Summer Camp - Kentucky Science Center
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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.

COVID-19 PROCEDURES
KSC Schools Out Camp team is ready to welcome your camper into a fun and safe camp experience. The science is still there, just with a little more space between the bowls of slime. In compliance with the guidelines announced by state and local officials, we will conduct wellness screenings, social distancing measures, and disinfection and sanitation protocols for our staff and facility. Camp provides kids with the opportunity to reset and regain social and emotional learning that will support their academic and mental readiness when they return to school in the fall. Camp can lay a course towards building resilience and hope that will set root and grow with our campers throughout their lives.

Please note that these policies may adjust based on the current recommendations from state and local agencies.

Please feel free to email us with any questions.

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 6-8

Summer Camp 2021:

  • May 31 – August 6

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?

2021 Summer Camp COVID-19 Guidelines

Benefits of KSC Summer Camp:

  • Voted Best Day Camp in 2021 by Best of Louisville for Families
  • 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
  • Variety of hands on experiences
  • Safe, secure camper pick-up procedure

Note:

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

Pre-K to K:

Dinosaurs

Step back in time to learn about the giants that once ruled the Earth.
May 31 - June 4, July 5 - 9

Step back in time to learn about the giants that once ruled the Earth. Become a paleontologist as you learn about all things dinosaurs. Dig for dinosaur bones, create a dinosaur fossil, and explore how dinosaurs became extinct in this dinosaur sized adventure.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Space Exploration

Do Science that is out of this world.
June 7 - 11, July 12 - 16

Do Science that is out of this world. Instill a love of astronomy and lay the early foundations for engineering by building your own rocket, designing constellations, and exploring the mysterious stars, planets, and meteorites that make up the universe around us.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Scales and Tails

Explore animal diversity as you discover why some animals have scales and others have tails.
June 14 - 18, July 19 - 23

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
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Ocean Voyagers

The ocean has "chosen you" to travel across the great ocean to restore your love of science.
June 21 - 25, July 26 - 30

The ocean has “chosen you” to travel across the great ocean to restore your love of science. Can you engineer a boat that would take you across the open seas? Are you ready to use the constellations to help you navigate your way? Explore the creatures of the deep and tell your own stories to share the myths of the hero’s grand oceanic voyage.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Seussical Science

Journey into the wacky world of Dr. Seuss and discover science is everywhere.
June 28 - July 2, August 2 - 6

Journey into the wacky world of Dr. Seuss and discover science is everywhere. Listen like Horton to hear all about how sound is made. Look down and see how our feet upon the ground help the world around us. Wonder into the wacky side of inventions and create a wacky contraption of your very own.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Camp Favorites

Join us for a day full of camp favorites. On these dates campers will enjoy science filled activities, flashy demos, exhibit exploration and a theater experience!
August 9th and 10th

Come spend your day off at the Kentucky Science Center with hands on activities, exhibit exploration, demos and a film in our 4-story theater. Don’t let your day off from school stop you from taking advantage of every learning opportunity possible! Reserve your spot now to guarantee your child gets to take advantage of everything the Kentucky Science Center has to offer. Be in a bubble, build a rocket, build a circuit, or take over a fort all in our hands on learning environment!

  • Member Price
    $55
  • Non-Member Price
    $65
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Grade K-1:

LEGO® Engineering

Put your imagination to the test as you build, design, and engineer using these favorite construction tools – LEGOS®!
May 31 - June 4, July 5 - 9

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

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Yo, Ho a Pirate’s Life

Do you have what it takes to be a pirate?
June 7 - 11, July 12 - 16

Do you have what it takes to be a pirate? Test your pirate skills by building your own cannon, designing a seaworthy ship, and creating a treasure map. Apply your surveying skills with your teammates” working together to uncover treasure.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Messy Science

Science is always more fun when it's messy!
June 14 - 18, July 19 - 23

Science is always more fun when it’s 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
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Junkyard Band

