School is out but learning and fun are in!

Unleash the power of science through camps at The Health Museum! The camps engage your child in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities. Kids will have intelligent fun, make new friends, and get the most out of their summer break! 

Camp dates: June 3 – August 16
Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Before Care 7:30 am – 9:00 am
After Care 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Registration Dates
All camps are now open for registration
for ages 8-13

Camp Tuition

Museum Members $325-$450 per week
Non-Members $350-$475 per week
Not a member yet? Get a Family Membership today to receive discounts for camps
Before Care $50 per week
After Care $75 per week
Meal Plan $52 per week

Registration Links

Camps for ages 5-7 are currently FULL.

Camp Waitlist

Camps are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to high demand and limited camp spaces, all sales are considered final. If a camp you wish to register is full, you may put your child on a waitlist.

Camp Meal Plan

Meal plans are available for purchase, or the camper is permitted to bring their lunch.

All meal plan purchases must be made at least one week before the first day of camp to be accommodated by Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Class Descriptions

Click on the camp dates below to register

Camp Cardio

August 12 – 13

Did you know the heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood daily? Or that your heart can beat over 100,000 times in one day? Dive into the pulse-pounding excitement of Camp Cardio where we explore the wonders of the cardiovascular system. Campers will dissect a sheep heart, get creative designing your arteries and veins, discover the link between nutrition and cardiovascular well-being, and engage in games designed to boost your heart rate in a fun and friendly competition. Capture the flag, relay races, and more – all with a cardiovascular twist!

Camp CSI

July 22 – 26

Start your journey to become a forensic scientist! Tap into your investigative strengths. Investigate medical mysteries that depend on forensic science to solve. Collaborate on a team to create a scene for others to solve. You will enjoy securing, gathering, processing, interpreting, and solving throughout this camp!

Girls Rock STEAM Camp

August 5 – 9

Calling all girls! Join us for an action-packed week of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Math (STEAM) courses. This all-girl camp will highlight the nexus between engineering and entrepreneurship, and look into exciting and unique topics each day, such as the future of technology, bridging art, technology, and medicine. Girls will also learn practical skills like brainstorming, engineering the design process, pitching a solution to a problem, and learning what it takes to bring an invention to market.

Junior iCan STEM – FULL

July 29 – August 2

Do you crave fun and exciting science experiments that are mind-riveting, challenging, and educational? Join us for an action-packed week of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! With exciting and unique topics each day, such as forensics, computer programming with visual arts, engineering Marvels, and space and rocketry, campers will get exposure to a wide variety of STEM learning.

Sportsology – FULL

July 29 – August 2

Welcome to our Sports Medicine STEM Camp, where the dynamic worlds of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics converge with the exciting realm of sports medicine! This immersive and hands-on camp is designed to ignite the passion for learning among young minds interested in sports science and healthcare. Campers will embark on a journey that combines cutting-edge STEM concepts with practical applications in sports medicine.

VEX V5 Robotics

August 5 – 9

Experience the thrill of engineering and coding as campers team up to construct their own VEX EDR V5 Speedbot. Camper will get to exercise their creativity, problem-solving skills, and team collaboration. A Robo Rally Challenge will be conducted at the end of the camp, brimming with twists and turns, where campers will collaborate with team members to merge their race courses into an ultimate track.

Camps full or sold out? Register here to get on our waitlist

Click on camp dates below to register

Cellcraft

July 22 – 26

Embark on a microscopic adventure where budding scientists dive into the fascinating universe of cells! From the nucleus to the cell membrane, campers will explore the building blocks of life through hands-on experiments, , such as working with various microbial agents, viewing chromosomes, researching and learning about different diseases, interactive games, and DNA detective challenges. Get ready for a journey where learning meets excitement, unlocking the secrets of biology in our lively and engaging CellCraft camp!

Mini Medical School I – FULL

July 29 – August 2

Do you enjoy science? Have you ever considered a career in health or medicine? This introductory Mini Medical School I session allows campers to learn lifesaving techniques including first aid and CPR. They will also learn about the anatomy & physiology of the amazing human body, use medical instruments, view real human organs, and experience the hands-on dissections of small animal organs. Mini Med I explores the respiratory system, urinary system, and much more. This is your opportunity to determine if a career in medicine is right for you! Mini Medical School I is not a pre-requisite for Mini Med II.

Mini Medical School II – FULL
August 5 – 9

Do you have what it takes to be a doctor? As you explore the many career options and opportunities available in the medical field, campers will learn basic surgical skills including suturing and stitching. Practice starting an IV and taking blood. Learn anatomy to properly read and analyze x-rays. Perform surgical dissections including triage and diagnosis. All instruction is geared to give a real-life, hands-on glimpse into the field of medicine. Mini Med II explores the nervous system, musculoskeletal system, digestive system, and much more. Sign up “stat” to see if the vital signs” point to this being the right career for you! Mini Med I is not a pre-requisite for Mini Med II.

