages 7-11 – Kids in the Woods Camp take place at Viles Arboretum in Augusta!
Spend the week learning to be good stewards of your planet in the funnest way possible! Construct a miniature watershed, go on a litter hike, and create cool works of art with recyclable materials!
Week 2: 7/22-7/26 Survivor School: Ever wonder what it takes to keep yourself safe in the wild? This camp is an introduction to both nature appreciation as well as basic survival skills. Based at Viles Arboretum, we’ll practice building different types of shelter, use a magnet to make our own compasses, test our map orientating, and taste-test some interesting foods.
Week 3: 7/29-August 2 Bees and Butterflies: Pollinators are an important and beautiful piece of our world’s ecological well-being. In “The Butterfly Club,” you will care for real monarchs collected in Maine, use art to explain life cycles, use a microscope to study caterpillar eggs, and find out what you can do to help save the species!
Week 4: 8/5-8/9 Art in Nature: Use natural materials to create beautiful works of art, learn to appreciate the art that already exists in nature, check out some of Viles Arboretum’s awesome stone sculptures, and more!
$10 off for a sibling attending the same week.
$10 off one camp if registering for multiple camps.
Please note discounts may not be combined and
must be done at the time of registration.