science camp at science museum oklahoma

Summer Camps

Have a Science-Packed Summer at SMO

Make this Summer a Blockbuster Event!

Spend Summer Camp with Sherlock Holmes and The Worst-Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience.

That's right! This summer Early Explorers (pre-K and kindergarten), Explorers (grades 1-3) and Innovators (grades 4-6) can spend up to nine weeks with the educators at Science Museum Oklahoma exploring the awesome power of science! Summer Camp will include interactive experiences with our blockbuster exhibits Sherlock Holmes - The Exhibition and The Worst Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience!

We know the decision to send your child to a summer camp this year may not be an easy one at SMO, we're committed to providing engaging, enriching experiences in a safe environment. We're dedicating substantial resources to making summer camp at SMO is safe for your children and for our museum educators.

Camp Registration is OPEN

CAMP FAQ

Hours and Tuition

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.

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.

Snacks and Lunch

Early Explorers should bring a snack for each day of camp.

Explorers and Innovators should bring to bring a lunch and a snack for each day of camp.

In light of COVID-19, we ask that food items be in packaging your child can easily open without assistance so that camp staff don't need to touch your child's food.

Available Space and Registration

Camps are limited to 10 children for Early Explorers (pre-K and kindergarten) and 15 children for Explorers and Innovators (grades 1-6).

Camps are marked "Limited Space Available" when less than five spaces remain and as "Sold Out" when full. If your preferred camp is sold out, please contact Guest Relations at (405) 602-3760 to be placed on our waiting list.

Registration closes the Monday before each camp or when full. Camp registration is updated frequently, however if you are concerned your preferred camp may sell out, please contact Guest Relations at (405) 602-3760 for the most up to date availability

Summer Camps and COVID-19

Classroom Spaces

Explorers and Innovators

We completed the construction of two brand new secure classroom spaces just before we temporarily closed - these new spaces allow each of our campers to have their very own table with ample room for social distancing!

Early Explorers

Our youngest campers will use our large camp room in a secure office area. We've also reduced class sizes for Early Explorer camps in order to give everyone a little extra space.

Changes to Camp Experiences

If your child has been to a SMO camp, you'll notice some changes - some noticeable, some less noticeable:

  • We'll spend more time in our individual camp groups and less time in multiple camp groups.
  • Individual supplies will replace shared supplies.
  • More time will be spent in the SMO Gardens and outdoor areas as activities and weather allows.
Health, Safety & Masks

We know that these health & safety measures change the initial perception of the summer camp experience, but our priority will always be your camper’s well-being, your health, the health of your family, and the health of the SMO team.

  • Masks: We ask that your camper wear a cloth or paper mask, and bring an additional mask each day. Your camper’s teacher will be wearing a cloth mask and/ or face shield during the camp day depending upon the activity and proximity to campers.
  • Temperatures: When you arrive at drop-off each morning, our safety and security team will check the temperature of each camper using a noninvasive forehead thermometer. If a camper registers a temperature above 100.4 degrees they will not be allowed into the museum. We ask that each camper’s family monitors temperature and well-being of the camper the week before camp. All SMO staff will also go through this process each morning.
  • Screening Questions: Please be prepared to answer a few questions each week prior to camp starting, such as  ‘Has your camper been experiencing any changes to their well-being consistent with COVID-19 symptoms?’ and ‘Within the last 14 days has anyone in your household experienced symptoms consistent with COVID-19?’
  • Positive Tests: If a camper or a SMO team member working with campers tests positive for COVID-19, you will be notified, and camps will be suspended for two weeks. 

Week 1: June 1-4

We Like to Move It, Move It

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Get into the groove of summer! Take camp for a spin and let’s move it to the music! Explore the science of sound, rhythm, muscles and bones. When we hear music, we can’t help but dance! Whether it’s a boot-scootin' boogie or a cha-cha slide, we’ll get on our feet and move it, move it!

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Wow Factor

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

The summer fun is just beginning and possibilities surround us. Get the basics of wow with this camp 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!

