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2016 Air Zoo Science Camps and Classes for Kids Aged PreK - 12th Grade

2016 Air Zoo Summer Camp in Kalamazoo and Portage Michigan

The Air Zoo offers the coolest science-based summer camps and classes in Southwest Michigan! Financial Aid and Extended Camp Day (4pm - 5pm) are available!


This summer, give your kids a summer camp experience they'll remember for the rest of their lives! (They'll learn a lot too, but we don't have to tell them that :) ). The Air Zoo Summer Science Camps are the coolest camp offerings in West Michigan, and are sure to thrill even the most discerning camper! The camps are listed below by age group (grade camper is entering in the fall) in order of date. See why the Air Zoo is quickly becoming one of the nation's top aerospace & science education centers! Air Zoo Summer Camps make a great gift!

Our professional educators will share the thrill of science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics (STEAM), and aerospace science with campers through TONS of hands-on activities and interactive experiments. Campers will get an in-depth look at the Air Zoo, including the 4D theater, full-motion flight simulators and much more! Because some portions of the camp will take place outdoors, campers need to dress appropriately for the weather.

Air Zoo members receive 10% off all camps.

Financial Aid and Scholarship funds are available, and supported in part by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation, and the Battle Creek Community Foundation! If applying for Financial Aid/Scholarships, please submit your application prior to registering for camp. Click HERE to download an application. Combined Irving S. Gilmore Dorothy U. Dalton & Battle
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For questions or more information, contact the Air Zoo's Events Department via at events@airzoo.org, or 269.350.2848.r


Air Zoo Summer Camps for Kids PreK - 12th - Camp descriptions below are grouped by grade level (grade camper is entering in the fall) and date.

PreK - Kindergarten +1 Summer Camps

Kids, your favorite adult +1 is welcome to join you at camp so you can have twice the fun! We've listened to you busy parents! For the first time, the Air Zoo is permitting 4 and 5 year old preschoolers who are toilet trained to attend without an adult.

  • 3 year olds must bring an adult chaperone
  • 4 and 5 year olds who are not toilet-trained must bring an adult chaperone
  • 4 and 5 year olds who are toilet-trained are welcome to bring an adult chaperone, but it is not required


Air Zoo Superhero training summer campSuperheroes in Training

July 6 - 8, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm *Limit: 24 Cost: $75
Defy the laws of nature during this extraordinary camp experience for super boys and girls! Create secret identities, earn superpowers, and lead rescue missions while testing your strength of body and mind. Don your capes and masks to save the day!


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.


Air Zoo Sense sational Summer CampSense-sational Science

July 18-22, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm *Limit: 24 Cost: $110
Get in touch with the sensitive side of science as you discover all about the five senses through crafts, activities and experiments! See, touch, taste, hear and smell all of the fun that hands-on experiments have to offer.


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.



Air Zoo Sticky Icky Science CampSticky, Icky Science

August 1-2, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm *Limit: 24 Cost: $50
Put on your goggles and get ready for some chemistry fun! Mix up some ooey, gooey, slime and learn about slimy subjects found in nature! Discover chemical reactions using your senses and clean up with some slippery soap bubble experiments.


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.



Air Zoo Launch It CampLaunch It
August 3-5, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm *Limit: 24 Cost: $75
Create and launch wacky, zany rockets you can use to propel around the solar system! Investigate quirky aliens, explore curious new planets, and experience exciting astronaut adventures as you zoom away from planet Earth into the unknown.


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Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.




Air Zoo Bugs Life Summer CampBug's Life

August 15 -16, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm *Limit 24 $50
Great grasshoppers, it s time to zoom into the world of bugs! Search high and low for the smallest insects. Tromp into the woods, or explore our ponds using scientific gear.


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K - 2nd Grade Summer Camps


Air Zoo Construction Zone Summer CampConstruction Zone

June 27 - July 1, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm *Limit 24 $110
Gather your gadgets and gizmos and stretch your imagination as you create unique projects and designs! Young architects will explore shapes and patterns while constructing towers, sculptures, pyramids and other structures. This is the blueprint for fun!


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.



Air Zoo Space Voyage CampSpace Voyage

July 11 - 15, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm *Limit 24 $195
Set your eyes to the skies and get to know the mysteries of outer space. Investigate the worlds of our solar system, discover Mars, explore zero gravity, and launch a rocket that will make any astronaut proud! Blast off to adventure!


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.



Air Zoo Kitchen Science CampKitchen Chemistry

July 25 - 29, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm *Limit 24 $195
What happens when you mix a little bit of this with a whole lot of that? Find out in this fun and potentially messy camp! Experiment with the properties of matter and test various ingredients to create cool chemical reactions.


