School is out but learning and fun are in!
Winter break from school is the perfect time to chill out with science!
Join The Health Museum for two weeks of our day camps and start the new year with some amazing discoveries, experiments, and investigations, all while making new friends, and getting the most out of their winter break!
Mini Chemist | Ages 5-7
Mini Chemists will be fully engaged in this hands-on chemistry lab camp. Create fizzy cloud dough, exploding rainbows, and glowing mud. Little Chemists will explore the basics of chemical reactions and viscosity. Little Chemists will learn a plethora of age-appropriate scientific information that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.
Camp Neuron | Ages 8-10
Did you know that the average adult brain approximately weighs over 3 pounds? Or that there are over 100 million neurons in your brain? In Camp Neuron discover the exciting world of the brain! Camp Neuron offers an opportunity for immersion into neuroscience. Campers will examine a real human brain, dissect a sheep brain, and explore topics such as: brain and spinal cord anatomy, sensations, perceptions, learning, and memory; create an edible neuron, and lots more in this incredible camp for the aspiring neuroscientist out there!
Junior iCan STEM | Ages 8-10
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.
Mini-Med School I. | Ages 11-13
Do you enjoy science? Have you ever considered a career in health or medicine? This introductory Mini Medical School I session gives campers the opportunity 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.
DNA Discoveries | AGES 5-7
Did you know that DNA stores every single detail about you like your eye color? Learn more about DNA through this exciting hands-on camp. Campers will be engaged through different hands-on activities such as designing 3D DNA models and performing DNA extraction on fruit!
Mini iCAN STEM | AGES 5-7
iCAN STEM, a lab-based science camp for our enthusiastic science-loving mini-innovators! In this camp, campers will learn about biomedical engineering and create a prosthetic limb, become a spy, construct and learn problem-solving skills, dig into the messy side of science, and blast off to Mars!
Grossed-Out Science | AGES 8-10
Did you know that the record for projectile vomit is 27 feet? Or that the acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve metal? Learn about these gross facts, make your own snot and more! This camp is great for kids who display a keen interest in their own body functions!
Min-Med School II. | AGES 11-13
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, the 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.
When does registration open for Summer Discovery Camps?
Summer Camp registration opens online no later than the first week of March.
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 a typical day at camp look like?
Campers will be engaged in the theme of the week through several hands-on activities and labs, and special experiences in the museum exhibits. Campers will also receive one snack a day and have time for a lunch break. All activities follow inquiry-based learning methods that engage campers in science by asking questions and having them discover the answers. These types of activities may include labs, dissections, experiments in the classroom or outdoors, crafts, drawings, and teamwork.
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 own 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?
In the event that 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.
What is your behavior policy for campers?
Good behavior is a key component of a successful summer camp experience. In an effort 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 snack options that are nut-free. Campers may bring their own 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 own 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.
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 email@example.com, 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 placed 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.
A confirmation packet, with mandatory forms to be completed, will be sent to the parent/guardian to the email on file a week prior to the start of camp. All forms need to be completed and turned in on the first day of camp or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.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 prior to the first day of the camp session. No refunds will be granted on or after the first day of the camp session.
Camp Registration & Fees
|Museum Members||$275-$375 per week|
Not a member yet? Join today to receive discounts for camps
|$300-$400 per week|
|Camp Hours||9:00 AM – 3:00 PM|
|Before care||7:30 AM – 8:30 AM|
|Aftercare||3:30 PM – 5:30 PM|
Click the Links Below to Register
Kennethia RideauxAssistant Director, Programscamps@thehealthmuseum.org713-337-8458
Please reach out for questions about our Discovery Camp or educational programs