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Columbia, South Carolina, Summer Camps, kids, things to do



$200 per camper per week. $180 for any additional weeks of camp for the same child.


$160 per camper per week. $145 for any additional weeks of camp for the same child.

Extended Day:

$60 per camper per week or $50 per camper per week for museum members.*


Drop Off: 8 – 9 a.m.
Camp: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pick-up: 2:30 – 3 p.m.
Extended Day: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Ext. Day Pick-up: 3 – 5:30 p.m.

NEW! FOR AGES 12 – 14


The South Carolina State Museum is excited to offer summer camps for 2017. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of different camps while exploring the museum, experiencing 4D and planetarium shows, and engaging in problem based educational activities and STEM projects throughout the day. Whether it’s exploring space in the planetarium and observatory, engineering their own robotic designs, discovering the world of physics, or even experimenting with a world of chemistry, there’s something for every camper to enjoy.

Click HERE to download a Parent/Guardian Camp Guide.

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

Please note: Drop off and pickup for campers is at the Group Visits Entrance located in the planetarium lobby. Any camper after 3 p.m. will be considered part of the Extended Day Camp and will be charged the rate for Extended Day Camp.

TO REGISTER: Click on the button below to submit your Summer Camp registration request.

Request Form

QUESTIONS? Call 803.898.4999 or email

Please note: the discount for additional weeks of camp and Extended Day are available for the same camper attending multiple camps. Discount can be applied for up to 5 weeks of camp.


Camps are listed by age, click on the appropriate age group to go directly to those camp listings: 6 – 8 years and 9 – 11 years. Click HERE to check out our NEW Teen Summer Field study program for ages 12- 14!

6 – 8 Year Olds

Exploring Our Space
May 29 – June 2
6 – 8 Years Old
Blast off on a tour of our solar system! Campers will explore our celestial neighborhood in the museum’s planetarium and take home the universe in their pockets. They’ll also make their own pinhole projectors for the August 21st, 2017 total eclipse, craft a comet, and launch into space on their own jet packs. Hold on tight!

We like to move it, move it!
June 5 – 9
6 – 8 Years Old
This camp will have you bouncing off the walls! Physics is all around us. Come discover what (literally) makes the world go ‘round! Campers will explore tug-of-war physics, teddy bear friction, and skateboard science. Balanced and unbalanced forces clash in a fulcrum showdown! Campers will even have a hand at piloting the SCSM hovercraft. Unleash your potential! (Energy, that is.)

Stayin’ Alive: A Megalodon-sized Mystery
June 12 – 16 or July 24 – 28
6 – 8 Years Old
It takes a lot to stay alive in the Animal Kingdom. What can we learn about the past using our world today? Campers will track down clues on a jurassic scavenger hunt, bug out on Bug Day, and get their hands messy making “Mastodon poo.” They’ll even get to solve some mysteries from their own backyards. Natural history mysteries are all around us! Can you crack the case?

Full STEAM Ahead!
June 19 – 23 or July 31 – Aug. 4
6 – 8 Years Old
Color-bombs away! In this camp, science and art collide for a week of mini-masterpiece creation. Campers will try their hand at pendulum painting, water balloon splat art, and everyone’s favorite: ScribblyBattleyDoodlyBots-o-Awesome! They’ll also access their inner Leonardos with catapult canvases. Look out below!

6 – 8 Years Old
Come find out what makes a robot tick. Campers will be introduced to some of our favorite robot friends and learn to program little Ozobots, teach Dash robots to launch projectiles, and create their very own cyber friend with LEGO WeDos! Our mini-engineers will work together to teach their robots how to talk, move, and race through a mega-maze!

9 – 11 Year Olds

May 29 – June 2
9 – 11 Years Old
Everybody loves a good robot. From BB-8 to K-9, it’s always nice to have a cybernetic companion by your side. But what makes their gears go? Using LEGO WeDos and EV3s, campers will design their very own digital sidekicks who spin, dance, and launch projectiles! Campers will learn to code simple programs using motion, color, and pressure sensors to make their new friends more interactive. Who will your buddy be?

Journey through the Stars
June 5 – 9
9 – 11 Years Old
Discover what lies beyond our Earth in a week-long adventure in space-based fun. Campers will learn to navigate using the stars and tell time using only the Sun, a pencil, and a compass. Decode the planetarium’s night sky with a homemade star wheel. They’ll get hands-on with the universe, visit the nebulae where stars are born and bottle up some of that space to take home. Plus, campers will prepare for the August 21, 2017 total eclipse. The universe awaits you!

Engineering in Flight
June 12 – 16
9 – 11 Years Old
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s the SCSM hovercraft! Campers will “propel” their physics knowledge to new heights as they build marshmallow cannons, experiment with marble launchers, and their very own paper rockets. From fins to fuselage, there’s a lot to be discovered about the physics of fun. Take to the skies with this high-flying aeronautics adventure! (Did we mention the hovercraft?)

History Mysteries: Detective Finn and the Case of Museum Mania
June 19 – 23
9 – 11 Years Old
Elementary, my dear Megalodon. Campers will train as History Detectives under famed sleuth Detective Finn. During their “apprenticeship,” campers will decode secret Revolutionary War messages, hone their symbology skills, and become certified armchair archaeologists. It’s up to them to solve some of South Carolina’s greatest mysteries. The game is afoot!

Positively Patterned
June 26 – 30 or Aug. 7 – 11
9 – 11 Years Old
Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you–this camp is all about seeing double. Patterns and art go hand in hand (in hand in hand). Campers will get concentric with Kandinsky, coil up with Dave pots, and “get to the point” with aboriginal art. They’ll also have the chance to create their own city skylines and try their hand at creating our ever popular robots that draw: ScribblyBattleyDoodleyBots-o-Awesome! Once you know where to look, patterns start popping up everywhere.

Click HERE to check out our NEW Teen Summer Field study program for ages 12- 14!