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Camp FAQ’s

What should my child bring to camp?

All materials are supplied with the camp registration; however, campers may periodically be asked to bring something from home such as a leaf or an empty two-liter soda bottle if they have it. Children should wear comfortable clothes that they can move around in and good sturdy shoes they can play in without hurting their feet. All campers should bring water and a nut-free lunch that does not require refrigeration each day of camp. We encourage campers to leave toys, cell phones, money and other personal items at home so they do not become misplaced or damaged; the museum is not responsible for any damages or losses that occur. Campers may not buy items from the gift shop during camp hours unless their parent or guardian is present.

I've heard you have a ‘No Nuts’ policy. What does this entail?

Due to the prevalence and severity of allergies among our campers, the Museum has a strict ‘NO NUTS’ policy. With every camper's utmost safety in mind, it is a requirement that campers may not bring any nut products (tree nuts or peanuts) in their lunches, and all planned activities throughout every camp session will not include nuts. Food items that are listed as being processed in a facility that also processes tree nuts and/or that may contain trace amounts of nuts are allowed so long as the camper bringing the item themselves is not allergic. Campers who accidentally bring nuts or nut products to camp will be offered a replacement snack or lunch item.

Will my camper go off-site during the camp? 

During winter, spring and holiday camps campers may walk to Manzano Mesa Park but otherwise are on-site at the museum the duration of the camp. During the summer, campers may attend a field trip, visit the Manzano Mesa Community Center Spray Pad, or walk to the nearby park. The following are the currently scheduled field trip destinations for the 2017 summer camp season; more may be added as Spy Kids and Re-Actor field trips are finalized: 

  • Space Craft: UNM Meteorite Museum 
  • The Domino Effect: Bunnytown
  • Voyage to the Deep: BioPark Aquarium 
  • I Dig Science: Coronado Historic Site
  • Up in the Air: Balloon Museum 
  • Back in Time with Tim: Albuquerque Museum 
  • Rockets in Motion: Natural History Museum Planetarium 
  • Hogwerts: Rattlesnake Museum 
  • The Great Escape: BioPark Zoo
  • Face the Music: BK Taiko (this will be a walking field trip) 
  • Get Glowing: Explora
  • Backstage at the Museum: Tinkertown
  • Lotions & Potions: Dion's Pizza Tour 
  • Mini Myth Busters: BioPark Botanical Garden 
  • The Great Game: Meow Wolf
  • The Upside Down: Meow Wolf
  • The Toy Factory: Tinkertown

All of our off-site and field-trip destinations are dependent on multiple other variables and entities, and are as such, subject to change. We employ the Herrera Coaches bus company for all our transportation needs. 

The Manzano Mesa Spray Pad will close on July 30th. Camps the week of July 31-August 4 and August 7-11 will instead participate in a wet and wild field day at the museum. Should the Spray Pad be closed for repairs, the museum will host a field day instead. 

Can I stay with my child during camp?

Most children do just fine without a parent present; however, parents are welcome to stay with their child if they feel their child has special needs or would be uncomfortable if their parents did not stay. Please keep in mind that all camp staff have experience and an interest in working with children and will strive to make our camps the best experience possible for your child. If an issue or concern should arise with your child, the instructor or Camp Director will call a parent. In helping your child to have a successful experience, parents need to be aware that their child may be the only child with a parent accompanying them. Children are usually much more independent with their exploration and creativity when parents afford them the opportunity to learn on their own with their peers.

My child is too old to attend camp. Can they volunteer?

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History accepts students aged 14 and older to be volunteers for our camp programs. Volunteers for our single-day winter, spring and holiday camps must have experience with our week-long summer camps before volunteering. Applications for summer camp volunteers are available in mid-February each year for the following summer. Spots are competitive and fill quickly and interviews for applicants are held in April. We encourage those interested to apply early. Both new and returning volunteers must attend an interview for summer camp placement consideration. Please call 245-2137, extension 122, for more information about volunteer opportunities with camp.

How soon should I register my child for camp?

Camps are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Camp sessions are limited to 20-22 campers; Science Junior camps accept only 15. Parents should register their children as soon as they feel comfortable that they can make a commitment for the day, as there is a fee per camp for cancelling a registration. For single day camps that fee is $2.00; single-day camp registrations cancelled with fewer than 5 days in advance will not be refunded. For summer camps the cancellation policy is as follows: 

  • If a cancellation is received at least five business days before the camp, a refund will be issued for the total registration fee paid, minus a processing fee of $10.00.
  • Refunds will not be processed for no-shows and no partial refunds will be issued for missed days of a camp. 
  • Camp registrations cancelled fewer than five business days before the camp will not be refunded.
  • Transfers from one camp to another will be permitted based on camp availability at the time of the request. Any additional fees are due at the time of the request.
  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History reserves the right to open or close sections of a camp theme based on demand. 
  • Registration fees will be refunded in full should the museum cancel a camp program.

When does camp information come out each year?

Generally, winter, spring and holiday camp registration is available through our website eight to ten weeks in advance of camps. Summer camp registration information will be publicized in mid-February.

Who are the people working with my child?

  • The Camp Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the camp. They assist the instructors, help set up activities, arrange field trips and are almost always available to speak to parents before or after camp. During the summer a camp assistant joins the staff to assist operations and greet parents at the end of the day. 
  • Instructors are teachers, museum educators or professionals in the field. Instructors are responsible for the educational presentations and activities during the camp. In some instances, instructors are college students studying to be teachers.
  • Volunteer assistants are high school age youth with an interest in working with children and science.
  • All staff and volunteers are interviewed before being placed with the Science is Everywhere Camp. Instructors must agree to and pass a background investigation before they can be employed.

Presidents Day Camp - February 19

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Eureka: Simple Machines & Physics Edition" on February 19 for Presidents Day. In this one-day break from school, students 6-12 years old will build super structures using their own creativity, basic design principles and simple machines. They will also learn about the properties of building shapes and materials through hands-on experimentation.

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Discover STEM Day - Saturday, February 10

On Saturday, February 10, from 10 am to 3 pm, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will welcome families and Scouts for a day of engineering fun! Visitors will experience the finest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). All activities are kid-friendly, completely interactive and designed to spark interest in the scientific fields of science and engineering.

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Einstein Gala - Saturday, March 31

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event and features a cocktail reception with an amazing silent auction filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque, a delicious dinner experience among some of the most brilliant minds in science and history and thrilling entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off!

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