Kids' University

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Kids' University

Discover a world of hands-on interactive fun with enrichment topics that feature active participation and imagination. Kids' University camps combine approximately two to three hours of academic enrichment a day, introducing the fascinating worlds of agriculture, language, math or science in a format that focuses on fun. The rest of the day is spent playing sports or games, swimming, rock climbing, and exploring the many facets of the University of Minnesota, resulting in a great, well-rounded experience.

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Animal Architects

Animal Architects

Investigate the different types of nests and nest-builders, compare their uses, and then work as a team to build and test a nest to see how much weight it will hold! Explore nature while searching for animal homes on the trails at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center to learn the differences between tree and ground dwelling animal homes, as well as where the insects live. Dress for outdoor activity.

Dates Ages Price
August 6 — 10 8 — 10 $304
August 13 — 17 6 — 8 $304

Animal Olympics

Animal Olympics

If the Olympics were held for animals, what would the events be? Who would take home the gold? Brush up on international animal know-how. Then join our friends at Team Como to sprint like cheetahs, leap like kangaroos, power-lift like rhinoceros beetles and take aim like archer fish. Get ready to carry the torch to world record setting fun! Recommended for those entering 3rd and 4th grade.

Dates Ages Price
  August 6 – 10 8 – 10 $344

Backyard Bugs

Backyard Bugs

Are you ready for a creepy-crawly good time? Hold a tarantula, catch a dragonfly, follow an ant trail, and have a meal-worm race! Learn all about insects and other "bugs", and discover how they live with other things in nature. Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
July 16 — 20 6 — 8 $299
July 30 — August 3 8 — 10 $299

Backyard Builders: Shine Your Light!

Backyard Builders: Shine Your Light!

Put on your thinking caps and tighten your tool belts for this exploration of things you can build & use in your own backyard. Use & develop building skills to complete a construction project. You will explore the qualities of light and use them to build a kaleidoscope, a pinhole camera, a solar car, a mosaic sun catcher, and a flower press! Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
July 16 — 20 8 — 10 $304

Battle Bots

Battle Bots

Have a blast engineering amazing battle bots to battle other teams! With tons of gears, LEGO® Technic pieces and moving parts for you to lay hands on, small teams will create their very own battle bot, rescue bot, racing car, and more! Battle your friends, improve your design, and test again. An awesome way to enjoy a fungineering summer!

Dates Ages Price
July 9 — 13 6 — 7 $314
July 9 — 13 8 — 10 $314

Blast Off! Rocketry

Blast Off! Rocketry

This action packed camp focuses solely on rockets and the physics of rocket flight. Learn about model rocket design, aerodynamics, building, propulsion, launching, safety, and repair. Students build a variety of rockets to take home, and take part in daily launches. Whether you are serious about model rockets, or just a novice, this camp is a blast for all!

Dates Ages Price
July 9 — 13 6 — 8 $329
July 30 — August 3 9 — 11 $329
August 13 — 17 8 — 10 $329
August 20 — 24 6 — 8 $329

Chess

Chess

Find out why Chess is the most popular game in the world. This camp covers rules, strategies, and tactics as we bring the pieces to life in a fun way using creativity and imagination. Try a giant chess set, the biggest you've ever seen! The benefits of chess have been proven to help with logic, memory, analysis, reading, and more. Beginners and those with some experience are welcome. 

Dates Ages Price
August 20 — 24 7 — 9 $319
August 20 — 24 10 — 12 $319

Crazy Chemworks

Crazy Chemworks

Mad scientists wanted! Try your hand with some super solutions and explore the chemistry of everyday life. This camp is bubbling over with classic experiments and crazy concoctions with spectacular hands on activities.

Dates Ages Price
June 11 — 15 6 — 8 $329
June 11 — 15 9 — 11 $329

Engineer LEGO® Boats

Engineer LEGO® Boats

All aboard the fastest water vessel in LEGO® City! Power up your engineering skills to construct boats that actually float! Apply real-world concepts in physics and mechanical engineering to work with different propulsion systems; from paddles to propellers and much more. You'll be using LEGO® Technic pieces and electric motors to build the fastest boat to race against your friends!

Dates Ages Price
June 25 – 29 7 – 9 $314
June 25 – 29 10 – 12 $314
July 23 – 27 7 – 9 $314
July 23 – 27 10 – 12 $314

Engineering Aeronautics & Drones

Engineering Aeronautics & Drones

Explore flight like never before as you fly drones and engineer amazing flying machines! Learn about the state of the art flying robotic technology, the four Forces of Flight, Bernoullis' principle, the effects of air properties on aircrafts, and more! You'll spend the week engineering multiple aircraft designs to take home as you learn to fly a drone, hone your skills, and join an aerial competition.

