Summer Camp - Kentucky Science Center
Programs & Camps

Summer Camp

Is your child ready for a fun experience at a place they love? At Kentucky Science Center’s Schools Out Summer Camp, your child will develop skills and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Our camp encourages all campers to play, tinker, and investigate the world around them with plenty of time to explore their favorite science center.

Filter Camps by Grade Level

Click one or more grade levels to filter the camp list below. Note: Camps are based on the grade your child will be entering in the fall.

Pre-K to K

Grade K-1

Grade 1-2

Grade 2-3

Grade 3-4

Grade 4-5

Grade 5-6

Grade 6-7

Grade 7-8

Summer 2019 Camp Dates:

  • June 3rd – August 9th

Camp Hours

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Drop-off: 8:00 AM — 9:00 AM
Pick-up: 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM

Camp Resources

Science Camp FAQs

A Day at Camp

Why School’s Out Summer Camp?

Benefits of KSC Summer Camp:

  • Low staff-camper ratio
  • Professional staff of teachers or education students in college
  • Extended camp hours from 8 am-5 pm included in normal registration
  • Science standards driven content
  • Exhibit time at Kentucky Science Center
  • Streamlined registration process
  • Opportunities for parent involvement at drop-off and pick-up
  • Variety of hands on experiences
  • Safe, secure camper pick-up procedure

Note:

  • There are no refunds for camp purchases.
  • Preferred camp registration age is 4+

Pre-K to K:

Cool Chemistry

CAMPS SOLD OUT: June 3rd - 7th

Become a junior chemist as you mix a few everyday chemicals to get a reaction!
June 3rd - 7th and July 8th - 12th

CAMPS SOLD OUT: June 3rd – 7th

 

Become a junior chemist as you mix a few everyday chemicals to get a reaction! Add a little ooze, bubble and splatter to your experiments as you create slime, oobleck, clean mud and fireworks out of milk.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Scales and Tails

CAMPS SOLD OUT: June 10th - 14th


Explore animal diversity as you discover why some animals have scales and others have tails.
June 10th - 14th and July 15th - 19th

CAMPS SOLD OUT: June 10th – 14th

 

Explore animal diversity as you discover why some animals have scales and others have tails. Find out why animals live in such diverse habitats as we explore caves, the arctic circle, and sea marshes. Observe life cycles in action and camouflage as you check out a few of our in-house critters.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Snowmen in Summer

SOLD OUT - CAMP FULL


Learn how to make snow, crystals, and other weather phenomena and how to stay cool in the summer.
June 17th - 21st and July 22nd - 26th

SOLD OUT – CAMP FULL

 

The hot and cold are both so intense. Put’em together, it just makes sense.  Experiment with properties of hot and cold as you make beautiful fluffy snow, grow crystals and observe the cool power of dry ice. Discover how science can help you build a snowman in the Summer.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245

Superheroes

SOLD OUT - CAMP FULL


Seek out the science behind superpowers, including the strength of magnets and mastering the weather.
June 24th - June 28th and July 29th - August 2nd

SOLD OUT – CAMP FULL

 

Grab your cape and mask to join our Superhero training program. Seek out the science behind superpowers, such as the aerodynamics of flight, strength of magnets, and  mastering weather phenomena. Even test out those ultra-cool and powerful gadgets. Use your superpower of science to save the world!

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245

Planes, Trains, Automobiles

CAMPS SOLD OUT: August 5th - 9th


Let’s get moving as we test out train tracks, different wheels, and different ways to get from here to there.
July 1st - 5th and August 5th - 9th

CAMPS SOLD OUT: August 5th – 9th

 

How can you get from here to there? Let’s get moving as we test out train tracks, investigate different wheels, and explore lift, drag and friction as we navigate our way to our destination. This camp is wheels up!

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Grade K-1:

LEGO® Design Challenge

Put your imagination to the test as you build, design, and engineer using LEGOs®!
June 3rd - 7th and July 8th - 12th

Put your imagination to the test as you build, design and engineer using these favorite construction tools- LEGO (R)s! Use teamwork to tackle the challenges of free-standing structures, suspension bridges, buoyancy and city planning.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Wild By Design

Discover how animals engineer their own habitat and how we are learning from them.
June 17th - 21st and July 22nd - 26th

Did you know that animals are quite the engineers? Learn how they build shelters as you practice building your own. Discover how robots can mimic communication patterns among different animals to help our endangered species. Find out how animals around the world protect themselves as you create an animal inspired circuit.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Tall Tales

