​Camp Curiosity: Winter Break Camps 2020-2021

Get the kids to put down their screens and gadgets over winter break with a hands-on, interactive Camp Curiosity science camp at Great Lakes Science Center!

Kicking off on Monday, December 21, The Science Center has eight different themes for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade to choose from, featuring everything from engineering to chemistry, and physics to robots! Camps run December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31 and January 1.

All camp sessions have been designed with your child's health and safety in mind. All campers and staff are required to wear face masks and undergo a daily health screening, including a temperature check. All materials and workspaces are sanitized before and after each use and classes use a dedicated space with access to hand washing and sanitizer stations. Social distancing measures are closely followed with small class sizes separated by age, and camp activities are tailored for each age group. Your camper can choose one day of adventure, or multiple days for a STEM-filled journey during their winter school break. Campers can program robots, uncover scientific mysteries, learn about NASA's plans to return to the moon, mix up some chemical concoctions, re-engineer toys and get creative with LEGOs!

Winter break camps are $55 per day ($50 for Science Center members) and run from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., with options for before-care starting at 7:30 a.m. and after-care from 4-5:30 p.m. for an additional fee. Sign up for all eight days of camp and receive a $40 discount. Siblings signed up the same day of camp receive a $2 discount. Boxed lunches are available for pre-order as well for $7.50 each day, with vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options available. Register online or by calling 216-621-2400.


This year's STEM-tastic themes include:

STEM HQ Behind the Scenes (Monday, December 21, 2020) REGISTER NOW
Go where no camper has gone before during this first ever behind the scenes takeover! Build with our Exhibits team as they repair and upgrade an exhibit, experiment with our education staff as they create brand new activities, see what makes the DOME Theater light up and get hands-on in our maker space to prototype a new design. Who knows, the next innovation at the Science Center might be yours!

Take-Apart (Tuesday, December 22, 2020) REGISTER NOW
This day of camp is reverse engineering at its finest! Bring a broken machine from home and be prepared to find out what’s inside. Learn all about machines and create something new while you explore.

PPG Chemistry Lab (Wednesday, December 23, 2020) REGISTER NOW
We have fun down to a science! Put on your goggles and become a chemist for a day! Get ready to experiment in our new state-of-the-art PPG Lab as we explore colorful chemical changes.

NASA Clean Room (Monday, December 28, 2020) REGISTER NOW
As the home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center,we are always bringing you closer to the amazing work being done to get humans back to the moon and beyond. For this camp, join us as we discover what it takes to maintain health and safety as a NASA engineer working in a “Clean Room”. Suit up in your protective gear as we learn the science and history of maintaining a sterile environment in space.

NASA Artemis Day (Tuesday, December 29, 2020) REGISTER NOW
With the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024, using innovative technologies to explore more of our lunar surface than ever before. Spend the day learning if you have the "right stuff" to make history.

Dissection Lab (Wednesday, December 30, 2020) REGISTER NOW
This camp is perfect for all the future biologists, doctors and veterinarians out there! Dissect specimens, extract DNA, and learn more about how our bodies work through real science! This unique day will include a visit to the Body Worlds Rx exhibition.

Destination Earth (Thursday, December 31, 2020) REGISTER NOW
We’ve combined the idea of an escape room challenge with the imaginative fun of a role-playing game for this unique camp. You’re stranded on a distant planet, immersed in a situation that will require your best teamwork and scientific skills to get back to the Science Center. Time is ticking! Do you have what it takes to make it back to Earth? 

Science Sleuth (Friday, January 1, 2021) REGISTER NOW
Show off your detective skills and solve the mystery of the day! Let curiosity guide you as you work with your team to uncover scientific clues that lead to the right “solution”!