Camp Dream Out Loud

young innovators—unite!

This July, we are assembling future scientists, innovators, and tinkerers to experiment online with us! Come discover + dream with our fabulous educators as we build machines, experiment with colors, explore outer space, and hone our animal survival skills.

We need you—join our virtual Camp Dream Out Loud team for a summer of discovery!

week 1 – fur, fins, + feathers: animals in the wild

week 2 – chromatics: the science + nature of color

week 3 – the wonder of motion: movement, machines, + you!

week 4 – beyond the sphere: surviving + thriving in space

the wondrous details

  • camp days are every tuesday and thursday in july 2020, beginning on july 7
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am morning session for rising 1st-2nd graders
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm morning session for rising 3rd-5th graders
  • all children are invited to an afternoon session from 2:30 – 3:00 pm to share their creations and ask questions
  • tuesdays focus on scientific process; thursdays focus on designing and building

a day of discovery + teamwork

rising 1st-2nd gradersrising 3rd-5th graders
9:25 am log-on10:55 am log-on
9:30 am welcome + game11:00 am welcome + game
9:45 am interactive topic exploration11:15 am interactive topic exploration
10:00 am hands-on activity/demo11:30 am hands-on activity/demo
10:20 am prompt for “while we’re away” activities11:50 am prompt for “while we’re away” activities
10:30 am – 2:30 pm solo exploration + lunch12:00 – 2:30 pm lunch + solo exploration
2:30 pm log-on + welcome back + review lessons learned in solo exploration2:30 pm log-on + welcome back + review lessons learned in solo exploration
3:00 pm wrap up + goodbye3:00 pm wrap up + goodbye

ready to join?

pick one day, both days per week, or the whole summer!

camp bundle

join us for all upcoming camp sessions!

includes carry-out activity kit of materials for all sessions

week 1

fur, fins, and feathers: animals in the wild

Long treks for water, defending yourself from predators, and building a home…just another day in the wild!

tuesday, july 7

Explore the diversity of animals through critical thinking games and activities, and create your own animal species suited for ultimate survival.

thursday, july 9

Learn how animals survive and why we have endangered species. Design and build your own protective animal sanctuary.

week 2

chromatics: the science + nature of color

Discover the science of colors in and beyond the rainbow! These sessions might be messier in nature than others. Wink wink.

tuesday, july 14

Find out where color comes from and how color is seen. Explore the basic principles of color by making botanical prints and ink.

thursday, july 16

Learn how color can transform and how it binds to materials. Experiment with engineering your own paints and dye using plants and household staples.

week 3

the wonder of motion: movement, machines, + you!

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have a robot help with your chores? Or maybe you’re a dancing machine!

tuesday, july 21

Explore how our bodies move and what we can do with movement through dance and stop motion animation.

*During this Tuesday session, we will be making our very own stop motion animation videos. Please note all campers will need access to a tablet or phone with a camera and the ability to download the free ‘Stop Motion Studio’ app.

thursday, july 23

Learn about the similarities between our bodies and machines by building your own simple machine.

week 4

beyond the sphere: surviving + thriving in space

Life on Earth is wondrously complicated, but how do astronauts live in outer space?

tuesday, july 28

Dive into the adaptations, tools, and vehicles designed by aeronautical scientists and engineers.

thursday, july 30

Before NASA approves a human space mission, the space agency  sends machines to collect data and answer questions. Make your own machine that can move in and survive a hostile environment!

It is National Children’s Museum’s goal that all participants in our Camp Dream Out Loud programming have a safe, supportive, and enriching environment to create amazing projects with our Museum Educators. Participants are expected to follow the Virtual Camp Code of Conduct below and interact appropriately while attending the virtual programming on Zoom. We provide our families with this Code of Conduct in the initial email and also briefly at the beginning of each session.

National Children’s Museum does not tolerate the following during the online sessions:
  1. Any form of verbal abuse towards the Museum Educators or other participants
  2. Continuous disruption of the session with consistent disrespect for our Museum Educators and other participants
  3. Inappropriate actions or cues from participants

When a participant does not follow the Museum’s Virtual Camp Code of Conduct, we may take the following steps:
  1. Museum Educator will redirect the participant to more appropriate behavior
  2. If the behavior persists, the Museum Educator will remove the participant from the session
  3. A National Children’s Museum staff member will reach out to the participant’s guardian to discuss the situation

If a participant is removed from the online session no refund will be issued and the participant may be blocked from future online sessions, as this Virtual Code of Conduct is provided for review prior to all online sessions.
  • Download the Zoom application onto your device. You will not need to be an authenticated user of Zoom in order to participate in the sessions.
  • Be prepared with a fully charged device (ideally a computer) with a webcam and secure internet access.
  • Collect materials as specified.
  • Position the device and camper in front of a neutral background or choose a virtual background.

The waiting room for the Zoom meeting will be open 5 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled session. Set your Zoom name to the first name and last initial of the child (ex. John S.). This must match the name used to register the child, as only those who are on the official roster for the session will be admitted from the waiting room into the live session.
No refunds will be given for online programs unless Camp Dream Out Loud is unable to deliver the program due to low enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. Camp Dream Out Loud tickets are non-transferable. There are no partial refunds for participants who partially participate during the day.
Curbside pick-up at the Museum will be available on Monday, June 29, Tuesday, June 30, Wednesday, July 1, and Monday, July 6, 9:00am-5:00pm.

If you want your Camp Carry-Out Activity Kit delivered to your house, be sure to purchase it before Monday, June 15, 2020 and select shipping as the delivery method. Families will receive notification and a tracking number once it is in the mail. Kits purchased after June 15 cannot be guaranteed to arrive in time for the first week of camp.
There are times when it is necessary to call you or your alternate emergency contact. These include, but are not limited to:
  • When a child is being overly disruptive to the session.
  • When a child exhibits inappropriate behaviors.
  • When a child is verbally hurtful to instructors, staff, or fellow attendees.
  • When a child cannot adhere to Virtual Camp Code of Conduct or expectations after repeated verbal warnings and conversation with staff.
If the program you would like to purchase is already sold out, please email [email protected] to indicate you are interested in joining the waitlist.