Summer Day Camps
With many day camps to choose from, boys and girls ages 4 to 16 get a kids’-eye-view of maritime history as they explore Mystic Seaport, take part in hands-on activities, play unique games and create fantastic craft projects. Your children have the opportunity to discover the secret lives of sailors, learn what life was like at port, meet the citizens of Greenmanville and investigate the superstitions of the sea. Summer Day Camps at Mystic Seaport are unique and exciting camps your kids will never forget!
All of our programs are licensed by the State of Connecticut and are staffed by experienced Museum educators. Extended daycare is available.
Listed below are Mystic Seaport’s 2015 Summer Day Camps. Please check back soon for 2016 day camp programs and pricing.
Junior Explorers — 4 and 5-year-olds
This high-energy, fast-paced program features hands-on activities in exhibits and ships, unique games and fantastic craft projects. Travel the universe on Star Day, explore the ocean deep and the Mystic River on Sea Critter Day, and discover the secret lives of sailors aboard ships on Jack Tar Day.
Seaport Sampler — 6 and 7-year-olds
Boys and girls get a kids-eye-view of Mystic Seaport while sampling many different hands-on activities in exhibits, and take part in games, crafts, and music. From taking a boat ride to rolling a cask, children absorb maritime history through active learning.
NEW! Playing the Past — 6 to 8-year-olds
Children will go back in time to learn how young Victorian girls spent their days. They will play games that young ladies would have played at recess, learn to make homemade dolls and paper crafts, and explore the Museum’s village and stop by one of the buildings for a sweet treat baked in our hearth kitchen.
NEW! Special Arts Around the World with the Mystic Arts Center– 7 and 8-year-olds
This summer we are putting a new twist on our popular Arts Around the World camp by partnering with the Mystic Arts Center. At Mystic Seaport campers will participate in hands-on arts activities while they learn about countries and cultures around the world. Campers will “travel” to a different area of the world and make fantastic art projects while exploring the Museum’s unique exhibits. At the Arts Center campers will continue their artistic exploration and build on experiences at Mystic Seaport.
Serpents, Secrets, and Sailors’ Superstitions — 7 to 9-year-olds
Examine secrets, sea monsters, and superstitions of the sea. Explore the facts and fiction of mermaids, ghosts, and shipwrecks based on survivors’ sightings and scientific research. Make art projects and do hands-on activities.
A Sailor’s Life — 8 to 10-year-olds
Discover the secret lives of sailors while roleplaying different types of sailors each day. Learn sailor’s crafts, practice simple seamanship skills aboard historic vessels and take a boat ride down the Mystic River.
Shared Earth, Water, and Skies with the Nature Center — 8 to 10-year-olds
A joint camp with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center summer camp. Campers will learn how life on land and life at sea are interconnected, and will find their way through the woods and across the oceans using compasses and following the stars. At the Nature Center campers will test their orienteering skills, meet live animals and investigate the food webs that link the land and sea. At Mystic Seaport they will explore navigation, life in a coastal town, and how the marine world connects with the terrestrial world.
NEW! Farm and Sea with the Nature Center — 8 to 14-year-olds
A joint camp with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. The morning will focus on the history of the Coogan Farm and will include exploration, hands-on activities, and participation in the Giving Garden. Campers will eat lunch before coming to Mystic Seaport. At the Museum campers will learn how to sail on JY15 sailboats.
Girls of Long Ago — 9 and 10-year-olds
Discover what opportunities girls in the 1800s had and what their daily lives were like. Step back in time as you try your hand at 19th-century cooking and housekeeping. Learn to hand-sew and make old-fashioned accessories for the home, and explore the medicinal nature of our gardens. Discover real stories of young women who lived aboard sailing ships.
Mythical Mystic: Fact vs. Fiction – 9 to 11-year-olds
This joint camp with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will investigate local legends and “fact versus fiction” surrounding the strange creatures that live in our area. Campers will explore the folklore of the sea monsters, fairies, and other legendary beings. This camp will split its days between exploring the hiking trails and woods of the Nature Center and discovering the secrets of Mystic Seaport’s waterfront village.
Mystic River Adventure with Mystic Aquarium — 9 to 12-year-olds
A joint program with the Mystic Aquarium summer program. At the Aquarium (8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.) your child will learn about the animals and habitats of the Mystic River and Long Island Sound. After lunch (12-1 p.m.), campers will travel to Mystic Seaport for a sailing adventure (1-4 p.m.). This program will provide your child the unique opportunity to see the Mystic River from above and below.
NEW! Space Adventurers and Nautical Explorers — 10 to 12-year olds
This science-themed camp will go behind-the-scenes in our Treworgy Planetarium and learn how our special dome lets us explore outer space without leaving earth. See how sailors navigated the oceans and try your hand at using some nautical instruments. Conduct weather experiments and learn how the weather affected ships out in the open water.
Growing Up in Greenmanville — 11 to 13-year-olds
If you have always wanted to learn about the past by living it, then this camp is for you. 1876 is an exciting year full of nostalgia for America’s colonial past as well as visions of the future. Here you will investigate the families, manners, and pastimes of the girls who called Mystic home in 1876.
Living the History: The Girls of Greenmanville — 14 to 16-year-olds
The young women in this program will learn about first-person interpretation by researching and adopting personas of young women living in Mystic in 1876. From exploring 19th-century documents to donning 19th-century wardrobe, you will understand how girls at that time became women and how little difference there is between young women now and then.