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Spring Break Camps

Operational Status

The South Carolina State Museum is currently CLOSED and all public programs are suspended until further notice. Please CLICK HERE for more information.

Please note: Spring Break Camp has been canceled. If you registered and have not received a refund yet please email

Camp Pricing


$50 per student per day / $200 for the week


$40 per student per day / $160 for the week

Extended Day:

Non-Member: $15 per student per day / $60 for the week
Member: $10 per student per day / $40 for the week

Camp Hours

Drop Off: 8 – 8:45 a.m.
Camp: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pick-up: 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Extended Day: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
*Ext. Day Pick-up: 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Mon., April 13 – Fri., April 17

The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia is excited to offer a line of Spring Break Camps for children aged 6 – 12 years old. Each day will focus on a different subject matter from science to history and art.

Customize Your Camp Schedule

Every camp day features: morning social time with other campers, museum exploration time, hands-on and interactive activities, snack time and lunch time. Extended Day includes a snack time and activities.

To Register

Click below to make a reservation request online. You may also contact the Group Visits Dept. to inquire about registering by phone at 803.898.4999 or submit any questions about camps by email at

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QUESTIONS? Call 803.898.4999 or email

Choose Your Camp Experience(s)

Each day campers will be divided into groups by age. One group for those aged 6 – 8 years and one for those aged 9 – 12 years. Please note: this webpage is updated periodically and availability of these camps is not guaranteed until registration is confirmed.


Wish de Time uh Day: Gullah Traditions
Mon., April 13
Sooner Mornin’, First Fowl Crow, Plat-Eye Prowl…we’ll examine the rich Gullah culture from its language to its stories to its beautiful art forms – and try our hands at making our very own mini rag quilt!

Under (Air) Pressure
Tues., April 14
Pressure…pushing down on me…pressing down on you…well, our rockets and hovercraft! This super awesome camp day is all about the physics of fun as we design rockets and launch them towards the skies! Will your rocket be good enough to join the others stuck in the planetarium lobby ceiling? Learn about trajectory and velocity as you become a human bowling ball and try to knock down as many pins as you can in Hovercraft Bowling. Don’t let the pressure get you down!

Explosive Origins
Wed., April 15
From exploding gases to volcanic ashes, join us as we explore the world of volcanoes. Journey deep into the earth’s interior to uncover types of volcanoes and how they form. Ignite your imagination in a hands-on discovery of what makes volcanoes erupt. This camp is bound to get messy and your creativity will EXPLODE! You’re gonna lava it!

Cue Who?
Thurs., April 16
Meet the newest robot on the SCSM block – Cue! Similar to Dash but with more sass, Cue has the ability to speak in different coding languages, launch missiles, and even draw! Campers will get to explore with Cue’s cousins: Dash and Dot who love to throw LED dance parties! Join the robot revolution and find out what you can do with your Cue!

Spring Starshine
Fri., April 17
We would never survive without our closest star, the Sun. Then again, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Learn how plants and animals must both harness energy from the Sun and yet also protect themselves from it. We’ll take a look at many different kinds of stars in the planetarium and then create an alien gnome who will need to protect himself from the Sun while helping to water plants in your garden.

Important Information

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Extended Day

SCSM knows parents are very busy and sometimes picking up your camper right at 3pm can be difficult. We are happy to offer fun and entertaining Extended Day Camp where students can continue to explore the museum and participate in activities until 5:30pm. Extended Day is an additional cost.


Each camper is expected to bring their own non-perishable, non-microwavable lunch and at least one snack (two if they are staying for Extended Day). The museum is not be able to refrigerate or microwave any meals. The museum will not provide snacks. The museum is not able to take campers to the café for lunch.

  • If you forget your camper’s lunch, you may bring it by before 11:30am and drop it off at the Group Visits window in the planetarium lobby.

  • All campers MUST have a lunch every time they come to camp. Even if your camper is “not a big eater” they must have food and will be provided the opportunity to eat.

  • Please make sure lunch boxes are easily identifiable.

  • Please make sure your camper can distinguish between their lunch and snack. If they eat their lunch during snack and are hungry again during our actual lunch time, we will have to call you to bring additional food.

What to Wear

Campers should all wear close-toed shoes. We recommend a light jacket because some of the exhibits can be cold.

A free camp t-shirt will be provided every Monday. All campers must wear their camp shirts every single day for security reasons. Additional shirts may be purchased at the Group Visits window.

What to Bring

Lunch, a separate snack (two if staying for Extended Day), and an eagerness to learn! SCSM will provide all learning materials. Please keep all electronics (including cell phones), personal toys, stuffed animals, and blankets at home. Please keep large backpacks at home unless absolutely necessary.

Consent Form

A Medical Release and Authorized Consent Pickup Form must be on file for every camper prior to their camp date. Please complete this release form prior to your camper’s camp date or bring it with you on the first day of camp. Unfortunately, campers will not be able to participate in camp without a completed form.

Everyone will be asked to show a picture ID every time they come to pick up a camper. If an Authorized Pickup name does not match the photo ID of the person attempting to pickup, the child will not be released to them.

  • The names on the Photo IDs must match the names on the Authorized Pickup List. Do not use nicknames. (Example: “Kimberly” will not be able to come into contact with the child if we have “Kim” on our forms. The photo ID must match the names listed.)

  • If Medical Contacts are also allowed to pickup they will also need to be listed as an Authorized Pickup. They need to be listed both times. A person authorized to make a medical decision for the child may not necessarily have custody of that child every day and may not be able to come into contact with them.

A note about special needs:

This does not only have to be disabilities. If a family member is away on a work trip it may cause a camper to be more emotional. If a pet just passed away they may be a little obsessed with death. If grandma is in town they may be staying up really late and eating tons of junk food which might make them super sleepy at camp. Whatever it may be – there are times when campers are just in situations that make life different. We love to know what might be going on so we can best serve every child. We all handle things differently as well, so any tips you want to give us on how to work with your child are also welcomed.

Educational Aids are welcome! All educational aids and assistants must be approved at least 2 weeks prior to camp. If you have a camper with an educational aid:

  • The aid cannot be related to the camper.

  • They must be able to show proof of certification in the state of South Carolina.

  • They must also be able to show proof of having passed a background check in their organization and provide their certifying organization’s contact information.

Cancellation or Rescheduling

If your camper is sick or you need to reschedule, the following applies:

  • A written cancellation request must be received two weeks or more before the scheduled camp in order to receive a refund.

  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations made with less than two weeks’ notice.

  • If rescheduling is preferred, it is subject to space availability.

  • The South Carolina State Museum reserves the right to reschedule or cancel any activity. A refund will be given if the museum cancels a camp.

  • Campers found to be ill during camp will be asked to reschedule, pending space availability. Any camper who vomits during camp will immediately be sent home.

For the Saftey of All Campers

Adults are not permitted to participate in SCSM camp activities. We recommend a quick hug at drop-off, an excited hug at pick-up, and avoiding “visiting” during the day, especially for new campers. Adults will not be permitted to visit classrooms during the day. Campers will be brought out to you once ID and authorization has been verified. If your child requires an educational aid to be with them, the person cannot be related to the camper and must hold state certification for their need which must be approved before camp begins.