Fall & Winter Break Camps 2021

When school is out, Camp is in!

Looking for something amazing for your kids to do during school breaks? At the Museum, your child will experience fun and wonder, see IMAX films and planetarium shows, and explore the marvels of our temporary exhibitions. Each day will be something new as we bring together our favorite camp themes and activities for 2021 break camps!

Camps offered for grades K – 1, 2 – 3, and 4 – 5. Purchase available camps here

Break Camp Dates

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., daily

Fall Break Camps
November 22 – 24
3-day Camps
$160 member, $175 nonmember

Winter Break Camps
Week 1: December 20 – 23
Week 2: December 27 – 30
4-day Camps
$210 member, $235 nonmember

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Scholarships are Available!

If you qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, you may qualify for a scholarship that covers 50% or 100% of your camp fees. Scholarship registration is by phone only, call Guest Services at 303.370.6000, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 

DMNS Camp Safety

DMNS prioritizes the health and safety of your camper.  We are monitoring and will follow all public health guidelines for camps. The following procedures were implemented for 2020 camps and may change based on the most current health guidance. 

Group Size
Capacity for each camp will be reduced for 2021 school break camps to 20 children per group. We are monitoring all public health guidelines for camps. Once camp groups are formed, the group will remain together for the entirety of the camp registration period.  As much as possible, groups will be kept separate when indoors.

Face Coverings
Face coverings will still be required for camp staff and campers throughout the day, except during snacks, meals, and some outdoor activities. Campers and staff are allowed to wear face covering outdoors if they choose. Campers should arrive to camp with face coverings for check in. 

Please note our policies and procedures have been updated to align with the current state health order for face coverings in child care settings, including camps.   

Physical Distancing
Children and staff will maintain physical distance (6 ft), as much as possible.  Limited group sizes, rooms and activities will be set-up to naturally support this distancing.

Hand Washing
To help campers stay healthy we will have set times for washing hands, including when campers arrive at the Museum, before and after eating food, after using the restroom, and after touching items or surfaces that may be frequently touched by other people.

Read more about what the Museum is doing to keep our guests safe here.
*Photo above taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic.

DMNS Camp Registration Form Policy

Check out our updated Camp Policies and Procedures.

Once you have purchased your camp(s), you will receive an email from CampDocs with an invitation to create a CampDoc account to then complete your CAMPER REGISTRATION FORMS. To complete your registration form, you will need information required of all State-Licensed child care programs. Each child you registered will need one form filled out, regardless of how many camps they will be attending. We encourage you to have your form completed at least three weeks before the camp start date to allow plenty of time for review and any necessary edits. 

To ensure that your child has a great experience at camp and for their safety, any Camper Registration Forms not submitted for review or confirmed as “Approved” by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science one week prior to the upcoming registered camp date will have their camp registration for the purchased week forfeited without refund. The purchaser of the camp will be asked to provide the email of the individual responsible for the completion of any and all registration forms.  

If your child(ren) attend public schools in the state of Colorado, there is a good chance that we already have access to their updated immunization forms in the correct format.  We will not need immunizations from your camper(s).  If your campers are coming from out of state, or do not attend public schools, we will need this information before they can start camp.  You will be notified if we require you to submit your immunization records via your Camper Registration Form. 

FAQ

Please complete registration by filling out the required registration forms and emergency information for each camper. These items will be sent out to participants in a separate email, linking to DMNS Camper Registration Forms in the CampDocs.com portal.

Review our Camp Policies and Procedures.

Once you have purchased your camp(s), you will receive an email from CampDocs with an invitation to create a CampDoc account to them complete your CAMPER REGISTRATION FORMS. To complete your registration form, you will need information required of all State-Licensed child care programs. Each child you registered will need one form filled out, regardless of how many camps they will be attending. We encourage you to have your form completed at least one month before the camp start date to allow plenty of time for review and any necessary edits.   

