Camp PLAY | Overview
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 when they are closed for weather events (as museum resources allow).
Your kids 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.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Lincoln Children’s Museum reserves the right to cancel camps for low enrollment, severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Participants will be notified and registration will be refunded. Camp transfers are possible on a case by case basis. Registration for summer adventure camp and day camps are non-refundable.
Camp currently serve children in Kindergarten through 4th grade. If you have a child outside this age range, please contact us to see if accommodations can be made.
Drop Off & Pick Up
Drop off is from 8:00-8:30 a.m. Pick up is from 4:00-4:30 p.m. Both are located in the cut-out lane in front of the museum on P Street. When you register for camp you will receive additioanl drop off and pick up procedures. A valid photo ID will be required for pick up each day.
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.
SUMMER CAMPS ONLY: You will be given a T-shirt (included in cost of registration). Campers are expected to wear a camp T-shirt every day. One is provided for every week of camp, and you may purchase additional shirts as needed.
Snacks will be provided as needed for all campers.
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.
Every Monday and Friday during summer camps, and frequently throughout the year, campers will visit the downtown public library. In addition, when applicable to the camp theme, field trips to various locations in downtown Lincoln will be included. Parents will be given advance notice if camp will include a field trip. Outside visitors may also be a part of camp, and this will also be noted in advance.
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.
Parents may call the Museum any time during camp at (402)477-4000. Texting at any point is also allowed on the text-only line (402)370-9477.
Lost and Found
All belongings should be clearly marked with your child’s name. Please contact the museum to retrieve lost items. Lost items will be held on the camp floor for approximately 2 weeks.
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 will be treated as emergency care and follow the policy outlined under the Emergency Care section under Camp Policies at the bottom of this page.
Discipline & Guidance Policy
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, which include at least the following:
- Recognizing appropriate behavior instead of focusing only upon unacceptable behavior.
- Reminding a child of behavior expectations daily by using clear, positive statements.
- Redirecting behavior using positive statements.
- Using brief supervised separation or time out from the group, when appropriate for the child’s age and development and when limited to no more than one minute per year of the child’s age.
camp drop-off & pick-up instructions
To expedite the drop-off process, please use the following instructions:
- Drop-off times: 8:00-8:30 a.m.
- Enter via the alley north of the intersection at 14th & P Street and park in the museum’s employee parking lot by turning South at the dead end (this is for morning drop off only)
- Park in any unoccupied spot.
- Enter the Museum through the East Entrance.
To expedite the pick-up process, please use the following instructions:
- Pick-up times are 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 getting your child ready, including gathering any personal belongings.
- Pull into the cut out loading zone in front of the Museum main entrance on P Street (this is for afternoon pick-up only).
- Enter the main entrance to pick-up your child and sign the check-out slip.
Your registration indicates that you give consent to the following three policies:
Lincoln Children’s Museum reserves the right to cancel programs for low enrollment, severe weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. Participants will be notified and registration will be refunded. Transfers are possible on a case by case basis. Registration for all programs are non-refundable when canceled by the participant.
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.