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We are excited to be back in-person for camps this summer! 

IMAS Operation Imagination Summer Camps are available weekly Monday-Friday, 9 AM-3 PM beginning June 7. Each week will host no more than 16 campers who will be guided by two IMAS Educators in our Discovery Pavilion. Campers will sit two per table and have their own supply box and cubby for the week. Camp stations will be cleaned twice a day—after lunch and at the end of the camp day. Campers are required to wear masks when on museum grounds, including outdoor spaces. Campers must bring a bag lunch and a reusable water bottle. Safety guidelines and requirements may be revised to ensure the safest camp experience. Camp is $160 per week per camper (member discount available). Registration for all in-person camps opens Saturday, May 1. 

Occurring simultaneously, a limited number of Virtual Camps will be offered for an at-home experience. Weekly Virtual Camps include a kit of 14 activities and an afternoon webinar session each camp day. Virtual Camp is free with limited registration opening Monday, May 24 on a rolling basis. 

Take a peek at both camp schedules below. Most camp weeks are designed for rising 3rd-6th graders. Your scientists and artists won’t want to miss out on this summer fun!

Read our camp Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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In-Person Summer Camps

Monday – Friday
9 AM – 3 PM

Recommended for rising 3rd-6th Graders

June 7: Watercolor Painters: SOLD OUT  Practice the basics of watercolors and go in depth with technique to paint a landscape, galaxy art, and a still life masterpiece. (Beginner to intermediate level art camp.)

June 14: Nature Lovers: SOLD OUT Explore the natural world and learn about environmental science. Tend to a mini garden, participate in a fossil dig, and build a bug home.  

June 21: Glowing Geologists: SOLD OUT Dig into the world of rocks, minerals, and more. Create a crystal painting, learn to classify rocks and go in depth about the rock cycle. 

June 28: Mission to Mars: SOLD OUT Build a Mars rover, train like an astronaut, learn about habitable planets, and design your own space suit.  

Mission to Mars campers will meet virtually with a member of the Artemis team, NASA’s new lunar exploration program!


July 5: Amazing Anatomy (5th-7th graders): SOLD OUT Learn all about the human body, inside and out!  

July 12: Sketch Artists: SOLD OUT Advance your drawing skills and learn a new medium every day. We will draw human faces, skeletons, and other subjects from real life with charcoal, graphite and other materials.  

July 19: Being Green: SOLD OUT Grow your green thumb as you learn about composting, explore renewable energy, and how to care for the planet.  

July 26: IMAS Coders: SOLD OUT Build your basic coding skills as you work with simple circuits, computer coding, and more.  

August 1: Zoology Camp: SOLD OUT Explore a new animal kingdom each day and learn about unique animal characteristics, eco-tourism, endangered species, and basic animal needs. 

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Operation Imagination Winter Camp

Virtual Summer Camps

Virtual Camp Registration Opens Two Weeks Prior to Each Camp

June 7:  All Around the World: SOLD OUT  Virtually visit Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and South America and conduct activities to learn about other cultures. (Registration opens May 24.)

June 21: Art History Camp: SOLD OUT Explore the history of five women artists as you create artworks inspired by their legacies. (Registration opens June 7.)

July 5: Myth Mysteries: SOLD OUT Learn about folklore from different parts of the world and create puppets, poetry, maps and more!  (Registration opens June 21.)

July 19: Festival Fun: SOLD OUT You’re invited to learn about the history of holidays! From Mardi Gras to Día de los Muertos, each day is dedicated to a unique festival. (Registration opens July 5.)

Register for Virtual Camp [Opens May 24]
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Camp Health & Safety Info

Camper’s temperature will be taken each day with a no-touch thermometer.

Masks are required for all campers at all times, and for caregivers during drop-off and pickup times. Campers are welcome to wear their own face shields.

Campers will be asked to be pre-screened by caregivers before being dropped off each camp day for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated Shaking with Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling Feverish or a Measured Temperature Greater Than or Equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

Campers must stay home if they’ve:

  • Been in Close Contact with a Person who is a Lab Confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Traveled internationally or to an area with an active CDC travel alert within the last 14 days.

It is imperative that you tell our staff if any of these symptoms have manifested in your child. Any camper showing signs of illness during the camp day will be separated and caregiver(s) will be called for 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.
  • Masks are required for all campers, visitors and IMAS staff.
  • Handwashing will be required throughout the day, including before and after meals. Camp restrooms will only be used by attending campers.
  • IMAS will promote social distancing within the large classroom space during camp activities and mealtimes, and within the exhibit spaces during presentations.
  • Limit sharing of supplies and workspaces. Each camper will have their own supply box and cubby to use throughout the week.
  • Campers will sit two to a table (at each end of a 6-ft table). Tables are arranged 3-feet apart.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in the camp area and throughout the museum.
  • Camp staff are screened daily upon arrival to work and their temperature is recorded.

