We have camp sessions spanning the broad spectrum of science that will please even the most discerning of young scientists. Summer Science Blast Camp is a perfect way to introduce the fun side of science to your child and to keep their interest growing. Explore the session topics available for grades Pre-K & K, 1 & 2, 3 & 4, and 5 - 12. Grades 5 - 12 pricing is noted in the session descriptions.
Download the Summer Science Blast Camp brochure for detailed registration information, camp guidelines, parent orientation information and more.
(unless otherwise noted)
|Grades Pre-K - 4||Regular Price||Member (Plus or Max Level)|
Grades 5-12 pricing is noted in the session descriptions.
Children must be potty trained. Pre-K and K camps are held in the Science Center.
*Pre-K and K campers are not eligible for extended care
How do you know what animals live in your neighborhood? Why do animals live where they live? Become a Junior Naturalist as we explore all things animals! From listening to sounds to exploring a variety of habitats, we'll learn how animals are suited to their environments and how to figure out what animals might be living in our own backyard!
Get ready to dig into dinosaurs! We'll explore prehistoric worlds as we learn about fossils and dinosaurs. From mini excavations to exploring real dinosaur bones, we'll be digging into the past to discover all about those great lizards that once walked the Earth.
Dig into dirt, howl like wolves and grow plants for a wonderful science experience! Campers will explore the living world around them through hands-on activities. Together we'll explore what living things need, learn ways to find shy animals, explore how the water cycle works and much more!
The past comes alive with this exciting program! Your team of explorers will travel back in time to discover dinosaurs, ancient Egypt and everything in between. Dig for fossils in our new Dig Site and talk to real scientists that have uncovered real dinosaur bones!
Science in Action
Get ready for chemistry! There are lots of fun, simple chemical reactions right in your kitchen! Curious campers will mix different things to explore amazing changes. Hands-on activities will lead to bubbles, slime and strange color changing liquids. We'll also develop our scientific skills as we make observations, measure ingredients and try to guess what is going to happen next!
Science in Motion*
The Science Center is happy to partner once again with Kids 'n Motion. Together we'll offer this exciting program that will get your young scientist exercising their body as well as their brain. Led by licensed Occupational Therapist Erica Furrer of Kids 'n Motion, campers will learn a variety of exercise and fitness techniques by using equipment designed just for their size! The exercise portion of the class will be followed by a fun activity based program led by Science Center camp counselors covering a wide range of science concepts.
Our senses are amazing. Learn how we connect with our world as we play with our five senses. From optical illusions to seeing how well we can stand on one foot, we'll see how our senses, brain and body work together!
Through the magic of fiction we'll explore the world of science! Each session will begin with storytime and different books will be used each day. Our reading time will be followed by hands-on activities related to the themes and/or characters from our books.
There's No Place Like Space
3....2....1....Blast Off! Get ready to rocket into orbit and explore things that are out of this world! Learn why our sun is so important. Discover the planets of the solar system and what makes each one special. Visit the James S. McDonnell Planetarium for a special show. And maybe, if the timing is right, we can even observe the moon!
They creep and crawl and fly, but are all bugs the same? Join us to explore all the critters that we call bugs! Discover clever camouflage. What's the difference between insects and arachnids? Do bugs actually do good things that help us? Once we dig in, you'll be buzzing about bugs!
Get ready to explore the outdoors! Become a junior naturalist as we learn about how plants and animals work together to create ecosystems. We'll learn how to identify the animals that share our world through sounds, tracks and scat. We'll also take a closer look at plants on a nature hike in Forest Park. Put on your hiking shoes and get ready to become one with the wild!
The Hungry Scientist
Even a scientist has to eat. But good scientists play with their food! We'll explore the science that goes on in your kitchen. Is there chemistry in cake baking? How does milk turn to butter? Is there a way to make instant ice cream? From sugar crystals to chemical reactions, discover how tasty science can be!
Jr. Astronaut Academy
Get ready to blast off as we learn what it takes to be an astronaut as well as explore life in outer space. We'll do activities about rockets, the planets of the solar system, the stars that twinkle above and make a special visit to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium!
