IMAS Camps

Operation Imagination Summer Camps

June 3, 2024 – August 2, 2024

Summer Camp Registration

Operation Imagination: Summer Camp is back with exciting themes in addition to camp favorites from the past. Registration opens Friday, April 5th at 8:00 a.m. and only online enrollment is available. Camps run Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with exceptions for Week 3 (June 17 – June 21). Drop off runs from 8:30-9:00 a.m. and pick up runs from 3:00-3:30 p.m.

Camp includes engaging activities, museum exhibit exploration, outdoor recess and an afternoon snack. Campers must have a reusable water bottle. Lunch through McAllen ISD’s summer feeding program is offered for all campers. Campers with dietary needs are welcome to bring their own lunch and snacks.

$190 per Camp
$152 for IMAS Members

5% Sibling Discount Code: OISB2
All children must be in same family unit and fall within the camp week’s grade level. Improper use will result in cancellation.

Explore the camp schedule below. Each week is designed for a specific grade level range. Your curious campers won’t want to miss out on this summer fun!

Read our camp Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Being Green

For incoming 2nd-4th graders.

Grow into a blooming botanist and learn how to be a mini gardener as we learn more about the importance of plants, their lifecycle, and basic needs.

Puppet Masters Go to the Movies

For incoming 3rd–6th graders.

Learn the ancient art of storytelling through puppetry and theatre as we explore marionettes and shadow play. Create your own collection of handmade puppets, props and create a film of your puppet production.

June 10 – June 14

Brainiacs

For incoming 4th-8th graders. 

Explore the power of the brain through brain challenges and experiments. Explore the anatomy of our cranium and more, this camp includes a sheep brain dissection.

Time Travelers

For incoming 2nd-4th graders.

Become a junior anthropologist as you travel through time and learn about ancient societies and cultures from the past.

June 17 – June 21

This camp will be Monday-Tuesday, closed on Wednesday, June 19th, in observance of Juneteenth, and resumes Thursday-Friday.
This camp has a reduced rate of $150 ($120 for IMAS Members).

Jr. Geologists

For incoming 4th-8th graders. 

Discover and learn more about the science of geology, the rock cycle, Mohs hardness scale and other mineral characteristics along with microscopy observations.

Textile Crafters

For incoming 4th-8th graders. 

Take a closer look at our collection of textiles! Learn how to make simple works of art through sewing, embroidery, and fabric design.

June 24 – June 28

Roaming Dinos

For incoming 2nd-4th graders.

Dig into Earth’s historic past and learn more about the Terrible Lizards that roamed the land. Explore what it takes to be a paleontologist and learn about the tools and methods they use!

Buzzing Entomologist

For incoming 3rd–6th graders.

Crawl into the world of insects as we learn about the science of entomology and discover the importance of bugs in our natural world through art and science activities.

July 8 – July 12

Experimental STEAM

For incoming 6th-9th graders. 

Explore the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math throughout the week as we experiment with circuits, coding, physics, and more! Campers will work together to solve engineering challenges as they learn about careers in STEM.

Visual Artist Explorer

For incoming 2nd-4th graders.

Get messy and find your inner artist as you explore different ways of creating art as we get a closer look at IMAS exhibits and collection. This camp will explore the visual arts through painting, sculpture, drawing and more!

July 15 – July 19

Texas Explorers

For incoming 3rd–6th graders.

Everything is bigger in Texas, even the biomes and animals! Uncover the amazing landscapes and learn more about the animal adaptations and why they call Texas home.

Visual Artist Expert

For incoming 6th-9th graders. 

Refine your fine art skills and create works to be on display at the museum! This camp will explore the visual arts through painting, printmaking, and drawing. Artworks will be exhibited from August 2nd through August 25th. Reception will be held August 2.

July 22 – July 26

MPU Camp:
Splashing Oceanologist

For incoming 3rd–6th graders.

Dive into the world of water as we learn about the depths of the oceans, explore bioluminescence, and make a splash as we learn more about our Laguna Madre and Gulf of Mexico. This camp has a reduced rate of $50 ($40 for IMAs Members). This camp is hosted in collaboration with McAllen Public Utility.

Visual Artist Apprentice

For incoming 3rd–6th graders.

Art lovers wanted! Get creative as we learn about different forms of art and practice your craft! This camp will explore the visual arts through painting, printmaking, and drawing.

July 29 – August 2

Mysterious Cosmos

For incoming 3rd–6th graders.

Uncover the secrets of the universe as we dive into black holes, life cycle of stars, and more! This camp includes art and science lessons about the cosmos and StarLab and SOS presentations.

Movie Makers

For incoming 6th-9th graders. 

Learn about storyboards, scripts, and set design as you direct your own short film or stop-motion video with a team. Explore special movie effects through editing, make-up, and costume design.
Reception will be held August 2.

Movie Makers & Visual Artist Expert
Reception

August 2
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Parents and guardians are invited to IMAS to celebrate the artistic work created by both Visual Artists Expert and Movie Makers campers. Come together and grab a bag of popcorn as we see beautiful works of art both film and visual arts.

Summer Camp
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Operation Imagination: Summer Camp is $190 (discounted to $152 for IMAS Members) per camp week, per camper. The IMAS has a no refund or credit policy on camps, admission, and workshop fees. Registrations cannot be transferred to other campers.

Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Camp will run weekly Monday-Friday from June 3 through August 2, 2024, with the exceptions listed below. Camp days run 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with drop off from 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and pick up from 3:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. For early or late pickups, the caregiver must come inside for assistance.

