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Winter Break Camps

Winter Break Camps, Columbia, Holidays, Kids

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.

Winter Break Camps

Mon . – Fri., Dec. 18 – 22 or Tues. – Fri., Dec. 26 – 29

The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia is excited to offer camps for Winter Break 2017 for children aged 6 – 11 years old. Each day will focus on a different subject matter and even includes a special Polar Express Day!

Customize Your Camp 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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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 submint any questions about camps by email at

Submit a Reservation Request

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


Natural History Days

Take a journey back in time to the Age of Mammals. Roam the land of “giants” and create your own prehistoric impressions. Join us for fun of epic proportions in this cool camp that’s a blast from the Ice Age past!

History Days
Weds., Dec. 27

What was life like for Colonial kids? What did they have to play with? Did they ever get to have any fun? Of course they did! And while many may seem quite different, campers are certain to recognize a few toys and games we have today. We’ll be looking at how kids spent their precious spare time here in the South Carolina Backcountry and making our own toy to take home just in time for the holidays.

Astronomy Days
Thurs., Dec. 28

You don’t need a winter coat for this trip to the North Pole! Join us in the planetarium to explore the winter sky in our Seasonal Sky Tour created exclusively for our Winter Break Campers and see what changes as we travel north. We’ll also discover a little about our galaxy as we create our own celestial globe.

Fri., Dec. 29

What’s cooler than cool? Liquid Nitrogen! It doesn’t get very cold in South Carolina so we’re about to go below zero as we create our very own edible dot ice cream in the mad science lab. Next, campers will put on their thinking caps as they create mini-circuits and design their very own LED creations. Will you make a light up card? Or a glowing ornament? What about your own flashlight? The design challenge is all up to you!

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

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.