Registration & Rates

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 natural disasters and the mysteries of space to preparing yourself to become a superhero—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.

  • Registration Information

    • 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

    PreK–grade 6

    $60 per day - Franklin Institute Members
    $65 per day - Non-members
    Early arrival 8:00 am - $8 per day
    Late departure 5:30 pm - $10 per day

    Call 215.448.1200 to reserve your space.

  • Weekly Rates - For Summer Camps

    Book early and save! Take advantage of our early bird discount for summer camp and book before April 1, 2015.

    PreK–grade 9
    Early bird discount:
    $315 per week – Members
    $340 per week – Non-members

    After April 1, 2015:
    $329 per week – Members
    $359 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 sibling.
    Save 10% when you register for at least 6 weeks of Camp.

    Call 215.448.1200 to reserve your space.

  • Important Forms

  • Scholarships

    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 2015. Listed below are award names and their respective criteria.

    When deciding which application applies to your child, grade is indicative of level enrollment for September 2015.

    Seigler Award: This scholarship is awarded for academic achievement and science interest. We are looking for applicants who are proven scholars with a passion for learning, and in particular, science learning.

    prek-2nd grade
    3rd-9th grade

    Walters Award: 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.

    prek-2nd grade
    3rd-9th grade

    James A. Unruh Award: This scholarship is for minorities (underrepresented populations in the science fields) and girls interested in science, 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.

    prek-2nd grade
    3rd-9th grade

    Applications must be received by 2 PM on May 1, 2015. 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 27th and May 1st until 2 PM ONLY.