The health and safety of our campers is always our first priority. The Summer Camps at HMNS program has extensive health and safety procedures and staff training in place every year. This summer, in light of COVID-19, the Summer Camps at HMNS team is updating these procedures extensively, informed by current recommendations from local, state and federal health officials, agencies and authorities, including CDC guidelines. At this time, we are planning to proceed with our summer camps as scheduled, beginning June 1, with extensive health & safety modifications. Please review our planned modifications for summer camp visiting our Summer Camp Operational Modifications page.
We are updating the Parent’s Guide to Summer Camp at HMNS with more details regarding our operational modifications.
Parent’s guide to HMNS Summer Camp
The basics of what you need to know! To help you prepare 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. Download the guide here.
You child’s safety, learning environment and fun are our biggest concerns during their week at our Museum. We hope that this information will help to ensure that both you and your child’s camp experience go smoothly.
Sign in/Sign Out
For safety reasons, your child must be signed into camp every day; you may not “drop” your child off. The sign-in-out card includes spaces for emergency contact numbers and a spot to indicate if someone other than you is authorized to pick up your child. In the event of an emergency, we want to have the most accurate information.
Our operational modifications include allowing only campers and staff in the classrooms and the Education Office. Floor decals will indicate 6-foot spacing for parents to queue outside each camp classroom for drop off and pick up. Sign In and Sign Out with ID checks will be conducted in the hallway.
Please review our planned modifications for summer camp visiting our Summer Camp Operational Modifications page.
Summer is usually a busy time at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. However, for this upcoming summer to allow for proper social distancing, we will be operating the museum at 25% capacity or less and summer camp enrollment will be half. For this summer of 2020, we will not have reserved and coned parking in the Museum Garage for the exclusive use of summer camp patrons during drop-off and pick-up. We will continue to offer free parking in the Museum Garage for our summer camp patrons. Please proceed to any available parking space in the Museum Garage for drop-off and pick-up.
We are continuing to address parking issues at the museum for our summer camp patrons. We will continue to offer, for $30 a week curbside drop-off and pick-up service for summer campers. Please note this service is limited to 25 spots per week.
HMNS Summer Camp CAMPER DROP-OFF/PICK-UP CARPOOL SERVICE AVAILABLE IN SUMMER 2020
- Available to members of the museum exclusively
- $30 per week for a Summer Camps at HMNS Staff member to escort your camper to and from the camp classrooms and to ensure authorized pick-up and signature.
- Limited to 25 patrons per week
- Camper drop-off service not available on Monday mornings. Please utilize the museum garage or alternate parking, and escort your camper inside the museum to complete summer camp pick-up authorizations, order lunch, and orient yourself and your child to the camp layout.
- Camp patrons can purchase the service in advance online at hmns.org
- Limited quantities might be available on site the week of camp if not sold out online
- Camp patrons must be authorized to pick up designated camper, and all the names of campers to be picked up must be provided to the program coordinator at the time of purchase. Any changes to camper pickup must be communicated to the program coordinator no later than 1pm the day of service.
- Patrons using the service must display “Summer Camps at HMNS Carpool Pass” on their dash.
Summer Camps at HMNS will operate a camper drop-off and pick-up line during the weeks Summer Camps at HMNS is in session. This service will be limited to members of the museum. We will offer 25 “Summer Camps at HMNS Carpool Passes” per week when summer camp is in session. The service will be available to purchase online at hmns.org.
Summer Camps at HMNS patrons utilizing the Summer Camps at HMNS Drop/off and Pick/up line service will need to display the Summer Camps at HMNS CARPOOL PASS on their dash. The carpool line will begin at the corner of Caroline and Hermann Drive proceeding west on Hermann Drive from Caroline utilizing the Museum designated “Bus Loading Zone”
- We highly recommend you utilize the alternate parking areas if you plan to arrive at 3 p.m.
- Additional Free parking options include:
- Free 3-hour parking lot in the new Garden Center (Lot C)
- Metered parking on the streets around the Museum District
- Free 3-hour parking lot directly off the Circle, by the statue of Sam Houston (Lot A)
- Free-daily parking near the Zoo (Lots D, E, F, G, and H)
- Additional Paid Parking Options (At your own cost):
- Metered parking around the Museum District Museum Medical Tower
- Children’s Museum
- Holocaust Museum parking lot
- The MetroRail – The “Museum District”stop is only 3 blocks from HMNS.
