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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A Bee's Life

A Bee's Life

Do you find yourself buzzing about bees? Are you sweet on nature's little honeys? 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 for yourself! Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
July 29 — August 2 6 — 8 $299
August 5 — 9 8 — 10 $299

Aeronautics & Drones

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 10 – 14 7 – 9 $316
  June 10 – 14 10 – 12 $316

Backyard Builders: Water

Backyard Builders: Water

Water is all around us, but did you know that water has power, mystery and magic all in one? In this camp, we will pretend to live in Roman times and make an "Archimedes Screw", and a water wheel. We will discover the wonders of weather by making instruments for a weather station, and we will explore nature's natural water filters while making some filters of our own. One camp day will be devoted to a water extravaganza with water bottle rockets, giant bubbles, and water walls. Dress for activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
July 22 — 26 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. Older campers will use the Mindstorms EV3™ construction set and software to learn advance robotics principles as they improve STEM skills. Working as a team, students will learn advanced STEM skills by building and programming the Mindstorms EV3 robots.

Dates Ages Price
July 29 — August 2 6 — 7 $316
July 29 — August 2 8 — 10 $316
July 29 — August 2 11 — 13 $316

Blast Off! Rocketry

Blast Off! Rocketry

This action packed camp focuses solely on rockets and the physic of rocket flight. Learn about model rocket design, aerodynamics, building, propulsion, launching, safety, and repair. Campers 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
August 12 — 16 7 — 9 $334
August 19 — 23 6 — 8 $334
August 19 — 23 9 — 11 $334

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 19 — 23 7 — 9 $324
August 19 — 23 10 — 12 $324

Enraptured with Raptors

Enraptured with Raptors

Want to learn all about the birds of prey called raptors? Find out what characteristics all raptors have in common 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 10 — 14 6 — 7 $309
June 10 — 14 8 — 9 $309
July  22 — 26 6 — 7 $309
July  22 — 26 8 — 9 $309

Explore Chinese Language & Culture

Explore Chinese Language & Culture

Discover how fun it is to learn Chinese! This summer, campers will learn about Chinese culture through arts and crafts, such as making their own panda, dragon, or Chinese Zodiac calendar; impress friends and family by learning Chinese greetings; and find new ways to get their 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 15 — 19 6 — 8 $319

Explore Spanish Language & Culture

Explore Spanish Language & Culture

Stamp your personalized "passport" as you voyage around the world to five Spanish speaking countries. Play futbol in Mexico, make salsa in Cuba, meet a new llama friend at Machu Picchu in Peru, taste-test tapas in Spain, and learn to Tango in Argentina. A week of fun activities introduce and highlight the Spanish language and culture in this brand new camp.

Dates Ages Price
June 24 – 28 6 – 8 $274

Fish Finders

Fish Finders

Get hooked on a lifetime activity! Explore underwater habitats, learn about water stewardship and regulations, and increase your 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 17 – 21 8 – 10 $299

Geology Rocks

Geology Rocks

Become a Mad Science Geologist as we explore Earth and its hidden treasures. Discover the wonders of rocks, fossils, dinosaurs, minerals and geological phenomena like earthquakes, mountains and volcanoes. Start your own rock and mineral collection, grow a crystal, and prepare a fossil to take home.

Dates Ages Price
June 10 — 14 6 — 8 $324
June 10 — 14 9 — 11 $324

Grossology

Grossology

Uncover the gross but fascinating charactersitics 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 8 — 12 8 — 9 $309
July 8 — 12 10 — 12 $309

Intro to Coding

Intro to Coding

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

Older campers will 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 8 — 12 7 — 9 $324
July 8 — 12 12 — 14 $324
August 5 — 9 10 — 12 $324

LEGO® Boat Engineering

LEGO® Boat Engineering

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 as you 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 24 — 28 7 — 9 $316
June 24 — 28 10 — 12 $316

Mammal Madness

Mammal Madness

Lions and tigers and bears...and more! This camp focuses on the wonderful world of mammals. Investigate what makes mammals unique, learn how mammals are trained at the zoo, and visit with a variety of Como's mammal residents, both large and small.

Dates Ages Price
July 22 — 26 11 — 13 $344

Nature's Kitchen: Original Recipe

Nature's Kitchen: Original Recipe

Nature provides us with many fun and delicious food options. Make ice cream and soft pretzels, cook pizza in a solar oven, and put together a wild rice pancake breakfast. Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
June 17 — 21 6 — 8 $299
August 5 — 9 6 — 8 $299

Passport to China

Passport to China

Experience all of the fun of visiting China with none of the jetlag! Campers will exprience China's society and culture by taking virtual visits to the Great Wall in Beijing, the skyscrapers in Shanghai, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, and Chengdu, the "Panda Capital of the World." Campers will learn words and phrases in 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  8 — 12 6 — 8 $319
July  8 — 12 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 Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an; 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 15 — 19 6 — 8 $319

Raptor Biomimicry & Engineering

Raptor Biomimicry & Engineering

What do talons have to do with nonslip 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 29 — August 2 10 — 12 $309
July 29 — August 2 13 — 15 $309

Robotics

Robotics

Young engineers will explore the mechanical and electrical engineering that makes robots possible while building circuits, experimenting with gears, and exploring the sensors that robots use to see and hear to guide their actions. Get ready to spend the week learning about the fundamentals of programming robots while building the OWI Robotic Arm Edge to take home!

Dates Ages Price
August 5 — 9 12 — 15 $359
August 12 — 16 12 — 15 $359

Scaly & Slimy

Scaly & Slimy

What's the difference between a reptile and an amphibian? Hop, slither, or swim over to Como to encounter the coolest cold-blooded creatures at the zoo! Campers will meet live reptiles and amphibians, discover their amazing adaptations, and play scaly and slimy games.

Dates Ages Price
 June 24 – 28 8 – 10 $344

Science Kaleidoscope

Science Kaleidoscope

Have fun and learn with our friends at Mad Science as you explore the fields of chemistry, Egyptology, and engineering. Help build a giant geodesic dome, build a model pyramid, and write with hieroglyphs. Make your own chromotography T-shirt and mix different ingredients to create sidewalk chalk, bath fizzers, and edible treats.

Dates Ages Price
August 12 — 16 7 — 9 $334
August 12 — 16 10 — 12 $334

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 5 — 9 6 — 7 $309
August 5 — 9 8 — 9 $309

Stone Soup

Stone Soup

Explore the world of volcanoes, rocks and minerals, traveling sediments, gigantic earth movements, Minnesota's fossil history and prepare a "stone soup." Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
August 12 – 16 6 – 8 $299
August 12 – 16 9 – 11 $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
July 15 – 19 6 – 8 $299
July 15 – 19 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
July 22 — 26 6 — 8 $299
July 22 — 26 9 — 11 $299

Whoosh! Pneumatic Engineering

Whoosh! Pneumatic Engineering

If you were ever curious about the amazing power of water, this is the camp for you. Explore the might of water and how it has been used by engineers like you! Engineer a water blaster, water propelled Rocket Car, hammer mill, paddle boats and more. Take home a water blaster of your own.

Dates Ages Price
June 17 – 21 7 – 9 $316
June 17 – 21 10 – 12 $316

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 17 — 21 8 — 9 $309
June 17 — 21 10 — 12 $309
June 24 — 28 8 — 9 $309
June 24 — 28 12 — 15 $309

Working with Wildlife

Working with Wildlife

What is 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 15 — 19 9 — 11 $309
July 15 — 19 12 — 15 $309