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Frequently asked questions

2014 Parent's Guide to Xplorations Summer Camp

The basics of what you need to know! To help you prepapre you and your camper for your first day of camp, we have compiled this basic list of answers to some frequently asked questions including information about lunches, before/after camp care, directions and what to expect on your first day. 


How can I be sure to get the camps I want?
The best way is to become an upper level member (Voyager or above) and register online during priority registration. Purchase, renew or upgrade a membership online.

How can I find out which camps are available?
The HMNS on-line ticketing system will indicate which camps are available.  If a camp date is not listed, it has been filled.  We do not offer a waiting list.

For further information, please call the Summer Camp registrar at 713-639-4625. 
What is the best way to register a carpool so that all children have classes on the same week?
Register online the same day as early as possible.  Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that all children will get the camps they want.

May I register my gifted child for an older age group?
No, we strictly enforce age requirements. Your child must be the correct age or entering the grade level of the camp as of the first day of camp.

I just need Before or After Camp for one day. Can I do that?
Yes, but we require you to pay for the entire week.

Getting to Camp

How do I get to the Museum?
You can find directions online or by calling 713-639-4601.
How should my child dress for camp?
In comfortable clothes that may get messy. For safety, we recommend closed-toe shoes. Campers may also need a sweater in case the camp room is cool.

Camp Day

What are the qualifications of your teachers and assistants?
Our teachers are certified school teachers or museum professionals.  The all have experience working with children and enjoy hands-on activities.

How are campers supervised?
Campers are supervised at all times and are escorted on restroom breaks. 

For your child’s security, all campers must be escorted to and from their camp room by a parent or guardian and must be signed in and out every day.  You will be asked to provide emergency contact information at sign-in every day; this ensures we have the most accurate information in case of an emergency.

May parents stay in the classroom?
No, parents are not allowed to remain in the classroom during camp hours.  If you feel that your child is unable to remain in camp without you, it may be best to wait a year before you send him/her to camp.

Our week-long camps are supervised by education professionals and aim to promote independent learning and socialization.

What are the behavior expectations for campers?
Camper expectations are posted in each room and are emphasized throughout the week. In the event of a severe behavior problem, we will call you to pick up your child. At our discretion, your child may be allowed to return to camp the following day.

Who can I contact during the day if I need to leave an emergency message concerning my child?
Please call the Education Office at 713-639-4651 or 713-639-4625 and a staff member will deliver your message to the appropriate person.

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