Summer at Thanksgiving Point means there is no chance for the summertime blues! This year we have more summer camp classes and variety than ever before. Let your child explore space, try their hand at paleontology, program a Lego robot, explore insects, learn the science behind the food we eat, go on a dinosaur discovery, and so much more!
During our summer camps there really is something for every child in your household. Preschoolers can come and join in the fun with classes on everything from dinosaurs to music while elementary aged kids can participate in day or weeklong camps as well. There’s even classes geared around middle school and high school children to while surely stimulate and engage their minds during the summer. Thanksgiving Point Members also get exclusive Summer Day Camp registration March 1-5, 2017 during our Members-only pre-sale!
Remember, class sizes are limited and popular classes fill up quickly, so don't delay. See you this summer!
Preschool Day Camps are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays. Morning camps are geared toward ages 3-4 and run 9:30 am-12 noon. Afternoon camps are geared for ages 4-5 and run 1- 3:30 pm. Each session is $25.
Join us as we learn all about our shadows and use light to creates shapes and designs.
Stretch your wings and fly as we flock together to meet and explore our feathered friends.
Arghhh, Matey! Journey the seven seas as we search, discover, and imagine all things pirate!
*Please remember that children must be potty trained to attend Preschool Day Camps.
Kindergarten-1st Grade Single Day Camps are offered Wednesdays from 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Each session is $30.
Explore the world of birds.
It’s time to explore animals on the farm - cows, horses, goats, sheep, ducks, and more - through songs, games, and hands-on inquiry!
Explore, mold, and manipulate a variety of materials and then combine them together to make your own designs and creations.
Discover all kinds of slimy, gooey, and gross things through hands-on experiments and investigations.
Kindergarten-1st Grade Week Long Camps are four day camps that run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Choose from the morning session (9:00am-12:00pm) or the afternoon session (1:00pm-4:00pm). Each session is $100.
Celebrate water and the many places it can be found! Explore the properties of water as it flows, drips, drops, splashes, gushes, and pours.
Express your creativity through painting, drawing, sculpting, and movement - this camp has it all!
What would it be like to travel to the moon? Join us for a space adventure as we explore stars, planets, and constellations in an out of this world adventure!
2nd-3rd Grade Single Day Camps are offered Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $50.
There are more than one million insect species in the world. Join us as we investigate and explore insects that live in our own backyard.
When you think of a robot what do you imagine? What can it do? What does it look like? Come join us as we gain a deeper understanding of the technology involved in the world of robots!
Custom design and produce your own fashion accessories and see how tools such as 3D printers and laser cutters can be used for design in our Makerspace.
Let’s ‘travel’ to the islands for a tropical adventure! Learn how islands are made and discover some of the curious adaptations of island plants and wildlife.
2nd-3rd Grade Week Long Camps are Monday through Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $150. Join us for the following topics:
Enjoy a classic summer camp experience as we explore the outdoors, learn and play games, sing songs, and make classic summer camp crafts with a modern twist. Boondoggle, anyone?!
In some of our favorite stories, some of the strangest things happen – talking animals, flying through the air, straw turning to gold - but can things like that happen in real life? Join us as we read favorite fairy tales and conduct scientific experiments to find out!
Calling all makers! Are you ready for some tinkering around? Use real tools and engage in the engineering process to create and construct using common (and uncommon) materials.
4th-5th Grade Single Day Camps are offered Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $50.
Become a paleontologist for a day as you investigate real dinosaur bones and fossils as you travel back through time to explore the amazing world of ancient life!
Let’s ‘travel’ to the islands for a tropical adventure! Learn how the islands came to be (volcanos!) and discover some of the curious adaptations of island plants and wildlife.
Scientists and artist are always recording observations or sketching the world around them. Come learn how to make books you can use for journaling, sketching, field notes, and more!
Do you believe in magic? Anyone can be a magician once they learn the science which occurs behind the scenes. Join us to learn the secrets behind the magic!
4th-5th Grade Week Long Camps are Monday through Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $175.
We are surrounded by energy. Join us as we explore energy from the sun, wind, light, motion, and heat and devise ways to harness that energy by engaging in engineering challenges.
Make and play musical instruments, discover echolocation, and observe animals and the ways they communicate as we learn the science behind sound.
What kinds of materials are used to make buildings today? What materials were used to build in ancient times? How do you keep a super tall building from smashing all of the lower floors and how can buildings be made to withstand earthquakes? Find out as we become engineers and test and refine our ideas.
6th-7th Grade Single Day Camps are offered Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $60.
Anyone can be a magician once they learn the science which occurs behind the scenes. Join us to learn tricks of the trade and the secrets behind the magic!
How do drones stay in the air? What can they be used for? Learn about the past, present, and future of drones as you work together in teams to complete challenges and hone science, engineering, and technology skills.
Explore multiple venues, Farm Country and the Museum of Ancient Life, to observe and compare animals from the past and present as we determine how they adapted for survival.
Let’s ‘travel’ to the islands for a tropical adventure! Learn about the geography and geology of the islands and discover some of the curious adaptations of island plants and wildlife.
6th-7th Grade Week Long Camps are Monday through Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Each session is $200.
Wearable electronics, or E-textiles, are a fun way to combine electronics with fabric and textiles. Learn basic sewing and electronics skills as you work on projects throughout the week. Machines and materials are provided.
Say cheese! Learn the ins and outs of a basic digital camera and discover an eye for perspective. Explore the history and science of photography through hands-on activities and exploration of this versatile art. Cameras will be provided for use during the camp.
3…2…1…Take off! Join in the fun as we collaborate, design, make, and fly a variety of projects (rockets! paper airplanes! drones!) related to flight.
7th-12th Grade Week Long Summer Camps are five day camps that run Monday through Friday. Choose from the morning session (9:00am-12:00pm) or the afternoon session (1:00pm-4:00pm). Each session is $100.
Come learn how bind your own books using a variety of methods including: stitch binding, spiral bound, and perfect binding. Then delve into leather bound books and create your own custom leather covers for books, notebooks, and journals.
Let your imagination run wild as you build a Lego EV3 robot and program it to bring your creation to life. Put your new skills to the test and compete against your fellow campers during a practice scrimmage using the most recent First Lego League competition challenges.
Registration closes one week prior to the beginning of camp.
Camp sessions vary in price depending on grade, length of day, and days per week. Please check individual camp listings for price information.
Transfers are permitted up to 1 business day or 24 hours in advance with a $10.00 fee based on availability and any cost difference between camps.
Substitutions – a neighbor, cousin, sibling, etc. - are accepted up to first day of camp.
If a camp is cancelled by Thanksgiving Point Institute due to low enrollment, all fees will be refunded.
There are two drop off locations for Summer Day Camps. You can find a map HERE
Camp curriculum and lesson plans are geared toward the grade your child will be entering into in the Fall of 2017. If you have an older and a younger child you would like to be in the same camp we do allow older children to attend camps one grade lower.
Our camps promote independent learning and socialization opportunities for your child. If you feel your child is unable to remain in camp without you, it may be best to wait a year before you send them to camp.
Depending on which camp you choose your child could be making and programming a Lego EV3 robot, painting with watercolors in the gardens, catching polliwogs and toads to make observations, collecting insects and plants to research, using software to design and 3D print jewelry, or feeding goats and sheep to learn about adaptations.
All of our campers come home with parent letters with additional resources – websites, books, experiments, and activities – to continue the fun all summer long!
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