Dates Ages Price
June 11 – 15 7 – 9 $314
June 11 – 15 10 – 12 $314

Enraptured with Raptors

Enraptured with Raptors

Want to learn all about the birds of prey called raptors? Explore what makes all raptors unique and the differences between owls, falcons, hawks, and other raptors. Take part in activities at the Raptor Center and see live raptors up close!

Dates Ages Price
June 11 — 15 6 — 7 $299
June 11 — 15 8 — 9 $299
July 23 — 27 6 — 7 $299
July 23 — 27 8 — 9 $299

Explore Chinese Language and Culture

Explore Chinese Language and Culture

Discover how fun it is to learn Chinese! This summer, campers will try their hand at traditional Chinese crafts such as paper cutting, knot tying, and painting. Impress friends and family by learning Chinese greetings. Then get your groove on with physical activities including taiqi quan, kung fu, and jianzi. Get ready to say goodbye to boredom and ni hao to the excitement of exploring Chinese language and culture!

Dates Ages Price
July 16 — 20 6 — 8 $319

Fish Finders

Fish Finders

Get hooked on a lifetime activity! Explore underwater habitats, learn about water stewardship and regulations, and increase fishing skills during this week. Fun activities include fish anatomy, pop can casters, pond dipping and more! This camp takes place at the lake, so dress for outdoor activity. 

Dates Ages Price
June 18 — 22 8 — 10 $299

Geometric Art

Geometric Art

Transform patterns and shapes into art in this hands on exploration of the intersection of geometry and creative expression. Design unique patterns and create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional models using the properties of polygons, platonic, solid and a variety of media including M.C. Escher style tessellations and geometric origami.

Dates Ages Price
August 20 — 24 9 — 11 $284

Grossology

Grossology

Uncover the gross but fascinating characteristics of raptors. Learn why a Turkey Vulture poops on its feet and how it stays healthy even though it eats dead animals. Explore the difference between owl pellets and owl mutes. Look at the life cycles of some parasites that are “hitch hikers” on raptors and learn why these “natural recyclers” are an important part of the food chain. Try many hands-on activities and see live education owls, hawks, falcons, eagles, and a Turkey Vulture. 

Dates Ages Price
July 9— 13 8 — 9 $299
July 9— 13 10 — 11 $299

Intro to Coding

Intro to Coding

Our younger campers will spend the week creating their own video game in this new camp! Choose your story-line with dragons, princesses, or wild & wacky aliens; add challenges and levels of difficulty, then share by email or post on the web to challenge family and friends. Practice math, logic, and programming.

For our older campers: Get a head start in learning how to code using one of the key programming languages used by professional developers - Python. Its syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code than would be possible in languages such as C++ or Java, making it the perfect coding language for beginners. Python is a text based language; students should have familiarity with keyboarding, and basic computer skills.

Dates Ages Price
July 23 — 27 7 — 9 $324
July 23 — 27 10 —12 $324

Nature's Kitchen: Spice it up!

Nature's Kitchen: Spice it up!

Nature provides us with many fun and delicious food options! Discover what flavors can be used in both spaghetti sauce and ice cream (and still taste great.) Taste and cook with fresh herbs and spices, design a garden, drink herbal sun tea, make a flower press, and more. Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
June 18 — 22 6 — 8 $299
August 6 — 10 6 — 8 $299
August 13 — 17 6 — 8 $299

Passport to China

Passport to China

Experience all of the fun of visiting China with none of the jet-lag! Campers will experience China's society and culture by taking virtual visits to the Great Wall in Beijing, the skyscrapers in Shanghai, the Kunming's Stone Forest and Chengdu, the "Panda Capital of the World." Campers will learn Chinese as they explore each destination's unique geography, historical sites, local delicacies, and its people. Buckle up, because at Passport to China, a summer of adventure is about to take off!

Dates Ages Price
July 9 — 13 6 — 8 $319
July 9 — 13 9 — 11 $319

Passport to China: Immersion

Passport to China: Immersion

Passport to China offers immersion school students all of the fun of visiting China with none of the jetlag. Campers will expand their knowledge of China's society and culture by taking virtual visits to the Great Wall in Beijing, the skyscrapers in Shanghai, the Kunming's Stone Forest; and Chengdu, the "Panda Capital of the World." Campers will retain and improve their language skills by learning new vocabulary, songs, and poems that accompany lessons on each city's unique geography, historical sites, local delicacies, local dialects, and its people. Buckle up, because, at Passport to China, a summer of adventure is about to take off! 

