Don’t let your kids fall victim to the dreaded Summer Brain Drain!
Sign them up for an educational summer camp!
I know, the last thing they probably want to do is more learning.
But hear me out.
Educational summer camps are nothing like school.

Say what?

That’s right! Educational summer camps are way more informal and laid back. There’s no homework, no syllabus, no lectures, exams or deadlines. The whole point of summer camp is to have fun, right?
So it goes without saying that the camp activities are designed to be fun and engaging.  Whether they’re exploring a STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) related activity or digging into some history, your kids will be having so much fun, they won’t even realize they are learning!

And to help you with picking the perfect educational summer camp, we’ve put together a list of camps in the Rockford area! *This is by no means a complete list, and we will be updating it continually, so check back often!*

For specific questions or to receive more information about a camp, please use the contact the hosting orginization. Rockford4Kids is not affiliated with any of the businesses or organizations, but featured camps may be sponsored.

ART CAMPS

Rockford Area Arts Council (RAAC)

RAAC Camp 2018

Mon, July 9-Thu, July 26

The Rockford Area Arts Council offers RAAC Camp, a two-week Arts camp for young creatives, ages 5-13 who love to sing, draw, dance, rap and make movies culminating with a performance and art exhibit for family and friends.  RAAC Camp is supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, City of Rockford, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Rockford School District #205, Alpine Kiwanis and JoAnn Shaheen.

Monday-Thursday
1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ellis School, 220 S. Central Avenue, Rockford, IL

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Rockford Art Museum

ART EXPLORATION 

MON, JUN 18–THU, JUN 21 

Get a little messy and a lot creative in this week of hands-on creativity! Using materials from paint to clay to fiber and more, campers are sure to have a great time while learning about art in its many forms.

Monday–Thursday, 1–4 pm
$90 per child ($80 per child for RAM members)
after care available 4–5 pm for additional $5 per day, per child

Rockford Art Museum, 711 North Main Street, Rockford

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ART AROUND THE WORLD 

MON, JUL 30–THU, AUG 2 


Take a trip around the world and through history! Campers will learn about the art of different cultures and create their own versions of some of the world’s most remarkable artistic traditions.

Monday–Thursday, 1–4 pm
$90 per child ($80 per child for RAM members)
after care available 4–5 pm for additional $5 per day, per child

Rockford Art Museum, 711 North Main Street, Rockford

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Coding + Technology Camps

Black Rocket: RVC Main Campus

Minecraft Designers

6/11-6/15 M-F 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 8-14) If you love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. To access their project at home, students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

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ROBLOX® Makers-Coders: Entrepreneurs!

6/11-6/15 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 8-14) Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate Roblox’s fast growing marketplace to publish their games. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

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Code Breakers

6/18-6/22 M-F 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 8-14) Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

>>Learn More<<

Virtual Reality: The Future is Now

6/18-6/22 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 8-14) Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting edge class, you will learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, and crafting memorable 3D experiences. At the end of the week, take home your first cardboard VR headset to show friends and family the new worlds you created. VR projects can be viewed on a website or a mobile device. Students do not need a mobile device to take the class, but to use the VR headset a camper will need access to an Android or Apple mobile device. Students will work in pairs or teams and VR projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

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Video Game Animation

6/25-6/29 M-F 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 8-14) Take your game design skills to the next level by creating and animating your own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character’s personality, signature moves, special powers, and a storyline. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in your very own game. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years

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Lego Films and Stop Action!

6/25-6/29 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 8-14) Make your LEGOs come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGOs and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from Star Wars or design a world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. Students will need to bring in LEGOs or action figures from home, but all other equipment is provided. Student-created films will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

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App.IO:
Make Your First Multi-Player App!

7/2-7/6 MTThF 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 8-14) The hottest new Apps are IO apps! If your child likes to play Agar.IO or Slither.IO they will love this class! Become the creator of the next viral web app and share with family and friends! In this class, you will explore the most popular .IO apps, design your own multiplayer experience and learn how to code your own app. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. NO CLASS 7/4.

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Code Your Own Adventure!
Interactive Storytelling

7/2-7/6 MTThF 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 8-14) Watch as the characters in your imagination come to life in this unique course that blends classic storytelling with animation techniques and coding. Start with a concept, design the characters, and choose not just one ending, but many! Learn how to create your own text-based adventure games with variables, conditional logic, images, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. NO CLASS 7/4.

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Make Your First Video Game!

7/9-7/13 M-F 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 8-14) If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

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Make Your First 3D Video Game!

7/9-7/13 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 8-14) In this Black Rocket classic, you will go well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D
game design classes and create an immersive 3D world. Students will learn the physics behind 3D
games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay, and storytelling. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

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Lego Comics:
Design Your Own Adventure

7/16-7/20 M-F 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 8-14) LEGO adventure YOU are the star! Pick your favorite LEGO genre or create an alternate universe to create a digital illustrated story or graphic novel. Whether you want to fight alongside Superheroes, create a Minecraft story, hang with the Nexo Knights, or go into space with Rey and Finn, the only requirement is that you put yourself in the story! All students will end the class with a digital comic book that can be shared with friends and family on a password protected website! Students will work in teams for most of the program.

