Ages 7 to 12

Channel your child's inner astronaut, doctor, archeologist, scientist, engineer, detective or inventor at Discovery Center Museum's popular STEM Summer Camps. Experienced teachers will guide campers through indoor and outdoor activities, games and adventures to foster problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration skills...all while having fun!

Times: All Camps are Monday through Friday - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Before Care $5 per day, 7:45–8:45 am; After Care $5 per day, 4:15–5:15 pm. Sign up for the whole week or individual days (This option is only available for before/after care).

Fees: $210 Members/ $225 General Public (No discount for partial attendance.)

Register: Paperless 2-step regisration. 1. Complete the Camper Information Form by clicking here (Complete once for each child registering).  2. Select/Pay for camps by clicking any of the links below or by phone at 815-963-6769 or come to our office Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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

Cancellation policy: Refunds are available through the close of registration, minus 10%. No refunds for partial attendance. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel events; in which case, a full refund will be issued.

Snacks: You are welcome to send a snack for kids attending camps for ages 7-12.

Lunch: For full day camps, bring a snack, lunch and drink.

JUNIOR MEDICAL CAMP - Registration closed

July 8-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

How can you have fun as a medical doctor or scientists? Experience the exciting opportunities available as we dabble into facets of several different medical careers. Conduct experiments and investigations, engage in hands-on medical science explorations with Discovery Center educators and special guests from the wide field of medicine. Learn basic medical exam techniques, investigate biotechnology, explore forensic science mysteries and participate in dissections. Scrub up! Your table is ready.



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July 15-19, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Camp Half-Blood returns to train demigods in becoming legendary heroes. Storytelling, live action role-play plus physically- and mentally-engaging activities will foster teamwork, develop new skills, solve problems, and create summer memories that will last a lifetime. We’re traveling beyond Mt. Olympus’s atmosphere this summer to discover the wonders found in our solar system and beyond. Cabin teams will practice engineering design skills, construct and test rockets, design space suits, and build an outpost on the moon!


THE DANGEROUS CAMP FOR BOYS, with Burpee Museum of Natural History 

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July 29-August 2, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Every boy craves adventure. Exploring uncharted territory, testing our limits–it’s what we’re made for. Through STEM adventures, this Camp provides boys the opportunity to practice new skills and develop their potential to shape the world around them while practicing a battery of skills that will be used into adulthood. Based on “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” the best-selling primer on the skills that every boy should know, we’ll explore the chemistry of explosions, survival skills, the physics of water balloon throwing, land and water navigation, and more!


THE DOUBLE DARING CAMP FOR GIRLS, with Burpee Museum of Natural History

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July 29-August 2, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Girls are the queens of adventure...come take risks with us! At the Double-Daring Camp for Girls we push ourselves to the limit and try new things. Jump in to save our Rock River, learn outdoor survival skills, fiddle with physics and construct your own rollercoaster! We harness the laws chemistry to make explosions both beautiful and exciting! Based on the “The Double Daring Book for Girls,” the best-selling primer on the skills every girl should know. It’s a great time to be a girl; we will show you why! Push yourself to the limit and triumph over your summer with STEM!



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August 5-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Strengthen your inventor skills and tackle some intriguing challenges! Real inventors know that moments of failure are necessary on the path to success. Inventing is not a “eureka moment”, but a process that requires collaboration, hands-on STEAM applications, creative problem solving, and entrepreneurship. Use all these skills to invent a robot that can draw, design a thrilling roller coaster ride, build a stabile structure using gumdrops, and more! Explore the far limits of innovation and imagination as you build your own creations!