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Epic Adventure Movie

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

The music swells as the hero jumps their car off the canyon, landing it effortlessly in the hangar of a plane. Once again the day is saved – fade to black, roll the credits. Have you ever wondered how blockbuster movies look so real? Let’s explore the science behind their feats. Examine movie magic explosions and check out the art of stunts. This camp is sure to be a smash-hit!

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Week 2: June 7-11

The Most Magnificent Camp

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

You can make things and unmake things. You have wonderful ideas. You can make the most magnificent things! Draw out your plans, gather your supplies and get to work! Together with trained professionals we will create a Rube Goldberg machine, sculpt your own squishy circuits, investigate weaving and find all kinds of objects to build & design.

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Biology Island

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

It’s time to explore the crystal-clear waters of earth science and biology! Dive into oceanic organisms and the bacteria on your beach ball. Soak up the island sun and enjoy plenty of photosynthesis. From reefs to rivers and all kinds of species, let’s take a tropical look at the science you can see under the sea and on the sand.

Limited Availability! 

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Mystery on Baker Street

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

It’s time to solve a mystery, my dear Watson. With Sherlock Holmes – The Exhibition and the works of the brilliant Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, we’ll create a scene on Baker Street in foggy old London. Together we will solve mysteries using logic and forensics. Let’s hone our Holmes skills of detecting and deducing to catch the rotten scoundrels and send them straight to Scotland Yard.

Limited Availability! 

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Week 3: June 14-18

Wild Child

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

This week will be full of natural science and the critters we can find in our own backyards. The world is a big, wild place that still needs exploring. Why not start in your own backyard and excavate geological wonders that are right below your toes! What animals can you find when the stars are out or when it’s raining? Collect and explore the tiniest details of a leaf’s fingerprint. Let’s find out how wild our big world can be!

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Board Busters

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

What do you do when you have done it all? Have you bested all your board games? Have you worn out all your toys? We have just the thing to bust your boredom with your imagination and something new of your own creation! There are so many games to play and so many toys that you haven’t come up with yet. Bring your ideas and we’ll bring them to life.

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SMOXP

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

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 detect the science in gaming and game creation. Gaming can be an exciting challenge, but to get started you must know the rules.

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Week 4: June 21-25

Be Brave!

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Put your safety glasses on! We are always told to be careful, but the most important time to be careful is while doing dangerous things. And sometimes, the best science involves a little bit of risk. With your danger ranger guides, we’ll discover which bugs are just scary looking and which could be dangerous and what you should do if you come across a grizzly bear!

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Extreme Situations: Worst-Case Scenario

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

Survival can be challenging. Utilizing every inch of our amazing exhibition The Worst Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience, campers will get hands-on experience about how to endure in the wilds of different environments. Whether a disaster has struck or alligators are swarming, we’ll experiment and learn how to apply practical skills like shelter building, filling a bug-out bag and how to repurpose everyday items needed for survival.

Limited Availability!

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Bio Oklahoma

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

Biology is the science of life! Oklahoma has some amazing native plants, animals and water sources all alive and all steps from your door. Discover fascinating and sometimes frightening bugs. Which plants are dangerous and which plants are safe? Explore some of the tiniest Oklahomans as we search for bacteria in water samples from around the metro.

Limited Availability! 

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Week 5: June 28-July2

Country Mouse, City Mouse

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

What is the difference between the city and the country? What is the difference between a town and a farm? Skyscrapers and buses. Dirt roads and cows. Let’s look at all the big and little differences we can find and explore all the science behind them.

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A Trip around the Cosmos

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

Space. . . the final frontier! We live on a pretty special planet, yet we look to the sky because we are by nature explorers… and the best explorers ask a lot of questions! With our special guest camp leaders from the Kirkpatrick Planetarium, we will traverse the stars with special activities created just for you. They have all the answers to your out-of-this-world questions!

