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2024 Summer Camps

Start planning for summer exploration and fun! Programs are offered for ages 4–14

Explore video game science, virtual reality, digital storytelling, space, robotics, biology, art, and so much more to foster curiosity and scientific inquiry! The Science Center offers Summer Camps for kids in Pittsburgh that are exciting, fun, active, and enriching.

Summer Camp registration is open. Check out the camp offerings below!

BNY Mellon Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center – one of Pittsburgh’s coolest digital makerspaces – allows campers to explore “maker” technologies and game design with computers, 3D printers, and laser cutters.

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How to register for camp

Registration opens March 4 for Members and March 11 to the public. Online registration is the most effective way to secure your place in camp. Registration requires full payment by credit card at the time of booking. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. You can also register by phone at 412.237.3400.

Upon booking, an email receipt will be sent confirming your Summer Camp registration from eCommerce, which includes a link for additional forms.

An official welcome packet and further details will be emailed in spring 2024.

Preparing for camp

To make the most of your campers’ experience, they must be the appropriate age on the date the selected camp begins. Campers are expected to be as ready as they would be for school, which includes completed potty training.

What is your health and safety policy?

Based on current best practices, we require masks for program participants and program staff when the Allegheny County COVID-19 Community Level designation is at the red/high mark.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Science Center reserves the right to cancel any program due to insufficient registration, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. All registered participants will have the option of attending another camp (pending availability) or receiving a full refund. We will communicate by email if there are any changes to camps for which you are registered at least two weeks prior to your scheduled camp.

All changes or cancellations to camp reservations must be completed by May 31. Prior to May 31, all cancellations will be subject to a refund of up to the full price of the camp minus a $50 fee, per camp. For those camps purchased after May 31 there will be no changes, cancellations, or refunds issued.

What’s Included

Camp registration fees include all scheduled activities, instruction, plenty of time to explore the Science Center, and a Summer Camp T-shirt. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Members enjoy discounted fees. Fees vary by length of camp, materials and technology usage, and field trips costs.

Daily Activities and Schedule

The Summer Camp experience is specially designed to offer opportunities the school-year classroom cannot, with plenty of individual hands-on activities, supervised exploration, and interactive fun. In addition to classroom experiments and projects, campers will explore different museum exhibits each day, and experience shows in our demonstration theaters throughout the week. A brief description of the daily activities will be provided each Monday for each camp.

Lunch Care (For half-day camps only)

If your child is registered for both the AM and PM half-day sessions for the same week, and they will not be picked up in between sessions, you can register your camper for Lunch Care at $30 per week. Lunch Care requires a bagged lunch and allows you to pick up your child at the end of PM Camp. To learn more, call 412.237.3400.

No camp on July 4 and 5. Reduced price: $18

Pre and Post Camp Care

We offer pre- and post-camp childcare. This time is for supervised, unstructured play. Drop campers off as early as 7:30 am for an additional charge of $50 per week. Post-care runs until 5:30 pm for an additional charge of $100 per week. Pre-registration is required, daily rates not available.

For half day campers, morning-only campers can register for pre-camp care and afternoon only campers can register for post-camp care. Half day campers who are attending both morning and afternoon camps in the same week can register for both pre and post camp care.

No camp on July 4 and 5. Reduced prices: $30 for pre-care and $60 for post-care.

Do summer campers typically work individually or as a team during their camp activities?

At summer camp, teamwork takes the spotlight during activities, adding to the excitement and fun! It is also a vital part of the scientific process. Teamwork helps campers’ bond, learn leadership skills, collaborate on solving challenges, and understand the importance of working together – just like scientists do when discovering new things.

What time does camp start/end?

Our camp times for ages 6-14 are 9 am–3 pm. The camp day is designed to make the most of your child’s time. With six hours of engaging activities, we’ve found the perfect balance for learning, lunch, and extra fun. Plus, it’s similar to the time of most school days, ensuring a smooth transition for everyone involved. As a reminder, we also offer pre- and post-camp care.

Our half day camps for 4 and 5-year-olds are split into two sessions: 9 am–Noon and 1–4 pm in order to provide the best experience possible for our early learners.

Pick up can be a busy time. What can I do to make it easier?

Pick up can be anytime between 3-3:30 pm for normal pick up. Our busiest time is at the start of pick up. Please enter the parking lot and pull a ticket. Drive slowly and staff members will be in the parking lot to help direct you. Be sure to have your photo I.D. ready once inside.

Are scholarships available?

Due to the high volume of requests, Summer Camp Scholarship applications have now closed. All applicants will receive notifications regarding the status of their application this week.