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Brain Boosting Summer Camps: More than you'd expect!

Avoid the summer brain drain with unique and exciting experiences at the Historical Society's week-long camps! Sign up for one or all three. Members get early registration beginning Thursday, March 1 through Tuesday, March 6. General regisration begins Wednesday, March 7.

Campers will creatively boost thinking skills in a safe, supervised, and interesting environment. They'll learn and play in and around the History Museum while getting plenty of fresh air with breaks throughout the day, taking field trips to other local museums and landmarks, and lunch outside (weather permitting).

Each camp is limited to 30 participants, ages 8-11. 

Cost: $295.00 per week, or $265.00 per week for Historical Society members. (Not a member yet? Get the details on that here.)

Hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Camp dates and themes 

July 9-13: Museum Mania - Go Behind the Scenes

Kids go behind the scenes to become museum pros during this summer camp. Each day, campers will learn about a different aspect of what makes a museum work and how to craft a great exhibition. They'll also develop their own individual mini exhibit, complete with their very own exhibit opening at the end of the week! Kids receive special access to the Historical Society's collections, and the museum's skilled exhibitions team will support campers in crafting their own unique creations.  

July 16-20: Washington Explorers

Learn about Washington State history through exploration and adventure. We’ll head outside to try our hand at sketching local plants and wildlife just like Scottish botanist David Douglas did in the early 1800s; we'll navigate the neighborhood using environmental information like the explorers Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark; and we'll keep a log of our adventures like astronaut Bonnie Dunbar (who lived in Washington and was president of the Museum of Flight!).  

July 23-27: Washington's History Mysteries

Kids become historians at the History Mystery summer camp. Each day, campers will unravel a mystery related to a unique artifact. While they're sleuthing, they'll learn about Washington from the state’s first peoples to Oregon Trail adventures and mountain eruptions. Let’s just say, history is not for wimps!

Need more information? 

Contact Molly Wilmoth, the Historical Society's lead program manager, at 253-798-5926 or molly.wilmoth@wshs.wa.gov.