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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 field trip destinations for the 2018 summer camp season:

  • May 29-June 1   
    • Bunnytown USA – Sensory Science
    • Balloon Museum – Space Craft
    • Botanical Gardens – Snap To It!
  • June 4-8                
    • Dion’s Pizza – Beakers, Bubble, and ReActions
    • 501st and WALL-E – DIY Disasters
  • June 11-15                            
    • NM Museum of Natural History & Science – I Dig Science
    • Basement Films – Movie Magic
  • June 18-22                            
    • Planetarium at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science – Space Explorers
    • Code of the Robot – WALL-E
    • Chemistry & Intrigue – Joyce Whelchel and David Gibson Chemistry Demos
  • June 25-29                            
    • Wildife Rescue – Ologies
    • Maxwell Museum – ARTifacts
  • July 9-13                                 
    • Rattlesnake Museum and Wild Life Rescue – Hogwerts
    • The Great Game – Ninja Park
    • Science of the X-scape – Ninja Park
  • July 16-20                              
    • Biopark and Aquarium – Get Glowing
    • Old Town Scavenger Hunt – Myth Busters
    • Women in Science guests – STEMinists
  • July 23-27                              
    • ABQ Open Space – Leave No TraceABQ
    • Open Space – Spy Kids
    • Code of the Robot – WALL-E
  • July 30-Aug 3     
    • Fractal Foundation – Fractal Fantasy
    • Gabby’s Handmade Soaps – Lotions & Potions
    • AirDance – The Upside Down
  • August 6-10                          
    • UNM Robotics – Code of the Robot, Jr.
    • Tinkertown – Hey, Can I Take That Apart?

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 the week of July 30th for maintenance. Camps the week of July 30-August 3 will instead participate in a wet and wild field day at the museum along with scaling up a climbing wall. 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.

BEFORE AND AFTER CAMP CARE

Parents may purchase camp care for their camper for $25.00 per week.  With camp care, campers may be dropped off at 8:00 am in the morning and picked up after 4:00 pm in the afternoon.  All campers must be picked up by 5:00 pm in the evening.

*Additional charges will apply if pick up is later than 5:00 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. 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 15-20 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 cancelling a registration. For single day camps that fee is $10.00; 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 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 cancelled 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 cancelled, 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.
  • 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.

Veterans Day - November 11

In recognition of this United States holiday honoring military veterans, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will be offering free admission on November 11, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to all service members, both past and present, who show military identification.

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"Science is Everywhere" Winter Camp - December 27-28 and January 2-4

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Science is Everywhere" Winter Day Camp 2018 for children who Pre-K through 7th grade. Experience the wonders of science in one-day sessions, December 27-28 and January 2-4. Sessions include "Code of the Robot, Jr.," "Mini Marvels," "Mysteries of Matter" "Unravel the Code" and many more!

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Einstein Gala - March 23

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 an amazing silent auction, 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! Mark your calendars to join us on March 23 at Sandia Resort and Casino!

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