Washington, DC has a wide variety of museums displaying extensive collections of artifacts of history, science, art, space and more. Many of these world-class museums have special programs for children. The following museums take this a step further and offer summer camp programs to educate and entertain kids during the summer months. Apply early because these camps can fill up fast.
International Spy Museum - Session 1: Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 2017.
Session 2: Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4, 2017. Spy Camp is designed for ages 10 to 13 and filled with top secret briefings and activities that will put spy skills and street smarts to the test. Participants will hone their tradecraft, learn from real spies, and hit the streets to run training missions. Develop a disguise for cover, make and break codes, discover escape and evasion techniques, create and use spy gadgets, uncover the science behind spying and more. (202) 654-0930.
Smithsonian Summer Camp - K-Grade 8. June 19-August 18, 2017. Kids explore Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, and other regional sites at camps focused on a specific theme such as computer technology, video arts, music & dance, exploration of other lands & outer space, theater, photography, and art. (202) 357-3030.
National Zoo Camps - Summer Safari Day Camps. Grades K-7. June 26-August 18, 2017. At the National Zoo, kids will enjoy exciting hands-on activities, craft projects, science experiments, walks through the Zoo, and more.
National Building Museum - Artful Architecture Summer Camp. Ages 8-11. Various Dates. One and two week sessions. Campers can enjoy design challenges, crafts, field trips, and more while experiencing architecture and design. (202) 272-2448.
Dumbarton House - History Summer Camp. One week session. 2017 Dates To Be Announced.
Ages 9-12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ages 6-8, 9 a.m. to noon, Children will experience life as it was in Georgetown households about 200 years ago, when our nation's capital was founded. Campers will sample and help cook historic snacks and drinks, perform early American and African American dances, experiment with making music, paint watercolor portraits and sketch from nature, try on period clothing, explore a historic garden, practice Federal manners, play with historic games and more! (202) 337-2288 x222.
DAR Museum - Time Travelers Camp. Ages: 10-13. July 17-21, 2017. Through crafts, field trips and activities, participants will encounter 18th-20th century women who made important contributions to science, culture, and history.
Tudor Place - Georgetown Summer History Week.. July 31-August 4, 2017. Ages 4-10, 9 a.m.-noon. Children experience a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities that bring to life 175 years of American history and teach about the natural environment. Children help cook and sample snacks and drinks of times past, try on period clothing, explore the historic garden, plant their own garden, play historic games, paint watercolor landscapes, go on an archaeological expedition, and much more.
(202) 965-0400 x110.
National Archives - Genealogy Camp. July 10-14, 2017. Ever wondered about your family’s roots and who is on your family tree? This hands-on week-long camp will introduce the basics of genealogy research. Discover how to use the resources of the National Archives to be history detectives into your past! Ages 12 and up.