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Summer Camp

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The Academy is currently closed as part of the effort to contain the spread of coronavirus. However, we are planning for sunnier days ahead this summer, and we can’t wait to welcome back our summer campers.

We depend upon our visitors, so we are asking you to consider reserving your summer camp spot now. We will fully refund any necessary cancellations. For answers to any questions you may have, please email or call 215-299-1060 and leave a message. We will do our best to get back to you within 3 business days.

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Academy Science Camp invites campers, ages 5-12, to learn about natural science at Philly's Dinosaur Museum. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme such as dinosaurs, insects, or superheroes and features an off-site field trip!

For teens 12–16, check out our Teen Invertebrate Husbandry Camp.

Weekly Camp Themes for 2020

Animal All-Stars (July 6–10)
Investigate the amazing world of animal adaptations. Meet live animals up close, and create toys and treats for the critters that call the Academy home. Explore behind the scenes in the Academy’s own Live Animal Center and learn to care for live invertebrates and reptiles!
Dinosaur Detectives (July 13–17)
Calling all paleontologists! Discover the lives of dinosaurs and their relatives alive today. Travel back in time to the Mesozoic Era, work with real fossils and come face-to-face with modern-day dinosaurs.
Survival of the Slowest (July 20–24)
Learn all about the wacky adaptations that keep animals moving … slowly! Get face to fur with a LIVE sloth during exclusive encounters, and test your abilities against the biggest and smallest, fastest and slowest, strongest and even stronger organisms that call our planet home. 
Engineering Nature (July 27–31) 
Calling all engineers! Using bricks, blocks, gears and creativity, explore engineering in the natural world. Design your very own 3D moving animal, discover the interesting ways creatures build their homes and catch prey and even create your very own camping lantern to take home!

Secrets of the Museum (August 3–7) 
Unlock the mysteries of the museum as you explore some rarely seen specimens, go behind the scenes to investigate what our scientists are working on and create your very own museum exhibit. 
Incredible Insects  (August 10–14)
Journey deep into the dirt and observe the world from a bug’s-eye view. Get up close and personal with live invertebrates, investigate how insects survive extreme environments and design your very own bug collection kit. 
Ferocious Fossils  (August 17–21)
From dinosaurs and trees to sharks and shells, fossils are amazing! Discover how they form and why they offer a window into the past. Examine real fossils, visit the Academy’s own Fossil Prep Lab, create your own T. rex tooth cast and reconstruct your very own dinosaur.
Into the Wild (August 24–28)
Amaze yourself with the wilderness around you. Get your hands dirty as you find out what it takes to make your garden grow, build a backyard habitat for local wildlife and use designs from the wild to create a kaleidoscope of colors!
Living on the Edge (August 31– September 4)
What does it take to survive? What wonderful adaptations do animals, plants and insects have to beat out the competition? Explore some of the weirder ways that nature takes its course, and study sloths and other live animals up close to find out what they have that gives them the edge.


Members pay $335 per camper per weekly session.
Nonmembers pay $375 per camper per weekly session.
Before-care (8–9 am) is $50 per camper per weekly session.
After-care (4–5:30 pm) is $50 per camper per weekly session.
Register BEFORE January 31 and receive $35 off each week of camp purchased per child.
Register BEFORE April 1 and receive $25 off each week of summer camp purchased per child.
Summer Sibling Discount! Register two or more campers for summer camp and receive $10 off each week of camp purchased per child.
(Early-bird and Summer Sibling Discounts do not apply to Teen Camp and cannot be combined with additional discounts.)

Sign up early and save!

Register BEFORE January 31 and receive $35 off each week of camp purchased per child.
Register BEFORE April 1 and receive $25 off each week of summer camp purchased per child.

Spend your summer with us and save!
Summer Sibling Discount: For every camp reservation that siblings make together, receive a discount of $10 per sibling per weekly registration. 

Academy members save even more!
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Academy, check out our membership information or call us at 215-299-1022.

(Early-bird and Summer Sibling Discounts do not apply to Teen Programs and cannot be combined with additional discounts.)


The Academy is conveniently located right in the heart of Center City, making pickup and drop-off a breeze for those who live (and work) in and around Philadelphia.

Registering is easy!

Register online by clicking the button below.

If you have any questions about the registration process, please call 215-299-1060. For general questions, please contact Mary Bailey at