The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery reopened Tuesday, June 16 after closing in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some hands-on exhibits, the climbing tower and water table have been modified or removed but rarely seen historical artifacts have been added to the displays. The museum will operate at 25 percent capacity with a staggered time-entry admission to reduce crowds and visitors will be required to maintain social distancing. Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place, the staff is wearing masks and visitors are encouraged to wear masks. The museum is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed to the public on Sunday and Monday for deep cleaning. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Dinosaurs, space and wizarding science on tap as Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Summer STEM camps return in July

Astronomy, zoo keeping and wizarding science will return on site next month at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. 

The Stem Summer Camps, designed for ages four to 14, begin Monday, July 6. 

Each camp will be limited to nine participants due to state guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery reopened Tuesday, June 16 after closing in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some hands-on exhibits, the climbing tower and water table have been modified or removed but rarely seen historical artifacts have been added to the displays. The museum will operate at 25 percent capacity with a staggered time-entry admission to reduce crowds and visitors will be required to maintain social distancing. Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place, the staff is wearing masks and visitors are encouraged to wear masks. The museum is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed to the public on Sunday and Monday for deep cleaning. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The programs, which also include race-car building and learning what it takes to go to the moon, will use outdoor spaces, according to a museum release. When indoors the camps will take place in different parts of the museum to maintain physical distancing. 

Museum staff will wear masks and the participants are also encouraged to wear masks. 

More information and registration is available on the museum’s website.

The following camps will be held in July: 

July 13 – 17 

Jr. Scientists: Build, Create, Move 

9 student maximum 

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ages 4 - 5 

Non Members $125 per half day week 

Members $120 per half day week 

Do you like to design, build, and fix things? Then this camp is for you! Learn what makes buildings strong, who nature’s best engineers are, and how things move. Put your thinking cap on and get ready to learn how things work! 

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Jr. Scientists: Coasters, Cars, and Collisions 

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Ages 6 - 7 

9 student maximum 

Non Members $199 per week 

Members $189 per week 

Learn the ins and outs of your favorite amusement park rides. Test your race car building skills! Push the limits of all your designs, set records, and build your own amusement park or racetrack while learning the physics and feats of engineering used to make these amazing rides and vehicles a reality. 

Bailey Cole, an animal keeper at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery takes care of an insect exhibit. The museum reopened Tuesday, June 16 after closing in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some hands-on exhibits, the climbing tower and water table have been modified or removed but rarely seen historical artifacts have been added to the displays. The museum will operate at 25 percent capacity with a staggered time-entry admission to reduce crowds and visitors will be required to maintain social distancing. Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place, the staff is wearing masks and visitors are encouraged to wear masks. The museum is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed to the public on Sunday and Monday for deep cleaning. LISA POWELL / STAFF

STEM Camp: Zookeeping 101

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Ages 8-11 

9 student maximum 

Non Members $199 per week 

Members $189 per week 

Are you dreaming of a future career as a Zoo Keeper? This newly expanded full-day experience includes special opportunities like dissection and behavioral observations. Participants will learn about general biology, nutrition, medicine, behavioral training, and exhibit design. The best part: each camper receives hands-on opportunities with the animals. 

July 20 – 24 

Jr. Scientists: Kids in Space 

9 student maximum 

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Ages 4 - 5 

Non Members $125 per half day week 

Members $120 per half day week 

Join us on a weeklong adventure as we travel straight to the moon. More than 50 years after the original landing on the moon, you will learn the science of how the first astronauts were able to make the trip. You will explore the stars, learn what it takes to be an astronaut, and ultimately step foot on the moon

Jr. Scientists: Gotta Catch'em All 

8:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m. 

Ages 6 - 7 

9 student maximum 

Non Members $199 per week 

Members $189 per week 

Did you know many of your favorite Pokémon characters are based on science? Everyday take a look at two of your favorite Pokémon characters from the Red/Blue/Yellow series such as Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Pikachu. At the end of camp create your very own Pokémon to show off to your friends and family. It will be a shocking good time! 

STEM Camp: Your Turn! The Board Game Camp 

8:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m. 

Ages 8 - 11 

9 student maximum 

Non Members $199 per week 

Members $189 per week 

In this camp students will learn the different styles of board games. It takes math, logic, and clever strategy to design the best board game. By the end of the week students will have built their own board game to take home! 

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STEM Adventure: Urban Astronomy 

9 student maximum 

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Ages 10 – 14 

Non Members $350 

Members $340 

Is your child interested in astronomy, but you live in the city? It turns out that there are plenty of ways to observe the sky despite light pollution. We will explore observing targets for both naked eye and binoculars: planets and the moon; bright stars and constellations; atmospheric phenomena like rainbows and sundogs; artificial satellites; and double stars and star clusters. The camp concludes with a stargazing overnight experience at SunWatch Indian Village. There is so much to see, once you know what to look for! 

Attention: This camp runs Wednesday, July 22 to Saturday, July 25. Wednesday and Thursday are normal 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. hours. Drop off on Friday is at 8:30 a.m., and campers will be transported to SunWatch Indian Village in the afternoon for the overnight experience. Pickup will be at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, at SunWatch Indian Village, located at 2301 W. River Road in Dayton. Details about overnight items will be sent following registration. 

July 27 – 31 

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery reopened Tuesday, June 16 after closing in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some hands-on exhibits, the climbing tower and water table have been modified or removed but rarely seen historical artifacts have been added to the displays. The museum will operate at 25 percent capacity with a staggered time-entry admission to reduce crowds and visitors will be required to maintain social distancing. Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place, the staff is wearing masks and visitors are encouraged to wear masks. The museum is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed to the public on Sunday and Monday for deep cleaning. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Jr. Scientists: Dinosaur Discovery 

9 student maximum 

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Age 4 - 5 

Non Members $125 per half day week 

Members $120 per half day week 

Take a prehistoric adventure in Dinosaur Discovery! Campers open the portal to the past, as they travel to ancient worlds to learn about dinosaurs and other creatures that once inhabited the Earth. Jr. Explorers make their own fossils and come face-to-face with the great beasts that long ago ruled the planet. 

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Jr. Scientists: Kids save the World 

8:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m. 

Ages 6 -7 

9 student maximum 

Non Members $199 per week 

Members $189 per week 

You are the next generation tasked with saving the world! Learn about modern problems like plastic in our oceans, air pollution, and climate change. Explore potential solutions to these problems and brainstorm ways to save our world. 

STEM Camp: Wizard Science 

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ages 8-11 

9 student maximum 

Non Members $199 per week 

Members $189 per week 

Grab your cloaks and get ready for a magical and scientific journey through the wizard world! Explore potions, care for animals, make wands, duel, and learn astronomy.

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