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Summer Camps

This year we are offering THREE summer camps:

Kids in the Woods | Full-day

ages 6-9 | REGISTRATION FULL

Kids at the Museum | Half-day ages 3-5 | REGISTRATION FULL

Ready, Set, Build! | Full day

ages 7-10 | REGISTRATION FULL

More information on each camp below!

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KIDS IN THE WOODS

An outdoor summer experience with the Children's Discovery Museum and Quarry Road! 

A week full of adventure, mountain biking, discovery, nature exploration, hiking,
hands-on science, messy art and more!

Best suited for ages 6-9

Daily 9-3

Early drop off 8:15 - 8:45 for an additional fee

Two sessions:

8/5 - 8/9

8/12 - 8/16

Both weeks are full!

To get on a waiting list, please email caitlin@childrensdiscoverymuseum.org.

If we get enough interest on a waiting list, we may be able to open registration for a third week or add more campers per week!

FAQ

WHAT WILL THE DAILY PROGRAM LOOK LIKE?

A typical day will start with an optional morning snack and time for open play, followed by a group morning meeting. The rest of the morning will consist of art, science, nature and engineering activities, with a break for lunch. In the afternoon, the museum is teaming up with some local friends to provide unique opportunities like a guided hiking tour, mountain biking, yoga and more!

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

Camp will take place 100% outdoors, rain or shine. Please dress accordingly! However, camp will take place, in part, beneath a large tent which will provide shelter when needed. Please note that there are no indoor facilities, but there are port-a-potties available.

WHO IS RUNNING THE PROGRAM?

This program is run in collaboration between the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Friends of Quarry Road. Lead Camp Educator and the Museum's Executive Director, Amarinda Keys, has been overseeing and running museum summer camps since 2014, and specializes in creating engaging, hands-on programs for children. Assisting Amarinda will be several staff members with experience working closely with children.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Camp costs $250/week and includes an optional free lunch and morning snack. There is also an optional early drop-off from 8:15 - 8:45 available for an additional $50. We take payments through our online PayPal donation portal (button found below), or via check sent to the museum at 7 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, ME 04901.  Please reach out to Amarinda@childrensdiscoverymuseum.org to inquire about scholarships.

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KIDS AT THE MUSEUM

A half day camp at the museum! 

A week full of art, science, movement and open-ended play on the schedule every day.

Best suited for ages 3-5

Daily 9-12

Some activities will take place outdoors if weather permits

Three sessions:

7/8 - 7/12

7/15 - 7/19

7/22 - 7/26

All weeks are full!

 

To get on a waiting list, please email caitlin@childrensdiscoverymuseum.org.

Themes

Session 1: Maine-ly Fun

(REGISTRATION FULL)

We’ll become familiar with Maine’s rich wildlife, learn essential survival skills, compete in a lumberjack competition, make homemade paper & prepare blueberry pie!

Session 2: Fizz, Bubble, Splat

(REGISTRATION FULL)

Get ready to get messy! Transform into a mad scientist and make slime, experiment with fizzy chemical reaction, blow giant bubbles and more, as we design and test the messiest experiments we can think of!

Session 3: Great and Mythical Creatures 

(REGISTRATION FULL)

Now let me tell you a story… Join us for a week of magic and mystery and we practice the art of storytelling. Inspired by unicorns, fairies, ogres and more, we’ll craft shadow puppets, design our own mythical creatures, create costumes and mix up magical potions.

FAQ

WHAT WILL THE DAILY PROGRAM LOOK LIKE?

Drop off for camp will begin at 8:30 and run until 9:00. In the morning we will start with open-ended play and exploration, including our Mobile Museum and things like pretend play. Each day we will also do a craft activity, a science experiment, and go outside for fresh air (if the weather permits). We will also have a snack time of applesauce and goldfish mid-morning. Pick-up time is from 12:00 to 1:00, and children staying late are welcome to pack a lunch for this time.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

All children must be fully potty trained to attend camp. Each day children should come with a water bottle, outdoor clothes such as a sweatshirt, and a change of clothes in case things get messy. 

WHO IS RUNNING THE PROGRAM?

This program is run in collaboration between the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Friends of Quarry Road. Lead Camp Educator and the Museum's Executive Director, Amarinda Keys, has been overseeing and running museum summer camps since 2014, and specializes in creating engaging, hands-on programs for children. Assisting Amarinda will be Programs Director Caitlin Walker, as well as museum staff member Izzy Pelletier.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Camp costs $130/week and includes the flexible drop-off and pick-up times. We take payments through our online PayPal donation portal (button found below), or via check sent to the museum at 7 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, ME 04901. Please reach out to Amarinda@childrensdiscoverymuseum.org to inquire about scholarships.

Lifting Wood

Ready, Set, Build!

Sponsored by McCormack Building Supply

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A unique building experience at the museum!

This camp will allow kids to play an active role in designing and building an outdoor play structure for the museum to use for years to come!

Best suited for ages 7-10

Daily 9-3

6/24 - 6/28

This camp is full!
To get on a waiting list, please email caitlin@childrensdiscoverymuseum.org.

FAQ

WHAT WILL THE DAILY PROGRAM LOOK LIKE?

Drop off for camp will be between 9:00 and 9:15. In the morning we will start with a team meeting and hands-on activities related to designing and building a wood frame structure. We will spend most of the day focusing on completing tasks related to finishing the play structure that the campers design. We will also have a snack time of applesauce and goldfish mid-morning, and a scheduled lunch and free-play time. Pick-up time is at 3:00.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Children should wear clothes appropriate to building and being outside (long pants, closed-toe shoes). Each day children should come with a water bottle, warm clothes such as a sweatshirt, and lunch to eat.

WHO IS RUNNING THE PROGRAM?

This program is run by Erin Scally, a passionate 3D designer who recently dove into the world of light-frame construction through further education. Dedicated to opening a fabrication lab and makerspace in Skowhegan (The Community Workbench Initiative) she is excited to share her knowledge through an engaging building camp for kids! Assisting Erin will be Programs Director Caitlin Walker as well as museum Staff Izzy Pelletier.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Camp costs $250/week and includes snack foods and safety equipment. We take payments through our online PayPal donation portal (button found below), or via check sent to the museum at 7 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, ME 04901.

FORMS FOR OUR PROGRAMs

On the first day, please print and bring with you or be prepared to fill out the Code Of Conduct form upon arrival. You will also have the opportunity to fill out our Photo Release Form.

PAYMENT THROUGH PAYPAL

Only for preregistered campers

HAVE A QUESTION?

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