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Video Game Animation

7/16-7/20 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 8-14) Take your game design skills to the next level by creating and animating your own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character’s personality, signature moves, special powers, and a storyline. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in your very own game. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

>>Learn More<<

Minecraft Designers

7/23-7/27 M-F 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 8-14) If you love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. To access their project at home, students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

>>Learn More<<

ROBLOX® Makers-Coders: Entrepreneurs!

7/30-8/3 M-F 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 8-14) Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate Roblox’s fast growing marketplace to publish their games. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

>>Learn More<<

Code Breakers

7/23-7/27 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 8-14) Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

>>Learn More<<

Virtual Reality: The Future is Now

7/30-8/3 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 8-14) Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting edge class, you will learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, and crafting memorable 3D experiences. At the end of the week, take home your first cardboard VR headset to show friends and family the new worlds you created. VR projects can be viewed on a website or a mobile device. Students do not need a mobile device to take the class, but to use the VR headset a camper will need access to an Android or Apple mobile device. Students will work in pairs or teams and VR projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

>>Learn More<<

App.IO:
Make Your First Multi-Player App!

8/6-8/10 M-F 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 8-14) The hottest new Apps are IO apps! If your child likes to play Agar.IO or Slither.IO they will love this class! Become the creator of the next viral web app and share with family and friends! In this class, you will explore the most popular .IO apps, design your own multiplayer experience and learn how to code your own app. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

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Advanced 3D Video Game With Unity

8/6-8/10 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 8-14) Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, intermediate event scripting, and the impact of game play on user experience. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

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General Education Camps

RVC Bell School Campus

Science Fun

 

 

 

6/11-6/14 MTWTh 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 6-11) Things will fizz, foam, pop and change.
Learn about suspensions and solutions, actions and
reactions. Learn about inertia and find electricity in
strange places. Learn about gravity and magnets. We
will do all this and much more.

 

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Write a Story

 

 

 

6/11-6/14 MTWTh 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 6-11) Do you like animals and dragons, folk
tales and fables? If you like to write and draw, then
this class is for you. Each child will create a story in the
Kamishibai style (Japanese story cards), what a great
way to sharpen your writing organizational skills.

 

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Legos

 

 

 

6/11-6/14 MTWTh 9:00 am.-Noon
6/11-6/14 MTWTh 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 5-13) Engineering and technological principles
are presented as you become a LEGO® inventor.
Explore simple, real life machines and use the ideas to
build similar machines from LEGOs. Create and build
realistic, working models based on problem-solving
situations. Instructor will assign kits to be used in
class only, appropriate for Level I and Level II skilled
participants.

 

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 World of Watercolor

 

 

 

6/11-6/15 M-F 9:00-Noon
(Ages 9-13) Create beautiful watercolor paintings when
we explore drawing and watercolor techniques. Start
with watercolor splash techniques and then draw from
photos and still life to create watercolor masterpieces.
DRESS: Your paint clothes or bring an apron to class.

 

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Earth Detective

 

 

 

6/18-6/21 MTWTh 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 6-11) Discover the interdependence of plants,
animals and people. You will uncover the forces of
nature such as weather and energy sources and make
several take-home projects, including a miniature
garden from recycled items.

 

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Can You Make It Fly

 

 

 

6/18-6/21 MTWTh 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 6-11) Love things that fly, then this class is for
you! Make a different style of paper airplane each day.
Learn about symmetry, elevators and ailerons. We will
also fly several types of gliders and balloons. Each child
will make and bring home a white wing glider. Weather
permitting,; we will test all planes outside.

 

 >>Learn More<<

 

Legos

 

 

 

6/18-6/21 MTWTh 9:00 am-Noon
6/18-6/21 MTWTh 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 5-13) Engineering and technological principles
are presented as you become a LEGO® inventor. Explore
simple, real life machines and use the ideas to build
similar machines from LEGOs. Create and build realistic,
working models based on problem-solving situations.
Instructor will assign kits to be used in class only,
appropriate for Level I and Level II skilled participants.

 

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Paint Like the Masters

 

 

 

6/18-6/22 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 9-13) Explore art through learning about great
artists of the past including: Monet, Seurat, Van
Gogh, O’Keefe and others as you create original art
work based on their work. We will cover acrylic and
watercolor painting techniques. DRESS: Your paint
clothes or bring an apron to class.

 

 

 

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 Around the World in 5 Days

 

 

 

6/25-6/29 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 7-11) Hola! Bonjour! Ciao! Come explore famous
sites around the world with us. Inspired by the 1956
film, Around the World in 80 Days, students will hop
around the globe as they learn about new places,
cultures, and languages in the classroom. We will
explore through books, food, art, movies, and many
hands-on activities.

 

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Can You Make It Fly

 

 

 

6/25-6/28 MTWTh 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 6-11) Love things that fly, then this class is for
you! Make a different style of paper airplane each day.
Learn about symmetry, elevators and ailerons. We will
also fly several types of gliders and balloons. Each child
will make and bring home a white wing glider. Weather
permitting, we will test all planes outside.