Get ready to strike up the band in this music filled camp.
June 21 - 25, July 26 - 30

Get ready to strike up the band in this music filled camp. Create your own percussion and string instruments from recycled materials. March to the beat of your own drum as we explore the science of sound through Stomp Bands.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Waterworks

Make a splash as you use the power of water to problem solve.
June 28 - July 2, August 2 - 6

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
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Camp Favorites

Join us for a day full of camp favorites. On these dates campers will enjoy science filled activities, flashy demos, exhibit exploration and a theater experience!
August 9th and 10th

Come spend your day off at the Kentucky Science Center with hands on activities, exhibit exploration, demos and a film in our 4-story theater. Don’t let your day off from school stop you from taking advantage of every learning opportunity possible! Reserve your spot now to guarantee your child gets to take advantage of everything the Kentucky Science Center has to offer. Be in a bubble, build a rocket, build a circuit, or take over a fort all in our hands on learning environment!

  • Member Price
    $55
  • Non-Member Price
    $65
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Grade 1-2:

Bunsens and Beakers

Get hands-on with fun and messy chemical reactions.
May 31 - June 4, July 5 - 9

Start a new journey into the world of atoms. Discover the unique properties of different fluids as you conduct experiments with slime and Oobleck. Get hands-on with fun and messy chemical reactions.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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LEGO® WeDo 2.0 Robotic Earth

Will your robot design be the one that saves our planet?
June 7 - 11, July 12 - 16

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 2.0 Robotics. Will your robot design be the one that saves our planet?

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Once Upon a Design

Solve a new and adventurous mission each day- one fairy tale at a time!
June 14 - 18, July 19 - 23

Solve a new and adventurous mission each day- one fairy tale at a time! Help Goldilocks design and construct a new chair. Find out if plastic spinning will trick Rumpelstiltskin. Use 3D pens to craft a basket for Little Red Riding Hood. Build tools to beat Robin Hood in an archery contest and innovate your own solutions to create “happily ever after”!

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Journey to Space

Boldly go where no camper has gone before!
June 21 - 25, July 26 - 30

Boldly go where no camper has gone before! Follow in the footsteps of astronauts and scientists that expanded our understanding of the solar system 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 inspired by our Challenger Learning Center.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Jurassic Myths

Think like a paleontologist to discover how to unearth the secrets of ancient dinosaurs.
June 28 - July 2, August 2 - 6

Think like a paleontologist to discover how to read fossils and other clues from prehistoric times as we work to bust some of the biggest myths from the Jurassic period. Set the record straight by learning how fossils are preserved in time, creating your own fossil casts, and using chemistry to hatch some dinosaur eggs. Unearth the secrets of ancient dinosaurs by just studying their tracks!

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Grade 2-3:

Engineer Your World

Become your community's next engineer of the future with the skills you learn this week.
May 31 - June 4, July 5 - 9

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
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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ChemArtistry

Explore science behind works of art.
June 7 - 11, July 12 - 16

Explore science behind works of art. Use the power of polymers to create a shrinking piece of artwork. Unveil the chemistry behind making clays, pigments, and paper, as the foundation for your own unique artistic creation.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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LEGO® WeDo Robotic Zoo

Design and build a robotic animal using LEGO® WeDo Robotics.
June 14 - 18, July 19 - 23

It’s the wild side of robotic engineering! Learn about animal adaptations and robotics! Design and build a robotic animal using LEGO® WeDo Robotics.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Pokémon Science

Are you ready to begin Pokémon Science Training?
June 21 - 25, July 26 - 30

Are you ready to begin Pokémon Science Training? Learn about the properties of water in our water-type Pokémon lab, discover how Pikachu uses electricity in our circuits lab, and explore forces and motion as you learn how Blaziken could jump over a 30-story building. Put it all together as you design a new Pokémon based on real-life examples.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Science Sleuths

