Summer Camps Offer Kids Opportunities to Connect with the Smithsonian’s Museums and Research

The Best Place to Be in Summer ´23!

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Smithsonian Associates offers one-of-a-kind learning experiences that spark the imagination—and offer plenty of great fun—during Smithsonian Summer Camp, offered in person and online in 2023.  Smithsonian Associates

The Smithsonian’s world is an incredibly wide and exciting one. And for curious and adventurous kids, there’s no better place to be than right in the middle of it with Smithsonian Summer Camp. In-person camps on the National Mall offer kindergarten through 9th graders one-of-a-kind opportunities to connect with the Smithsonian’s museums and research—and meet the people behind it all. And a select number of virtual camps specially created for grades 4 to 9 will welcome campers into their own Smithsonian experience from your home or vacation getaway.

A diverse, creative, and experienced team of instructors have designed age-appropriate content that animates the Smithsonian, its history and its collections. Through visits to museums, talking to experts and creating projects and artworks, campers explore Smithsonian-focused themes including the natural world, space, art, design, history, world cultures and so much more.

Camps allow kids to explore Smithsonian collections and themes during specially designed sessions presented in person on the National Mall and online.  Smithsonian Associates

Camps take place June 20 through August 18, 2023. Registration opens in mid-February, but right now you can view the complete listings of summer camps, create or update your account, and sign up for e-mail alerts on camp updates. And a gift certificate for a sure-to-be memorable Smithsonian summer experience can be purchased for any young person in your life.