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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

Fri. and Mon., Dec. 20 and 23, 2019
Thurs. – Fri., Dec. 26 – 27, 2019
Mon. – Fri, Dec. 30 – Jan. 3, 2020

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!

To Register

Click below to register your camper(s) 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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Gen. Public Registration


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. 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. Please note: availability of these camps is not guaranteed until registration is confirmed.


Festivals & Frolics
Fri., Dec. 20

Campers will take a look at holiday celebrations, colonial style! From the ferocity of Guy Fawkes Day to the coziness of Christmas to the merriment of May Day, campers will explore the revolutionary revels of the happiest days of the year and decorate a traditional wreath to take home.

Polar Express Day
Mon., Dec. 23

Polar Express Day is back by popular demand! Campers will have a fun day filled with hot chocolates and s’mores along with a 4D Polar Express adventure. Campers just might get to meet a special guest in a big red coat. Campers – don’t forget to wear your favorite pajamas!

*Allergy note: Instant hot chocolate powder, marshmallows, candy canes, graham crackers, and chocolate will all be given to students on this day if they would like to eat them.

SCSM Seal(s) of Approval
Thurs., Dec. 26

Campers will explore the world of pinnipeds. Wait! What do you mean, ‘what’s a pinniped’?! You know ‘pinnipeds’! Seals, sea lions, walruses. Did you know they once lived in South Carolina? Campers will examine the inner workings of seal flippers and race to adapt in a survival of the fittest. It’s a blast from South Carolina’s marine past! Campers will flip fin over tail – and we’re not (sea) lion!

Comfy Constellations
Fri., Dec. 27

There is a long path ahead of us, with only the stars to guide our way. Campers will learn all about constellations and how to navigate with them during our live sky tour in the planetarium. Afterward, campers will create their very own glow-in-the dark pillow to help find their way through the night

Dashes, Dots and Ozobots!
Mon., Dec. 30

A day full of robots?! Who could ask for anything more?! On this day campers will work with our 3 most popular robots to learn how to code and see what they can make their bots do! Campers will learn how to make their robots do tricks and more in this bitty robotics camp! Special note: If campers have gotten their own robots for the holidays, they are welcome to bring them and learn how to use them. We simply ask that their bots are very clearly labeled.

Noon Year’s Eve!
Tues., Dec. 31

Midnight countdown a little late for some of our friends? Or maybe you just aren’t sure YOU’LL make it to midnight and still want your child to celebrate! Either way – Drop-off your camper for an extra early New Year’s Eve Party just for them! Campers will learn to create their own light-up hats and glasses as we ring in the New Year at noon and learn about traditions across the globe.

Wed., Jan. 1

This art-focused day will have campers getting messy and exploring physics as they make art in extraordinary ways! Campers will discover what they can create on canvas with unconventional materials and a little science knowledge.

Sphero Heroes
Thurs., Jan. 2

Now here’s a robot we don’t bring out often – Sphero! Sphero Bolt is our super bot that can do just about anything – including swim through water! Campers will learn how to use Sphero and code it to do amazing things and even come up with their own obstacle courses and challenges for other campers to try. Come join the fun and see if you can make your Sphero a Hero!

Nurturing Nebula
Fri., Jan. 3

Clouds in the sky can herald bad weather, but clouds in space don’t mean rain. Instead they mean stars! Campers will discover how giant clouds like the Orion Nebula in our galaxy nurture new stars in a special planetarium show. Campers will also create their own version of a nebula to take home.

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.