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Summer Camps

Have a Science-Packed Summer at SMO

Spend the summer with SMO!

Early Explorers (pre-K and kindergarten), Explorers (grades 1-3) and Innovators (grades 4-6) can spend up to eight weeks with the educators at Science Museum Oklahoma exploring the awesome power of science! Make things that fly, play with water, recycle, upcycle, break things and learn the science of grossing people out. Each day will be its own adventure!

Camps for Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten) are from 9 a.m. to noon and are $100 per camper, per week for members and $125 for nonmembers. Early Explorers are required to bring a snack for each day of camp.

Camps for Explorers (Grades 1-3) and Innovators (Grades 4-6) are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are $225 per camper, per week for members and $250 for nonmembers. Explorers and Innovators are required to bring a lunch and a snack for each day of camp.

Registration: Camps are listed as "Closed - Sold Out" when sold out and "Limited Space Available" when less than five spaces remain. Registration closes the Monday before each camp or when full. No refunds are available for cancellations made later than one week prior to the start of camp.

Camp registration is updated frequently, however if you are concerned your preferred week may sell out, please contact Guest Relations at (405) 602-3760 for the most up to date availability.

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Already registered? Download a SMO Camper Information Packet to complete before your child's first day of camp.

Camper Information Packet - Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Camper Information Packet - Explorers and Innovators (Grades 1-6)

WEEK 1: JUNE 4-8

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

How Does Your Garden Grow? - Limited Space Available

Attention all quite contrary campers! This week will be full of natural science and the great outdoors. Collect and explore the tiniest details of a leaf’s fingerprint. What geological wonder is in that rock you found? Dissect seeds and hunt for bugs — this week is all about the garden!

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

Phenomenal Phenomena - Registration Closed, Sold Out

We’re kicking off the summer with some amazing science fun. From periodic table games to combustion and technology, we’ve packed this week full of fantastic things from physical science to chemistry to biology. We’ll explore a little bit of everything and some of our science museum favorites!

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

Popular Scientist - Registration Closed, Sold Out

DaVinci, McClintock, Mendeleev, Sagan, Goodall … these are just a few the greatest scientists of all time. From biology and chemistry to primatology and astrophysics, we will venture into the minds and experiments of famous scientists and their explorations that made history.

Week 2: June 11-15

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

To the Moon and Back - Registration Closed, Sold Out

How much do you love outer space? To the moon and back?! Let’s try our hands at making astronaut food, soar into the solar system, propel rockets to the sky, and visit the Kirkpatrick Planetarium for a special show just for us — join us to meet the friendly night sky!

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

Backyard Science - Registration Closed, Sold Out

The world is a big place that still needs exploring. Why not start in your own backyard? Let’s take a look at the good, bad, and ugly bugs of Oklahoma, create wind turbines, design a bird house, examine the effects of light and shadows, and excavate geological wonders that are unique to our locale.

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

Dream it, Do it

How do you describe a camp that’s planned by the campers? Let’s get our tinkering caps on as we build a camp around the campers’ ideas. Want to build an amazing rocket? How about a two-story Barbie bungie? This is a choose-your-own-adventure camp for our innovative innovators.

Week 3: June 18-22

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Can We Build It? - Limited Space Available

Little hands can do so many things! Campers will try building a miniature town and structures inhabited by ozobots, construct a marble run, and explore the art and science of stamping and printing.

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

Camp Contraption - Registration Closed, Sold Out

It’s tinkering time! Do you love taking things apart? Putting things together? Smashing things? That means you are a serious tinkerer! Together with trained professionals we will create wearable art, sculpt circuits, paint with light, build a massive sling shot, and find all kinds of objects to build, design, and destroy!

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

SMO XP

Humans have a long history with games — in fact board games were played before we had any written records about them. Games continue to be played in all sorts of ways from video games to card games and live action role play. Join in as we play to detect the science in gaming and game creation. Gaming can be an exciting challenge, but to get started you must know the rules.

Week 4: June 25-29

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Uh-Oh! - Limited Space Available

Who’s ready to get messy? Our camp teachers love a good clean mess! Get hands-on with some ooey ooblek, inspire your inner-artist by mixing colors of paint, become a chemical engineer with all the slime recipes we can find, and even get up close and personal with an icky animal or two!

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

The Fact and Fiction of Star Wars - Registration Closed, Sold Out

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … during this week at SMO, discover the science of one of the most epic adventures in space and time. You won’t just use the Force, you’ll use forces! Investigate the light-side and travel through the dark side. Call on your inner-Jedi to examine unusual crystals, make a lightsaber, and even go for a ride on a hovercraft!

