Camps + Classes

If you are looking for a class or camp, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire has a lot to offer a wide range of ages. You can choose from:

Mad Science Camp

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Eureka! The Inventors Camp
July 30-August 3, 2018, 9am-3pm

The Children's Museum is excited to partner with Mad Science of Maine to unleash your child's inner scientist by offering an exciting week of innovative and creative STEM enrichment for ages 6-12. Mad Science Camps give children an opportunity to explore their world and discover how science affects the world around them. A unique combination of hands-on discovery, outdoor learning games, inquiry-based techniques, and correlated take-home projects make these camps enriching and explosively fun! Cost is $285 per camper. Registration for this class is handled through Mad Science, not the Children's Museum. Click here to learn more about this camp.


Science Classes


Monday Junior Science Class: The Great Outdoors!

Mondays, April 30 - June 4, 1:30-2:15pm

This spring, junior scientists, ages 3.5-5, will learn all about nature – from bugs to flowers to rocks and beyond! We’ll explore this great planet e live on with interactive experiments, theme-inspired crafts, exciting demonstrations, and more. 

MEMBER PERK: The museum exhibits are closed on Mondays, but smaller siblings and parents who are museum members will have access to the Primary Place exhibit to play while class is in session (45 minutes).

These classes run for 6 weeks and there WILL be class on Memorial Day. Classes are $60 for Members and $70 for Non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please note that registration for these classes end one week before classes begin. Learn more about what we do in these classes over on our Junior Science BLOG!


WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY: Our Early Learning classes will NOT be held if Dover public schools are closed or have a delayed opening. Please check WMUR-TV, WOKQ-FM, WERZ-FM or WTSN-AM for school closing information before leaving for the museum on inclement weather days.

Afterschool STEAM Club: Intro to STEAM Topics

Thursdays, May 3-31, 3:15-4:15pm 

This spring we are offering an afterschool STEAM club in the STEAM Innovation Lab for Students ages 6-9. This 5-week program will focus on one STEAM topic each week to cover science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Students will get to use STEAM Lab equipment, and work on-hands on fun and enjoy messy projects each week. 

Drop-off starts at 3:15pm, and students will have snack and an opening activity, then the lesson for the day starts at 3:30 to accommodate for different school schedules. 

Please pack a water bottle and a nut free snack. (Pretzels will be available if anyone forgets!) Pre-registration is required. The cost is $50 for Members and $60 for Non-members. Please note that registration closes one week before classes begin.



FULL - We All Belong: Art and Friendship Go Hand in Hand

Wednesdays, March 7 - April 11, 4-5:30pm

This fun, interactive and FREE art program is for adults who are learning English as a second language, refugees, immigrants and their children, as well as Museum Member adults and children. Join us at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, a warm, inclusive community, to engage in meaningful, out-of-school arts experiences. Play, create, express yourself, share your ideas and form new friendships.

The Museum's art gallery curator and educator staff will lead participants in activities that everyone can do including painting, drawing, collage, and more. Adults will be in one classroom, while children (ages 5 and up) will be in another classroom down the hall, doing different art projects. This will leave time for kids to bond with kids, and adults to bond and relax with adults. Kids ages 5 and up only, please.

Pre-registration is appreciated and space is limited. Drop-ins welcome if space is available. Participation in this program is FREE thanks to support from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and a private donor.

2018 Summer Camps at CMNH!

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The Children's Museum of NH offers summer camps for two different age groups – for children ages 4-6 and 7-11. Camp size is limited to 12 students per program.

Registration will close one week before each camp begins.

Discovery Camps

4-Day Camps for ages 7-11

Mondays–Thursdays, 9:15am–1pm
Fee: $150/camp for Members & $170/camp for Non-members

Our Discovery Camps are for kids ages 7-11. These camps focus on bringing art and science right to kids’ fingertips, and explore a wide variety of topics with hands-on STEAM activities and exploration. Kids will eat lunch during this camp. Choose between the following camps:

Summer 4-Day Discovery Camp: CHASING DINOSAURS

Monday, July 23 - Thursday, July 269:15am-1pm

Learn all about dinosaurs in our Dino day camp! Kids ages 7-11 will be investigating links between dinosaurs and modern day birds through hands-on science activities. Dig for fossils, make a dinosaur bone, and enjoy dinosaur games and crafts! This is the perfect camp for curious dinosaur lovers. 


Summer 4-Day Discovery Camp: S.T.E.A.M. SCIENCE AND ART

Monday, August 6 - Thursday, August 9, 9:15am-1pm

From messy mixtures to slimy sculptures, it’s science and art STEAM day camp! Kids ages 7-11 will make some beautiful works of art and learn through hands-on science experiments each day. The camp will culminate with a mini-science and art fair on Thursday. 



Monday, August 13 - Thursday, August 16, 9:15am-1pm

Do you have kids, ages 7-11, who love to design? Do they love creative problem solving and building stuff? Do they love getting just a little bit messy? Join us for a week of tinkering, making, and engineering! Each day will have a different theme, and will include engineering challenges, projects to take home, and hands-on science lessons.


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Mini Camps

3-Day Mini Camps for Ages 4-6

Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9:15am-Noon
Fee: $90/mini-camp for Members & $100/mini-camp for Non-members
This is a great first summer camp experience for children ages 4-6. Each mini-camp features exclusive time interacting with museum exhibits, hands on activities, crafts, stories and a snack. Children must be 4 years old on the first day of camp and be able to use the bathroom independently. Each mini-camp focuses on hands-on, interactive learning.

Please note that registration will close one week before each camp begins.


Tuesday, June 26 - Thursday, June 28, 9:15am-Noon

Campers ages 4-6 will enjoy some of our favorite aspects of our popular weekly PRE pre-k program - Wee Ones! Enjoy singing, movement, circle time and hands-on activities. We will also explore music, art and animal science. 


3-Day Summer Mini Camp: INCREDIBLE ANIMALS

Tuesday, July 24 - Thursday, July 26, 9:15am-Noon

Campers, ages 4-6, will explore habitats, animal tracks, survival techniques and more! Kids will do science-inspired art projects and lots of fun experiments. Start thinking like an animal and crawl, run, or hop on over to camp!


3-Day Summer Mini Camp: YES, YOU ARE AN ARTIST

Tuesday, August 7 - Thursday, August 9, 9:15am-Noon

This camp is designed to encourage the artist that exists within each camper! Using a variety of materials, each child, ages 4-6, will engage in the process of creating sculptures, wearable art, and much more! Campers will explore their creative potential and go home with some fabulous works of art. End the camp with a mini art show for all to attend.


3-Day Summer Mini Camp: STORYBOOK S.T.E.A.M.

Tuesday, August 14 - Thursday, August 16, 9:15am-Noon

Even our youngest visitors can explore S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). Do you have a young scientist, ages 4-6, at home that also loves books? This is the perfect camp! We’ll read wonderful picture books and then do experiments, activities, and crafts that match. We’ll explore topics from “Things That Go” to weather, to the stars! 


3-Day Summer Junior Science Mini Camp: SCIENCE ART

Tuesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 23, 9:15am-Noon

Junior Scientists, ages 4-6, will dive into the world of science through art in this messy and fun camp! We’ll learn - and understand - fancy scientific words, explore open-ended crafts, read stories and, of course, get our hands dirty doing foamy, fizzy, bubbly experiments.


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