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June 22, 2024
In-Person
$225 - $275

Travel back to 1638 in Wilmington, Delaware, with a daylong immersive exploration led by transportation expert Scott Hercik. In that year, Swedish and Finnish settlers arrived on the ships Kalmar Nyckel and Fogel Grip, landing on the Christina River at the site of present-day Wilmington and eventually creating the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley. The day includes visits to the Copeland Maritime Center and Museum and Old Swedes Historic Site and an afternoon voyage on a replica of the Kalmar Nyckel.


Session 1 of 5
June 24, 2024

Parents must bring campers to the assigned Before-Camp room in the Ripley Center to sign in daily. At 9 a.m., campers will be brought up to Drop-off and then to their camps.


Session 1 of 5
June 24, 2024
In-Person
$425 - $495

Send your camper on a trip around the world—all through Smithsonian museums! They’ll explore the cultures of various continents during visits with performers and artisans at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the African Art, Asian Art, Natural History, and American Indian museums. The world opens as they discover the arts, traditions, and accomplishments of cultures through stories, traditional crafts, music, and games. 


Session 1 of 5
June 24, 2024
In-Person
$425 - $495

Did you know there are more than 4,000 different kinds of mammals in the world—including such diverse animals as bats, lions, buffalo, and dolphins? Campers investigate their world to discover these animals are great communicators, have highly developed senses, and can make unusual friends. In addition to games, crafts, and storytelling, visits to the National Zoo, and the Natural History, American Indian, and African Art museums inspire campers to create their own animal kingdom.


Session 1 of 5
June 24, 2024
In-Person
$425 - $495

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a dragonfly! Have you ever wondered how things fly? And why birds and insects can, but people can’t? Campers visit the Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center, and the National Zoo to discover the science behind flight. They learn about the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, and Charles Lindbergh and their historic flights. They also build wings, paper airplanes, helicopters, and kites and create their own flying prototype.


Session 1 of 5
June 24, 2024
In-Person
$425 - $495

From the wheel to electricity—or the cutting-board bird feeder to the Dogbrella—there are countless amazing inventions, many of which have changed the world. Campers explore Smithsonian museums to discover the works of artists, inventors, and scientists who have invented the many things we use every day and make our lives easier. Trips to the American History Museum’s Picturing Women Inventors exhibition and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s National Inventors Hall of Fame inspire campers as they create and market their own inventions. The week concludes with an Invention Expo.


Session 1 of 5
June 24, 2024
In-Person
$425 - $495

Campers, pack your space suit and get ready to blast off into outer space! Lead the life of an astronaut for a week and plan your own space journey by learning about a different planet each day. Campers make their own space suits and planetary mobiles, enjoy space ice cream, and take a trip to the Air and Space Museum. A concluding presentation captures their adventures and explorations. 


Session 1 of 5
June 24, 2024
In-Person
$425 - $495

To increase its sustainability practices, the Smithsonian is making a huge effort to decrease its waste and recycle what it does produce. Along the same theme, campers discover artists that have used trash and made beautiful art as well as functional items: game pieces made into furniture; portraits made from old cassette tapes; metals, electronic pieces, and hard drives made into animals. Campers gain a better understanding of sustainability and are inspired to create their own pieces after visiting the Smithsonian’s American Art, American History, and  Natural History museums.


Session 1 of 5
June 24, 2024
In-Person
$425 - $495

Rap! DJ-ing! Graffiti art! B-boying and B-girling! Hip-hop has grown from a New York City–based art form created by urban youth into a worldwide cultural force. Campers explore the history of the genre through visits to the African American History and Culture Museum and the American History Museum. Additional collections and multimedia resources help them expand their understanding of hip-hop's main elements, create graffiti-inspired artwork, and write their own Smithsonian-centric rap songs. The week ends with a performance that includes original music and movement.        


Session 1 of 5
June 24, 2024
In-Person
$375 - $495

(History + Math)Women = Progress! Math surrounds us every day, and from ancient Greece to outer space, female mathematicians have advanced humanity. You already know that girls can run the world, so get ready to explore how math surrounds us, how women have shaped and shared mathematical knowledge, and how the future is full of endless possibilities for the next generation of female mathematicians. Campers explore logic, puzzles, equations, and algorithms as they build their own escape room, perfect their own recipes, and create unique artwork based on mathematical principles. They journey through time, space, and the National Mall with trips to the Natural History Museum, African American History and Culture Museum, Air and Space Museum, and the Renwick Gallery. Bring your abacus, your graphing calculator, or just a good old #2 pencil and let’s add it all up!