Summer Camp Details

2021 Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

What ages will be eligible to participate in summer camps in 2021?

  • Ages 6–12 with a 90-day grace period from the first day of the camp will be eligible for our camps.

Will the camps be a full day, half-day, or both?

  • All camps will be half-day in 2021 and offered in the morning and afternoon. Supervised time for lunch will be provided for campers in both morning and afternoon sessions. Campers will need to pack and bring their own lunch.

What is the cost of camps?

  • Registration for in-person half-day camps is $188 per camper. For virtual half-day camps, registration is $149. Members will receive a 10% discount on camp registration.

When can I sign up my camper for a class?

Will there be new camps this year?

  • Due to strict COVID-19 safety protocols, we will be creating new camps for 2021, which is why there are fewer options than in previous years. However, you may find some familiar favorite activities, challenges, and games in our new camps. For more information about camps, please visit smm.org/camps

Why are there no pre-K or teen camps available this year?

  • Because of the limitations imposed by the ongoing pandemic, we are unable to offer camps for those age groups. We hope to offer them again as soon as 2022. In the meantime, check out our at-home activities for all ages.

  • We are proud to partner with Twin Cities Public Television to bring you free, fun activities and content you can do from home with your preschoolers. Check back for more information in the coming weeks.

Will scholarships be available?

  • The Science Museum of Minnesota is dedicated to welcoming a socio-economically diverse group of youth to our educational programs. Summer Camp Awards provide financial support to families to send their children to our camps. Awards cover 85% of the costs for one week of camp (per family) and are granted by lottery.

What is the refund policy?

  • Virtual camps are not refundable. Cancellations made 14 days or more in advance will receive a credit placed on your Science Museum account for the paid value of the class. This credit can be used for future camps, museum admission or membership. Credits stay on your account until used.  Cancellations made 14 days or less before the start of camp will not be given a credit. 

  • In-person camps are not refundable except for the following reasons: camps are completely canceled and not moved to virtual due to Coronavirus/COVID safety reasons, your camper has tested positive for COVID-19 or is showing symptoms, or we need to transfer an in-person camp to virtual. Please read the full guidelines.


In-Person Camps

Will my camper need to wear a mask for in-person camps?

  • Yes. All campers will be required to wear a face mask.

What’s the staff to participant ratio?

  • The staff to camper ratio will be 2:12. Campers and staff will remain in their camp pods for the duration of the week.

What do students do for snacks and/ or lunch? 

  • All camps include a 15-minute snack/play break. Due to allergies and dietary restrictions, the Science Museum does not provide snacks or lunch to campers. Please send peanut-free snacks in your child’s lunch bag if you so choose. Campers with allergy concerns will be given access to an allergen-free space to enjoy their snack. Learn more about lunch information.

Can I defer my spot to virtual if my in-person camp is canceled? 

  • If your in-person camp is canceled due to safety reasons, there will be a virtual version of the camp offered at the same date and time. You will be automatically registered for this camp; you will have the choice to opt-out.


Virtual Camps

How will virtual camps work?

  • Our virtual camps will be live and led by Science Museum camp instructors.

Will there be materials for virtual camps?

  • Your purchase of a virtual camp includes a camp materials kit that can be picked up from the Museum. Visit the What to Know for more information on picking up your kit. 

How do I access the virtual camp classes? 

  • We will be using Google Meet as a video conferencing tool. All you need is a working email address (it does not have to be Gmail). The email address can belong to the student or a parent or guardian.

What is the parent’s role in virtual camps? 

  • We request the ability to contact a parent by phone at any time during the virtual camp. This is the same requirement we expect for in-person camps. A younger camper’s (6-8) experience could be enhanced if there is an adult nearby who might be able to step in and assist if the camper is struggling with something in particular. We are planning the camps in a way that should not require supervision.

What if we have tech issues? Who do I contact? 

  • Please call us at (651) 221-4511 and we will connect you with someone who can help.