Greensboro Science Center

Summer Camps

2024 Summer Camps

From amazing animals to rockin’ robots, we make science fun and engaging with hands-on activities and learning adventures for ages 4 – 12. Our aquarium, museum and zoo are full of seemingly endless opportunities – all on one campus!  Register according to your child’s age by the start of camp.

The first (June 10-14) and  last week of summer camps (August 5-9) have only morning camps from 9am-1pm and no Extended Day.
The first week of Animal Care Camp (June 10-14) will be full day from 9am – 3pm; no Extended Day will be available.

Scroll to the bottom for Robotics Camps.

Member registration opens Monday, February 19, 2024 at 9:00 am.
Non-member registration opens Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 9:00 am.

Please note: We do not take registration over the phone or in-person.

GSC Member

AM (9am – 1pm): $185
PM (1pm – 3pm): $105
DAY (9am – 3pm): $275
HOL (9am – 1pm): $165
Extended Day (3pm – 5pm): $40/week

Non-Member

AM (9am – 1pm): $250
PM (1pm – 3pm): $150
DAY (9am – 3pm): $350
HOL (9am – 1pm): $210
Extended Day (3pm – 5pm): $40/week

Member registration opens Monday, February 19, 2024 at 9:00 am

Registration is required. Full camp fees are due at time of registration. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. You must be a current GSC member at the time of registration to receive the member price. Memberships may be purchased or renewed separately by calling 336-288-3769, ext. 1324. Limited financial assistance may be available. Contact Tucker Campbell at tcampbell@greensboroscience.org for details.

Non-member registration opens Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 9:00 am

Refunds (minus a $25 processing fee per participant per camp) for cancellations will be issued, provided the GSC is notified at least 14 days in advance of the camp start date. A service charge of $15 per participant per class will be charged for changes.

The GSC reserves the right to cancel a camp due to insufficient enrollment. We will make this determination one week prior to the beginning of the camp. Should this occur, you will receive notification and a full refund.

New this year, our health form and behavior contract will be collected online through your Active account. These can be found under “supplemental forms” and linked on your registration confirmation. Health forms and behavior contracts must be submitted through Active at least two days before the start of your camp. Collecting the forms this way will allow you to submit them only one time for the summer season, regardless of how many camps your child attends.

Extended Day

3 – 5pm
Extended Day sessions are a relaxing way to end a day of exciting science adventure. We’ll have a supervised room and provide light arts and crafts, games, books, and our favorite science movies during this unstructured period. Extended Days are offered as a service to meet your family’s busy schedules. Pick up your child any time before 5pm. Register for Extended Day as an option with all-day or afternoon camps.
(Note: our first and last weeks of camp are am only with no Extended Day option)

Pick-Up

GSC employs the very best staff possible in our programs. After camp hours, staff have other personal and professional obligations. In order to accommodate any overtime that occurs for late pick-up, a late fee of $25.00 per day will be implemented if you are more than 10 minutes late picking up your child. The late fee must be paid in full before the beginning of the next day of camp for your child to attend.

Summer Camp Readiness

All of our camps are drop off only.
While we do have camps geared towards our littlest learners, all campers need to be fully potty trained and able to communicate their bodily needs with the camp staff. A successful camper can independently handle themselves in the restroom, open and close lunch containers, and follow multi-step directions.

Lunch & Snack

With the exception of afternoon camps from 1pm – 3pm, all camps (9am – 1pm and 9am – 3pm) will include a supervised lunch period from 12 – 12:45pm. Please be sure to send a drink and nut-free lunch that does not need to be refrigerated each day. Make sure your child’s lunch container is labeled with their name.

Please provide a drink and nut-free snack for your child.

Summer Camp Registration Tips

  • Registration is first come, first served. Camps traditionally fill quickly. GSC members are able to register early and receive a discounted fee.
  • Make sure your GSC membership is current. Memberships may be renewed or purchased by calling 336-288-3769, ext. 1324.
  • Verify your Active Network account information such as email, user name and password. If you need to check on your Active Network account, visit active.comThe GSC does not have access to your Active account information.
  • Once all camps load, filter by age. This is located on the left side of the page.
  • Note: A camp in your cart is not held until it is paid for.
  • Payment is due in full to complete the registration process. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover Card.
  • If you are put on a waitlist, we will contact you if a space opens. It does not cost anything to be on a waitlist.
  • Animal Care Camp for ages 10-12 is a popular camp. We recommend registering for this camp first and then checking out. Afterwards you can go back to sign up for other camps.
    If you have taken this camp in a previous summer, please allow others to sign up this summer. Repeat campers will be removed from this camp so as to allow for more kids to experience this camp. A $25 processing fee will be applied to this cancellation.

