Summer Camps

The 2017 Summer Camps and programs for Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium are here!. Grades listed are the grades your child is going into next year.

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Members get $1 off Programs and $5 off Camps. Members-please login to receive your discount.
Click an age group to see the Summer Camps & Programs for each one.
4-5 years old
1st-3rd Grades

4th-6th Grades

Girls’ Camp Alpha Omega: Engineering


Date: June 26-30
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $90
Ages: Entering 3rd – 6 Grades
Join Longway Planetarium as we partner 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 put their problem solving skills to the test. Design and build a bridge that can support weight, build a protective cargo compartment for an air powered rocket that will deliver an egg safely back to Earth, along with other fun and fast-paced engineering themed activities.

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Build It Challenge


Date: Wednesday, June 28
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10
Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grades
Practice your engineering skills while creating solutions to design challenges. Work with your group to win “minute to win it” challenges. Design a PVC plumbing system to move water from one place to another. Make a Rube Goldberg device to move a deliver a golf ball to its target.


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Girls Through Time Camp


Date: July 5, 6, and 7
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: $65
Ages: Entering 4th- 6 Grade
Back by popular demand with new activities! Travel back in time with historical dolls from the 1700s to the 1970s. Play games, create crafts, and eat snacks related to different time periods from the past.


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Catch a Wave


Date: Monday, July 7
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8
Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grades
Waves in the water, waves through the Earth’s crust, waves through the air that move light and sound; waves are the way energy moves from place to place. Investigate how energy moves with several hands-on activities.


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Chemistry Lab


Date: Monday, July 10
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10
Ages: Entering 5 – 8th Grades
Join staff from U of M – Flint’s Chemistry department as they share some of their favorite Chemistry demonstrations and hands-on activities.


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Electricity


Date: Tuesday, July 11
Time: 9:00 – 11:00am
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8
Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grades
Work with bulbs, wires, batteries, and switches as you build electric circuits. Experiment with materials to determine if they are electrical conductors or insulators, make some conductive dough to use in your circuits and build a circuit spider whose eyes light up.


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Ancient Greece


Date: Wednesday, July 12
Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: $10
Ages: Entering 5 – 8th Grade
Discover Ancient Greek gods and goddesses, learn the Greek Alphabet, the history of the Olympic Games, and much more! Play games, make crafts, put on a Greek Satire play, and paint beautiful pottery.


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Mythological Sea Creatures


Date: Thursday, July 13
Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: $10
Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grade
Dive into the history of fabled creatures such as the mermaid, the kraken, and more! Create craft projects inspired by these unique creatures of the sea.


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World Passport Camp


Date: July 18, 19, and 20
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: $65
Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grade
All new destinations this year! Each day will be a new adventure as you travel the globe from the comfort of the Sloan Museum. Make your own passport book, add a stamp, and create a craft for each location.

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Pinhole Cameras


Date: Wednesday, July 19
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: $10
Ages: Entering 5 – 8th Grade
Go behind the scenes of the Sloan Museum and visit our historic photograph collection in the Perry Archives. Learn the history of the pinhole camera, and make your own camera to take home!


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Famous Detectives


Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: $10
Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grade
Learn all about history’s most famous detectives, and the sleuthing skills needed to solve a real case!


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Eclipses, Moon Phases, and Seasons


Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10
Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grades
These fun activities will help you get ready for the Great American Total Eclipse! See how the motion of the Earth and moon cause patterns in the sky and on the Earth.

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STEM Camp 4th – 6th Grade


Date: July 24 – 28
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $90
Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grades

  • Stars – Explore the sun and other stars while making art with sun print paper, building solar cookers, and learning about the upcoming solar eclipse.

  • Flight – Build paper planes, balsa gliders, and straw rockets while investigating air, forces, and energy.

  • Chemistry – Staff from the University of Michigan – Flint Chemistry department will share some of their favorite chemistry demonstrations and hands-on activities.

  • Magnets and Motors – Test the strength of magnets and build and electromagnet.



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    Changing Earth


    Date: Tuesday, July 25
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Longway Planetarium
    Fee: $10
    Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grades
    Slowly or quickly, the earth is always changing. Discover what natural processes affect your planet in both positive and negative ways. From rivers to mountains, earthquakes and volcanoes, explore how the earth has changed over time and how scientists try to predict how it will change in the future.


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    Michigan’s Lighthouses


    Date: Wednesday, July 26
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Sloan Museum
    Fee: $10
    Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grade
    Michigan has the most coastline of any of our 50 states. Discover the different types of lighthouses, why they are designed in specific patterns, and why they are so important to the freighters on the Great Lakes. Build and decorate your own lighthouse to take home.


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    Stone Age Adventures


    Date: Monday, July 31
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Sloan Museum
    Fee: $10
    Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grade
    Travel back in time to the Stone Age and learn how to dye cloth, make a bow drill, and create cave paintings.

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    Girls’ Camp Alpha Omega: Earth


    Date: August 1, 2, and 3
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Longway Planetarium
    Fee: $65
    Ages: Entering 6 – 8th Grades
    The Earth is always changing. Explore our planet from the inside out while designing model buildings that can withstand earthquakes. Investigate erosion and deposition while using a stream table to change the flow of a river. Add samples to your rock collection as you work through the rock cycle.

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    Amazing Architecture


    Date: Wednesday, August 2
    Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
    Location: Sloan Museum
    Fee: $10
    Ages: Entering 4th – 6 Grade
    Explore the world’s most amazing buildings, and construct your own miniature model.


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    Bridges: The Mighty Mac is Back


    Date: Wednesday, August 2
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Sloan Museum
    Fee: $10
    Ages: Entering 5 – 8th Grade
    Learn all about historic bridges in Michigan. Put your design and engineering skills to the test while building a suspension bridge and a truss bridge!


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    Birds and Bugs - Citizen Science


    Date: Thursday, August 3
    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Longway Planetarium
    Fee: $10
    Ages: Entering 4th-6th Grades
    Explore the Cultural Center Campus while looking for birds and bugs! Join thousands of Citizen Scientists by sharing your observations and data on the iNaturalist and eBird websites. Enjoy hands-on activities that will explore habitats and adaptations.


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    The Great American Solar Eclipse


    Date: Monday, August 7
    Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
    Location: Longway Planetarium
    Fee: $10
    Ages: Entering 5 – 8th Grades
    Get ready for the eclipse! Explore solar and lunar eclipses and the Sun, Earth, moon system with fast and fun hands-on activities. Build an eclipse viewer and get a pair of eclipse glasses so you’re ready to safely view the eclipse.

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