Summer Camp
Today: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Summer Camp

Where Every Day is Filled With Play!

 

 

Playful, fun, creative and original, Camp Marbles has long been the community’s favorite choice for summer camp. Camp Marbles adheres state guidelines and best practices for safe play, giving you peace of mind while giving your child the chance to discover, connect and make new friends. 

  • Enjoy weekly themed camps, museum exhibits, and active outdoor play.  
  • Campers explore engaging activities with a fun mix of hands-on play, crafts and games.
  • For the optimal camp experience, Marbles recommends attending no more than 3 consecutive weeks.

DROP-OFF, PICK-UP AND EXTENDED CARE

  • How does drop-off/pick-up work?
    • Monday drop-off will be a quick in-person check-in for the camper and parent. Please park and walk your camper to the IMAX building where check-in will be in the Bean Sprouts Cafe space.
    • At check-in, parents will receive two car tags. Please make them visible in your car dashboard during all carpool drop-off and pick-ups for the rest of the week. Feel free to make copies if you need more than two tags.
    • Camper drop-off for Tuesday-Friday is 8:50-9:05am. Before Care campers can be dropped off as early as 8am. 
    • Half-day camper pick-up is 1:00-1:15pm. 
    • Full-day camper pick-up is 4:00-4:15pm. 
    • After Care campers need to be picked up no later than 5:30pm. A late fee of $2 per minute will be assessed for late pick-ups, and your camper may not be able to stay in camp if you are late
  • What if I need to pick up my child early, or drop them off late?
    • If you are dropping off after morning carpool has ended, please walk your camper(s) to the Welcome Desk in the lobby of the museum. They will locate your child's camp group and connect you with them.
    • If you need to pick up your camper early, please call the camp mobile phone, 919-815-4120, at least 10 minutes prior to your arrival. We will meet you in the carpool lane.
      • No early half-day pick-ups after 12:30pm
      • No early full-day pick-ups after 3:30pm
  • What if I need to change the authorized pick-up list for my child?
  • How can I add Extended Care for my elementary camper?
    • Send an email request to camps@marbleskidsmuseum.org no later than end-of-day Wednesday the week before your camp.
    • Extended Care sessions have limited availability and may fill up. Please register as soon as possible. 
    • All Extended Care is available only by the week.

WHAT TO BRING

  • A backpack with a lunch, water bottle, and a beach towel for snack and lunch seating. Please label all items with your camper's name. You are welcome to send in an extra set of clothes if you wish.
  • Apply sunscreen prior to camp.  Campers may spend time outdoors each day.
  • A snack will be provided for half-day campers and two for full-day campers. If your camper has special dietary needs, please send in a snack for them.
  • Do not send in any food for lunch or snack that contains nuts or nut butters. Camp Marbles is nut-free. If you use a nut alternative such as sun butter (made from sunflower seeds), please label it so we know it does not contain nuts.
  • Reminder that all campers must be fully potty-trained. No pull-ups.

 

LUNCH & SNACK

  • Are there any restrictions for the lunch I send in?
    • Camp Marbles is a nut-free program. Do not send any food/snacks containing nuts or nut butters. If you use a nut alternative such as sun butter (made from sunflower seeds), please label it so we know it does not contain nuts.
  • Is there a specific time that campers eat?
    • Each camp group will eat at a time that fits into their daily routine.
  • What is the snack that is included in camp?
    • Snacks will vary day-to-day. If your camper has dietary restrictions, allergies or sensitivities, please send in appropriate snack(s) for them.
  • Can I purchase a lunch option to be provided at camp?
    • Yes, summer camp lunches from our onsite Bean Sprouts Café are available to purchase by visiting this order page.
    • You will need to set up an account with Bean Sprouts during the ordering process to purchase camp lunches. Your Marbles account is not linked to Bean Sprouts.
    • Lunches are available only by the week.
    • Gluten and allergy-free options are available.
    • Your camper’s lunch will delivered directly to them each day.
    • If you have questions about the lunches they are providing, please call them at (919) 857-1108 or email MKM@beansprouts.com.
  • What if my camper has allergies? How is that handled at camp?
    • We are a nut-free camp. If there are other allergies, we ask to be made aware of it ASAP and we will make accommodations as needed.
       

