Summer Camps


Register Today for 2023 Camps!  

Only at Hands On! Summer Camp can you dig for real fossils, make a plaster cast of a fossil specimen, dissect an owl pellet, tie-dye a camp T-shirt, make silly putty, and SO much more!  Children ages 6 to 12 can explore and discover the arts and sciences in our week-long summer camps.


  • Drop-off:  9:00-9:15am
  • Pick-up:  4:30-4:45pm


  • Monday, June 12th – Friday, June 16th
  • Monday, June 26th – Friday, June 30th
  • Monday, July 10th – Friday, July 14th
  • Monday, July 24th – Friday, July 28th


  • Members $250
  • Non-Members $275
  • All attendees MUST pre-register.  We cannot accommodate walk-ups.


  • Campers must be 6 years old by June 1, 2023, and no older than 12 years old on July 30, 2023.

All About Camp:

Check-in & Out

  • Check-in and check-out will occur outside of the Pollinator Garden entrance, located beside the doors of the main building.
  • Please bring a valid photo ID to pick up your camper(s).  For the safety of your camper(s), we are only able to release campers to individuals listed on the camp registration form.
  • Hands On! is unable to accommodate early drop-off or late pick-up.  Failure to pick up by 4:45 pm may result in the camper(s) being dismissed from camp without refund.

What to Expect

  • Included in cost:  Hands On! t-shirt, activity/experiment supplies, monitored outdoor play, and exploration time in the exhibit spaces.
  • Campers need to bring a NUT-FREE lunch with a drink, and two (2) NUT FREE snacks with drinks daily. We do not have the capacity to refrigerate or microwave your child’s snacks or lunch.
  • Please be sure to apply sunscreen and insect repellant to your child BEFORE they arrive each day.
  • ALL campers should bring extra sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, a refillable water bottle, extra clothes, and extra shoes daily.

The Fine Print

  • Payment in full is due when you register. You will receive a full refund if you cancel at least 14 days prior to the first day of camp.  If a cancellation is made less than 2 weeks in advance, HandsOn! will retain a $75 cancellation fee.
  • Campers must be 6 years old by June 1, 2023, and no older than 12 years old on July 30, 2023. Proof of age may be requested. All campers must be able to sit in a classroom setting for an extended period of time.  If it becomes evident that staff has been purposefully misinformed of a child’s age, all fees paid will be forfeited and the camper dismissed.
  • Parents/guardians must sign each child in and out of camp each day. We are unable to accommodate early arrivals or late pickups. Failure to comply with pick-up times may result in your camper being dismissed from camp and all fees paid will be forfeited.
  • To ensure a safe, effective, fun, and consistent experience, parents/guardians/siblings may not accompany their camper(s) during camp.
  • We reserve the right to dismiss a camper based on behavior issues, aggression, foul language, or failure to follow rules and all fees paid will be forfeited.  Hands On! has a zero-tolerance policy in regards to aggression, foul language, or failure to follow rules.
  • Please keep toys, books, technology, and all other personal belongings at home. Hands On! is not responsible for lost/stolen/damaged items.
  • All campers must be fully toilet trained.  If it becomes evident that a camper is not fully toilet trained, they will be dismissed from camp and all fees paid will be forfeited.
  • Hands On! reserves the right to cancel any week of camp and will fully refund fees paid in the event a camp is canceled based on attendance/registration or unforeseen circumstances.
  • All fees paid will be forfeited in the event of any dismissal.

Health and Wellness Policies

General Health

  • If your child is exhibiting signs of ANY illness, please keep them at home.  Campers who develop signs of illness while at camp will be sent home.  Hands On! has a zero-tolerance policy regarding any individual exhibiting symptoms of a potentially spreadable illness.
  • Symptoms include (but are not limited to): fever, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, coughing, excessive congestion or runny nose, sore throat, unexplained rash, or excessively watery eyes (not related to allergies).
  • Campers may return 48 hours after their symptoms are resolved.
  • Prorated refunds will apply if a camper has to miss due to illness or the camper may reschedule for a different week of camp at no additional cost, subject to availability.


  • For summer camp masking procedures, we will follow the most current CDC guidelines.  As of March 1st, 2023, the risk for Washington County, TN is “medium” and masking is optional.  To check the current risk level please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html
  • If a camper or household/family member tests positive for COVID-19, the camper may not return to camp that week.  If a camper exhibits symptoms but tests negative, they may return to camp 48 hours after their symptoms have been resolved, without the use of medication.

For More Information:

Please email reservations@visithandson.org for more information.