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MOSH combines education and entertainment in our annual spring, summer and winter camps. Each camp encourages student curiosity and exploration as we venture around the Museum. Our highly-trained MOSH Educators utilize the entire Museum to make each camp engaging for children of all ages.

Summer Discovery Camps

Join MOSH for a new adventure each week! Campers will explore science, history and astronomy as they conduct experiments, journey to the edge of the universe in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium and explore Museum exhibits, including this summer’s exhibit: DINOSAURS IN MOTION!

June 5 — 9

Mad Science 101

Our JEA Science Theater is YOUR laboratory! Conduct chemical reactions and perform exploding experiments. Mix concoctions to find out why and how they work. End the week with a MOSH Discovery Camp Extreme Science Show that is 100% camper created and led!

June 12 — 16

Marvelous Me!

How does our body digest food? How does our heart pump our blood? Campers will learn the answers to these questions and more as we find out about the systems that keep us going and see what makes up marvelous YOU!

June 19 — 23

Recycled Reinvention

Can you turn trash to treasure? Join the MOSH team as we examine the process of recycling, learn how inventions can protect our planet, and become ingenious inventors ourselves! Campers will have the opportunity to get creative as they explore ways to re-imagine everyday materials into wonderful inventions!

June 26 – June 30

Dino-mite!

From the Triassic period to the Cretaceous-we’ll dig into the depths of Dinosaur life and determine if any dinosaur descendants still walk the earth! We’ll live like a dinosaur and do hands-on experiments.  Stomp and chomp your way through a week of Dinosaur day fun!

July 10 – July 14

Storybook Science

Could the big, bad, wolf really blow down a house with just air? Is Oobleck a solid or a liquid? What soil is best to grow a beanstalk? With help from friends like Clifford, Curious George, and the Lorax, campers will use science to investigate their favorite fairy tales and stories.

July 17 – July 21

Amazing Architects

Can you create your own city using Building Bricks? How tall can you build your skyscrapers? Draw and plan your designs, and experiment with different materials to see what works best! Become an architect as you push your Building Bricks to the limit!

July 24 – July 28

Backyard Safari

Come on an animal adventure as we learn about the wild critters in our own backyard. Be a guest Naturalist as you get a behind the scenes look at the workings of MOSH’s Florida Naturalist’s Center, design animal enclosures and learn what it takes to care for our resident animals!

July 31- August 4

Space Cadets**

Ready, set, blastoff! Become a space explorer as we tour the galaxy in our Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, perform anti-gravity experiments, race rockets, make space food, and find out how to become an astronaut!

June 5 – June 9

Transformers

Attention scientists and engineers, Optimus Prime needs your help! Learn the science of transformation and use the secrets of the allspark to create your own robot to help the Autobots take on the Decepticon goons, and save the Earth! 

 

June 12 – June 16

Science of Sports

Are you an aspiring Olympian, future pro- player, or overall sports fan? Learn how science can improve your skills! We’ll tackle topics like physics, nutrition, and the ways our bodies work through sports-based examples. Camp will be a slam dunk!

June 19 – June 23

MOSH Tank

Do you have the next BIG idea? See what it takes to make your idea a reality. Learn about gadgets and gizmos through the years, and explore the science behind some of our favorite products.  Then showcase your ingenious inventions on Friday in MOSH’s very own Discovery Camp Shark Tank event!

June 26 – June 30

Fantastic Dinos & Where to Find Them

Who discovered the first dinosaurs? Where did dinosaurs live? And could we find more dinosaurs today? Campers will find the answers to these questions and more as they practice the art of paleontology and learn why many thought dinosaurs were fantastic beasts!

July 10 – July 14

Superhero Science Academy

Calling all Superheroes! Come attend our Superhero Science Academy and learn the science behind web-slinging, cape-flying, and super-human strength; even develop your own unique talents! Create your own identity, costume, and comic book to show off everything that makes you super!

July 17 – July 21

Building Bricks Lab

From the tallest tower to the fastest car, your camper will put their engineering skills to work as we complete challenges in our Building Bricks lab. Using only our imaginations and building bricks, we’ll see how to use these blocks in interesting ways, collect and analyze data from our creations and  make designs that turn our classroom into a building brick land!

July 24 – July 28

Dragon Discovery

Do dragons really exist? Unravel the mysteries and stories of dragons from around the world. Explore the fantastical world of dragons and Floridian reptiles. Get up close and personal with some of MOSH’s resident reptiles and dragons!

July 31- August 4

Race through Space**

Join MOSH for an intergalactic road trip! Campers will journey through space, beginning with our own planet and moon, and ending at the farthest reaches of the galaxy, all while staying comfortably Earth-bound in our Bryan-Gooding Planetarium.

June 5 – June 9

Mythbusters

Bust modern urban myths, popular beliefs, and wild inventions. Is milk or water better to treat a mouth full of spicy foods? Why does candy make soda explode? Get to the truth behind the myths you choose with explosive results!

June 12 – June 16

Dr. Me

Paging future Nurses, Doctors, and Medical Professionals! Explore how our bodies work and what we can do to keep them healthy. Conduct biology experiments to see how outside triggers affect the body’s systems and end the week with meeting professionals in the healthcare field!

June 19 – June 23

Earth Defenders

Earth needs our help! From natural disasters like volcanoes and earthquakes, to human-made crises like oil spills, campers will learn how science and technology can help protect the Earth.

