Kids University

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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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A Bee's Life

A Bee's Life

Campers are invited to spend the week learning about bee biology and what life would be like if you lived in a bee colony. Learn all about bee relatives; how bees help us grow our food and even make some honey treats.

Dates Ages Price
June 19 — 13 8 — 10 $299
July 31 — August 4 6 — 8 $299

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
July 24 — 28 6 — 8 $299
August 14 — 18 8 — 10 $299

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 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 the 3rd and 4th grade.

Dates Ages Price
July 31 — August 4 8 — 10 $339

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. This camp is a blast for boys and girls alike. 

Dates Ages Price
July 10 — 14 9 — 11 $329
July 31 — August 4 6 — 8 $329
August 7 — 11 6 — 8 $329
August 14 — 18 6 — 8 $329
August 14 — 18 8 — 10 $329
August 21 — 25 6 — 8 $329

Chemistry in Action

Chemistry in Action

Oobleck, Chromatography, and Alka Seltzer rockets, oh my! Polymers, pH and density-no lie. Budding chemists will explore the interactions between matter and energy, all while learning about the fundamental properties, during this week of hands on experimentation and fun.

Dates Ages Price
June 26 — 30 10 — 12 $299

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. 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 7 — 11 9 — 11 $319
August 21 — 25 7 — 9 $319
August 21 — 25 10 — 12 $319

Earth, Cosmos, and Beyond

Earth, Cosmos, and Beyond

Discover the wonders of the night sky and explore the solar system, galaxy, and universe. Where have we been, where can we go, and what does it take to get there? Fun activities that are out of this world will help find answers to these questions. Investigate the Earth’s rotation, the sun, planets, and moon, life beyond Earth, space exploration, myths, and realities. This camp also includes a session in the Bell Museum’s popular ExploraDome. 

Dates Ages Price
July 10 — 14 10 — 12 $299

Engineer Lego Boats

Engineer Lego Boats

All aboard the fastest water vessel in LEGO® City. Power up 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. Use LEGO® Technic pieces and electric motors to build the fastest boat to race against friends.

Dates Ages Price
July 17 — 21 7 — 9 $314
July 17 — 21 10 — 12 $314
August 7 — 11 7 — 9 $314

Engineering Aeronautics and Drones

Engineering Aeronautics and Drones

Explore flight like never before flying drones and engineering amazing flying machines. Learn about the state of the art flying robotic technology, the four Forces of flight, Bernoulli's principle, the effect of properties of air on aircraft's and much more! Learn to fly drones, hone skills and join an aerial competition. The student will also engineer multiple aircraft designs to take home, from helicopters to gliders to propelled planes. Bring a lego mini figure for a surprise project. This is a great camp to get exposed to latest robotic flight technology. 

Dates Ages Price
July 24 — 28 7 — 9 $314
July 31 — August 4 8 — 10 $314

Engineering in Nature

Engineering in Nature

Explore how nature inspires human design and engineering. Spend time looking at examples of exquisite “engineering” in the natural world. Get ready for adventure with an engineering and nature scavenger hunt, dissecting a flower, fish or grasshopper, building different bird nests and beaver lodges, and designing insect traps. From spider webs to pitcher plants and flying machines, discover the deep connections between nature and the human-made environment. 

Dates Ages Price
August 7 — 11 8 — 9 $299
August 7 — 11 10 — 12 $299

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 26 — 30 6 — 7 $299
June 26 — 30 8 — 9 $299
July 17 — 21 6 — 7 $299
July 17 — 21 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. 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 17 — 21 6 — 8 $319

Field Biology

Field Biology

Explore the life of a wildlife biologist by studying living flora and fauna, and their relationship to their environment. Collect plant and animal specimens and understand the importance of the collection process. Learn about the different biomes of Minnesota while learning some basic bird calls, and then go birding. Take a tour of the Bell Museum’s mammal collections, and then try radio telemetry to look for hidden animals around campus.

Dates Ages Price
July 24 — 28 8 — 9 $299
July 24 — 28 10 — 12 $299

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 26 — 30 8 — 10 $299

Geometric Art

Geometric Art

Use creative mathematical thinking to transform patterns and shapes into art. Explore the properties of polygons, platonic solids, and other two and three dimensional shapes. Design unique patterns and construct models in a real-world exploration of the art of geometry. 

