When school's out, CAMP INNOVATION is in! Arizona Science Center’s CAMP INNOVATION will inspire and engage curious minds through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning. Camps vary throughout the year and include themes such as Campfire Science, Wild Weather and Dinosaurs!

Summer Break Camps

Half Day Camps

Ages 3–5, campers must be potty trained. The same activities will be offered in morning and afternoon sessions.

CAMP INNOVATION: DINOSAUR ADVENTURES

June 3–7, 2019 | 9 a.m.–Noon OR 1–4 p.m.

$165 Members | $195 Non-Members

Go back in time to explore what it was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth! Dig for fossils, dissect dinosaur eggs and investigate how dinosaurs ate.

A.M. Session (SOLD OUT)

P.M. Half Day Available
Space limited. Register today!

 P.M. Half Day


CAMP INNOVATION: LITTLE ROBOTS

June 17–21, 2019 | 9 a.m.–Noon OR 1–4 p.m.

$165 Members | $195 Non-Members

Ever wonder how robots work? Code KIBO robots, conduct LEGO’s Coding Express and make your very own jitterbot! Discover what it’s like to be a robot by playing games and thinking like a robot would.

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 AM Half Day

 PM Half Day


CAMP INNOVATION: STORYBOOK STEM

July 8–12, 2019 | 9 a.m.–Noon OR 1–4 p.m.

$165 Members | $195 Non-Members

Explore a variety of STEM challenges inspired by popular children's books. Stack 10 apples on top of your head, make a whirly twirly flying thing like Piggie and Gerald, and engineer a coconut tree with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom flair!

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 AM Half Day

 PM Half Day


CAMP INNOVATION: BUGS & BLOOMS

July 22–26, 2019 | 9 a.m.–Noon OR 1–4 p.m.

$165 Members | $195 Non-Members

Discover the important relationship between insects and plants. Learn about the parts of a plant, how to identify insects and why insects are so important to plants. We’ll look at the world of flowers from a bug’s perspective.

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 AM Half Day

 PM Half Day


Full Day Camps

CAMP INNOVATION: MAD SCIENCE, PART 1

(SOLD OUT)

June 10–14, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Do you like goopy, gooey substances that get all over your hands? Experiment with play dough, pour your very own bouncing balls, and make galactic gak.

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CAMP INNOVATION: IMAGINARIUM, PART 1 
(SOLD OUT)

June 24–28, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

An Imaginarium is a place to create, build, and imagine! Navigate the nature of shapes, build your own vehicles, and reach for the stars as we use the engineering process to make dreams a reality.


CAMP INNOVATION: MAD SCIENCE, PART 2 
(SOLD OUT)

July 15–19, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Messy science is the most fun. Continue our summer journey of mad science, with more ooey gooey activities. Make shaving cream rain clouds, experiment with floam, and take home your own lava lamp!


CAMP INNOVATION: IMAGINARIUM, PART 2
(SOLD OUT)

July 29–Aug. 2, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Engage in engineering, connect with construction, and discover the sky is the limit! Continue our summer of bringing imagination to life, with more creations that soar, sail, and roar in our own Imaginarium.


CAMP INNOVATION: WIZARD SCIENCE

June 3–7, 2019 | July 8–12, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Uncover the scientific secrets hidden in the fantastic world of wizards and magic. Attend Potions and Herbology classes where you’ll classify magical ingredients, produce troll boogers, and experiment with disappearing ink. Discover that it’s not magic — it’s science!


                                Select an option and click to register

 June 3–7

 July 8–12


CAMP INNOVATION: CHEMYSTERY

June 10–14, 2019 | July 15–19, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Solve the mysteries of chemistry in our Mad Science Lab. Investigate catalysts and create reactions as we unlock the secrets of science. Become a chemical sleuth in search of starch, form a rainbow in a bottle, discover how soda can become invisible, and more!

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 June 10–14

 July 15–19


CAMP INNOVATION: CODING & ROBOTICS

June 17–21, 2019

July 22–26, 2019 (SOLD OUT)

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Explore the fascinating world of robotics. Code robots to carry out a variety of tasks like fetching items, playing games, creating music, or drawing a masterpiece. Use multiple kinds of robots to solve problems and have fun — you’re never too young to learn computer programming and engineering skills!

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 June 17–21

 


CAMP INNOVATION: INNOVATION STATION

June 24–28, 2019 | July 29 –Aug. 2, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Are you the next Leonardo da Vinci? Investigate how he made his own plastic, built his own portable bridge, and designed shoes that walked on water more than 500 years ago. Invent your own device for making everyday life a little easier — just like Leonardo!