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.




Air Zoo Animal Expedition CampAnimal Expedition

August 15 - 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm *Limit 24 $110
Come hear the tigers roar and learn about wildlife conservation in this wild camp. Study our fine feathered friends with a bird rescue=specialist and investigate butterfly populations on campus. Animal lovers will also meet some creepy-crawly creatures up close.


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Air Zoo Science Wizards CampScience Wizards

August 22 - 26, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm *Limit 24 $110
It's not magic, it's science! Discover the science behind shrinking potions, disappearing marbles, lightning bolts, and much more! This entertaining program concludes with a spectacular Air Zoo magic show that is sure to thrill family and friends!


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3rd - 4th Grade Summer Camps


Air Zoo Adventure Quest CampAdventure Quest

June 27 - July 1, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm *Limit 24 $195
Calling all adventure lovers! Magical journeys await as you embark into the world of courageous knights, swashbuckling pirates, and bold treasure hunters. Role-play your favorite characters, explore hidden cities, and traverse the exciting ropes course at Airway Fun Center!


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.



Air Zoo Test Pilots CampTest Pilots

July 11 - 15, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm *Limit 24 $195
Train like a real test pilot while exploring aviation design, stealth capability, and drone technology through a series of exciting engineering challenges! Conclude your training by catapulting an F-14 off the deck of the Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier. Into the wild blue yonder!


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.



Air Zoo Eco Explorers CampEco-Explorers
July 25 - 29, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm *Limit 24 $110
Permission to get dirty! Explorers will sample pond life, collect insects, make a terrarium, and learn how to care for the environment. Daily games, nature crafts, and outdoor excursions will make this week a nature lover's dream!


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.




Air Zoo Olympics CampAir Zoo Olympics

August 8 - 12, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm *Limit 24 $195
Activate your inner athlete as we race for good health and serious fun! The opening ceremony will kick-off a week of silly sports, outdoor obstacle courses, and water trials. Everybody wins when we work as a team!


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.




Air Zoo Lego Robotics CampLego Robotics

August 22 - 26, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm *Limit 16 $130
Design, build, and program a Lego EV3 robot to complete daily challenges. Use your creativity in modifying your robot design to navigate a maze, locate a target by sound, and push your opponents off a challenge mat! Invite your family to be spectators at the final showdown on Friday afternoon! Note: Campers do not keep the Lego robot.


This camp is full, but there are a still many other amazing programs available!


Air Zoo Mission Possible CampMission Possible! Create your own camp session - Select the days that excite your inner scientist, or register for all five and receive a substantial discount!

August 29 - September 2, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm *Limit 24
$45 for one day or $195 for the whole week!

Monday: Digging Up Michigan - Have a "rocking" good time as you excavate fossils, make glacier gak, and break apart geodes. Take a field trip to the WMU Geology Department to explore their museum and experience hands-on activities related to Michgan s natural resources and fossils

Tuesday: Crime Scene Investigation - Investigate a crime scene, examine fingerprints, and analyze trace evidence using microscopes while solving an Air Zoo mystery!

Wednesday: Biology - Dissect cow eyes, sample pond life, collect insects, and make a terrarium in this eco-friendly experience.

Thursday: Tinkerer s Workshop - Use recycled and common materials to engineer new creations, like giant Lincoln Log structures, wire sculptures, and other crazy contraptions.

Friday: Rocketry - Build and fire up your own take-home rocket while exploring Newton's Laws of Motion and recording altitude and speed data.

To register, or for questions, click HERE to email our Events Dept. or contact them via phone at 269.350.2848.



4th - 5th Grade Museum Collaboration

Kids learn about helmets worn by pilots at the Air ZooPassport to Exploration - STEAM!

August 8 - 12, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm $250/wk.
Buckle up for an exciting adventure in art and science! Join the crew of a simulated space shuttle mission at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, bring science & engineering to life through amazing machines at the Air Zoo and Gilmore Car Museum, let your creativity fly at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and go simply wild about animals and other living things at Binder Park Zoo and the Nature Center! This inspired week of educational fun is sure to ignite curiosity and a passion for learning!

Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.



5th - 6th Grade Summer Camps


Air Zoo Lego Robotics Camp
Lego Robotics

June 27 - July 1, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm *Limit 16 $130
Design, build, and program a Lego EV3 robot to complete daily challenges. Use your creativity in modifying your robot design to navigate a maze, locate a target by sound, and push your opponents off a challenge mat! Invite your family to be spectators at the final showdown on Friday afternoon! Note: Campers do not keep the Lego robot.


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.



