Summer Camp

Discovery Camp

Get ready to have the best summer ever at The Franklin Institute! Experience the most immersive, educational, iconic science summer camp in the Philadelphia area.

Discovery Camp combines the best of your favorite visit to The Franklin Institute with the joy and adventures of summer camp. Activities include museum exploration, theater shows, science projects, games, and workshops, all while fostering a community of humans who love science!

Whether your child is a Mini Molecule (grades K-2) just discovering the wonders of science, an Awesome Atom (grades 3-6) ready to sink their hands into new and interesting discoveries, or an Excited Electron (grades 7-9) all set to be challenged to create their own science projects—Discovery Camp is sure to foster collaboration, curiosity, and confidence in EVERY child. 

  • For Mini Molecules, a lifelong love of science starts with a spark! Through fun hands-on explorations, campers will develop an inquisitive approach to the world – asking questions, making connections, and cooperating with new friends!

    Blast Off | June 10-14 & July 15-19 
    3...2...1...BLAST OFF! Strap in for a week of living and working in outer space like an astronaut. In this week of exploring new worlds and flying through space, campers will end each day with ideas that reach to the moon and back. (In preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission)

    Slip, Slide, Swing | June 17-21 & July 22-26 
    Physics is more fun when you’re playing around! Using examples from the jungle gym to the arcade, campers will learn how the laws of motion are working when they are slipping, sliding, or swinging.

    Ooey, Gooey, Kablooey | June 24-28 & July 29-August 2
    Slimy, sticky, wet, wiggly! Get your hands dirty exploring the building blocks of chemistry as they mix up a week of messes, from oozy to explosive!

    Super Campers | July 1-3 & Aug 5-9 (See ‘Rates and Registration’ for special pricing on these sessions)
    Lots of superheroes and villains spend time working in their caves, garages, and labs. Spend this week tinkering like a hero, outsmarting villains, building your own super gear, then using your powers of imagination to be the most super helper in the city! Get inspired with a visit to the Marvel: Universe of Superheroes exhibit. 

    Power Up! | July 8-12 & Aug 12-16 
    Spark a curiosity for robots in even the youngest minds. Experience an introduction to the mechanics, circuits, and coding that makes them tick.

    Best of 2019 (part 1) | Aug 19-23  -  SOLD OUT
    Can’t get enough of Discovery Camp? To celebrate the end of summer and all that our scientists have learned, we will revisit the most popular activities, shows, and demonstrations of the 2019 camp season!

    Best of 2019 (part 2) | Aug 26-30  -  SOLD OUT
    Still can’t get enough of Discovery Camp? To celebrate the end of summer and all that our scientists have learned, we will revisit the most popular activities, shows, and demonstrations of the 2019 camp season!

  • Discovery is the name and science is the game when it comes to the Awesome Atoms. With activities developed to challenge critical thinking skills, inspire an excitement for STEM learning, and foster a community of the curious, these energetic camps are sure to leave a lasting impression on your campers!

    Moon Explorers | June 10-14 & July 15-19 
    Strap in for a week of exploration into living and working in outer space like an astronaut. In this dynamic week of learning and discovery, campers will return to earth at the end of each day with scientific knowledge that reaches to the moon and back. (In preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission)

    Playland Physics | June 17-21 & July 22-26 
    Physics is more fun when you use it to play games! In this inventive camp week, we will learn the laws of motion and develop our team working skills while creating our own camp playlands fulls of arcade games, mini golf, and more.

    Mess Fest | June 24-28 & July 29-August 2
    Is it slimy, slippery, fizzy, or flashy? Yes! Then you’ve found the right place to get hands-on with the elements. In this explosive week of Discovery Camp, we show that we aren’t afraid to get messy with science.

    Super Science Heroes | July 1-3 & Aug 5-9 (See ‘Rates and Registration’ for special pricing on these sessions)
    Lots of superheroes and villains spend time working in their caves, garages, and labs. Spend this week tinkering like a hero, trying and trying again to build the best super gear that will help you conquer even the trickiest villains! Get inspired with a visit to the Marvel: Universe of Superheroes exhibit. 

    Robots | July 8-12 & Aug 12-16 
    Prepare to have your circuits blown while uncovering the building blocks of robotics! Discover what makes them tick as we build structures, wire circuits, and learn computer coding.

