Tourism themed summer camps for kids

MONTGOMERY, AL - Families seeking summer fun for kids can sign up for more than 20 tourism-themed summer camps. The camps include fun with music at the Alabama Blues Project, dinosaur discoveries at the Huntsville Botanical Garden and zoo camp at the Gulf Shores Zoo.

The Alabama Tourism Department has compiled the following list of summer camps offered at some of the state's tourism attractions.

Build Your Own Camp, Botanical Garden, Huntsville, dates vary from June-August

The Huntsville Botanical Garden offers a variety of summer camps: It's Summer: June 1 – June 4; Let Freedom Ring: July 7-8; Get Ready For School: August 2-6. For ages 6-11. Half-day, 9:00–12:30. Pricing per day: members, $22; non-members, $30. Full-day, 9:00 – 4:30:  Per day: members, $35; non-members, $45. Get 10% off for booking weekly. For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447 ext. 226.

Hands-on Science Center, Sci-Quest, Huntsville, Jun. 1 – Aug. 2.

Sci-Quest offers single day and five day camps for children ages 4 through grade 9. Sci-Quest also offers early drop-off and late pick-up for children attending camps. Pricing: $15-$150. For more information, visit, 256-837-0606 or

Wild & Crazy Summer, Children's Hands-On Museum, Tuscaloosa, Jun. 1 – Jul. 29

Each week offers a different theme, from "Kids Recycle" to "Scales, Tails and Claws." Children will participate in fabulous activities, science experiments, arts and crafts, puzzles and games. Choose one week or come all summer. Pricing: $36. For more information, call 205-349-4235 or visit

Art Buddies, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur, Jun. 3, 10, 17, 24 & Aug. 5, 12, 19 & 26.

This summer class includes a jumble of art activities for preschoolers and an adult companion. Pricing: $5 per child per day, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call 256-341-0562 or

Summer Art StudioWorks, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Jun. 5–Sept. 15.

Children, teens and high school/adult students can enjoy learning about ceramics, drawing, painting, and mixed media techniques, art history, and more. Museum gallery visits included for inspiration. All materials are provided for the children's classes. Class descriptions and fees are listed on the schedule. For more information, visit, or call 256.535.4350 ext. 222.

Indian Summer Day Camp, Moundville Archeological Park, Moundville, Jun. 7-11/Jul. 26-30. Children will learn Native American arts and crafts, pottery, basket weaving, Indian games, and food. Transportation is provided from the University of Alabama campus. Pricing: $200 per week. For more information, call 205-371-2234 or visit

So, You Want To Be A Paleontologist, Botanical Garden, Huntsville, Jun. 7-11.

Children with a passion for the pre-historic will enjoy this camp. The camp will spend the week trying to answer dinosaur questions: how do you reassemble a fossil when we don't know what dinosaurs looked like; what happened to the dinosaurs; did any dinosaurs survive? Kids will get down in the dirt and dig up the answers in this popular program. 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for third - sixth grade. Pricing: members, $175; non-members, $200. For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447 ext. 226.

Summer Science Camps, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, Mobile, Jun. 7 – Jul. 23. These weeklong, interactive science camps will teach kids that science is fun. Campers can build robots, solve crimes, gaze at the stars, produce films and more. All campers will receive a t-shirt and a daily healthy snack. Prices vary based on camp. For more information: visit or call 1-877-625-4FUN.

SummerTide Children's Theatre Camp, George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, Gulf Shores, Jun. 8-26.

Campers will work with the cast and crew of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to learn the basic elements of story theatre, scene work, comedy, improv, dance and music. Week one is for beginners, week two is intermediate, and week three is advanced. No age restrictions. Weekly camp sessions have limited space. For registration costs or more information, visit or call 251-968-6721.

Worldly Wise, Botanical Garden, Huntsville, Jun. 14-18.

This camp is for first-third grade and fourth-sixth grade. Kids will investigate plants, inventions and foods from around the globe. The camp includes Japanese tea ceremonies, African masks, chin-chin and Parcheesi. The action packed, hands-on classes are held 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Pricing: members, $180; non-members, $210. For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447 ext. 226.

