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Summer Camp

RISING 2nd & 3rd GRADERS

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

Registration opens to Museum members on January 7, 2019 at 10 am. A family-level membership or higher is required to receive summer camp benefits and discounts. General registration opens on January 21. A non-refundable $100 deposit per camper, per program is required to secure your child’s space at camp. Museum Members must login to see available camps.

DREAM HOUSE DESIGNERS sold out
JULY 8-12

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

What does your dream home look like? Is it in the country or the city? Is it tall or short? On the moon or underwater? Learn about different types of homes people live in, like brownstones, yurts, stilted homes, and adobe brick houses. After visiting the House & Home exhibition, practice drawing your own floorplan like an architect, then work to design and build a model of your own dream house. This program is designed for campers entering grades 2 and 3 in the fall.

FAMOUS ARCHITECTS sold out
JULY 15-19

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Are you an aspiring architect? Spend the week exploring the work of famous architects you might have heard of. Design a piece of furniture like Eero Saarinen, stained glass like Frank Lloyd Wright, or a curved building like Zaha Hadid. Learn about the changes to Mies Van Der Rohe’s famous MLK Library, see some models of the renovation designs, then design your own proposal. Finally, use virtual reality to visit famous buildings around the world. This program is designed for campers entering grades 2 and 3 in the fall.

GREEN BUILDERS sold out
JULY 22-26

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Explore how builders create healthy and sustainable environments for you and me. Learn how cities keep air and water clean, combat traffic with Metro systems and bike trails, and learn about different natural energy sources like the wind and the sun. Design a green roof, learn about solar energy by building a solar box oven, and then, as a team design a modern green city. This program is designed for campers entering grades 2 and 3 in the fall.

BUILD AROUND THE WORLD sold out
JULY 29–AUGUST 2

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

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 2 and 3 in the fall.

BRIDGES & SKYSCRAPERS sold out
AUGUST 5-9

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Put on your engineer’s hat and get ready for 5 days of investigating famous skyscrapers and bridges like the Chrysler Building in New York, the Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Learn about forces that work to keep these structures standing, then create and test your own designs. Can your skyscraper withstand wind or the weight from hundreds of floors? How do wind, tides, and earthquakes affect bridge design and construction? Design your own engineering marvels, then build a model to take home.  This program is designed for campers entering grades 2 and 3 in the fall.

ANIMAL ARCHITECTS sold out
AUGUST 12-16

$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Animals are some of the world’s greatest architects. Learn about animal-builders like beavers, honeybees, and birds, and explore the ways they build their homes and habitats. Spin a web like a spider, weave a nest like an African Weaver bird, or tunnel like an ant. You will design and build a habitat for your favorite animal. This program is designed for campers entering grades 2 and 3 in the fall and includes some offsite trips.