Summer Discovery Camps

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Your child is creative and energetic! The CMC has the right combination of hands-on learning activities to inspire your child to have a fun and imaginative summer.

All of our multidisciplinary Discovery Camps offer science experiments, art exploration, music and movement and free-play in museum exhibits and outdoor garden. Camps welcome 4, 5 and 6 year old children. A multi-age curriculum has been developed that will encourage teamwork and creativity. Themes for 2014 include Superhero Science, In My Own Backyard, In My Own Backyard, Fairytale Adventure, Invent It, Art Meets Science, Kitchen Chemistry and Dinosaur Dig. Camps run from June 16th to August 8th.  There will be no camp the week of the July 4th holiday.

“We were very impressed with the camp. The instructor’s enthusiasm was infectious and our son had a great time. It was well organized and the museum provided great communication before, during and after the camp. Thanks!” ~Parent of CMC Camper

Pre-registration for all camps is required. Space is limited – class size is limited to the first 20 children to register. *Note: Snacks will NOT be provided, please pack for your child every day. Refrigeration is available. Questions? Please check out the FAQs listed below or call Alys Hileman, Camp Coordinator, at 216.791.7114 x26.


$99.00 per child/camp for CMC members

$115.00 for non-members

*Note: Cancellations made prior to 14 days before the start of camp will be refunded (minus a $10.00 processing fee). Changes will be charged a $10.00 processing fee. We reserve the right to refuse or discontinue an individual’s participation if his/her welfare or the welfare of others is in jeopardy.


Early Bird Discount = $10.00 off each camp (deadline March 31, 2014) 

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 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Superhero Science – June 16th – 20th  

Calling all Superheroes for the adventure of the year!  We’ll use teamwork, creativity, science and expert problem solving to save The Children’s Museum from the mysterious Toy Thief!  Your Superheroes will expand their imaginations and crime fighting skills by learning how to dust for fingerprints, creating Super mobiles and designing their own costumes.

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In My Own Backyard – June 23rd – 27th  

There’s an exciting world to discover right outside our own back doors.  Become a Backyard Explorer this summer as we study bugs and insects, take nature “hikes” and dig in the dirt.  Campers will learn how to compost and start their own garden.  Get your hands dirty as we harvest herbs and vegetables from our garden to make a yummy snack!  We’ll also take a walking field trip to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens to play in the Hershey Children’s Garden.

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Fairytale Adventure – July 7th -11th  

Bring your imagination and get ready for fairytale fun.  Your little prince or princess will make the story come alive with crafts and science experiments inspired by favorite fairytales like Cinderella, the Frog Prince, Jack and the Beanstalk and more.  Campers will watch their giant beans grow, tell time with Cinderella and catch “fairies” in a jar.

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Invent It! – July 14th -18th  

Come be inspired by famous inventors!  Use your imagination and inventive thinking to design and build your own inventions. What can you make with magnets, pipes, and clothespins? How do things fit together? What does it do? Let your imagination run wild as you think the unthinkable, create new possibilities and discover solutions! Come see recycling at its best!  A few of our inventions will include rockets, race cars, airplanes, and recycled material inventions.

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Art Meets Science – July 21st -25th  

What could be more imaginative and educational than discovering the art of science? Daily campers will learn a specific scientific principle and then use it in an art project to take home. Campers will discover the science of three dimensional art using principles such as balance and cause and effect through the works of Alexander Calder.  Each day will become a new adventure as campers explore the wonder of discovering where art meets science! Parents will be invited to a gallery exhibit of our pieces on the last day of camp.

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Kitchen Chemistry – July 28th – Aug 1st  

Get ready to get messy!  Kids will experiment, explode and even concoct their own kitchen creations.  Young chefs will have the opportunity to explore their culinary creativity in a safe and nurturing environment. All chefs will use math and science to measure, chop, cut, cool and heat food.  We’ll also perform science experiments using basic kitchen ingredients!  Snacks provided during this camp.

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Dinosaur Dig – Aug 4th -8th  

Become a Paleontologist!  Campers will practice observation and excavation skills, learn about extinction and uncover the mysteries of dinosaurs buried deep beneath the earth.  We’ll crack open rocks to search for dinosaur bones and discover how the dinosaurs lived.  We’ll even experience and create our own active volcanoes.



This is an optional 2 hour extension to camp for families who need flexibility or just can’t get enough of CMC. Kids who participate in Lunch Bunch! will bring their own lunch to the museum and participate in counselor supervised crafts, games and free play in the museum from noon- 2:00 pm. Register for Lunch Bunch! anywhere from 1-5 days a week!

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bring your own lunch.

$10.00 per day ~ Pre-registration required.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is there a snack time? Yes, around 10:30 am. Campers must provide their own snack, except in Kitchen Chemistry camp.  A refrigerator and microwave are available.
  2. What if my child has an allergy? We kindly ask caregivers not to pack nut products for snack or lunch. Families are welcome to leave allergy medication or epi-pens with Lead Counselor.
  3. Is there a discount for more than one child? Yes! There is a $5 off discount for siblings.
  4. How many kids are in each camp? There is a limit of 20 campers per session with 4 counselors.
  5. Will the children have free play in the exhibits? Yes. Upon arrival to camp, before the Museum is open to the general public.
  6. Will the campers be interacting with regular Museum guests? Not during regular camp hours. Children who stay for Lunch Bunch! will have time to play in the exhibits while being supervised by their counselors.

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