Summer Camps

Explore more with Summer Camps at FCMoD!

Where did the summer go? It feels like it was just yesterday that we were gearing up for Summer Camps! This year we blasted off into space, we stepped back in time, we explored our natural world, we experimented with 360° technology, and so much more. From all of us at FCMoD, thank you for being a part of it. Your support is essential to our nonprofit museum and we hope to see you next year!

Whether it’s blasting off into the solar system in Space Academy: Mission to Mars, stepping into the past in Homesteading Heroes, or getting dirty digging up dinos in Adventures in Archaeology – there’s so much to explore this summer at FCMoD! The museum offers a variety of fun, educational camps for kids of all ages.

This webpage currently features the 2019 Summer Camps and will be updated to reflect 2020 camps at a later date. Please check back again!

A limited number of Summer Camp scholarships are available. Scholarships made possible through the support of generous donors in our community. The 2020 Summer Camp scholarship documents will be made available at a later date.

If a camp session is sold out it will be noted on the specific session page.

Courtyard Summer Camps – Held at the Heritage Courtyard, 200 Mathews St.

All courtyard camp sessions will run from 9:00am-12:30pm. Students should bring their own lunch. The museum will provide a snack for students each day.

Learn reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic, and recitation the way it was taught in the old days! Take a step back in time and experience what a student’s life and school day were like in a 20th century schoolhouse. A period-appropriate teacher leads students through a traditional curriculum including academics, citizenship, music, crafts and games. The week culminates in a recital for family and friends, featuring ice cream made by the students!

Student ages: 6 – 12 years old
Tuition: $165 per child

Travel back in time and discover what life was like along the Front Range! From hunting bison antiquus 13,000 years ago, to building the fort in the 19th century and farming sugar beet fields in the 1930s, explore how people of the past made Fort Collins their home. !

Student ages: 9 – 12 years old
Tuition: $165 per child

Summer Camps – Held at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Ct

Half-day camp sessions

Half-day camp sessions will run from 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm (as indicated- Dome Camp times are 9:00am-12:30pm). Snack will be provided for students each day, but there will not be a lunch time during the camp.

Dual Registration

If students are registered for a morning and afternoon half-day camp session in the same week, the museum will provide care from 12:00pm-1:00pm between the camp sessions at no additional charge. Students should bring their own lunch. The museum will provide two snacks for students each day.

Ages 3-5 (Adventures)

Who lives in a tree? What crawls underground? There are animals everywhere! Through hands-on crafts and guided exploration, students will learn all about where different animals find their homes – they’ll even get to meet the animals that live right here at FCMoD!

This camp includes a guided visit to The Farm at Lee Martinez Park (included with registration cost).

Student ages: 3-5 years old

*NOTE: Students must have experience with pre-K classroom routines and structure. This is a student only class, so students must be capable to be away from parents for 3 hours.

Tuition: $165 per child

What does an astronaut need to prepare for blast-off? What can we find in outer space? Students will spend the week preparing for space travel and exploring the moon, the stars and the planets! Do you have what it takes to explore the galaxy?

Student ages: 3-5 years old

*NOTE: Students must have experience with pre-K classroom routines and structure. This is a student only class, so students must be capable to be away from parents for 3 hours.

Tuition: $165 per child

How do we discover new dinosaurs? What did they eat? Where did they live? Students will spend the week as paleontologists, learning about different dinosaurs and when the roamed the Earth! Do you have what it takes to dig for dinos?

Student ages: 3-5 years old

*NOTE: Students must have experience with pre-K classroom routines and structure. This is a student only class, so students must be capable to be away from parents for 3 hours.

Tuition: $165 per child

Bang a drum! Play a piano! Toot a horn! Through hands-on exploration and crafts, students will learn about different instrument families and how they make their sounds. Are you ready to rock out at FCMoD?

Student ages: 3-5 years old

*NOTE: Students must have experience with pre-K classroom routines and structure. This is a student only class, so students must be capable to be away from parents for 3 hours.

Tuition: $165 per child

Ages 6-8 (Explorers)

Calling all rocket scientists, astronauts, and space explorers! Discover what it takes to reach for the stars. Fly through the cosmos in our OtterBox Digital Dome Theater and launch your own mission of space exploration. Who knows what you’ll discover?

Student ages: 6-8 years old

Tuition: $165 per child

Dig, discover, and develop the skill of telling stories through fossils. Become a dino expert as you explore the life of dinosaurs and what it’s like to be a Paleontologist! Dinosaurs…can you dig it?

Student ages: 6-8 years old

Tuition: $165 per child

Mountain lions, tiger salamanders and ferrets…Oh my! Explore how adaptations help animals survive in extreme environments, meet some native Colorado animals up close, and develop an appreciation for the many animals that share our world.

This camp includes a guided visit to The Farm at Lee Martinez Park (included with registration cost).

Student ages: 6-8 years old

Tuition: $165 per child

Rock out at FCMoD…no matter what your skill level is! From jamming on real instruments to discovering new music technology, you’ll be sure to find your inner rock star. Get amped up!

Student ages: 6-8 years old

Tuition: $165 per child

Ages 9-11 (Academy)

Someday, you might be one of the first explorers to walk on Mars! What will it take to get there? Come learn about all the things we’ll need to get to Mars: rockets, space travel, building a space colony, and living on an alien planet. Are you up for the challenge? 3…2…1…blast off!

Student ages: 9-11 years old

Tuition: $175 per child

TOP SECRET! For kids’ eyes only…Do you have what it takes to go on a covert operation? Work as a team to crack the codes, gather intelligence, lift a few fingerprints, and use your powers of observation to solve the case. Join today to be trained as an FCMoD Spy!

Student ages: 9-11 years old

Tuition: $175 per child

Survey, excavate, and curate! Brave the outdoor elements to become an archaeologist, and piece together mysteries of the past with the artifacts you discover. It’s up to you to find and preserve the stories and artifacts before they’re lost forever!

Student ages: 9-11 years old

Tuition: $175 per child

Choose your instrument and let’s rock! It takes a whole team to create memorable music moments on stage – from creative songwriters to lighting and sound mixing technicians. We’ll assemble a band and pick from a list of easy to learn songs to get you up on the stage and into the spotlight!

Student ages: 9-11 years old

Tuition: $200 per child

Ages 11-14 (Masters)

Get ready – the zombies are coming, and we need you to defeat the outbreak! Will you become the epidemiologist who investigates the outbreak, the emergency specialist who prepares the team to fight against it, or the scientist who discovers the cure? Embark on an adventure into the science lab and battlefield. This outbreak can only be stopped with your help – can you save us?

Student ages: 11-14 years old

Tuition: $200 per child

Become a virtual reality storyteller in FCMoD’s OtterBox Digital Dome Theater! Explore what makes storytelling in 360° different than any other format and go hands-on with cutting edge cameras and other tools to create immersive, live-action 360° video projects that can be experienced in the digital dome and in VR. At the end of the week you’ll screen your unique 360° productions in a very special show for family and friends!

Student ages: 11-14 years old

Tuition: $225 per child

Love playing video games? How about creating them? What if the game you create could wrap all the way around you in a totally immersive experience? Join us this summer to become some of the first game designers to create interactive experiences in FCMoD’s OtterBox Digital Dome Theater! Explore gaming in the dome and utilize professional tools to create your own unique 360º dome experience. At the end of the week, share the experience you’ve created with your friends and family during a special demonstration!

Student ages: 11-14 years old

Tuition: $225 per child