Ever wonder how to keep young minds engaged during school breaks?

When school is out, education and adventure are in at Discovery Place Science! Investigate, innovate and create with full-day Summer Camps for Pre K - Grade 8. Our Camps are led by professional educators and offer a variety of themes to get kids fired up about science, technology, engineering and art. 

Camps run 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., with specific activities geared toward the grade level of each group.

OPTIONAL EXTENDED CARE: Extended Care is available from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. for $75 per week.


Browse Camps

There's a whole world of science to discover! From cooking to chemistry and robotics to rainforests, get ready for hands-on fun and exciting educational experiences.

Pre K (Ages 3 -4)

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Amazing Animals

Meet the animals you can find in your backyard, from bugs to birds

Pre K (Ages 3 -4)

Monday, June 04 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Pre K (Ages 3 -4)

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Digging for Dinosaurs

Dig for fossils & learn about prehistoric creatures

Pre K (Ages 3 -4)

Monday, June 04 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising K - 1

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

All About Animals

Learn about native and exotic animals as you explore their world

Rising K - 1

Monday, June 11

Rising 6 - 8

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Exploding Science Myths

Myths and urban legends are everywhere, but which are true?

Rising 6 - 8

Monday, June 11

Rising 2 - 3

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Girls Only: Full STEM Ahead

A week of engineering, programming, robotics, biology and chemistry fun just for girls

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, June 11 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising 4 - 5

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Wizarding World

Dive into the wizarding world & discover the science behind magic

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, June 11 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising K - 1

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Blast Off

Learn about life as an astronaut and create your own space gear

Rising K - 1

Monday, June 18

Rising 4 - 5

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Girls Only: Full STEM Ahead

A week of engineering, programming, robotics, biology and chemistry fun just for girls

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, June 18

Rising 6 - 8

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Robotics

Learn to build and program robots

Rising 6 - 8

Monday, June 18

Rising 2 - 3

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Science of Pop Culture

Explore the science behind Minecraft®, Star Wars®, Pokémon®, Moana® and Harry Potter®

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, June 18 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising 6 - 8

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Girls Only: Full STEM Ahead

A week of engineering, programming, robotics, biology and chemistry fun just for girls

Rising 6 - 8

Monday, June 25

Rising K - 1

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Junior Summer Science Institute

Enter the world of science and engineering

Rising K - 1

Monday, June 25 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 4 - 5

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Robotic Innovators

Learn to build and program robots that can sense light, follow commands & more

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, June 25

Rising 2 - 3

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

The Incredible Human Body

Explore the human body and all of its incredible systems

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, June 25 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising K - 1

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Fizz, Bubble, Goo & Glow

Explore the messy side of science through chemistry

Rising K - 1

Monday, July 09

Rising 6 - 8

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Rocket Scientists

Find out what it takes to launch a space craft into the atmosphere

Rising 6 - 8

Monday, July 09

Rising 2 - 3

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Summer Science Institute

Get exclusive access to Discovery Place Science with an elite group of summer scientists

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, July 09

Rising 4 - 5

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Superhero Science

Discover the real science behind some of your favorite superheroes

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, July 09

Rising 6 - 8

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Code Design

Make components move, make sounds, flash and more

Rising 6 - 8

Monday, July 16

Rising 2 - 3

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Dino-mite Adventures

Dig for fossils & learn about colossal creatures that once roamed the earth

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, July 16 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising K - 1

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Into the Woods

Take a look at incredible plants and animals in our backyard and beyond

Rising K - 1

Monday, July 16

Rising 4 - 5

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Summer Science Institute

Get exclusive access to Discovery Place Science with an elite group of summer scientists

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, July 16

Rising 6 - 8

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Anatomy & Physiology

Explore the fascinating anatomy of living creatures

Rising 6 - 8

Monday, July 23

Rising 2 - 3

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Intro to Robotics

Learn the basics of programming and get hands-on with robotic systems

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, July 23 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising K - 1

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Junior Summer Science Institute

Enter the world of science and engineering

Rising K - 1

Monday, July 23 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 4 - 5

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Tinker, Innovate & Make

Think outside the box for engineering, inventing and design

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, July 23

Rising K - 1

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

All About Animals

Learn about native and exotic animals as you explore their world

Rising K - 1

Monday, July 30

Rising 2 - 3

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Cool Chemistry

What happens when you mix things together?