Dates Ages Price
August 21 — 25 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
August 7 — 11 8 — 9 $299
August 7 — 11 10 — 11 $299

Honey Bees, Pollinators, and Our Food

Honey Bees, Pollinators, and Our Food

Observe working honey bees in their hive, extract and bottle honey, build bee nest boxes and try on a beekeepers suit. During this week learn the anatomy of a honey bee and how they differ between queen, workers, and drones. Find out what their life is like and how important they are to the ecosystem and the food we eat. Join us as we spend the week doing fun activities at the Bell Museum’s Honey House.

Dates Ages Price
June 26 — 30 10 — 12 $299

Math on Motion

Math on Motion

This camp is designed to assist campers in visualizing the related principles of space, shape, and motion in an interactive exploration of geometry and measurement. Participants will be introduced to appropriate terminology, and discover the details of volume, area, and perimeter, and physic of motion while constructing models and engaging in kinesthetic activities. 

Dates Ages Price
June 12 — 16 6 — 8 $284

Nature's Kitchen

Nature's Kitchen

Nature provides us with many fun and delicious food options. Make ice cream and soft pretzels, cook in a solar oven, try out cattail treats, and make lunch over a campfire. Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center. 

Dates Ages Price
June 19 — 23 6 — 8 $299
June 26 — 30 6 — 8 $299
August 14 — 18 6 — 8 $299

Passport to China

Passport to China

Experience all of the fun of visiting China with none of the jetlag. 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 10 — 14 6 — 8 $319
July 17 — 21 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 10 — 14 6 — 8 $319

Planetary Exploration

Planetary Exploration

Why isn’t Pluto a planet anymore? And is there really a planet that is made up of diamonds? Campers will investigate what makes a planet a planet, and how and why scientists are exploring space. This camp includes a session in the Bell Museum’s ExploraDome. 

Dates Ages Price
July 10 — 14 8 — 9 $299

Raptor Biomimicry and Engineering

Raptor Biomimicry and 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 24 — 28 10 — 12 $299
July 24 — 28 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 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
July 31 — August 4 12 — 15 $354
August 21 — 25 12 — 14 $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 14 — 18 7 — 9 $329
August 14 — 18 10 — 12 $329

Soaring the World with Raptors

Soaring the World with Raptors

Ever wondered what it takes to be a raptor? Soar the world with them through the seasons. Learn what it takes to migrate and survive the winter cold, nest in 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
July 31 — August 4 6 — 7 $299
July 31 — August 4 8 — 9 $299

Water Journey: Drink

Water Journey: Drink

Where does water in the drinking fountain come from? Where does it go? Get ready for a grand adventure to follow water in and out of pipes and through treatment plants all the way to the Mississippi River. All week campers will take photos and make art about discoveries on field trips and share work in an online gallery using story maps. No prior experience or equipment is needed. 

Dates Ages Price
June 12 — 16 6 — 8 $299
June 12 — 16 9 — 11 $299

Water Journey: Rain

Water Journey: Rain

Where does the rain go? 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. All week campers will take photos and make art about discoveries on field trips and share work in an online gallery using story maps. No prior experience or equipment is needed.

Dates Ages Price
June 19 — 23 6 — 8 $299
June 19 — 23 9 — 11 $299

Weather and Climate Change

Weather and Climate Change

Calling all budding meteorologists and climatologists. Ever wonder how we went from giant sheets of ice covering land to talking about global warming? What are the forces behind Earth's weather? What causes it to be so diverse across the planet? Spend the week exploring these questions and learning about the weather and create hands on models such as a tornado in a bottle. Explore the different starts of matter and density by making it Oobleck! Curious about reactions? Invisible ink and cabbage juice will help understand. Make ice cream, play with surface tension and launch Alka-Seltzer rockets in this exciting new camp.

Dates Ages Price
June 12 — 16 8 — 9 $299
June 12 — 16 10 — 12 $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 campers end up in? What magical properties will wands 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 12 — 16 8 — 9 $299
June 12 — 16 10 — 12 $299
June 19 — 23 8 — 9 $299
June 19 — 23 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 10 — 14 9 — 11 $299
July 10 — 14 12 — 15 $299