On Call: Junior Nursing
August 12 – 13

Embark on an exhilarating healthcare adventure with On Call Junior Nurses in Action, a dynamic 5-day camp crafted to ignite the curiosity of young minds. Dive into the vibrant realm of nursing through immersive hands-on activities, captivating triage scenarios, and exciting field trips. Campers will not only discover the fascinating facets of the nursing profession but also cultivate essential medical skills, all while embracing the significance of empathy and teamwork in the world of healthcare. Join us for a week of discovery, learning, and fun as we spark the passion for nursing in the next generation!

Sportsology – FULL

July 29 – August 2

Welcome to our Sports Medicine STEM Camp, where the dynamic worlds of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics converge with the exciting realm of sports medicine! This immersive and hands-on camp is designed to ignite the passion for learning among young minds interested in sports science and healthcare. Campers will embark on a journey that combines cutting-edge STEM concepts with practical applications in sports medicine.

Camps full or sold out? Register here to get on our waitlist


Camp Scholarship

Camp scholarship applications are closed for summer 2024 applicants.

The Health Museum offers scholarships to students who are or will be aged 5 – 13 as of September 1, 2024, with proven needs for financial assistance. A copy of the federal income tax return (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) will be required.

Scholarships are made possible through the Kenneth Mattox Scholarship Fund. 

Camps full or sold out? Register here to get on our waitlist

How do I register my child(ren) for camp?

Registration is completed online. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cutoff time for registrations for an upcoming week is the Friday before at 5:00 p.m. However, depending on capacity at the end of the registration period, walk-ups may be accepted on the Monday morning of the camp day. Please call in advance to see if there is space at 713-337-8458.

Do museum members get a camp registration discount?

Yes, with a Family membership and above, you get a $25 discount off of your child(ren)’s camp registration(s) per week. Not a member yet? You can add a membership to your camp registration. You must be a member and be logged in to your online membership to receive the member discount on camp registrations. This discount only applies to camp registration.

Do you offer before-care/after-care?

Yes! Before-care is available starting at 7:30 a.m., for a charge of $50/week. After-care is available starting at 3:30 p.m., for a charge of $75 per week and operates until 5:30 p.m. In aftercare, campers can participate in fun activities including crafts, board games, and watching educational videos.

What does my child need to bring to camp each day?

Campers should wear shorts or jeans and comfortable closed-toe shoes. All campers should also bring a sweater or a jacket as the museum tends to be chilly. Please place the camper’s name on the tag of any jackets or sweaters. Please note that campers may use materials like clay, glue, and paint or may participate in outdoor activities so clothes can get dirty, wet, or messy. All campers are required to bring a large spill-proof water bottle clearly labeled with the camper’s name. Bottle must be taken home each day to clean and refill then returned with camper each morning.

Please note that camp classes/activities may take place outdoors or involve outdoor activities. Please remember to prepare campers with hats, insect repellent, reusable water bottles, and sunscreen to protect against the hot Houston sun.

Can campers bring their toys or electronics?

We suggest that campers leave personal items, especially electronics and toys, at home. In efforts to prevent viral transmission, we kindly ask campers that they do not share any toys or belongings. If camp staff determines that the presence of these items is disruptive to the class, they may be confiscated and held until the end of the day.
The Health Museum makes every reasonable attempt to safeguard campers’ possessions. However, the museum will not be held responsible for the loss, destruction, or theft of any personal items (i.e., clothing, book bags or purses, toys, games, electronic devices, cellphones, or money) your child may bring to camp.

What is the camp check-in process?

Camp check-in takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., at the front Guest Services Desk. For safety reasons, a parent/guardian must accompany their child(ren) to the camp check-in every morning and sign them in. Campers are not allowed to sign themselves in. On Monday Mornings – the first day of each weekly session – it is recommended that campers arrive between 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. This allows the camper to meet camp staff and parents to double-check emergency contact information and the name of those listed as authorization for release information. Parents will be given a hanging car tag with their child’s name. This tag is to be placed on the rearview mirror at checkout. Campers will be escorted by camp staff to the camper’s designated classroom to place their backpacks in the classroom.

What is the pick-up process?

Camp pick-up takes place from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the carpool lane on the LaBranch Street side of the museum. A car tag for camper pickup will be issued on the first day of camp. For safety reasons, campers will only be released to the parent/guardian with the car hang tag and or individual(s) listed on your original registration form. Additionally, all individuals must present a photo ID every time they come to pick up a child. Once the ID has been verified, your child(ren) will be brought to you. Museum staff WILL NOT allow anyone not listed on the form to pick up a child unless specific written instructions have been provided by a parent/guardian in advance.

