Summer Camps & Workshops for 4th-8th grades

Register now for 2020 Summer Camps & Workshops! 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 deadline is one week prior to the activity; however, camps and workshops frequently sell out. Register early to secure your spot. No refunds will be issued for any reason.

Scroll to view summer camps and workshops for 4th-8th grades, or choose another age level:
4-5 year-olds
1st-3rd grades

The 2020 Summer Camps & Workshops brochure is available in multiple formats for your convenience. Sign up online by using the interactive brochure, or view the PDF and call 810-237-3409 to register.

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

Alpha Omega Girls Camp: Make It Move

3rd-6th Grades

Date: Monday, June 22-Friday, June 26
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 motion with fun engineering challenges. Use a variety of art and craft materials to build a balloon buggy, build and fly a beautiful kite, and design and build cardboard automata.

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Living Green

5th-8th grades

Date: Tuesday, June 23
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Learn how to become a good steward of planet Earth. Discover different ways clean energy can power cities, explore ways you can use the three 'R's in your home, and create your own project using items found in nature.

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Voyage to Space

4th-6th grades

Date: Thursday, June 25
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Take a trip through our Solar System and beyond while investigating planets, moons, and stars. Let’s watch a planetarium show, too!

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Kitchen Chemistry

5th-8th grades

Date: Monday, June 29
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Mix it, measure it, make it! Use basic math and equations to work your way through recipes and create delicious treats.

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Makers Challenge

4th-6th grades

Date: Tuesday, June 30
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $15
Choose from a variety of DIY projects and hacks that invite you to imagine, think, design, and create. Think of new ways to use everyday materials while making projects to take home.

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Changing Earth

4th-6th grades

Date: Wednesday, July 1
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
The surface of the earth is constantly changing. Use stream tables to explore how rivers change their courses. Explore how earth processes change landforms and investigate the rock cycle.

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Green Thumb Gardeners

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, July 6
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $15
Discover the basics of gardening! In a single afternoon, you’ll learn how to make a garden from start to finish. Find out what plants need to grow, and how to keep plants healthy and pest-free.

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Take to the Sky

4th-6th grades

Date: Wednesday, July 8
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Fly high as you explore air pressure and flight! Discover ways to stay afloat, create your own flying gadget, and find ways to make everyday items fly!

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Life in the Roman Empire

5th-8th grades

Date: Thursday, July 9
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Uncover unique treasures and fascinating stories from the Roman Empire. Explore the life of a Roman soldier, and how a catastrophic volcanic eruption changed lives forever.

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STEM Exploration Camp

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $95
Kids will explore these exciting science, technology, engineering, and math topics:
Build-A-Zoo: Draw an animal from the hat then design and build a zoo enclosure that provides all of the animal’s needs. Combine your enclosure with others to create a model zoo.
Energy Explorations: Investigate light, sound, electricity, heat, and energy from the sun.
Crazy Contraptions: Use art materials to design and build your own drawing machine. Choose from a variety of materials to build a contraption that will move a marble through obstacles.
Natural Hazards: Earthquakes, volcanoes, and wild weather! Explore how earth processes impact humans and how technology helps us predict, prepare for, and recover from natural disasters.

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Tangled Teasers

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, July 20
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
Are you ready for a challenge? Exercise your brain and your teamwork skills to crack codes, solve puzzles, and explain the unexplainable.

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Makers Challenge Camp

5th-8th grades

Date: Monday, July 20-Wednesday, July 22
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $65
Enjoy a variety of DIY projects, design challenges, and opportunities for free building. Design a sail car and learn the basics of torch-fired enameling while making a piece of jewelry. We’ll provide the supplies; you provide the creativity!

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Waves and Wrecks

4th-6th grades

Date: Wednesday, July 22
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Learn about the history of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Use the tools of scientists to explore and learn about artifacts found by divers. Discover what weather contributes to shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.

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Journey to the Past Camp

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $95
Travel back in time to become a pioneer during the 1800s in Michigan. Learn about children’s chores with hands-on activities like darning, air fresheners, and a tin punch. Learn about pioneer culture and their daily life through historical exploration. Enjoy a week of living in the past while having fun.

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Aerospace Engineering

5th-8th grades

Date: Tuesday, July 28
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $15
5-4-3-2-1… Blast off! Make at least three different types of rockets, and see how high your rocket can launch into the sky!

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Chemistry Under Pressure

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, August 3
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $15
Explore force, pressure, and how chemicals can change! What chemicals will we have to mix together to explode a Ziploc bag? Can two liquid chemicals create a new solid substance? Explore physical and chemical changes!

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Artistically Scientific

4th-6th grades

Date: Wednesday, August 5
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Dabble in science and mix up a masterpiece. Find out how you can use science experiments to create one-of-a-kind works of art.

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