Please note our hours have changed! The RMSC’s Museum & Strasenburgh Planetarium are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  
For Planetarium showtimes please see our show schedule and for Museum hours and to plan your visit, please see our admissions page.

Rochester Museum & Science Center Curiosity Camps

Stay curious with a hefty helping of hands-on, minds-on science and fun with camps at the RMSC this year. Learn more!

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Stay curious with a hefty helping of hands-on, minds-on science and fun with camps at the RMSC this year! Camps at the RMSC offer exciting opportunities for young minds ages 2-15. Get ready to share in new adventures, discover science, and explore exciting experiments!  


Curiosity Campers enjoy unique, rewarding, and fun-filled educational experiences, interactions with scientists and other professionals and further inquiry into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics.

How are camps changing during the time of COVID-19?  Check out the RMSC Curiosity Camps 2021 Health & Well-being Protocols to learn how our staff members will be working to ensure your campers stay safe and healthy.

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Camp Opportunities

 

February Break Curiosity Camp at the Science Museum

Snow Day Science  | Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! We’re ready for a blizzard at the RMSC. Build your repertoire of winter weather activities with us as we explore the STEM side of hobbies and pastimes. Travel back in time to carve, whittle, and weave. Turn up the heat, and take over the kitchen—and maybe make a science-inspired snack (or two). Design, make, and play your own board game; and paint with pipettes as we view art through an all-new lens. Then build a classroom-sized fortress to bunker down in until spring!

Ages 6-11. Campers will be grouped by age with activities tailored to fit their age level.

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April Break Curiosity Camp

Island Explorer | Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2

Spend the week as a stranded castaway on an island adventure!  Discover wacky island animals with Charles Darwin as we embark on the HMS Mastodon.  Build a stormproof shelter, test bamboo tools, and engineer an escape (if you even want to leave).  Plant a tropical terrarium, and use the elements of your extreme environment to inspire art.  Explore famous island architecture, and see if you can design a way (or maybe two) to pass the time.  We might be stranded, but we've got science on our side!

Ages 6-11. Campers will be grouped by age with activities tailored to fit their age level.

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Summer Curiosity Camps at the Science Museum 

9 Week-Long Sessions | Monday, June 28 - Friday, August 27.

Ages 2-15

Get ready for a summer of (sticky, silly, UNBELIEVABLE) science with the RMSC's Curiosity Camps! Led by experienced educators, let the museum be your classroom, playground, and makerspace. Scale rock walls in Adventure Zone, kick back with a show at the Strasenburgh Planetarium, and spark an idea for the next big thing as you wander exhibits and listen to our twin Tesla coils sing! Join us for brand-new camps at every age level, and repeat camp classics such as Level Up, Candy Chemistry, and Story Book Science. We've got a wild summer in store for you—filled with forts and fairy tales and toys (and engineering), bikes, backyard adventures, and animal babies. Get ready to think on your feet, experiment and tinker, and solve problems with science—and a mad scientist smile. See you there!

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Summer Curiosity Camps at Cumming Nature Center

Weekly throughout the summer

Ages 6-15

Discover natural science as a fun & creative way to explore the wonders of our world with Summer Curiosity Camps at the Cumming Nature Center! Each camp, led by an experienced educator, offers a variety of themes for different ages. With 900+ acres and 15 miles of trail, campers learn basic wilderness skills, nature science, outdoor team-building activities, nature awareness, and more. Camps days in the beautiful, natural surroundings of Cumming Nature Center offer an ideal setting for each discovery-based camp, creating summer memories that won't be forgotten.

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What our families are saying:

I sent my 2 children (along with some friends and cousins) to RMSC day camp for 2 different weeks this summer. We were so impressed by everything! The measures taken to keep the campers safe, the organization and care of the staff and the overall positive atmosphere made for an incredible experience for my family. The kids came home every day with a smile on their face. They loved their counselors, made new friends, and loved the activities so much. I cannot say enough good things about the RMSC summer camp. Thank you for giving the kids a safe and fun experience to break up a very tough summer. We HIGHLY recommend this camp and can't wait to sign up again next year. We are lucky to have you in our community. - Jenna Knauf

Please thank all of your staff for me! My son really enjoyed camp this week. Your approach to the recent requirements was well thought out, and it runs like a well oiled machine. I felt perfectly comfortable sending my son there. He had so much fun and talked about his one counselor Koa non-stop! - Carrie Webster

We've loved having RMSC be an extension of our bubble in these crazy times, and we are so appreciative of all the extra organization and coordination you all have done to make it a safe, healthy, wholesome, and FUN place for my son to spend his summer days. The programming is so well-crafted for maximum engagement - with each week's themes, different parts of my son's personality have been highlighted. The care with which it is all put together and shared with the kids is so clear in the way he's absorbed the information. You've planted seeds in his brain that have taken root; as parents, it's the best kind of support to have. - Anonymous

 

About Camps at RMSC

RMSC Member Discount

RMSC members save on Break Week and Summer camps. Not a member? Learn about the perks of RMSC Membership

Experienced Educators

Our camp Instructors are certified school teachers, museum professionals and/or experts in the field who share our passion for life-long learning. In addition to the lead Instructor, each classroom is supported by our teaching Assistants and youth volunteers. Our camper to staff ratio is 5:1.

Hands-On Exploration

Curiosity Camps let your camper discover science as a fun, creative way to explore the wonders of our world. With the RMSC as their playground, campers have access to our museum’s unique collections and team of specialists, hundreds of interactive exhibits, shows at the Strasenburgh Planetarium and scientists from our community.

Extended Care Options

Extended Care is available Monday—Friday both before and after the regular camp day. Options are: Before Care from 7:45-9am and/or After Care from 4:15-5:30pm. Registration for Extended Care is required.

 

Curiosity Camp Scholarship

The Eva Howe Stevens Scholarship at the Rochester Museum & Science Center provides limited financial assistance to young people in need who are residents of Monroe County and can benefit from offerings at the RMSC. Applicants must be residents of Monroe County and meet financial guidelines for consideration.

Scholarship Application Coming Soon!

 



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