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  • Visiting Summer Camp and Community Groups

    The Museum can be a crowded place in the summer. Here are a few hints for managing your campers that have been compiled by our Education Staff.

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Visiting Summer Camp and Community Groups


Live Presentations

Your Museum visit includes free admission to many exciting presentations at no additional charge including Lightning! Presentations, Live Animal Presentations and much, much more!

This summer the Museum will also be offering a presentation that can be reserved by Camp Groups only. Science News for Kids features science headline stories for grades K - 5 that include an ever-changing variety of topics that appeal to young scientists.



Hints for Exploring the Museum with Camp Groups

Print Hints for Your Trip

Best Safety Practices

Know the Museum Staff
Group members should be instructed to recognize and approach Museum staff and volunteers if they become separated from their groups and need assistance. Staff and volunteers will always be wearing a Museum red lab coat, red or black polo shirt or apron with a Museum logo, as well as a Museum ID badge.

Know the Museum Staff
Group members should be instructed to recognize and approach Museum staff and volunteers if they become separated from their groups and need assistance. Staff and volunteers will always be wearing a Museum red lab coat, red or black polo shirt or apron with a Museum logo, as well as a Museum ID badge.

Know Your Group Name
Be sure your group members know the name of their camp and/or chaperone so that if they become separated from their group they can communicate this with a Museum staff person.

Know Your Group Name
Be sure your group members know the name of their camp and/or chaperone so that if they become separated from their group they can communicate this with a Museum staff person.

ID Young Children
Very young kids should wear an ID badge that has their first name and includes group info.

ID Young Children
Very young kids should wear an ID badge that has their first name and includes group info.

Pick a Safety Spot
Chaperones and group members should choose an obvious meet-up spot and instructions for timed programs, departures, or for times they may become separated from their group.

Pick a Safety Spot
Chaperones and group members should choose an obvious meet-up spot and instructions for timed programs, departures, or for times they may become separated from their group.


Easily Monitored Areas

These exhibits are recommended for their appeal to campers and have a small number of entrances and exits that your chaperones can more easily monitor.


Lunches

If you’ve brought lunches and snacks, that’s great! The Museum’s Riverview Café can be busy. However, No food or drink inside the Museum, please! A tightly-capped water bottle is okay. The Riverview Café, Atrium, and areas in the hallway just outside the Museum Store and café are also okay for lunches and snacks.


Directions

Live Presentations

Included in your group ticket for no additional fee! Since these stage and theater presentations are general admission, arriving early for presentations is recommended during the summer. See all programs.


Lightning!

Explore lightning as the world's largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator hurls indoor bolts sparking exciting explorations of lightning, conductors, insulators, electricity, magnetism, and storm safety. Learn More.

   Grades 3 – 12 and adults   |    20 minutes    |    Theater of Electricity

    Grades 3 – 12 and adults
    20 minutes
     Theater of Electricity

If you want all of your campers to attend a specific Lightning! show, instruct groups to arrive at the Theater of Electricity 15 minutes early. Once the theater hits capacity no one else is admitted.

Check the Daily Schedule below for show times.


Daily Schedule

Activities

The Museum offers a variety of hands-on activities daily. Stop by during program hours and stay as long or as little as you like! See all programs.


Design Challenges

Think like an engineer! Participate in a hands-on activity to design, build, and test a prototype solution to a given problem. View current activities in rotation.

   Grades 4 – 10   |     Groups of 20   |    20 minutes    |    Blue Wing, Level 1

    Grades 4 – 10
   Groups of 20
    20 minutes
     Blue Wing, Level 1

This hands-on engineering area is popular during the summer. If you have a large group, plan to cycle through your campers with chaperones at different times in groups of 20. To help us better accommodate your group during your visit, please contact us at designchallenges@mos.org to discuss planning Design Challenges into your schedule.

Check the Daily Schedule below for show times.


Daily Schedule

Plan

To register for the workshop below please contact Joanna Snyder by email at jsnyder@mos.org or by phone at 617-589-0344.


Free Summer Camp and Community Groups Pre-visit Workshop

Learn about the latest exhibits and programs your groups can explore at the Museum of Science this summer. Museum Educators will also share their logistics and content tools, tips and techniques for working with your groups on the Museum of Science exhibit halls.

 Tuesday, June 26  |    10:00 am - 12:00 pm  |    For Camp and Community Group Staff and Chaperones
 Educator Resource Center, Green Wing, 3rd Floor

 Tuesday, June 26
 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  For Camp and Community Group Staff and Chaperones
 Educator Resource Center, Green Wing, 3rd Floor

Included is a special preview of our new Science News for Kids live presentation offered exclusively to camp groups this summer!