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.

10 percent early bird discount for all youth registrations received by March 31

2017 Summer Day Camps

Camps are offered Monday, June 19 through Friday, August 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (drop off: 8:30-9 a.m., pick up: 4-4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted).

Aftercare is available Monday through Thursday until 5 p.m., except for the Junior Explorers and Junior Detectives camp and the joint camps with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Aftercare is $40 per child for all four days.

Junior Explorers: 4- to 6-year-olds

This high-energy, fast-paced program features hands-on activities in exhibits and ships, unique games and fantastic craft projects. Campers will travel 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.

  • June 19-23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (drop off starts at 8:30 a.m.)  
  • August 14-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (drop off starts at 8:30 a.m.)

Registration: member $175 / non-member $200

NEW! Junior Detectives: 4- to 6-year-olds

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.

  • July 31-August 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (drop off starts at 8:30 a.m.)  

Members: $175 • Non-members: $200

Wind, Wheels, and Wagons: 6- to 8-year-olds

This is a camp for children who love boats, trucks, bikes, and seeing how these things work. Campers will see how transportation has changed over time and check out vehicles from different eras. Children will also be able to climb aboard fishing boats and sailing ships, explore a historic firetruck, and take a horse-and-carriage ride. Campers will also build their own toy boats and race them against each other and delve into the different ways that people and things move from place to place, while playing fun games and working on fantastic craft projects.

  • July 17-21

Registration: member: $300 / non-member: $335

Seaport Sampler: 6- to 8-year-olds

This camp allows children to dive into the history and excitement of Mystic Seaport. Campers will get a kids’-eye view of the last wooden whaling ship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan; see the stars in the Treworgy Planetarium, and get their feet wet exploring the critters that live in the Mystic River. Children will enjoy getting hands-on in the Museum’s exhibits and making wonderful crafts to go along with all they have seen. The week is capped off with a boat ride on the Mystic River.

  • June 26-30

Registration: member: $300 / non-member: $335

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 visit the Museum’s one-room schoolhouse and then try their hand at the games these young ladies would have played at recess. Campers will learn to make homemade dolls and paper crafts, explore the Museum’s 19th-century village, and stop by one of the houses for a sweet treat baked in a hearth kitchen.

  • July 3-7 (camp will run on July 4)

Registration: member: $300 / non-member: $335

Serpents, Secrets, and Sailors’ Superstitions: 8- to 10-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. 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!

  • August 7-11

Registration: member: $300 / non-member: $335

A Sailor’s Life: 8- to 10-year-olds

Discover the secret lives of sailors as we roleplay different types of sailors each day. Learn sailors’ crafts and practice simple seamanship skills aboard our historic vessels. Try your hand at knot-tying and compass-reading and learn how our vessels were outfitted with hands-on activities like blacksmithing and rope-making.

  • July 10-14

Registration: member: $300 / non-member: $335

Girls of Long Ago: 8- to 10-year-olds

Discover more of what the 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.

  • July 24-28

Registration: member: $300 / non-member: $335

Earth, Water, & Skies (with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center): 8- to 11-year-olds

In this joint camp with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, campers will learn how life on land and life at sea are interconnected. Children 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 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.

  • July 17-21 (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Nature Center; Tuesday and Thursday at Mystic Seaport)
  • Pre- and after-camp care available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Nature Center. Registration for both camp and pre- or after- care is through the Nature Center –

Registration: member (of either organization): $305 / non-member: $355.

(Registration for camp through Mystic Seaport, 860.572.5322, ext. 1. Pre- and after- camp only available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Nature Center. Registration for pre- and after- camp through the Nature Center, 860.536.1216.)

Farm and Sea (with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center):  8- to 14-year-olds

A joint camp with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. 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).

  • June 12-16
  • July 10-14

Pre-camp available at Nature Center from 8:15-9 a.m.; registration required for pre-camp, otherwise drop-off is 9 a.m. Drop off is at Coogan Farm; pick up is at Mystic Seaport.

Registration: member: $350 / non-member: $400

Register for camp 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.

From Earth to Stars (with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center): 10- to 12-year-olds

In this joint camp with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, join us for an adventurous week making connections between the Universe and Earth. At the Nature Center, campers will spend time exploring how the Moon, Sun, and stars connect to navigation, time, animals, and lifecycles in nature. At the Museum’s Planetarium, campers will explore the universe, see constellations, and investigate the reaches of outer space.

  • July 31- August 4 (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Nature Center; Tuesday and Thursday at Mystic Seaport)
  • Pre- and after-camp care available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Nature Center. Registration for both camp and pre- or after- care is through the Nature Center –

Registration: member (of either organization): $305 / non-member: $355.

(Registration for camp through Mystic Seaport, 860.572.5322, ext. 1. Pre- and after- camp only available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Nature Center. Registration for pre- and after- camp through the Nature Center, 860.536.1216.)

Mystic River Adventure (with Mystic Aquarium): 9- to 12-year-olds

A joint program with the Mystic Aquarium summer program. This joint camp with the Mystic Aquarium has campers sailing at the Museum in the morning (8:30 – 11:30 a.m.) and then travel 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.

  • June 26-30
  • July 17-21
  • August 7-11

Registration: member (of either organization): $375 / non-member: $425
To register, call Mystic Aquarium at 860.572.5955, ext. 520.

Growing Up in Greenmanville: 11- to 13-year-olds

(Sold out- please call 860.572.5322, ext.1 to be placed on a waiting list)
1876 is an exciting year full of nostalgia for America’s colonial past as well as visions of the future. We will investigate the families, fashions, manners, and past-times of real people from 1876 Mystic – and then try our hand at living the history.

  • July 10-14: Sold Out!
  • August 7-11: Sold Out!

Registration: member: $345 / non-member: $385

 Navigating the Mystic River — 11- to 13-year-olds

Campers will learn how to navigate on land and at sea in this camp. Children will spend the mornings with the Museum’s Planetarium staff, learning about the night sky and how to use various nautical instruments to navigate and find their way. In the afternoon, campers will move onto the river to learn and refine basic sailing skills in small boats. All sailing instructors are fully licensed by the US Sailing Association.

  • July 3-7

Registration: member: $300 / non-member: $335

Living the History: The Girls of Greenmanville: 14- to 16-year-olds

In this program campers 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 an outfit in the Museum’s characters’ wardrobe, campers will understand how girls became women in 1876 and how little difference there is between young women then and now.

  • July 24-28

Registration: member: $345 / non-member: $385