General Science Camps

For 5-year-old afternoon LEGO® camps, see the Beginner Builders section of Robotics Labs.

How to Train Your Dinosaur: What would it be like to have a dinosaur as a pet? What would you feed your dinosaur and where would it live? Would a Pteranodon or Spinosaurus be better at playing catch? Let’s explore the world of dinosaurs and learn what it would take to have these giants as pets. 
EC1: June 10-14; 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members
EC6: July 15-19; 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members

Science Sampler: Don’t have a favorite area of science yet? We’ll mix things up, make things move and meet a variety of animal guests. From the earth beneath your feet to the stars in the sky, we’ll explore a different area of science each day. 
EC2: June 17-21; 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members
EC7: July 22-26; 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members

Animal Tales: Explore animal facts while reading animal fiction. We’ll take some of our favorite children’s books and use our imagination for crafts and games while learning about real animals. Hungry caterpillars, tortoises and hares, and gruff billy goats are part of a week that brings stories to life. 
EC3: June 24-28; 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members
EC9: Aug 5- 9; 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members

Mix it Up: Join our science kitchen crew as we whip up creations from ice cream to super slime. We’ll investigate hot and cold, action and reaction, and see why certain ingredients make baked treats rise. Dress for a mess during this week of hands-on fun! 
EC5: July 8-12; 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members
EC8: July 29-Aug 2; 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members

For 6-7-year-old LEGO® camps, see the Rookie Engineers section of Robotics Labs.

Nature Nuts: Let’s explore nearby woods and streams where we’ll play outdoor games, create works of art with natural materials, and discover some of the animals that call these places home. We’ll also spend time along our nature trail and tree houses in the zoo. Wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen for a week filled with nature play. 
A1: June 10-14 (AM ONLY); 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members
A5: July 8-12; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

Cool Cats: Pounce into this camp for a roaring good time and learn about cool cats found around the world. Discover amazing cat facts and meet some of the feline residents at the GSC. We’ll have a “purr-fectly” good time. Cat dress up welcome on Friday. 
A2: June 17-21; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
A7: July 22-26; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

Science Explorers: This camp is perfect for the young scientist who likes to dabble in everything from rocks to reptiles! We’ll seek out our place in space, whip up some kitchen chemistry, and become animal experts. Each day focuses on a new theme with new explorations. 
A3: June 24-28; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
A8: July 29-Aug 2; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

Stars and Stripes: Join us for our holiday camp as we explore different areas of science. We’ll mix things up, make things move and meet a variety of animal guests. From the earth beneath your feet to the stars in the sky, we’ll explore a different area of science each day.
A4: July 1-3 (3 DAY CAMP); 9am – 3pm; $165 Members/$210 Non-members

Wicked Reactions: Crash! Boom! Bang! The scientific method is anything but boring. From dazzling chemical reactions like a carbon dioxide sandwich to physical reactions like oobleck and elephant toothpaste, this camp will be sure to get the right reaction out of you!
A6: July 15-19; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
A9: Aug 5-9 (AM ONLY); 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members

For 8-9-year-old LEGO® camps, see the Intermediate Engineers section of Robotic Labs.

Shake, Shock, Zoom: Investigate the wonders of science that move us! From earthquakes to cars and airplanes, discover the science of motion through hands-on activities. Make your hair stand on end as we learn about the flow of electricity and investigate the attractive powers of magnetism. 
B1: June 10-14 (AM ONLY); 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members
B8: July 29-Aug 2; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

Under the Sea: Dive in and explore the world beneath the waves! Muck around in our local streams for aquatic life, get a close look at the sharks in our aquarium and learn about all sorts of freshwater and saltwater fish. Bring water shoes or boots each day. It’s an aquatic jungle out there. 
B2: June 17-21; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
B7: July 22-26; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