What if I need to pick up my child early?

If a camper will need to be picked up early, please proceed to the visitor services desk. Provide the visitor services associate your child’s name and camp. Visitor Services will then contact the camp program and will bring your child to you for sign-out. All individuals must present a photo ID and be listed in the child’s authorized pick-up list for pick-up.

Do you provide lunch and snacks?

Lunch is not provided by The Health Museum. Snacks will be provided at the end of the camp day and during After-Care.

Do you provide care for children with special needs?

The Health Museum will make every possible effort to provide reasonable accommodations for the safety and enjoyment of ALL children. Parents of special needs children should contact camps@thehealthmuseum.org to discuss reasonable accommodations. Although staffing limitations may prevent some children from full participation, we will make every attempt to accommodate children with special needs in our camp programs. 

What is your behavior policy for campers?

Good behavior is a key component of a successful summer camp experience. In order to provide all campers with a safe and fun-filled camp experience, it is important that all campers exhibit proper behavior and self-control. Campers are expected to respect their instructors, staff, and fellow campers at all times. Inappropriate, disruptive, and/or violent behavior while at camp will not be tolerated. Examples of inappropriate behavior include, but are not limited to hitting, fighting, name-calling, foul language, arguing, reckless endangerment, disrespectful actions, and stealing.

The Health Museum reserves the right, upon notification of parents, to dismiss any student during any sessions for conduct that is deemed detrimental to the well-being of other students, staff, or to the overall operation of the camp. No refund/credit will be issued if your child is dismissed.

My child has certain allergies, how do I ensure that the camp program is aware?

We ask that all parents who have children with allergies complete an Allergy Care Plan which will be included with your Registration Confirmation. The Allergy Care Plan allows parents to detail the types of allergies, steps to prevent reactions from occurring, signs to help identify when a reaction is occurring, and the course of action to take. The Allergy Care Plan will be reviewed with the instructor and teaching aide and kept in the class binder, which always stays with the class.

Is food provided at camp?

Lunch Is not included at this time. We will provide a blend of nut-free snack options. Campers may bring their snacks from home. Snacks will vary, so please be sure to list any food allergies on your child(ren)’s camp registration form(s). All classes have a 30-minute lunch break each day. Campers must bring a nonperishable lunch each day that does not require refrigeration or a microwave.

Please place each camper’s name on his or her lunch box/bag so that it is easily identifiable. Campers with specific dietary needs or food allergies are encouraged to notify The Health Museum in their registration form and/or bring their snacks. We aim to be a nut-free camp and ask all campers to be considerate of other campers’ possible food allergies.

What is your restroom policy?

There will be set opportunities, for example after snack and lunch, for campers to use the restroom. However, they will be able to use the restroom whenever needed.

What is the absence policy?

If your child(ren) will not be able to attend camp on a specific day during a session for which he/she is registered, please notify the Assistant Director of Programs as soon as possible by calling 713-337-8458 or email camps@thehealthmuseum.org in advance. Absences may not be “made up” by having your child(ren) attend another camp on a different day, nor will you receive a refund/credit for any missed days. Please see our health and illness policy below for more information on absences related to illness.

In case of an emergency, who do I contact?

If you need to reach camp staff or your child during the day, please call 713-337-8458 or 713-521-1515 X138 for an immediate answer. The person at the extension will help get you in contact with the appropriate camp staff.

Who do I contact if I’m having a problem situation with camp?

Please notify Kennethia Rideaux, Senior Program Manager, at 713-337-8458 or camps@thehealthmuseum.org, if your child is having a problem at camp.

We want your child to have an enjoyable and rewarding summer. With your help, we can ensure that all campers are at ease and comfortable. The Health Museum reserves the right, upon notification of parents, to dismiss any student during any session for conduct that is deemed detrimental to the well-being of other students, staff, or to the overall operation of the camp.

What happens in the event of an emergency at the museum?

The museum and thus the camp has an emergency action plan that is part of the safety training for all staff. This training includes what to do in the event of a fire, severe weather, a missing child/parent, and more. All camp instructors, staff, and volunteers will complete this training prior to the first week of camp and be refreshed as needed. In case of an emergency, the priority will be the safety of all the campers. Once the camper(s) are safe, and the Emergency Action Plan procedure is followed, parents will be notified as quickly as possible using the emergency contact information provided for each camper at registration.

In the event of a medical emergency, museum staff will contact emergency medical personnel and will then contact the child’s parent or guardian. Based on the medical personnel’s assessment, your child may be transported to a local hospital to receive further medical attention.

What happens in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm?

In the event that Harris County is under Tropical Storm or Hurricane warnings, parents will be notified via email or phone whether camp sessions will be canceled.

How do you store the camper’s medication?

