Summer Camp

RISING 4th & 5TH GRADERS

Camp hours are Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. Early drop off (included) is from 8:30-9 am. Optional Extended Care is from 3-5:30 pm (additional fees apply).

A non-refundable $100 deposit per camper, per program is required to secure your child’s space at camp.

Programs & Registration

BRICK BY BRICK sold out
JULY 9-13
$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Experience the world of architecture through play. Using thousands of LEGO bricks, you will spend the week learning professional building techniques and participating in design challenges. Recreate famous buildings with LEGO, engineer zip lines and rollercoasters, and experiment with the LEGO architecture studio kits. End the week by creating your own Brickfilm, a stop motion animation using bricks and other toys. In small groups, you’ll design your story, set, then learn how to film your creation. This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall.

WORLD ARCHITECTURE sold out
JULY 16-20
$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Grab your passports because it’s time to travel the world. Explore Greek and Roman structures like the Parthenon and Palazzo Farnese. Explore domes in Russia, arches in France, and houses in South Africa. Learn about some of the most famous modern buildings in countries like Spain, China, and England. As you travel, you will participate in activities, stories, and challenges related to the countries you visit. Learn how global architecture influences buildings in Washington, D.C., then design your own building with influences from your favorite country. This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall and includes some off-site trips.

ROADS, RAILS, AND RIVERS sold out
JULY 23-27
$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Transportation is key this week. Learn how city planners design transportation systems to get everyone where they need to be and meet professionals who have made trains, bicycles, and roads their job. Explore the different transportation options we have in Washington, D.C. through projects, engineering challenges, and visiting the real thing! Learn about Metro and the Streetcar by taking the red line to Union Station, then zipping up the Streetcar line and back. Work to redesign D.C.’s transportation system by creating your own drawings, models, and maps of what you envision as the future! This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall and includes some off-site trips.

SUMMER STUNNER sold out
JULY 30- AUGUST 3
$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Every summer, the National Building Museum builds an interactive installation in the Great Hall called Summer Block Party. Learn how the Museum works with artists and architects to design these creations fit for the space, and then, you become the architect! Hold a client meeting with Museum staff and create drawings and models for the summer installation of your dreams. What do you think would be fun in the Great Hall? Revisit fun installations from the past: design a mini golf course for you and your friends to play, create a mini Maze like the one designed by Bjarke Ingles Group and challenge yourself to engineer a dome like Jeannie Gang’s Hive. Finally, explore the 2018 summer installation (we’ll announce this soon!) with your own VIP party. This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall.

BRIDGE BUILDERS sold out
AUGUST 6-10
$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Have you ever wondered why bridges are so strong? Become a master engineer while learning about the forces at work in bridges: tension, compression, torsion, and shear! Discover the pros and cons of different types of bridges and then put your engineering skills to the test. How do wind, tides, fog, even earthquakes affect bridge design and construction? At the end of the week, you will pick the strongest design and build a bridge of your own to test its strength. This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall.

DESIGN INSIDE sold out
AUGUST 13-17
$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Interior designers are an important part of the built environment. They make inside space look and feel good. Spend five days learning the ins and outs of interior design. Create a mood board for a room that you would like to design, learn about lighting, textiles and furniture, even build a chair entirely out of cardboard! Learn how to plan a room for a client that meets their needs and your own design sensibilities, then make a model to take home. This program is designed for campers entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall.