From dinosaurs and detectives to superheroes and STEAM, we’ve got the perfect camp to capture your kid’s imagination and enrich their summer!

Camps fill up quickly and spaces are limited – Click here to reserve your child’s spot today!

Explore & More Day Camps will follow all OCFS and CDC guidelines for safe play.

I understand, Explore & More requires the following: 

  • Provide a form for parents to fill out authorizing who is allowed to pick up your child. Please note all people picking up campers will need to show an ID.
  • All campers should wear socks and sneakers, as well as play clothes daily.
  • Your child will not be allowed to attend camp if they have COVID-19 symptoms, including a temperature above 100.4 degrees.
  • Parents will drop off and pick up children at the First Floor Security Desk. Only those adults that are on the Authorized Pick Up Sheet and provide a picture ID will be allowed to pick up children.
  • Museum staff will be implementing periodic hand washing throughout the day.
  • We will not serve any food, including snacks. We will maintain a designated lunch time, allow for snack breaks, and facilitate hand washing and social distancing during all mealtimes. Please make sure to pack a lunch, snack, and water bottle for your camper (no refrigeration available).
  • Only campers, staff, and volunteers will be permitted in classrooms.
  • Museum staff will be sanitizing exhibits in between each group.

Explore & More Summer Camp Policies

Our Summer Camps follow New York State Health Department, NYS OCFS Regulations, and CDC guidelines. Pre-registration is required, NO WALK-INS. Camp is 8:30 am-4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted in the program descriptions.  Per our museum policies, upon entry to the museum, you have consented to having the museum use your and/or your child’s image for marketing purposes, this includes summer campers. Campers will need to provide lunch, two snacks and a water bottle (unless otherwise noted).  Please note: Timeframes for Fairy Tale Fantasy – Pre- K Camp, Under The Sea, Around The World in 80 Days (kind of…), and Together to Kindergarten differ from other camps.  Campers for these camps do not need a lunch however please provide a snack and a water bottle for your child daily.

Explore & More Members receive a $25 discount per child, per camp.

Detective Challenge

Uncovering clues is a lot of fun, and we’re sure you’ll agree. That’s why we think a detective challenge-themed summer camp sounds perfect!

Inspector E&M is on the loose, leaving clues dotted around the museum. The camp kids (aka detectives) will go on a scavenger hunt to discover the prize at the end.

It’ll take the most determined detectives to solve the clues and claim the prize before the timer runs out! Working to solve mysteries will enhance your summer camp kids’ teamwork skills as well as their logical processing.

Now, where did we leave that treasure…?

Ages: Grades K-3
Date: Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28
Time: 8:30am – 4pm
Price Per Child: $325
Museum members receive a $25 discount.
Campers will need to provide a lunch, two snacks and a water bottle daily.

Jurassic Park Camp

This school age summer camp brings the excitement of the prehistoric world to life for kids.

They will learn about dinosaurs, create their own fossil projects, and participate in Jurassic-themed activities and games.

Why not venture out and see if we can discover some fossils of our own? Great idea!

We will visit our friends at Penn Dixie to do just that. We could have the next generation of paleontologists right under our nose!

Ages: Grades K-3
Date: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12
Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Price per child: $325
Museum members receive a $25 discount.

Sports Camp

Fun is in the air at Sports Camp!

Children will build friendships and engage in physical activity in a safe and healthy environment, both indoors at Explore & More and outdoors at nearby Canalside.

With the aid of some outside program partners who will supply various sports-themed materials and activities, children will play, explore, learn, and develop their athletic skills.

Children will be introduced to various sports while emphasizing the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Ages: Grades K-3
Date: Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19
Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Price per child: $325
Museum members receive a $25 discount.

World Travelers Cooking Camp

Pack your bag and let’s get exploring!

Children will travel the world and encounter a different country every day of the week through maker projects, artistic masterpieces, traditional games, and authentic foods, as they gain math, science, and cooking skills. Hands-on cooking lessons are built into the daily schedule.

This isn’t your typical make-pizza-bagels-and-ice-cream-sundaes kiddie “cooking” class, either. The program will highlight a different country on each of the five camp days, highlighting traditional foods and recipes that campers will bring home each day to share with their family.

Each cooking class, approximately 75-90 minutes, will be built into our daily camp schedule.

During this week-long camp, all the ingredients are pre-measured and included for campers to learn about how people live in different places around the world!

Ages: Grades 2-5
Date: Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26
Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Price per child: $375
Museum members receive a $25 discount.

STEAM Camp

Grab your lab coat and goggles and join us this summer at Explore & More’s Tinker Camp!

Spend the week exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) topics and design challenges that range from building robots to understanding rocket ships.

Through loosely structured challenges and puzzles, students will practice imagining and finding solutions as they stretch their minds in new ways to build structures out of spaghetti, break secret codes, create silly inventions, and more.

Take a break from technology and focus on being imaginative, silly, and scrappy: that’s all you need to have fun! Discover the true maker in you!

Ages: Grades K-3
Date: Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2
Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Price per child: $325
Museum members receive a $25 discount.

Superheroes: Saving Planet Earth

Superhero girls and boys soar off on a top-secret mission to save planet Earth using the most important superpower of all: imagination!

Like Powerpuffs and Spider Boys, campers will design our own superhero masks, shields, and capes to protect our secret identities as we save the world.

During these fun and resourceful art experiences, Super Art Heroes create a variety of AMAZING and original works of art using natural, recycled and unconventional art forms and techniques. Paint canvas tote bags and construct your own super-vehicles!

Both girls and boys will have a blast as members of the League of Super Art Heroes, saving the Earth with exciting and creative activities.

Ages: Grades K-3
Date: Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9
Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Price Per Child: $325
Museum members receive a $25 discount.

Farm to Fork Camp

If you need some help with your garden, enroll your budding green thumb in this five-day gardening and cooking camp.

Kids will learn how to care for a plant from growing to harvesting, then they’ll take the day’s produce and make a healthy dish to bring home and share with their family.

We’ll participate in virtual field trips with local farmers and participate in hands-on cooking experiences highlighting local fresh seasonal ingredients. A little gardening here, a little cooking there, and your child will get experience in organic farming as well as how to prepare different types of vegetables.

Don’t worry: There’s plenty of time to play inside Explore & More Museum, hikes around Canalside, games, arts and crafts, too.

Sign them up for Farm to Fork Camp, and they’ll come back with an advanced palate and a thumb greener than yours. Think of it as an investment in your family’s mealtime future

Ages: Grades K-3
Date: Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16
Time: 8:30am-4:00pm
Price per child: $375
Museum members receive a $25 discount.

Together to Kindergarten

We know summer is just starting, but it is never too early to start preparing for school!

In September, many children will be “leaving the nest” and going off on their own for the first time. No, we are not talking about going to college. We’re talking about little ones going to kindergarten!

For many kids, this will be the first time they spend away from their parents for an extended period.

At Together to Kindergarten, young campers are set up for success by providing fun and educational activities based on the following Kindergarten Readiness Skill-Builders: fine motor skills (cutting, writing, using manipulatives for small motor tasks), large motor skills (large group games, balancing, climbing), social/emotional skills (socializing, making new friends, taking turns, sharing, good manners), language skills (speaking in a whole group setting, asking for assistance), reading skills (rhyming, recognizing patterns in stories, print awareness), and math skills (counting, patterning, measuring).

Campers will get used to “school” routines and separating from parents while playing and learning in the various Play Zones at Explore & More.

Campers will need to provide a snack and a water bottle daily.

Ages: 4-5 (entering Kindergarten in September 2024)
Date: Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 23
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Price per child: $225
Museum members receive a $25 discount.

Mystery Week

And finally, back by popular demand, we’ve saved our very favorite summer camp theme for last. What is it, you ask? Mystery Week, of course!

What is Mystery Week, you ask? The fun of Mystery Week is that each day, the theme will be something a little different. Monday might be an Under-The-Sea Day, Tuesday might be themed around dinosaurs, and so on.

The real fun of Mystery Week is that the kids won’t know the theme of each day until it comes around, meaning that our Explore & More Educators will ramp up the excitement for each day’s activities and surprise our Summer Campers with something super spectacular.

How fun is that?

Ages: Grades K-3
Date: Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 23
Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Price per child: $325
Museum members receive a $25 discount.

We are open for play today from 10am-3:30pm!