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 June 24–28

 July 29–Aug. 2


CAMP INNOVATION: MUMMIES OF THE WORLD

July 1–3, 2019 (3 days)

$155 Members | $180 Non-Members

Prepare for mummification! Explore how different materials decay, how insects are preserved in amber and the science behind a sarcophagus. Mummies of the World camp includes our fascinating exhibition with artifacts visiting from South America, Europe and Ancient Egypt here at Arizona Science Center.

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 July 1–3


CAMP INNOVATION: WIZARD SCIENCE

June 3–7, 2019 | July 8–12, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Uncover the scientific secrets hidden in the fantastic world of wizards and magic. Attend Potions and Herbology classes where you’ll classify magical ingredients, produce troll boogers and experiment with disappearing ink. Discover that it’s not magic — it’s science!

Select an option and click to register

 June 3–7

 July 8–12


CAMP INNOVATION: CHEMYSTERY

June 10–14, 2019 | July 15–19, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Solve the mysteries of chemistry in our Mad Science Lab. Investigate catalysts and create reactions as we unlock the secrets of science. Become a chemical sleuth in search of starch, form a rainbow in a bottle, discover how soda can become invisible, and more!

Select an option and click to register

 June 10–14

 July 15–19


CAMP INNOVATION: CODING & ROBOTICS

June 17–21, 2019 | July 22–26, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Explore the fascinating world of robotics. Code robots to carry out a variety of tasks like fetching items, playing games, creating music or drawing a masterpiece. Use multiple kinds of robots to solve problems and have fun — you’re never too young to learn computer programming and engineering skills!

Select an option and click to register

 June 17–21

 July 22–26


CAMP INNOVATION: INNOVATION STATION

June 24–28, 2019 | July 29 –Aug. 2, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Are you the next Leonardo da Vinci? Investigate how he made his own plastic, built his own portable bridge and designed shoes that walked on water more than 500 years ago. Invent your own device for making everyday life a little easier — just like Leonardo!

                                 Select an option and click to register

 June 24–28

 July 29–Aug. 2


CAMP INNOVATION: MUMMIES OF THE WORLD

July 1–3, 2019 (3 days)

$155 Members | $180 Non-Members

Prepare for mummification! Explore how different materials decay, how insects are preserved in amber and the science behind a sarcophagus. Mummies of the World camp includes our fascinating exhibition with artifacts visiting from South America, Europe and Ancient Egypt here at Arizona Science Center.

 July 1–3


CAMP INNOVATION: WIZARD SCIENCE

June 3–7, 2019 | July 8–12, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Uncover the scientific secrets hidden in the fantastic world of wizards and magic. Attend Potions and Herbology classes where you’ll classify magical ingredients, produce troll boogers and experiment with disappearing ink. Discover that it’s not magic — it’s science!

Select an option and click to register

 June 3–7

 July 8–12


CAMP INNOVATION: CHEMYSTERY

June 10–14, 2019 | July 15–19, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Solve the mysteries of chemistry in our Mad Science Lab. Investigate catalysts and create reactions as we unlock the secrets of science. Become a chemical sleuth in search of starch, form a rainbow in a bottle, discover how soda can become invisible, and more!

                                  Select an option and click to register

 June 10–14

 July 15–19


CAMP INNOVATION: CODING & ROBOTICS

June 17–21, 2019 | July 22–26, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Explore the fascinating world of robotics. Code robots to carry out a variety of tasks like fetching items, playing games, creating music or drawing a masterpiece. Use multiple kinds of robots to solve problems and have fun — you’re never too young to learn computer programming and engineering skills!

Select an option and click to register

 June 17–21

 July 22–26


CAMP INNOVATION: INNOVATION STATION

June 24–28, 2019 | July 29 –Aug. 2, 2019

$260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Are you the next Leonardo da Vinci? Investigate how he made his own plastic, built his own portable bridge and designed shoes that walked on water more than 500 years ago. Invent your own device for making everyday life a little easier — just like Leonardo!

Select an option and click to register

 June 24–28

 July 29–Aug. 2


CAMP INNOVATION: MUMMIES OF THE WORLD

July 1–3, 2019 (3 days)

$155 Members | $180 Non-Members

Prepare for mummification! Explore how different materials decay, how insects are preserved in amber and the science behind a sarcophagus. Mummies of the World camp includes our fascinating exhibition with artifacts visiting from South America, Europe and Ancient Egypt here at Arizona Science Center.

