Operation Imagination Summer Camp

Summer Camp registration opens May 2nd!

Operation Imagination: Summer Camp begins June 6 with new themes in addition to camp favorites. Camps run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Morning and afternoon camp care is offered for an additional $25. Only online enrollment is available.

Each week hosts a limited number of campers in our large Discovery Pavilion with outdoor recess and snack times. Campers must bring a bag lunch and reusable water bottle. (Lunches from McAllen ISD are available Mon-Thr.) An afternoon snack and juice are provided.

$160 per week ($132 for IMAS Members)
$185 per week with camp care ($157 for IMAS Members)

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)

Monday – Friday
9 AM – 3 PM

Each week is designed for a specific grade level range

June 6-10: Around the World: SOLD OUT Travel around the world to discover the amazing cultures of the Inuit, the Olmecs, the Inca Empire, the Zulu people, and the Sumerian Empire. For rising 4th-8th graders.

June 13-17: Engineer It!: SOLD OUT Explore the different branches of engineering: electrical, civil, mechanical, industrial, and chemical. For rising 4th-8th graders.

June 20-24: IMAS Stars: SOLD OUTHit the stage and become an IMAS Star by mastering the art of theater performance. For rising 3rd-6th graders.

June 27-July 1: Marine Biologists: SOLD OUT Dive into the field of marine biology with McAllen Public Utility and explore local water systems. Learn about marine animals through science activities including a starfish dissection. For incoming 6th-8th graders.

July 11-15: Mad Scientists: SOLD OUT Delve into a mad scientist’s mind with science experiments. For rising 2nd-5th graders.

July 18-22: Visual Artists: SOLD OUT Refine your fine art skills and create works to be exhibited at the museum! Artworks will be exhibited from August 10 through September 18. For rising 6th-12th graders.

July 25-29: Movie Makers: SOLD OUT Direct your own short film and take part in the Movie Makers Premiere at the end of the week! For rising 3rd-6th graders.

August 1-5: Being Green: SOLD OUT Grow your green thumb as you learn how to better care for the planet. For rising 3rd-6th graders.

SOLD OUT
IMAS Summer Camp
Operation Imagination Winter Camp

Camp Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Operation Imagination Summer Camp is $160 (discounted to $132 for members) per week, per camper. Camp care is an additional $25 per 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.

  • Campers are encouraged to wear masks though it is not required.
  • Camps are held in a large, indoor room though capacity is limited so there is plenty of space.
  • Handwashing before meals.

Campers should be within the assigned grade level range for the camp week. Our camps are specifically designed with those levels in mind. For exceptions to this, please email Claudia Martinez, Director of Education, at cmartinez@theimasonline.com. A reminder that camps are non-refundable and non-transferrable, and credit cannot be offered for camp week changes.

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

Address:
1900 West Nolana Avenue
McAllen, TX 78504

International Museum of Art & Science IMAS

Camp will run weekly from June 6 through August 5, 2022. No camp week of July 4. Camps run Monday-Friday from 9 AM-3 PM. Beforecare runs from 8:30-9 AM and aftercare runs from 3-4:30 PM

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

Camp care is offered for an additional $25 per week, per camper. Beforecare runs from 8:30-9:00 AM and aftercare runs from 3:00-4:30 PM. Campers are free to play in our indoor or outdoor exhibit spaces during care times.

Each camper will be given one complimentary camp shirt for the season.

Campers should only bring a lunch, a reusable water bottle, and a light jacket. A limited number of school lunches are available courtesy of McAllen ISD’s summer meal program on Mondays-Thursdays through July 28.

Caregivers are welcome to supply an extra set of clothes for the week, if desired. Campers are welcome to bring fidgets that help them cope.

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 AM-3 PM. Campers may be dropped off between 8:55-9:00 AM and picked up by 3:10 PM. Beforecare beginning at 8:30 AM and aftercare until 4:30 PM is available for additional cost of $25 per week, per camper. A late pickup fee of $5 per child will apply for children not picked up by 3:15 PM (or 4:35 for aftercare children). 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 – Beforecare (additional cost)
8:55-9:00 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
3:00-3:10 PM – Camp Pick Up
3:00-4:30 PM – Aftercare (additional cost)

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

Campers may be dropped off between 8:55-9:00 AM and picked up by 3:10 PM. Beforecare beginning at 8:30 AM and aftercare until 4:30 PM is available for additional cost of $25 per week, per camper. A late pickup fee of $5 per child will apply for children not picked up by 3:15 PM (or 4:35 for aftercare children).

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 call caregivers.

A late pickup fee of $5 per child will apply for children not picked up by 3:15 PM (or 4:35 for aftercare children). Late pickup fees can be paid via check, cash, or credit card upon arrival at the Admissions desk.

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 and if you want to include additional camp care before adding to cart. 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.

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. This applies for camp care pricing as well.

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