Dates Ages Price
July 16 — 20 6 — 8 $319

Raptor Biomimicry & Engineering

Raptor Biomimicry & Engineering

What do talons have to do with non-slip shoes, or vultures with solar energy? How do feathers and eggs inspire insulators and camouflage? Explore nature’s designs and how humans can be inspired by them. Spend the week designing and engineering using raptor adaptations and live birds as your muse at the Raptor Center!

Dates Ages Price
July 30 — August 3 10 — 12 $299
July 30 — August 3 13 — 15 $299

Robotics

Robotics

Young engineers discover how to design, build and program robots as they work to investigate key concepts such as gear ratios, locomotion, energy, and dream up awesome robots using the acclaimed LEGO® MINDSTORMS® RCX robotics kit. Campers will have the opportunity to explore the mechanical and electrical engineering that makes robots possible while building the OWI Robot. This camp is designed to inspire young people and develop an early interest in robotics engineering and technology.

Dates Ages Price
 August 13 – 17 12 – 15 $354
August 20 – 24 12 – 15 $354

Science Kaleidoscope

Science Kaleidoscope

Have fun with Mad Science and learn about chemistry, Egyptology, and engineering. Help build a giant geodesic dome, build a model pyramid, and write with hieroglyphs. Mix different chemicals to create sidewalk chalk, chromatography T-shirt, tootsie rolls and ice cream. 

Dates Ages Price
August 13 — 17 7 — 9 $329
August 13 — 17 10 — 12 $329

Science! An Exploration

Science! An Exploration

Get ready for this science sampler pack of fun! You will spend the week exploring chemistry, biology, astrology, environmental sciences, and more through hands-on learning and activities in a supportive, enriching, and fun environment. Launch your ideas into infinity and beyond as you learn about the far reaches of space, explore the DNA of a strawberry, perform experiments (and even create your own!), and so much more! Then embark on a science scavenger hunt around campus with your tool box of new knowledge.

Dates Ages Price
July 30 — August 3 6 — 7 $289
July 30 — August 3 8 — 9 $289
August 6 — 10 10  — 12 $289

Soaring the World with Raptors

Soaring the World with Raptors

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a raptor? Soar the world with them through all four seasons! Learn what it takes to migrate, survive the winter cold, nest in the spring, and swap in a whole new set of feathers as you get up close and personal with the birds at The Raptor Center!

Dates Ages Price
August 6 – 10 6 – 7 $299
August 6 – 10 8 – 9 $299

Water Journey: Drink

Water Journey: Drink

Where does water in our drinking fountain come from? Where does it go? Get ready for a grand adventure as you follow water in and out of pipes, and through treatment plants all the way to the Mississippi River! Get your hands dirty planting to protect water at a wetland. All week you'll take photos and make art about your discoveries on your field trips, and share your work in an online gallery using story maps! No prior experience or equipment is needed.

Dates Ages Price
June 25 – 29 6 – 8 $299
June 25 – 29 9 – 11 $299

Water Journey: Rain

Water Journey: Rain

Where does the rain go? Get ready to explore as you follow water's path from the sky to the land and down the storm drain, through a wetland, and all the way to the Mississippi River! Get your hands dirty planning to protect water at a wetland. All week you'll take photos and make art about your discoveries on your field trips, and share your work in an online gallery using story maps! No prior experience or equipment is needed.

Dates Ages Price
June 18 — 22 6 — 8 $299
June 18 — 22 9 — 11 $299

Wizarding World of Wildlife

Wizarding World of Wildlife

In the tradition of Hogwarts, discover potions, herbology, transfiguration and the care of magical creatures. What do raptors have to do with dragons? Which magical house will you end up in? What magical properties will your wand be made out of? Find answers to these questions and uncover the secrets of Minnesota’s "Hedwig" and other interesting animals at the Raptor Center.

Dates Ages Price
June 18 – 22 8 – 9 $299
June 18 – 22 10 – 12 $299
June 25 – 29 8 – 9 $299
June 25 – 29 12 – 15 $299

Working with Wildlife

Working with Wildlife

What's it like to work with wildlife? Come find out and explore careers in veterinary medicine, animal care, animal training, field biology, scientific illustrations, and art. Participate in lots of hands-on activities and get up close and personal with The Raptor Center's live education birds. A fun way to learn about the exciting science of working with wildlife! This camp includes an extra field trip. 

Dates Ages Price
July 16 — 20 9 — 11 $299
July 16 — 20 12 — 15 $299

Zoo Exhibit Design

Zoo Exhibit Design

Join the Exhibit Design team at Como! Explore the zoo's exhibits, meet live animals, visit with zookeepers, and work to design your own model of an animal exhibit. On the final day of camp, participate in an exhibit showcase and share your creative designs with zookeepers and other Como staff! Recommended for those entering 5th and 6th grade.

Dates Ages Price
June 25 — 29 11 — 13 $344