One-day camps

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
Nov. 24, Dec. 29 | $64.95
Learn what it takes to explore new places and discover our solar system. Your camper will learn all about Mars and experience the red planet like never before. This day is specially tailored to inspire creativity and adventure. Campers will create a spacesuit, discover their Martian birthday, make a Mars rock and learn about the largest volcano on Mars! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the skills needed to be the next great explorer.
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Beginner Bots
Dec. 22 | $64.95
Campers will be introduced to a variety of age-appropriate robotics platforms in order to discover basic coding and programming skills. Campers will build robots, maneuver them through mazes and compete in robotics challenges after learning step-by-step code sequencing.
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Explorer Camps for ages 6-7

Journey to Mars
Nov. 24, Dec. 29 | $64.95
Learn what it takes to explore new places and discover our solar system. Your camper will learn all about Mars and experience the red planet like never before. This day is specially tailored to inspire creativity and adventure. Campers will design and build a rover, learn about water filtration, create a Martian greenhouse and cultivate a Martian habitat. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the skills needed to be the next great explorer!
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Engineering Basics
Nov. 17 | $64.95
Taking LEGO® bricks “out of the box” to new and exciting places, this camp will inspire little builders to use LEGO bricks like never before! Campers will learn about simple machines and engage in engineering design challenges that solve real-world problems. Your camper will be inspired and ready to create.
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Robotics Basics
Dec. 22 | $64.95
Robotics Basics is designed to introduce young children to the world of robotics programming and challenges. Campers will have the opportunity to use Blockly, a visual programming editor, to code their robots in order to complete a variety of engineering design challenges and maneuver their robot through mazes.
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Explorer Camps for ages 8-9

Mars Exploration
Nov. 24, Dec. 29 | $64.95
Learn what it takes to explore new places and discover our solar system. Your camper will learn all about Mars and experience the red planet like never before. This day is specially tailored to inspire creativity and adventure. Campers will learn how circuitry is used in space capsules, explore rocketry and complete activities that demonstrate the changes that zero gravity has on astronauts. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the skills needed to be the next great explorer!
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Engineering Exploration
Nov. 17 | $64.95
If your camper is interested in all things LEGO, engineering and robotics, this is a day they will not want to miss. Using LEGO robotics platforms, campers engage in high-impact engineering robotic challenges to solve real-world problems. Through project-based challenges, campers will practice their skills in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and coding.
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Junior Robotics
Dec. 22 | $64.95
Junior Robotics is designed for young robotics enthusiasts. Using LEGO robotics platforms, campers will engage in high-impact robotic challenges to solve real-world problems. Through project-based challenges, campers will hone their skills in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and coding all while using LEGO bricks and their imagination to unlock a new world of learning.
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Explorer Camps for ages 10-11

Mars and Beyond
Nov. 24, Dec. 29 | $64.95
Learn what it takes to explore new places and discover our solar system. Your camper will learn all about Mars and experience the red planet like never before. This day is specially tailored to inspire creativity and adventure. Through interactive engineering design challenges, campers will learn about the geology on Mars and the extreme temperatures of space travel. Campers will engage in a robotics activity that will simulate landing a rover on Martian terrain. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the skills needed to be the next great explorer!
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Engineering Space
Nov. 17 | $64.95
Does your child enjoy designing and creating new things? Does your future engineer have an interest in robots? During this one-day engineering camp, your child will complete engineering design challenges using robotics platforms. Campers will have the opportunity to develop inventive designs and find solutions to space-related challenges.
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Robotics and Beyond
Dec. 22 | $64.95
First solve the problem, then write the code. During this robotics adventure, campers will use a variety of robotics platforms to solve space exploration-themed challenges while learning about our universe. Campers will gain confidence as they learn how to successfully code and program various robots in fun and engaging ways. The day will leave your camper feeling confident, inspired and ready to solve the problems of the future.
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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.
  • 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 $8.60.
    • Meal plans must be purchased two business days prior to first day of camp.
  • Camp shirts and patchesPatch
    • 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 Policies and Procedures (pdf) and Parent Guide (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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