Discovery Place

These camps are offered at Discovery Place in Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St. An extended care option is available for ages 5-15. Campers must be the age specified by Oct. 15, 2002. Registration begins March 7. The first price listed is for members, the second for nonmembers. Details: (704) 372-6261 ext. 300.

Summer Sparklers: Age 3. June 30-July 2, 9 a.m.-noon; July 7-9, 2-5 p.m.; Aug. 11-13, 9 a.m.-noon. Science and nature activities, including stories, crafts, games and experiments. Cost: $65/$85.
Animals of the World/Animales del mundo: Age 5-6. June 30-July 2, 9 a.m.-noon; July 14-16, 2-5 p.m. Learn Spanish, geography and animal facts. Stories, crafts, special snacks highlight each day. Cost: $75/$85.
Kaleidoscope of Nature: Age 4: June 16-20, 9 a.m.-noon; June 23-27, 2-5 p.m. Ages 5 and 6: June 16-20, 2-5 p.m.; June 23-27, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn about plants and animals that live in the rain forest, the arctic, Africa, the woodland forest and the desert. Cost: $90/$115.
Dibblers and Dabblers: Age 4: June 16-20, 9 a.m.-noon; July 7-11, 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 5 and 6: June 23-27, 9 a.m.-noon; July 14-18, 9 a.m.-noon. Discover science concepts through painting, constructing with wood, creating with clay and other activities. Cost: $90/$115.
Living Creatures: Age 4: July 14-18, 9 a.m.-noon; July 28-Aug 1, 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 5 and 6: July 7-11, 9 a.m.-noon; July 21-25, 9 a.m.-noon; Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon. Participants touch animals at Discovery Place while learning about reptiles, birds, insects, amphibians and sea life. They will make crafts and learning how curators care for animals. Cost: $90/$115.
Kitchen Chemistry: Age 4: July 21-25, 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 5 and 6: July 21-25, 2-5 p.m.; July 28-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon; Aug. 11-15, 2-5 p.m. Mix, stir and sample experimental dishes made with every day kitchen materials. Cost: $90/$115.
Puppet Adventure: Age 4 – Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon. Age 5 and 6 – July 28-Aug. 1, 2-5 p.m., Aug. 4-8, 2-5 p.m., Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon. Make your own puppet creation. Learn how marionettes, finger puppets, hand puppets, rod puppets and shadow puppets are made and how to manipulate them. Learn to perform with the animal puppets by viewing the live animals in Discovery Place. Present a show on the last day of class. Cost: $90/$115.
Something’s Fishy: Ages 7 and 8. June 23-27, 2-5 p.m.; July 21-25, 9 a.m.-noon. Get a behind-the-scenes view of the aquarium, learn the importance of water for animals and humans and about coral reefs, sea animals, scuba diving and underwater machines. Includes trip to Reedy Creek Environmental Center. Cost: $85/$110.
Math CAMMP: Ages 7 and 8. July 14-18, 9 a.m.-noon; Aug. 11-15, 2-5 p.m. Learning through hands-on manipulatives and problem solving. Topics include addition, multiplication and subtraction. Includes extensive computer use. Offered in partnership with UNCC. Cost: $120/$150.
Hoots and Hops Camp: Ages 7 and 8. June 16-20, 2-5 p.m.; July 28-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn about a new class of animals each day by eating and playing like them and touching live animals along the way. Cost: $115/$140.
Half-Day Space Camp: Ages 7 and 8. June 23-27, 9 a.m.-noon; July 7-11, 2-5 p.m.; Aug. 11-15, 2-5 p.m. Explore living and working in space, microgravity, your body in space, space suits, rocketry and the International Space Station. Cost: $115/$140.
Fizz, Bubble, and Goo (Chemistry I): Ages 7 and 8. June 16-20, 9 a.m.-noon; July 21-25, 2-5 p.m.; Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn the properties of chemicals, which make up all living things. Investigate explosive reactions; explore the chemistry of colors. Cost: $85/$110.
Fun with Physics: Ages 7 and 8. July 7-11, 9 a.m.-noon; July 14-18, 2-5 p.m.; July 28-Aug. 1, 2-5 p.m. Unravel the scientific mysteries of gravity, forces and friction as participants create balloon rockets, magnetic cars, dancing Rice Krispies and floating coins. Spend a day on the principles of flight. Cost: $85/$110.
Flower Power: Ages 9-11. July 7-11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore an exotic rain forest, a beautiful butterfly garden and native plants; learn about special relationships between plants and animals and what flowers are edible. Interpret your observations through drawing and watercolor painting and document them with photography. Cost: $270/$295.
Forensic Detectives: Ages 9-11. June 16-20, 9 a.m.-noon; Aug. 4-8, 2-5 p.m. Use sleuthing skills, including fingerprinting, fiber analysis and X-ray reading, in our Forensic Science Camp in North Carolina to learn how the professional investigators do it. $95/$120.