We do not store any medication at the camp. Museum staff are not able to administer any medication to campers, please do not send medication with your child. If a child is required to carry an epi-pen, a copy of the prescription will need to be provided to the museum, and the child will be responsible to bring and take home their epi-pen daily.

Mandatory forms

A confirmation packet, with mandatory forms to be completed, will be sent to the parent/guardian to the email on file a week before the start of camp. All forms need to be completed and turned in on the first day of camp or emailed to camps@thehealthmuseum.org.

Are photos of the children taken during camp?

By signing your child up for camp, you authorize The Health Museum to photograph and/or videotape your child for publicity purposes. Please note that these materials will not be sold or loaned and will be used only to promote The Health Museum’s education programs. If you do not want your child to be photographed for marketing purposes, please note it on the registration form.

What is your cancellation policy?

THM reserves the right to combine or cancel classes that have not met the minimum enrollment. If THM cancels a class, payment will be fully refunded.

For special circumstances, a 75% credit or refund will be granted for written requests made 14 or more days before the first day of the camp session. A 50% credit or refund will be granted for written requests made 13 or more days before the first day of the camp session. No refunds will be granted on or after the first day of the camp session.

We are concerned with the health and well-being of all children and adults who have contact with your child throughout the day. We ask that you keep children who are potentially infectious at home. If you have any doubts in the morning about your child’s health, please keep them home. Please call the program manager by 9:00 a.m. so we can record your child’s absence.

Medical Administration

We do not store any medication at the camp. Museum staff are not able to administer any medication to campers, please do not send medication with your child. If a child must carry an epi-pen, a copy of the prescription will need to be provided to the museum, and the child will be responsible to bring and take home their epi-pen daily.

  • First response includes: cold compress, band-aids, and soap & water to treat bumps and abrasions
  • Sunscreen, bug repellent, and regular skin hydrating lotion will be used as needed and with parents’ permission.

Communicable & Infectious Diseases

Participants who display symptoms of communicable and/or infectious disease will not be allowed to camp. Such symptoms may include:

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea in the 12 hours before the scheduled time to attend the camp
  • Temperature of 100 degrees or greater
  • Persistent yellow thick mucus
  • An uncontrollable or persistent cough
  • Pink eye that hasn’t been treated
  • Strep throat which has not been treated with an antibiotic for 24 hours
  • Any rash of acute onset associated with fever or symptoms of illness
  • Impetigo with less than 24 hours of treatment with an antibiotic
  • Head lice or scabies that have not been treated

If a child displays any of the above symptoms, we will take all steps possible to see that he or she is kept quiet and comfortable until a parent or authorized person can take him/her home. When your child has any of the above conditions, you will be required to pick them up within one hour of being notified.

The parents of all registered children will receive written notification sent home with campers should a case of an outbreak of any of the following conditions occur:

  • strep throat, impetigo
  • measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox
  • pinworms
  • head lice, scabies, pink eye, or any other highly contagious disease or virus

Staff will call parents immediately if their child:

  • Bites or is bitten with a skin break
  • Falls and hits their head hard
  • Has an obvious mark on their head or face
  • Is lethargic or hurting
  • Becomes sick or develops a fever
  • Is involved in an injury needing to be assessed by the local clinic
  • Is involved in an injury which the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is called

Returning After Illness

A child who has had an infectious or communicable disease may return to the program in the periods listed below. The Health Museum may request a doctor’s note stating that the child presents no risk before returning to camp.

  • Chickenpox: Five days after the last blister has scabbed
  • Pinworm: After 48 hours of being on medication
  • Strep throat: After 24 hours of being on an antibiotic
  • Head lice: Signed release from a medical practitioner stating the child is free of eggs, nits, and mature lice
  • Any others: Must be discussed with the Administrator/Lead teacher
  • Fever free for 24 hours
TimeActivity
 7:30 a.m. Before-Care Begins 
8:30 a.m. Camp Check-in Begins 
9:00 a.m. Camp Roundup/Orientation/Rules 
9:15 a.m. Intro to Camp/Icebreaker 
9:30 a.m. Hands-on Activities in Classroom 
10:15 a.m. Restroom Break 
10:30 a.m. Hands-on Activity in Classroom 
11:00 a.m. Lunch in Classroom 
11:30 a.m. Restroom Break/Museum Exploration 
12:00 p.m. Hands-on Activities in Classroom 
2:30 p.m. Reflection and Activities Wrap-up/Cleanup 
2:45 p.m. Snack Break in Classroom 
3:00 p.m. Dismissal 
3:30 p.m. After-Care Begins 
*This is a sample schedule, details subject to change during actual camp sessions
Kennethia Rideaux

Kennethia Rideaux

Assistant Director, Programscamps@thehealthmuseum.org713-337-8458

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