Join us at the Discovery Museum for a week of adventure, education, and fun! We have a camp experience for everyone, from preschool to high school! All programs are led by qualified professionals, with curriculum enhanced by our SVDM education team. Beginning June 29, we are planning to run physical, in-house camps at the Discovery Museum. These camps will feature reduced camp sizes and are designed to follow current health and safety guidelines (e.g. masks, hand washing, social distancing, temperature checks, etc.). If something should change, the museum reserves the right to convert camps to virtual offerings and you will be contacted in a timely manner. Thanks to generous donors, there are also some available camp scholarships.
July 13-17, AM: Nature Camp Working with found materials is great for our art and great for our planet! Participants will explore making with found objects in a variety of different mediums. Dialogue will focus on how we can play a part in keeping our earth healthy. Ages 4-6, must be bathroom independent and free of separation anxiety.
Aug. 10-14, AM: Birds and Bugs Preschool Camp Explore the differences and similarities of birds and bugs in this week of imagination, games, arts and crafts, science, and story time fun! Ages 4-6, must be bathroom independent and free of separation anxiety.
Aug. 10-14, PM: Science and Senses Stories, art, crafts, games, and simple experiments will provide little scientists the opportunity to learn about their senses and discover how these senses help us learn about the world. Ages 4-6, must be bathroom independent and free of separation anxiety.
June 29-July 3, AM: Monsters, Mermaids, and Magical Creatures (K-3) Magical creatures abound in stories, play, and the imagination in this art-based camp! Campers will make puppets and masks, explore painting and themed sensory bins, and discover the magical fun of unicorns, monsters, mermaids, and more!
June 29-July 3, PM: Art and Animals Camp (K-3) With a combination of stories, music, movement, art-making, and projects (such as making bird feeders, animal masks, etc.), campers will learn more about the animals in our homes, yards, and communities, and what we can do to connect with and take care of the animals in our world.
July 13-17, AM: Jedi Camp (K-3) As Master Yoda says, the Force flows within us and around us; it connects and binds the universe. Novice Jedi will explore the Force as it applies to nature, science, teamwork, and using their own personal Force to protect the galaxy and make the universe a better place for everyone!
July 13-17, PM: Magic Treehouse II (1st-3rd) Join Jack and Annie for another series of adventures in the Magic Treehouse. Campers will explore such natural disasters as tornadoes, tsunami, earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanoes through science experiments, art activities, and safety drills.
July 20-24, AM: Camp Discovery, (K-3) Have a blast with new friends as you discover new ideas through art, maker, and science activities. Experienced educators bring your camper a fantastic world of imagination, enrichment, and hands-on play.
July 20-24, PM: Young Maker, (K-3) Calling creative young minds to discover, tinker, create, problem-solve, and make — all while having fun!
Aug. 3-7, AM: Lego/Build JR Camp (K-3) Unleash your imagination with thousands of LEGO® parts! Each day will include a junior engineering challenge, as well as opportunities to build unique designs. SOLD OUT
Aug. 3-7, PM: Once Upon a Time STEAM Camp (K-3) Young heroes take on STEAM challenges involving magical creatures and stories old and new as they quest to prove their problem-solving skills.
Aug. 10-14, PM: Apples All Around (K-3) Dive deep into apples in this hands-on camp that explores every aspect of apples from pollination to cooking! Led by an educator whose family has grown apples in the Valley for more than 100 years, this camp will combine practical knowledge with hands-on play and arts and crafts.
August 10-14, AM: Monsters, Mermaids, and Magical Creatures (K-3) Magical creatures abound in stories, play, and the imagination in this art-based camp! Campers will make puppets and masks, explore painting and themed sensory bins, and discover the magical fun of unicorns, monsters, mermaids, and more!
July 6-10, AM: I’m Just Me Camp (K-5) Young people learn early on about accepting others and being kind. The I’m Just Me Camp promotes self-pride, celebrates diversity, and encourages campers to work together to create kinder learning spaces. This fun week will be packed with artwork, culture, movement, meditation, and intentional conversations about inclusion.
July 6-10, PM: Fiber Arts Camp (2nd-4th) Young artists will experiment with weaving, dyeing, stitching, and patching as they work with different fibers to create their own projects.
July 13-17, PM: Fairy Tale Drama Mash Up Camp(K-6) We borrow part of a favorite fairy tale and combine it with one or two more to create an entirely new story. Our week will culminate in a performance for friends and family on Friday. Actors get to create new problems and plot twists, as well as solutions. It’s the scientific method in acting form. Led by Selah Theatre Project.
July 27-31, AM: Latin American Arts Camp (K-5) Latin America boasts a beautiful array of art forms, cultures, and languages. Campers will be introduced to a new Latin American country each day, and learn about the indigenous and LatinX cultures through fun, hands-on art projects.
July 27-31, PM: Crafty Kids (3rd-6th) Create, explore, and learn through crafts. Campers will make candles, soap, polymer clay creations, leather tooling projects, painted/decorated little wooden boxes, and much more.
July 27-31, PM: Picture Book Art/Maker Camp (K-5) Create, explore, and learn through the world of picture books. Campers will create art and take on maker challenges in this STEAM-filled camp!
June 29-July 3, AM: Chalk Art Camp (4th-8th) Chalk is one of the oldest drawing media and has been used by artists since prehistoric times. Campers will create chalk art on location as they learn about different artistic techniques and how to use chalk on different surfaces.
June 29-July 3, PM: Frankenstein’s School of Science Camp (4th-8th) Do you have what it takes to pass Dr. Frankenstein’s School of Mad Science? Campers will take on a series of mad science experiments and challenges throughout the week as we explore challenges designed to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in STEAM.
July 6-10, AM: Camp Half-Blood (4th-8th) Explore the magical worlds of Rick Riordan in this camp based on the popular Percy Jackson series. Learn mythology, participate in quests, develop demigod leadership skills, and learn the science behind the stories.
July 6-10, PM: Hogwarts Adventure Camp (4th-8th) Leave the world of Muggles behind and learn the science behind the magic experienced by the students at Hogwarts. Adventure Campers will explore Charms, Care of Magical Creatures, Muggle Studies, and more!
July 13-17, AM: Dragonology Camp (4th-8th) Discover all things DRAGON in this week filled with arts and crafts, mythology, and STEAM challenges!
July 20-24, AM: Chess Camp (4th-8th) Kings, Queens, Bishops, Knights — sounds like a royal time! Chess camp caters to new and seasoned chess players alike. Through chess, campers learn that solving problems or achieving goals doesn’t take just one step, but many steps.
July 20-24, PM: Robotics/Coding (4th-8th) Explore basic robotics and coding with some fun maker challenges thrown in for creative problem-solving!
July 27-31, AM: Advanced Hogwarts (4th and up) Hogwarts Adventure Camp graduates will discover more magical surprises the second time around. Advanced studies include Quidditch, Herbology, Potions, and more!
Aug. 3-7, PM: Lego/Build/Engineer Camp (4th-8th) Serious LEGO® engineers will tackle more advanced building and simple machines challenges Each day will include a junior engineering challenge, as well as opportunities to create and build more complex designs.
Aug. 3-7, AM: Advanced Mural Camp (4th and up) Through this unique workshop, students will learn about the history of street art and important historical and contemporary street artists, while discovering the artistic processes of creating public art, collaboration and teamwork. Students will create an original mural that will be displayed as public art in Winchester, VA! (Previous Experience Required).
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