Summer Day Camps

2020 Summer Day Camps

summer day camp activities

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 Museum, take part in hands-on activities, play unique games and create fantastic craft projects with our Summer Day Camps. 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 Museum 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.

June 15 – August 21
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.


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

4- and 5-year-olds

Junior Explorers, June 15-19, August 10-14
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: $185 • Non-members: $210

Junior Detectives, July 20-24
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: $185 • Non-members: $210

6- and 7-year-olds

Seaport Sampler, June 22-26
This full-day camp allows children to dive into history and excitement at Mystic Seaport. Get a kid’s-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: $310 • Non-members: $345

Ocean Adventurers, July 13-17
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: $310 • Non-members: $345

7- to 8-year-olds

Space is the Place, August 3-7
Visit outer space without leaving the planet! In this brand new camp, go on an out-of-this-world adventure, exploring planets, galaxies, and constellations. Learn about stars, planets, and moons with a show in the Treworgy Planetarium. Design your own Lunar landing craft and see if it would survive the rigors of space travel. Participate in fun experiments and create awesome space themed crafts to take home.
Members $310 • Non-Members $345

Arts From Around the World, July 6-10
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: $310 • Non-members: $345

8- to 10-year-olds

Serpents, Secrets, and Sailors’ Superstitions, August 3-7
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: $310 • Non-members: $345

9- and 10-year-olds

Girls of Long Ago, July 27-31
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: $310 • Non-members: $345

9- to 11-year-olds

NEW for older campers
Arts From Around the World, July 6-10
An extension of our popular younger camp, 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: $310 • Non-Members: $345

Navigation and Knots: Shared Camp with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, July 20 – 24
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. Activities will include learning how to tie knots, learning about navigation on land at the Nature Center and learning about marine navigation and nautical instruments at the Planetarium. Finish the week making a survival bracelet to take home. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Nature Center; Tuesday and Thursday at Mystic Seaport Museum. Pre and after camp is available at the Nature Center Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only for the full week fee. Registration for pre and/or after camp is separate through the Nature Center online or call 860.861.1216 ext. 100. Pre camp hours are 8:15-9 a.m. After camp hours are 4-5:30 p.m. Registration for the camp itself is through Mystic Seaport Museum 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or click on the register link on this page.
Members: $310 • Non-members: S345 (may be a member of either organization)

10- to 12-year-olds

Trade Winds, **2 weeks**, June 29-July 3, August 17-21
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: $310 • Non-members: $345

Marine Explorers: Joint Camp with Project Oceanology July 27-July 31
Campers will spend Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday at Project Oceanology where they will be scientist explorers in a wide range of marine environments. Campers will spend time at sea aboard Project Oceanology’s large research vessel using trawl nets, plankton nets, mud grabs, fishing poles, and other oceanographic equipment. Campers will travel by boat at lunch time on Wednesday to Mystic Seaport Museum, where they will spend Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, and Friday. At the Museum, campers will learn about the history of scientific exploration and do hands-on activities, including making nautical instruments, sewing scientific journals, interacting with a scientific explorer from the past, and more.
Members: $425 • Non-members: $450

11- to 13-year-olds

Growing Up in Greenmanville, July 13-17, August 10-14
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: $350 • Non-members: $390

14- to 16-year-olds

Living the History: The Girls of Greenmanville, July 27-31
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: $350 • Non-members: $390