Ages 7 to 12

2023 STEM CampsSummer camp 3 kids

Sparking curiosity and engaging naturally scientific minds!

Channel your child's inner astronaut, doctor, archeologist, scientist, engineer, detective or inventor at Discovery Center Museum's popular STEM Summer Camps!  Hands-on explorations in nature, science, and art will spark your child’s imagination and inspire curiosity. Our experienced teachers will guide campers through indoor and outdoor activities, games and adventures to foster valuable skills such as problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration.


Times: All-Day and Half-Day Camps available Monday through Friday

All-Day session times: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (includes supervised lunch and play time)

½-Day Morning session times: 9:00 a.m.-Noon

½-Day Afternoon session times: 1:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Fees for All-Day Camps: $250 Members/ $290 General Public (No discount for partial attendance)

Fees for 1/2-Day Camps: $125 Members, $145 General Public



Online by clicking on the links below.

or call 815-963-6769.

or visit our office Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Registration CLOSES 3:00 p.m. Monday the week before camp.


Cancellation policy: Refunds (less 10%) are available for camps when cancelled at least 10 days in advance. No refunds for partial attendance. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel camps; in which case, a full refund will be issued.


Food: ½ Day Campers bring their own snack. All-Day Campers bring their own snacks and lunch.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE–call 815-963-6769 for details.


June 19-23


Science on the Farm:  9:00 am - Noon     Click here to register

Who uses biology, meteorology, chemistry, and engineering every day? Farmers do! Learn what makes your food grow and how much science goes into modern farming!


Eco-Investigators:  1:00 - 4:00 pm    Click here to register

What a wonderful world! Learn about our world and the sciences that impact it! Join us as we take a look at ecology and the environment in this exciting hands-on camp.


June 26-30


Return to the Moon:  9:00 am - Noon    Click here to register

Calling all future astronauts! Launch into science as we take a closer look at the moon. As NASA prepares the ARTEMIS mission, we'll prepare our own mission straight to the moon!


Blast Off!:  1:00 - 4:00 pm    Click here to register

3...2...1... Blast off! You don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this class! Take off with Discovery Center as we launch into a class all about rockets! Learn how rockets work, design and build your own rockets, and launch your creations in this exciting class.


July 10-14


Shark Week:  9:00 am - Noon    Click here to register

We might need a bigger boat for this class! Take a peek at real underwater creatures. Feel real shark skin in a shark dissection. Take a bite out of science in this deep dive into the ocean!


Into the Wild: 1:00 - 4:00 pm    Click here to register

This is a survival emergency! Stuck without water, surrounded by snakes, and with no way to cook your marshmallows, how could you survive? Take a walk on the wild side with us as we look at the scary side of nature and learn some neat survival science hacks.


July 17-21


Architect Adventures:  9:00 am - Noon    Click here to register

Can we build it? Yes we can! Join us as we put our architecture skills to the test and build structures strong enough to withstand our challenges! Get hands on and creative to see how high you can build!


Making Maestros: 1:00 - 4:00 pm    Click here to register

Let’s make some noise in this combination musical arts and engineering class! Experience how vibrations create sound! Put your creativity to the test as you design and create your own instruments.


July 31- August 4


Awesome Engineering:  9:00 am - Noon    Click here to register

Have you ever wondered what sort of things you can make with supplies around your house? If so, this is the class for you. Join us as we discover amazing creations that can be made with everyday objects. From cars and planes to noisemakers and speakers, we'll put your creativity to the test!


Robo-Engineers: 1:00 - 4:00 pm    Click here to register

Booting system: Hello world! Run program: Interest Students. Get hands on with robots in the tech filled class. Put together robots for completing challenges. Program your robot to follow your tasks. End program: True


August 7-11


Messy Art:  9:00 am - Noon     Click here to register

Let's get Messy! Make sure not to wear your nice shoes to this class, because we will make a mess of everything. Get slimy, sticky, and hands on as we create messy works of art.


Splash Down: 1:00 - 4:00 pm    Click here to register

Water, water, everywhere…and who knew it was so much fun? Learn all about the amazing properties of water. Make and launch a water rockets! Test out your own hydraulics. And, of course, get wet in this fun refreshing class!