Summer Explorer Camps

Join us this summer for our Summer Explorer Camps. We will be offering 9 weeks of half day or full day programming. Each Friday will be “In the Field Friday” where we will go on a field trip or invite a special guest to the museum that relates to our weekly theme. On Wednesdays, we’ll spend some time focusing on mindfulness activities.  These camps are designed for students entering 1st – 5th grade. 


Half-day and full-day camps are available. Morning and afternoon programming are different, so full day campers will not repeat activities. Camps run Monday – Thursday with the option to add on an “In the Field Friday” each week. 



  • Monday – Thursday
    • Half-Day
      • $100 for non-members or $80 for members
    • Full-Day
      • $200 for non-members or $160 for members
  • Friday
    • Full-Day
      • $50 for non-members or $40 for members

The Building for Kids aims to make Explorer Camps accessible to all families. Please contact us to find out if scholarship funds may be available to you. 

Summer Camp Calendar

  • Week 1: Mindful Masters – June 6 – 10
    • Break out your magnifying glass and settle into summer with a week of mysteries and mindfulness. We’ll use detective skills to uncover mindfulness lessons and learn about unique minds from the past. We will end our week with a field trip to the History Museum at the Castle. 

    • Click here to register!
  • Week 2: Follow Your Art – June 13 – 17
    • Explore your artistic side! We will learn about what it takes to set up an art gallery, spend time creating our own pieces of artwork, and display them in a gallery we create. We will end our week with a trip to see how other local artists display their art.  

    • Click here to register!
  • Week 3: Nourished by Nature – June 20 – 24
    • Learn about plants, flowers, gardening, and where our food comes from. We will use our very own Flex Farm to create some healthy food and end our week touring and learning from Riverview Gardens. 

    • Click here to register!
  • Week 4: Early Entrepreneurs – June 27 – July 1
    • How do you start a new business? We’ll hear and learn from local entrepreneurs. Then, participants will create their own businesses and bring their concept to life through branding, before presenting their new business.

    • Click here to register!
  • Week 5: Print & Papermaking – July 11 – 15
    • This week is all about paper. We’ll learn about and practice the different stages of papermaking from pulp to paper. Then, with our paper, we’ll experiment with print making and even create our own books.  

    • Click here to register!
  • Week 6: Robotics – July 18 – 22
    • Have you ever wondered how robots work? We’ll spend the week learning about robotics, automations, and programming. We will even create our own robots! To end our week, we will be visited by local robotics experts.

    • Click here to register! 

  • Week 7: Children’s Week – July 25 – 29
    • Celebrate Children’s Week, a week dedicated to kids in the Fox Cities! We will design and build our own float that will be showcased in the Children’s Parade on Wednesday, July 27 from 5-8pm. We’ll also take advantage of other Children’s Week activities by taking a trip to the Playground Fair to end our week.

    • Click here to register!
  • Week 8: Music Makers – August 1 – 5
    • Music is in the air during Appleton’s Mile of Music! The BFK is celebrating with the rest of the city by exploring and learning about music during this week’s camp. We’ll explore different instruments, how they make sound, and make music of our own!

    • Click here to register!
  • Week 9: Nature Exploration – August 22 – 26
    • To end our summer of exploring, let’s get outside! We will explore all that nature has to offer, including learning about different kinds of animals and where they live. We will end the week with a visit to Heckrodt Wetland Reserve. 

    • Click here to register!

Additional Information

  • Full-day and Friday campers must bring their own lunch.
  • Each week has a limited capacity, so sign-up early for the weeks you’re interested in!
  • Families can cancel their registration at any time. Full refunds are available for cancellations made at least two weeks in advance.
  • Walk-up or day-of registrations are welcome!

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