Early Explorers Camps for K4 & K5

MPM offers a variety of early learning camps for children entering K4 or K5 in Fall 2019.

fingerpaintingButterflies, dinosaurs, jungle animals, and stars are a just a few of the exciting topics our early explorers will discover. These one-day camps  provide ample opportunities for our campers to have fun and be creative while learning about their world.
 

When

Tuesday - Friday (various dates)
10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Cost per camp

$25, $20 members
Click on dates below to purchase.
Fee covers both child and adult, and includes general admission for the entire day

Who can come

Parents or adult chaperones are welcome, but not required, to join their child for these sessions at no additional cost. Unregistered children are not allowed to attend, including siblings and infants.

Note: Camps are structured specifically for stated grade range. Campers must be entering K4 or K5 at the time of their registered camps. No exceptions.


June Camps

Registration Deadline: May 15
 
Butterflies*

June 8
There is nothing quite like the elegance of a flying butterfly! We will learn all about this beautiful insect through stories, a metamorphosis activity, and projects. Of course the day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to our Butterfly Vivarium, where dozens of live butterflies will fly around us as we celebrate all we  have learned.

*This special Saturday camp in conjunction with Biology Day takes place from 11 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m. 

Bugs Alive! 

June 18
Campers will learn why bugs are so important to our environment, how they defend themselves, what they eat, and where they live. There will be lots to learn as we get up close and personal with live bugs from around the world!

kids with mammothGeology Rocks

June 19
Junior geologists will discover how to compare and classify many different types of rocks and minerals. Each child will be sent home with the start of a rock collection that can be added to for years to come.

Dinosaurs 101

June 25
This camp will introduce the Museum's family of prehistoric creatures and discover where they were found, what life was like when they roamed the Earth, and the important roles of scientists doing the digging. If your child loves the Third Planet exhibit, this camp will be a hit!

Rainforest Habitats

June 26
The four layers of the rainforest each provide different habitats for different animals. We'll learn about the familiar and the unique, from the frogs to the vultures as we explore and create.

 

July Camps

Registration Deadline: June 15

Ocean Explorer

July 9
The ocean is one of the most interesting places on Earth.  Campers will learn about our amazing ocean ecosystems, dive deep into ocean activities, and visit our undersea exhibitions to discover the secrets of the depths.

Secrets of the Museum

July 10
If your child is a fan of MPM, this camp will provide information about exhibits that not many people know! We're willing to share our stories and provide a tool for each child to take home and be the expert on their next visit.

Amazing Animals of Africa

July 12
We will use all of our senses as we listen for animal growls and calls, feel furs and hides, and search for the best camouflaged animals in Africa. Which is the king of the savannah? What can we find at the watering hole? Find out the answers in this camp!

World Music

July 16
The Museum is filled with different instruments and traditions from around the world. Let's travel around the globe to learn how instruments and music changed. We'll create music of our own from instruments from our collection!

boy with magnifying glassGeology Rocks

July 17
Junior geologists will discover how to compare and classify many different types of rocks and minerals. Each child will be sent home with the start of a rock collection that can be added to for years to come.

Paleontology

July 19
Paleontologists face a lot of questions in the field. We will look at the tools and techniques used to plot a dinosaur dig and ways to answer all those questions! Through digging into discovery, we will learn about some of our Museum’s oldest occupants. Some content will be the same as Dinosaurs 101.

All About Astronomy: Special Saturday Camp! Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing 

July 20
3… 2… 1… BLAST OFF! We’ll visit MPM’s Planetarium together to learn about our solar system! We’ll be able to see moons and constellations and learn about what makes our Earth special and different. Afterwards, we’ll travel to other parts of the world to hear the stories different cultures passed down about the constellations they saw in the sky.

Secrets of the Museum

July 23
If your child is a fan of MPM, this camp will provide information about exhibits that not many people know! We're willing to share our stories and provide a tool for each child to take home and be the expert on their next visit.

Butterflies

July 24
mother and daughter with butterfliesThere is nothing quite like the elegance of a flying butterfly! We will learn all about this beautiful insect through stories, a metamorphosis activity, and projects. Of course the day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to our Butterfly Vivarium where dozens of live butterflies will fly around us as we celebrate all we  have learned.

Streets of Old Milwaukee

July 26
All aboard the Milwaukee Public Museum’s streetcar to travel back in time to the Streets of Old Milwaukee! We’ll compare what life was like a long time ago to today as we learn about daily life, visit the stores and homes in the Streets exhibit, and handle some real artifacts that people long ago used in work and play.

Bugs Alive

July 30
Campers will learn why bugs are so important to our environment, how they defend themselves, what they eat, and where they live. There will be lots to learn as we get up close and personal with live bugs from around the world!

Dinosaurs 101

July 31
This camp will introduce the Museum's family of prehistoric creatures and discover where they were found, what life was like when they roamed the Earth, and the important roles of scientists doing the digging.  If your child loves the Third Planet exhibit, this camp will be a hit!

 

August Camps

Registration Deadline: July 15

Ocean Explorer

August 2
The ocean is one of the most interesting places on earth! Campers will learn about our amazing ocean ecosystems, dive deep into ocean activities, and visit our undersea exhibitions to discover the secrets of the depths.

All About Astronomy

August 13
3… 2… 1… BLAST OFF! We’ll visit MPM’s Planetarium together to learn about our solar system! We’ll be able to see moons and constellations and learn about what makes our Earth special and different. Afterwards, we’ll travel to other parts of the world to hear the stories different cultures passed down about the constellations they saw in the sky.

Amazing Animals of Africa

August 14
We will use all of our senses to as we listen for animal growls and calls, feel furs and hides, and search for the best camouflaged animals in Africa. Which is the king of the savannah? What can we find at the watering hole? Find out the answers in this camp!


FAQs

Where and when do I check in?
The check-in table is located near the MPM Café. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m., but please be prepared to stay with your child until camp begins at 10:00 a.m. Activities will be provided during this time and it’s an ideal time address bathroom needs. At 10:00 a.m., the group will proceed to the Early Explorers classroom. You may stay and participate at no additional cost, or leave and return at pick up time. Unregistered children are not allowed to attend camp (this includes siblings and/or infants).

Where and when do I pick up my child(ren)?
Pick-up is located in the Early Explorer classroom (see map) at 11:30 a.m. sharp. There is no early drop-off or late pick-up for the Early Explorer campers.