Educational Summer Camps in Hampton Roads
If you’ve been thinking of museums as rainy-day places, think again. They may have serious missions, but Coastal Virginia’s museums are also committed to serious fun. And they’re rolling out inventive summer programs for kids in everything from art to robotics.
In short: they’re anything but stuffy.
The Children’s Museum of Virginia and The Virginia Living Museum are known for their kids’ programming year-round. Here are some additional offerings from local, one-of-a-kind institutions guaranteed to entertain and educate the kids while school’s out this summer:
Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton
If your child’s imagination is captured by the cosmos, the “Cool Science” summer camps at the Air & Space Center may be for him or her. With a mission to show how exiting the world of science can be, these camps seek to inspire kids from kindergarten through eighth grade to aim for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. Kids can choose from programs in space detective work, “cool science” (informative adventures in chemistry, ecology, and other sciences), aviation, robotics, rockets, architecture, and more. There’s even a program with NASA to teach kids what they’ll need for a trip to Mars.
The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk
The Chrysler will be offering art camps that feature activities you’re not likely to find anywhere else in the area. Teens ages 13–15 can try their hands at glass-making, learning this challenging art form in the museum’s cutting-edge glass studio. They’ll practice a variety of techniques—including flameworking and glassblowing—and learn about the physical properties of glass.
Art and music are on the schedule at several camps for ages 6–15 hosted by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center in historic Olde Town Portsmouth. Older kids will construct a West African drum they’ll learn to tune and play. Young campers will have the opportunity to make their own artist books, explore a variety of mediums including collage and printmaking, learn about ancient Egypt, and study the artistic side of recycling while making treasure out of trash.
The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News
Kids aged kindergarten through sixth grade can take part in sea-themed summer camps that will include activities such as dressing like a pirate, going on a treasure hunt, making a vintage travel journal, creating sea creature masks and mermaid puppets and more.
Exploration is the name of the game for ages 9–12 at the summer camps offered by Nauticus. Campers will forecast the weather, build an underwater SeaBot ROV (remotely operated vehicle), make slime, enjoy a 3-D Ocean movie, tour the Battleship Wisconsin, play in the water fountains at Town Point Park and more!