Summer Camps & Activities for 4th-8th grades

Registration is open for 2018 Summer Camps & Activities, presented by Longway Planetarium and Sloan Museum educators. Choose from camps and activities for preschool, elementary, and middle school kids. Keep your kids learning and having fun all summer long with engaging hands-on science and social studies experiences. Grades listed are the grades children are entering in the Fall.

Scroll to view activities for 4th-8th graders, or choose another age level:
4-5 year-olds
1st-3rd grades - SOLD OUT

The 2018 Summer Camps & Activities Guide is available in multiple formats for your convenience. Order online by using the Interactive Brochure or by clicking the links below.

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

Microscopic Discoveries

4th-6th grades

Date: Tuesday, July 10
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Use hand lenses, Magiscopes, and microscopes; learn how to use these tools to see the unseen! Prepare and view slides while learning about cells.

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Biome Zoo

4th-6th grades

Date: Thursday, July 12
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
Unwrap your mystery animal and design a biome enclosure for it. Can you identify all of its needs for life? Put your project together with the rest of the group to design a Biome Zoo.

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Camp Michigan

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, July 16–Friday, July 20
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $90
Great Lakes—great state! This camp will explore Michigan with fast paced and fun STEM and history projects and activities! Re-create the Mackinaw Bridge. See why our precious water sources are so important. Build a lighthouse model and investigate shipwrecks. Follow a timeline of activities and artifacts from the Anishnabeg to the workers on the automotive line.

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Let’s Get Medieval

4th-6th grades

Date: Tuesday, July 17
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10
Step back in time to explore knights of the Middle Ages. Learn how to become a knight and design your own suit of armor for battle.

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Ancient Greece

4th-6th grades

Date: Thursday, July 19
Time: 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10
Discover Ancient Greek gods and goddesses! Play games, make crafts and put on a Greek satire play.

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Alpha Omega Girls Camp: Garden Exploration

5th-8th grades

Date: Monday, July 30- Wednesday, August 1
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $65
Learn how to identify bugs using a collection of real specimens. Spend time in the Planetarium garden with a Master Gardener while exploring plant and animal life. Make a mosaic garden ornament and use microscopes to look at pollen while dissecting a flower.

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Stone Age Adventures

4th-6th grades

Date: Tuesday, July 31
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10
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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Rat Dissection

5th-8th grades

Date: Tuesday, July 31
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Explore the human body while making a paper model of the skeletal, digestive, and respiratory systems. Work in a group to dissect a rat while learning how systems work together.

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Weeds and Seeds

5th-8th grades

Date: Wednesday, August 1
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8
Explore science and art using natural materials from the Longway garden. Make a cement patio stone and use dried flowers to make a sun catcher.

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Maker Lab Free Build

5th-8th grades

Date: Thursday, August 2
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
Use your imagination and creativity to build with found items and materials. The project is up to you! What will you create?

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Plants: Facts vs. Myths

4th-6th grades

Date: Thursday, August 2
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $8
Do plants really grow better if you talk to them? Is that pretty plant really a weed? Explore these and other questions while spending some time in the Longway Planetarium garden.

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Air Power

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, June 25
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10
Use air to make things move! Explore forces and motion while building and racing an air pressure-powered bottle buggy and making and flying a tetrahedral kite.

Alpha Omega Girls Camp: Science of Art - SOLD OUT

3rd-6th grades

Date: Monday, June 25–Friday, June 29
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $90
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 explore the creative side of science! Use alcohol inks to make a beautiful set of coasters. Explore geometry while using math tools to make works of art and work together to make materials to use in a collage.

Rocks and Fossils - SOLD OUT

4th-6th grades

Date: Wednesday, June 27
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10
Build your rock and fossil collection with new samples while taking a tour through the rock cycle. Hunt for fossils in some fossil-rich sediment and make a fossil model to take home.

Maker Lab Free Build - SOLD OUT

4th-6th grades

Date: Tuesday, July 24
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
Use your imagination and creativity to build with found items and materials. The project is up to you! What will you create?

Viking Model Rockets - SOLD OUT

5th-8th grades

Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Build and launch your own Viking model rocket while exploring Newton’s Laws of Motion.

STEM Explorations Camp - SOLD OUT

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, July 23–Friday, July 27
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $90
Kids will explore the following science, technology, engineering, and math topics:
Energy: Light, shadows, colors, sound, and more! Build shadow sculptures and mix colors of light. Engineer a better string telephone.
Build-It Challenge: Try your hand at a variety of “Build-It Challenges” including a Lego free-build.
Space Day: Explore the solar system and beyond with fast-paced and fun hands-on STEM activities.
Life in the Lake: Turn Longway Planetarium’s Family Science Room into a Great Lake model while investigating the ecosystems that support life in the lake.

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