View an Area Parking Map.
Our operational modifications include reducing the number of campers per classroom during lunch. We will not combine camp classrooms during the lunch period. Please review our planned modifications for summer camp visiting our Summer Camp Operational Modifications page.
Lunch at Houston Museum of Natural Science main museum location in Hermann Park:
We are thrilled to have Sodexo as our partner providing new dining options at the Houston Museum of Natural Science main museum location. Sodexo is introducing Catering by Periodic Table which will include limited box lunch options from the Periodic Table Café.
Does my child need to bring a lunch?
Camper’s may bring a lunch or pre-order a meal to be delivered by Catering by Periodic Table.
What do campers do during lunch time?
Campers ages 6 -12 are supervised in their camp room while they eat lunch. Campers eat their lunch while watching an educational video. No videos or movies are shown during instructional time.
How do I order a lunch for my child from Catering by Periodic Table at the main museum location?
To order a lunch for your child from Catering by Periodic Table Café at the Hermann Park location, please visit here and place the order online by 5pm the day before the lunch is to be delivered. For questions, please call Catering by Periodic Table at 713-639-4699.
Lunch at Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land
Does my child need to bring a lunch?
For campers attending the HMNS Sugar Land location you can order a lunch with Chick-Fil-A™ or bring a lunch from home.
What do campers do during lunch time?
Campers ages 6 -12 are supervised in their camp room while they eat lunch. Campers eat their lunch while watching an educational video. No videos or movies are shown during instructional time. Campers are not permitted to purchase a meal during supervised lunchtime.
How do I order a lunch for my child from Chick-Fil-ATM at the Sugar Land location?
A Chick-Fil-ATM representative will be available at HMNS Sugar Land on Monday mornings from 8-10:15AM. Orders are cash only. Order information and menu options are available here or onsite at HMNS at Sugar Land.
Get your Camper their own Summer Camps at HMNS t-shirt to remember their Summer Science Adventures at the Houston Museum of Natural Science!
T-shirts will be available for purchase during camp for $10 (cash and check only).
Our operational modifications include campers being encouraged not to share personal electronic devices. Electronic devices cannot be used during the camp curriculum portion of the day. Please review our planned modifications for summer camp visiting our Summer Camp Operational Modifications page.
Bringing valuables like music players, electronic games, cell phones, etc. to camp for use during lunchtime, before and after camp is at the discretion of the parent and HMNS is not responsible for loss or damage to camper’s valuables.
We are happy to accommodate children with disabilities and special needs. Please notify the the Director of Summer Camp of your child’s disabilities and special needs PRIOR to your child’s first day of camp.
Help us help your child by completing the HMNS Summer Camper Health Record Form and notifying us of any disabilities, allergies, accessibility concerns, behavioral, psychological or emotional concerns, or any other special needs. Our operational changes include strongly urging the emailing of completed Camper Health Record forms to firstname.lastname@example.org to enable low-touch entry to the Museum and communication with the Education Office staff. Please review our planned modifications for summer camp visiting our Summer Camp Operational Modifications page.
While we strive to offer these camps to as a wide a range of children as possible, it is not possible for us to offer one-on-one care. In the case of severe food allergies, it is not possible for us to monitor what other children bring to camp.
The Museum is NOT responsible for administering medication to children. please consult a pediatrician about altering the child’s dosage so that medication can be administered outside of camp hours.
Teachers review camper expectations on Monday. The following expectations are posted in the classrooms:
- Listen and follow instructions
- Participate in camp activities
- Respect others
- Respect property
- Have fun learning!
In case of severe behavior problems, we will call you and ask you to pick up your child. At our discretion, your child may be allowed to return to camp the following day.
Please call the Education office at 713-639-4651 or 713-693-4625 and a staff member will deliver your message to the appropriate person.
Your comments and suggestions regarding our Summer Camps at HMNS are essential to improving our programs. Please complete and return the Comment Form that is distributed on Thursdays, or email comments to email@example.com.