Jinkies! We have a mystery on our hands, and we need your help.
June 28 - July 2, August 2 - 6

Jinkies! We have a mystery on our hands, and we need your help. Join a team of fellow sleuths who are ready to examine fingerprints, decode clues, and solve the mystery with a little help from science.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Camp Favorites

Join us for a day full of camp favorites. On these dates campers will enjoy science filled activities, flashy demos, exhibit exploration and a theater experience!
August 9th and 10th

Come spend your day off at the Kentucky Science Center with hands on activities, exhibit exploration, demos and a film in our 4-story theater. Don’t let your day off from school stop you from taking advantage of every learning opportunity possible! Reserve your spot now to guarantee your child gets to take advantage of everything the Kentucky Science Center has to offer. Be in a bubble, build a rocket, build a circuit, or take over a fort all in our hands on learning environment!

  • Member Price
    $55
  • Non-Member Price
    $65
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Grade 3-4:

Agents of STEAM

Join the Elite group of recruits to become an agent-in-training.
May 31 - June 4, July 5 - 9

Join the Elite group of recruits to become an agent-in-training. Agents-in-training will learn about forensics, how to break or make codes, surveillance techniques, and how to solve logic puzzles. Receive your top-secret mission this week at camp!

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Minion Mayhem

Things are going to get a little mischievous — one could even say “despicable.”
June 7 - 11, July 12 - 16

Listen up boys, “gorls” and Minions of all ages — things are going to get a little mischievous — one could even say “despicable.” Get ready for a camp that will explore the science behind a freeze ray, use chemical reactions to make icky minion slime, and even test how to harness electricity with a banana.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Aviation Academy

Spend the week navigating aerodynamics as you create, test, and fly your own designs.
June 14 - 18, July 19 - 23

Soar into the world of flight from the Wright Brother’s biplane to modern space crafts fabricated to withstand extreme conditions. Discover how engineering advancements affect everything from drones to satellites. Spend the week navigating aerodynamics as you create, test, and fly your own designs.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Minecraft™

Explore engineering, program with Redstone, and build to your heart's content in a limitless world.
June 21 - 25, July 26 - 30

Get a look inside everyone’s favorite game. Explore engineering, program with Redstone, and build to your heart’s content in a limitless world. Use teamwork to complete design challenges to survive in different biomes.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Kaboom!

Be prepared to fizz, pop, and boom in this explosive, hands-on chemistry-filled camp.
June 28 - July 2, August 2 - 6

Turn up the volume with Science! Be prepared to fizz, pop, and boom in this explosive, hands-on chemistry-filled camp. Chill out with some endothermic reactions and turn up the heat by creating exothermic reactions.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Grade 4-5:

Engineering Marvels

Do you have what it takes to catapult building designs into the future?
May 31 - June 4, July 5 - 9

Build on the fundamentals of the engineering design process as you create your own spacecraft landers and compete in team challenges. Test your blueprint expertise and design skills to see if you can design a marshmallow launcher. Do you have what it takes to catapult building designs into the future?

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT

Work as a team to build autonomous vehicle robots.
June 7 - 11, July 12 - 16

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 vehicle robots designed to drive on autopilot or programmed to be pathfinding for exploration.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Maker

Maker culture melds together skills such as soldering, programming, robotics, and circuit design.
June 14 - 18, July 19 - 23

If you can think it, you can make it! Maker culture melds together skills such as soldering, programming, robotics, and circuit design. Flex your creativity as you add these skills to your toolbox to create your own world. Discover how these Maker concepts will be making the future brighter.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Medical Mysteries

Discover the medical advances that explain the occurrence of twins, bionic body parts, and why surgeons really play video games before an operation.
June 21 - 25, July 26 - 30

Discover the medical advances that explain the occurrence of twins, bionic body parts, and why surgeons really play video games before an operation. Step into the lab and explore 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
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Hollywood Special FX

