Register now for an amazing educational camp experience designed for young science and space explorers! In addition to engaging educational activities, campers tour inspiring Space Center Houston exhibits including Mission Mars, Independence Plaza and our seasonal plaza exhibits. Campers also watch live presentations and films and go behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center.

One-day Explorer Camp schedule

  • Feb 17
  • March 7
  • April 18
  • Nov. 21
  • Nov. 28
  • Dec. 19
  • Dec. 26

Explorer Camps for ages 4-5

Junior Space Explorer

Feb. 17 | $64.95
Did you know that a spacesuit is basically a small spacecraft worn by astronauts to protect them from the extreme environment of space? Become an astronaut in training during this one-day mission! This experience includes learning about the challenges of living and working in space along with designing your own spacesuit for an exploration mission.

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Robots in Space, supported by Repsol

March 7 | $64.95
Robots are designed to do the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs in space exploration. Acquire knowledge about robots with fellow crew members and engage in hands-on activities to help distinguish between robots and non-robots. Build and then learn the basics of programming your own robots. The ultimate goal is to complete a robotics obstacle course tied to your space exploration mission!

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Engineer-In-Training, supported by Repsol

April 18 | $64.95
Engineering is the application of math and science to solve problems! During this one-day mission, explore ways to apply your problem-solving skills to various hands-on challenges related to space exploration. Work to complete a communication tower design challenge along with applying problem-solving skills by coding robots to get through a space exploration course.

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Explorer Camps for ages 6-7

Journey to Space

Feb. 17 | $64.95
All journeys begin with one single step. During this one-day adventure, campers will begin a journey into space. How do astronauts sleep in space? What happens if astronauts do not exercise? Campers will answer these questions while exploring space through science, art, and engineering.

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Rockets and Robots, supported by Repsol

March 7 | $64.95
Technology has developed rapidly over the past few decades, making rockets and robotics two of the most fascinating aspects of space exploration! Learn about the past, present and future of space exploration from the Apollo era to the current Artemis mission to go back to the Moon . During this one-day mission, become a rocket scientist to design, build, and launch your own rockets into the atmosphere! Once in space, it’s time to put your engineering skills to the test by programming robots to complete space exploration missions.

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Engineering Basics, supported by Repsol

April 18 | $64.95
Space architecture is very important when designing safe and efficient structures on celestial bodies other than Earth. During this one-day mission apply your problem-solving skills to challenges related to space exploration. Think outside the box to build a communication tower for your exploration mission, design a lunar habitat to enable astronauts to live and work on the moon, and construct a LEGO® vehicle to help astronauts explore a 1/6th gravity environment.

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Explorer Camps for ages 8-9

Space Exploration

Feb. 17 | $64.95
Teamwork among astronauts from various countries is essential to survival on board the International Space Station. During this one-day mission, solve STEM challenges related to obstacles encountered in space exploration. Learn about the effects of microgravity on the human body by completing a head-to-toe physical fitness training course.

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Robotic Explorers, supported by Repsol

March 7 | $64.95
Robots are designed for the challenging and extreme environments that they are intended to explore. There are many obstacles when it comes to space exploration. Learn to use a variety of robots to complete the missions. Through research, design and teamwork, develop robotic-powered rovers capable of navigating the challenging Martian terrain to successfully complete the mission.

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Space Engineers, supported by Repsol

April 18 | $64.95
Engineers design robots to do the dull, dirty and dangerous work of space exploration. During this one-day mission, apply your problem-solving skills to various STEM based challenges. Crew members will design and build a satellite to relay information to and from space along with designing their own robotic arm to help astronauts transfer precious cargo to ensure the mission is a success!

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Explorer Camps for ages 10-11

Journey Beyond

Feb. 17 | $64.95
Taking a journey beyond Earth’s atmosphere requires elite survival skills from the astronaut teams. As you embark on this the one-day mission, learn what it takes to live and work in a weightless environment on board the International Space Station. Float through the nodes of the space station using virtual reality. Complete STEM-based challenges related to space exploration and build your own models of nodes that can be attached to the space station.

