Curious about summer camp? 

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2019 Grand Rapids Public Museum camp attendees. Courtesy photo

The Grand Rapids Public Museum has partnered with Grand Rapids WhiteWater and the Van Andel Education Institute to offer summer camp programs, now open for registration. 

Kids from pre-K through grade 12 are invited to attend “Camp Curious” for an opportunity to explore science, history, culture and more, all while using the GRPM as a learning lab, beginning June 12 and available through August 4, 2023.  

“Camps are a fun way to keep kids learning through the summer, and the Museum offers unique opportunities for campers to get hands-on with artifacts and specimens, enjoy behind-the-scenes exploration of exhibits and the Chaffee Planetarium, and use local resources like the Grand River as learning tools,” said Rob Schuitema, the GRPM’s Director of Public Programs.

The Museum will offer in-person camps for kids to explore the wonders of the world around us through engaging exhibit exploration, primary source artifact learning and more. Single-day or multi-day camps are available by the grade level students will be entering in the fall. Popular camp themes include fossils, slime, bricks, wizardry and watershed exploration. New camp themes this year include “Play with your Food,” an opportunity to learn about the importance of ingredients and the fun of experimenting with new foods and “The Art of Nature,” which addresses the beauty and creativity that abounds in the natural world.

 “This year, we are proud to offer several new camps, designed specifically to leverage the Museum’s digital collections and build the next generation of interactive exhibits. As always, we recommend early registration for these camps, as they typically will sell out,” Schuitema said.

A camp for students in grades 10- 12 called “Digital Me: Museum Metaverse” is among the new themes to be offered this year. This camp will explore the future of Digital Museum Technology with behind-the-scenes access to the Museum’s next-generation tools and devices. Using computer code and design thinking, students will learn to scan artifacts in 3D, use AI to generate content, build multiplayer VR experiences and customize a 3D globe to make their own museum metaverse. 

The “Grand Rapids White Water Summer Leadership Program” for students in grades 11 and 12 will be offered in partnership with Grand Rapids White Water. This program engages students in hands-on interaction with the River Restoration Project and teaches the principles of sustainability with the goal of inspiring them to become future leaders willing to tackle complex projects. This camp is free to attend, but space is limited and based on an application process. Pricing for camps vary, starting as low as $40 for single-day camps, with discounts available for Museum members.

For more information on the Camp Curious community and to register for 2023 summer camps visit the museum’s website

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