Camps for inventors-in-training!

Campers can expect to make life-long memories and ignite their sense of wonder at a Cade Museum Camp. Camps provide a unique opportunity for students to dive deep into their favorite STEAM topics. Cade camps provide hands-on, interactive learning experiences that foster an inventive mindset.

Upcoming Camp Information

One week before camp, the Cade will provide a comprehensive camp package with added camp information and required forms via email.

Registration for 2024 spring break and summer camps are now open! 


Dig Into Dinosaurs 🦖

Do you dream of dinosaurs? Train like a paleontologist as you dig up fossils and meet dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. Take a trip through time as you learn how dinosaurs lived and how dinosaur detectives study them today.

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Magic Masters ✨

Abra Cadabra! Embark on an enchanting journey to learn about the world of magic! From card tricks to disappearing acts, discover the science behind various magical disciplines, illusions, and more! Hone your skills and learn new tricks to dazzle your friends and family.

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Star Seekers ⭐

Unlock the secrets of the cosmos with the Cade! Explore the Solar System that we call home, learn about the Sun and the stars, and discover our planet’s neighbors. Blast off as we venture into the final frontier!

Gotta Catch Them All Adventure 🌳

It’s time to catch them all and begin your journey to becoming InventivityTM Masters! Discover the secrets of your favorite creatures and crawlers! Learn about their habitats and the real-world inspiration behind their appearances. Grab your backpack, your critter catalog, and come down to the Cade to start your training journey!

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Winged Wonders 🐦

Unleash your imagination and celebrate the world of flight! From birds to bugs, explore the magic of things that soar through the skies. Get ready for an adventure that takes you to new heights!

Building Adventure 👷

Grab your hard hats and blueprints, it’s time to build the future! Explore hands-on construction projects, learn key skills, and unleash your imagination while making new friends. Get ready for a week filled with creativity and teamwork that builds a bright future!

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Plant Power 🌱

Welcome to Plant Power! Through games, stories, and hands-on activities, discover how the tiniest seeds can transform into the biggest trees! Learn about flowers, vines, and the wonders of nature.

Invent the Future 💡

Unlock your potential to shape tomorrow! Explore innovative thinking, hands-on creation, and cutting-edge technology as you craft the future. You could be the next visionary like Rey Skywalker or Tony Stark — ignite your creativity and invent the world you want to see!

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The World Up Close 🔎

Dive into the unseen world! Discover the tiny but mighty by exploring the fascinating realm of microorganisms, cells, and tiny ecosystems. Unravel the mysteries of the miniature and get ready to magnify your curiosity to uncover the hidden wonders of the microscopic universe!

Stop Motion Masters 📽️

Experience the magic of filmmaking with building blocks! Dive into the world of storytelling and creativity as you bring your favorite bricks to life on the screen. Discover the art of stop-motion animation with these tiny toys!

 

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Park Pioneers 🏞️

Become a steward of our natural parks! Discover the distant forests and dry deserts that hide away amazing animals and puzzling plants. Gain an appreciation for our planet’s beauty and learn how to protect it for our future.

Bots and Beyond 🤖

Get ready to embark on an epic tech journey – put on your inventing cap to build a robot! Unleash your imagination as you tinker with code and gadgets to build a circuit-centered friend.

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Flavors & Formulas 🧪

Mix, pour, and observe as you create colorful reactions, tasty treats, and discover the magic hiding in your favorite snacks. Explore the science behind cooking and get ready for a week of fizzing, foaming, and foodie fun as you transform into a kitchen chemist!

Mythical Monsters 🦄

Step into the world of mythical monsters! Inspired by your favorite mysterious creatures, investigate the legends of Bigfoot, Nessie, and more. Discover where these stories come from, draw maps of where they live, and even create your own and share its story with your friends!

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Scholarships

The application window for Spring camp scholarships has ended.

The scholarship application for Summer camp is now open.

The Cade Museum strives to never turn away a student because of financial need. Cade Museum scholarships will cover 50%-100% of the camp registration fee. Please complete one scholarship application per student, to be submitted by 11:59pm on April 30, 2024. Scholarships are awarded by lottery selection after the application window has ended. Incomplete applications will not be included in the lottery selection. Students may only receive one scholarship for the 2024 Summer Camp season.

The Cade Museum will notify selected applicants of their award by May 15, 2024. This notification email will provide further instructions for enrollment. Scholarships must be accepted by May 24, 2024, or the spot will be forfeited. Additional documentation may be requested to fulfill data collection requirements for grant distribution.

Unselected applications will be randomly assigned a position on the scholarship waitlist to be considered if space becomes available.

Apply for a Scholarship - Summer 2024

Volunteers

For those ages 18+ that interested in volunteering during a Cade Camp, please email volunteers@cademuseum.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a waitlist for sold out camps?

Yes! Please email camps@cademuseum.org to be added to the waitlist.

Where are camps being held?

Camps will be held in the labs of the Cade Museum, located at 811 South Main Street. Campers will also visit Depot Park for lunch and play, weather permitting, and will visit our Cade Annex located across the street at 904 South Main Street.

What time does camp begin and end?

Early drop off- starts at 8:00am

Camp activities- 9:00am-4:00pm

Late pick up- by 5:30pm

Will I pack lunch for my child?

Yes, you will need to pack a lunch for your child each day. Siblings attending separate camps may not be able to eat lunch at the same time, so each child’s food should be packed separately. One snack will be provided and water will be available for your child throughout the day.

Can my child bring personal items and electronics to camp?

To ensure every child’s safety, campers are not allowed to bring any toys, electronics, or other personal items to camp.

What should my child wear to camp?

Campers should wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and clothing they don’t mind getting messy. Sunscreen may be applied prior to student drop-off, as campers may visit Depot Park as weather permits.

Will my child be required to wear a face mask at camp?

We ask that visitors comply with local and state standards, which can be found here: http://alachua.floridahealth.gov/ & https://www.flgov.com/covid-19/​

Will I receive a refund if the museum cancels a camp?

Yes. If the Cade Museum cancels a camp, a refund will be issued within three weeks of cancellation.

What is the cancellation policy?

A full refund will be issued if requested a week prior to camp start date by contacting camps@cademuseum.org

If I have a child in each camp age group, will they get to see each other during the day?

Campers in different age groups will be together at early drop off and at pick up. The groups may also overlap during lunch and park times, depending on the daily schedule.

Will you perform a health screen on students before they are admitted into the camp?

The Cade team will take every camper’s temperature at the time of morning check-in, and no child with an above-normal temperature (>100.4 degrees F) will be permitted to attend camp that day, nor for at least 24 hours after any sign of fever. To protect the safety of all of our campers, any child with a fever or any other signs of illness must remain home.

What is the Cade Museum's Tax ID?

81-1234271

We want to provide you and your child with the best camp experience possible! If you have any questions that weren’t answered in the FAQ, please contact us at camps@cademuseum.org or (352) 371-8001.