Investigate the science behind your favorite fairy tales to determine fact from fiction.
June 10th - 14th and July 15th - 19th

Will the big bad wolf huff and puff and blow down your house? Not if you apply some engineering. How long would it have taken Rapunzel’s hair to grow that long and strong?  Tackle the truth behind your favorite fairy tales and design experiments to see if they are fact or fiction.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Messy Science

Science is always more fun when it’s messy!
June 24th - 28th and July 29th - August 2nd

Science is always more fun when its messy! Get hands on with rain clouds, make mud slime, concoct your own nebula to bring home, test out pendulum painting and explore bioluminescence with our glow in the dark goo.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Waterworks

Explore the wonders of water by experimenting with buoyancy, surface tension, and pH.
July 1st - 5th and August 5th - 9th

Explore the wonders of water by experimenting with buoyancy, surface tension and pH. Discover how water is so essential to Earth by examining the water cycle and weather patterns. Make a splash as you use the power of water to problem solve!

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Grade 1-2:

Speedometry

Discover how aerodynamics, track layout, and car designs all use potential and kinetic energy to generate maximum speed.
June 3rd - 7th and July 8th - 12th

This camp is all about speed. Discover how aerodynamics, track layout and car designs all use potential and kinetic energy to generate maximum speed.  Measure and evaluate the impact of different weights and forces in order to predict acceleration. Use the momentum gained in this camp to build your own Formula 1 track.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Once Upon a Design

Can you help solve a new fairy tale engineering mission each day?
June 10th - 14th and July 15th - 19th

Solve a new and adventurous mission each day—one fairy tale at a time! Help Jack design and construct a delivery system for the golden egg. Find out if plastic spinning will trick Rumpelstiltskin. Use 3-D pens to craft a trap to help Hansel and Greta escape the witch.   Build tools to beat Robin Hood in an archery contest and innovate your own solutions to create “happily ever after”!

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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LEGO® WeDo ® 2.0 Earth

CAMPS SOLD OUT: July 22nd - 26th


Do your part to protect the Earth by building and programming LEGO® robots that recycle, pollinate, and rescue.
June 17th - 21st and July 22nd - 26th

CAMPS SOLD OUT: July 22nd – 26th

 

Can you help protect the Earth? Do your part as you build and program robots that recycle, pollinate plants and even rescue endangered animals using LEGO® WeDo ® Robotics 2.0. Will your robot design be the one that saves our planet?

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245

Jurassic Myths

Become a paleontologist and bust some of the biggest myths from the Jurassic period.
June 24th - 28th and July 29th - August 2nd

Become a paleontologist as we bust some of the biggest myths from the Jurassic period. Set the record straight by learning how fossils are preserved in time, create your own fossil casts and use chemistry to hatch some dinosaur eggs. Find out how much can be unearthed about ancient dinosaurs by just studying their tracks!

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Journey to Space

Follow in the footsteps of scientists who expand our understanding of the solar system around us.
July 1st - 5th and August 5th - 9th

Boldly go where no camper has gone before! Follow in the footsteps of scientists who expanded our understanding of the solar systems through spacecraft trajectory, dry ice comets and LED constellations.  Is your team up for the mission? Find out as you collaborate through a series of challenges from our Challenger Learning Center.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Grade 2-3:

Matter Mysteries

Use your observational skills to investigate the properties of matter.
June 3rd - 7th and July 8th - 12th

Get ready to be a matter detective. Use your observation skills to investigate the properties of matter. Find out how tricky matter can be as it undergoes chemical reactions and physical change.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Pokemon Science

SOLD OUT - CAMP FULL

Connect the Pokemon world to science concepts. How would Blaziken jump over 30 story buildings or Pikachu use electricity?
June 10th - 14th and July 15th - 19th

SOLD OUT – CAMP FULL

 

Are you ready to begin Pokémon science training? This week is all about connecting Pokémon concepts with science concepts! Learn about the properties of water in our water-type Pokémon lab, discover how Pikachu uses electricity in our circuits lab, explore forces and motion as you learn how Blaziken could jump over a 30-story building, and design new Pokémon based on real-life examples!