 

 >>Learn More<<

 

Crafts & Cooking Club

 

 

 

6/25-6/28 MTWTh 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 5-12) Do not wait to sign up–this class fills quickly!
Have fun while learning the intricacies of hands-on
creative craft making and delectable cooking creations.
Participants will enjoy a wide variety of activities and
projects. Students will follow step-by-step recipes and
directions to create mouth-watering treats and colorful
craft projects that they will love showing to friends and
family alike. MUST NOTIFY instructor 1 week ahead of
food allergies.

 

 >>Learn More<<

 

Science Fun

 

 

 

6/25-6/28 MTWTh 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 6-11) Things will fizz, foam, pop and change.
Learn about suspensions and solutions, actions and
reactions. Learn about inertia and find electricity in
strange places. Learn about gravity and magnets. We
will do all this and much more.

 

 >>Learn More<<

 

Legos

 

 

 

6/25-6/28 MTWTh 9:00 am-Noon
6/25-6/28 MTWTh 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 5-13) Engineering and technological principles
are presented as you become a LEGO® inventor.
Explore simple, real life machines and use the ideas to
build similar machines from LEGOs. Create and build
realistic, working models based on problem-solving
situations. Instructor will assign kits to be used in
class only, appropriate for Level I and Level II skilled
participants.

 

 >>Learn More<<

 

Imagination Station

 

 

 

7/9-7/13 M-F 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 6-8) Explore the world of classic children’s
stories, create scenery, scripts, and props. Along the
way, students will build strong oral reading and group
interaction skills. Join us as we watch stories and
characters come to life!

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Can You Make It Fly

 

7/9-7/12 MTWTh 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 6-11) Love things that fly, then this class is for
you! Make a different style of paper airplane each day.
Learn about symmetry, elevators and ailerons. We will
also fly several types of gliders and balloons. Each child
will make and bring home a white wing glider. Weather
permitting,; we will test all planes outside.

 

 >>Learn More<<

 

Simple Machines & Energy

 

 

 

7/9-7/12 MTWTh 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 6-11) You will do hands-on experiments using all
the simple machines, learn about and do experiments
with different sources of energy and build a simple
electrical project to take home.

 

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Crafts & Cooking Club

 

 

 

7/9-7/12 MTWTh 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 5-12) Do not wait to sign up–this class fills quickly!
Have fun while learning the intricacies of hands-on
creative craft making and delectable cooking creations.
Participants will enjoy a wide variety of activities and
projects. Students will follow step-by-step recipes and
directions to create mouth-watering treats and colorful
craft projects that they will love showing to friends and
family alike. MUST NOTIFY instructor 1 week ahead of
food allergies.

 

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Story Adventures

 

 

 

7/16-7/20 M-F 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 9-12) Join us as we journey through the world
of children’s literature! Travel around the world and
encounter amazing stories, legends, and myths. We
will create our own stories and build storytelling skills.
Join our group of explorers and discover the world of
children’s literature.

 

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Creative Writing

 

 

 

7/16-7/20 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 9-12) Hold onto your pens and paper! Explore
the creative writing process as you write original
short stories. Express ourselves through a growing
vocabulary and classic literary tools. Join us as we
write, edit, and share our marvelous stories!

 

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Amazing 4-IN-1 Robot

 

 

 

7/16-7/20 M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
(Ages 6-10) Build your own interchangeable robot to
take home with four unique modes. It is truly a fourin-
one motorized robot kit. Learn how the different
gears work as you are building. You will be building the
Cricket–a joy on six legs. Build the Beast. It is a master of
bi-pedal movement. You better not get in its way! You
will also build the Trailer–the little engine that could
move forward thanks to its motorized transmission.
Finally, the best of all, Grandpa-Bot Robot. It has huge
eyes and is everyone’s favorite bobble-headed, gear
driven family member. It is easy transforming between
the four modes. Gain confidence, self-esteem, and
celebrate as you are the architect that built it. Plus have
fun building a wide range of additional robotic designs
with the Robotic Building System–Sumo wrestling
matches, races and much more. Robots built in this
portion of the workshop are not taken home. Have fun,
learn, and have hands on experience the Sciensational
way! NOTE: Registration ends 7 days prior to class date.
No refunds 7 days prior to class start date.

 

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Harry Potter:
Travel on Our Magical Science Tour

 

 

 

7/16-7/20 M-F 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 6-11) All aboard for lots of hands-on fun. Join in
the escapades of Harry and his friends. Play quidditch.
Make an edible wand. We will brew some fantastic
potions to drink. Let’s create and watch some amazing
chemical reactions. Watch a mirage appear. You won’t
believe it! Wonder where the sorting hat will place
you? Make cool crystals. Come join us where the magic
of science, art, and literature meet. Harry, Ron, and
Hermoine are waiting for your arrival! Experiment with
colored magic sand. See a mysterious glowing ball.
NOTE: Registration ends 7 days prior to class date. No
refunds 7 days prior to class start date.

 

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Crafts & Cooking Club

 

 

 

7/16-7/19 MTWTh 9:00 am-Noon
(Ages 5-12) Do not wait to sign up – this class fills quickly!
Have fun while learning the intricacies of hands-on
creative craft making and delectable cooking creations.
Participants will enjoy a wide variety of activities and
projects. Students will follow step-by-step recipes and
directions to create mouth-watering treats and colorful
craft projects that they will love showing to friends and
family alike. MUST NOTIFY instructor 1 week ahead of
food allergies.

