The South Carolina State Museum is offering a new line up of camps for spring break and summer for the 2017 season. Each camp is themed with a different focus and subject matter for each day or the entire week. Campers engage in a number of activities from exploring new galaxies in the BlueCross BlueShield Planetarium to creating their very own rockets and rubber band helicopters.

All the camps are sponsored by Aflac.

“Aflac prides itself on being a vital part of each of the communities its team members call home,” said Virgil Miller, CAO, Aflac Group. “Education and community development are two of our key areas of focus and this partnership represents another great opportunity to drive awareness of Aflac’s involvement in the local community.”

For full descriptions of the museum’s spring and summer camps visit


Spring Break Camps

Each day of spring break camps will focus on a different subject matter from history to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics programing and art. Every day of camp features a morning social time with other campers, museum exploration, hands-on and interactive activities, snack time and lunch time. Each day campers will be divided into groups by ages 6 – 8, 9-11 and 12 – 14.


April 10 – Astronomy Day

Campers will have a seasonal SkyTour experience in the planetarium and be able to identify objects in the Spring sky. They’ll also learn all about Solar Science and sun safety with UV experiments.


April 11 – S.T.E.A.M Day

Campers will learn all about electricity as they experiment with conductors and insulators and create circuits with dough. They’ll use this knowledge to create their own L.E.D. creations and design a fan with a working motor to keep them cool


April 12 – Natural History Day

After a trip to the 4D theater, campers will further explore concepts of camouflage and limiting resources as educators from the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation pay a visit.


April 13 – History Day

Campers will learn about the history and uniqueness of Gullah culture and create sweetgrass baskets using traditional techniques and materials.


April 14 – Art Day

Campers will explore color mixing and design through screen printing and experiment with sound science as they create their own wind chimes.


Summer Camps

Summer camps will run from June until August. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of different camps while exploring the museum, experiencing 4D and planetarium shows, and engaging in problem based educational activities and STEM projects throughout the day. Whether it’s exploring space in the planetarium and observatory, engineering their own robotic designs, discovering the world of physics, or even experimenting with a world of chemistry, there’s something for every camper to enjoy. Summer Camps are separated by ages, 6-8 and 9-11.


Age: 6-8 Years Old


Creative Engineering, 6-8yrs

June 6 – 10; July 18-22


We Like to Move it, Move it.

June 5-24; August 1-5


Stayin’ Alive: A Megalodon-sized Mystery

June 12-16; July 24-28


Full STEAM Ahead

June 19-23; July 31 – August 4



June 26-30; August 7-11



Age: 9-11 Years Old



May 29 – June 2 or July 10 – 14 


Journey through the Stars 

June 5 – 9; July 17 – 21 


Engineering in Flight

June 12 – 16; July 24 – 28 


History Mysteries: Detective Finn and the Case of Museum Mania

June 19 – 23; July 31 – August 4 


Positively Patterned

June 26 – 30; August 7 – 11 


NEW. Soda City Scholars – Summer Field Study


The State Museum is offering a new series of programs for Middle School campers. These week-long field studies focus on a variety of different professions and give students the ability to meet with experts in their fields. Topics include history, art, biology, astronomy, and a fun SciFi Science week exploring STEAM theories.


The Art of History

May 29-June 2; July 10-14


Eco-Adventure Field School

June 5-9; July 17-21


Professionals. . . in Spaaaace.

June 12-16; July 24-28


SciFi Science

June 19-23; July 31-August 4


Historian 101

June 2-30; August 7-11


For questions about the State Museum’s spring break or summer camps contact the group visits office at 803-898-4999 or email [email protected] For spring break and summer camp schedules, pricing and registration visit