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

Robots in Space

March 9 | $64.95
During campers’ one-day adventure, they will learn differences between robots and non-robots. Campers will gain an understanding of what robots do and will be able to design a robot to perform certain tasks by building a sequence.

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Engineer-In-Training

April 13 | $64.95
How are things made? Campers explore how to use reverse engineering to help deconstruct objects to reveal structural designs. Your engineer-in-training will reproduce a tower and a LEGO® maze following detailed examination of its construction and composition.

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Explorer Camps for ages 6-7

Rockets and Robots

March 9 | $64.95
Campers will discover how rockets support space exploration. By learning the parts of a rocket, they will learn how to design and build one. Rockets transport robots to help explore the solar system, including the surface of Mars. Campers will explore how robots use sensors to navigate and study the composition of other space objects.

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Engineering Basics

April 13 | $64.95
Using LEGO bricks will take you to new and exciting places. This one-day camp will have your little builders solving engineering challenges. Campers will learn about excavation and the concept of a buoyancy test to construct their own LEGO boat.

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Explorer Camps for ages 8-9

Robotic Exploration

March 9 | $64.95
Exploration is the key to the future. Understanding our greatest accomplishments in space and imagining new ones is part of Robotic Exploration. Campers will research, design, and build robotic powered rovers capable of navigating the surface of Mars. Engineers-in-training will create robotic space-themed simulations through programming in various robotic platforms.

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Space Engineers

April 13 | $64.95
What is an engineer and what do they do? During this one-day camp, campers will solve LEGO STEM-based challenges, build a satellite and design their own robotic arm that will lift a payload and place it on a target.

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Explorer Camps for ages 10-11

Robotics and Beyond

March 9 | $64.95
What does it take for robots to go beyond Earth? Campers will gain experience in wiring and text programming. By understanding how a LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 works, participants will learn what an end effector is and how to build and code the EV3 in preparation for a competitive EV3 Space Challenge.

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Engineering Habitats

April 13 | $64.95
Rescuing an astronaut at sea or in space can be a challenge. During this one-day camp, campers will use the engineering design process to try to find the fastest way to rescue an astronaut. Campers will design a habitat with various robotic platforms in order to support the space exploration team.

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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 a hamburger, 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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