 

 >>Learn More<<

 

History Camps

Midway Village

Camp Midway 2018 – Midway Village

Full Week Camp Fees:

Short Day – 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
$90/museum members; $115/non-members

Full Day – 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
$100/museum members; $125/non-members

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FULL WEEK CAMPS

History’s Mysteries: Silent Film Stars (ages 12-15)

June 11th–June 15th

In this brand new camp, your camper will go through the entire process of creating a silent film in one week. They will create the script, make the sets, find costumes and props, film the movie, and create the sounds. On Friday we will host a movie premiere to which all families are welcome! Minimum age restrictions apply.

History’s Mysteries: Myths and Legends

June 18th–June 22nd

We are going to explore famous myths and legends from all across the world. Why have they survived and what do the tell us?

History’s Mysteries: More Weird History

June 25th–June 29th

Last summer we explored weird history including the time Napoleon was attacked by rabbits. What crazy historical facts will we explore this year?

History’s Mysteries: More Storybook Adventures

July 9th–July 13th

This summer we will explore another set of popular Victorian era children’s tales, including Sherlock Holmes, Three Musketeers, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and more!

History’s Mysteries: Ancient Mysteries

July 16th–July 20th

How were the ancient cultures from around the world similar and different? How did we learn about them? And what exactly is Rockford’s famous connection to the infamous King Tut?

History’s Mysteries: Wild and Crazy Kids

July 23rd–July 27th

There have been amazing kids doing amazing things all throughout history. We will explore some of these historic kids, what they did, and how it impacted the world today.

History’s Mysteries: Following the Drum

July 30th–August 3rd

Through the years, wars have come to define time periods. In this camp we will explore what life was life for different era soldiers?

History’s Mysteries: You wouldn’t want to be –

August 6th–August 10th

Borrowing from the popular book series we will explore the very real conditions and sometimes less than ideal aspects of people’s lives in the past.

PRE-K ADVENTURES – 1-HOUR PROGRAMS

Age 2-pre K

10:00 – 11:00 am or 5:30 – 6:30 pm
$10/per child per 1-hr program for museum members and non-members

Pre-K Adventures: Ages 2 – 3

  • Tall Tales, June 21st
  • Silly but True Stories, June 28th
  • Messy Art, July 12th
  • Digging in the Past, July 19th
  • Wild and Crazy Kids, July 26th
  • Tis the Season, August 2nd
  • How does your garden grow, August 9th

Pre-K Adventures: Ages 4 – 5

  • Tall Tales, June 22nd
  • Silly but True Stories, June 29th
  • Messy Art, July 13th
  • Digging in the Past, July 20th
  • Wild and Crazy Kids, July 27th
  • Tis the Season, August 3rd
  • How does your garden grow, August 10th

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Performing Arts Camps

Piano Tunes Music Academy

Music Day Camp

8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. Early Care and After Care Available.
Ages 4yrs – 12 yrs

These camps are designed to stimulate and nurture the creative individual and feed the intellect, helping to make happy, brilliant minds in a fun musical world! This is not a daycare. We focus on enriching musical talents as well as academic stimulation. With a new theme every week, it’s the perfect mix of music, adventure and FUN!

Pre-registration is required. Camps fill up quickly.

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1. Rock ‘n Roll Summer May 29 – June 1

Celebrate the start of summer with a bang! Have rock band practice, get featured in a rock-star magazine and star in a music video!


2. Classic Animal Safari June 4 – 8
Field trip: Summerfield Zoo

We’re wild about animals! Safari scavenger hunt, animal yoga, zoo charades, jungle snakes and lots of roaring safari fun!

3. Poppin’ Science June 11 – 15
Field trip: Discovery Center

Tons of science experiments, amoeba tag and slime time make up this week packed full of scientific fun!

4. Dr. Techno’s Spy Academy June 18 – 22
Field trip: Movie Theater

Get trained for serious spy business by the mysterious Dr. Techno, complete with spy ID cards, spy obstacles and master disguises!

5. Wild West Country June 25 – 29
Field trip: Monkey Joe’s UPDATED: Coral Cove

Ride your trusty steeds as you become a true cow wrangler, attend a ho down, create cactus art and enjoy some franks ‘n beans!

6. Party in the Good ol’ USA July 2 – 6
Closed July 4

Join us as we celebrate the music and dance of the ‘50s and ‘60s! Enjoy root beer floats, 10 pin knock down and a hula hoop contest!

7. Dinosaur Disco July 9 – 13
Field trip: Burpee Museum

Campers get to dig for dinosaurs, care for precious dinosaur eggs, make an excavation kit and dance at the dino disco!

8. Hip-Hoppin’ Pirates July 16 – 20
Field trip: Rockton Pool

Aye matey! Use your trusty map to go on a treasure hunt, grow a beard, learn pirate lingo and go on a pirate ship adventure!

9. Christmas in July July 23 – 27
Field trip: Sapora Playworld

Decorating Christmas trees, pin the heart on the Grinch, have a cozy pajama day, DIY gift exchange and of course, hot cocoa!

