Public Museum’s Camp Curious program returns with in-person, virtual options

Camp Curious will offer in-person, small group camps as well as virtual Digital Discovery sessions. Courtesy Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum will be bringing back Camp Curious summer programs with in-person, small group camps and virtual Digital Discovery sessions for children in pre-K through 12th grade from June 14 until mid-August.

“We’re excited to offer a mixture of in-person camps as well as Digital Discovery sessions to the community this year,” said Rob Schuitema, GRPM’s director of public programs. “Both opportunities will provide students with the tools and guidance they need to have fun while learning and making genuine connections to the curriculum and the museum. As always, our team is thrilled to share their expertise and enthusiasm for science, history and culture with the next cohort of curious minds this summer.”

There will be single-day and multiday camps for kids to use the museum as learning labs. Camps such as Slimy Science; Fossil Hunters; Dream it, Build it with Lego Bricks; and Young Wizards Academy will return. There also will be new, in-person camps this year, which include River Critters, Adaptations & Pollinators, Fun Tech and River Explorers.

Digital Discovery sessions will offer a new camp called Stargazers, where students will learn how to navigate Stellarium, open-source software that will bring the power of the planetarium to their home. The other virtual offerings include Slimy Science; Time Travelers; Dream it, Build it with Lego Bricks; Wizards Academy and the Grand Photo Project.

Digital Discovery sessions allow kids to explore and investigate through hands-on experiments and activities while using common items in their homes, as well as artifacts and specimens in the GRPM’s digital collections.

Access to the internet and the use of a device to watch presentations and receive daily instructions will be required for the Digital Discovery sessions. The sessions will utilize the virtual platform SeeSaw, but most of the activities will be done offline. The supplies used are common household items and they can be interchangeable based on what campers have access to. Recommended lists can be found here.

Pricing for camps varies, starting at $35 for a single day, in-person camps and $40 for multiday Digital Discovery sessions with discounts available for museum members.

For more information on Camp Curious and Digital Discovery Sessions and to register, visit the museum’s website. Early registration is highly recommended, as camps will sell out.

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