“When I Grow Up” Camp

“When I Grow Up” Camps have been carefully designed to allow children ages 4-6 the opportunity to explore, create and discover three areas of the world that surrounds them. Camps empower and inspire the children by providing unique hands-on experiences relating to the theme of the week within a museum setting.

Each camp session is packed with hands-on activities that offer age-appropriate introductions to nature, reading, health, art, and science, while also encouraging development across these five distinct but connected domains that are used as indicators to assess a child’s readiness for school:

  • Fine and gross motor development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Multi-disciplinary approaches to learning
  • Language and literacy development
  • Cognition and general knowledge

Each half-day session combines fun and games with interactive learning activities, music, crafts, visits from special presenters, and museum exploration.

Our camp takes place inside the museum and in our outdoor pavilion overlooking the beautiful Hudson River.

Led by MHCM educator and museum staff, our dedicated team brings many years of experience creating and delivering engaging camp activities for young children. Sessions are kept small (24 child max per session) to encourage the fostering of relationships between campers and counselors. All counselors are first-aid certified. Camper to counselor ratio is 8:1.


Scientist Camp

Your little scientist will explore five topics during this week of camp: The Natural World, Electricity and Magnetism, Engineering, Long Long Ago, and Bubbles. Children will examine and dissect flowers, create an electric play dough lab, take a visit to the stars in our StarLab Planetarium, make a rocket, dig for fossils, and even conduct experiments with chemical reactions! On the final day of camp, parents are invited to come an hour early (noon) and see what projects the campers have been working on at a very special science fair!


Artist Camp

Unleash your child’s creativity at the Children’s Museum! Each day of Artist Camp will be divided into 3 parts: drawing and painting, sculpture and performance art (acting, music and dance). Inspired by real examples of art throughout history, campers will create Kinetic Sculptures, Jug Band Jam, Tap dancing fun, and a giant chalk art painting. On the final day of camp, parents are invited to come an hour early (noon) to visit an art gallery featuring art created by the campers.



Chef Camp

Preparing meals and learning about food is fun and important for health and quality of life. Chef Camp is all about food and introduces children to where it comes from, how to prepare it, and which foods are good to eat. Campers will plan crazy menus, create healthy snacks, learn gardening basics and even try ice cream making.  On the final day of camp, parents are invited to come an hour early (noon) and dine in a restaurant created by the campers!


Camp Sessions, Dates and Times

Camp Sessions:

Scientist Camp:
July 10 – 14 OR July 24  -28

Artist Camp:
July 17 – 21 OR July 31 – August 4

Chef Camp:
August 7 – 11


Camp Hours:

Drop-off for each day of camp is from 9:00 am – 9:30 am.

Campers are picked up promptly at 1:00 pm.


Camp Tuition:

MHCM Members:  $160 per week

Non-Members:      $170 per week

In order to qualify for the discounted member price, you must be an active member at the time of registration as well as through your child’s camp session.  Become a member online.

Registering for other families is not permitted. MHCM membership benefits are not transferable, and member discounts for camp cannot be used to register extended family members.



STEP 1. 2017 Camp Registration Form

STEP 2.  Submit Completed form one of these ways:

Print this form.  Complete it by hand.  Scan it.  Then submit registration forms electronically to pjacobsen@mhcm.org


Print this form and complete by hand then mail to:

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

ATTN:  Summer Camp

75 North Water St.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


Print this form and complete by hand then fax to (845) 471-0415.

STEP 3.  You will receive a confirmation email with enrollment forms that must also be completed.



If you any questions about camp registration, please call (845) 471-0589 ext 17.