 July 1–3


CAMP INNOVATION: SCIENCE OF SPORTS

June 3–7, 2019

$280 Members | $315 Non-Members

Play ball! Through exciting, hands-on activities, campers examine protective gear, analyze components of athletic equipment and discover the physics behind baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey. This camp includes field trips to professional sports venues where you will learn about the science of sports — straight from the source.

 June 3–7


CREATE: Future Worlds

June 3–14, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F

$600 Member | $700 Non-Member

CREATE designers will travel into the future to explore what life on Earth and in Outer Space will be like. Designers and coaches imagine the environments we will inhabit and use their predictions to create and engineer innovative designs and inventions. In this design studio, participants develop and produce prototypes to help us live sustainably in a complex and multi-functional future world.

 June 3–14


CAMP INNOVATION: MATERIAL MATTERS IN CHEMISTRY

June 10–14, 2019 | July 15–19, 2019

$280 Members | $315 Non-Members

What do you get when you cross metallurgy, physics, chemistry, civil engineering and mechanics? Materials Science, of course! Campers in this STEM-focused program explore the materials we use to make stuff stronger, lighter, better. Create a golden penny, make sparks, grow crystals and take part in a contest to generate the strongest cement!

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 June 10–14

 July 15–19


CAMP INNOVATION: ADVANCED CODING & ROBOTICS

June 17–21, 2019

$280 Members | $315 Non-Members

Middle school students will experience how exciting STEM can be with SAM Labs! Solve problems and have fun, all while learning essential computer programming and engineering skills.

 June 17–21


CAMP INNOVATION: PUZZLE IT OUT

June 24–28, 2019

$280 Members | $315 Non-Members

Challenge yourself to solve a series of breakout boxes and mini escape rooms while learning about astronomy, biology and more. Design your own science-themed room with creative puzzles for fellow campers. Finally, take a field trip to a professional escape room and test your skills! (This camp includes an off-site field trip.)

 June 24–28


CREATE: Innovation Institute

July 8–19, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F

$600 Member | $700 Non-Member

How do museums remain relevant when considering the ever-changing technology and entertainment environment? CREATE summer designers work in design teams to imagine and create a working, scaled version of an exhibit for Arizona Science Center and the Phoenix Art Museum. CREATE designers collaborate with staff from exhibit teams, curators and education teams to gain input and assistance on their projects, and showcase their designs in the Arizona Science Center lobby for guests to admire.

 July 8–19


CAMP INNOVATION: GIRLS IN STEM

July 22–26, 2019

$280 Members | $315 Non-Members

Explore the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with other girls as we visit with women scientists in our community. Hands-on activities focus on real-life science applications that make the world a better place!

 July 22–26


CREATE: Video Game Design

July 22–26, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Price $300 Member | $350 Non-Member

Learn to create and produce video games. Designers will participate in visualization, production, and execution of their design from concept to prototype in 2D and 3D materials and software.

 July 22–26


CREATE: Tech Camp

July 29–Aug. 2 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Price $300 Member | $350 Non-Member

Explore mechanical and electrical engineering, programming and design. Teen Designers examine CAD design methods used for 3D printing and laser cutting. Each hands-on activity explores inventing toward innovation and makes connections to careers in technology, design, and fabrication.

 July 29–Aug. 2


CREATE: Future Worlds

June 3–14, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F

$600 Member | $700 Non-Member

CREATE designers will travel into the future to explore what life on Earth and in Outer Space will be like. Designers and coaches imagine the environments we will inhabit and use their predictions to create and engineer innovative designs and inventions. In this design studio, participants develop and produce prototypes to help us live sustainably in a complex and multi-functional future world.

 June 3–14


CREATE: Robotics

June 17–21, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Price $300 Member | $350 Non-Member

Do you dream of building your own robot? Now is the chance! CREATE campers partner with ASU’s Luminosity Lab to learn the basic principles of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering through a hands-on project inspiring creativity. Along with learning makerspace tools and machinery, campers design a robot that creates autonomous sidewalk drawings using the KiP platform and a ping pong launcher. The functions are only limited by the imagination of the designer. This camp teaches the basics of Python and Raspberry Pi as a computer module.

