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

Mars Explorers

June 17-21, Aug. 5-9 | $289.95
Campers will discover how science and technology can solve problems astronauts will face when traveling to Mars. Participants will fulfill their curiosity through hands-on activities and robotic platforms. Your engineer-in-training will be introduced to STEM principles and a new world of fun.

July 15-17 | $184.95 Apollo 11 anniversary edition
Celebrate the anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 launch while exploring the future of space travel in this special three-day Explorer Camp.

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Beginner Bots, supported by Repsol

June 3-7, July 1-5, July 29-Aug. 2 | $289.95
Campers will be introduced to a variety of robotics platforms in order to master basic coding and programming skills. Complete step-by-step sequencing in order to create and maneuver robots through mazes and around other obstacles.

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Junior Space Explorers

June 10-14, July 8-12 | $289.95
Albert Einstein once said, “Play is the highest form of research.” Your camper will learn all about astronauts, the planets, engineering, and robotics through hands-on STEM activities. Whether exploring how gravity affects moving objects, programming a robot, or creating solar system art, your camper will be inspired to learn about the world around them and beyond.

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Our Place in Space

June 24-28, July 22-26, Aug. 12-16 | $289.95
During this week-long exploration, campers will discover all the features that make Earth, located in the Goldilocks Zone, the most desirable place for us to call home. Learn all about the Earth cycles, astronomy, and what we can do to help protect our Earth and keep it “just right.”

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Explorer Camps for ages 6-7

Robotics Basics, supported by Repsol

June 10-14, July 8-12 | $289.95
Journey into the world of robotics programming and challenges in this camp designed for young children. Campers will 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 compile some fun while learning the basics of robotics.

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Journey to Mars

June 17-21, Aug. 5-9 | $289.95
Campers will discover what it takes to sustain life beyond Earth through activities that will ignite an interest in science and adventure. Your astronaut-in-training will build engineering skills while learning the basics of rocketry and coding.

July 15-17 | $184.95 Apollo 11 anniversary edition
Celebrate the anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 launch while exploring the future of space travel in this special three-day Explorer Camp.

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Journey to Space

June 24-28, July 22-26, Aug. 12-16 | $289.95
All journeys start with a single step. During this adventure, every camper will begin a journey into space. 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 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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Engineering Basics

June 3-7, July 1-5, July 29-Aug. 2 | $289.95
Taking LEGO® bricks “out of the box” and to new and exciting places, this camp will get your little builders using LEGO bricks like never before. From engineering challenges, problem-solving solutions, simple-machines, art projects, and simple robotics, all campers will use LEGO bricks in ways they never thought possible. Watch your camper come away inspired and ready to create!

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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 8-9

Mars Exploration

June 17-21, Aug. 5-9 | $289.95
This Martian adventure will challenge junior scientists to seek solutions to the obstacles of deep space travel. Engage in engineering design challenges, use robotic platforms, and delve into topics such as geology, radiation, and rocketry.

July 15-17 | $184.95 Apollo 11 anniversary edition
Celebrate the anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 launch while exploring the future of space travel in this special three-day Explorer Camp.

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Robotics Exploration, supported by Repsol

June 3-7, July 1-5, July 29-Aug. 2 | $350
Campers will experience a wide variety of cutting-edge robotics platforms. Through project-based robotic challenges, campers will use skills in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and coding to solve simulated complications that arise in space exploration. Campers will gain confidence as they learn how to successfully code and program.

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Space Exploration

June 10-14, July 8-12 | $289.95
Exploration is the key to the future. Understanding our greatest accomplishments and imagining new ones will inspire campers to take part in space exploration. Participants will discover 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 to launching hand-made rockets will encourage your camper to keep exploring.

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Junior Robotics, supported by Repsol

June 24-28, July 22-26, Aug. 12-16 | $350
This camp 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, LEGO bricks!

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Explorer Camps for ages 10-11

Mars and Beyond

June 17-21, Aug. 5-9 | $289.95
This 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.

July 15-17 | $184.95 Apollo 11 anniversary edition
Celebrate the anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 launch while exploring the future of space travel in this special three-day Explorer Camp.

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Journey Beyond

June 3-7, July 1-5, July 29-Aug. 2 | $289.95
What does it take to go beyond Earth? How do astronauts survive in the vacuum of space? How will we get to Mars? Can we go farther? 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, 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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Robotics and Beyond, supported by Repsol

June 10-14, July 8-12 | $350
First solve the problem, then write the code. Campers will use a variety of robotics platforms to solve space exploration challenges and learn more about our universe. Campers will gain confidence by learning 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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Engineering Space

June 24-28, July 22-26, Aug. 12-16 | $350
Does your child like to design and create new things? Add your camper’s name to the list of young inventors designing their way into the future. Through robotics platforms and engineering design challenges, campers will let creativity flow and develop solutions to space-related challenges. These young inventors will also be given the space needed to develop inventive designs.

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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.
  • Before-care is available 7-8:15 a.m., cost is $15 per day.
  • After-care is available 3:30-6 p.m., cost is $15 per day.
    • Please schedule and purchase before- and/or after-care 48 hours prior to the date needed.

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  • Lunch

    • Campers may bring their own lunches or make an advance purchase of a camp meal plan.
    • All meals include an entree, 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.
      • Three-day meal plan entrees:
        • Day 1: Hot dog
        • Day 2: Cheese pizza
        • Day 3: Hamburger
      • Five-day meal plan entrees:
        • Day 1: Hot dog
        • Day 2: Cheese pizza
        • Day 3: Hamburger
        • Day 4: Chicken tenders
        • Day 5: Grilled cheese sandwich
    • The summer five-day camp meal plan costs $45 and the three-day camp meal plan costs $27.
    • Meal plans must be purchased two business days prior to first day of camp.
  • 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

  • Before-care is available starting at 7 a.m., for a charge of $15.
  • After-care is available starting at 3:15 p.m., for a charge of $15, and operates until 6 p.m.
  • Please register for pre-care two (2) business days prior to the date needed.
  • 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. to avoid the $15 after-care charge.
  • Please register for before-care or after-care if you are not able to drop or pick-up your child during normal camp hours.
  • 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.
  • Camp T-shirt will be given at check-in.
  • 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.
  • Campers may bring their own lunch or order a meal-plan for the week.
  • Check the seasonal day camp Parent Guides above to find out 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 seasonal day camp 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 for after-care.
  • 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.
 

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

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