KID Museum’s camps have gone virtual – creative, hands-on maker learning, live with our Maker Educators.

Camps now added through August 14!

Welcome to Make it! Summer Camp

Join us for an amazing summer of fun-filled, hands-on learning and discovery! Live, interactive, virtual maker camps streamed right to your home for rising 2nd-9th graders.

Campers will gain new skills, engage with kids online, and build confidence as they complete original, hands-on projects.

Why choose Make it! Summer Camp?

  • Led by KID Museum’s professional maker-educators — simply the best around!
  • Structured sessions, targeted by age offered morning and afternoon, to suit your needs.
  • The right blend of live instruction, peer interaction, and at-home making to keep kids engaged.
  • Fun, inspiring camps for all interests including electronics, coding, 3D design, wizard magic, space exploration, and more!
  • Registration open for all! Regardless of where you may live, you can register. All times are EDT and the PM time slot is perfect for those in other time zones!

Times: Choose 9am – 12pm EDT OR 1pm – 4pm EDT
Pricing:
Members: $200 | Nonmembers: $225
Materials: Need to be ordered separately, see FAQs for complete details

To transfer your current Summer Camp registration to Make it! Summer Camp, request a refund, or make a donation, please complete this form.

Please note to receive a refund for your current Summer Camp registration, you must cancel by June 1 for camps scheduled June 22-July 17 and by July 10 for camps scheduled July 20-August 28.

Camps have all been made virtual and are now available through August 10.

Week 1 | June 15 - 19

2nd – 4th Grade | KID Engineers

Discover your inner engineer as you make things that roll, fly, launch, and float! Put your maker skills to the test with daily engineering projects and challenges. Explore the physics of motion as you create vehicles, catapults, and games! Required materials: Amazon Shopping List.

Household items to gather: Cardboard – thick (shipping box) and thin (cereal box), construction paper/cardstock/printer paper, masking tape, scotch tape, rubber bands, twist ties/pipe cleaners, plastic wrap. mop bucket or similar sized container that can hold water, paper clips, plastic lids (yogurt, juice, spice, etc.), craft sticks, straws. Optional: duct tape, hot glue gun, pliers.

5th – 7th Grade | Code Makers

What can you make with coding and physical computing? Learn the basics of Micro:bit coding, program your own retro-style video game, create and code amazing projects, and more! Required materials: Amazon Shopping List.

Household items to gather: Pencils, markers, rubber bands, popsicle sticks, tape, and cardboard. Optional: pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, hot glue gun, and straws.

Week 2 | June 22 - 26

2nd – 4th Grade | Making Around the World

Explore the world through making! Discover a different country each day through maker projects such as Guatemalan games, French castles, and Filipino paper lanterns. Required materials: Amazon Shopping List

Household items to gather: Twist ties or pipe cleaner, Scissors than can cut through cardboard, Ruler, Pencils, Colorful cardstock or construction paper, 10 sheets, Colorful markers, ideally ones that show up well on cardboard, Scrap cardboard or paperboard/chipboard (cereal box material). 1 or 2 cardboard tubes. A small ball, toy, or other non-fragile object smaller than a drinking glass, Plastic bottle (such as a 500 mL water or soda bottle), White crayon, Paintbrush, Bowl, glass, or cup for water, Plastic wrap or something else to protect your table from watercolor paint, Sheets of blank white paper, Cardboard box, roughly the size of a shoebox, Stapler with staples, White paper. Optional: Popsicle sticks

5th – 7th Grade | Engineer This

Looking to hone your engineering skills? Perform a series of design challenges using a variety of digital and analog tools while you practice coding, electronics, and 3D design. Required materials (our Maker Educators recommend ordering these from target.com: Popsicle sticks (100 ct), Rubber Bands (200 ct), Thin Skewers (100 ct), Assorted straws (24 ct), Paper clips (100 ct), Condiment Cups (50-100 ct), Spoons (48 ct), Pipe Cleaners (75 ct), Pom Poms (50 ct).

