camp PLAY is a place we can all belong!
The museum features themed camps all summer long, as well as during the school year. Summer camps are full week camps with a new theme each week…join us for one week, several weeks, or all summer long. School year camps are held on days when LPS is closed for planned school-out days and sometimes when they are closed for weather events.
Your kiddo will enjoy learning disguised as play through crafts, experiments, time exploring the exhibit floor, and making friends!
To view current Camp PLAY offerings, click here.
Caregivers can reach educators throughout the day by using the direct text line: 402-370-9477.
camp drop-off & pick-up instructions
To expedite the drop-off process, please use the following instructions:
- Drop-off time: 8:00-8:30 a.m.
- Pull into the cut-out in front of the Museum on P Street
- Temporarily park and escort your child into the main entrance
To expedite the pick-up process, please use the following instructions:
- Drop-off time: 8:00-8:30 a.m.
- Pick-up time: 4:00-4:30 p.m.
- When 10 minutes from the Museum, text the unique camp line at 402-370-9477 with the child’s name.
- Camp staff will begin the transition in getting your child ready, including gathering any personal belongings.
- Pull into the cut out in front of the Museum main entrance on P Street, temporarily park and enter the Museum’s main entrance.
- A camp staff or Welcome Desk staff member will assist in connecting you with your child.
- Children are only released to adults listed on the child’s Approved Adults for Pick-Up list.
- **A photo ID is required for check-out.
- *Refer to the drop off & pick up section below for late pick-up information
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Camp registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Lincoln Children’s Museum reserves the right to cancel camps for low enrollment, severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances. If the Museum cancels a camp program participants will be notified and registration will be refunded.
Drop Off & Pick Up
Drop off: 8:00-8:30 a.m.
Pick up: 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Both are located in the cut-out lane in front of the museum on P Street. A valid photo ID will be required for pick up each day and only those listed on the “approved pick-up list” will be allowed to pick-up your child.
In the event a child is not picked up by 4:30pm, a late fee of $1.00 per every minute per child will be assessed to the caregiver of the child(ren). The fee should be paid by cash or check at the time of pick-up. *The clock on the mobile device of the primary lead educator is the clock to be used for calculating the late fee.
If the primary emergency contact cannot be reached, the Police will be notified at 4:45pm.
Children are expected to wear shoes that are appropriate for play at all times. Please note that some camp activities can be messy or involve going outside, so please dress children appropriately. The Museum is not liable for any damage to clothing.
Each camper needs to bring with them one complete change of clothes each day of camp. Be sure each item is clearly marked and is brought in a plastic grocery sack.
Snacks are provided twice per day for all camps.
Lunch can be purchased from Kazoo’s U-Stop Cafe at the time of camp registration or at the beginning of each camp day during drop off. If a lunch is not purchased from the Musuem, children will need to bring a sack lunch (no nut products, please). Lunch boxes need to be clearly marked with your child’s name. Sack lunches will not be refrigerated. Please be sure that any food allergies are known during the registration process, as this may affect some activities throughout the camp.
Often times our camps involved field trips to downtown locations like the Lincoln City Library. If a field trip is included with your camp registration, it will be noted in the camp’s program description. All campers and counselors walk to field trip destinations.
Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to provide a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher and sun-protective lip balm for staff to apply to their child’s exposed skin – except eyelids – 30 minutes before exposure to the sun. They will reapply sunscreen every 2 hours while in the sun. Lincoln Children’s Museum will provide and help apply sunscreen for children who do not bring their own.
Telephone & Electronic Devices
Electronic devices including cell phones and tablets owned by campers are not allowed at our camp programs.
Children do not need to bring money to the Museum. The Museum Toy Store is open during normal museum hours and can be visited with a parent or guardian during that time.
Museum staff are trained in safety and evacuation procedures in the event of a severe weather emergency. If camp is cancelled due to severe weather, a Museum staff member will notify parents and guardians as soon as possible.
Medical Information / Health Policies
Please do not bring your child to camp if they have a fever or other contagious illnesses. If your child becomes ill during camp, you will be notified and requested to pick them up as soon as possible. Museum staff cannot administer medication of any kind, unless arrangements are made prior to camp. The Museum asks for your assistance in identifying any health or behavioral concerns that would prevent your child from participating in certain activities.
