In accordance with health guidelines from Harris County, the city of Houston, and the latest stay-at-home ordinance, Explorer Camps through July 10 are canceled. We will continue to monitor the latest updates from state, local and CDC officials and will continue to adjust its plans and protocols accordingly to ensure it can offer the safest experience possible for everyone. Please subscribe to our emails or follow us on social media for updates.

Summer Explorer Camps

Our summer Clean Room Explorer Camp experience was inspired by NASA clean room procedures to educate our campers in an immersive way while also maintaining health and safety. In addition to immersive educational activities, campers tour inspiring Space Center Houston exhibits. Campers also watch live presentations and films and go behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center.

Build rockets

Design space habitats

Program robots

Parents must review the 2020 parent guide, which includes changes to the camp policies and procedures. Parent Guide

Explorer Camps for ages 6-7

Journey to Mars Clean Room

July 6-10 & Aug. 3-7 | $289.95

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to discover what it takes to sustain life beyond Earth. While demonstrating safety best practices, campers will be immersed in activities that will ignite their interest in science along with their sense of adventure. These young engineers will learn the basics of rocketry, discover coding, and explore hands-on science activities. 

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Engineering Basics Clean Room 

July 13-17 & Aug. 10-14 | $289.95

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to discover what it takes to solve problems related to space exploration. Taking LEGO® bricks ‘out of the box’ and to new and exciting places, this weeklong camp will get your little builders using LEGO bricks like never before. All campers will use LEGO bricks to conquer engineering challenges, problem solve, build simple machines, create art, and explore robotic principles. Watch your camper come away inspired and ready to create!  

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Robotics Basics Clean Room 

July 20-24 | $289.95

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to design and build robots to explore beyond Earth. Robotics Basics is the premier robotics camp designed to introduce young children to the world of robotics programming and challenges. Campers have the opportunity to experience a multitude of robotics platforms in order to master basic coding and programming skills. Whether it is programming a robot, building a robot, or solving problems through code, your camper will have a blast learning the basics of robotics.  

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Journey to Space Clean Room 

July 27-31 | $289.95

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to discover what it takes to solve problems related to space exploration. How do astronauts sleep in space? Why is Venus so hot? Will people ever go to Mars? How do robots work? What do engineers do? All these questions and more will be answered as campers explore space through art, science, robotics, and engineering activities. This camp will leave inquiring minds inspired to continue their journey. 

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Explorer Camps for ages 8-9

Junior Robotics Clean Room 

June 29-July 3 & Aug. 10-14 | $350

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to design and build robots to explore beyond Earth. Junior Robotics is designed for young robotics enthusiasts. Using LEGO robotics platforms, campers will engage in high-impact robotics challenges to solve real-world problems. Through project-based robotic challenges, campers will hone their skills in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and coding all while exploring with the most universal imagination building tool, LEGOs!  

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Mars Exploration Clean Room 

July 6-10& Aug. 3-7 | $289.95

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to discover what it takes to solve problems related to space exploration. This five-day Martian adventure will challenge junior scientists to seek solutions to the obstacles of deep space travel. Participants will engage in engineering design challenges, use robotic platforms, and delve into topics such as geology, radiation, and rocketry. 

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Space Exploration Clean Room 

July 13-17 & July 27-31 | $289.95

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to discover what it takes to solve problems related to space exploration. During this weeklong camp, participants will explore how astronauts live and work in space, learn rocketry basics, plan for future missions, and imagine how to get to new places in our solar system. Everything from programming robots and launching hand-made rockets will inspire your camper to keep exploring.  

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Robotics Exploration Clean Room 

July 20-24 | $350

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to design and build robots to explore beyond Earth. Robotics Exploration allows campers to experience a wide variety of cutting-edge robotics platforms all in one camp. Through project-based robotic challenges, campers will use their skills in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and coding in order to solve simulated complications that arise in space exploration. Campers will gain confidence as they learn how to successfully code and program through these engaging robotics challenges. 

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To be added to the waitlist, contact our Reservations Department at +1 281-283-4755 or reservations@spacecenter.org.

Explorer Camps for ages 10-11

Journey Beyond Clean Room 

June 29-July 3 & July 27-31 | $289.95

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to discover what it takes to solve problems related to space exploration. What does it take to go beyond Earth? How do astronauts survive in the vacuum of space? How will we get to Mars? During this weeklong camp participants will develop an understanding of all these things and more. Through hands-on engineering challenges, the use of robotics and creative design, all campers will learn what it takes to go beyond Earth and be inspired to find ways to take part in our journey to explore the solar system.  

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Mars and Beyond Clean Room 

July 6-10 & Aug. 3-7 | $289.95

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to discover what it takes to solve problems related to space exploration. This five-day Martian challenge will inspire your junior engineer to collaborate and find solutions to the complications of deep space settlement. Participants will engage in engineering design challenges, use robotic platforms, and delve into activities such as thermal and habitat design, and rocketry. 

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Engineering Space Clean Room 

July 13-17 & Aug. 10-14 | $350

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to discover what it takes to solve problems related to space exploration. During this weeklong engineering camp, campers can add their name to the list of young inventors designing their way into the future. Through robotics platforms and engineering design challenges, campers will be able to let their creativity flow. During the week, campers will have the opportunity to develop solutions to space-related challenges while also being given the space to develop their inventive designs.  

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Robotics and Beyond Clean Room 

July 20-24 | $350

Campers will don lab coats, gloves, and masks as they head into the labs to design and build robots to explore beyond Earth. During this weeklong robotics experience, campers will use a variety of robotics platforms 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 robotics in fun and engaging ways. The week will leave your camper feeling confident, inspired, and ready to solve the problems of the future.  

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Parents must review the 2020 parent guide, which includes changes to the camp policies and procedures. Parent Guide

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.
  • Before- and after-care are not available during our summer Clean Room Explorer Camps.
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Lunch

  • Campers must bring their own lunches.

Camp shirts and patches

  • Campers will be provided with one camp T-shirt during camp check-in.
  • Campers will be required to wear the camp T-shirt daily.
  • Extra 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 is not offered in our summer Clean Room Explorer Camps.
The doors to Space Center Houston open for camp check-in at approximately 8:15 a.m. Campers must be picked up by 3:15 p.m.

  • Campers will be given a camp T-shirt at check-in on Monday morning. For the safety of the campers, this shirt will need to be worn to camp each day, all week. Additional camp T-shirts can be purchased at check-in for $15.
  • 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. You will keep this card for check-out for the entire week.
  • Campers will be escorted by camp staff to the theater where they will begin their camp experience.

  • 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 first 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.

No, campers must bring their own lunch. 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.
  • 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.

 

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

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