To ensure that your child has a great experience at camp and for their safety, any Camper Registration Forms not submitted for review or confirmed as “Approved” by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science one week prior to the upcoming registered camp date will have their camp registration for the purchased week forfeited without refund. The purchaser of the camp will be asked to provide the email of the individual responsible for the completion of any and all registration forms.  

If your child(ren) attend public schools in the state of Colorado, there is a good chance that we already have access to their updated immunization forms in the correct format.  We will not need immunizations from your camper(s).  If your campers are coming from out of state, or do not attend public schools, we will need this information before they can start camp.  You will be notified if we require you to submit your immunization records via your Camper Registration Form. 

  • sack lunch including a drink (the museum does not provide refrigeration)
  • water bottle labeled with your child’s name (water bottles not labeled will be labeled with permanent marker by camp staff)
  • comfortable, closed-toe shoes (no sandals)
  • sweatshirt or jacket
  • change of clothes
  • backpack or tote bag
  • Please leave any and all valuables at home, including expensive outerwear, electronics, and money, as children will be moving throughout the Museum - the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is not responsible for lost or missing items.

Along with a camp t-shirt, each day’s activities, and activity materials, children in full day camps will be given a snack each day. If your child has food allergies or preferences, please send a snack with your child.

All drop offs and pick ups are done inside of the Museum. Please park your car and enter through the North entrance, inform guest service staff you are here for break camp drop-off/pick-up and proceed to the designated area. Please allow plenty of time for parking and entering into the Museum.

Children must be accompanied into the Museum and dropped off with DMNS camp staff each day. 

Children must be signed out each day by one of the adults listed on your child’s Emergency Card. Photo ID is required every day in order to pick up a child.

Drop-off will occur from 8:45 - 9:10 a.m. If your child arrives after the scheduled drop-off time, please park and bring your child to the security desk, inside the staff and volunteer entrance near the flag pole on the north side of the Museum. A camp representative will be contacted to meet you to sign in and escort the child to the correct camp.

Pick-up will occur every day from 3:15 - 3:40 p.m. If you are running late, please call 303-370-6455 to let us know you’re coming.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205. Directions to the museum can
be found on our website at dmns.org.

Each group will be supervised at all times by trained adult educators. All educators have previous experience working with children. Throughout the week, your child may also work with Denver Museum of Nature & Science staff. Additionally, Teen Volunteers will assist the group with activities.

At the beginning of the week, you will be provided with a schedule of camp activities. If you would like to know more about specific activities, please call the Children’s Programs line at 303.370.6455.

Please call 303.370.6455 or 303.370.6343 and the staff member who answers will be able to assist you and/or locate your child.

Camp staff and many Denver Museum of Nature & Science staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid and are able to deal with emergencies as they occur. Should your child need medical attention, we will follow the information provided on your Emergency Card. Parents will be notified of any incident, regardless of its severity.

If possible, please administer medication to your child outside of camp hours. If it’s necessary for your child to receive prescription or over-the-counter medication during camp, your child’s physician must complete a Medication Authorization Form, found at the top of this page. Please note that medication can be dispensed only on written order or a prescription from a physician to the child’s parent or guardian, or to the camp, with knowledge and written consent of the parent or guardian. Medication must be kept in the original container. Prescription medicine containers must bear the original pharmacy label that shows the prescription number, name of medication, date filled, physician’s name, child’s name, and directions for dosage.

In order to distribute medication to your child, we must receive the Medication Authorization Form a minimum of two weeks prior to the start of child’s camp session. Upon review of the form, it may be necessary to meet with the parent to develop a Health Plan.

All sales are final. The Museum has a “no refund” policy. Full refunds will be given only if the Museum cancels a camp.

Please feel free to contact the camp director at 303.370.8315 with any concerns about your child’s experience at Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Break Camps. If you wish to file an official complaint, please contact the Colorado Department of Human Services; 1575 Sherman St., Denver, Colorado; 80203-1714; 303.866.5958.

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