Early Explorers Camps for K4 & K5

MPM offers a variety of early learning camps for children entering K4 or K5 in Fall 2018.

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

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 9:30 -11:00 a.m. or 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost per camp: $25, $20 members. 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.

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June Camps

Registration Deadline: May 15th


Ooey Gooey Science
June 13
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Campers will roll up their sleeves and experiment with different activities that will include the ooey, the gooey, and even the yucky! We will do some basic experiments and make a lot of observations and predictions.

Bugs Alive!
June 20
9:30 – 11 a.m.

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 Over Time
June 27
9:30 – 11 a.m.

We will explore each of the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous periods and take a walk through our Third Planet exhibit, observing a geological timeline. The earliest signs of life, the presence of the fierce T.rex, then on to the great extinction; we will see which time period your favorite dinosaur lived in.

 

July Camps

Registration Deadline: June 15th


All About Astronomy
July 11
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

3… 2… 1… BLAST OFF! We’ll visit MPM’s pPanetarium 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.

Paleontology
July 11
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

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.

Butterflies
July 13
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

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 learned.

African Safari
July 18
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

We will go on an African Safari to explore the amazing animals of this region. From the large African elephant to the weaver birds of the watering hole, these animals are all so different yet some depend on others for survival. How do they protect themselves from their predators? What do they eat? These are just a few of the questions we will answer as we travel this diverse land!

Art Around the World
July 18
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

The Museum is filled with different forms of art and artifacts. What do you consider art? We will travel the globe in search of objects from around the world and then create our own exhibit-inspired works.

Mask Making
July 20
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Masks can turn us into something else or help us tell a story; sometimes people use masks as part of a celebration! People from lots of cultures use masks in different ways. We’ll visit these different cultures to understand what their masks are telling us. We’ll also get to make our own masks and decide what story we want to tell with it.

Streets of Old Milwaukee
July 25
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

All aboard the Milwaukee Public Museum’s new streetcar to travel back in time to the re-imagined 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.

Dinosaurs Over Time 
July 25
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

We will explore each of the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous periods and take a walk through our Third Planet exhibit observing a geological timeline. The earliest signs of life, the presence of the fierce T.rex, then on to the great extinction; we will see which time period your favorite dinosaur lived in.

Ocean Explorer
July 27
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

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.

Bugs Alive!
July 31
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

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!

All About Astronomy 
July 31
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

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.

 

August Camps

Registration Deadline: July 15


Geology Rocks
August 1
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

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.

Ooey Gooey Science
August 1
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Campers will roll up their sleeves and experiment with different activities that will include the ooey, the gooey, and even the yucky! We will do some basic experiments and make a lot of observations and predictions.

Paleontology
August 7
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Paleontologists face a lot of questions in the field and we’re digging up the answers! Campers will look at the tools and techniques used to plot a dinosaur dig and discover unknown truths about these majestic creatures.

European Village
August 8
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Traditions help us understand what’s important to a group of people. We’ll visit old-time Europe to learn about how they got the things they needed: food, clothing, and a home, and how it’s the same or different from the way we do it today. We’ll also recreate some of the original folk art techniques, so pack your bags for a trip back in time and across the Atlantic Ocean!

Frog Mania
August 9
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Frogs come in all shapes and sizes and live all over the world, so join us for some ribbeting discovery and fun! We will go on a frog hunt and learn about these fun creatures through activities, observations, and stories.


FAQs

Where and when do I check in?
The check-in table is located near the MPM café. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m., but please be prepared to stay with your child until camp begins at 9:30 a.m. Activities will be provided during this time and it’s an ideal time address bathroom needs. At 9:30 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 11:00 a.m. sharp. There is no early drop-off or late pick-up for the Early Explorer campers.