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Spring Break Camps

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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 / $50 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 2 – Fri., April 6, 2018

The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia is excited to offer a new line of Spring Break Camps for children aged 6 – 11 years old. Each day will focus on a different subject matter from science to history and art.

Customize Your Schedule

Campers may register for the entire week or for individual day(s). Each day of the week is ‘themed’ with a different focus. Every day of camp 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.

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A 50% deposit is required to reserve your camper’s spot and the remaining balance is due 2 weeks prior to the camp.


Submit a Reservation Request

QUESTIONS? Call 803.898.4999 or email

Choose Your Camps 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 – 11 years. Please note: this webpage is updated periodically and availability of these camps is not guaranteed until registration is confirmed.

Natural History Shark Day
Mon., April 2
Dive into all things shark with the South Carolina State Museum as we become Museum Sharksperts! Learn about the world’s most notorious and misunderstood fish. (That’s right—fish!) Campers will make their own shark’s tooth necklace, sink their teeth into some trivia, and learn why sharks are an important part of our underwater ecosystems.

Pirate History Day
Tues., April 3
Please note: the 6 – 8 year old camp is sold out for this day

Ahoy, matey! Come aboard the good ship SCSM and explore the world of Pirates! We’ll visit with some of the most fearsome fellows and dauntless damsels who ever sailed the seven seas, make our own formidable flag, and have a swashbuckling good time! Arrgh!

Astronomy Day
Wed., April 4

Please note: camps for this day are SOLD OUT

Prepare for beautiful spring nights by familiarizing yourself with the seasonal night sky in the planetarium and enjoy windy days in the backyard with your very own planetary wind chimes. The stars will be within our reach during this fun-filled astronomy day!

Thurs., April 5
Please note: the 6 – 8 year old camp is sold out for this day

Come visit the land of Legos with Emmet, Wild Style, Princess UniKitty and the whole gang! We’ll problem solve while constructing mazes and test our ability to “Master Build” challenges together. Campers will imagine and design their own Lego character and make a mask to wear home! The pieces all click together when we’re learning with Legos!

Topiary Garden Art Day
Fri., April 6
Please note: the 6 – 8 year old camp is sold out for this day

Did you know art can be made of plants? Bishopville resident Pearl Fryar creates beautiful living sculptures out of all sorts of trees and shrubs, and the State Museum is thrilled to have several pieces of his work in our collection. Join us as we learn about this amazing artist and try out his techniques in our own creations.

Important Information

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

An official SCSM Camp t-shirt your camper will receive upon arrival should be worn 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.

Release Forms

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.