Camp-In events run on Friday and Saturday nights, January-April.
The cost is $47.00 per person for adults and children. Cost includes a planetarium show, IMAX presentation, hands-on workshops, live theater show, time to explore exhibits, an evening snack, a light breakfast, a participation patch for each child, and the chance to spend a night in the museum, and free museum entry for the next day!
Your ticket price includes admission for the day following your Camp-In. You are invited to re-enter the Maryland Science Center when it reopens to the public.
When Camp-In is over, you must remove your overnight gear from the building and re-park your cars as the overnight parking discount does not extend past the end of Camp-In.
The adult in-charge of your group must see the Camp-In event supervisor to make proper arrangements for returning. This opportunity is good only for the day your Camp-In ends.
School and Youth group events are designed for 3rd-6th graders. Girl Scout and Scouts BSA events are designed either for children from 1st-3rd grades, or 4th-6th grades. New this year are combined (1st-6th grade) events for scouts. At these events the workshops will still be split into 1st-3rd and 4th-6th grades. So, when filling out your roster for a mixed age event, please make note of the grade levels of each scout.
There must be at least 1 adult for every 5 children in your group and we ask that you do not bring more adults than children. Please be sure that one adult is named as the adult-in-charge and that that person is willing to oversee their entire group during Camp-In. Adult chaperones must be at least 18 years of age and will be responsible for continually supervising and maintaining safe, sensible, courteous behavior among their children. Due to space limitations in the SciZones, and to avoid overcrowding with adults, Camp-In asks that adult chaperones be mindful of how many adults sit in on workshops. All other aspects of Camp-In (planetarium, IMAX, museum exploration, snack, breakfast, and sleeping) can and should be done as a whole group.
Overnight parking discounts are offered at nearby public lots. Information about where to park is included in your confirmation packet. Parking discounts cannot be guaranteed, so you should be prepared to pay full price – up to $26.00 – for overnight parking.
If the need arises, a member or members of your group may arrive after 6:30 PM or leave before 9:00 AM. Upon check-in, the adult in-charge of the group should inform the event supervisor of any participants who will be arriving late or leaving early. For late arrivals, a chaperone already at Camp-In must meet the late arrival(s) in the rear lobby. If the arrival time is unknown, the security guard on duty will contact the event supervisor when the child and/or parent arrives. For early departures, a chaperone should wait with a child in the rear lobby until his/her parent arrives.
Should the Maryland Science Center decide to cancel a Camp-In due to inclement weather, the Science Center will notify the adult in-charge of each group. A decision to cancel an event will not be made until 2:00 PM on the day of the scheduled event. Leaders and parents may call the Camp-In information line at 410-545-5881 24 hours a day to receive current information about the status of an event. (This is a recorded information line only.) The Maryland Science Center will make every effort to reschedule a group. If a mutually acceptable date cannot be found for a group, registration fees will be refunded in full.
An evening snack and a light breakfast are included, but you are responsible for dinner. There are three options for dinner:
- groups can eat before coming to Camp-In
- groups can bring bag dinners with them
- groups can order food from a local restaurant to be delivered to the Science Center
There will be opportunities to fulfill badge requirements for all levels in Girl Scouts and Scouts BSA. In addition to our Camp-In workshops and activities, a number of exhibit components will also help fulfill badge requirements.
Perhaps; the number of registrants allowed for Camp-In is determined by our workshop capacity and safety codes.
To inquire about additions call 410-545-5958. Additions without prior approval will be returned. Once approved, the adult-in-charge must submit payment and updated rosters to include the names of the additional participants.
Each person should bring one bag containing minimum toiletries and a sleeping bag. The adult in-charge of each group must have a permission slip for each child as well as a health history for each participant. You may use the form provided in the confirmation packet or other form(s) approved by your youth organization. Adults may want to bring a flashlight and a sleeping pad to soften the floor. Please do not bring inflatable air mattresses or cots. Most electrical outlets go out with the lights.
Come dressed in the clothes you wish to sleep in. Everyone must wear closed-toed, hard-soled shoes.
Camp-In will have access to all core exhibits with the exception of Dinosaur Mysteries, Science & Main, staffed lab areas, and Space Link.
If you are a student in grades 10 or higher and are interested in being a Volunteer for Camp-In, please see the volunteer section of our employment page. Be sure to look at the current Camp-In calendar first, so you know what dates are available.