10. Disney, Disney, Disney! July 30 – Aug. 3
Field trip: Carlson Ice Arena

This week is all about Disney! All Disney karaoke dance party, design your own theme park, play at the fun fair and more!

11. Olympic Games of Jazz Aug. 6 – 10
Field trip: Forest Hills Lanes

Participate in the opening ceremonies, compete in the games and win gold medals to take home!

12. Goodbye Summer! Aug. 13 – 17

Finish off summer camp with some of your most favorite games and activities from weeks past!

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Field trip locations subject to change based on weather, parents will be notified in advance

The Studio

Studio Camp At the Movies

Our FIFTH year of summer camp is one kids are sure to love! Studio Camp At the Movies features songs from our favorite movies and movie musicals, including (but not limited to) The Greatest Showman, Enchanted, Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical and SO many more!

If it’s appeared on the big screen, it’s fair game… and we’re going to pick only the BEST songs for our original Camp Revue!

What: A week-long performing arts camp with games, Water Wars & a very special performance at the end of the week
Who: Kids ages 6-12

When: June 11th – 15th: 9 AM-12 PM (ages 6-7) and 9-3 PM (ages 8-12) daily
AND July 9th – 13th: 9 AM-12 PM (ages 6-7) and 9-3 PM (ages 8-12) daily
Location: Heartland Community Church
Earlybird cost: $90 (6-7 year-old campers) and $155 (8-12 year-old campers)
Regular cost: $110 (6-7 year-old campers) and $175 (8-12 year-old campers)

*Earlybird deadline is May 1, 2018

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Science Camps

Burpee Museum

Burpee Museum Summer Camps

Burpee’s summer series are designed as stand alone weeks, so you can sign up for one…or stick with us all summer through 7 weeks of different themes.


1/2 Day Session

Morning Session: 9am-12pm

Afternoon Session: 1pm-4pm

4 DAYS of 1/2 Day Session Cost: $90 General Public ($80 Members)


Full Day Session

Join the morning session, stay for lunch and enjoy an afternoon extension workshop in the lab

9am-4pm

4 DAYS of  Full Day Session Cost: $180 General Public ($120 Members)

Session #1:

Turtle Power

June 11-June 14

Burpee’s NEW live animal exhibit becomes your second home as you learn & care for aquatic turtles, tortoises and even prehistoric fossils from Burpee Dig Sites.

Session #2:
Lizards & Snakes

June 18-June 21

From ball pythons to bearded dragons, get ready to fall in love with amazing creatures.  Learn anatomy, animal care and diversity of these species.  Future vets won’t want to miss this!

Session #3:

Delightfully Deadly Dinos

June 25-June 28

Giant Teeth. Sharp claws. Strong tails.  All this and more will be ready for you to examine.  Go “behind the scenes” and work in our PaleoLab with real scientists.

NOTE: PM at Burpee Only.Sign up for AM through Discovery Center.

Session #4:

Tip the Scales

July 9 – July 12

Don’t underestimate the most amazing bony fish.  From salt water to fresh water species, examine the wild and captivity.  You will examine the local Rock River ecosystem and its health.

Session #5:

Breathe Through Skin!?

July 16 – July 19

With over 4,000 species of amphibians there is so much to learn.  These amazing creatures breathe air through their thin skin.  They are often an indicator of environmental change.  Lets see what makes them so special.  Participants will get to hold and care for amphibians from salamanders to poison dart frogs!

Session #6

Water Wonders

July 23 – July 26

Dive into the wonders of an underwater ecosystem.  The banks of the Rock River become your lab as you study the creatures of our hydro-world. From living fish, to turtles, to microorganisms, you will have your hands full of wiggling excitement!

NOTE: PM at Burpee Only.Sign up for AM through Discovery Center.

Session #7:

Butterflies & Bugs!

July 30 – August 2

The summer brings butterflies to Rockford each year.  Learn t catch, raise and research in our area.  Examine different bugs both in collections and in the wild.

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Discovery Center Museum

Discovery Center Museum Camps

Tot Spot Ages 3-6

Price for 3 day camps: $45 public, $40 members and Saturday Camp: $25 public, $20 members

Mini Camps

Incredible Super Heroes

Whether you are Mr. Incredible or Elastagirl you will have a blast at this camp! Create your cape or disguise and discover your own superpowers!

Session 1: Tuesday – Thursday June 19, 20, 21; 10:00 – 11:30 am
Session 2: Tuesday – Thursday June 19, 20, 21; 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Saturday Mini Camp:
(2-hour session)
Session 3: Saturday June 23; 9:30 – 11:30 am

Junior Scientist

Put on your lab coats and goggles! Be prepared to mix and measure as we create slime, oobleck and other fun experiments. Microscopes, magnifying glasses and more will be part of our time exploring science.

Session 1: Tuesday – Thursday June 26, 27, 28; 10:00 – 11:30 am
Session 2: Tuesday – Thursday June 26, 27, 28; 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Saturday Mini Camp:
(2-hour session)
Session 3: Saturday June 30; 9:30 – 11:30 am

Exploring Nature with Eric Carle

Let’s investigate nature through the amazing books of Eric Carle. We will see why the Firefly is lonely, what makes the Ladybug so grouchy and what keeps Spider so busy! We will even become writers and illustrators of our own nature guide.

