NEW! "When I Grow Up" Camp NEW! "When I Grow Up" Camp

“When I Grow Up” Camps have been carefully designed to allow children ages 4 and 5 the opportunity to explore, create and discover four areas of the world that surrounds them.  Camps will empower and inspire the children by providing unique hands-on experiences relating to the theme of the week within a museum setting.

Each camp session is packed with hands-on activities that offer age-appropriate introductions to nature, health, art, and science, while also encouraging development across these five distinct but connected domains that are used as indicators to assess a child’s readiness for school:

  1. Fine and gross motor development
  2. Social and emotional development
  3. Multi-disciplinary approaches to learning
  4. Language and literacy development
  5. Cognition and general knowledge
Camp Sessions Camp Sessions

Each half-day session combines fun and games with interactive learning activities, music, crafts, visits from special presenters, and museum exploration. Our camp takes place inside the museum and in our outdoor pavilion overlooking the beautiful Hudson River.

Scientist Camp: Science is fun!  Your little scientist will explore five topics during this week of camp: The Natural World, Electricity and Magnetism, Engineering, Long Long Ago, and Bubbles.  Children will examine and dissect flowers, create an electric play dough lab, take a visit to the stars in our Starlab Planetarium, make a rocket, dig for fossils, and even conduct experiments with chemical reactions!  On the final day of camp, parents are invited to come an hour early (noon) and see what projects the campers have been working on at a very special science fair!

Artist Camp:  Unleash your child’s creativity at the Children’s Museum! Each day of Artist Camp will be divided into 3 parts: drawing and painting, sculpture and performance art (acting, music and dance). Inspired by real examples of art throughout history, campers will create Kinetic Sculptures, Jug Band Jam, Tap dancing fun, and a giant chalk art painting.  On the final day of camp, parents are invited to come an hour early (noon) to visit an art gallery featuring art created by the campers.

Naturalist Camp: The Children’s Museum is surrounded by so much natural beauty!  At the Naturalist Camp children will explore the grounds of the museum focusing on weather, plants, rocks, the Hudson River, and bugs. Activities will include: creating sun print art, a ladybug lab, seed sprout investigations, collecting rocks, and tending to a worm farm. On the final day of camp, parents are invited to come an hour early (noon) and enjoy a nature walk with the campers to hear about (and see!) what they’ve learned.

Chef Camp: Preparing meals and learning about food is fun and important for health and quality of life.  Chef Camp is all about food and introduces children to where it comes from, how to prepare it, and which foods are good to eat.  Campers will plan crazy menus, create healthy snacks, learn gardening basics and even try ice cream making.  The final day of camp, parents are invited to come an hour early (noon) and dine in a restaurant created by the campers!

Days, Times & Cost Days, Times & Cost

2016 Camp information will be published in February 2016.  Registration will open in mid-March.

Camp Staff Camp Staff

Led by MHCM educator and museum staff, our dedicated team brings many years of experience creating and delivering engaging camp activities for young children. Sessions are kept small (24 child max per session) to encourage the fostering of relationships between campers and counselors. All counselors are first-aid certified. Camper to counselor ratio is 8:1.

For  more information, please contact Peter at (845) 471-0589, ext 17 or email