 June 17–21


CREATE: Curious Contraptions

June 24–28, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Price $300 Member | $350 Non-Member

Explore small, surreal worlds through the charming and often humorous mechanical sculptures known as automata and Rube Goldberg machines. Intricate arrangements of handmade chain reactions, cranks, and other simple mechanisms bring these unique machines to life. Teen designers work collaboratively and as individuals to create their own apparatus and gadgets/gizmos.

 June 24–28


CREATE: Innovation Institute

July 8–19, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F

$600 Member | $700 Non-Member

How do museums remain relevant when considering the ever-changing technology and entertainment environment? CREATE summer designers work in design teams to imagine and create a working, scaled version of an exhibit for Arizona Science Center and the Phoenix Art Museum. CREATE designers collaborate with staff from exhibit teams, curators and education teams to gain input and assistance on their projects, and showcase their designs in the Arizona Science Center lobby for guests to admire.

 July 8–19


CREATE: Video Game Design

July 22–26, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Price $300 Member | $350 Non-Member

Learn to create and produce video games. Designers will participate in visualization, production, and execution of their design from concept to prototype in 2D and 3D materials and software.

 July 22–26


CREATE: Tech Camp

July 29–Aug. 2 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Price $300 Member | $350 Non-Member

Explore mechanical and electrical engineering, programming and design. Teen Designers examine CAD design methods used for 3D printing and laser cutting. Each hands-on activity explores inventing toward innovation and makes connections to careers in technology, design, and fabrication.

 July 29–Aug. 2


CAMP BIOMED FOR TEENS

July 8–12, 2019 | July 22–26, 2019

$280 Members | $315 Non-Members

Experience a world inhabited by research scientists and neurosurgeons while learning what it takes to get a drug from the laboratory bench to a patient’s bedside. Join us for a unique opportunity to conduct hands-on lab work involving DNA extraction, gene transformation, and protein purification. The experience features amazing tours and talks by scientists and neurosurgeons at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The week concludes with campers conducting research-based presentations for an audience of parents and friends.

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Before and After Care

Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early care begins at 7:30 a.m. and after care ends at 6 p.m. and is available as a week long rate ($60/week) or a daily rate ($15/day).

Early and Late care are available for $15 per day or $60 a week for all camps with the exception of half-day Pre-K–K sessions. Early drop-off is only available for the morning session of half-day Pre-K–K, and late pick-up is only available for the afternoon session of half-day Pre-K–K.

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Scholarships

Arizona Science Center is committed to providing access to exceptional educational experiences in STEM learning, regardless of ability to pay program fees. Scholarships for camps are available thanks to generous donors and community partners. To apply for a scholarship for CAMP INNOVATION or CREATE Tech camp, please click here and complete this short online application.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be requested two weeks prior to the first day of camp to receive a refund minus a $35 cancellation fee for each week-long camp per child; $10 cancellation fee for each day-long camp per child.  Cancellations made within three to 14 days of the first day of camp will receive a credit minus the cancellation fee. Credit is valid for one year from the issue date.  No refunds nor credits will be given after that time period. A $10 processing fee will be applied to each transfer per child. Space is limited for each camp. Transfers will be applicable only if space is available.

FAQ

  • To educate school–aged youth on engaging and relevant topics, theories, principles, and processes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • To provide an environment for school-aged youth which promotes hands-on, creative exploration of scientific and technological concepts
  • To provide school–aged youth with authentic opportunities for inquiry and science exploration
  • To provide school–aged youth with supportive environments for social growth and youth development
Your exclusive member pricing is available after you log into your member account. Please note, if you create a new registration online, this does not merge with your member account. If you have an online account but do not remember your login information, please use the "Forgot Your Login" or "Lookup My Account" tools. If you have not set up your online account, please contact the membership desk at 602-716-2029. To register via phone, please call our reservations department at 602-716-2000 x216.

 

A confirmation packet will be sent out via email 1–2 weeks prior to your camp start date. It will contain a packing list, any required permission forms, and any additional information you may need to know for the first day of camp.
Parents will be required to provide a non-refrigerated lunch, beverage, and afternoon snack for their child each day of camp. Campers will not have access to a refrigerator, vending machine, Bean Sprouts, or a microwave. All Camp areas will have drinking water available to children at all times, however campers should provide a water bottle to refill. On occasion, we partner with another non-profit that will provide free lunch during the summer and more information will be available as your specific camp date gets closer.
Limited scholarships are available with generous funding from Boeing, Cardinals Charities, and Summer Youth Program Fund. These are considered very limited and may be sold out prior to your request. Scholarship applications are available by request via email to camps@azscience.org
This is a competitive process with a limited number of available seats. Please contact camps@azscience.org for more information or to request an application.