CAMP SCHEDULE EXCEPTIONS

  • Jr. Geologist and Textile Crafters will run Monday- Tuesday, closed on Wednesday, June 19th, in observance of Juneteenth, and resumes Thursday – Friday.
  • There will be no camp week of July 1-5.

Camp takes place at IMAS inside exhibit spaces and outdoor areas within the museum grounds.

Address:
1900 West Nolana Avenue McAllen, TX 78504

  • Camps are held in an indoor classroom though capacity is limited so there is plenty of space.
  • Handwashing before meals.
  • All camp staff are CPR and First Aid certified.

Campers should be within the assigned grade level range for the camp week. Our camps are specifically designed with those levels in mind. To ask for an exception, please email Selena Garza at sgarza@theimasonline.com with case details. Not all inquiries will be granted. A reminder that camps are non-refundable and non-transferrable, and credit cannot be offered for camp week changes.

The weekly camp fee includes daily activities, exploration of the museum exhibits, and unforgettable summer memories! Each camper will be given one complimentary camp shirt for the season.

A nutritious lunch is available courtesy of McAllen ISD’s summer feeding program through August 3. An afternoon snack and juice is provided each camp day. In the case of dietary needs, an alternate snack (fresh fruit) will be provided. Campers may bring their own sack lunch and snack if desired.

Campers need to bring a reusable water bottle. A light jacket is recommended.

A nutritious school lunch is available courtesy of McAllen ISD’s summer feeding program through June 4 – August 1.

An afternoon snack and juice is provided each camp day. In the case of dietary needs, an alternate snack (fresh fruit) will be provided. Campers may bring their own sack lunch and snack if desired.

Caregivers are welcome to supply an extra set of clothes for the week, if desired. Campers are welcome to bring items that help them cope such as stuffed animals or fidgets. We discourage campers from brining gaming devices.

Please be sure to provide the correct parent/guardian and emergency contact information upon registering online. Caregivers are contacted in cases of sickness, if a change of clothes is needed, or if campers are not picked up on time. You are welcome to send your camper with an extra set of clothes at the beginning of the week. Full or partial refunds based on the health of a child are not eligible.

Camps run from 9:oo a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Campers may be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and picked up between 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
A late pickup fee of $5 per child will apply for children not picked up by 3:35 p.m. Drop off and pick up will be located outside in the semi-circle drive in front of the museum.

SAMPLE CAMP SCHEDULE

8:30-9:00 AM – Camp Drop Off

9:00-9:30 AM – Team Building


9:30-10:30 AM – Activity 1


10:30-11:00 AM – Recess (outdoors)


11:00-11:30 AM – Lunch Time


11:30 AM-12:00 PM – Exhibit Exploration


12:00-1:45 PM – Activity 2


1:45-2:00 PM – Snack Time


2:00-3:00 PM – Activity 3


3:00-3:30 PM – Camp Pick Up

Camp drop off and pick up will take place outside in the semi-circle drive in front of the museum. Campers will be escorted to and from the vehicle each day. It is helpful if caregivers let campers know what drop off and pickup will be like at camp before arriving.

Drop Off: Caregivers and campers should remain in the vehicle until greeted by an IMAS staff member. Caregiver will be prompted to sign their camper in on the paper roster. Campers will then be walked to the classroom by an IMAS staff member.

Pick Up: After pulling into the semi-circle drive, an IMAS staff member will ask for your camper’s name. A photo ID may need to be provided by additional designated adults for camper release. Caregiver will be prompted to sign their camper out on the paper roster. Caregivers will wait in their vehicles for the camper to come out from the museum, escorted by a staff member.

Campers may be dropped off between 8:30-9:00 AM and picked up by 3:30 PM. A late pickup fee of $5 per child will apply for children not picked up by 3:35 PM.

In the case of early or late pickup, the caregiver will need to come inside for assistance.

We understand that occasionally caregivers will be late due to situations outside of your control. If you are running late, please call our main line at (956) 681-2800. Otherwise, we will wait 5 minutes past the pickup end time and then call caregivers.

A late pickup fee of $5 per child will apply for children not picked up by 3:35 PM. Late pickup fees can be paid via check, cash, or credit card upon arrival at the Admissions desk. Caregivers will need to come inside to pick up children past 3:35 PM.

Register for camp through the link provided above. Our system will require a log in. You will need to create an account if this is your first registration with IMAS. Be sure to use a previous account if you have purchased online previously. You may call the IMAS at (956) 681-2800 for assistance, though we are no longer able to register camps over the phone or in person.

Be sure to select the correct ticket pricing based on child’s age before adding to cart. Then, go to your cart and select Complete Purchase. You will be required to fill out the information for your camper. Please double check your information is correct before purchasing.

Members, when registering online, please log in first to see the discounted price. If the discounted price does not appear, please call during business hours at (956) 681-2800 for assistance.

Yes. We are offering a sibling discount when registering 2 or more children. Children must be within the same family unit and fall within the camp week’s required grade level.

Use code “OISB2 at checkout for 5% off the camp week price per child.

Only valid for minimum of 2 campers and maximum of 5 campers per Patron.Improper use of code will result in a cancellation and request to pay the correct amount. This could result in a loss of the camp seat.

The IMAS has a no refund, no credit policy. Campers cannot be moved to other camp weeks. Camp registrations cannot be transferred to another child, regardless of relation. All proceeds benefit the IMAS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and cancellations or no-shows will be retained as a donation to the museum.

Single days are not offered. The camp is being sold for each week in its entirety.