Session 1: Tuesday – Thursday July 10, 11, 12; 10:00 – 11:30 am
Session 2: Tuesday – Thursday July 10, 11, 12, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Saturday Mini Camp:
(2-hour session)
Session 3: Saturday July 14; 9:30 – 11:30 am

I Spy School

Become a spy! Crack the codes, navigate a spy training obstacle course, dust for fingerprints and make your own disguise.

Session 1: Tuesday – Thursday July 24, 25, 26; 10:00 – 11:30 am
Session 2: Tuesday – Thursday July 24, 25, 26; 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Saturday Mini Camp:
(2-hour session)
Session 3: Saturday July 28; 9:30 – 11:30 am

Makin’ Music

Clap, march, and dance to the sounds of rock and roll, jazz, country and more! Musicians will visit and we will make our own musical instruments to take home!

Session 1: Tuesday – Thursday July 31, August 1, 2; 10:00 – 11:30 am
Session 2: Tuesday – Thursday July 31, August 1, 2; 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Saturday Mini Camp:
(2-hour session)
Session 3: Saturday August 4; 9:30 – 11:30 am

Entering 1st-2nd Grades

Time: Morning Camps 9 am – Noon (with before-care option starting at 7:45 am); Afternoon Camps 1-4 pm

A full day option is available for camps by pairing a Discovery Center morning camp with an afternoon camp with either Discovey Cener, the Rockford Art Museum (located in the same building with us) or Burpee Museum of Natural History (located next door to us).

Fees: $90 public / $80 members for either morning or afternoon camps. Rockford Art Museum and Burpee camps are the same prices, but paid for separately.

Super Heroes Assemble

June 18-21

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superhero Science! Discover the science behind superhero feats. Design a super vehicle, test your own super senses, and mix up super solutions in the lab at our top secret Headquarters. Then, use your favorite powers to create your own superhero identity, complete with costume and gadgets. Your curiosity will soar with this power-packed week.

FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Rockford Art Museum

Art Through Exploration
Get a little messy and a lot creative in this week of hands-on creativity! Using materials from paint to clay to fiber and more, campers are sure to have a great time while learning about art in its many forms.
To register for the Rockford Art Museum camp call (815) 968-2787.

Storybook Science

June 25-28

A week of action-packed adventure awaits a literary explorer like you! Begin each day by gathering to hear a tale of adventure, discovery and fun. Then, dive between the lines to learn the science behind each story. Experiment with concoctions that bubble and fizz, venture into the forest to find ferocious or fantastic animals, and create weather phenomena right before your eyes. At the end of the week, write your own sensational science story to share with your family and friends.

FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Burpee Museum

Delightfully Deadly Dinosaurs
Giant teeth, sharp claws, and strong tails are ready for you to examine, hold and explore as we learn all about dinosaurs! Peek into our PaleoLab “behind the scenes” at Burpee for a live view of what our scientists are discovering. Learn how paleontologists go from digging dino bones to a assembling fully mounted skeleton like Jane. You will step into the world of Jane and Homer in the late Cretaceous, as well as explore micro-raptors. Come dressed for a dig as you step into the shoes of a real paleontologist!

To register for the Burpee Museum camp call (815) 968-2787.

ARGH, Pirates!

July 9-12

We have found a treasure map left behind by the Rascal of the Rock! We need your help to follow the map and find the treasures of the mighty Rock River. Work with your treasure hunting team to solve puzzles and riddles that will direct you as you search through natural resources outside. Practice reading and creating maps while combing the park and riverwalk for the plants, rocks and water that make the area so unique. By the end of the week, your treasure chest will be filled with special objects to take home.

Mythbusters!

July 16-19

Prepare yourself for the messiest, stickiest and slimiest science that you have ever seen! Create the gooiest snot, make soda rain from the sky, paint with bubbles, and test how far you can toss water balloons without breaking them . If it’s wet, sticky, slimy, smelly or dirty, we’ll find an experiment to get you elbow deep in the science of muck.

FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Discovery Center

Robotic Explorers

Don your best disguise, recruits—you have been selected to complete a super-secret mission. Explore the basic concepts of robotics and computer programming in this creative and interactive robotics camp for super sleuths. Use simple machines and robotic building blocks to conduct covert operations and overcome tricky obstacles.

Magical Me

July 23-26

Spend a magical week of discovery as we learn the science behind the show. Magicians everywhere will want to close down our camp as we show you the behind-the-scenes of magic and give you the tools and the know how to orchestrate your very own show. Learn the scientific secrets to hide a person in a box, grasp how the mind accepts illusions, and uncover the math behind every card trick. Abracadabra and Albert Einstein come together to make this camp a scientific magic show!

FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Burpee Museum

Water Wonders

Dive into the wonders of underwater ecosystems! From rivers to ponds to oceans, you become a scientist studying what lurks below the surface. On the banks of the Rock River, our AquaAerobics Water lab allows you to be hands-on with real water testing, examine live wild animals, and learn about the health of our local waterways. Put your gloves on (or not) and spend time dissecting creatures of the world’s H2O. Spend time with our aqua life touch tanks and feel the differences between creepy crawlies of all shapes and sizes! You won’t want to miss this hydro-excitement!

