Summer Day Camps

Junior Explorers Summer Day CampSummer 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!

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

Register between January 15 and March 30, 2018 and receive 10 percent off camp prices.

2018 Summer Day Camps

Camp season: June 18 – August 17
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 through Thursday, $40 per child, unless otherwise noted.
To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org

New! LEGO® camps

In collaboration with Play-Well TEKnologies, Mystic Seaport is pleased to offer 4 new LEGO® camps! Join us to see how the same simple machines and engineering that went into building the large sailing vessels at Mystic Seaport can apply to other things, and let you imagination take over as you see what you can build!

5- to 7-year-olds
Intro to STEM with LEGO, July 9-13
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.

Give your imagination a boost with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Cities, Garbage Trucks, Catamarans, and Dinosaurs. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Members: $200• Non-members: $220

Mine, Craft, Build, Adventure Game, August 6-10
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: $200• Non-members: $220

8- to 12-year-olds
STEM Challenge with LEGO®, July 9-13
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.

Gear 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: Forklifts, Houseboats, Mini Golf Courses, and the London Tower Bridge. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Want to make this a full-day camp? Ask about adding a morning sailing program to your camp day! Sailing programs run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Campers will have time for lunch before being escorted to their afternoon sessions.
Half Day LEGO only: Members: $200• Non-members: $220

Mine, Craft, Build, Survival Game, August 6-10
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: $200• Non-members: $220

New! Float Box Derby: Create and Row Your Own Unique Vessel, June 18-22

Ages 8-14
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Kick-off your summer with a fun and unique week of rowing a “boat” that you build! Campers will build a non-traditional boat big enough to move by themselves using materials provided by Mystic Seaport, including but not limited to cardboard and duct tape. This week will culminate in what is known as a “Fool’s Regatta”, where campers race their creations in a fun atmosphere (costumes also accepted during race day). The goal of this camp is to emphasize fun and sportsmanship while gaining skills and seamanship in a relaxed and enjoyable environment on the Mystic River. Campers will learn how boats work and how they float, and learn the basics of sailing and have opportunities to sail JY15 boats. No prior sailing experience necessary, willingness to think creatively and have fun required. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org
Members: $350 • Non-members: $400

New! Sailing Through Time, July 2-July 6

Ages 8-14, beginner/intermediate
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
There will be class July 4.

In this sailing camp, sailors learn how to sail on JY15 sailboats and participate in hands-on activities that sailors have done throughout history. This camp takes advantage of all that Mystic Seaport has to offer as an outdoor living history museum. Campers sail on the scenic Mystic River in a fun and friendly environment and transform into sailors of yesterday through sailors’ crafts and seamanship skills.

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org
Members: $350 • Non-members: $400

New! Trade Winds, July 23-27

Ages 9-11
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (drop off 8:30-9 a.m.; pick-up 4-4:30 p.m.)

This camp provides the perfect balance for those who want some time on land and on the water. Spend your mornings getting hands-on in one of our shops, including blacksmithing, carving, and printing, learning a trade from our masters and creating pieces for campers to take home. Then in the afternoons campers learn how to sail and navigate on the river with our U.S. Sailing certified instructors.

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org
Members: $305 • Non-members: $340

New! Build a Bevin Skiff, July 30-August 3

Ages 10-14
8:30 am.-4:30 p.m.

This boatbuilding camp is great for beginners who have never built a boat before. Campers will try their hand at building a Bevin skiff over the course of the week, and will also be able to sail in JY15 sailboats and participate in hands-on Museum activities as well. This camp emphasizes teamwork and cooperation towards a common goal. Campers will have the chance to row the boat they built at the end of the week. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org
Members: $350 • Non-Members: $400

New! Race Clinic Week, August 13-17

Ages 10-14
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This race clinic week is for sailors who are ready for the next step in their sailing careers. This camp is for sailors who would like to compete and have fun learning to maximize wind efficiency while racing their friends on the Mystic River. The clinic teaches the fundamentals of racing including but not limited to starts, racing rules, advanced boathandling, tactics, and mark roundings.

Members: $350 • Non-Members: $400

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org

4- to 6-year-olds

Junior Explorers, June 18-22, August 13-17

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.

This high-energy, fast paced program features hands-on activities in exhibits and onboard vessels, unique games and fantastic craft projects. See 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, and many more surprises!
Members: $180• Non-members: $205

Junior Detectives, July 30-August 3

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.