Art Blast, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Jun. 14 – Aug 6.

Classes include ceramics, paper-mâché, and oil painting. Art Blast offers something for everyone. Flexible scheduling allows students to attend from one to four classes each day for one week. Pricing: $70 members/$80 non-members per class. $170 members/$180 non-members for full day (4 classes). For more information, call 251-208-5200 or visit

Be "Sense"Able, Botanical Garden, Huntsville, Jun. 21-25

Each day kids will tackle a different way to investigate the world. For kids 4-6 years old. 9-11am or 2:30-4:30pm. Pricing: members: $100; non-members $125. For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447 ext. 226.

Camp Carnegie, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur, Session I: Jun. 21-25; Session II: Jun. 28-Jul. 2; Session III: Jul. 5-9; Session IV: Jul. 12-16.

The camp is a multi-discipline day camp art program for elementary school age students. This year's theme is "It's All About Me." All sessions are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Students should bring a sack lunch daily. For more information, call 256-341-0562 or

Zoo Camp, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores, Jun. 21-25. Kids should bring lunch, water bottles, sunscreen, bug spray and get ready for fun. The camp is for ages 3-5: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - $100.00 for the week.  Ages 5-11: 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Pricing: $175.00 for the week. Visit the gift shop to sign up or call 251-968-4910. For more information visit,

Battle For The Galaxy, Botanical Garden, Huntsville, Jun. 28 – Jul. 2 first-third grade, Jul. 19-23, sixth grade

The evil kingdom wants to destroy the natural world and put power plants, factories and cities in its place. Can the revolutionaries find a way for nature and progress to live together? Kids attending this camp will explore potential planets in far away galaxies. Pricing: members, $110; non-members $130. For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447 ext. 226.

Dinosaur Discoveries, Botanical Garden, Huntsville, Jun. 28 – Jul. 2. 1– 4:30

Kids first-third grade will love spending the week digging into the past and exploring different types of dinosaurs, and the difference between fossils and bones. 1 – 4:30 p.m., Pricing: members $110; non-members $130. For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447 ext. 226.

Junior Master Gardener, Level II, Botanical Garden, Huntsville, Jun. 28 – Jul. 9

In this nationally recognized program, fifth-seventh grade kids will explore plants systems, as well as investigating plant growth and development. This program is very active and hands-on. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Pricing: $175/200. For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447 ext. 226.

What Are the Chances, Botanical Garden, Huntsville, Jul. 12-16

This camp is for fourth-seventh grade kids and hands-on. Kids will use math concepts to make simple computers, kitchen messes, games, tools and more. 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Pricing: $175/200. For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447 ext. 226.

Wildlife Junior Master Gardener, Botanical Garden, Huntsville, Jul. 12 – 16

Second – Fifth grade kids will become a certified wildlife gardener in this program designed by the National Wildlife Federation and Junior Master Gardener programs.  Discover the animals that call Alabama home, how to make a habitat and how those animals make the world a better place. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Pricing: $175/200.For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447 ext. 226.

Nights at the Museum, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur, Jul. 19 – 22; Jul. 26 – 29.

This camp is an exploratory evening art camp program for middle-school aged students. All sessions are 6:00 -9:00 p.m. Snacks are provided each evening.Pricing: members 1 week- $110, 2 weeks- $205, 3 weeks- $300. non-member prices: 1 week-$135, 2 weeks-$225, 3 weeks-$375. For more information, call 256-341-0562 or

Alabama Blues Project Summertime Blues Camp, Covenant Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa

Jul. 19-23.

The Blues Camp is an exciting opportunity for students who want to learn how to play blues on harmonica, drums, guitar, bass guitar or vocals at a variety of skill levels. Students will work with professional blues musicians from Alabama and will perform at an open house Blues Café. For more information call 205-752-6263 or

How Your Body Works, Botanical Garden, Huntsville, Jul. 26 - 30

The Body Works camp is for children 4-6 years old. Kids will learn about inner and outer workings of the human body. From eating right, to exercising; from muscles, to the brain and heart, kids will learn about the body from the inside out. 9 a.m.–11a.m. or 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Pricing: $100/$125. For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447 ext. 226.