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2022 Summer Camps: Currently Unavailable

The Adler will not be offering summer camp programs this year. We love that so many families have made Adler Summer Camp a yearly tradition, and we miss exploring the universe with you; however our priority in 2022 is reopening the museum fully and welcoming our guests back after almost two years.

Stay In Our Orbit

We would love for you to stay connected with us! Come see us at the museum during regular opening hours or join us wherever you are!

Check out one of our skywatching programs like Sky Observers Hangout or Skywatch Wednesday where you can learn about your night sky from Adler educators and friends and get your questions answered! Color the celestial zoo in our one-of-a-kind collections coloring book, or roll up your sleeves and dive into a science activity using materials you can likely find laying around the house. You can now access the Adler, anywhere! This page has you covered.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Explore Full STEAM Ahead Camps for Teens!

While our camps for younger children introduce campers to scientific ideas, these camps give older kids a chance to put those ideas to work. Full STEAM Ahead campers will have just as much fun as their younger counterparts, and they’ll also be challenged to use real science and creativity to explore our universe together.

Full STEAM Ahead Camps

Unavailable: Astro-botics Camp (Entering Grades 6-7)

Challenge yourself this summer! Telescope viewing, lunch by Lake Michigan and cutting-edge sky shows—all unique to the Adler—are the perfect setting for Astro-botics. Based on age and ability, campers will be exposed to the process of designing, building, testing and redesigning as they use multiple types of robotics to overcome escalating challenges. They’ll make connections between the robotic programming they’ve learned and the many types of robotics used in space exploration. Astro-botics is collaborative in nature; campers will work together in pairs or small groups to conquer each robotics challenge.

Camp Length

Full week sessions
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Sign in starts at 8:30 am and sign out is at 3:00 pm.


Looking for 4th through 5th grade sessions, check out our Summer Camps for kids!

Unavailable: Skyshow Camp (Entering Grades 6-8)

You’ve seen the amazing sky shows the Adler has to offer, now you can make one! In the course of one week, campers will work in teams of four to create skyshows, from storyboarding through presenting on the dome of the Grainger Sky Theater. Campers will work with Adler’s visualization, show production, and theater experts throughout the week. The week will wrap with a showcase as campers present their shows to their families.

Camp Length

Full week sessions
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Sign in starts at 8:30 am and sign out is at 3:00 pm.

Unavailable: Mission Near Space Camp (Entering Grades 6-9)

If you choose to accept this mission, you will become part of a unique team of engineers and astronomers whose goal is to prepare, launch, track, and retrieve a scientific payload sent to the stratosphere aboard a high altitude balloon. The week ends with a showcase in which participants present their exploration results to family members.

Camp Length

Full week session including a balloon launch field experience
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm with one extended day trip
Sign in starts at 8:30 am and sign out is at 3:00 pm.

Date and length of the extended day trip is determined by weather conditions. Details will be given by Tuesday morning of your camp week.

After Care

After Care FAQ

We are delighted to announce that After Care will be available for full-day* campers, including Astro-Full Day, Astro-botics, Skyshow, and Mission Near Space. After Care campers will have the option to read, create artwork, play games, watch relevant and age-appropriate movies, explore the museum, or participate in other free-choice activities. After Care content will be connected to space science, but will be more relaxed in nature. After a busy day at camp, After Campers will need a chance to relax a bit!

After Care capacity is limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is offered as a weekly, flat-rate session from 3:00–5:30 pm. (Note that we are not able to accommodate drop-in or daily rates.) Once you sign your child up for a camp session, you’ll have the option to select After Care before check out.

All campers must be signed out by 5:30 pm. There is a $5 charge for every five minutes after 5:30 pm, to be paid before the child is signed in the next day. Chronic lateness may result in the camper being dropped from the After Care program without a refund.

*After Care is not available for Astro-Half Day camps.

Adler Summer Camp FAQS


Registration is closed.

Cancellation Fees and Refunds

Camper safety is our highest priority. As we monitor the pandemic situation, we are taking all necessary precautions, following the science, and basing our decisions on guidance from local and state officials; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and the American Academy of Pediatrics.


There are no summer camps at this time—thank you for your interest in summer camp scholarships.

Camp Programming

Please note that summer camp programming is repeated each session. Each type of camp will have the same curriculum each time it is offered. Registering for more than one session of the same camp program is not recommended. However, if your young child benefits from repetition, you are welcome to register for multiple sessions of the half-day Astro Camps.


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