Making it Matter
Solids, liquids and gasses are the "stuff" of our earth. Explore the properties of matter as we play with evaporation, condensation and even sublimation! We'll discover how much science "matters" to everything around you!
Master of Disaster
Thundering storms, powerful waves and swirling funnel clouds are some of the tremendous forces that shape our earth. Learn the science behind weather and natural disasters as we explore tornadoes, volcanoes, earthquakes and more!
Roll, Sail & Soar
Explore the science that moves us! From cars to boats to airplanes, you'll design your own vehicle and then we'll test drive. Experiment with design, materials and surfaces. Could you design the next vehicle of the future?
Science is part of everything, but sometimes it's hiding. During this fun filled, hands-on week, we'll explore different areas of science, from physics to plants to magic! Each day we'll investigate a different topic and discover just how much fun science can be!
Shake, Shock & Zoom
Let us instigate wonder! In this fun-filled, hands-on week, we'll explore some of the best experiments science has to offer. Make slime. Play with electricity. Discover the stars. Each day we'll pick a different area of science and spread excitement about learning!
Get ready to explore the outdoors! Become a junior naturalist as we learn about how plants and animals work together to create ecosystems. We'll learn how to identify the animals that share our world through sounds, tracks and scat. Learn how a pond food web works and conduct experiments at East Pond to see if it is a healthy water resource. Get on your hiking shoes and get ready to become one with the wild!
Electrify and Energize!
Explore the science of energy and electricity in this camp! Find out what electricity is, how to generate electricity and how to use electricity. Build simple generators and motors, find out about static and current electricity, experiment with circuits and even see demonstrations of wireless electricity with a Tesla coil.
Explode into geology as we explore volcanoes, rocks and minerals. Through hands-on experiments we'll investigate how rocks form, why crystals grow and even discover what's inside of geodes! So grab your pick hammer and prepare to polish your skills as we see why geology rocks!
Unplug and connect with the next phase of transportation technology! Instead of a race where gravity is your copilot, can you handle the challenge of an uphill pinewood derby? Using electric motors, physics and engineering, you will test your ideas to design the fastest car that can overcome gravity and race to the top of a hill. And who knows, you might design the car that everyone will be driving in the future!
Icky Sticky Science
Get your hands on science as we explore the states of matter through icky, sticky, squishy, weird experiments! From making slime to investigating strange behaviors of non-Newtonian fluids, you'll find science can be fun, but messy!
Unlock the secrets of Ancient Egypt as we explore the mysteries and myths of Ancient Egypt through interactive activities. Become an archeologist and learn how they use modern science and technology to uncover and understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. Campers will also learn the difference between a paleontologist and an archeologist through fun, hands-on activities.
Junior engineers will learn the basics of mechanics and programming. We'll start from the ground up, using logical reasoning and critical thinking to discover the ways computers and machines communicate. We'll play with basic programming codes and learn how they work inside computers. Then, we'll explore the Science Center's Cyberville Gallery, paying careful attention to the machines, computers and robots we find. On the last day, campers will experiment with building using basic robotics kits. This camp serves as the perfect introduction for young campers who wish to take more robotics camps in the future.
The Science of Magic
Is it magic or science? In this camp, we'll find out. Learn the tricks of illusion and slight of hand as we experiment with physics and chemistry! By the time we're done, you'll be ready to wow your friends with science tricks that look like pure magic!
Have you ever read or watched stories of daring secret agents and wondered what it would be like to embark on an undercover mission of your own? You can, during Spy Science! Your mission, if you choose to accept it, will be to become a spy kid yourself as you play with and build spy gadgets! Learn to code and decode secret messages, answer questions and solve problems. Then embark on a top-secret scavenger hunt, where you'll complete your mission using all the tricks of the trade.
This star-studded camp will dazzle children by bringing the stars and constellations down to their earthling level. The wonders of the night sky will be introduced in a fun and friendly format, using ancient Greek and Ethiopian mythologies to help campers learn the names and stories of the constellations. Campers will create their own constellations with the stories to match and use their handmade planetarium to project them at home. We'll experience a star show at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and visit the galleries there, too!
