The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today that its Camp Curious summer camp programs will be offered virtually to ensure the safety of the community due to the current COVID-19 situation. This summer, kids pre-K through ninth grade can use the Museum as a virtual learning lab, right from their home, to explore the wonders of science, history, culture and more through a variety of camp offerings. Virtual Camp Curious is set to begin on Monday, June 15.
“Although camps will look different this year, we’re thrilled to continue offering favorites online to the community,” said Rob Schuitema, Director of Public Programs for the Museum. “We’re eager to present this unique experience for curious minds this summer, while continuing to share the Museum’s digital resources and the expertise of our staff to create an engaging experience for our campers.”
Summer camps are divided by school grades with different options for each age group. The GRPM offers options for one-day or three-day camps with a variety of themes, including Slimy Science, Fossil Hunters, Dream it, Build it LEGO® Bricks, Young Wizards Academy and more. These virtual programs allow campers to explore and investigate through hands-on experiments and activities, while using common items in their homes as well as artifacts and specimens in the GRPM’s Collections.
Camp participation will require access to the internet and the use of a device to watch presentations and receive daily instructions. The Camp Curious program will utilize the virtual platform SeeSaw, featuring a live kick-off and wrap up with instructors each day of camp via Zoom. Most activities will take place off-line. Screen time is dedicated for directions and questions for the instructors, with the primary focus of the program being on the hands-on activities. Recordings of each live session will be posted to the SeeSaw classroom following the stream, to allow flexibility for campers to learn at their own pace.
Camp Curious sessions are designed for campers to do projects independently; the Museum recommends that parents of young children (pre-K – 3rd grade) be present. Camp supplies include common items from around your home, and can be interchangeable based on what campers have access to. Recommended lists can be found at grpm.org/CampCurious.
Pricing for camps vary, starting as low as $20 for one-day camps and $40 for three-day camps, with discounts available for Museum members. For more information on Camp Curious and to register today, visit grpm.org/CampCurious. Early registration is recommended. Once registered, campers will be contacted by the Museum with specific instructions for each camp. Camp Curious runs from June 15 through August 7.