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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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!Learn More