To register for the Burpee Museum camp call (815) 968-2787.

Junior Jedi Academy

July 30-August 2

We need your help! Darth Vader has invaded Discovery Center! Become a Junior Jedi and learn the techniques the Jedi use to battle the Dark Side. Explore a galaxy far, far away, create lightsabers, and learn about the science of space and spacecraft technology. This camp will train you in the ways and honor of the Jedi. Gather your courage and prepare to become one with the Force!

FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Rockford Art Museum

Art Around the World

Take a trip around the world and through history! Campers will learn about the art of different cultures and create their own versions of some of the world’s most remarkable artistic traditions.
To register for the Rockford Art Museum camp call (815) 968-2787.

Entering 3rd-4th Grades

Time: 9 am – Noon (before-care option available starting at 7:45 am);  Afternoon Camps 1-4 pm

A full day option is available for several camps by pairing a Discovery Center morning camp with an afternoon camp with Discovery Center, Rockford Art Museum (located in the same building with us) or Burpee Museum of Natural History (located next door).

Fees: $90 public / $80 members per morning or afternoon camps. Rockford Art Museum and Burpee camps are the same prices, but paid for separately.

Villains and Cosplay

June 18-21

In real life, we follow the rules and lend a hand. But being evil can be so much fun! This week we create characters and explore comedy inspired by the bad guys. What does the Big Bad Wolf buy his mother for her birthday? How does an apprentice villain create a signature phrase? It’s all in good fun and heroes are welcome to appear. Just a note: even though we’ll be creating villains, the week is primarily about science fiction, the trial and error of good cosplay, and comic book fun! Real villains need not apply.

FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Rockford Art Museum

Art Through Exploration

Get a little messy and a lot creative in this week of hands-on creativity! Using materials from paint to clay to fiber and more, campers are sure to have a great time while learning about art in its many forms.

To register for the Rockford Art Museum camp call (815) 968-2787.

A Series of Unfortunate Experiments

June 25-28

Learn about lab safety and conduct experiments that look like magic as we explore chemistry, engineering, and physics! Take an in-depth look at the lives of the Baudelaire Orphans and help them outwit and outsmart Count Olaf. Can you discover the secret to keep the family fortune safe? (Caution: Some minor explosions will occur!)

FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Burpee Museum

Delightfully Deadly Dinosaurs
Giant teeth, sharp claws, and strong tails are ready for you to examine, hold and explore as we learn all about dinosaurs! Peek into our PaleoLab “behind the scenes” at Burpee for a live view of what our scientists are discovering. Learn how paleontologists go from digging dino bones to a assembling fully mounted skeleton like Jane. You will step into the world of Jane and Homer in the late Cretaceous, as well as explore micro-raptors. Come dressed for a dig as you step into the shoes of a real paleontologist!

To register for the afternoon Burpee Museum camp, call 815-965-3433.

Treasure Hunters

July 9-12

Roll up your sleeves and get ready for mess in this muddy camp as we dig for worms and explore other critters that live beneath. Unearth ancient artifacts, examine real dinosaur bones, pan for “gold,” and uncover rocky treasures as we explore the hidden wonders within the earth’s crust.

FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Discovery Center

Robotic Adventurers
TOP SECRET! Team up to program your secret agent sidekick—a MINDSTORMS® EV3 robot—to help you tackle challenges you’ll face throughout your weeklong mission. Develop digital literacy skills while designing and programming your robot to maneuver mysterious mazes, crack cryptic codes and collect enigmatic clues. Are you ready, recruits? This message will self-destruct in 3, 2, 1…

Mythbusters!

July 16-19

This week is one giant science experiment! Can you really slip on a banana peel? Will eating pop rocks and drinking soda make your stomach explode? Can ninjas walk on water? Using physics and chemistry basics, design, test and conduct experimental trials to prove or disprove various urban legends and age-old misconceptions. Combine the scientific method with wild curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity as you explode a week’s worth of myths.

Muggles and Wizards

July 23-26

Alohomora! Unlock the secrets of the wizarding world as you discover the science of real magic. Explore the halls of Hogwarts as your Potions Master teaches you how to double boil a chocolate frog, and discover the secret powers of extraordinary edible plants. Do you dare to try a worm-flavored jelly bean? Have you ever peered into a crystal ball? Jump on your broomstick, navigate the night sky, and make your own magical treats to share with your family.

FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Burpee Museum

Water Wonders
Dive into the wonders of underwater ecosystems! From rivers to ponds to oceans, you become a scientist studying what lurks below the surface. On the banks of the Rock River, our AquaAerobics Water lab allows you to be hands-on with real water testing, examine live wild animals, and learn about the health of our local waterways. Put your gloves on (or not) and spend time dissecting creatures of the world’s H2O. Spend time with our aqua life touch tanks and feel the differences between creepy crawlies of all shapes and sizes! You won’t want to miss this hydro-excitement!

To register for the afternoon Burpee Museum camp, call 815-965-3433.

Stormtrooper Boot Camp

July 30-Aug. 2

Blast off into an astronomical camp and explore our skies! Learn what propels a rocket, test your astronaut skills, see the stars in our planetarium and navigate constellations by making your own telescope. Would you survive on Hoth? We’ll find out!

