Field Trips

Summer Camps for Children of All Ages! of interest for budding scientists and their families

Science summer camp

THE DETROIT SCIENCE Center invites young people to "Get Geeked About Summer" through summer day camps. Programs are aimed at children from preschool through 12th grade, and include Science Splash!, Eekstein's Great Comet Ride, Puzzles of Planet Earth, Crime Scene Science and more. Day camps feature all the amenities of the Detroit Science Center — theaters, planetarium, stage shows, hands-on exhibits and outdoor activities.

Detroit Science Center. Five-day camps are $150 for members, $165 for nonmembers; three-day camps are $90 for members, $100 for nonmembers; two-day camps are $60 for members, $65 for nonmembers; preschool/kindergarten camps are $75 for members, $85 for nonmembers. Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; extended hours (with an additional fee for service) are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information and a camp brochure, visit www.detroitsciencecenter.org or call 313-577-8400, option 5.

THE ALDEN B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in Midland presents I Spy Summer Fun day camps for children and youth. Science camps include Find Your Way: Orienteering and Geocaching, Don't Be Under the Weather, Insane for Insects, The Science of Art and Cooking, and more. The museum also offers a wide variety of camps in art, history, music and theater, along with some courses for adults. Participants may choose full-day camps or mix and match half-day camps. 

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. Prices vary, and scholarships are available; contact the museum for more information. Camps run Monday through Friday; full-day camps are from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.; half-day camps are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

For more information and a camp brochure, visit www.mcfta.org or call 800-523-7649.   

IMPRESSION 5 IN Lansing features hands-on Learn About Basic Science (LABS) camps for children and youth. Young children (ages 3 to 5) can participate in half-day camps such as Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!, Space Explorers, Recyclable Art and more. Older children (ages 5 to 15) can choose full-day camps such as Mummies and Mysteries, Survivor Science, Techno City, Jedi Academy and Gamestar Mechanic, among others. Weeklong camps run throughout the summer, and special one-day courses are offered from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3. 

Impression 5 Science Center. Full-day camps are $180 for members, $220 for nonmembers; half-day camps (for ages 3 to 5) are $90 for members, $110 for nonmembers. Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for information on half-day camps and extended hours.

For a listing of courses, visit www.impression5.org or call 517-485-8116, ext. 32.

CRANBROOK INSTITUTE OF Science invites children ages 4 to 14 to explore science and history through summer camps. Beginner Explorer Camps introduce young children (ages 4 to 5) to basic science topics through nature hikes, experiments and use of simple machines. Science Explorer Camps engage elementary students (grades 1 to 5) in learning about science through planetarium shows, experiments with electricity and ecosystem exploration. Students in grades 5 to 8 can choose from a variety of specialized camps, including Crime Scene Explorer, Physics Explorer, Outdoor Explorer and Ecology Explorer.

Cranbrook Institute of Science. Half-day camps (ages 4 to 5) are $215 for members, $240 for nonmembers; full-day camps (grades 1 to 8) are $315 for members, $350 for nonmembers. Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; half-day camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; extended hours (with an additional fee for service) are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information and a camp brochure, visit www.science.cranbrook.edu or call 248-645-3210.

ANN ARBOR HANDS-ON Museum features Summer ScienceWorks Labs designed specifically for field trip groups. Groups gain admission to the museum as well as participation in a ScienceWorks Lab. Preschool labs include Music and Movement and All About Our Senses. Elementary (K through 5) labs include Slime Time, Bubbles, Circuit Masters and more. All labs reinforce science concepts learned in school.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. ScienceWorks Labs are offered June 21 to Aug. 20. Labs can accommodate 15 to 30 students, or up to 60 participants when two labs are held concurrently. Groups of 20 or more: $8 per child (includes lab and museum admission) and special discounts for adults and teachers.

For more information, call 734-995-5439.