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Spring Break Camps

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

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

We know parents are very busy and sometimes picking up your camper right at 3:30 p.m. 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 5:30 p.m.


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). For safety reasons, the museum will not be able to refrigerate or microwave any meals. The museum will not provide snacks.

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

What to Wear

Campers will be provided for 1 camp shirt per every 5 days of camp they are registered and will be asked to wear a State Museum camp shirt every day for security reasons. Campers should all wear close-toed shoes. We recommend a light jacket because some of the exhibits can be cold.

What to Bring

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


A medical release and authorized consent pickup form must be on file for every student prior to their camp date. Please complete this release form prior to your camp date or bring it with you on the first day. Students will not be able to participate in a camp without a completed form.

Cancellation or Rescheduling

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

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

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

  • Rescheduling 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.

For the Saftey of All Campers

Adults are not permitted to participate in museum 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.