THE CAMP EXPERIENCE

  • What is a typical camp day experience?
    • Campers will engage in weekly themed activities, play in the museum exhibits, participate in large, gross-motor games that help grow their socio-emotional skills, and eat snack/lunch with their camp group.
    • K-5 campers will enjoy an IMAX movie one day of the week.
    • Remember to apply sunscreen each day for your camper as they will spend time outdoors.
  • Who are your camp educators?
    • Our qualified educators range from teachers off for the summer to high school and college students.
    • We have several high school students from our Teen Play Corps program that are very excited to move into this new role.
    • All of our educators have a love of play, learning, and childhood enrichment, with some returning summer after summer!
  • What are the educator to camper ratios?
    • Preschool camps have a 1:6 educator to camper ratio
    • K-2nd camps have a 1:8 educator to camper ratio
    • 3rd-5th camps have a 1:10 educator to camper ratio
  • Can parents stay in the classroom?
    • Only campers, staff, and approved volunteers are allowed in the camp room. If you feel that your child is unable to remain in camp without you, it may be best to wait until next year before you send them to camp. Camp Marbles provides independent learning and socialization to all campers.
  • What are the behavioral expectations for campers?
    • Here at Camp Marbles, our biggest priority is keeping our campers safe and thriving. We ask that you and your camper help our staff and volunteers by staying together with their camp groups, promoting an inclusive and positive environment, and being respectful to our museum, staff, and camp spaces.
  • What if my camper doesn’t want to attend the IMAX movie?
    • If your camper would like to opt out of the IMAX movie the week of their camp, let your counselor know at Monday drop-off and arrangements will be made for an alternate activity.
    • Preschool campers do not attend IMAX movies.

CAMP COMMUNICATION

  • You will receive an email two weeks before camp reminding you about Bean Sprouts Cafe lunch options. The deadline to order camp lunches is two Sundays before your camp start date.
  • You will receive a camp newsletter email the Wednesday before your camp week. It has loads of information and fun details about camp. 
  • If you have opted out of communications from Marbles in the past, you may not receive all camp information. Please opt back in at this link.

HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

  • What precautions are you taking this summer for COVID-19 safety?
    • We keep our camp environments clean, encourage frequent handwashing, and follow CDC guidelines for our staff.
  • Who will be required to wear masks?
    • Masks are now optional for all campers, staff, volunteers and guests.
  • What happens if someone at camp displays symptoms of illness, including COVID-19?
    • Campers who show any sign of illness or fever during the camp day will need to be picked up immediately. Siblings will also be required to leave camp for the day.     
    • Camp Marbles adheres to CDC and American Camping Association guidelines for COVID-19 and we align our procedures with WCPSS practices and policies.
  • Are you able to accommodate my child with medical allergies and/or special needs?
    • Yes; please contact our team to ensure that we can be the best fit for your child.
  • How will my children interact with other museum and theater guests?*
    • Campers are with counselors at all times in our shared spaces around campus.

 

SAFE CAMP PARTICIPATION STANDARDS

For a safe camp experience, Marbles requires staff and campers to meet certain health screening criteria. Please review these requirements carefully to ensure that your child is eligible to participate in Camp Marbles before registering and prior to attending.    These measures may be revised to align with changes to local, state, and CDC guidelines.    

Eligible to Participate    

  • All campers must be potty-trained. No pull-ups.     

  • No symptoms of COVID-19 or other contagious illness.    

Ineligible to Participate    

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19.    

  • Showing symptoms of COVID-19 or other contagious illnesses (fever, coughing, vomiting within the last 24 hours, pinkeye, diarrhea, etc)

Return to Camp After COVID-19

Campers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to camp after: 

  • 5 days since asymptomatic diagnosis and not showing symptoms. 

  • 5 days since symptomatic diagnosis, symptom and fever free for 24 hours. 

  • Symptomatic with no known exposure to COVID-19, a negative PCR or rapid antigen test or an alternate diagnosis and symptom and fever free for 24 hours. 

  • 5 days since COVID-19 symptoms without a negative test or alternate diagnosis and symptom and fever free for 24 hours. 

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