Summer Camps & Activities for 4th-8th grades

Registration is now open for 2019 Summer Camps & Activities! Keep your kids learning and having fun all summer long with engaging hands-on science and social studies experiences, presented by Longway Planetarium and Sloan Museum educators. Grades listed are the grades children are entering in the Fall. Registration deadlines are one week prior to the activity; however, classes frequently sell out. Register early to secure your spot.

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4-5 year-olds - SOLD OUT
1st-3rd grades

The 2019 Summer Camps & Activities Guide is available in multiple formats for your convenience. Order online by using the Interactive Brochure or call 810-237-3409.

Members receive $1 off programs and $5 off camps. Members, please call 810-237-3409 to receive your discount.

Race Through Space

4th-6th Grades

Date: Friday, July 26
Time: 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
Turn Longway Planetarium’s Jupiter Room into a life-sized board game. Work with a team to design a space vehicle game piece, and work through a series of challenges to move your team’s piece around the board. Will your team be the first to make it to mission base?

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Camp Michigan

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $95
Explore the great state of Michigan! Learn about Michigan’s rich history and historical landmarks through hands-on science activities. Create a state passport as you discover the wonderful opportunities Michigan has to offer.

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Maker Space

4th-6th Grades

Date Available: Tuesday, August 6, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Past: Thursday, July 11, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
The creative world of engineering and construction is at your fingertips! Learn how to use hand-power tools and build whatever your mind can imagine. Measure, cut, and drill your way to discovery. Attend one or both Maker Space sessions and create something new each time!

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Maker Space

5th-8th Grades

Date Available: Wednesday, August 7, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
SOLD OUT: Wednesday, July 10, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
The creative world of engineering and construction is at your fingertips! Learn how to use hand-power tools and build whatever your mind can imagine. Measure, cut, and drill your way to discovery. Attend one or both Maker Space sessions and create something new each time!

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Alpha Omega Girls Camp: There’s a STEM in My Book - SOLD OUT

3rd-6th grades

Date: Monday, June 24–Friday, June 28
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $95
Longway Planetarium partners with some of Genesee County’s best teachers! Guest teachers from the Alpha Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society will be on-hand as girls explore the literary side of STEM. From the “Three Little Pigs” to “The Wizard of Oz,” these fun and fast-paced activities will have you revisiting some of your favorite books, and might even add a few to your summer reading list.

Passport Around the World - SOLD OUT

5th-8th Grades

Date: Wednesday, June 26
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10
Take a trip around the world without leaving the classroom! Explore different cultures and make a craft.

Forensics 101 - SOLD OUT

4th-6th grades

Date: Tuesday, July 2
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Have you ever wondered how law enforcement cracks a case using forensics? Discover the science behind solving a mystery. Explore how DNA can transfer without being seen.

Robot Zoo Camp - SOLD OUT

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, July 8–Wednesday, July 10
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Sloan Museum at Courtland Center Mall
Fee: $65
Experience the Robot Zoo exhibit in-depth at Sloan Museum’s Courtland Center Mall location. Explore the biomechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work. Build your own robot zoo animal and learn about animal adaptations through this interactive exhibit. Please note: This is the only summer program that does not take place at Longway Planetarium. Families should go directly to Sloan Museum at Courtland Center Mall for this program.

Fetal Pig Dissection - SOLD OUT

5th-8th grades

Date: Thursday, July 11
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Learn about the systems that keep our bodies happy and healthy. Dissect a fetal pig with a partner to observe similar body systems up close.

Pioneer Camp - SOLD OUT

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, July 15–Wednesday, July 17
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $65
Do you think you have what it takes to live in the 1800s? Travel back in time and learn the basic skills needed to live without electricity, cars and technology. Dip candles, make soap and learn simple sewing techniques. Whip up a sweet treat the old fashioned way and play games that were popular in the 1800s. Learn why people settled in Michigan and the impact they had on America.

Junior Quilter - SOLD OUT

5th-8th grades

Date: Thursday, July 18
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Learn how to sew a button, mend a tear, and basic sewing skills on a sewing machine. Design and make a quilt square pillow using geometric shape patterns. Put together a sewing kit to keep at home.

Science of Sound - SOLD OUT

4th-6th Grades

Date: Thursday, July 18
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $11
Tap your foot to the rhythm and beat of unconventional instruments as you learn about pitch, harmony, and melodies. Experiment with vibrations and create your own musical masterpiece. Families are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes prior to the end of class to enjoy a live performance by the Science of Sound Musical Ensemble.

STEM Exploration Camp - SOLD OUT

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, July 22–Friday, July 26
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $95
Kids will explore these exciting science, technology, engineering, and math topics:
Kites, Copters, and Paper Planes: Build and fly an assortment of paper planes, spinners, and kites while exploring the properties of air.
Chemical Investigations: Build molecule models and investigate physical and chemical changes in this introduction to the elements and the periodic table.
Food Webs: Dissect owl pellets and build a model food web.
Planet Earth: Explore the hydrosphere, geosphere, and atmosphere while building an earth model, sculpting landforms, and cleaning water.

Violent Earth - SOLD OUT

5th-8th grades

Date: Monday, July 22
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $11
Earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and wild weather pose serious threats to lives, property, and ecosystems. Explore these natural hazards while engineering solutions to lessen the impact of these deadly events.

Greek Mythology - SOLD OUT

4th-6th grades

Date: Tuesday, July 23
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $11
Delve into the captivating history of Greek mythology! Learn about Greek gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures. Make your own Medusa head and create your own mythical monster.

Rube Goldberg - SOLD OUT

5th-8th Grades

Date: Wednesday, July 31
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Push that, to pull this, to toss that… and then what happens? Learn about cause and effect by building Rube Goldberg devices. Use a series of simple machines and your imagination to accomplish one small task.

Hands-On Math - SOLD OUT

4th-6th Grades

Date: Monday, August 5
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8
Explore with math manipulatives, fun games, and hands-on activities while learning new math skills.

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