Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove

Satisfy your thirst for knowledge while having fun at the same time! The Downers Grove Museum offers history-related, week-long summer camps of varying topics to appeal to all ages and interests. Learn about interesting aspects of history or acquire a new skill through fun and engaging activities.

  • Printed guide delivered to residents: Week of April 12
  • Resident registration begins: April 26 at 9am
  • Non-resident registration begins: May 3 at 9am
  • Registration will be available online only at dgparks.org

Register online

WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP EACH DAY

  • Backpack
  • Change of clothes
  • 1 snack - only for Lyman Woods and Museum
  • Filled re-fillable water bottle
  • Extra face coverings (must wear a face covering upon arrival at camp)
  • Sunscreen (arrive already applied - sunscreen is for re-applying)
  • Insect Repellant (arrive already applied)
  • Art Supplies (a list will be provided via email as camp gets closer, but will include items like glue sticks and crayons). These supplies will be used by your camper only.

WHAT TO WEAR TO CAMP EACH DAY

  • Comfortable clothing that can get messy/wet/muddy
  • Closed toed shoes/boots with socks
  • Face covering/mask
  • Sunscreen

AMERICAN GIRL DOLL CAMP

June 14-18 | Ages 6-9

It's all about friendship and girl power at this week-long camp! Get to know some of your favorite American Girls with fun crafts, stories, and adventures. Boys and girls are invited to bring along your favorite doll!

New! Museum of Me

June 21-25 | Ages 9-12

Create your own museum exhibit, featuring yourself! After touring behind the scenes of the museum, learning about preservation techniques, and exploring your family's history, participants will combine what they learned to create an exhibit for a museum about themselves with assistance from museum staff!

TIME TRAVELER camp

June 28-July 2 | Ages 7-10

Do you ever wish you could travel back in time? Come along with us in the Museum Time Machine to discover what life was like in the past! Each day we will visit a new period in time and explore what life was like through hands-on activities, games and more.

TIVOLI AND TIE DYE

July 12-16 | Ages 7-10

Discover trends in pop culture and fashion through this hands-on camp. Participants will be learning about the evolution of movies, music, television, fashion and more, by examining the museum's archives and additional resources.

YOUNG EXPLORERS camp

July 19-23 | Ages 5-8

Young explorers, come join us on an adventure through history. We'll travel back in time to discover how lands were explored through fun hands-on activities and games.

NEW! History mysteries detectives camp

July 26-30 | Ages 7-10

Practice your sleuthing skills at the Museum! Solve a new mystery every day in the 1892 Blodgett House, throughout the museum campus, and even in downtown Downers Grove!

MESSY & EXPLODING ART CAMP

Aug. 2-6 | Ages 9-12

Paint with Rockets, make exploding concoctions, and sculpt with gooey slime! Wear clothes that can get messy during this camp that combines art and science.

JR. MESSY & EXPLODING ART

Aug. 9-13 | Ages 5-8

We've expanded our Messy and Exploding Art camp for our younger campers. Now they too can paint with rockets, make exploding concoctions and sculpt with gooey slime! Wear clothes that can get messy during this camp that combines art and science.

new! fun with fairytales

Aug. 16-20 | Ages 5-8

Join us as we explore some of the most popular fairytales of the 1800s. We'll engage in fun activities and games relating to some of the more well known fairytales and learn a few differences between the stories told over 100 years ago to children and the ones still told today.