Household items to gather: Low temp hot glue guns/sticks, Rulers, Cardboard, Pencils, Rulers, Masking Tape, Paper, Scissors, Scotch Tape, Thumbtacks or pins, Pencils or 1/4 inch dowels, paper plates, cups, plastic cutlery, Stapler, Metal coat hangers, Twist ties, Paper, Cardboard

Week 3 | June 29 - July 2

2nd – 4th Grade | Virtual Wizarding

Young witches and wizards: time to bring some magic into your own home! Design a wand, use Muggle technology to create movie magic, and create the illusion of a flying car.

5th – 7th Grade | Space Engineers

Discover what it takes to become a real NASA scientist. Take on challenges faced by NASA engineers: creating a safe landing for a planetary explorer, coding a rover to collect data on Mars, and designing vehicles that can handle rough space terrain.

Week 4 | July 6 - 10

2nd – 4th Grade | Space Explorers

3… 2… 1… lift off! We’re bringing KID Museum’s NASA STEM Innovation Lab Outpost virtually to you. Build your own rocket, design a mission control center, code a space-themed game, and much more, while exploring the basics of the real technology used by the scientists and engineers at NASA. Required materials list: Amazing Shopping List

Household materials to gather: Scissors, Ruler and/or measuring tape, Markers (or crayons or colored pencils), toothpick/skewer (to poke a hole in paper), Pencils, Computer or tablet (same device used for zoom meeting), 10 feet of string/yarn/twine/dental floss, Beads (can sub in little balls of paper), Clear tape, masking/project tape, 10 pieces Heavy paper like construction paper or cardstock – variety of colors including 1 black), 5 pieces computer paper, Large piece of cardboard (about 18” x 24” or larger) – can use a shipping box, More cardboard (about the amount in 2 medium shipping boxes), Thin cardboard (e.g., cereal/cracker boxes), Aluminum foil (2-3 roughly 12″x12″ sheets), Straws (2-4) (can be disposable or reusable), 3 clear plastic cups (same size so they nest nicely), 5 empty paper towel or tp rolls (we can make rolls from paper if necessary), Small items to be used as weights (e.g., coins, washers, pebbles)

5th – 7th Grade | Puzzle Masterminds

Outsmart family and friends as you use your maker skills to create a series of mind-bending puzzles. Build a combination lockbox, code a digital puzzle game, and design and test your own brain-teaser challenges! Required materials list: Amazing Shopping List

Household materials to gather: Empty paper towel roll, Cardboard, Single-sided flexible cardboard (cereal box material works too), Construction paper or cardstock, Hot glue (MUST BE LOW TEMPERATURE), Ruler, Scissors good for cardboard (not necessarily cardboard scissors): 1 small pair and 1 larger pair, Scissors for paper, Pencils (can also be used as dowels or skewers), Blank printing paper, Colorful markers, ideally ones that show up well on cardboard, Pencil sharpener, Compass

Week 5 | July 13 - 17

2nd – 4th Grade | Tech KIDs

Combine digital and physical making and discover what you can create! Young makers will develop skills in coding, electronics, and fabrication as they design and produce games, gadgets, and more! Required materials list: Amazing Shopping List.  You will also need to purchase the Stop Motion Studio app for a phone or tablet.

Household materials to gather: Cardboard, Tape/glue, Computer, Phone/Ipad/tablet, Paper, Pencil, Markers, Misc. craft materials, Tinfoil, Suggested Optional Objects: Clay, colored paper, legos, post-its, paperclips, other small things (for stop motion)

5th – 7th Grade | Wacky Inventions

Take on the engineering design process and build your own wacky inventions! Learn maker skills like 3D design, electronics, and coding as you invent machines that are both fun and useful. Required materials list: Amazon Shopping List.