It isn't magic that makes movies look cool, it's science.
June 28 - July 2, August 2 - 6

It isn’t magic that makes movies look cool, it’s science. Learn how science makes the special effects used in Hollywood’s hottest films in our very own Foley sound lab. Work as a team to develop the backdrop for your future Hollywood masterpiece. Utilize stage make-up to fabricate on-screen injuries and try your hand at creating props using 3D pens. Even use Pepper’s effect to materialize a ghost floating next to you in a camp that harnesses the science of cinema.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Camp Favorites

Join us for a day full of camp favorites. On these dates campers will enjoy science filled activities, flashy demos, exhibit exploration and a theater experience!
August 9th and 10th

Come spend your day off at the Kentucky Science Center with hands on activities, exhibit exploration, demos and a film in our 4-story theater. Don’t let your day off from school stop you from taking advantage of every learning opportunity possible! Reserve your spot now to guarantee your child gets to take advantage of everything the Kentucky Science Center has to offer. Be in a bubble, build a rocket, build a circuit, or take over a fort all in our hands on learning environment!

  • Member Price
    $45
  • Non-Member Price
    $50
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Grade 5-6:

Animation Creation

See what it takes to bring life to a storyboard and collaborate with a team of animators to create your own short film.
May 31 - June 4, July 5 - 9

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 your own short film.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Escape from KSC

Work as a team to create your own escape room experience for others to solve.
June 7 - 11, July 12 - 16

Escape rooms often are a challenge of your skills, but the true test is whether you can design one to challenge others. Do you accept the challenge to design a series of complex challenges using puzzles, cyphers, and other tools from our scientific toolbox? Work as a team to create your own escape room experience for others to solve.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3

Trek into the world of robotics and build your own robotic machine using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Robotics.
June 14 - 18, July 19 - 23

Trek into the world of robotics and build your own robotic machine using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Robotics. Can you program it to navigate an obstacle course? Can you defeat another robot in a robot challenge? Develop troubleshooting skills along the way to help your team tackle each challenge.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Chemistry Quest

Dive into the nanoscopic world of atoms and molecules as we experiment with polymers, thermodynamics, and combustion reactions.
June 21 - 25, July 26 - 30

Dive into the nanoscopic 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, and everyone’s favorite bubbles.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Coders

Dive into a variety of practical applications using coding: game development, 3D modeling, robotics and more!
June 28 - July 2, August 2 - 6

Want to try your hand at computer lingo? Dive into a variety of practical applications using coding: game development, 3D modeling, robotics and more! No need to be tech-savvy, just clever and willing to take on a challenge. We’ll guide you through the problem-solving and design techniques necessary for line-by-line success.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Grade 6-8:

Exploding Science

Prepare to have your mind blown as you experiment with the chemistry, physics, and tools behind some of our favorite explosions.
June 21 - 25

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. Campers will have the opportunity to practice their scientific presentation skills in front of an audience to cap off an explosive week of camp.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Forensics

Develop your investigative skills utilizing the scientific method.
July 12 - 16

Develop your investigative skills utilizing the scientific method. Learn techniques used by crime analysts like dusting for fingerprints, creating facial reconstruction, using forensic anthropology, and collecting DNA. Use your newly acquired sleuthing skills to uncover the clues to solve the Secret of the Science Center.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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Into the Upside Down

Journey into the strange world of the Upside Down in this mind-blowing camp.
July 19 - 23

Journey into the strange world of the Upside Down in this mind-blowing camp. Delve into neuroscience as we explore the hive mind and discover if there is any scientific backing for telepathy. Examine the adaptations that allow creatures from demogorgons to water bears to live in areas that seem uninhabitable. Develop communication skills as you decode ciphers and decrypt circuit messages. Even create your own D&D style game using tech tools such as 3D pens and laser cutters.

  • Member Price
    $250
  • Non-Member Price
    $280
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