Animals Around the World: Send us your ani-maniacs to take a tour of animals around the world. Each day we’ll study a different country and learn about cultures, crafts and animals from that region. Join us as we adventure into our zoo to discover animals from Australia, Africa, Nepal, South America, Indonesia, Sumatra and more. 
B3: June 24-28; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
B5: July 8-12; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

High Flyin’ 4th: Celebrate the holiday with science highlights this week. You’ll hang out with animals, compete in the famous egg-drop Olympics, investigate indoors and out, and try your hand at chemistry. We’ll also take in an OmniSphere Theater show and explore nearby Country Park.
B4: July 1-3 (3 DAY CAMP); 9am – 3pm; $165 Members/$210 Non-members

Science Safari: Join us as we go on a safari through different areas of science. We’ll mix things up, make things move and meet a variety of animal guests. From the earth beneath your feet to the stars in the sky, we’ll discover all areas of science. 
B6: July 15-19; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
B9: Aug 5-9 (AM ONLY); 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members

For 10-12-year-old LEGO® camps, see the Rookie Robotics section of Robotic Labs.

Animal Care Camp: Join us for a variety of experiences for the true animal lover as you find out how we care for our animals. We’ll lend a hand in the zoo and aquarium each day, learn about the care of all kinds of animals, and meet animal professionals as they share their experiences with us. Dress for outdoor work; closed-toe shoes and masks are a must. If you have taken this popular camp in a previous summer, please allow others to sign up this summer. Repeat campers will be removed from this camp so as to allow for more kids to experience this camp. A $25 processing fee will be applied to this cancellation.
C1: June 10-14; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members (No Extended Day available)
C8: July 29-Aug 2; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

Crazy Chemistry: Explore the basics of chemistry through loud, colorful, and shocking experiments. Create chemical compounds, analyze acids and bases, make things glow and whip up a few “explosive” reactions. 
C2: June 17-21; 9am – 3 pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
C7: July 22-26; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

Build It!: Think it, build it, test it! Put your engineering skills to the test as you build marble mazes, catapults, unique toys and other crazy contraptions. Find out what it takes to be an engineer as you bring your imagination to life! 
C3: June 24-28; 9am – 3 pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

Red, White & Blue: Can’t pick a favorite science topic? This holiday week camp is for you! Be a chemist for a day, have fun with physics, enjoy awesome astronomy and explore nature. We’ll also go behind the scenes to learn about animal care as we sample and experiment with a variety of science topics.
C4: July 1-3 (3 DAY CAMP); 9am – 3pm; $165 Members/$210 Non-members

Animal Investigators: Dive into the world of conservation and research this week! Learn what it takes to study animals through field research, animal behavior observations and animal identification through bones, tracks and scat. You’ll even get an up-close look at anatomy through dissection and x-ray studies.  Every day will bring new discoveries and a deeper appreciation for the incredible world of animals! 
C5: July 8-12; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
C9: Aug 5-9 (AM ONLY); 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members

Girls in Science: Girls rule this week in an all-girl team of scientists. Try a different area of science each day, from plants and animals to chemistry and physics. Meet some of the amazing women in science here at the GSC and learn about the incredible work they do. Girls rock – which you’ll learn in geology! 
C6: July 15-19; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

Our goal with each level of our brick building camps is to teach a basic understanding of the lesson’s concepts, steadily increase practical ability, share ideas and have fun. All camps have free-building time to encourage imagination, directed assignments that pertain to the camp’s topic and various coding activities. Your child must be the program age by the start of camp. Please choose ONE session per topic for the summer.

Jurassic Builds
Our Beginning Builders are headed back to the Jurassic Period as they imagine and design a zoo filled with dinosaurs, mammals, avian and aquatic creatures. Campers will also learn about habitat design as they visit dinosaur relatives here at GSC! 
BB2: June 17-21; 1 pm – 3 pm; $105 Members/$150 Non-members
BB5: July 8-12; 1pm – 3pm; $105 Members/$150 Non-members
BB7: July 22-26; 1pm – 3pm; $105 Members/$150 Non-members