Air Zoo Space Exploration CampExploration Space

July 18 - 22, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm *Limit 24 $195
Ignite your love of science with cutting-edge astronomy experiences, rocket building, and astronaut training! Command space missions, safely observe sunspots with a real telescope, drive a rover on Mars, and compete in Space Olympics!


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.




Air Zoo Outdoor Adventure CampOutdoor Adventure

July 25 - 29, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm *Limit 24 $110
Learn new survival skills and enjoy nature as we prepare you for life in the great outdoors! Make shelter, create fire, and seek out clean water while interacting with experts in this hands-on field experience. On Friday, showcase your new skills in an ultimate survivor challenge!


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.




Air Zoo Advanced Lego Robotics CampAdvanced Lego Robotics

August 1 - 5, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm *Limit 16 $130
Work with teammates to complete challenges in this Advanced Lego Robotics camp based on the FIRST Lego League. Introductory Lego Robotics experience is required, as this camp will focus on more sophisticated programming and complex problem-solving. Invite your family to be spectators at the final showdown on Friday afternoon! Note: Campers do not keep the Lego robot.


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.




Air Zoo STEM design academy campDesign Lab STEM Academy

August 22 - 26, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm *Limit 24 $195
Go from original concept to prototype while you fabricate and print your own 3D designs. Modeled after NASA's aerodynamic investigations, use the engineering process to develop, test, and build a unique glider. Investigate STEM careers while touring the Kalamazoo Airport Control Tower, Duncan Aviation, and WACO.


This camp is full, but there are a still many other amazing programs available!


7th - 8th Grade Summer Camps


Air Zoo Jr Museum Guide CampJr. Museum Guide

July 6 - 8, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm *Limit 24 $75
Explore the hidden world of the Air Zoo during this interactive Behind the Wings experience. Work with the Air Zoo's professional restoration crew to help bring the Wildcat that was recently raised from the bottom of Lake Michigan closer to exhibit condition. Intern with the Air Zoo Collections staff and Docents while preparing to create your own unique temporary Air Zoo exhibits.


Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.


Air Zoo Lego Robotics CampsLego Robotics

July 18 - 22, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm *Limit 16 $130
Design, build, and program a Lego EV3 robot to complete daily challenges. Use your creativity in modifying your robot design to navigate a maze, locate a target by sound, and push your opponents off a challenge mat! Invite your family to be spectators at the final showdown on Friday afternoon! Note: Campers do not keep the Lego robot.


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Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.



Air Zoo Mission Possible day camp

Mission Possible! Create your own camp session - Select the days that excite your inner scientist, or register for all five and receive a substantial discount!
August 1 - 5, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm *Limit 24
$45 for one day or $195 for the whole week!

Monday: Digging Up Michigan - Have a "rocking" good time as you excavate fossils, recreate Michigan terrain with a 5 foot stream table, and break apart geodes. Take a field trip to the WMU Geology Department to explore their museum and Michigan-related hands-on activities

Tuesday: Crime Scene Investigation
- Investigate a crime scene, examine fingerprints, and analyze trace evidence using microscopes while solving an Air Zoo mystery!

Wednesday: Biology - Dissect grasshoppers, evaluate butterfly populations in the field, and encounter wildlife close-up.

Thursday: Tinkerer s Workshop - Upcycle materials to devise new creations, solve engineering problems, and operate 3-D Printers while contributing to your team.

Friday: Rocketry - Build and fire up your own take-home rocket while exploring Newton's Laws of Motion and recording altitude and speed data.

Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.



Air Zoo Creative Programmer CampCreative Programmer

August 15 - 19, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm *Limit 16 $130
Get your creative juices flowing in this camp for computer enthusiasts! You will use a variety of free programs to write your own computer games, produce animated storybooks, and fabricate and print 3D designs. Bring a USB flash drive to save your creations for continuation at home and sharing with family and friends!


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9th - 12th Grade Summer Camps


Air Zoo Aviation Restoration Summer CampAviation Restoration

August 10 - 11, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm *Limit 24 $50
Work with the professional restoration crew at the Air Zoo to help bring the Wildcat that was recently raised from the bottom of Lake Michigan closer to exhibit condition. Learn skills such as wing rib building, fabric covering, and cable swaging, and take a behind-the- scenes tour of the East Campus.


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Thank you for joining us at this amazing camp! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please see below for upcoming camps.




Space is limited and will go fast! Don't wait to register your camper!

*Enrollment for each camp is limited to the first paid applicants who register. Air Zoo members receive a 10% discount.

The Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center is one of the United States' premier museums and science education centers. Based in Kalamazoo & Portage Michigan, the Air Zoo offers science camps and classes for children of all ages

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