Smithsonian Summer Camp, which is now in its 50th year, will be held June 17 through August 16 at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center at 1100 Jefferson Dr. S.W.
The summer camp is organized by Smithsonian Associates, the largest museum-based education program in the world, producing educational and cultural programming based on the Smithsonian’s research and exhibitions.
A variety of camps for children – from kindergarten kids to ninth grade students – are on offer. Over 90 camps are available this year that will be held from Monday through Friday. Before-camp and after-camp activities are also available.
“During summer camp, kids explore, discover, create and go behind the scenes at the Smithsonian. Campers can blast into space, take center stage, create a masterpiece, invent a fantasy world, relive history or learn to shape the future of the planet,” according to the Smithsonian press release.
Science adventures are also on offer for all ages.
“From the deepest oceans to the furthest stars, the vast Amazon rainforest to the smallest backyard insect, campers have a universe of science to discover this summer,” the press release said.
Apart from U.S. Botanic Gardens, the Smithsonian’s museums on the Mall, the National Zoo, Udvar-Hazy Center and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will also offer backdrops for all explorations.
“Other camp themes this year include video game design, the solar system, Smithsonian “Shark Tank,” “EDU-Escape Room,” sketch comedy, textile arts, digital photography and more,” the press release said.
Weeklong summer camps are priced at $460 for non-members and $395 for Smithsonian Associates members. On July 4 and July 5 no camps will be held. Tickets for the summer camp from July 1 through July 3 are priced at $275 for non-members and $240 for Smithsonian Associates members.
Registration for the camps starts from February 14 and in-person registration can be done at the Smithsonian Associates box office located in Suite 3077 of the Ripley Center. Visit http://smithsonianassociates.org/camp for more information or call (202) 633-3030.