Summer Discovery Camps

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.

“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.


$119.00 per child/camp for CMC members

$139.00 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.

 Online Registration is currently CLOSED!

Please call 216-791-7114 to check availability and to register via phone.




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 mystery of the missing toys! Your Superheroes will expand their imaginations and investigative skills by learning how to dust for fingerprints, creating Super mobiles and designing their own costumes.


Does your child love animals? Explore the world of animals through the eyes of a veterinarian. Campers will learn all that goes into this exciting profession and learn a lot about animals along the way. From animal adaptation to biology, campers will learn fascinating facts about animals big and small. They will even get a chance to meet a real Veterinarian. We will take a field trip to The Natural History Museum of Cleveland to visit their rehabilitated animals exhibit.

TINKER THINKER – June 29-July 3

Join the maker movement as we delve into the world of STEAM. In this brand new tinkering camp, your child will be challenged to solve problems using teamwork, trial and error, and their own imagination. Campers will experiment with simple machines and other areas of physical science. Throughout the week, using their new skills the campers will collaborate, design and build a useful Rube Goldberg machine.


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 field trip to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens to play in the Hershey Children’s Garden.


There are no bones about it; our bodies can do amazing things inside and out! Come learn about anatomy, skeletons, and our spectacular organs as we learn and discover in the Healthier Ever After exhibit. Meet Sneakers the Dragon, talk about healthy eating, learn new games that promote exercise, and practice your obstacle course skills as campers travel through the coordination cave. Practice some of your new found medical skills in our very own doctor’s office.


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.

DINOSAUR DIG – July 27-31

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 experiment and create our own active volcanoes.

LET IT GO! CAMP – August 3-7

Let it go and let your creativity flow! Find your hidden talents as we explore drama, storytelling, art, music and movement. Children will get the chance to express themselves in very unique ways and really let themselves shine in this creative arts camp. Campers will investigate our favorite stories and make up their own as they create, illustrate, and perform in this fun-filled camp!



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.

$15.00 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. How many kids are in each camp? There is a limit of 20 campers per session with 4 counselors.
  4. Will the children have free play in the exhibits? Yes. Upon arrival to camp, before the Museum is open to the general public.
  5. 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.