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, July 30 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 6 - 8

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Summer Science Institute

Enjoy exclusive access to the Museum, including behind-the-scenes tours

Rising 6 - 8

Monday, July 30

Rising 4 - 5

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Ultimate Game Makers

Do you love games? Ever wonder what it takes to build your own?

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, July 30 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising 2 - 3

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Astronaut Academy

Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut and help colonize the moon or Mars?

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, August 06 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising K - 1

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Blast Off

Learn about life as an astronaut and create your own space gear

Rising K - 1

Monday, August 06 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 6 - 8

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Robotics

Learn to build and program robots

Rising 6 - 8

Monday, August 06

Rising 4 - 5

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Wizarding World

Dive into the wizarding world & discover the science behind magic

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, August 06 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 6 - 8

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Crime Scene Investigators

See if you have what it takes to be a criminalist

Rising 6 - 8

Monday, August 13 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 2 - 3

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Kitchen Concoctions

Measure, mix and mold, from yummy snacks to no-bake play dough

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, August 13 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 4 - 5

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Robotic Innovators

Learn to build and program robots that can sense light, follow commands & more

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, August 13 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising K - 1

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Tails & Scales

Get hands-on with aquatic animals, living fossils & dinosaurs

Rising K - 1

Monday, August 13 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

Rising 6 - 8

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Exploding Science Myths

Myths and urban legends are everywhere, but which are true?

Rising 6 - 8

Monday, August 20

Rising K - 1

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Fizz, Bubble, Goo & Glow

Explore the messy side of science through chemistry

Rising K - 1

Monday, August 20 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 2 - 3

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Science of Pop Culture

Explore the science behind Minecraft®, Star Wars®, Pokémon®, Moana® and Harry Potter®

Rising 2 - 3

Monday, August 20 SOLD OUT

Sold Out

Rising 4 - 5

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Superhero Science

Discover the real science behind some of your favorite superheroes

Rising 4 - 5

Monday, August 20 LIMITED SPACE

Limited Space

FAQs

  • I've registered. What's next?

    Send in the Emergency Medical & Release Form at least two weeks prior to the start of camp. This form is REQUIRED. Your camper will not be allowed to attend camp until we have a completed form.

  • Where do I go? What do I do?

    Discovery Place Science Camps take place at the Museum located at 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202. We use a carpool drop-off/pick-up system.

    • Approach the Museum going south on North Tryon Street. Make sure you're in the right turn lane. Follow camp signs and turn right onto 6th Street. Stay in the right lane. Camp staff will safely assist your camper out of the car.
    • The pick-up location is the same as the drop-off location. Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to start of camp.
    • All adults must present a photo ID when picking up campers. Only adults listed on the Emergency Medical & Release Form will be authorized to pick up a camper.
  • What should I bring to camp?

    • Campers should pack a nut-free bag lunch and an easy-to-open and close drink bottle.
    • Snacks will not be provided, but a short snack time will be allotted in the morning and afternoon each day. Please send two nut-free snacks with your child daily.
    • Discovery Place Science Camps are nut-free zones for the safety of all of our campers. Please pack all lunches and snacks accordingly.
  • What does Lunch Bunch Care or Extended Care include?

    • Lunch time supervision is offered free of charge from noon – 1:00 p.m. when booking a full-day Camp or one morning and one afternoon Camp during the same week.
    • Lunch Bunch Care is available for half-day Camps from noon - 1:00 p.m. for $25 per week.
    • Extended Care is now available from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. for $75 per week.
    • Children will bring their own lunch and/or snack and participate in board games, simple crafts, watch movies or other activities as planned by the extended care team.
  • What is the cancellation policy?

    • Cancellation notice of 3 weeks is required for a full refund. A $35 processing fee per child, per Camp, will be charged for all refunds.
    • Programs with low enrollment 3 weeks prior to the start date are subject to cancellation.
    • If cancellation occurs, the family will be notified and given the opportunity to select another Camp or receive a refund.