Tot Spot Ages 3-5

Thorin Brunson

Tot Spot Mini-Camps - Summer 2024

Hands-on exploration and interactive stories engage children as they learn about science, language, engineering, art, mathematics, and social skills.

Ages: 3-5 

Times: Monday-Thursday from 9:00-11:00 am

Cost: $85 Members / $95 Public   

Parents are welcome to drop off their children or wait outside the classroom while their children are enjoying camp.

Preregistration required; payment must accompany registration. 

Three ways to register:

1. Online at DiscoveryCenterMuseum.org

2. Call 815-963-6769

3. Visit our office Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Registration CLOSES at 3:00 p.m. Monday the week before camp.

Cancellation policy: Refunds (less 10%) are available for camps when canceled 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.

Summer Camp Policies - click here



June 17-20

Superheroes of Summer - Click to register (FULL - please call to be put on wait list)

Explore what makes superheroes so special. Complete superhero training courses and construct gear as you develop your own superhero identity! 


June 24-27

The Power of Wind and Flight - Click to register (FULL - please call to be put on wait list)

Let your imagination soar by investigating aerodynamics as we craft paper airplanes, fly kites, and launch rockets. 


July 8-11

Sensory Explorers - Click to register (FULL - please call to be put on wait list)

See, hear, touch, taste, and smell- Your senses are powerful things! This week, we will use fun science experiments, art activities, and even simple cooking to engage our senses! This camp is not recommended for children with food allergies/sensitivities including (but not limited to): milk, egg, tree nut, peanut, wheat, and soybeans.


July 15-18

Make a Splash - Click to register (FULL - please call to be put on wait list)

From ice boats and waterwheels to good old-fashioned water balloons- Let’s beat the heat with some water and ice activities! 


July 29- August 1

“I Spy” Detectives - Click to register (FULL - please call to be put on wait list)

 I spy with my little eye… some super summer fun! Join us as we go on scavenger hunts, use magnifying glasses, and make treasure maps. 


August 5-8

Musical Dance Party - Click to register  (FULL - please call to be put on wait list)

Explore a summer of sound as we construct instruments, sing silly songs, and put together our own outdoor music festival! 


Frequently Asked Questions:

Why have you changed the age groups since prior years?

We want to ensure your child has the best camp experience possible – different age groups have different interests, abilities, and energy levels, so having separate camp weeks tailored to each age group allows campers to have rich STEM experiences while making friends and having fun.


Can I register my camper for a camp that is not in their age group?

The level of content and types of activities that will be completed in each camp are designed specifically with the listed age range in mind. Please register your camper for a camp that is in their respective age range.


Do you offer before or after care for campers?

We do not offer before or after care for campers – Tot Spot Mini Camp runs from 9 AM – 11 AM each day. 


How can I get into a full camp? 

We carefully determine the ideal number of campers based on our educators' teaching needs and the needs of our classroom space. Unfortunately, this means that we cannot admit students to camps that have reached full capacity. However, we may still have open camps available throughout the rest of the summer. 


Can I bring my child to the first day of camp and sign them up in person?

Most of our camps fill up well before the first day of camp, meaning that we do not have space for walk-ups. If you are interested in signing your child up for a camp, you can find the sign-up, as well as information about our camp sessions on our website. You can always call us if you have any additional camp-related questions.