Traveling the Biomes
What would happen to lizards if they lived at the North Pole? What would you eat if you lived in Ecuador? Join us as we explore the wonders of the world. From the fascinating animals that live on each continent to the fascinating cultures that shape our world, we’ll travel the globe to discover the wonders of our world.
NOTE: Not all classes are available for all grade levels.
Advanced Flight Academy*
Grades 9-12 only
Modern 21st century personal aircraft have amazing capabilities. The many individual mechanical instruments in the cockpit have been replaced by a couple of computer laptop-style displays. Incredibly precise navigation based on Global Positioning Satellites (located 5% of the way to the moon!) has revolutionized the way we fly. This course, open to participants who have completed Flight Academy, will give you a chance to try radio and satellite navigation, learn how to use the autopilot and experience Instrument Landing System approaches. The capstone experience of this course is a real flight where YOU get to fly (and log flight instruction time) in an actual glass-cockpit plane under the supervision of a Certified Flight Instructor. Camp ends at 12pm Monday - Thursday and 4pm on Friday.
Amazing Race: ZMD*
Grades 7-8 only
On your mark, get set, RACE! Campers will be divided into teams as they compete on this weeklong adventure through Forest Park. Using modern technology to navigate, we'll see if your team can unravel our trail of clues and puzzles as we combine trivia with technology to take you around the lakes and landmarks of Forest Park. Who will claim the prize? Will it be you?
Grades 7-8 only
What happens when you take sodium and place it in water? Kaboom! A spectacular, instant combustion of the element will pop, spark and have fire floating on the water. Chemistry is a science that you use everyday. From digesting your food to baking a cake, chemistry is a central part of the world. Join Science Center staff member Andrew McGarrahan as he introduces you to the lab. Beginning with simple safety procedures, this week will slowly build as you experiment with real chemistry. Whether we are playing with real gold or making combustion, this week will get science popping.
CSI: Scene of the Crime*
Grades 5-6 only
We need forensic scientists to help us crack the perfect crime! Join us in the lab to analyze evidence left at the scene of the crime. Investigate fingerprinting, DNA, chromatography and more. Get to know the suspects and their stories. Can you figure out whodunnit?
Grades 7-12 only
We are excited to announce a new camp that allows campers to become culinary wizards while still learning the science behind the recipes. The Science Center is partnering with ABC Chefs Cooking Academy for this unique camp experience. Campers will prepare at least 3-4 recipes each day and will also get recipe folders. This is a hands on cooking class where kids will really see the science on how some of their favorite foods come together. Camp ends at 12pm Monday - Thursday and 4pm on Friday.
Grades 7-12 only
Get ready to pilot a REAL airplane! Our Flight Academy for teens is back by popular demand. After four days of training on our state-of-the art flight simulators, YOU will take off, fly and land a real airplane under the supervision of a Certified Flight Instructor. How's that for a summer experience you can tell your friends about? Our expert staff will train you on flight simulators used by professional pilots. Just for fun, you'll fly a virtual jet pack through then legs of the St. Louis Arch! Did we mention that on Friday you get to fly a real airplane? What are you waiting for? Camp ends at 12pm Monday - Thursday and 4pm on Friday. Campers may choose to stay with the group for a relaxed afternoon hangout, Monday - Thursday from 1 - 4pm for $50 weekly.
Glow 'n Blow*
Grades 5-6 only
Explore the fusion of science and art in this exciting camp dedicated to all things glass. Campers will spend the majority of their time with the experts at Third Degree Glass Factor in St. Louis, creating works of art while learning the science of working with glass. Activities will become increasingly advanced over the course of the week. Campers will learn how to blow glass, how to add color to glass creations, how to make artwork from fusing glass, how to make animal beads and more! Learn what happens to glass as it heats up and how it's used in today's technology. Campers must wear closed toed shoes each day. This camp includes daily transportation by van to Third Degree Glass Factory. Registration for this class indicates agreement to travel arrangements.