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Smithsonian Summer Camp in Washington, DC


Smithsonian Summer Camp in Washington, DC
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Summer camps at the Smithsonian offer something for everyone. The Smithsonian Associates sponsors full- and half-day summer camp programs for children in grades K-8 guiding them in the exploration of Washington, DC’s Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, and other regional sites. The camps focus on a specific theme such as computer technology, video arts, music & dance, exploration of other lands & outer space, theater, photography, and art. A teacher assistant program is offered for ages 15 and up.

New this year,  summer camps are available for kindergarteners, conducted in partnership with teachers from the Smithsonian Early Education Center. The program is specifically designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages 5 to 6, who are entering kindergarten or first grade in fall 2014.  Mornings include an outing to a Smithsonian museum or garden, followed by an afternoon of projects, a relaxing story time and a song session.

Smithsonian Camp Schedules

Camps are offered in a one week sessions from Monday, June 23 through Friday, August 15, 2014. Half-day and Full-day programs are available. Half-day sessions are from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Full-day sessions are from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The full-day camps include a supervised brown-bag lunch hour. Half-day sessions include a snack time. An After-Camp Program is available from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

Camp Descriptions

For information about the specific programs, See the website for the Smithsonian Associates.

Camp Meeting Location

Drop-off and pick-up place is the entrance of the Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center at 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC. (202) 357-3030.


The Smithsonian encourages you to become a member of The Smithsonian Associates to receive a discount on summer camp tickets. (The cost of a one-year family membership is $55) Full-day camps are $375 for members and $433 for General Admission.


Registration for Summer Camp 2014 begins in February. Online registration is available. If you have questions, call (202) 633-3030.

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