June 26 – June 30

Fossil Frenzy

Grab a shovel, put on a helmet, and join the expedition as we explore the latest discoveries in dinosaurs and the people who find them. Learn how to map excavation sites, make a fossil cast, and what makes a fossil stand the test of time. There’s more to paleontology than just playing in dirt. Learn how discoveries in the field changed over time and how you could make the next big find!

July 10 – July 14

MOSH Runner

Can you escape the maze? Learn survival skills, develop your own mazes, and practice solving puzzles and brain teasers at the MOSH this summer! Campers will also explore the history of mazes in our cultures.

July 17 – July 21

Mindstorm Bricks

Learn new ways to use building bricks using Mindstorm.  Campers will embark on individual challenges that will test their critical thinking and allow them to be the masters of their own building bricks creations and programmable robots.

July 24 – July 28

MOSH’s School of Magic

Fans of Harry Potter enroll in the most magical school in the land. Mix up an assortment of odd potions, study owls and other curious creatures, and use illusion and science to levitate and make things disappear. Explore the history of dragons and other mythical beasts. Lead your team in a Quidditch tournament. Show off your wizardry skills at graduation!

July 31- August 4

Operation Space**

Prepare for a summer camp week that’s out of this world! Learn to prep for space travel by making astronaut food, launch rockets, navigate the constellations, and more as we plan our very own missions to space, and end the week with our own mission to Kennedy Space Center!

June 12th – June 16th

Dissection (Right in Two)**

Ever wonder how something works and just decide to cut it “right in two”?  You are just who we need to attend our dissection camp!  Yes, ooey-gooey specimens will be on the table to dissect, but have you ever thought to dissect electronics?  What else haven’t you thought to dissect?  You just might be able to learn a thing or two dissecting them as well.

July 10th – July 14th

Hunger Games Survival Science

Uncover the techniques used by Katniss Everdeen and the other victors to survive. Train your body and your mind, learn to build traps, and gather food and water in the wild. End the week in an archery competition to win the Golden Arrow.

Winter Discovery Camps

Check back for 2017 Winter Camps!

Participant Ages: K-5th Grade

Camp Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost of Camp: $164 for MOSH Members / $205 for Non-Members

Extended Care: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost of Extended Care: $10 per child, per day
*Extended Care is non-refundable

All camps offer before and after care. Before care runs from 7:30 to 9 a.m., and after care from 3 to 5 p.m.
Participant Ages
: Completed K-8th Grade (6th-8th grade camps Week 3 & 5 ONLY)

Register your child for the grade level they will have completed as of Summer 2017.

In order to reserve a spot for your child in camp, payment must be made ahead of time. Once a camp is full no further tickets will be available for purchase. Please contact the MOSH reservationist at 904-396-6674 x 226 to place your name on the waiting list for a particular camp. 

Refund Policy: Cancellations made at least two weeks prior to the event are eligible to be rescheduled or refunded; cancellations made with less than two weeks’ notice are eligible to be rescheduled, but no refunds will be given. No credit or refunds will be given for no shows/no calls.

Camp FAQs

Campers will spend their time in the classroom, in the museum, and outside in some instances for their camp. They will fill their day learning about the topic at hand through hands-on demonstrations, experiments, and crafts. Children will have free time to explore the museum exhibits and will be able to attend at least one science show, animal show, or planetarium show. Space week includes off-site field trips (see below).

Kindergarten through fifth-grade campers will go outside for a 30-minute supervised recess to release energy or to perform certain science experiments, but will remain indoors the majority of the day.

MOSH camp instructors are hired summer-only instructors. MOSH hires certified teachers who have undergone fingerprint screening and background checks.

MOSH camp instructors are MOSH Educators who have experience working with and teaching camp at MOSH.

For Kindergarten through 1st grade camps, there is one teacher for every 15 campers along with three Teen Interns assisting in the classroom. For 2nd grade through middle school, there will be one teacher for every 20 campers with two Teen Interns assisting in the classroom. There are no Teen Interns for middle school camp.

The teacher and Teen Intern to camper ratio during the field trip is one to five.

In the Kindergarten through 1st grade camp, we will take up to 15 children in each class and for all other grades we take up to 20 children in each class.

MOSH offers early morning and late afternoon care to accommodate working parents. During extended day sessions, campers have free time during which they can play games, draw and color, or watch a “G” rated movie.

MOSH no longer serves snacks. Parents are responsible for supplying a mid-morning snack.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are our designated “parent lunch days.” We do ask that if parents want to eat with their child they go out to the park or off the premises to eat. We also ask that parents let MOSH staff know in the morning if they would like to have lunch with their child that day.

MOSH has planned for campers in grades K-5 participating in Space Week to visit the Kennedy Space Center.

MOSH uses air-conditioned school buses for its field trips.

Campers are not allowed to bring personal electronic devices to camp. However, campers enrolled in extended day may bring personal items, such as books, as long as they do not cause problems. Campers may not play with personal items in the camp classrooms. If personal items become a distraction, they may be taken away and will be returned to the parent at the end of the day. Please be aware that MOSH will not be held responsible for lost, broken, or stolen personal items. The child is solely responsible for all personal items, including money that is brought to camp.

Campers will have time to go to the MOSH Store on Friday afternoons. If you choose to give money to your camper, we ask that you limit it to $5 per child. Again, it is the child’s responsibility to keep their money and purchases safe.