FULL DAY OPTION wtih Afternoon Add-on Camp at Rockford Art Museum

Art Around the World

Take a trip around the world and through history! Campers will learn about the art of different cultures and create their own versions of some of the world’s most remarkable artistic traditions.

To register for the Rockford Art Museum camp call (815) 968-2787.

Entering 5th-6th Grades

Time: 9 am – Noon (before-care option available starting at 7:45 am);  Afternoon Camps 1-4 pm

A full day option is available for several camps by pairing a Discovery Center morning camp with an afternoon camp with Discovery Center, Rockford Art Museum (located in the same building with us) or Burpee Museum of Natural History (located next door).

Fees: $90 public / $80 members per morning or afternoon camps. Rockford Art Museum and Burpee camps are the same prices, but paid for separately.

ComicCon

June 18-21

Our week-long camp is filled with all of the BAM! POW! & BOOM! Comic Superheroes dream of! Exercise your superhuman abilities with an array of challenges focused on Marvel, DC, and more! Use inspiration from our exhibits and hands-on experiments and combine drawing and storytelling to create handmade comics and zines. Work with a professional artist to learn comic fundamentals and build creative content.

FULL DAY OPTION: Afternoon Add-on Camp at Rockford Art Museum

Art Through Exploration
Get a little messy and a lot creative in this week of hands-on creativity! Using materials from paint to clay to fiber and more, campers are sure to have a great time while learning about art in its many forms.
To register for the Rockford Art Museum camp call (815) 968-2787.

Zombie Apocalypse

June 25-28

What would you do if there was an infectious outbreak…that resulted in zombies? Get prepared for an invasion while you study the biology of disease, build a biocontainment suit, and practice disaster preparedness. Immerse yourself in pop culture myths about zombies while practicing survival skills, and of course, investigating and studying BRAAAAAAAIIINNS! Then focus on prevention by learning how scientists control the spread of disease and stop pandemics.

FULL DAY OPTION: Afternoon Add-on Camp at Burpee Museum

Delightfully Deadly Dinosaurs
Giant teeth, sharp claws, and strong tails are ready for you to examine, hold and explore as we learn all about dinosaurs! Peek into our PaleoLab “behind the scenes” at Burpee for a live view of what our scientists are discovering. Learn how paleontologists go from digging dino bones to a assembling fully mounted skeleton like Jane. You will step into the world of Jane and Homer in the late Cretaceous, as well as explore micro-raptors. Come dressed for a dig as you step into the shoes of a real paleontologist!Indiana Jones & the Science Park of Doom.

To register for the afternoon Burpee camp, call 815-965-3433.

Indiana Jones & the Science Park of Doom

July 9-12

Grab your fedora and bullwhip and come along on an archaeological adventure! Get down and dirty to unearth ancient artifacts, test your map making skills, and search for buried treasure. Dress for mess in this session that uses the tools and techniques of Indiana Jones and other professional seekers of what has been left behind for us to find!

FULL DAY OPTION: Afternoon Add-on Camp at Discovery Center

Robotic Adventures

TOP SECRET! Team up to program your secret agent sidekick—a MINDSTORMS® EV3 robot—to help you tackle challenges you’ll face throughout your weeklong mission. Develop digital literacy skills while designing and programming your robot to maneuver mysterious mazes, crack cryptic codes and collect enigmatic clues. Are you ready, recruits? This message will self-destruct in 3, 2, 1…

Mythbusters!

July 16-19

Are you stronger than friction? What does it take to defy gravity? Use curiosity, ingenuity, science, and math to test myth-conceptions and separate fact from fiction.

Hogwarts Summer School

July 23-26

Grab your Nimbus 2000 and fly to Discovery Center Museum for a week at Hogwarts! Be sorted into a house, practice your potions skills, discover magical creatures and learn to play Quidditch. Costumes are encouraged but not required for this romp through science and imagination.

FULL DAY OPTION: Afternoon Add-on Camp at Burpee Museum

Water Wonders
Dive into the wonders of underwater ecosystems! From rivers to ponds to oceans, you become a scientist studying what lurks below the surface. On the banks of the Rock River, our AquaAerobics Water lab allows you to be hands-on with real water testing, examine live wild animals, and learn about the health of our local waterways. Put your gloves on (or not) and spend time dissecting creatures of the world’s H2O. Spend time with our aqua life touch tanks and feel the differences between creepy crawlies of all shapes and sizes! You won’t want to miss this hydro-excitement!

To register for the afternoon Burpee camp, call 815-965-3433.

Rocket Science

July 30-August 2

No really, it IS rocket science! Summer is a BLAST as you design, build and operate a solid fuel rocket that meets both need and speed. Work with a team to explore persistent, “What if?” questions. This is your chance to engineer the future as you gear-up and apply imagination to the exciting realm of flight and aeronautics!

FULL DAY OPTION: Afternoon Add-on Camp at Rockford Art Museum

Art Around the World

Take a trip around the world and through history! Campers will learn about the art of different cultures and create their own versions of some of the world’s most remarkable artistic traditions.

To register for the Rockford Art Museum camp call (815) 968-2787.

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