Summer Day Camps

Summer can be an exciting time of exploration and learning, all while enjoying the great outdoors. 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!

New this year: Navigation and Knots: Joint Camp with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Marine Explorers: Joint Camp with Project Oceanology

All of our programs are licensed by the State of Connecticut and are staffed by experienced Museum educators. Extended daycare is available.

2019 Summer Day Camps

June 17 – August 16
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (drop off 8:30 – 9 a.m.; pick up 4 – 4:30 p.m.) unless otherwise noted
After care available until 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday, $40 per child, unless otherwise noted.
Registration opens January 2019.
To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org

LEGO® camps

Once again this year we are collaborating with Play-Well TEKnologies to offer the following LEGO camps.

5- to 6-year-olds
Mine, Craft, Build, Adventure Game, August 5-9
Morning session classes only – meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (drop off starts at 8:30 a.m.) NO after care available.
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® materials! Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice for resources, and use these resources to build special items to help in our adventures! Build a Zoo, create a Medieval Castle, and Design a Tree House Village! This experience is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors, inspired by the popular game, Minecraft. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO® materials.
Members: $250• Non-members: $275

5- to 7-year-olds
Adventures in STEM, July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
Morning session classes only – meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (drop off starts at 8:30 a.m.) NO after care available.
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Trains, Helicopters, Treehouses, and Beam Bridges. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Members: $225 • Non-members $250

7- to 12-year-olds
Mine, Craft, Build Survival Game with LEGO Materials, August 5-9
Afternoon session classes only – meet Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (drop off starts at 12:30 p.m.) NO after care available.
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® materials! Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice to mine for resources, craft tools, and watch out for Creepers! This ultimate Play-Well Minecraft experience using LEGO® materials is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors, using gameplay elements and characters inspired by the popular Minecraft video game. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO® materials.
Members: $250 • Non-members $275

8- to 12-year-olds
STEM Explorations with LEGO Materials, July 1-5 (no camp July 4) 

Afternoon session classes only – meet Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (drop off starts at 12:30 p.m.) NO after care available.

Level up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as: Gear Cars, Gondolas, Merry-Go-Rounds, and Scissor Lifts. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Members: $225 • Non-members $250

4- and 5-year-olds

Junior Explorers, June 17-21, August 12-16
Morning session only – meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (drop off starts at 8:30 a.m.). NO after-care available
This half-day program is a perfect introduction to summer camp for the youngest children. Each day will focus on a different topic and hands-on activities in exhibits and onboard vessels, unique games, daily story-time and fantastic craft projects. See the universe on Star Day, explore the ocean deep and the Mystic River on Sea Critter Day, discover the secret lives of sailors aboard ships on Jack Tar Day, and much more!
Members: $180• Non-members: $205

Junior Detectives, July 22-26
Morning session only – meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (drop off starts at 8:30 a.m.). NO after-care available.
Travel back to the 1870s to figure out where our lights, clothes, and food come from. Try your hand at potting your own herbs, use basic weaving skills, see what kinds of food we get from the ocean, and map out the long journey some of our everyday things take to get to us. Campers will explore our Museum from kitchen garden to fishing schooner, participate in games and activities, and make fun crafts each day.
Members: $180• Non-members: $205

6- and 7-year-olds

Seaport Sampler, June 24-28
This full-day camp allows children to dive into history and excitement at Mystic Seaport. Get a kids-eye view of the last wooden whaling ship, see stars in our Planetarium, and get your feet wet exploring the critters that live in the Mystic River. Children will enjoy getting hands-on in our exhibits and making wonderful crafts to go along with all they have seen. Then we cap off the week with a boat ride up and down the river.
Members: $305• Non-members: $340

Ocean Adventurers, July 15-19
For thousands of years people have set off on adventures across the world’s oceans. This full-day camp will explore the stories of Pirates, Vikings, Whalers, and the Navy, and their quests to learn more about what lies across the seas. Each day we will look at the world through the scope of a different group of explorers, using historic vessels, maps, and craft activities to get a better understanding about what life was like for these brave explorers and what they discovered on their voyages.
Members: $305• Non-members: $340