Carnival Design
Learn how to beat carnival games made out of LEGO® DUPLO® as our Beginning Builders explore the world of carnival design. Join us for a fun week of unplugged coding, games, crafts, and building exciting rides out of LEGO® DUPLO® simple machines!
BB3: June 24-28; 1pm – 3pm; $105 Members/$150 Non-members
BB6: July 15-19; 1pm – 3pm; $105 Members/$150 Non-members
BB8: July 28-Aug 2; 1pm – 3pm; $105 Members/$150 Non-members

Water Engineers 
The future water engineers of the world are here at GSC! This immersive camp will allow aspiring engineers, environmental enthusiasts, and problem-solving minds to design and develop solutions to everyday water issues through a mixture of behind the scene tours, water engineering challenges, and WeDo 2.0 LEGO® robotics. 
RE1: June 10-14 (AM ONLY); 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members
RE5: July 8-12: 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
RE7: July 22-26: 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members 

Structures and Wonders
Our Rookie Engineers will explore architectural marvels, engineering concepts, and unleash their creativity in a fun and collaborative environment using traditional brick elements and everyday items. Design the strongest tower, compete to build the longest bridge, and recreate the seven wonders of the world! 
RE3: June 24-28; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
RE6: July 15-19; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
RE8: July 29-Aug 2; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

EcoBots-FIRST® LEGO® League
Intermediate Engineers will build and program a fully autonomous robot using the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Set to complete missions on a previous FIRST LEGO® League challenge mat (Trash Trek). Students will also work as teams as they design projects using robots and everyday materials for recycling, composting, and trash sorting. This camp fulfills the prerequisite for being able to apply to a GSC FIRST® LEGO® League team in the fall if the student turns 10 years old by September 1st, 2024. Taking this camp does not guarantee a spot on a team. See our website for more information about joining a FLL team in the fall. Please choose only one session per child.
IE1: June 10-14 (AM ONLY); 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members
IE3: June 24-28: 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members 

Cretaceous Creations
Young paleontologists and LEGO® enthusiasts come together for an exciting journey back in time! Embark on a prehistoric adventure and delve into the world of dinosaurs and other fascinating creatures from the Cretaceous period. Our Intermediate Engineers will encounter the dinosaur relatives living at GSC, create fossils, and design habitats for the biggest and smallest dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period! 
IE2: June 17-21; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
IE4: July 1- 3 (3 DAY CAMP); 9am – 3pm; $165 Members/$210 Non-members
IE9: Aug 5-9 (AM ONLY); 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members

Robo Storm Chasers
Calling all thrill-seekers! Join us for an action-packed week of battling natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes with innovative LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Set robots! In addition to programming, we’ll learn about how different animal adaptations found in animals here at the GSC can influence innovation and response to natural events.
IE8: July 29-Aug 2; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

JunkBots- FIRST® LEGO® League
Rookie Robotics will build and program a fully autonomous robot using the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Set to complete missions on a previous FIRST LEGO League challenge mat (Trash Trek). Students will also work as teams as they design projects using robots and everyday materials for recycling, composting, and trash sorting. This camp fulfills the prerequisite for being able to apply to a GSC FIRST® LEGO® League team in the fall. Taking this camp does not guarantee a spot on a team. See our website for more information about joining a FLL team in the fall. Please choose only one session per child.
RR2: June 17-21; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
RR5: July 8-12; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members
RR7: July 22-26; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

Sumo Bots
The ancient sport of Sumo Wrestling is coming back to a robotics camp near you! Campers will learn robust design and coding skills as they put their SPIKE™ PRIME and/or EV3 robots to the test in our very own Sumo battle ring. Throughout the week, campers will learn about game design and explore how animals battle while developing new ways to win the final showdown.
RR6: July 15-19; 9am – 3pm; $275 Members/$350 Non-members

Robo Olympics
Get ready to make your own fun through a variety of engineering challenges and STEM discovery. Campers will use everyday items and SPIKE™ PRIME robotics to design and develop robots capable of going for the gold medal! Learn about how technology is helping with accessibility in the Special Olympics and try your hand at curling or soccer with an autonomous robot. 
RR4: July 1-3 (3 DAY CAMP); 9am – 3pm; $165 Members/$210 Non-members
RR9: August 5-9 (AM ONLY); 9am – 1pm; $185 Members/$250 Non-members

Contact Us

Questions or comments? Email camps@greensboroscience.org or call 336-288-3769 x1389.