Summer Camp 2016

Camp at the Institute offers adventures from traditional nature study to the secrets of the movie magic to how to survive in the wilderness. And, it’s all based on REAL science!


Before and After Care

Each week, campers in any session are welcome to join us for Before or After Care to accommodate families’ varied schedules.

Both Before and After Care are staffed by First Aid-certified counselors.

  • Before Care runs from 7:30 – 9:30am
  • Daily fee for up to two hours of Before Care is $20
  • Campers traditionally spend time playing games with campers and staff before the day begins.
  • After Care will run from 3:00 - 6:00pm
  • Daily fee for up to 2.5 hours of After Care is $20
  • Campers staying for After Care will spend time exploring museum exhibits, engaging in science activities, and interacting with counselors to foster interest in science.

A fee of $20 will be charged per child for every 15 minutes the child is left in the care of Institute staff beyond their scheduled departure time. Payment is required prior to the next day’s morning drop off.


Refunds and Cancellations: Refunds less a $100 processing fee will be made if your cancellation is received at least three weeks (21 days) prior to the beginning of the scheduled session. Refunds of Before and After Care fees will only be made if the cancellation is given prior to the start date of your child’s camp.

Register for Explore Science! Summer Camps.

Register for Explore Science! (Family Overnight) Summer Camp.

Register for Specialty Summer Camps.

Register for Hack This Camp! Summer Camp.


Specialty Summer Camps

Game Design (Entering grades 7 – 9)
June 27 – July 1
9:30am - 3:30pm
$395 members/$455 non-members per week

Learn how to design and program your own computer games using Gamemaker, an easy-to-use 2D game engine. Campers critically evaluate existing games, create their own game design document, and learn basic programming and problem solving skills to craft their own game. Each camper will have created a finished prototype of the game by the end of the session. Limit 20 campers.

Cranem Survival Camps (Entering grades 6 – 8)
July 11 – 15
9:30am - 3:30pm
$395 members/$455 non-members per week

For the adventurous camper, the “Cranem Survival Camp” develops the skills used to survive in the wilderness. If you were stranded in the wild, how would you stay alive? What steps must be taken to outwit and outlast the dangers? During the week, you will learn Hunger-Games-style survival skills that range from fire starting and water filtration, to shelter construction and nourishment. Brush up on your knot tying skills and practice basic navigation. Will the odds be in your favor?

Hack This Camp! (Entering grades 6 – 8)
July 25 – 29
9:30am - 3:30pm
$525 members / $560 non-members per week

Is your camper interested in electronics and technology? How about making, tearing down, and hacking things? Flex creative and problem-solving muscles with the help of kits, electronic components, and soldering irons. Find out how things work while building robots that respond to their environment, using Arduino for computer programming, building a one-string guitar, and constructing a model trebuchet. Come Hack This Camp!


Explore Science! Summer Camps

Explore Science! (Entering grades K – 2)
June 20 – 24, June 27 – July 1, July 11 – 15, July 18 – 22, July 25 – 29, August 1 – 5
9:30 am - 3:30pm
$295 members/$340 non-members per week

Calling all curious campers! Explore Science! K-2 camp provides younger scientists the opportunity to make meaningful discoveries. Join us for unique experiences each week as campers tackle new activities, experiments, and adventures. Using the museum and the greater 319-acre campus, campers will launch rockets, catch toads, make slime, construct simple machines, take guided nature walks, sail simple ships, and more throughout the summer. A private show in the Acheson Planetarium, an interactive auditorium program, and a visit with the Bat Zone are also part of each fun-filled week. Sessions will not repeat – come for one week or attend all seven sessions!

Explore Science! (Entering grades 3 – 5)
June 20 – 24, June 27 – July 1, July 11 – 15, July 18 – 22, July 25 – 29, August 1 – 5
9:30am - 3:30pm
$295 members/$340 non-members per week

Is your camper ready to dive deeper into popular science topics? Join us to discover the disciplines of physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology during Explore Science! 3-5. Campers will mix, tinker, test, fold, and dig during a variety of hands-on investigations. Examine fossils from the Institute’s paleontological collection, stir up chemistry concoctions, or do work with simple machines. During the week, campers will visit the Acheson Planetarium, enjoy an interactive auditorium show, see a live animal program with the Bat Zone, and discover the wonders of Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus. Join us for one unique session or for the entire series as programs vary week to week.

NEW! Explore Science! (Entering K – 2 and 3 – 5) WITH OPTIONAL FAMILY OVERNIGHT!
August 8 – 11
9:30am - 3:30pm
$245 members / $295 non-members per week

The final session of Explore Science! (Entering K – 2 and 3 – 5) will run from Monday through Thursday, August 8 – 11. This Astronomy-themed camp will encourage campers to explore the galaxy through experiments, hands-on activities, and a private show in the Acheson Planetarium.

Pack your sleeping bags and return to the museum Friday night, August 12, at 8pm to join the fun during the Explore Science! Persied Meteor Shower Party offered only to those who attend Explore Science Camp August 8 – 11. Evening activities include a bat walk, star-viewing in the Observatory, a program in the state-of-the-art Acheson planetarium, science fiction movies, late night pizza, meteor shower viewing and a continental breakfast. Overnight experience runs from 8pm, August 12, through 8am, August 13, with an additional fee of $65/person member and $75/person non-member. Space is limited. No refunds unless program is cancelled due to inclement weather. Please call 248 645.3210 to register for the overnight.