Our cleaning procedures for the museum include:

  • Regular cleaning throughout the day of high touch areas and surfaces such as doorknobs/handles, chairs, and tables.
  • Regular cleaning and sanitization throughout the day of reception, restrooms, and high traffic areas.
  • Hand sanitizer is available upon entering the museum and throughout exhibits.
  • Ample supply of soap and paper towels available in restrooms.

Per the health and safety protocols published by the State of Texas for Day Youth Camps, campers confirmed to have COVID-19 may not return to the current camp session or other camp sessions until all three of the following criteria are met: at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the individual has improvement of symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

In-Person Camp Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Operation Imagination Summer Camp is $160 (discounted to $128 for members) per week, per camper. The IMAS has a no refund or credit policy on camps, admission, and workshop fees.

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

  • Campers will be asked to be pre-screened by caregivers before being dropped off each day.
  • Masks are required
  • Temperature taking of all campers and staff
  • Drop off and pickup will take place outside
  • Social distancing & limited ratios
  • Hand washing required throughout the day

Please click here to view our current health & safety policies.

Camp is developed for rising 3rd through 6th graders, with the exception of the week of July 5-9. Amazing Anatomy camp is designed for rising 5th-7th graders.

Campers should be within the suggested grade levels. Our camps are specifically designed in those in mind, though attendance is at the discretion of the adult registering the camper. A reminder that camps are not refundable nor can credit be offered.

Camp takes place in IMAS classrooms, exhibit spaces and outdoor areas within the museum grounds.

1900 West Nolana Avenue
McAllen, TX 78504

International Museum of Art & Science IMAS

Camp will run weekly from June 7 through August 16, 2021. Camps run Monday-Friday from 9 AM-3 PM.

June 7-11: Watercolor Painters
June 14-18: Nature Lovers
June 21-25: Glowing Geologists
June 28-July 2: Mission to Mars
July 5-9: Amazing Anatomy (5th-7th graders)
July 12-16: Sketch Artists
July 19-23: Being Green
July 26-30: IMAS Coders
August 1-6: Zoology

The weekly camp fee includes facilitation of daily activities, exploration of the museum exhibits, and unforgettable summer memories! A daily afternoon snack is also provided. In the case of allergies, an alternate snack (a fruit) will be provided, though campers may bring their own snack.

Each registered camper will be given one complimentary reusable/washable face mask.

Campers should only bring a lunchbox and a reusable water bottle. Caregivers are welcome to supply an extra set of clothes for the week if desired.

Hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes will be made available for all campers to use.

Once you are registered you will be asked to submit a completed Camper Information Form.

Please make sure you include the email and phone number for the person who will be the main contact. We also ask for an alternate emergency contact.

Caregivers are contacted in cases of sickness or if a change of clothes are needed. 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 AM-3 PM. Campers can be dropped off between 8:50-9:00 AM. Aftercare is from 3:00-3:30 PM. Campers must be picked up by 3:30 PM or late pickup fees will apply. Drop off and pick up will be located outside in front of the museum.


8:50-9:00 AM – Camp Drop Off
9:00-9:30 AM – Team Building
9:30-10:30 AM – Activity 1
10:30-11:00 AM – Exhibit Exploration
11:00-11:30 AM – Lunch Time (outdoors when good weather)
11:30 AM-12:00 PM – Recess (outdoors when good weather)
12:00-1:45 PM – Activity 2
1:45-2:00 PM – Snack Time (outdoors when good weather)
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. Masks are required for all caregivers during these times.

Drop Off: Caregivers and campers should remain in the vehicle until greeted by an IMAS staff member. Camper’s temperature will be recorded upon arrival each camp day by an IMAS staff member, with a no-touch thermometer at the forehead. We prefer campers stay seated in the car for the temperature check. Campers will then be walked to the classroom by an IMAS staff member. It is helpful if caregivers let campers know what mornings will be like at camp.

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 for camper release. Caregivers will wait in their vehicles for the camper to come out from the museum, escorted by a staff member. In the case of early pickup, the caregiver will need to come inside to the front desk 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. We will wait 5 minutes past the pickup end time and then wait outside with the camper.

A $5 late fee will be charged after the first 5 minutes of late pickup (after 3:35 PM). Late pickup fees can be paid via check, cash, or credit card at the end of the camp week at the front desk.

