Campology – Day Camps at Discovery Center

All year long when school is out, CAMPOLOGY is in! Our camps at Discovery Center incorporate play and hands-on inquiry-based learning into each and every day. Campers experience STEAM-focused lessons packed with innovative games, projects, and activities, all designed to help kids learn, socialize, and have fun!

Each camp offers an opportunity for exploration of museum exhibits and outdoor play, weather permitting. Throughout the school year, CAMPOLOGY is available during special school holidays, offered as one-day camps, and is also available as week-long day camp sessions during fall and spring breaks. When school’s out for summer, we offer multiple week-long day camp sessions. See below for more details about each of our CAMPOLOGY offerings.

CANCELED–Spring Break Camp – Earth & Space Explorers

March 30 – April 3

Those who have already registered for spring break camp will be refunded.

Summer Camp

NOTE: We are currently still planning to offer our full summer camp program. In the event of extended closures or cancellations due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we will refund 100% of any camp registration fees.

June 8 – Aug. 7

Summer CAMPOLOGY 2020 is proud to present NEW themes, curriculum and activities, along with lower staff to camper ratios and a brand new camp day schedule! In addition, the Discovery Center now offers CODING CAMPOLOGY!

Summer CAMPOLOGY (at the Discovery Center):

June 8-12: Animal Companions (includes SPARK! campers)
June 15-19: Jurassic Journey (includes SPARK! campers)
June 22-26: Mystery Detectives
July 6-10: Campology Olympics
July 13-17: Animal Companions (includes SPARK! campers)
July 20-24: Jurassic Journey (includes SPARK! campers)
July 27-31: Mystery Detectives
Aug. 3-7: Campology Olympics


June 1-5: Cyber Ambassador Boot Camp
June 8-12: These Are The Droids You’re Looking For
June 15-19: These Are The Droids You’re Looking For
June 15-19: The Maker’s Coding Lab
June 15-19: Code Like a Girl


Choose your child’s age or grade (entering in fall 2020) to proceed to Summer CAMPOLOGY registration at the Discovery Center:

Age 4 – Pre-K (SPARK!)»

Grade K-1»

Grade 2-3»

Grade 4-5»

Camp themes:

Animal Companions
June 8-12 or July 13-17 (includes SPARK! campers)

Animals are humanity’s best friend! Bring your camper to the Discovery Center for a week of pet-care projects and learning about our friends in the animal kingdom. Get up close and personal with Discovery Center’s animal residents.

Jurassic Journey
June 15-19 or July 20-24 (includes SPARK! campers)

“RAWR!” means “Come to the Discovery Center!” in dinosaur. This week of Campology is focused on all things dinosaurs and archeology. Your camper will learn about dinosaurs, dig for bones, and meet Discovery Center’s resident present-day dinosaurs inside the museum and out in the Murfree Spring Wetlands.

Mystery Detectives
June 22-26 or July 27-31

“Elementary, my dear Watson!” Put on your best detective hat as we use science to solve mysteries. Your camper will get to take fingerprints, look at DNA, write with invisible ink, and solve the big case happening at Discovery Center. As a bonus, campers ages 8 and up will build mystery escape rooms for our campers ages 5-7 to explore and solve.

Campology Olympics
July 6-10 or Aug. 3-7

We’re lighting the torch and diving into summer with our own Campology Olympics! Sign up your camper for a week filled with gold medal worthy play, campy competition, and Zeus-approved science experiments.

About Summer CAMPOLOGY 2020

WHO: Summer CAMPOLOGY is available for campers entering Kindergarten through entering Grade 5. Campers are grouped into teams for the week by grade level.

WHAT: Themed week-long summer day camps, specializing in play and STEAM education.

WHEN: Running for a total of eight weeks this summer, campers sign up to attend week-long sessions. Daily camp hours are M-F 9:00a-4:00p, with Before & After Care available starting at 7:30a and ending at 5:30p. CLICK HERE for a preview of our Summer Campology Daily Schedule, to see the array of exciting adventures that await them!

WHY: Our skilled educators and camp counselors operate within a 1:10 staff to camper ratio*, leading campers through STEAM curriculum, outdoor activities, museum exhibit interaction, teambuilding games, and fun summer camp traditions. Camper teams travel together, learning through play, exploration, project-based learning, and by practicing creative thinking and following their curiosities. Lunch is provided by Murfreesboro City Schools at no charge, or campers can bring their own. Campers get to enjoy the beautiful Murfree Spring Wetlands and might even get to meet some local critters!

*Ratio during Before & After Care and during the Lunch hour is 1:15. All other parts of the camp day honor our 1:10 ratio guarantee.

General Camp Information:

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Drop off: 8:30 – 9 a.m.
Pick up: 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Before Care: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
After Care: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $225 per week for non-members; $200 per week for members
Before care: $25 per week
After care: $25 per week
Both Before and After Care: $40 per week
No refunds for Before/After care if not used. Cancellation/refund policies are the same as the camp week.
Late fee: $1 per minute beyond pick up time.

Wait List

If the camp week you would like is full, you may register on our wait list. If a spot becomes available, we will contact you. WAIT LIST REGISTRATION»




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CANCELLATION POLICY: 50% refund available if camp is canceled before 1 week prior to start date.