Spark your child’s curiosity and help them develop a lifelong love of science!
From spring break, winter break, and summer camp to days when school is out, science is always in session at The Franklin Institute. Each camp session has a unique and exciting theme—from special effects to a mission to Mars to some of the planet’s coolest animals—come for one session or spend the summer with us! Discovery Camp not only inspires your child’s interest in science, it encourages friendships and establishes memories for years to come.
Each camp day includes hands-on science activities and workshops, museum exploration, a snack, and a break for lunch. Campers may also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and see shows in the Fels Planetarium, Tuttleman IMAX® Theater, or Franklin 3D Theater shows, depending on the camp session.
All sessions run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Early arrival and late departure are available for an additional fee.
Campers receive a daily snack, time for lunch, and all activity supplies. Summer campers also receive a Discovery Camp T-shirt and a weekly camp newsletter.
Campers are encouraged to bring a packed lunch but may purchase lunch from the on-site museum food service, Frog Commissary.
- Franklin Institute Members receive discounted Discovery Camp rates.
Classes are structured by grade level with our youngest campers having a specialized classroom space. Our highly trained camp staff includes Franklin Institute educators, local teachers, and college students interested in education and science fields, with support from our high school counselors-in-training and volunteers. We provide a 1:7 counselor-to-camper ratio.
Register now! Call 215.448.1200 (Option 5), weekdays 9:00 am–5:00 pm, and pay with a credit card to get instant confirmation of your registration or download the Registration Contract and submit it via fax or mail (instructions on the contract).
Unless otherwise noted, registration will close at 3:00 pm on the business day prior to a session.
Daily Rates - For School's Out, Spring Break, and Winter Break Camps
$60 per day - Franklin Institute Members
$65 per day - Non-members
Early arrival 8:00 am - $9 per day
Late departure 5:30 pm - $11 per day
Call 215.448.1200 to reserve your space.
Weekly Rates - For Summer Camps
Register by January 15, 2016:
$315 per week – Members
$340 per week – Non-members
Register by April 15, 2016:
$329 per week – Members
$359 per week – Non-members
Register after April 15, 2016:
$349 per week – Members
$379 per week – Non-members
Early arrival 8:00 am - $45 per week
Late departure 5:30 pm - $55 per week
Bring a sibling to camp and save $25 per additional sibling.
Call 215.448.1200 to reserve your space.
Each year Discovery Camp offers scholarships for excellence in academics, attendance, and leadership, as well as for those who are in need of financial assistance. Our goal is to provide children who express an interest in science an opportunity to attend a session of our summer day camp. Each scholarship award will cover any one (1) week of Discovery Camp in 2016. Listed below are award names and their respective criteria.
James A. Unruh Award: This scholarship is for underrepresented populations in the science fields (minorities and girls) interested in the sciences, who demonstrate leadership and cooperation skills. We are looking for applicants who work well with peers, are social and academic leaders, and are curious about the world.
Seigler Bequest: This scholarship is awarded for science interest. We are looking for applicants who are demonstrated scholars with a passion for science learning and who have a need for opportunities to pursue this interest.
Walter Memorial Fund: This scholarship is based on financial need. We are looking for applicants exhibiting financial need who would benefit from an environment where informal, hands-on science learning is presented.
Applications must be received by 2 PM on April 22, 2016. No Exceptions.
Make sure that all parts of the application packet are in one envelope and labeled Discovery Camp – Scholarships. You may submit the application packet in the following acceptable ways:
You may mail applications packets to:
The Franklin Institute
Discovery Camp – Scholarships
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
You may deliver your application packet to the Business Entrance on 20th Street, where there will be a drop box for them at the guard’s desk between April 18th and April 22nd until 2 PM ONLY.