    Best of 2019 (part 1) | Aug 19-23  -  SOLD OUT
    Can’t get enough of Discovery Camp? To celebrate the end of summer and all that our scientists have learned, we will revisit the most popular activities, shows, and demonstrations of the 2019 camp season!

    Best of 2019 (part 2) | Aug 26-30 
    Still can’t get enough of Discovery Camp? To celebrate the end of summer and all that our scientists have learned, we will revisit the most popular activities, shows, and demonstrations of the 2019 camp season!

  • Excited Electrons will dive deep into tech-based maker and tinkering projects every week using a combination of classic hands-on science experiments and cutting-edge technology like 3D printing and visual programming. Your campers will be encouraged to spread their wings with innovative thinking, collaboration, and creativity!

    Mission: Moon | June 10-14 & July 15-19 
    Someday, living and working in space will require all astronauts to be makers too. Prepare for a mission to space by engineering spacecraft, 3D printing parts, or designing a game to occupy your long days in the first moon colony. (In preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission)

    Arcade Engineers | June 17-21 &  July 22-26 
    What makes a playing at the arcade so much fun? Explore the laws of motion and use the principles of physics to create amazing games that mix building materials and toys with tech-based tools like electronic circuits or 3D printing. 

    Mess Masters | June 24-28 & July 29-August 2
    In this wet and wild week, become the masters of your own messy fate—controlling the variables of explosive experiments and observing the effects they have on your fellow campers. Join us and find out just how far Discovery Camp is willing to go to make a mess--for science!

    Extraordinary Engineers | July 1-3 & Aug 5-9 (See ‘Rates and Registration’ for special pricing on these sessions)
    Lots of superheroes and villains spend time working in their caves, garages, and labs. Spend this week tinkering, building, and modeling to create super gear based on your powers to make a difference in the universe. Get inspired with a visit to the Marvel: Universe of Superheroes exhibit. 

    Robot Shop | July 8-12 & Aug 12-16
    Prepare to have your circuits blown in this robotics and coding camp! Become masters of the robot shop as you learn to control bots with block-based programming and experience some new ways that robots are living and working in the world around us. 

    Best of 2019 (part 1) | Aug 19-23 
    Can’t get enough of Discovery Camp? To celebrate the end of summer and all that our scientists have learned, we will revisit the most popular projects, shows, and demonstrations of the 2019 camp season! 

    Best of 2019 (part 2) | Aug 26-30 
    Still can’t get enough of Discovery Camp? To celebrate the end of summer and all that our scientists have learned, we will revisit the most popular projects, shows, and demonstrations of the 2019 camp season!

  • Book by March 6, 2019*:
    $369 per week: Members
    $379 per week: Individuals

    Book after March 6, 2019:
    $369 per week: Members
    $399 per week: Non-members

    Early arrival 8:00am: $50 per week
    Late departure 5:30pm: $60 per week


    To register please complete the registration form or call 215-448-1200 (Option 5).
    REGISTRATION FORM

    *Early bird discounts do not apply to the following weeks: July 1-3, August 19-23, and August 26-30.
    *Pricing for July 1-3 is $229 for members and $259 for non-members, due to the July 4-5 holiday schedule.
    *Pricing for August 19-23 and August 26-30 is $369 for members and $399 for non-members, no matter the date of booking.
    *Super Campers | Aug 5-9 includes admission to Marvel: Universe of Superheroes exhibit, so will include a $12 upcharge to all rates.

    • 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.
    • Campers are encouraged to bring a packed lunch but may purchase lunch from the on-site museum food service, Frog Commissary, for a flat rate of $10 per lunch.
    • Pick up and drop off happens on 20th street. If driving, you may pull up on 20th street for a few moments while you sign your camper in or out, as long as you have a copy of the Drop-Off Parking Placard clearly visible on your dashboard for the PPA.
    • Franklin Institute Members receive discounted Discovery Camp rates.
    • Learn more camp logistics in the Discovery Camp Survival Guide
  • Each year Discovery Camp offers scholarships for excellence in academics 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 awarded will cover one (1) week of Discovery Camp in 2019.

    Discovery Camp Scholarship Application

    Applications must be received by 5:00 PM on Monday, April 1. 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 March 25 and April 1 until 5:00 pm ONLY.

    New for 2019! For campers rising into grades 7-9, additional financial aid is available for the sessions running July 8-August 2. Apply for a scholarship to receive the reduced rate of $150 per week. Applications will be accepted until all spaces are full.

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