Register for each camp weekly through the links provided above. Our system will require registration, or you may use a previous account if you have ever purchased online previously. Alternately, you may call the IMAS at (956) 681-2800 and register over the phone during business hours Wednesday through Saturday.

Members, when registering online, please log in first and the discount will be applied at checkout. If the discount does not appear, please call during business hours at (956) 681-2800 for assistance.

The IMAS has a no refund, no credit policy. 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 will not be offered. The camp is being sold for each week in its entirety.

Register [Opens May 1]

Virtual Camp FAQs

Weekly Virtual Summer Camps are available to register for through the links provided above. Alternately, you may call the IMAS at (956) 681-2800 and register over the phone. Registration opens two weeks prior to the camp. Virtual Camps have limited capacity, and registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A parent/guardian must pick up the camp kit from the museum during designed pickup times. Kits will NOT be mailed.

Virtual Summer Camp webinars will be held online via Zoom. Campers will complete activities independently throughout the camp week at home.

Yes. A parent/guardian will need to pick up the camp kit from the IMAS the weekend before the camp. Designated kit pickup times will be emailed to parents who purchase kits.

Address for kit pickup: 1900 West Nolana Avenue McAllen, TX 78504

The camp kit includes supplies and instructions for 2-3 hands-on lessons per day. That’s a total of 14 activities for one camper! Activities are based on the camp week theme and are to be completed independently. In addition, purchasing a kit includes access to daily webinars with IMAS Educators via Zoom. One activity will be completed during the afternoon webinar. Please see the sample schedule below for more details.

Kit lessons for Virtual Summer Camp are developed for rising 3rd through 6th graders. Camp lessons can certainly be completed by campers at other grade levels at the discretion of parents. Some activities may require more support from adult supervisors for younger campers.

Camp 1 (June 7-11): All Around the World

Camp 2 (June 21-25): Art History Camp

Camp 3 (July 5-9): Myth Mysteries

Camp 4 (July 19-23): Festival Fun

A suggested daily Virtual Summer Camp schedule is below. Webinars will be from 1:00-2:15 PM on Monday-Friday each camp week.

Morning: Lessons 1
Afternoon: Lesson 2
1:00-2:15 PM – Live Webinar Sessions w/ IMAS Educators

Campers are able to participate in online and digital activities with IMAS staff and affiliated speakers. All online webinars will take place through the meeting platform Zoom Mon-Fri from 1:00-2:15 PM. Sessions are not available for access afterward.


12:55 PM – Log In: Parent/guardian help camper join webinar. Participants will be muted upon entry. Video is optional but strongly encouraged for the best camp experience.

1:00-1:30 PM – Digital Engagement: Camp staff will extend the camp experience with a short digital activity or presentation that ties in with the weekly theme; for example, campers will view select artworks from IMAS collections or take a virtual tour of a museum.

1:30-2:00 PM – Webinar Activity: Campers will complete a third lesson guided by camp staff.

2:00-2:15 PM – Q&A: Camp staff takes questions from campers.


12:55 PM – Log In: Parent/guardian help camper join webinar. Participants will be muted upon entry. Video is optional but strongly encouraged for the best camp experience.

1:00-2:10 PM – Show & Tell: Campers will take a turn showing what they made and sharing what they learned that week

2:10-2:15 PM – Goodbyes

Campers will need internet connection and a computer/tablet to access these sessions. The link and instructions for joining will be sent the first day of the camp week to the parent/guardian’s email provided on the Camper Information Form. There is no additional cost to access Zoom webinars for camp.

An adult is required to be in the same space as their camper during webinar sessions with IMAS staff. Campers may also need assistance with technical issues or getting set up

To maintain a positive camp experience and ensure online safety, all parents/guardians and campers are asked to follow the following privacy guidelines.

· Webinar sessions are designed for campers. To prevent disruptions, parents/guardians should not actively participate in the sessions.

· Do not video record, audio record, photograph, live stream, or transmit in any other way any part of the webinar sessions, including not posting on any social media platform, so camper information remains confidential.

· You are responsible for your camper’s use of digital resources.

· The IMAS require that an adult be present in the same space/room as the camper when attending live webinar sessions with camp staff, to assist with technical issues and in the case of an emergency.

We understand that a household may have more than one child. While it may be okay to all listen in on the meetings, only the registered child may participate actively in the webinar. You’re granted access to the number of camp kits you’ve purchased (2 kits = 2 campers on single webinar).

The IMAS has a no refund policy. All proceeds benefit the IMAS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and cancellations or no-shows will not be refunded or given credit.

No. The kit is being sold for each week in its entirety.

Register for Virtual Camp [Opens May 24]

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