Omaha Children’s Museum’s summer camps feature engaging curriculum and great instructors who make every day exciting and new. Camps include daily play in the museum and a snack. Whether your child wants to experiment in our kitchen or learn about bugs, superheroes, or the Olympics, Omaha Children’s Museum has the perfect summer camp.
**See Updated Health & Safety Procedures Below in the FAQ section **
Here's what you need to know about 2020 Summer Camps at Omaha Children's Museum:
Week-long camps are $100 for members and $115 for non-members per session. A limited number of scholarships are available. Contact the Group Sales Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Camp registration is now open. To register for camps online for ages 4-5, click HERE. To register for camps online for ages 6-8, click HERE. If you have questions or would prefer to register by phone, call (402) 342-6164 ext. 410.
The price for summer camps will return to the full amount starting June 1.
Please return a completed medical form before the first day of camp. An online version of the medical form is available HERE. You may also download a copy HERE and return the completed form to email@example.com.
Children must be within the age range for each camp before camp begins.
Camps are taught by trained and experienced educators. All museum staff have undergone background checks.
Scheduling and Refunds
Camp space is limited and registration is handled on a first-come, first served basis. Parents will receive an informational packet via email prior to camp. Omaha Children’s Museum reserves the right to cancel camps that do not meet minimum enrollment. All camp fees are non-refundable, except in the instance a camp does not meet minimum enrollment. A $10 per child fee applies when switching camps or dates.
Before & After Care
Before and After Care will not be available in 2020. We are contacting families with campers who had been enrolled AM and PM Care to discuss alternatives. Contact the Group Sales Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
Campers who are enrolled in an a.m. camp and a p.m. camp in the same week are considered all-day campers and will have supervised Lunch Care at the museum. Lunch Care is free for all-day campers. Campers need to bring their own sack lunches.
Campers who are not all-day campers -- that is, they are enrolled in a.m. only or p.m. only camp - may have Lunch Care purchased, and need to bring their own lunches.
Lunch Care for Campers enrolled in A.M. and P.M.: FREE
Lunch Care for A.M. or P.M. Campers: $15/week; $10/day for drop-in session*
*Subject to availability
Children can enjoy a full day of activities at Omaha Children’s Museum with a morning and an afternoon camp! See listings for dates. Lunch time will be from Noon – 1 p.m. and will be supervised by museum staff. Campers should bring their own lunches.
Campers receive a Summer Camp 2019 T-Shirt! Available in sizes 4T - Youth Large.
1. The museum will be closed to the public while summer camps are in session. This means summer campers will have exclusive access to the museum.
2. Camp classes have a limited student-to-teacher ratio following the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for childcare.
3. Drop-off and pick-up will look a little different. We will update you on these changes two weeks prior to the start of the camp your child is registered in. Please be patient as we adjust to the new process and help us practice social distancing.
4. We ask that families keep a camper home if he or she does not feel well or has a fever. We insist on our staff following the same rule. When in doubt, please leave them home. Anyone with a fever will be asked to go home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours. There will be a designated space in the museum that will keep ill campers separated from other children until their parents or guardians can pick them up.
5. We are adding to the museum's already-stringent cleaning schedule, disinfecting the exhibits, camp classrooms, and supplies between camp sessions daily. Camp teachers and museum staff in the building will wear face masks.
Yes. We will be providing a small snack each day for all campers. Below is the snack schedule. Campers can bring their own snack if they prefer it to what we have for the daily snack.
Monday – Cheez-it’s
Tuesday – Fruit snacks
Wednesday – Goldfish
Thursday – Gushers
Friday – Toasted cheese crackers
Yes. Summer camp scholarships are available on a first come, first serve based on financial need. If your family qualifies for Omaha Children's Museum's Welcome Fund and/or free school lunch, you will qualify for the scholarship. Each family that applies for the scholarship and is approved will receive two summer camp sessions at $35 per session for each child with a limit of three children per household. Children must be between the ages of 4-8 during the camp that they participate in.
Contact the Group Sales Manager at email@example.com for details and the application.
In order to make the summer camp experience the best for everyone, campers need to be the required age before camp starts.
In this situation, we recommend the older child attending the younger camp with their sibling.
A welcome email will be sent out 2 weeks before your camp start date with information about what to expect for your week of camp. To read the 2019 Welcome Letter, please click HERE.
** Please note that drop-off and pick-up procedures may be modified this summer. **
On the first day of camp, please park in the lot and bring your camper in to check-in at the main (south) entrance. Camp Counselors will be outside waiting to check-in.
When picking up your camper, please pull up at the main (south) entrance. Have your ID ready. Campers will not be allowed to leave with anyone whose ID does not match the name of an adult listed on their release forms in the authorized pick-up section. If you are not sure who you have listed, you are welcome to call and check with our receptionist (402-342-6164 ext. 432). If you are not driving to pick up your child, please walk up to the main entrance. This helps maintain security during the pick-up process.
In the case of rain, please check the museum’s Facebook page for any changes to the pick-up procedure. In the case of severe weather where a warning is issued, camp counselors will take campers to a safe and secure area of the museum. If this happens during pick-up time, pick-up will be delayed until the warning is lifted. In this instance, access to museum phones are limited. Camp staff will be in communication with all camp parents as needed.
Yes! Campers will spend about 20 minutes each day in the museum to play and explore the current exhibits.
No. Due to safety precautions we are taking this summer, the museum will not be open to the public for open play after camps.
We take the security of your children very seriously. Anyone and everyone that will be picking up your camper should be listed in the authorized pick-up section of the medical release form, including each parent. Adults must show ID at the time of pick-up. In the event that someone else is picking up your child that you had not originally planned, please call the museum to let us know.
One teacher and one counselor. If camps are larger, there will be a third counselor.
Each day there is a combination of craft, physical activities, STEAM activities and approximately 20 minutes of play in the museum.
All-day campers are those who are registered for both the A.M. & P.M. session. All-day campers will eat lunch between 12:00-1:00 each day. The museum does not provide lunches. Please send campers with a sack lunch each day. We do have refrigerators to house lunches during the morning session.
For the most part, all children need to bring to camp are themselves! Make sure children are dressed in clothes they can play in. If you would like, you can always pack water or a snack. All day campers need to bring a sack lunch. It has also been helpful to pack an extra pair of pants for those campers that might have an accident during their day.
As long as the camper can administer the medication themselves, our camp staff is happy to oversee. Our staff is not certified to administer medicine to children. In the case that an adult needs to administer the medication, we can arrange for the child to be available at a specific time for a parent or guardian to administer the medication. OCM cannot house medication overnight.
A link to the medical forms will be available online shortly. Medical forms must be completed by the time we take the camper into our care.