Camp FAQs

Please take a moment to read through our FAQs. If you have any additional questions, you can email us at info@kid-museum.org.

Do you provide transportation to and from camp?

No. Each child must be brought to the camp and checked in/out each day by either a parent or those individuals named on the KID Museum Camp Form. We will not allow children to leave with anyone not named on this form.

How does camp drop-off work?

Children must be dropped off outside by an accompanying adult. KID Museum staff will be at an outdoor desk to check children in. You will not be able to leave your child unattended before the designated drop-off time. Temperatures will be taken at the time of drop-off.

Drop-Off
Where: 6400 Democracy Blvd, Lower Level, Bethesda, MD 20817

Enter KID Museum via the Bells Mill Road entrance to the Davis Library.

When:
8:45 am – 9:00 am

How does camp pick-up work?

KID Museum will not dismiss your child to anyone other than those adults designated on the KID Museum Camp Form ~ no exceptions! You must notify KID Museum of any changes to the pick-up plans in writing. All adults picking up children must show ID before they are able to leave. KID Museum staff will be at an outdoor desk to check children out.

Pick-Up
Where: 6400 Democracy Blvd, Lower Level, Bethesda, MD 20817

Same as the drop-off point.

When:
Summer Camp – 4:00 pm

Do you offer before care and extended day?

We do not offer before care or extended day.

What happens if my child can't attend a camp?

Please notify KID Museum if your child will not attend camp due to illness, emergency, or other contingencies. You may leave a detailed phone message by calling the KID Museum office at 301-897-5437. Per KID Museum policy, no refunds or make-ups will be provided for any missed sessions.

Why are campers grouped by grade?

KID Museum has age restrictions in place for all of our camps and workshops. We choose to use a child’s grade level, rather than their age, for several reasons. We require that all parents adhere to these restrictions when signing up for KID Museum activities. With this in mind, we do not make exceptions to our age/grade policies and will not issue refunds for noncompliance.

  • SAFETY: Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to our staff. Children of different ages have vastly different levels of motor skill mastery and ability to retain instructions, and therefore require different levels of facilitation and supervision for the same tasks. By separating children by age group, KID staff can make the appropriate choices around tools and materials and staff to student ratio to keep every child safe.
  • STANDARDS: Most schools attended by KID makers follow national or state standards in their curricula. Because of this, KID educators can generally assume a set of common experiences for children in a certain grade, even if they attend different schools, and design programs based on these experiences.
  • SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS: Even if a child is advanced beyond their grade level intellectually or physically, they may still be developing emotional skills that older children have mastered. For this reason, teaching a younger child a skill may look very different than teaching an older child the same skill.

How do you handle lunch?

Each camper should bring a non-perishable lunch and a drink. Campers may not share food. Please do not include nut products in lunches or snacks. Campers will have lunch outside unless prohibited by weather.

What should I pack for my child?

  • Clean face masks (2 or more per day; masks must be 2- or 3-ply cloth masks, medical masks, or N-95 masks, gaiters and bandanas are not allowed)
  • Labeled water bottle
  • Nut-free snack
  • Nut-free bagged lunch. Lunches will not be kept in coolers, so please include an ice-pack! Campers will not have the option to heat up their lunch.
  • Closed-toe shoes (shoes with wheels and open-toe shoes are strictly prohibited)
    Sweatshirt
  • Hair tie (for long hair)
  • Sunscreen, hat, etc. for outdoor lunch/play
  • An extra shirt, shorts, swimsuit or towel may be needed occasionally if there are any outdoor water activities. We will do our best to notify you in advance of these activities.
  • Hand sanitizer (optional)

What should I leave at home?

We encourage campers to leave electronic devices at home, including cell phones. Campers will not be allowed to use any electronic items during the camp day, and KID Museum is not responsible for any lost items.

Who oversees camp activities?

All of our camps are designed and facilitated by our team of full- and part-time educators, and assisted by trained interns and apprentices. Kids will always be supervised by an adult staff member.

Have a question not answered here?

Please email us at info@kid-museum.org and we will be happy to answer any additional questions.