City With Soul Summer Camps

Need options for your kids for summer enrichment? Several museums and other partners in the city have educational and fun opportunities.

Children enjoy camp at The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Children enjoy camp at The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Credit: MS Museum of Natural Science

Two Mississippi Museums

In-person, two-week summer camps are being offered in June and July, designed for children in grades 4–8.

History Exploration Camp

Monday–Friday, June 13–24, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.Rising fourth and fifth graders

Campers will explore different historic themes such as archaeology, architecture, transportation, civil rights, and music through exhibits at the Two Mississippi Museums, behind-the-scenes tours of the collections, special guest speakers, and visits to other historic sites in Jackson, including the Eudora Welty House & Garden and the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion.

Registration is $100 for the two-week camp and includes lunch and two snacks each day. Limit is 20 campers. To register today, click here. For more information please call 601-576-6932 or 601-576-6851.

Freedom School Camp

Monday–Friday, July 5–15, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.Rising sixth, seventh, and eighth graders

Inspired by the original Freedom School of 1964, campers will deepen their understanding of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and its impact on the world as they learn the stories of local heroes in their communities. Students will have the opportunity to visit historic sites throughout Jackson such as the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, the COFO Civil Rights Education Center, and Tougaloo College.

Registration is $100 for the two-week camp and includes lunch and two snacks each day. Limit is 20 campers. To register today, click here. For more information please call 601-576-6932 or 601-576-6851.

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

The Museum is offering a host of camps for children from elementary to junior high school. Highlights include:

JR. NATURALIST CAMP (ENTERING GRADES 7 AND 8)

Jr. Naturalist Camp (Entering Grades 7 and 8) is an ecology-based camp that focuses on the identification, collection, and conservation of our native species.  On Monday-Wednesday, camp is from 8 am - 4 pm. On Thursday, camp begins at 8 a.m. and campers will have an overnight at Roosevelt State Park. Campers need to be picked up on Friday by 10 am. The only food provided will be dinner Thursday night and breakfast Friday morning. Please send campers with a lunch, two snacks, and a reusable water bottle daily.

June 6 - 10 (register here)
8 am – 4 pm, Monday-Wednesday; Thursday 8 am - Friday 10 am
$300 for MMNS Foundation Members
$350 for Non-Members
Early drop off at 7:30 am.

MUSEUM ADVENTURES CAMP

Museum Adventures Camp is a full-day camp that runs from 8 am until 5 pm. It is designed for campers in grades 1st -6th. Campers will be split by age group (1st-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade) and may participate in different activities. Each day will feature a different theme (birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, and dinosaurs) that includes Museum exhibits, activities, games, animal encounters, and crafts.

No food will be provided. Please send campers with a lunch, two snacks, and reusable water bottle daily. Campers can register for the whole week or individual days.

August 1 - 5 (register here)
8 am - 5 pm
$250/week, $55/day for MMNS Foundation Members
$275/week, $60/day for Non-Members
Early drop off at 7:30 am, Late pick up at 5:30 pm.

Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum

The Museum is offering two camps this summer for children first through sixth grade.

The ‘Grow a Farm’ camp is for students entering first through third grade and will be held on Monday, June 27, through Thursday, June 30, from 8:00 am to 3 pm each day. Over these four days, campers will learn about the various aspects of designing and managing farmland, such as the importance of water quality, soil stability and both crop and livestock management. The registration fee is $125 per student.

The ‘Field to Market’ camp is for students entering fourth through the sixth grade and will be held on Monday, July 18, through Thursday, July 21, from 8 am to 3 pm each day. Over these four days, campers will discover creative ways to run a successful farm, including how to sell products at a farmers market. The registration fee is $125 per student.

Breakfast and lunch will not be included; students are encouraged to bring a lunch.

Mississippi Children's Museum

Summer camps at MCM are sold out. To inquire about being put on a waitlist for a sold out camp, please email patti at mcm.ms.

City of Jackson

Registration is open for the City of Jackson's children's Summer Program.

The seven-week program for children ages 6 to 12 will take place 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday from June 6 to July 22. The program consists of recreational activities, education enrichment and guest speakers.

Registration is underway and will remain open until all slots are filled. Parents can register at the administrative office of the Department of Parks and Recreation at 1000 Metrocenter Mall, Suite 104. The office can be contacted at 601-960-0655.

Registration requirements:
Open to boys and girls ages 6 to 12
121 Immunization compliance form and birth certificate
$110 per location, per child (money orders only)
$10 program T-shirt per child (cash only)

Summer program sites:

Grove Park Community Center, 4126 Parkway Ave.
Jayne Avenue Community Center, 3615 Jayne Ave.

Parents must provide transportation to the site, a healthy lunch/snack in an insulated lunch bag and a water bottle for their child each day.

Jackson Film Summer Youth Camp

This summer the City of Jackson is offering a free film camp for youth ages 13 -18, from June 13 – July 8, Monday through Fridays (plus a few possible Saturdays). The camp will introduce Jackson Youth to creative and technical workforce opportunities in the film industry.

Twenty young campers will learn about all aspects of the filmmaking process from concept to premiere and they will actually participate in the production of an independent feature movie being filmed right here in the Capitol City.

This is made possible through the support from the City of Jackson and professionals in our local film community. We are specifically seeking food sponsorship for lunches and snacks for our campers and staff, totaling 30-35 people.

Apply for the film camp here

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