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Curiosity CAmps

Let your child ignite their natural curiosity through the power of play in an awe-inspiring environment!

About Curiosity Camps

Let your child ignite their natural curiosity through the power of play in an awe-inspiring environment! Each camp will have the opportunity to engage in specific programming topics for the group.  Opportunities for exploration of the Museum environment and programs will be a part of each experience.  The Community Room will be “Camp Central” and campers will be able to engage together as a group in that space for directly supervised experiences created for each camp.  Whether you are looking for something for your child to do on a day off of school or an opportunity to explore the camp theme there will be something for everyone! 

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota education team consists of highly qualified and trained program educators. The team is lead by Minnesota Licensed educators. These educators work closely to imagine and facilitate experiences that are engaging, unique, developmentally appropriate and fun for the campers.

More camps will be added throughout the year, so check back later!

Looking for something for your child to do on M.A.P.S. Early Out Days?  Here is the answer! Come join us for play and exploration in our awe-inspiring environment!  Each Early Out day will have a fun theme, enriching activities, and opportunities to explore our spaces!  

Slots Available: 28 
Time:
1pm-4pm
Age: Current Kindergarten to 3rd Grade
Cost: $40 each day *must register separately for multiple days

2024 Wednesday Camp Dates: January 10, February 14, March 13, April 17, and May 15

This fun, exploration-based program introduces children to key school readiness concepts. These camps will be focused on engaging experiences that allow children to be social, active and engaged, curious and inquisitive, creative and imaginative, all while being able to explore the Museum environment. This is also an opportunity to practice adult/parent separation time.

Slots Available: 18
Time:
9:15am-11:15am
Age: For children entering kindergarten fall of 2024. *Children must be independent in toileting skills. (Must have been 4 by September 1, 2023)
Cost: $110 for all 5 sessions

Call to Register: 507-344-9109

2024 Tuesday Camp Dates: February 6, February 20, March 5, March 19, April 2, and April 16

No school? No problem! Join us for one or all four of these full day Curiosity Camp options. Engaging topics, hands-on fun, and lots of exploration!

Slots Available: 28
Time:
9am-4pm
Age: Current Kindergarten to 3rd Grade
Cost: $70 per camp day. *must register separately for multiple days.

2024 Camp Dates: March 26, March 27, March 28, April 10

Join us for an awe-inspiring summer filled with opportunities for children to use their curiosity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity!

Slots Available: 28
Time:
 9am-4pm
Age: Finishing Kindergarten to 3rd Grade in 23-24 school year.

2024 Individual Camp Dates: June 11, 12, 13, June 18, 19, 20, July 9, 10, 11, July 23, 24, 25
Cost: $70 per day camp

2024 3-Day Camp Dates: August 20-22 and August 27-29
Cost: $210 per 3-day camp

Questions?

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota education team consists of highly qualified and trained program educators. The team is led by Licensed Educators. These Educators work closely to imagine and facilitate experiences that are engaging, unique, developmentally appropriate and fun for the campers. At least two-three team members (depending on which camp) will always be actively present with the children. Our typical instructor-to-camper ratios are 1:8 for kids 5-11 years and 1:6 for kids 4-5 years.

If the camp you are registered for is canceled by CMSM, you will be refunded your tuition in full. Please Note: Registration funds may not serve as credit for another CMSM camp or program, and camp sessions are not transferable to other campers. If CMSM cancels a camp, refund options will be shared.

If my camper becomes ill or is sent home sick for the week, will there be a refund?
No. It is the policy of The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota to not issue full or partial refunds based on the health of a child. By visiting CMSM you voluntarily assume all risks related to any potential infectious or contagious disease, including but not limited to COVID-19.

Most direct communication for camp will be through email or telephone. Please make sure that when you register your child, you include the email and phone number for the person who will be the main contact for the camper during their time at CMSM. Please expect a confirmation email after you register that will share details needed for the day. Please always check your junk email to make sure that communication from CMSM hasn’t been sent there. Additional communication will be shared at pickup, or via email. Please feel free to reach out to our camp staff with other questions via email or phone.

As a part of your registration, you will fill out a waiver form.  Unless you specifically mark that your child does not have permission to be photographed or filmed we will assume the right to do so.

Questions? Contact VP of Play and Learning, Kim Kleven at kim.kleven@cmsouthernmn.org