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245

Engineer Your World

If you could design a new marvel, what would you build?
June 17th - 21st and July 22nd - 26th

Our world is full of engineering marvels, big and small. Take on the challenge of designing a brand-new playground that could fit into your community. Think about the safety of animals as you create a model of a swimming pool and put your engineering skills to the test as you complete fort building challenges. Become your community’s next engineer of the future with the skills you learn this week.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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LEGO® WeDo®- Robo Circus

Welcome to the big top to learn about robotics and computer programming.
June 24th - 28th and July 29th - August 2nd

Join us in the circus ring to learn about robotics and computer programming using LEGO® WeDo® Robotics. Develop digital literacy skills while designing and programming your very own robot conductor, clown, circus animal or carnival attraction. Explore sensors and gears as you become the ringmaster and test your robot’s structural integrity and maneuverability.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Inventors Lab

Discover the science behind today’s most widely used inventions to inspire a creation of your own.
July 1st - 5th and August 5th - 9th

Gadgets and gizmos galore! Discover the science behind today’s most widely used inventions. Tinker with electromagnetism, hovercrafts and simple machines to inspire a creation of your own.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Grade 3-4:

Agents of STEAM

Agents-in-training will learn about forensics, how to break or make codes, surveillance techniques, and how to solve logic puzzles.
June 3rd - 7th and July 8th - 12th

Join the elite group of recruits to become a spy-in-training. Agents-in-training will learn about forensics, how to break or make codes, surveillance techniques, and the critical thinking skills needed to solve logic puzzles. Additional training such as obstacle courses, robot recon and rescue, and developing disguises are part of the new skills they will learn. Agents-in-training will receive their super-secret mission during camp.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Magical Creatures

Step into the wizarding world to discover the diversity of magical creatures and fantastical beasts!
June 10th - 14th and July 15th - 19th

Step into the world of wizarding, and discover the diversity of magical creatures. These creatures need you to help protect them from those that do not understand them. Help train dragons to fly, hatch dragon eggs using potions and find out what creatures love breaking into locks. Use your wizarding experience to identify a new species of magical creature!

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Code, Game, Create

CAMPS SOLD OUT: June 17th - 21st

Animate your own storyboard, create your own world, and create characters using programming language of Scratch.
June 17th - 21st and July 22nd - 26th

CAMPS SOLD OUT: June 17th – 21st

 

Recruiting all aspiring game designers! Animate your storyboard by developing your own creative world and designing characters while learning how to use Scratch programming. Investigate the differences in 2D and 3D development and experiment with the design process as you program, debug, and polish off a game of your very own

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Wired by Design

Weave science together with art in this hands-on textile camp for artists.
June 24th - 28th and July 29th - August 2nd

Spend the week weaving through the science and art of textiles in this hands-on camp for artists, designers and makers. Discover modern fabrication techniques and circuitry together by designing your own e-textile projects, blinky bracelets and programmable plush.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Uniquely Human

Discover what sets humans apart by exploring how your brain perceives the world around us.
July 1st - 5th and August 5th - 9th

Find out what makes us human as you trick your senses with illusions, dissect a brain, and test our reaction times. Discover what sets us as apart as individuals by exploring how our brains perceive emotion, interact with others and define our personalities.  Explore the latest in advancements in bionics- will this make us more or less human?

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Grade 4-5:

Medical Mysteries

Explore the science behind some of medicine’s biggest mysteries.
June 3th - 7th and July 8th - 12th

Discover the medical advances that explain the occurrence of twins, bionic body parts and why surgeons really play video games before an operation.  Explore the lab side of these medical mysteries as you extract DNA, count bacteria colonies, design a robotic hand and best of all –even “scrub in” for a dissection. 

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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LEGO® NXT

Learn all about coding, design, problem-solving and engineering in this LEGO® Mindstorms NXT 2.0 robotics camp.
June 10th - 14th and July 15th - 19th

Learn all about coding, design, problem-solving and engineering in this LEGO® Mindstorms NXT 2.0 robotics camp. Work as a team to build autonomous vehicles robots designed to drive on autopilot or programmed to be pathfinding for exploration.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Candy Chemistry

SOLD OUT - CAMP FULL


Get hands on with the gooey, sticky and delicious side of science!
June 17th -21st and July 22nd - 26th

SOLD OUT – CAMP FULL

 

Get hands on with the gooey, sticky and delicious side of science! Experiment with your favorite candies and try to make edible creations of your own.  We’ll even tour one of the oldest local candy factories and get to meet some local candy confectioners.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245

Zombie Survival Guide

Study infectious disease and how it spreads, while you prepare to survive a zombie attack!
June 24th - 28th and July 29th - August 2nd

Would you survive a zombie attack? Join our prep squad, in studying infectious diseases and their dispersal to find out what could really happen.  Discover certain parasites that can turn animals into “zombies”.  Find out why we are so fascinated about zombies in pop culture, practice survival skills and dissect brains as you create your own Zombie Survival Guide. Use the knowledge gained to focus on prevention and share with scientists to control the spread of disease and stop the Zombie pandemic.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Amusement Park Physics

