After this weekend’s blast of winter weather, it’s easy to long for the warmer months here in Downtown Indy. Plan for summer fun with our friends at the Indiana State Museum.

This summer, your child could become an archaeologist, a chef, an interior designer and more during unique summer camps you can only find at the Indiana State Museum.

Camp favorites will be returning, including culinary and fashion camps, but plenty of new camps will be offered as well, with something for every child’s interest. And, this year – you don’t have to pick just one topic to explore.

Unlike previous years, select camps will now be offered on a day-by-day basis, rather than sold in weeklong sessions, so that parents can pick and choose as many days and topics as they’d like without worrying about scheduling conflicts. Many weeklong camps will be offered as well.

Summer camps are offered in three categories: daily camps, pre-k and kindergarten camps, and weeklong summer camps.

Before and aftercare options are available for an additional cost.

Daily camps are for children entering first through sixth grades, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These camps are selected by day, not by week, and the cost is $45/members, $50/non-members, with $5 discount for siblings enrolled in the same camp.

Topics for the daily camps include fiber arts, space, prehistoric pottery, Ice Age animals, art exploration and experiments, and more. Sign up for one day or a whole week – the choice is yours!

Pre-k and kindergarten camps are for children from 4 to 6 years old, and they are offered on a weeklong basis. These camps meet from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and cost is $105/members, $117/non-members per week.

Topics for these early childhood camps include becoming a scientist with PBS’ Sid the Science Kid, exploring the world around you with PBS’ Nature Cat, artful play and other topics.

For parents interested in a full-day camp experience, Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio will offer afternoon camps the weeks of July 15-19 and July 29-Aug. 2 for this same age group. Those camps run from 1 to 4 p.m.

Weeklong summer camps are for older kids, entering grades one through eight. These take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and cost is $210/members, $235/non-members.

The widest variety of camps are offered in this category. Returning favorites include culinary camps where kids can learn to cook and even grow their own food, and fashion and design camps where kids can use real sewing machines to create personal designs and clothing. Other topics include science, engineering, outdoor exploration, technology, self-empowerment, and more.

For families in need, scholarships will be offered as well for all camps.

Scholarships are available for families that reside in Marion County and currently receive public assistance in the form of SNAP, WIC, TANF, or free or reduced-price school meals. Scholarships are applicable for any summer day camp or weeklong camp. Scholarship applications are due by March 1, 2019, and will be announced by mid-April. 

To apply, complete the scholarship application found here. Your application cannot be processed without proof of assistance. You may register for one camp per student per summer session. Payments will be due one week after notification of scholarship. 

Scholarship prices are $7/day for summer day camps, $15/week for pre-k through kindergarten camps, and $25/week for weeklong camps for grades 1-8. Scholarship camp prices include camp, before and aftercare, lunch and a snack. Scholarship applications are due by March 1, 2019, and recipients will be announced by mid-April.  

Summer camps at the Indiana State Museum sell out quickly, so don’t delay! Sign your child up for a day a week, or as many camps as you’d like. Registration is live now at

Hannah Kiefer

Hannah Kiefer

Director of Communication, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites