Science Break Camps 2019

Online Registration

At the Museum, your child will spend school breaks experiencing fun and wonder, IMAX films and planeterium shows, and the marvels of our exhibitions. Limited early morning drop-off and late pickup options available.

Purchase available camps here.

Grades K–1
Grades 2–3
Grades 4–5

Break Camp Dates

Fall Break Camps:
Weekly camp offered November 25 –27

Winter Break Camps:
New this year daily camps offered December 23, 26, 27, 30, January 2, 3

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarship slots are available for most camps and open for registration by phone (303.370.6306). Call today to get information about qualifying and reserving a spot.

Winter Break Camp

Single Day Camp Themes

Best of Space Camps

Enjoy a trip to the planetarium, a visit to Space Odyssey, and learn about what it takes to get to outer space to reach the moon, mars, and beyond!

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Best of Dissection Camps

Learn about how our bodies work; on earth in our Expedition Health gallery, in space with a planetarium show, and within ourselves through a dissection.

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Best of Engineering Camps

Ever wonder how machines work? Get the nuts and bolts of what makes machines work, discover the secrets behind energy, and solve problems in this camp designed for tinkers and dreamers.

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Best of Animal Camps

The animal kingdom is full of surprises. Find out what makes them all unique in our world famous diorama halls, a look at different adaptions, and a trip to IMAX.

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Best of Paleo Camps

Travel back in time and learn how life has changed over billions of years. Uncover the creatures of the past in Prehistoric Journey and the creatures of the present with a look at the dinosaurs living among us. We will also take a special visit into The Science Behind Pixar!

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Best of Art Camps

Prepare to get messy as we discover how science and art work together through The Science Behind Pixar, color mixing, and reconstructing ancient animals.

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FAQ

Please complete registration by filling out  all registration forms for each camper. Forms are not considered complete until marked “approved” by the Museum. Registration forms can be found in your online account.  

  • a 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 and dropped off with their educator at camp 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 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 - 3:45 p.m. If you arrive after that, your child will be in Late Care. If you are running late, please call 303-370-6455 to let us know you’re coming.

Early Morning Drop-off and Late Check-out are available for an additional cost ($30/week for Fall Break Camp and $10/day for Winter Break Camp) for each, if you need to extend the day for your child. Please note, Early and Late Care fill quickly and we recommend registering when you initially register for camp.

Early Morning Check-In is from 7:30 - 9 a.m. Early Morning Check-In will be in or near the Morgridge Family Exploration Center. Please enter from the North, through the staff/volunteer entrance, and walk past the escalators toward the Morgridge Family Exploration Center.

Late Check-Out is from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Late Check-out will be in or near the Morgridge Family Exploration Center. Please enter from the North, through the staff/volunteer entrance, and walk past the escalators toward the Morgridge Family Exploration Center.

Sessions include free time, board games, crafts and active games – all in a relaxed, fun atmosphere supervised by trained Children’s Programs staff. Weekly sessions only for Fall Break Camp.

Camp ends at 3:30 each day. If parents do not pick up their children by the time curbside checkout has completed for the day (3:45 p.m.), camp staff will begin calling parents, emergency contacts, and if needed, the police.

Early Care begins at 7:30 a.m. and Late Care ends at 5 p.m. If children are dropped off too early or picked up too late, parents will be charged a fee. At 5 p.m., parents will be automatically charged a $5.00 fee. For each minute past 5 p.m., an additional $1.00 will be charged. These fees are payable by cash or check (made out to the Museum) due the following day of camp.

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.

Friday afternoons will be wet and wild with a few hours at the end of the day for outdoor water activities! Send your campers with clothes you don't mind getting wet, comfy shoes, a towel, and sunscreen!

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 Summer 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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