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Spring, Summer, and Winter Camps in Birmingham, AL

Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder for hands-on, minds-on, science and fun! McWane camps offer further inquiry into science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) topics for children 4 to 13 years old. Campers learn about the deep oceans, journey into outer space, build robots, or spend time with our McWane animals.

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Summer 2023

Registration for Summer Camp 2023 is now open!

Summer Camp dates are June 5 – July 28, 2023.

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Attention: Camp registration costs no longer include lunch. Lunch may be brought from home or purchased through the Bean Sprouts Café. Snacks will be provided. For the health and safety of all our campers, please avoid the use of peanut butter and nuts in packed lunches. Please remember to indicate all allergies on the medical release form.

Half-Day Camp: PreK–Kindergarten

Camp fees are $180 per week, and McWane Science Center Members receive a 15% discount.

All fees are due upon registration.

Full-Day Camp: Grades 1–7

Camp fees are $345 per week, and McWane Science Center Members receive a 15% discount.

All fees are due upon registration.

Camp McWane FAQs

McWane Science Center camps follow the CDC, the American Camps Association, and the Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines for spring camps.

Each of our camps is designed for the skill level of that camp, therefore, grade levels must be observed. Registrants may attend only those camps for which they are registered. Registrations are not transferable. Registration closes the Monday prior to the first day of camp.

Please note that PreK-Kindergarten campers must be four years old and potty-trained.

Lunch will no longer be included in the cost of camp.

Parents/Caregivers are responsible for lunch every day. Campers must bring a packed lunch.

For the health and safety of all our campers, please avoid the use of peanut butter and nuts in packed lunches. PLEASE REMEMBER TO INDICATE ALL ALLERGIES ON THE MEDICAL RELEASE FORM.

Snacks will be provided in all camps. Campers are welcome to bring water bottles if they would like to, but water is provided in all classrooms.

McWane Science Center reserves the right to cancel camps that do not meet minimum enrollment. If a camp is cancelled by McWane Science Center, a full refund will be returned to the registrant. If a registrant cancels a camp, a 50% refund will be made if the registrant notifies the Camp program in writing, which is emailed, postmarked, or faxed no later than 10 working days prior to the camp. Otherwise, no refunds will be made.

Before Care is available from 7:45am-9:00am for all campers, at no additional charge. After Care, available for 1st-7th grade camps, is available from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm.  Activities and games will be provided during these times.

Pre-K–Kindergarten campers MUST be picked up by 1:00 p.m. All other campers MUST be picked up by 5:30 p.m. for afternoon camps. There will be a $5 late pick-up charge for every 10 minutes your camper stays after pick-up time. NO EXCEPTIONS.

You must come in with your camper to sign them in before camp and sign them out after camp. Feel free to use our parking deck located on 2nd Avenue North. Parking tokens will be provided for you to exit the deck, free of charge. The loading zone on 2nd Avenue North is also available for quick drop off and pick up, however McWane Science Center cannot guarantee that you won’t be ticketed. The person signing in your child at the beginning of camp each day will be given a CAMPER CHECK OUT CARD. The person who picks up your camper MUST present that card. If they do not have the card, we will check to see if their name is on the approved sign out list and will check their ID. If we do not have that person’s name on the approved sign out list, we will not release your child to them, and we will call the number on the daily sign in sheet for clarification.

If you arrive after sign-in, or need to pick your child up early, please proceed to the security desk or ticketing counter, and they will call a camp representative. Please remain in the lobby until your child is signed in or out. *Note: there will be no early pick-up/drop-off between 11:45 to 12:00 and 3:45 to 4:00. These are transition times for campers and staff, so please plan accordingly.

To successfully attend all McWane Camps, children must be able to independently function in a group setting without consistent one on one support. They must be able to follow verbal instructions and rules and resolve conflicts without physical contact or verbal abuse. Camp management will communicate behavior issues with the camper and with parents when necessary. Repeated behavior issues may result in dismissal from the program.

More Information for Parents

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