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Robots and Beyond, supported by Repsol

March 7 | $64.95
Teamwork and communication are key skills being implemented behind the scenes during robotic exploration missions. During this one-day mission, design, build, and program robots to meet mission goals. This robotic space challenge will put your coding and engineering skills to the test to overcome a wide variety of space exploration obstacles!

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Engineering a rescue, supported by Repsol

April 18 | $64.95
Rescuing an astronaut on a splashdown or in space can be a challenge. During this one-day excursion, use engineering design skills to attempt a robotic astronaut rescue. Experience a “Living in Space” show that will facilitate designing of a space habitat and group presentation.

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General camp information

  • Wait lists are available for sold-out camps. Contact our Reservations Department at +1 281-283-4755 or reservations@spacecenter.org to be added to the waitlist.
  • Check-in is 8:15-8:30 a.m.
  • Checkout is 3-3:15 p.m.
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  • Lunch

    • Campers may bring their own lunches or make an advance purchase of a camp meal plan.
    • All meals include pizza and choice of Lays® potato chips, Cheetos® or Doritos®, choice of water, small Powerade® or milk and choice of small yogurt, apple sauce or fruit cup.
    • The one-day camp meal plan costs $9.
    • Meal plans must be purchased two business days prior to first day of camp.
  • Camp shirts and patches

    • Camp T-shirts may be purchased for $15 during camp check-in.
    • Commemorative camp patches are available for $7 and can be purchased during camp check-in.
  • Mandatory forms

    • The medical information and image release forms MUST be received five business days prior to the first day of camp.
    • Camp registrants will receive an email to electronically sign the forms prior to the camp. If you do not receive the electronic forms, please contact our day camp educators at camps@spacecenter.org.
  • Cancellations

    • Cancellations must be emailed to reservations@spacecenter.org and received no later than 14 business days before the first day of camp in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations made after the 14-business-day deadline will not be refunded. If Space Center Houston cancels a camp, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.
  • For more information, download our Explorer Camp Policies and Procedures (pdf).
  • Frequently asked questions

    No, before- and after-care are not offered for one-day camps.

    • The doors to Space Center Houston open for camp check-in at approximately 8:15 a.m.
    • Please be on time for drop off and pick up. A $15 charge may be added if your child is not picked up by 3:15 p.m.

    Closed-toed shoes should be worn to camp each day.

    • Campers and parents will enter Space Center Houston at the main entrance, through a designated camper check-in door.
    • Parents will need to sign-in their camper(s) at their designated camp table.
    • Parents will be given a hanging car tag with their child’s name. This tag is to be placed on the rearview mirror at check-out.
    • Campers will be escorted by camp staff to the theater where they will begin their camp experience.
    • Camp T-shirts can be purchased at check-in for $15.

    • Parents of special needs children should indicate their child’s special needs on the Medical Information Form, which is due to Space Center Houston five (5) business days prior to the day of camp.
    • Once a parent indicates that their child has a disability, impairment, or condition, a representative from the Space Center Houston education staff will contact the parent to discuss reasonable accommodations for the child.

    • Campers may bring their own lunch or order a meal plan.
    • Check the Parent Guides above to find meal plan prices. Meal-plans must be purchased two (2) business days prior to the first day of camp.
    • Meal plans come with a main dish, a choice of chips, dessert and drink. Check the Parent Guides above to find the meal plan menu.
    • No glass containers are allowed.
    • There is NOT a microwave available to campers.
    • Campers with food allergies will be required to sit at a special table to avoid food contamination.

    • Check-out is between 3-3:15 p.m. each day.
    • If you have not picked up your camper by 3:15 p.m. you may be charged $15.
    • When coming to pick-up your child from camp, the parking fee is waived. Please inform the toll-booth attendant that you are picking up a camper.
    • Look for day camp pick-up signs to guide you to the checkout area.
    • In the event of early pick-up, please go to Guest Services, located inside Space Center Houston. You must show your ID in order to pick up a camper early.

    • Medical and image release forms will be sent to the email on file two (2) weeks prior to the camp even start date.
    • All forms need to be completed five (5) days before the camp event begins.

    Contact Reservations at +1 281-283-4755 or reservations@spacecenter.org for more information.

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