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Camp Midway 2017 - Midway Village

Welcome to Camp Midway! Week-long camps are open to children ages 5 - 11. Campers must have completed kindergarten. Campers bring their own lunch and snacks each day of camp. For children age 2 to pre-K, we have an array of 1-hour adventures for parent and child.

To register online, just complete the form at the bottom of this page for up to three children. After submitting it, you'll be taken to our convenient payment page; where you can pay securely through PayPal (no PayPal account is required).

NOTE: If you want to register for multiply day camp sessions this summer, payment plan options are available. Please call Museum Educator Caitlin Treece at 815-397-9112, x106 to arrange your payment option.

Summer Camp - New FriendsFULL WEEK CAMP FEES

Short Day - 9:00-2:30
$90/museum members; $115/non-members

Full Day - 8:00-5:30
$100/museum members; $125/non members

We are back for another year of History’s Mysteries as campers, head back into the past in our museum’s 13-acre Victorian Village. Explore, discover, make new friends and learn while participating in arts, crafts, activities, games, and fun! Each week is a brand new adventure at Midway Village.

Summer Camp Benefits:

  • Choose between short and long day offerings
  • Each week campers work on week-long, intensive projects
  • Every Friday, campers invite their families to a program, and ice cream social!
  • Week-long camps foster new friendships, social skills, and imaginative play
  • Campers will leave excited about history, while participating in these one-of-a-kind immersive camp experiences

FULL WEEK CAMPS

History’s Mysteries: It's Elementary, My Dear

June 19th-23rd

Ancient cultures describe nature in five elements: Earth, metal, wood, water and fire. Each day of camp learn how people of the past used the elements. On metal day witness a blacksmith as he forges metal into useful tools, or on earth day look at the how the farmers used earth to make food. Did our ancestors become masters of the elements or did the elements master them.

History’s Mysteries: For Everything there is a Season

June 26th-30th

Learn how people lived in the four seasons of the past. Explore activities to stop the boredom in the winter, or what crops to plant when. Learn how people dealt with the extreme temperatures of hot and cold in a time before heaters and air conditioners. Learn about the activities common, clothes worn, challenges faced, and more in each season of the year.

History’s Mysteries: Storybook Quests

July 10th-14th

Become the main character in some of the most beloved books of the Victorian Era (and now!) White wash a fence as the mischievous Tom Sawyer, Journey to the Center of the Earth, hunt for treasure with Captain Flint from Treasure Island, live on the prairie or in the big woods with Laura Ingalls and her family, and more!

History’s Mysteries: Dirty Jobs

July 17th-21st

Investigate some of the jobs that people of the past had to do by hand that we now do with machines and electricity. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty as a blacksmith, cook, printer and more in our Victorian village. Kids will participate in activities like: Brick making, cowboy roping and leather tooling, making paper and printing their own headlines, making pottery, a visit to the blacksmith, and more!

History’s Mysteries: Weird History

July 24th-28th

The weirdness never ends with this summer’s week full of secret societies, crazy occurrences, conspiracy theories, wild prophecies, and bizarre inventions in history.

History’s Mysteries: Have a Blast from the Past

July 31-August 4

Full of hands on fun, this camp examines 100 year old games and toys. Campers will spend the week outside, teaming up to play yard and lawn games, fool around with vintage and modern toys, and make their own games to take home.

History’s Mysteries: Wagon Train Adventure

August 7-11

Spend each day living the life of a pioneer. Pack your wagon, cook your food, learn about plants and animals in the area, and more! Build a life in your new location, plan your home, garden, and complete all your chores before winter sets in.

Pre-K Adventures - 1 hour Programs

Age 2-pre K

Children and their adult companions will explore history through touch, songs, crafts, and more in these 1 hour programs from 10-11:00 each Friday each week from June 19th-August 11th (no camp week of July 4th).

Cost: $10 per child

  • Animal Planet, June 23
  • Digging in the Dirt, June 30
  • Messy Art, July 14
  • Pioneer Life, July 21
  • Around the World, July 28
  • Five Senses, August 4
  • Water World, August 11

REGISTRATION FORM

Please use the online form below to register up to three children for Camp Midway programs. Important: After successfully submitting your registration details, you will be redirected to our PayPal Payment Form. Payment must be completed for your registration(s) to assure a spot is reserved for your child.

Parent or Legal Guardian Name (required):

Parent/Guardian Email (required):

Daytime Phone:

Child's Name 1:

Date of Birth:

Current Age:

Current Grade:

Gender: Male     Female

History’s Mysteries: Full Week Camps for Ages 5 - 11 (please select all that apply):
  It's Elementary, My Dear - June 19th-23rd       For Everything there is a Season - June 26th-30th       Storybook Quests - July 10th-14th       Dirty Jobs - July 17th-21st       Weird History - July 24th-28th       Have a Blast from the Past - July 31-August 4       Wagon Train Adventure - August 7-11

Pre-K Adventures - 1 hour Programs for Ages 2 to Pre-K (please select all that apply):
  Animal Planet - June 23       Digging in the Dirt - June 30       Messy Art - July 14       Pioneer Life - July 21       Around the World - July 28       Five Senses - August 4       Water World - August 11    


Child's Name 2:

Date of Birth:

Current Age:

Current Grade:

Gender: Male     Female

History’s Mysteries: Full Week Camps for Ages 5 - 11 (please select all that apply):
  It's Elementary, My Dear - June 19th-23rd       For Everything there is a Season - June 26th-30th       Storybook Quests - July 10th-14th       Dirty Jobs - July 17th-21st       Weird History - July 24th-28th       Have a Blast from the Past - July 31-August 4       Wagon Train Adventure - August 7-11

Pre-K Adventures - 1 hour Programs for Ages 2 to Pre-K (please select all that apply):
  Animal Planet - June 23       Digging in the Dirt - June 30       Messy Art - July 14       Pioneer Life - July 21       Around the World - July 28       Five Senses - August 4       Water World - August 11    


Child's Name 3:

Date of Birth:

Current Age:

Current Grade:

Gender: Male     Female

History’s Mysteries: Full Week Camps for Ages 5 - 11 (please select all that apply):
  It's Elementary, My Dear - June 19th-23rd       For Everything there is a Season - June 26th-30th       Storybook Quests - July 10th-14th       Dirty Jobs - July 17th-21st       Weird History - July 24th-28th       Have a Blast from the Past - July 31-August 4       Wagon Train Adventure - August 7-11

Pre-K Adventures - 1 hour Programs for Ages 2 to Pre-K (please select all that apply):
  Animal Planet - June 23       Digging in the Dirt - June 30       Messy Art - July 14       Pioneer Life - July 21       Around the World - July 28       Five Senses - August 4       Water World - August 11    

Upon form submission, you will be redirected to our online payment page. Payment may also be made in person, at the Museum front desk.