Investigate the physics behind your favorite amusement park ride.
July 1st - 5th and August 5th - 9th

Investigate the physics behind your favorite amusement park ride. Discover the mechanics of acceleration and weightlessness. Design and develop a world-class theme park of your own. Join us to see which roller coaster design will provide the best thrill.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Grade 5-6:

Chemistry

Dive into the world of atoms and molecules as we experiment with polymers, thermodynamics, and combustion reactions.
June 3rd - 7th and July 8th - 12th

Dive into the world of atoms and molecules as we experiment with polymers, thermodynamics, and combustion reactions. In this chemistry lab, we will investigate the properties of metals, chromatography, food flavors, and dye. Explore other unique chemistry careers while learning the real-world applications of chemistry.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Destruction Engineering

Learn how to build structures and gadgets to last. See how objects can withstand your destruction abilities.
June 10th - 14th and July 15th - 19th

This is a different take on building to last! Discover the cool job of destruction engineering as you try to test the durability of your tablet to survive human nature. Investigate fluid mechanics and concrete sustainability as you design hurricane resistant structures.  Take into account tools and machines as you learn about destruction removal.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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EV3 Robot Challenge

Solve a series of challenges using LEGO® Mindstorms EV3.
June 17th - 21st and July 22nd - 26th

First challenge: Build your own robot machines using LEGO (R) Mindstorms EV3. Next, can you drive it from point a to point b? Can you make it climb stairs? Work in collaborative teams to assemble the best robot and program it with efficient block code for each challenge at hand.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Hollywood Special Effects

Discover how science is used in creating special effects in your favorite Hollywood movies.
June 24th - June 28th and July 29th - August 2nd

Learn how science can impact special effects used in some of Hollywood’s coolest films in our very own Foley sound lab! Campers will analyze age appropriate films and use chemistry, physics and more to recreate Hollywood’s stunts and special effects.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Animation Creation

Create your own stop motion animation and bring your own storyboard to life!
July 1st - 5th and August 5th - 9th

Dive into the world of animation as you build your own thaumatrope, recreate hand drawn cells and produce your own stop motion animation.  See what it takes to bring life to a storyboard and collaborate with a team of animators to create a short film to take home.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Grade 6-7:

Exploding Science

Have your mind blown as we experiment with chemistry and physics of our favorite explosions.
June 17th - 21st

Prepare to have your mind blown as you experiment with the chemistry, physics and tools behind some of our favorite explosions. Learn how to create a lasting impact with elephant toothpaste, build suspense with Mentos geysers and end with a bang using marshmallow shooters.  Will you develop our next “Demo of the Day”?

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Escape Room Design

CAMPS SOLD OUT


Can you design a series of complex challenges using strategies, cyphers, and other tools from our scientific toolbox?
June 24th - 28th

CAMPS SOLD OUT

 

Escape rooms often are a challenge of your skills, but the true test is whether you can design one to challenge others. Investigate a range of puzzle strategies by testing your cypher and decoding skills. Experiment with mirrors, UV lights, circuitry and illusions as you develop the elements of your breakout box. Work as a team to map out the logical flow of your STEM escape game experience!

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Virtual Reality

CAMPS SOLD OUT


Build an immersive 3D environment to explore the virtual world using your own Android phone - we will provide the VR box headsets.
July 8th - 12th

CAMPS SOLD OUT

 

Virtual reality is rapidly being integrated into our everyday world and technologies. Campers will create an immersive 3D environment complete with objects to explore in their own virtual world using their own Android phone with VR box headsets that will be provided by camp.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Grade 7-8:

Space Technologies

Learn about Kentucky’s involvement in the space tech race and design a project that could be launched into space.
July 15th- 19th

The race is on for privatizing space exploration with Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origins and Elon Musk’s Space X. What technology is going to pave the way for whole new frontier? Learn about Kentucky’s involvement with the space tech race. Design a project that could be launched into space to help inform our database for future human exploration as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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Art +Technology

Discover the intersection of art and technology while using modern technology to set your creativity free!
July 29th - August 2nd

Discover the intersection of art and technology and use modern technology to set your creativity free! Experiment with 3D pens, laser cutter, digital photography to add a few new skills to your palette. Take your masterpiece to the next level as your draw with robots and embellish with programmable circuits.

  • Member Price
    $220
  • Non-Member Price
    $245
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