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Winter Break Camps

Winter Break Camps, Columbia, Holidays, Kids

Camp Pricing


$50 per student per day


$40 per student per day

Extended Day:

Non-Member: $15 per student per day
Member: $10 per student per day

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

Thurs. – Fri., Dec. 20 – 21, 2018
Wed. – Fri., Dec. 26 – 28, 2018
Mon. – Fri, Dec. 31 – Jan. 4, 2019

The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia is excited to offer camps during Winter Break for children aged 6 – 12 years old. Each day will focus on a different subject matter and even includes a special Polar Express Day!

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.

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


Winter Skies – Online registration is closed. Please call 898-4999 to register.
Wed., Dec. 26

Explore the night sky with us in the planetarium as we discover which constellations herald the beginning of the cold season and the start of spring. We will create our own resin globe to remind us to never stop looking up.

Thurs., Dec. 27

How did Christmas trees make their way from soldiers decorating them in the forest to children decking them in the home? What plants were believed to keep witches away in the winter? Which fruit’s peel might predict your future? We’ll explore the yuletide symbolism of plants from ancient times to the present – and create our very own toy soldier to take home.

Dashing (and Dotting) through the Snow
Fri., Dec. 28

While it most likely won’t snow here in South Carolina…we do have little blue robots named Dash and Dot! Campers will be taught some basics skills in the morning and then we’ll let them loose as they code Dash and Dot to dance, change colors, search for each other during hide-and-seek, create music, and even play basketball! Campers receiving Dash and/or Dot for Christmas are invited to bring their own robots. We just ask that it is labeled before arriving.

Noon Year’s Eve Bash
Mon., Dec. 31

Because your kiddos might not make it until midnight (and let’s face it – neither will we!) we will have a special campers-only New Year’s Eve Bash just for us complete with confetti next to our own giant ball – the planetarium! Campers will also learn all about electricity as we create our own mini-circuits with LEDs and design light-up New Year’s Eve hats and masks to enjoy while watching fireworks tonight with family!

Snow Day Like Today!
Tues., Jan. 1

Snow day in South Carolina?! Maybe not for real…but we will be creating snow with a super absorbent polymer! With gallons of instant snow and a little fun science campers will make snow angels and create their very own snowmen! If the weather is nice we may even sled down a hill and have a snowball fight or two! It’s melting fast so hurry on over because there’s snow day like today!

Frigid Space
Wed., Jan. 2

It’s getting cold out there! Campers will explore the deepest parts of the cosmos in a special planetarium show and discover far away objects across our galaxy. There’s an awful lot of space out there…and we’ll need to keep warm! Campers will design and create their very own galaxy themed scarves to take home and snuggle up with once the temperatures begin to drop.

A Sp-heroic Challenge
Thurs., Jan. 3

Come check-out the newest State Museum robot on the block – Sphero! Tough to drive but tons of fun – your camper will not only have a great time but will also learn some basic coding skills, too! With a special cover to keep things safe, campers will take Sphero through heroic challenges in our obstacle courses including water dives and even Martian terrain! Campers will be given the opportunity to design course challenges for other teams as we all compete in the Super Sphero Hero Challenge and design the toughest course in town!

Polar Bear Plunge
Fri., Jan. 4

Take a plunge into the Artic as we discover the fascinating world of polar bears. Dig a den like a bear and go “ice fishing” in this fun-filled polar expedition. #bearnecessities

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 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.

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.