Tot Spot Ages 3-6

Thorin Brunson

Tot Spot Mini-Camps Summer 2021

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

Your child’s health, and the health of our staff, is of the utmost importance. Our team has made modifications to our building, exhibits and summer camp practices in accordance with public health guidelines and industry best practices. In particular, we will follow Restore Illinois COVID-19 2021 Day Camp guidelines. Protocols may be updated based on guidance from local, state and CDC guidelines.

Learn more about our Discovery Center COVID-19 Protocols here.

Learn more about our Tot Spot Staff

Camps are children ages 3 to 6.  (To ensure social distancing we ask that parents do not stay with their children.)

Preregistration required; payment must accompany registration. Please call 815-963-6769 or click the links below to register. Registration closes 3:00 p.m. Monday the week before class. 

Click here to begin the registration process.  It is a two step process.  1.  Complete the Camper Information Form.  2. After completing the form click  the link at the end of the form to be directed to our online store to select and reserve your child's place in camp.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds (less 10%) are available for camps when cancelled at least 10 days in advance. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel camps; in which case, a full refund will be issued.

Prices for 3 day camp: $42 members / $48 General Public.3-day camps run Tuesday – Thursday either from 10 -11:30 a.m. OR 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Price for Saturday Camp: $20 members / $25 General Public. All Friday and Saturday camps are 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Need financial assistance? Scholarships are available - call 815-963-6769 for details.

  

Slither, Jump & Swim

Snakes, frogs and turtles – are they reptiles or amphibians? We will learn all about them…how they move, what they eat, and how they keep warm. We will have fun moving like these animals and enjoy lots of music, art and stories during this mini-camp.

Session 1: Tuesday – Thursday June 22, 23, 24; 10:00-11:30 am - Click here to register

Session 2: Tuesday – Thursday June 22, 23, 24; 1:00-2:30 pm - Click here to register

Friday Mini Camp: NEW

(2-hour session)

Session 4: Friday June 25; 9:30 - 11:30 am - Click here to register

Saturday Mini Camp:

(2-hour session)

Session 3: Saturday June 26; 9:30 - 11:30 am - Click here to register

 

Sand Between Your Toes

Get some sand between your toes as you use different tools to dig in our classroom and outdoor park. We will look at different kinds of sand, think about uses for sand, hunt for buried treasure and even go on a dinosaur dig!  Don’t forget your sunscreen.

Session 1: Tuesday – Thursday June 29, 30, July 1; 10:00-11:30 a.m. - Click here to register

Session 2: Tuesday – Thursday June 29, 30, July 1; 1:00- 2:30 p.m - Click here to register

Friday Mini Camp: NEW

(2-hour session)

Session 4: Friday July 2; 9:30 - 11:30 am - Click here to register

Saturday Mini Camp:

(2-hour session)

Session 3: Saturday July 3; 9:30 - 11:30 am - Click here to register

 

Incredible Super Heroes

Whether you are Spider Man or Wonder Woman, you will have a blast at this camp! Create your cape or disguise and discover your own super powers!

Session 1: Tuesday – Thursday July 13, 14, 15; 10:00-11:30 am - Click here to register

Session 2: Tuesday – Thursday July 13, 14, 15; 1:00 - 2:30 pm - Click here to register

Friday Mini Camp: NEW

(2-hour session)

Session 4: Friday July 16; 9:30 - 11:30 am - Click here to register

Saturday Mini Camp:

(2-hour session)

Session 3: Saturday July 17; 9:30-11:30 am - Click here to register

 

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Calling all gardeners! Discover how to care for your own little garden. We will plant a small garden to take home as well as learning where and how our food is grown. While you are here, learn about the world of nature’s engineers – worms – and their role in making the soil for our gardens even better.

Session 1: Tuesday – Thursday July 20, 21, 22; 10:00-11:30 am - Click here to register

Session 2: Tuesday – Thursday July 20, 21, 22; 1:00- 2:30 pm - Click here to register

Friday Mini Camp: NEW

(2-hour session)

Session 4: Friday July 23; 9:30 - 11:30 am - Click here to register

Saturday Mini Camp:

(2-hour session)

Session 3: Saturday July 24; 9:30-11:30 am - Click here to register

 

Under the Sea

Dive in and have a whale of a time as you explore sea shells, hermit crabs, sea turtles, dolphins and many more in this special summer mini-camp. There will be plenty of music, movement, art and fun as we learn about the wonderful and mysterious creatures under the sea.

Session 1: Tuesday – Thursday August 3, 4, 5; 10:00-11:30 am - Click here to register

Session 2: Tuesday – Thursday August 3, 4, 5; 1:00- 2:30 pm - Click here to register

Friday Mini Camp: NEW

(2-hour session)

Session 4: Friday August 6; 9:30 - 11:30 am - Click here to register

(2 hour session)

Session 3: Saturday August 7; 9:30-11:30 am - Click here to register

 

Eager Engineers

Discover the world of engineering and how many kinds of engineers we need in our world. We will be building bridges, coding, and creating structures with recycled materials. Be a junior engineer as you create and build with many kinds of materials during this mini-camp.

Session 1: Tuesday – Thursday August 10, 11, 12; 10:00-11:30 am  - Click here to register

Session 2: Tuesday – Thursday August 10, 11, 12; 1:00- 2:30 pm - Click here to register

Friday Mini Camp: NEW

(2-hour session)

Session 4: Friday August 13; 9:30 - 11:30 am - Click here to register

Saturday Mini Camp:

(2-hour session)

Session 3: Saturday August 14; 9:30-11:30 am - Click here to register