6- to 8-year-olds

Playing the Past, July 1-5
(Camp will run on July 4)
Go back in time and learn how young Victorian girls spent their days. Visit our one-room schoolhouse and then try your hand at the games these young ladies would have played at recess. Learn how to make homemade dolls and paper crafts. Explore our town and stop by one of our houses for a sweet treat baked in our hearth kitchen.
Members: $305• Non-members: $340

Arts From Around the World, July 8-12
This is a special hands-on program in the arts for children to learn about countries and cultures around the world. Each day, the children will “travel” to a different area of the world and make fantastic art projects as well as explore the museum’s unique exhibits.
Members: $305• Non-members: $340

8- to 10-year-olds

Serpents, Secrets, and Sailors’ Superstitions, August 5-9
The Loch Ness Monster and mermaids capture our imagination, while pirates and tall tale heroes are a never-ending source of inspiration. In this camp, kids will examine all the 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. Join us as we search for the truth in how these stories began. Make fabulous art projects, get hands-on in exhibits and do a bit of investigating as well!
Members: $305• Non-members: $340

9- and 10-year-olds

Girls of Long Ago, July 29-Aug. 2
Discover history from a girl’s point of view! What was daily life like in the 1870s and what opportunities did ladies have in a seaport town like Mystic. Step back in time as you discover real stories of young women who lived aboard sailing ships. Try your hand at 19th-century cooking and housekeeping in our exhibits. Learn to hand-sew! Make old-fashioned accessories for the home and explore the medicinal nature of our gardens.
Members: $305 • Non-members: $340

9- to 11-year-olds

Trade Winds, July 8-12
This camp provides a great balance for those who want some time on land and on the water. Spend each morning getting hands-on in one of our shops, including blacksmithing, carving, and printing, learning a trade from our masters and creating pieces for the campers to take home with them. Then in the afternoons, campers will head down to the waterfront to learn to sail and navigate on the Mystic River with our U.S. Sailing Certified instructors.
Members: $305• Non-members: $340

9- to 12-year-olds

NEW! Navigation and Knots: Joint Camp with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, July 22-26
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Nature Center; Tuesday and Thursday at the Museum
Pre (8:15-9 a.m.) and after camp (4-5:30 p.m.) care ONLY available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Nature Center; registration for pre and after care is handled through the Nature Center.
Come discover the different tools and skills required to navigate on both the land and sea. Learn to find your way even when modern technology fails, like the early explorers. At Mystic Seaport Museum campers will learn about marine navigation, nautical instruments, knots and more. While at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center campers will learn about land navigation, survival knots, and more.
Members: $305 • Non-members: $355 (may be a member of either organization)

10- to 12-year-olds

NEW! Marine Explorers: Joint Camp with Project Oceanology, July 29-Aug. 2
Campers will spend Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday at Mystic Seaport Museum learning about the history of scientific exploration and doing hands-on activities including making nautical instruments, sewing scientific journals, interacting with a scientific explorer from the past, and more. Wednesday at lunch time, Project Oceanology will pick up the campers on their boat and the campers will spend Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, and Friday at Project O. At Project O campers will dive into marine science exploration, including otter trawls, plankton tows, exploring Ledge Lighthouse, sediment sampling, rod and reel fishing and more.
Register through Mystic Seaport Museum, 860.572.5322, ext. 1.
Members: $425 • Non-members: $450

11- to 13-year-olds

Growing Up in Greenmanville, July 15-19, August 12-16  
If you have always wanted to learn about the past by living it, this camp is for you! 1876 is an exciting year full of nostalgia for America’s colonial past, as well as visions for the future. You will investigate the families, manners, and past-times of the people who lived in 1876 Mystic.
Members: $345• Non-members: $385

14- to 16-year-olds

Living the History: The Girls of Greenmanville, July 29-Aug. 2
The campers in this program learn about first-person interpretation by researching and adopting personas of young women living in Mystic in 1876. From exploring 19th-century documents in the Museum’s collection to donning an outfit in your character’s wardrobe, you will understand how girls became women in 1876 and how much like you they really were!
Members: $345• Non-members: $385