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

Jedi Boot Camp - Registration Closed, Sold Out

Rise up and join The Resistance … or not! Will you choose the dark side and use chemistry for evil? You’ll decide your allegiance when building your own lightsaber and completing dueling training. Let’s explore how fast a starship is and see if we can make the Kessel Run less than 12 parsecs.

Week 5: July 9-13

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Five Scientists - Limited Space Available

Let’s flash back in time together and travel into the lives and experiments of five famous scientists. Explore electricity with Nikola Tesla, physics with Isaac Newton, architecture with Leonardo DaVinci, computer science with Grace Hopper, and chemistry with Marie Curie. Each day will be a different adventure into these five great minds!

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

Microscopic - Registration Closed, Sold Out

Let’s take an adventure into the world of microscopy! Create tiny drawings using microscopes, make your own slides, find out what’s in Lake Hefner’s water, perform cheek swabs, and view dozens of organic and inorganic specimens, and then discover just how tiny we all are with a visit to the museum’s Kirkpatrick Planetarium.

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

Plagues ‘n’ More - Registration Closed, Sold Out

Get hands-on experience with survival! Whether it’s a zombie attack, infectious diseases, or a natural disaster, experience how the post-apocalyptic world would look. We’ll delve into the world of misunderstood animals, learn practical skills like shelter building and what should be in your bug-out bag, and test out anti-zombie vaccines to survive a plague of epic proportions!

Week 6: July 16-20

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

I Have the Power - Limited Space Available

Even though you are little, you have very special powers and lots of energy! Explore some of the special powers and energies that the world can provide — we’ll build sun-powered ovens, make super squishy circuits, tinker with wind powered cars, and have a special storytime reading of “Go Easy on Energy” by Lisa Bullard.

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

Camp Ew - Registration Closed, Sold Out

Finally — it’s time for the gross stuff! This week is all about the ewww. We’ll have a weird food taste test, make edible snot, and examine creepy-crawlies like spiders and worms. What would we look like if we had no bones? How come that sandwich has green polka dots? What. Was. That. SMELL?! It’s gross, it’s science, and it’s awfully awesome!

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

Lights, Camera, Chemistry - Registration Closed, Sold Out

How does a camera and film work together to create an image? Together we’ll experience many different types of photography and video plus the chemistry behind dark room development. Build phenakistoscopes to explore early animation devices, craft pinhole cameras, create a stop-motion movie, and even discover the tiniest parts of world through iPhone microscope attachments.

Week 7: July 23-27

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Freaky Frizzle - Registration Closed, Sold Out

Seatbelts everyone — join us for a magic adventure! How does popcorn pop? Can you see sound? What’s the best way to build a parachute? Let’s find out all these super science questions together with The Frizz, and even visit with a real Lizzy the Lizard!

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

Wizard Boot Camp 1.0 - Registration Closed, Sold Out

Have your wands at the ready – the magical classrooms at SMO are ready for some incoming students! Cease to be simply human and find your wizarding potential. From sorting to herbs and potions to spells, we’ll seek the science of this magical realm. Study the chemistry of potions, test programming skills in charms, discover where to find fantastic beasts, and much more. If you do well in lessons, you house might win the SMO Cup!

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

Wizard Boot Camp 2.0 - Registration Closed, Sold Out

Term begins on July 23rd Wizard Boot Camp 2.0! Get sorted into your house, become an expert at wizard sports, and discover how magic is just science in disguise! A world of wonder awaits — from wand-making to the the favorite sweets and drinks of wizards, we’ll find the STEAM in the world of wizardy. Dive into the physics of this magical realm, the chemistry of potions, and much more.

Week 8: July 30 - Aug. 3

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Everybody Has a Body - Limited Space Available

Explore your five senses in new and exciting ways! We’ll examine our heads, shoulders, knees, and toes, learn where to find our bones and what are they’re made of, plus find out if we can draw in the dark. Get your human body to camp where we have answers to all these questions and more!

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

Spores ‘n’ S’mores - Registration Closed, Sold Out

Summertime is almost over! Let’s explore the science of the great outdoors! Try your hands at shelter- and campfire-building, make solar ovens, investigate reptile identification, and take a special tour of our special exhibit “Decomposition: Discovering the Beauty and Magnificence of Fungi.” Let’s celebrate the summer season before it falls away!

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

The Fungus Among Us - Registration Closed, Sold Out

Attention all fun-guys and fun-gals! It’s time to get some culture and grow some cultures. We’re busting out the Petri dishes to see what kind of gross you can grow. Explore and experiment with organic and inorganic specimens, collect and examine our own bacterial slides from right here in SMO’s gardens under microscopes, and explore the fungi on exhibit in smART Space!

For more information or to register over the phone, call Guest Relations at (405) 602-3760.

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