We’re partnering with The Works Museum and Stages Theatre Company to bring some of their favorite camps to Minnesota Children’s Museum!

Summer camps are scheduled throughout June, July and August.

Summer Camps

Designed for kids from PreK to 8 years old, camps are led by an expert educator from The Works Museum or teaching artist from Stages Theatre Company.

All camps will take place at Minnesota Children’s Museum in downtown St. Paul.


2024 Summer Camp Schedule-at-a-Glance 

The Works Museum

These hands-on camps will explore science and engineering topics like robotics, carpentry, aerodynamics, architecture and more. All camps with The Works Museum run Monday through Thursday, with sessions available in the morning and afternoon.

Stages Theatre Company

Explore the performing arts while using your “Actor Tools” (body, voice and imagination) to create characters and solve problems. All camps with Stages Theatre Company will run Monday through Friday. Families are invited on the last day of camp to a sharing of skills learned throughout the week.

Full day camps: $450.00 non-members/$405.00 members
Half day camps: $225.00 non-members/$202.50 members

MEMBER DISCOUNT: Museum members use code MCM2024 at registration to receive the special member price listed above.

TUITION ASSISTANCE: Need-based tuition assistance for camps is available for those that qualify. To apply, please submit the respective application directly to Stages Theatre Company or The Works Museum.

Summer Camp Descriptions

For real-time information on camp availability, click the summer camp registration buttons above.

PreK Camps

For children entering kindergarten or High Five programs in Fall 2023

Make It Squishy (with The Works Museum)

Create and test messy mixtures. Make cloud dough, a balloon yo-yo and other squishy projects.
June 10-13 (M-Th), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Make It Superpowered (with The Works Museum)

Machines give us superpowers! Lift mighty objects with a crane, use levers to leap tall buildings, move at super speeds with wheels and axels and even make a force field.
July 29-Aug. 1 (M-Th), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Make it Cool with Tools (with The Works Museum)

Work with hammers and drills, as well as a variety of cool tools that squish, cut and connect things.
Aug. 12-15 (M-Th), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Camps for Ages 4-6

Monster Mayhem (with Stages Theatre Company)

It’s time to roar your terrible roars and gnash your terrible teeth, wild things. From our favorite silly stories such as Leonardo the Terrible Monster, to stories that help us understand our emotions like The Color Monster, monsters are much more than just scary creatures – they have so much to teach us!
Aug. 26-30 (M-F), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ocean Explorers (with Stages Theatre Company)

Mermaids, sharks, narwhals, octopi and more await us as we make a big splash! Suit up, shake the sand off your Actor Toolbox and get ready to use your body, voice and imagination to travel deep into the sea. Find out “How Far We’ll Go” this summer as we journey into the big, blue world of the ocean.
Aug. 26-30 (M-F), 1 p.m.-4 p.m.


Camps for Ages 6-8

Mini Golf Construction (with The Works Museum)

Learn about how to build sturdy structures. Design and build your own mini golf hole and club. Put your design together to create a mini golf course and play a round of golf with fellow campers.
June 17-20 (M-F), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Lego Engineering (with The Works Museum)

Build elevators, wind-up cars and catapults with specialty LEGO pieces. Explore with gears, pulleys and other moving parts.
June 17-20 (M-Th), 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
July 15-18 (M-Th), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Junior Robotics (with The Works Museum)

Explore robotics concepts through games, wiring and building. Make a maze for BeeBots and program them to navigate it. Design your own wigglebot to bring home.
June 24-27 (M-Th), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ahoy, Engineers! (with The Works Museum)

Treasure lies at the end of your map – but first you need to engineer ways to get past roaring rapids, waterfalls, tall cliffs and hidden traps. Team up with fellow adventurers to design solutions to any problems you encounter on your quest.
June 24-27 (M-Th), 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Detect the Story (with Stages Theatre Company)

Puzzles, riddles, clues, disguises and more are in your future as we utilize our Actor Toolbox to help decipher, decode and perform the most tangled tales. Mysteries are both exciting and dramatic, making them impossible for us to resist! Join an elite squad of fellow detectives as you create, uncover and solve mysteries using your Actor Tools (body, voice and imagination)!
July 8-12 (M-F), 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Crash Test Contraptions (with The Works Museum)

Design, build and test different kinds of vehicles to see how they handle a collision. Experiment with crash-proof packaging, then test it out on water balloons.
July 15-18 (M-Th), 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Engineering for Animals (with The Works Museum)

Engineer adaptive equipment for animals who are injured or have a disability. Design a way to rescue a pet from a tree. Design toy prototypes and enrichments for different animals.
July 22-25 (M-Th), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Astroneers (with The Works Museum)

Build and test simple rockets to learn the basics of flight and propulsion. Discover what it takes to live in space. Participate in a simulated space mission and construct survival items you would need.
July 22-25 (M-Th), 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

A Day in the Life: Junior Engineers (with The Works Museum)

Try your hand at different engineering jobs. Each day will focus on a different field of engineering. Wire a flashlight (electrical), construct a propeller car (mechanical), design a bridge (architectural) and much more!
Aug. 5-8 (M-Th), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Artistry in Motion (with The Works Museum)

Construct tools, machines and materials for creating art, including an electric doodle bot, a spin-art machine and more.
Aug. 5-8 (M-Th), 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Critter Carpentry (with The Works Museum)

Practice your woodworking skills to build a hedgehog friend using a hammer and nails. Learn about sawing, sanding and drilling, then create wooden creatures with wiggly arms and legs.
Aug. 19-22 (M-Th), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fling and Fly (with The Works Museum)

Investigate how things move through air as you construct hovercrafts, mini-catapults, flying saucers, rockets and more.
Aug. 19-22 (M-Th), 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Important Info to Know

Waiver Form

Questions about registration or camp content should be directed to Stages Theatre Company (952-979-1113 or ejones@stagestheatre.org) or The Works Museum (952-888-4262 or camps@theworks.org).

Camp Location

Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 W. Seventh St.
St. Paul, MN 55102

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Check-in will be inside the museum’s main entrance on West 7th Street. You may temporarily park your vehicle in the loading/unloading zone in front of the main entrance. Metered parking or the World Trade Center parking ramp are also options.

Campers should check in no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of camp. An adult must be present with any student that arrives earlier.

Campers must be signed in by an adult each day. If you have not filled out the required forms electronically before the first day of camp, you will be required to do so when you arrive.


Campers can be checked out inside the museum’s main entrance on West 7th Street. You may temporarily park your vehicle in the loading/unloading zone in front of the main entrance. Metered parking or the World Trade Center parking ramp are also options.

An adult must pick up and sign out the camper each day. Campers will only be released to an authorized adult after they have been signed out.

Campers should be picked up promptly at the end of class. Please call 651-225-6056 if you are going to be late. If your camper is not picked up within 15 minutes of the end of class and you have not contacted the museum, emergency contacts will be contacted.


If your child is going to miss a class, please call 651-225-6056 to inform the museum. There are no make-up sessions.

Water & Snack

On each day of camp, campers should bring a refillable water bottle and a snack in a labeled bag. If your child is signed up for a full-day camp or both the morning and afternoon camp sessions, please pack two snacks. No refrigeration or warming options are available.


Campers who are signed up for a full-day camp or both the morning and afternoon camp sessions will be supervised by Minnesota Children’s Museum staff between sessions. Please pack a lunch for your child in a clearly labeled bag. No refrigeration or warming options are available.

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