Camps

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum regularly hosts both spring break and summer camps to give kids a fun opportunity to continue learning even when school is out. Check here for details on upcoming camp sessions!

Students will need to bring a lunch and two snacks for each day of camp. We also encourage students to bring a refillable water bottle.

For our summer camps please register for only 1 camp per week as the science and technology camps run concurrently with each other.

 

COVID-19 Update: Our summer camp maximum capacities have been reduced to 9 students per camp so that our students can practice social distancing measures.

Summer Camp Costs

All costs per student and per week

Member

$180

Early Drop Off
(8am-9am)

$25

Non-Member

$225

Late Pick Up
(3pm-5:30pm)

$50

Summer Camps

Science Camps
Technology Camps

Week 1: June 8-12

Time Travel Adventure

Ever wanted to travel through time? Go on an adventure with dinosaurs? See what your backyard looked like a million years ago? Join us on a time travel adventure where we’ll look at the history of Earth from the first rocks forming, to ancient animals and dinosaurs, and then to the first humans to live here, right up through today! Along the way we’ll make sure to stop right here in Illinois to see how much it's changed.

Robotics

Ever had a chance to build your very own robot? Join us as we learn how robots are designed, built, and programmed. Throughout the week you’ll have the chance to build your very own robot with one of our LEGO robotics kits! You may even find yourselves in a friendly competition with your fellow campers! We have two varieties of kits that will be useful to all ages and experience levels so don’t be shy. This camp is suited for beginners and experienced builders alike!

Week 2: June 15-19

Engineers Save the World

Everyday we use tools, structures, and vehicles all designed by engineers. Without these inventions we might not be able to survive. Throughout history, engineers have been solving problems and overcoming challenges to make our world a better place. In this camp we’ll learn how engineers problem solve to make a better tool, stronger house, or taller building.

Programming

Would you like to be able to make your own video games? Or maybe make an app to help you at home or school? If you think that sounds cool then learning about programming is your first step. We’ll explore how programmers think and take a look at some of the basics of programming. Students will primarily learn using Kodable. More advanced students looking to challenge themselves will have the option to self learn a little about other programming languages such as python. All campers must be able to read to participate in this camp.

Week 3: June 22-26

Planetary Explorers

Take a journey across our solar system with us! We’ll see how the solar system got its shape, why the planets are where they are today, and how they formed. We’ll look at the geology of our rocky neighbors and our home on Earth, learn all the weird and powerful weather that happens in our solar system, and we’ll even look at the places we’re most likely to find aliens!

Robotics

Ever had a chance to build your very own robot? Join us as we learn how robots are designed, built, and programmed. Throughout the week you’ll have the chance to build your very own robot with one of our LEGO robotics kits! You may even find yourselves in a friendly competition with your fellow campers! We have two varieties of kits that will be useful to all ages and experience levels so don’t be shy. This camp is suited for beginners and experienced builders alike!

Week 4: June 29-July 3

No Science Camp during this week

 

LABO Creators

This new camp combines the fun of video games with engineering and programming all through Nintendo’s LABO. Campers will learn how the technology of the Nintendo Switch console works, learn sound engineering practices for building, and even learn how to program in the LABO’s special programming.

Week 5: July 6-10

Master Builders

Do you love LEGO? Whether you're a master builder already or just breaking into the LEGO world, we'd love to help you harness your creativity and skills! Join us for a week of imagination and building! We’ll have building challenges, make LEGO art, and even make and play games all using LEGO!

Robotics

Ever had a chance to build your very own robot? Join us as we learn how robots are designed, built, and programmed. Throughout the week you’ll have the chance to build your very own robot with one of our LEGO robotics kits! You may even find yourselves in a friendly competition with your fellow campers! We have two varieties of kits that will be useful to all ages and experience levels so don’t be shy. This camp is suited for beginners and experienced builders alike!

Week 6: July 13-17

Electro-Magnetic Mayhem

Electricity powers most of our daily lives in this modern world but how does it all work? And What about those magnets on your fridge- how do they stick? Electricity and magnetism are two of the most important forces to learn about in science so we’ll spend time getting to know them a little better. We’ll look at how electricity is created, how circuits work, and how it all behaves. We’ll discover why magnets stick to things (or don’t) and we’ll even discover that when you put them together a whole new world of light is created. This camp is recommended for 2nd-5th grade students.

Programming

Would you like to be able to make your own video games? Or maybe make an app to help you at home or school? If you think that sounds cool then learning about programming is your first step. We’ll explore how programmers think and take a look at some of the basics of programming. Students will primarily learn using Kodable. More advanced students looking to challenge themselves will have the option to self learn a little about other programming languages such as python. All campers must be able to read to participate in this camp.

Week 7: July 20-24

Games Galore!

Do you enjoy board games and card games? If you do this camp is for you. We’ll get to play a variety of games throughout the week. You may be surprised just how many numbers show up in games. We'll learn just how much math is used and how it can help you get better at games! So join us in learning more about math while playing games!

Robotics

Ever had a chance to build your very own robot? Join us as we learn how robots are designed, built, and programmed. Throughout the week you’ll have the chance to build your very own robot with one of our LEGO robotics kits! You may even find yourselves in a friendly competition with your fellow campers! We have two varieties of kits that will be useful to all ages and experience levels so don’t be shy. This camp is suited for beginners and experienced builders alike!

Week 8: July 27-31

Play with your food

Did you know that one bottle of Coca-Cola has the same amount of sugar as eating almost 7 and a half cookies?! Or that sunlight can also help you grow strong bones, just like milk can?! Join us as we learn about how food can help or hurt our bodies. Doing fun food experiments will help you understand how to help fuel your body so you can play, create, and think your best everyday!

Rockets Rock!

Are you ready to learn rocket science? In this camp students will get to learn the basic science behind rockets, from how they are powered to the aerodynamics of flight. Campers will participate in building their own rockets throughout the week. All curricula for this camp was created by NASA scientists to help you learn how to be a rocket scientist yourself. This camp for those who will have completed 5th - 7th grade.

Register Here

Once you've filled out our registration form, please remember your registration will not be complete until we receive payment.

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*The Orpheum and its programs are not licensed or regulated by DCFS.


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