If a camper receives a minor injury during camp, such as a bumped knee or scrape, staff will provide the child with an ice pack and/or bandage as appropriate. The injury and incident causing the injury will be documented in writing and communicated to the adult picking up the child at the end of the day.
Should an injury involve a child’s head, we will call the emergency contacts listed at the time of registration to notify them of what happened, in addition to the previous steps. Children with any injury will be offered an ice pop to encourage quiet and calm down time.
More serious injuries or health concerns may be treated with emergency care at the caregivers expense.
The Lincoln Children’s Museum wishes to provide a safe environment for both campers and staff alike.
Campers are expected to be respectful and responsible and follow directions. If a camper’s behavior becomes disruptive, guardians will receive a report. If the behavior continues, the camper will be removed from camp and no refund will be issued.
Disruptive behaviors are classified at the discretion of the Museum’s Education Team. Behavior is ultimately deemed disruptive if it negatively affects the experience of any camp participant or puts the camper or anyone else in danger.
Examples of disruptive behavior:
- Talking while others are talking
- Refusing to participate in activities
- Throwing items
- Breaking or destroying toys, exhibit components or other Museum property
- Repeatedly running through camp and exhibit spaces when asked to walk
- Entering off-limits areas
- Bullying or aggravating fellow campers
- Using hurtful language
- Excluding other campers from activities
- Inappropriate touching
The Lincoln Children’s Museum will immediately terminate a camp registration without refund and with immediate dismissal if a camper acts with physical violence (hitting, kicking, punching, biting or inappropriate touching) or uses inappropriate language (cursing, name calling, hate speech or derogatory remarks).
Discipline must be:
- Individualized and consistent for each child.
- Appropriate to the child’s level of understanding.
- Directed toward teaching the child acceptable behavior and self-control.
A teacher/caregiver may only use positive methods of discipline and guidance that encourages self-esteem, self-control and self-direction.
The Museum uses the following protocol when addressing disruptive behavior:
- Verbal Reminder: Campers will be asked to stop the disruptive behavior
- Environmental Change: Campers will be removed from the area and may be asked to sit out one activity
- Behavior Report: A written account of the disruptive behavior will be given to the guardian at pick-up
- Send Home: A camper will be sent home if the formally addressed behavior is repeated. They will be allowed to return the next day based on severity of incidents.
- Removal from Camp: If the behavior happens again after the previous steps have occurred, the camper will not be permitted to return to camp for the remainder of the year. No refund will be issued. Any other camps that the camper is registered for will be forfeited with no refund.
If your camper requires assistance during camp, an aid may attend camp with the camper at no additional charge. Families are responsible for hiring and paying for a camp aid. Camp aids must be 19 years of age or older and may not be a family member unless previously cleared with the Museum. All assistants will be subject to a background check at the cost of the camper’s caregiver.
Your registration indicates that you give consent to the following policies:
Camp Field Trips
Camps often include walking field trips to downtown areas. These are planned in advance, and are not done without advance notice. By registering, I give permission for my child to be escorted away from the Museum for these planned trips.
By registering, I certify that I am the parent or legal guardian of the camper. I hereby give permission for the staff of the Lincoln Children’s Museum to seek appropriate medical attention for the camper in the event of accident, injury, or illness during the period of the camp.
I will be responsible for any and all costs of medical attention and treatment. I understand that medical attention will be sought from Lincoln, Nebraska health care facilities. In the event that I or others listed are not available, I give my permission to the caregiver to provide first aid for the child(ren) named above and to take appropriate measures including contacting the emergency medical services (EMS) system and arranging transportation to the nearest emergency medical facility.
I, for ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, waive, release and forever discharge the Lincoln Children’s Museum and its staff, officers, agents, employees, representatives, successors and assigns from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, and causes of actions whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, personal injury, including death, or property damage that may be sustained or occur during participation in Camp activities or while at Camp. I acknowledge that said participation in this activity is elected by me and is not required. I voluntarily assume full responsibility for any risk or loss, damage, or personal injury, including death that may be sustained by me or my child as a result of such activity.