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Camp FAQ’s

What should my child bring to camp?

  •  Refillable water bottle
  •  Nut-free lunch (doesn’t require refrigeration)
  •  Nut-free snack (optional)
  •  Hat (optional)
  •  Sunscreen (optional)

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.

Campers should wear comfortable clothes that they can move around in and good sturdy shoes they can play in without hurting their feet.

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.

What does your ‘No Nuts’ policy entail?

Due to the prevalence and severity of allergies among our campers, the Museum has a strict ‘NO NUTS’ policy. With every camper's safety in mind, campers may not bring any nut products (tree nuts or peanuts) in their lunches or snacks 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 lunch or snack 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. Campers visited the following destinations in last year’s 2018 summer camp season:

· May 28-31

o Albuquerque Aquarium-Ocean Odyssey

o Darrell Knutson, affiliated with QueLab -Hey, Can I Take That Apart?

o TBA-Frankenstein's Lab

· June 3-7

o Wildlife Rescue Birds at the museum-Hogwerts, Jr

o Rattlesnake Museum and Wildlife Rescue-Hogwerts OWL

o Rattlesnake Museum and Wildlife Rescue-Hogwerts NEWT

· June 10-14

o Dion’s Pizza-Beakers, Bubbles, and ReActions

o Kristin Currie, meteorologist with KRQE -Riding the Sound Wave

o Basement Films and 30 second Street– Movie Magic

· June 17-21

o SMASH Studio Art Bus at the museum-Grossology, Jr

o Ninja Park-Got Game?

o Ninja Park-Unravel the Code

· June 24-28

o Boca Negra Canyon, ABQ Open Space Rangers-I Dig Science

o SNL Thermal Solar Test Facility-21st Century NRG

o UNM Bio/Chem Department-Chemistry: Mysteries of Matter

· July 8-12

o Albuquerque Zoo-Hand-Me-Down Genes

o NASA Swarmathon and/or WALL-E-Robots are Everywhere

· July 15-19

o SMASH Studio Recycling Art at the museum and TBA field trip-Leave No Trace

o Hays Honey and bee Farm field trip-Foodie Science

· July 22-26

o Natural History Museum and Planetarium-Mission to Mars

o UNM Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology-Chemistry: It’s Elementary

o NASA Swarmathon and/or WALL-E-Robots are Everywhere

· July 29-Aug 2

o Wings of Enchantment butterflies and Timmy Telescope at the museum -Plant-It-Earth

o Sandia Mountain geology field trip and Timmy Telescope at the museum-STEMinists Geosciences Edition

· August 5-9

o NASA Swarmathon and/or WALL-E– Code of the Robot, Jr.

o Balloon Museum and guest Ted Spitzmiller (former pilot and aerospace historian)-Lift Off!

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

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. 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. If you feel your child’s situation warrants and exception, please contact the Director of Education (505-245-2137 ext. 101).

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.

Do you offer before- and after-camp childcare?

During summer camps parents may purchase camp care for their camper for $25.00 per week.

Full-day camps (1st – 7th grade) run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Parents must pick their campers up by 4 pm. With camp care, campers may be dropped off at 8:00 am and must be picked up by 5:00 pm.*

Half-day camps (Pre-K (4-year-olds) and Kindergarteners) run from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. With camp care, campers may be dropped off at 8:00 am and must be picked up by 12:00 pm.*

*Additional charges will apply if pick up is later than the designated time (5:00 pm or 12:00 pm)

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

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History accepts students aged 14 (going into the 9th grade) 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. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator (245-2137, ext. 122, or jdavis@nuclearmuseum.org) 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. Full-day camp sessions are limited to 15-20 campers. Half-day camps are limited to 10 campers. 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 canceling a registration. For single day camps that fee is $10.00; single-day camp registrations canceled 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 more than 5 weeks before the camp, a refund will be issued for the registration fee paid, minus a processing fee of $10.00.
  •  If a cancellation is received between 5 weeks and one week before the camp, a refund will be issued for the registration fee paid, minus a cancellation fee of 20%.
  •  Camp registrations canceled less than one week prior to the start of a camp will not be refunded.
  •  Refunds are not available for missed camp days, and no partial registrations will be offered.
  •  The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History reserves the right to open or close a section of camp based on demand. Should a camp be canceled, registration fees will be refunded in full.

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 Coordinator 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.
  •  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.
  •  Counselors and junior counselors are high school or college aged students 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.

"Science is Everywhere" Winter Day Camps - December 23, 26, 27, 30 and January 2,3

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Science is Everywhere" Winter Day Camp 2019 for children who Pre-K through 7th grade. Experience the wonders of science in one-day sessions, December 23, 26, 27, 30 and January 2,3. Sessions include "Prankenstein" "Rocket Science," "Robots are Everywhere" "Electrifying" and many more!

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Collaboration with the Atomic Heritage Foundation

With an agreement signed on June 24, 2019, the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History forged a new collaboration to preserve the history of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Age. This significant agreement ensures the Atomic Heritage Foundation’s extensive collection of oral histories (Voices of the Manhattan Project), interpretive vignettes (Ranger in Your Pocket), and articles about the Manhattan Project and its legacy will remain available to the public for the foreseeable future.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Camp - January 20

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is pleased to offer single-day themed camps for the Winter Break, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Presidents Day. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day camp is geared to campers in grades 1-3 and grades 4-7, and this camp is "Things that Go Boom!" Everyone loves a good explosion. Witness big booms and make little ones. Using chemistry and physics you will learn about what makes it go boom. Come have a blast!

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