Household materials: Sponge, Cardboard tube, Plastic Cups, assorted sizes, Popsicle Sticks, Rubber Bands, Cardboard, Colored paper, Wooden Dowels, Graph Paper, Tape – masking or invisible, Craft glue, Scissors, Glue dots, WIre, twist ties, Craft sticks, Straws, Low temp glue gun and hot glue, Misc. garden pots, tools, Scraps of metal, foil, plastic, Recyclables, Toiletries such as combs, barrettes, elastics, nail clippers, bottles, Plastic utensils, cups, plates, Elastic, Yarn, Plastic tubes, screen/mesh, Old tools

Week 6 | July 20 - July 24

6th – 9th Grade | Community KIDs

Earn SSL hours and make a difference. Connect with your community virtually by engaging in a variety of at-home service projects, like making toys for shelter animals, puzzles and games for older adults, seed bombs for our natural environment, and face masks for COVID relief. Campers can expect to earn approximately 10 SSL hours. Service projects will be made at home and can be dropped off at KID Museum to be donated to local community organizations (or you can choose to donate to an organization directly).

Here’s a download of the materials list for this camp.

Week 7 | July 27 - 31

6th – 9th Grade | Community KIDs

Earn SSL hours and make a difference. Connect with your community virtually by engaging in a variety of at-home service projects, like making toys for shelter animals, puzzles and games for older adults, seed bombs for our natural environment, and face masks for COVID relief. Campers can expect to earn approximately 10 SSL hours. Service projects will be made at home and can be dropped off at KID Museum to be donated to local community organizations (or you can choose to donate to an organization directly).

Here’s a download of the materials list for this camp.

Week 8 | August 3 - 7

2nd – 4th Grade | Space Explorers

3… 2… 1… lift off! We’re bringing KID Museum’s NASA STEM Innovation Lab Outpost virtually to you. Build your own rocket, design a mission control center, code a space-themed game, and much more, while exploring the basics of the real technology used by the scientists and engineers at NASA.

5th – 7th Grade | Engineer This

Looking to hone your engineering skills? Perform a series of design challenges using a variety of digital and analog tools while you practice coding, electronics, and 3D design.

Week 9 | August 10 - 14

2nd – 4th Grade | KID Engineers

Discover your inner engineer as you make things that roll, fly, launch, and float! Put your maker skills to the test with daily engineering projects and challenges. Explore the physics of motion as you create vehicles, catapults, and games!

5th – 7th Grade | Wacky Inventions

Take on the engineering design process and build your own wacky inventions! Learn maker skills like 3D design, electronics, and coding as you invent machines that are both fun and useful.

FAQs

What is the schedule?
Camps run daily, Monday-Friday. Choose either a morning (9am – 12pm) or afternoon (1pm – 4pm) timeslot.

What will the experience be like?
Camps feature a mix of online instruction, independent “making,” and online group interaction to keep kids engaged with minimal adult involvement.

What is the cost?
$200 members/$225 nonmembers; if you are transferring your previous camp registration, the difference will be automatically refunded.

Will materials be provided?
Families need to order their own supplies and should budget for up to $25 per camp. We’ll provide an Amazon Shopping list two weeks before each session starts. Please leave enough time to receive your order before the start of camp.

Policies

1. Please review our virtual code of conduct prior to the start of camp.

2. KID Museum reserves the right to cancel a Make it! Summer Camp in the event of low enrollment. If a camp is canceled, full refunds will be issued.

3. Registration for each session closes one week prior to the start of camp.

4. If you would like to request a refund for Make it! Summer Camp:

  • 100% refund if requested at least one week before the start of camp
  • 50% refund if requested by the Friday before the start of camp
  • No refund if canceled the weekend before the start of camp

5. All of our programming is designed to be safe, fun, and age-appropriate. However, given the virtual nature of Make it! Summer Camp, KID Museum cannot be responsible for children’s individual behavior or monitor the safety of the home environment. KID Museum assumes no liability in these areas and relies on the parent/guardian to ensure the safety of their own child.

Questions? Email us at info@kid-museum.org.