Digging It: Ages 9-11. June 23-27, 9 a.m.-noon. Explore the exciting world of archaeology. Includes hands-on activities and a visit to an excavation. Cost: $95/$120.

Fly-By: Ages 9-11. July 7-11, 2-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. Aug. 11-15, 2-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. Learn the basic principles and history of flight. Campers build and take home several flying models and spend one day at the Mint Hill airport. Cost: $120/$150.

Full Day Space Camp: Ages 9-11. July 14-18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 21-25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 28-Aug. 1; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore living and working in space, science in space, space suites, rocketry, and more. Includes building the first human habitation for Mars, missions in the Challenger Learning Center and astronaut microgravity underwater training. Cost: $160/$200.

Rovin’ Robots (I): Ages 9-11. July 14-18, 9 a.m.-noon; July 21-25, 9 a.m.-noon; July 28-Aug. 1, 2-5 p.m.; Aug. 11-15, 2-5 p.m. Assemble, program and test robots of different types, styles and abilities, or try to build a robot that can do a variety of tasks. Cost: $130/$160.

Jr. Doctor Camp: Ages 9-11. July 7-11, 9 a.m.-noon; July 14-18, 2-5 p.m. Build your own blood cell and dissect a sheep’s brain. Cost: $95/$120.

It’s A Gas! (Chemistry II): Ages 9-11. June 23-27, 2-5 p.m.; July 28-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon. Discover amazing properties of chemical elements and become familiar with the periodic table. Make bubbles that float and burn and learn about unusual ingredients that make up the universe. Cost: $95/$120.

Under the Sea: Ages 9-11. July 7-11, 2-5 p.m.; Aug. 4-8, 2-5 p.m. Explore oceanography and find out how humans affect the world of water by testing different water sources around Charlotte. Cost: $95/$120.

Rock Hounds: Ages 9-11. July 21-25, 2-5 p.m.; Aug. 4-8, 2-5 p.m. Explore the world of the geologist. Build volcanoes, construct a dinosaur model, make fossil imprints, grow crystals, make contour maps, go cookie mining and learn about caves. Includes a trip to the Reed Gold Mine. Cost: $95/$120.

Phenomenal Physics: Ages 9-11. June 16-20, 2-5 p.m.; Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon. Explore the world of physics, from motion and buoyancy to electricity and magnetism to light and cryogenics (ultra cold temperatures) Each day includes a take-home project. Cost: $95/$120.

Digging The Past: Ages 12-15. June 16-20, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn about the exciting field of archaeology. Spend a day at an excavation in progress as an on-site assistant. Cost: $120/ $150. One of the best summer camps in Charlotte.

Amusement Park Physics: Ages 12-15. June 23-26, 9 a.m.-noon and June 27, 9 a.m. -5 p.m.; July 21-24, 2-5 p.m. and July 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Make your own solar hot dog cooker, experience the thrill rides at Carowinds, and use your own G-meter to measure roller coaster forces. Price includes admission to Carowinds. Cost: $185/$215.

Robot Specialist (II): Ages 12-15. Aug. 7-11, 9 a.m. -noon. Design, build and program robots and take one home. Includes a trip to see real world robots in action. A trip to see a real world robot in action concludes the camp. Cost: $130/$170.

Jr. Surgeon-ER Camp: Ages 12-15. July 28-Aug., 9 a.m.-noon. Study the basics of cell structure, make lab slides and view them under a microscope. Compare and contrast the anatomy of various species to human anatomy through dissections. Includes a dissection tool kit and manual to take home. Cost: $120/$150.

A Chemical Guided Tour (Chemistry III): Ages 12-15. Aug. 4-8, 2-5 p.m. Identify laboratory equipment, grow crystals in gels, observe reactions using anodizing titanium kits, and analyzing chemical properties. Cost: $120/$150.

Nova Nautics: Design-A-Space Mission: Ages 12-15. Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Assume your position at Nova Nautics Space Systems, Inc. a fictionalized aerospace company. Design a space mission including an objective, budget, model spacecraft and multimedia presentation. Cost: $160/$200.