Putnam Summer Camp Registration Now Available!

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

DAVENPORT, Iowa (February 16, 2015) – The Putnam is excited to announce that registration is now open for Summer Camp! Spend the summer discovering, inventing and engaging in amazing experiences at the Putnam Museum! Our summer camp programs are available for youth entering grades K – 8. Before and after care is available for most summer camps. Multiple child and member discounts are available, as well scholarship opportunities.

Old favorites like “Harry Potter Camp” and “Rube Goldberg Design Academy” are returning this year, as well as the addition of new gaming and Dr. Seuss themed camps. Engineering Camp weeks are also back by popular demand.

The following camps are now available for registration on our website at


Fee: $160 (members $150)

Harry Potter, Grades 2 - 5

June 8-12, 9am - 4pm

Accept your invitation to the Midwest’s premiere wizarding prep school. Take classes including Potions, Charms, Quidditch and more as you

discover the science secrets behind the magic!

Rube Goldberg Design Academy, Grades 3 - 6

June 15-19, 9am - 4pm

Can you use a golf ball to open a bottle or a string to swing a bat? Discover the power of tinkering to really make things happen and create a functional Rube Goldberg machine.

Camp C3, Grades 3 - 6

July 6-10, 9am - 4pm

Code, Create and Craft-MINEcraft that is! This weeklong camp will be filled with computer coding opportunities in gaming, animation, mini processors and much more!

Patent Pending, Grades 3 - 6

July 13-17, 9am - 4pm

Spend a week inventing and innovating at the Putnam! Explore inventions from across time and around the globe, then dig in and join great inventors by developing your very own creation!

Don't Try This at Home!, Grades 3 - 6

August 3-7, 9am - 4pm

Explosions, experiments and excitement! Come to this camp for science that leaves a mark-we'll try all those things you could never do at home and end our week with a BANG!


Fee: $85 ($76.50 members), $160 for 2 camps ($150 members)

Seuss on the Loose

June 22-26, 9am - noon

This camp will be great! This camp will have style! This camp will be fun and will make you smile! Seuss is on the loose at the Putnam! Oobleck, green eggs and ham and more Seussy Science awaits.

Putnamology Jr.

June 22-26, 1pm-4pm

It's STEM camp the Putnam way! Spend your week with hands-on, exciting science, technology, engineering and math events and activities. Science+Fun=Putnamology!

Raiders of the Last Artifact

July 20-24, 9am-noon

Calling all explorers-the hunt is on! Trek across the Putnam in search of gold, meteors, fossils and more. This adventure camp is full of twists and turns and fun surprises!

Rube Goldberg Design Academy Jr

July 20-24, 1pm-4pm

Use simple machines and tinker your way towards fun and funny machines. This cause-effect camp will be full of hands-on discoveries!


Fee: $35 ($31.50 members)


June 29, 9am-4pm

Code your way to an amazing animated short, your own video game and more at iCode camp. Uncover the language of computers and discover limitless possibilities!

No Boys Allowed

June 30, 9am-4pm

Grab your best girlfriends and leave the boys behind as we spend the day experiencing science in our own way. Dive in, discover and discuss your way through all things science!

Structurally Sound

July 1, 9am-4pm

Challenge your hands and mind in this day-long adventure of building and design. Bridges, towers, shelters-if YOU build it, will they come?


Fee: $40

Choose one of the following days:

July 27 or 28 for Grades 4 – 6

July 29 for Grades 2-3

July 30 for GIRLS ONLY grades 4 – 8

July 31 for Grades 7-8

Back by popular demand – Don’t miss this opportunity to create and learn side by side Iowa State college students and Professional Engineers. Explore robotics, test your engineering problem-solving and even take in a giant screen film. Lunch and t-shirt included in this special camp! Sponsored in-part by: Iowa State University College of Engineering and Quad City Engineering and Science Council.

**Please note that Engineering Camps end at 3pm-no before or after care available this week

For further information on our Summer Camps, please visit our website, or contact Anna Renkosiak VP of Marketing.

About the Putnam

The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for nearly 150 years! And today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family! Launch rockets or interact with a robot in our Science Center, visit our famous mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt, climb into a treehouse in Black Earth | Big River or go back in time to see our region’s history in River, Prairie, and People. Also experience internationally-recognized traveling exhibits or take in a movie in our National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with a screen towering 6 stories tall! Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place. For more information about current and upcoming events, exhibits and movies, follow us on Facebook