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 25-29
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 16-20
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 2-6

(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 9-13
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 6-10
Examine secrets, sea monsters, and superstitions of the sea. Explore the facts and fiction of mermaids, ghosts, and shipwrecks, based on survivors’ sighting and scientific research. Learn how the stories of sea monsters like the Kraken and Loch Ness Monster began. Make fabulous art projects, get hands-on in exhibits and do a bit of investigating as well!
Members: $305• Non-members: $340

8- to 14-year-olds

Farm and Sea: with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, July 9-13, Aug. 20-24

9 a.m.-4 p.m., pre-camp available at Nature Center 8:15-9 a.m. (registration required for pre-camp; otherwise drop-off is 9 a.m.)
Drop-off at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center; pick up at Mystic Seaport

Get the best of both worlds with this unique camp where campers spend the morning focusing on the history of the Coogan Farm with the Nature Center, and the afternoon sailing at Mystic Seaport. Time at Coogan Farm and the Nature Center will include exploration, hands-on activities at the farm, and participation in the Giving Garden. Campers will eat lunch before traveling to Mystic Seaport where they will learn how to sail in JY15 sailboats (weather permitting).

Register through Mystic Seaport, 860.572.5322, ext. 1, but registration for before-camp hours is separate and handled through the Nature Center, 860.536.1216.
Members: $350 • Non-members: $400

9- and 10-year-olds

Girls of Long Ago, July 23-27
Discover more of what daily life of girls was like in the 1800s and what kinds of opportunities these girls had. Step back in time as you 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. Discover real stories of young women who lived aboard sailing ships.
Members: $305• Non-members: $340

9- to 11-year-olds

Shared Earth, Water and Skies: with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, July 16 – 20

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Nature Center; Tuesday and Thursday at the Museum
(Pre and after camp care ONLY available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday @ DPNC – registration for pre- and after-care is handled through the Nature Center, 860.536.1216)

Learn how life on land and life at sea are interconnected. Find your way through the woods and across the oceans using compasses and by following the stars. At the Nature Center, campers will test their orienteering skills, meet live animals, and investigate the food webs that link land and sea. At Mystic Seaport, they will explore modes of navigation, life in a coastal town, and how the marine world connects with the terrestrial world.
Members: $305• Non-members: $355

New! Trade Winds, July 23-27

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 11-year-olds

Shared Earth, Water and Skies: with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, July 16 – 20

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Nature Center; Tuesday and Thursday at the Museum
(Pre and after camp care ONLY available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday @ DPNC – registration for pre- and after-care is handled through the Nature Center, 860.536.1216)

Learn how life on land and life at sea are interconnected. Find your way through the woods and across the oceans using compasses and by following the stars. At the Nature Center, campers will test their orienteering skills, meet live animals, and investigate the food webs that link land and sea. At Mystic Seaport, they will explore modes of navigation, life in a coastal town, and how the marine world connects with the terrestrial world.
Members: $305• Non-members: $355

9- to 12-year-olds

Mystic River Adventure: with Mystic Aquarium, June 25-29, July 16-20, August 6-10

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This joint camp with the Mystic Aquarium has campers sailing at the Museum in the morning (8:30 – 11:30 a.m.) and then traveling to the Aquarium for lunch and afternoon programming where they will learn about the animals and habitats of the Mystic River and Long Island Sound (12-4 p.m.). This program will provide your child the unique opportunity to see the Mystic River from above and below.

To register or for more information, call Mystic Aquarium at 860.572.5955, ext. 520.
Members: $375 • Non-members: $425

10- to 12-year-olds

From Earth to the Stars: Astronomy with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, July 30-Aug. 3

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Museum; Tuesday and Thursday at the Nature Center
(Pre and after camp care ONLY available on Tuesday and Thursday at DPNC – registration for pre and after care is handled through the Nature Center, 860.536.1216)

Join us for an adventurous week making connections between the Universe and Earth. At the Museum’s Planetarium, campers will explore the universe, see constellations and investigate the reaches of outer space. At the Nature Center, campers will spend time exploring how the Moon, Sun, and stars connect to the navigation, time, animals, and life cycles in nature.
Members: $305• Non-members: $355

11- to 13-year-olds

Growing Up in Greenmanville, July 9-13, August 6-10

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 23-27

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