meals & snacks

All camps have a scheduled lunch and snack time, so we ask that you send your child to camp with a packed lunch and snack that do not require refrigeration or heating. The Museum does not provide lunches or snacks. Little campers (PreK-K) have snack in the morning and afternoon. Older campers (1st grade and up) have morning snack only. Please pack and label snacks accordingly!

authorized adults

All campers must be signed in and out every day. Your child must be picked up by one of the adults designated at registration. On your first day of camp, please verify that the list of adults is correct and complete. If you need to authorize additional adults, please submit their full name in advance to camps@thinkplaycreate.org or in person at drop-off. Campers will not be released to adults who are not on the list or who do not have valid identification.

drop-off & pick-up

All day camps run from 9am until 4pm. Morning drop-off begins at 8:45am in front of the Museum. Afternoon pick-up begins at 3:50 in the Museum Park. If you would like to retrieve your camper before the scheduled pick-up time, let us know as soon as possible, either at drop-off in the morning or via email or phone call throughout the day. This helps us get your camper to you as quickly as possible.

inclusion

The New Children’s Museum welcomes students of all levels of ability. If your child would benefit from a special accommodation, please contact the Education team at camps@thinkplaycreate.org prior to the start of your camp session.

behavior policy

Fun and safety are only possible when there are behavior guidelines. Students are expected to show respect for fellow campers, counselors, staff, themselves and the museum facilities. Due to safety concerns, disruptive behavior and physical aggression are not tolerated. Our camp staff are trained to use positive management tools in the camps. If any camper does not respond to these methods, they will be escorted to the office for a time-out. If the problem persists, campers may be removed from the program with no refund.

illness policy

If your child is unable to participate in camp due to illness, we ask that you keep them at home, both for their own wellness, and to maintain a healthy environment for the other participants.  We are unable to offer refunds for missed camp days because your camp fees support the operational costs of the camp as a whole. We appreciate your understanding.

what to bring

  • Clothing: Our camps are activity-oriented and students will spend a significant amount of time working with art materials. Please make sure your child has comfortable clothing that they can get messy and comfortable walking shoes. We recommend that you send your Little camper with a change of clothes.
  • Sunscreen: Please apply sunscreen before camp.  You may send sunscreen along with your child for re-application.
  • Beverages: We recommend that students bring a water bottle with them daily. A drinking fountain is also available in the classroom area.
  • Snacks and Lunch: Snacks and lunch will not be provided by The New Children’s Museum. We ask that students bring their own snack and lunch.
  • Toys and Electronics: We ask that campers leave toys and electronics at home. This helps keep them focused during the day, and prevents the loss of a treasured item!
  • Medications: Please make sure that medications have been given prior to arrival at The New Children’s Museum. Please include on your medical release form any information about relevant medical issues, including medications that will need to be taken during camp hours. The New Children’s Museum will not be responsible for administering medications, unless arrangements have been made in advance with the Education team.  Please contact us at camps@thinkplaycreate.org to discuss the needs of your child.

TRAFFIC ALERT

Please note that UNION AVENUE will be closed this weekend for construction. Anticipate traffic on FRONT STREET and MARKET.