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.

Explorer Camps for ages 4-5

Rocket Kids, supported by Repsol

Oct. 12 | $64.95
How did we get to the Moon? How will we go to Mars? On this one-day adventure, campers will learn about the Space Launch System (SLS), the rocket that will send the Orion capsule, astronauts and large cargo to the Moon and Mars. Understanding the size of the rocket makes a difference in the amount of energy used. Campers will design, build and launch rockets to gain a valuable understanding of the foundations of rocket science.

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Junior Explorer

Oct. 26 | $64.95
How far are we from the Sun? During this one-day adventure, campers will understand the importance of space travel by learning the position of the planets from the Sun, how the size of the planet determines its gravity, and the importance of spacesuits in an astronaut’s travels.

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Robot Beginnings, supported by Repsol

Nov. 23 | $64.95
What is a robot? Campers will be introduced to basic coding and programming skills through the use of robotic platforms. Learning by doing will allow campers to complete step-by-step sequencing to create and maneuver robots through a variety of challenges.

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Junior Engineer

Nov. 30 | $64.95
During this one-day adventure, campers will learn all about engineering with LEGO bricks and robotics through hands-on STEM activities. Whether your explorer is discovering how gravity affects moving objects, programming a robot, or creating solar system art, they will be inspired to learn about the world around him or her and beyond.

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Earth-Space Explorers

Dec. 21 | $64.95
Campers discover all the features that make Earth the most desirable place to live in the Solar System. During this one-day adventure, campers learn how the Earth needs the Sun to exist, the way astronauts are able to live on the International Space Station, and how to use telescopes to discover things in deep space.

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Mars Explorer

Dec. 28 | $64.95
Discover how science and technology can solve problems for astronauts while traveling to Mars. Campers fulfill their curiosity by using robots and hands-on activities. Explorers learn what is necessary to travel to Mars through an “out-of-this-world” experience.

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Explorer Camps for ages 6-7

Rocket into Space

Oct. 12 | $64.95
Deep space travel is the future of space exploration. The Space Launch System will send Orion and other cargo to the Moon and Mars. Campers will gain an understanding of this advanced launch vehicle by designing and engineering a rocket to maximize the energy needed for launching into deep space.

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Journey into Space

Oct. 26 | $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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Robot Basics, supported by Repsol

Nov. 23 | $64.95
This one-day camp will introduce campers to the world of robotics. They will have the opportunity to experience and decode programming challenges. This includes programming a robot, building a rover, and solving problems through debugging. Your camper will have a blast learning the basics of robotics.

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Engineering Challenger

Nov. 30 | $64.95
Using LEGO bricks will take you to new and exciting places. This one-day camp will have your little builders using LEGO bricks like never before through exciting engineering challenges and simple robotics. Watch your camper come away inspired and ready to create!

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Peculiar Planets

Dec. 21 | $64.95
Begin the journey into all things space with this one-day planetary adventure. Why is Venus so hot? Will people ever go to Mars? How far is it to Neptune? All these questions and more will be answered as campers explore space through astronomy, art and science. Campers will leave with inquiring minds inspired to continue their journey to space.

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Journey to Mars

Dec. 28 | $64.95
Sustaining life beyond Earth has become a new frontier. During this one-day camp, young explorers discover a simulated Martian landscape exploration that ignites curiosity. Campers explore hands-on science activities and engage their creativity through understanding the red planet’s topography and the usefulness of robotic exploration.

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Explorer Camps for ages 8-9

Rocket Exploration

Oct. 12 | $64.95
Rocket design is an important part of our past and the future of space flight. During this one-day experience of designing, building and launching various rockets, campers will gain a greater understanding of the history of rockets for space exploration.

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Astronaut Discovery

Oct. 26 | $64.95
During this one-day camp, participants will explore how astronauts live and work in space, plan for future missions, and imagine how to get to new places safely within our solar system. Campers will understand the importance of spacesuits as an essential part of space travel and habitation.

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Robotic Exploration, supported by Repsol

Nov. 23 | $64.95
This one-day camp allows explorers to experience a wide variety of cutting-edge robotic platforms all in one day. Campers will use their skills in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computational thinking in order to solve simulated complications that arise in robotic space exploration. Campers will be challenged as they learn how to successfully code and program through these engaging robotics challenges.

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LEGO Junior

Nov. 30 | $64.95
If your camper is interested in all things LEGO and robotics, then you will not want to miss this is one-day camp. Using robotics platforms, campers will engage in high-impact robotics challenges to solve real-world problems all while exploring with the most universal imagination building tools, LEGO bricks!

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Robotic Space Exploration, supported by Repsol

Dec. 21 | $64.95
What is out there? How do we get there? What happens if something goes wrong? Campers use their skills in science, technology and engineering to solve simulated complications that arise in robotic space exploration. During this one-day experience, campers gain confidence as they learn to successfully code and program through engaging robotics challenges.

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Mars Exploration

Dec. 28 | $64.95
During this one-day camp, junior scientists experience a Martian adventure that challenges them to seek solutions to the obstacles of deep space travel. Participants engage in engineering design challenges, gain a deeper understanding of Mars’ harsh environment, and delve into topics such as geology and radiation.

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Explorer Camps for ages 10-11

Rockets and Beyond

Oct. 12 | $64.95
During this one-day experience, campers will gain an understanding of what it takes to build and launch a rocket. Campers will understand the relationship between launch angle and range while doing an investigation, the type of energy it takes to launch a rocket off the ground, and how launch vehicles deal with extreme temperatures of space travel.

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Surviving the Journey

Oct. 26 | $64.95
How do astronauts survive in the vacuum of space? This one-day adventure will take your camper beyond the limits of imagination while learning more about how we protect astronauts traveling through space. Through hands-on engineering challenges, the use of robotics, and creative designing, all campers will learn what it takes to journey beyond Earth.

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Robotics and Beyond, supported by Repsol

Nov. 23 | $64.95
First, solve the problem, and then write the code. This one-day robotics camp will use computational thinking to solve space-exploration-themed challenges and learn more about our universe. Campers will gain confidence as they learn how to successfully code and program various autonomous robots in fun and engaging ways.

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Bots and Engineering, supported by Repsol

Nov. 30 | $64.95
Campers will gain confidence as they learn how to successfully code and program various robotics in fun and engaging ways. This one-day explorer camp will push your camper to use computational skills, hone communication skills, and create engineering designs that are ready to solve the problems of the future.

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Journey Above the Earth

Dec. 21 | $64.95
What does it take to travel above the Earth? During this one-day experience, campers develop an understanding of our solar system and explore the vast distances between the planets. Through hands-on engineering challenges, the use of robotics, and creative design, all campers learn what it takes to go beyond Earth.

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Mars and Beyond

Dec. 28 | $64.95
This one-day Martian challenge inspires young engineers to collaborate and find solutions to the complications of deep space settlement. Participants engage in engineering design challenges, use robotic platforms, and delve into activities such as maneuvering around the surface of Mars.

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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 three chicken strips 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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