Cancellations must be requested 2 weeks prior to the first day of camp to receive a refund minus a $35 cancellation fee for each week-long camp per child; $10 cancellation fee for each day-long camp per child.  Cancellations made within 3 to 14 days of the first day of camp will receive a credit minus the cancellation fee. Credit is valid for one year from the issue date.  No refunds nor credits will be given after that time period. A $10 processing fee will be applied to each transfer per child. Space is limited for each camp. Transfers will be applicable only if space is available. 

Arizona Science Center camps are designed to be age specific, catering to a camper’s academic, social and motor skill levels. A child can attend a camp only if he or she is entering the grade listed below. You are responsible for registering your child for the correct age group. In order to maintain a safe environment and proper camper to instructor ratio, it is necessary to limit the number of campers per group. Signing up for an incorrect age group will not guarantee their placement in an already sold out camp.

Explorers          Pre-K–Kindergarten (ages 3–5 only)
Investigators     Grades 1–2
Jr. Scientists      Grades 3–4
Researchers      Grades 5–6
Innovators         Grades 7–9
Teens                Grades 10-12
The regular camp day is 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with the exception of the Explorers Age Group. Explorers (ages 3–5) camps are from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Check-in will take place in the CREATE secondary main entrance. The parent/guardian MUST sign their child in on the roster. Lunches take place in the lunchroom from approx. 12–12:30 p.m.
If the parent/guardian is more than 30 minutes early dropping their child off in the morning or late in picking up their child from camp, the child will be checked into the early or late care program and the parent will be charged $10 for each occurrence. The drop in rate does not apply to the first day morning check in.
With the exception of BMI @ BNI and Camp Biomed for Teens, all camps are based at Arizona Science Center, located at 600 E. Washington St. in downtown Phoenix. Discounted parking is available with validation at the Heritage & Science Parking Garage located on the southwest corner of 5th & Monroe Streets. You must have your ticket validated to receive the discounted rate. You may also utilize the bus pull–in on 5th Street for 20 minutes.
Contact the camp office to discuss the strengths and limitations of campers with special needs before the first day of camp. The camp monitor and/or supervisor will communicate with you to discuss if this is the best placement for your child, and any modifications or accommodations that we can come up with using our resources and staffing. Depending on a case by case basis, Arizona Science Center staff may ask that a 1:1 aid accompany the camper in order to ensure supervision at all times. For the safety of other campers and staff, Arizona Science Center staff has the right to deny admittance to camp for any camper that may pose a threat to the health and safety of other individuals.
  • Grades PreK–K: During the camp day each class of 12 will be supervised by 2 staff members and 1–5 interns or volunteers.
  • Grades 1–6: During the camp day each class of 25 will be supervised by 2 staff members and 1–5 interns or volunteers.
  • Grades 7–8: During the camp day each class of 12 will be supervised by 2 staff members and 1–3 interns or volunteers.
  • Specialty camps such as BMI @ BNI, BioMed for Teens, or CREATE camps may have different capacities or ratios.  Please email camps@azscience.org for more information.

Testimonials

"The kids became more adaptable to new environments after a great experience at Camp INNOVATION... it was their first camp away from their own preschool and they were so comfortable at the Science Center, I think it eased the next few camps we did this summer."

"The kids both brought up things they learned, my youngest son talked about dissecting a scorpion and my older son talked about energy conservation and what they built in class. The camp had a positive impact on them."

"He keeps bringing up facts he learned there out of the blue that are relevant to what we are doing! Cool!"

"She loved learning about astronomy inside the science center–new interest!"

"He wants to be a neuroscientist after doing the BNI camp"

"Thank you for an amazing experience! Lindsay was challenged daily and absolutely loved gaining deeper insight into research and science in general. Arizona Science Center has the most knowledgeable staff I have ever encountered during summer camps. We are definitely returning next year!"

"The location is wonderful, it is a very nice feature to be able to visit the Science Center. The topics are really interesting and unique - can't find this anywhere else."

"Please continue these one-day camps on holidays. Its perfect for curious children with working parents."

"My children were excited to share what they learned and what they made. They had fun with the other students. They asked to go to the next camp." 

"My daughter rated the camp a 10 out of 10. This is the second camp she has attended at the ASC and it won't be our last. I love the option of one-day camps on holidays and the variety of subjects covered at the camps." 

"Even my 7-year-old, who was tentative about going without knowing anyone, had a great time."