Most of us at Children’s Museum of Illinois are parents, and we know that whenever our kids are involved, we have A LOT of questions! So, as we prepare for this year’s summer camps, we came up with a few questions that we would have if we were sending out little ones off. If your question isn’t listed below – please email info@CMofIL.org or call us at 217-423-5437 and we will find you an answer!
Question 1 – How much are summer camps?
It’s hard to put a dollar amount on the fun had at summer camps at CMI. We’d love to offer them for free to all kiddos, but we do have some costs to ensure a quality educational experience!. Summer Camp prices vary on age of your child and which camp they participate in. All of our Pre-K Camps are $10 for members of the museum and $13 for non-members per day. Camp 55 are typically $85 for members of the museum and $95 for non-members per week. There are a few weeks where Camp 55 is slightly more, due to additional activities! We do have a few scholarships available. To learn more, email Abby.!
Question 2 – Why are some camps more expensive than others?
While we try to offer the same educational experience to all of our campers, some of our camps require a bit more work or resources on our end. During our Brilliant Builders camp we will learn about circuits with littleBit kits (among other topics). Campers will be able to take home the kit at the end of the week, which is normally $99 in our store, the Toy Box. If you’re curious about other camps that may have an extra price give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk with you about it.
Question 3 – Who is teaching summer camp?
Summer camp will be taught by two experienced education staff at the Museum and trained volunteers. Both educators have over 20 years of combined experience working with children of various ages, backgrounds, and in different settings. Volunteers and other Museum staff have been trained through 4-H as well as museum summer camp training. All camps have a 5:1 (Pre-K Camp) and 10:1 (Camp 55) child to adult ratios while in their classrooms.
Question 4 – What should my child have / wear while at camp?
Children should wear play clothes and close toed shoes to camp each day. Sometimes we get a little messy, either with art, playing outside, or other activities. We try to keep them as clean as possible, but accidents happen. Please do not dress your child in “good” clothes to participate in camp.
Question 5 – Do we need to bring a snack / lunch?
We provide snacks for all campers, but feel free to send snacks with them if they have special dietary needs. Lunches for Camp 55 children will need to be provided by the family or caregiver. We have refrigerator space available, but it is limited.
Question 6 – What if my child has an allergy / special need?
Please make sure the museum is aware of any allergies, special needs, or behavior issues your child may have. If your child needs an aide, they’re also welcome to join us for camp. We’re happy to make accommodations so your child can participate in all the summer fun!
Question 7 – Will my child be photographed / video recorded?
Yes, with your permission, campers will be photographed and possibly video recorded for marketing purposes (Facebook, Instagram, future flyers, website, etc.). If you do not want your child to be photographed, please let us know and we’ll make sure it won’t happen.
Question 8 – Will my child take trips off-site during camp?
Some of our camps may participate in off-site field trips. We’ll definitely make sure to notify you in advance of any field trips.
Question 9 – Do members receive a discount on summer camp?
Totally! One of the awesome perks of being a member at CMofILis that you receive $3 off for Pre-K Camps $10 off of Camp 55.
Question 10 – Can we miss part of a week during Camp 55 for a planned activity (such as vacation)?
Yes, if you have pre-scheduled trips or if your child is sick, they can miss a day of camp. However, it’s best to find a camp in which you can participate the whole week. Each day is a different experience, but they do build on each other. Some projects may begin one day and be completed the next.
Question 11 – Can we sign up for all Pre-K Camps or Camp 55 sessions at once?
Absolutely! It will be easier for you to call or stop by to register. Registering online for all the camps is available, but may take a bit longer.
Question 12 – Can we still visit the Museum during summer camp sessions?
Definitely! Camps will be held in our Classroom, Party Room, and outside. Campers will have some playtime in the Museum, but regular guests won’t interfere with summer camp or vice versa.