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Tinkering and Tech

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

Possibilities surround us. With a little ingenuity, a lot of innovation, a bit of technology and a dash of whatever is laying around, we can build about anything: robots, motorized vehicles, programmable whatchamacallits, and the hottest wearable fashions made from the unlikeliest of materials. Check out a 3-D printer, use power tools and get a little messy! Real tools. Real explorations. Real fun.

Sold Out!

July 5-9 (Daily Registration)

Operation: Exploration

Early Explorers – Explorers – Innovators

*Daily Enrollment Available*
This week is a break from camps but not from the fun! This isn't your average day at the museum. Your child will enjoy the exhibits and shows but this is their VIP ticket - we'll take them behind-the-scenes to see makes SMO tick! They'll meet the specialists, professionals and artists who create SMO's programs and exhibits. They'll also learn about the STEAM concepts behind our innovative programs and exhibits. With new experiences every day tailored to each age level, this is a custom-tailored day at the museum created just for your child! Sorry, this camp experience is only for children - no adults allowed!

Early Explorers, $25 a day non-members, $20 members

Explorers, $50 a day non-members, $45 members

Innovators, $50 a day non-members, $45 members

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Week 7: July 12-16

SMOcomelon

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Yes, yes, yes we like to go to camp! Come join Mary Quite Contrary, Little Bo Peep, and the Muffin Man for nursery rhyme science. Letters, numbers, animal sounds and more!  You know all the words to “The Wheels on the Bus”, but can you make one roll? You know “Baby Shark” by heart, but do you know how a shark floats? We’ll visit the SMO Oceanarium and see if you can find a fish that might be named J.J. or Yoyo or even TomTom!

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Get Smart

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

Art and science so often go hand in hand. In this extra colorful camp, we will explore the ‘A’ in STEAM. Use Biology, Astronomy, Physics and more to create your science masterpieces. This camp is where art, science, creation and discovery meet. 

Sold out! 

Imposter

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

This camp is looking kind of suspicious. Grab some crewmates as we bring this popular game to life. We’re learning all the skills we will need to complete tasks. Fix wiring, water plants and fuel the engines on our spaceship all while avoiding sabotage as we create a live-action role-play of Imposter.

Limited Availability! 

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Week 8: July 19-23

Freaky Frizzle

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Seatbelts everyone! Join us for a magic adventure! What grows in a petri dish? Can soap make a cloud? Let’s find out all these super science questions together, with The Frizz, and even visit with a real Lizzy the lizard and other awesome animals! Just to make your week complete, you might get baked in to a pie!

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Wonderful Wonders

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

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

Sold Out!
Danger Zone: The Worst-Case Scenario

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

Be prepared. Don’t Panic. Have a plan. We are always told to be careful, but the best science involves a little bit of risk. Join us as we explore The Worst Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience exhibition and activities that helped to inspire the phrase “don’t try this at home!”
 

Week 9: July 26-30

Wizarding Science Prep School

Early Explorers (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Our wizarding school is ready to welcome our smallest but mightiest wizards to begin their official training. Visit with exciting beasts and hear story-time tales of charmed adventures. With our best professors, we’ll explore potions and spells to seek the science of this magical realm. 

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Fantastic Science of Magic

Explorers (Grades 1-3)

Have your wands at the ready – SMO’s wizarding school is ready for some incoming students! Cease to be a muggle and find your wizarding potential. Study the chemistry of potions, test programming skills in charms, where to find fantastic beasts and much more. If you do well in lessons, you might even win the House Cup!

Sold Out!

Wizarding World of Science

Innovators (Grades 4-6)

Term begins on July 26th for Wizarding School: SMO Chapter! Get sorted into your house, become an expert at muggle Quidditch and discover how magic is just science in disguise is! From wand-making to butterbeer, we’ll find the STEAM in the world of wizards. Dive into the physics of this magical realm, the chemistry of potions, and much more.

SOLD OUT

For more information, please email reservations@sciencemuseumok.org or call Guest Relations at (405) 602-3760.

Parents/Guardians: 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)