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Northwest Kansas Travel CampsWe’re Bringing Camps Back to Northwest Kansas!

Through generous funding from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, your child can be part of the Exploration Place Travel Camp—Brickmania Agriculture and Animal Care! Your child will partner with 2 to 3 children about the same age. Together, they will complete exciting engineering challenges and fun science activities with Legos and other tools, including:

  • Building and coding a robotic vehicle to achieve an agricultural task.
  • Discovering how farmers use satellites by using GPS.
  • Exploring the work of animal care.
  • Planning and building a rural town with electricity and vehicles.
  • Designing a Lego farm.
  • Building their own moving animal to take home.

Want to learn more about how Travel Camps operate? See the FAQs below.

26 Sites in NW Kansas

Ages 6 - 13

9 am - 4 pm Daily

$75 Per Camper

2024 Locations A-Z

CityDateLocationAddress
AtwoodJune 10 - 14Rawlins County Elementary205 N. 4th, Atwood, KS 67730
BellevilleJune 17 - 21Belleville Public Library1327 19th St, Belleville, KS 66935
BeloitJune 24 - 28Beloit Elementary School1201 N. Bell St. Beloit, KS 67420
ColbyJune 24 - 28Colby Community College1255 S Range Ave, Colby, KS 67701 - (Bedker Hall Room 705)
ConcordiaJuly 8 - 12Cloud County Community College2221 Campus Dr, Concordia, KS 66901
EllsworthJune 10 - 14Ellsworth Elementary110 E 3rd St Basecamp 1, Ellsworth, KS 67439
GoodlandJune 3 - 7West Elementary912 W 12th St, Goodland, KS 67735
GrinnellJune 3 - 7Grinnell Grade School202 Monroe St, Grinnell, KS 67738
HaysJune 10 - 14Lincoln Elementary1906 Ash St, Hays, KS 67601
Hill CityJune 24 - 28Hill City Grade School216 N 4th Ave, Hill City, KS 67642
HoxieJuly 8 - 12Hoxie Community School1100 Queen St, Hoxie, KS 67740820 Main Street, Hoxie. KS
LincolnJune 3 - 7Lincoln Elementary304 S 4th St, Lincoln, KS 67455
LindsborgJune 17 - 21Smoky Valley Middle School401 N. Cedar, St. Lindsborg, KS 67456
LoganJune 17 - 21Dane G. Hansen Museum110 E. Main, Logan, KS 67646
MankatoJune 3 - 7Rock Hills Elementary303 N West St, Mankato, KS 66956
MinneapolisJune 24 - 28Minneapolis Grade School317 Argyle Ave, Minneapolis, KS 67467
OakleyJune 3 - 7Oakley Public Library700 W 3rd St, Oakley, KS 67748
OberlinJune 17 - 21Oberlin City Library104 E Oak St, Oberlin, KS 67749
OsborneJuly 15 - 19Osborne Public Library325 W Main St, Osborne, KS 67473
PhillipsburgJuly 15 - 19Phillipsburg City Library888 4th St, Phillipsburg, KS 67661
RussellJune 17 - 21Bickerdyke Elementary348 N Maple St, Russell, KS 67665
Sharon SpringsJune 24 - 28Sharon Springs Public Library414 North Main, Sharon Springs, KS 67758
Smith CenterJune 10 - 14Smith Center Fire Station216 S Washington St, Smith Center, KS 66967
St FrancisJuly 8 - 12St Francis Public Library121 N Scott St, St Francis, KS 67756
StocktonJuly 8 - 12Stockton Elementary201 N Cypress St, Stockton, KS 67669
WaKeeneyJune 10 - 14Trego Grade School612 Junction Avenue WaKeeney, KS 67672

Locations and schedule subject to change.

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Limited spots are available at each site.

If the camp that you are wanting is sold out, join the waitlist.

Scholarships

If your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch and/or your family receives SNAP benefits or other circumstances, please call the host school or community center to apply. If you have scholarship questions, please contact our camp staff at [email protected].

Camp Schedule

Camp Schedule

Travel Camps are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Pick up is at 4:00 pm. Late arrivals (after 9:00 am) and early pickups (before 4:00 pm) are fine. Please be sure to notify the Camp Counselor in case they have plans to be outside or at a park at that time. Also, please always check your child in and out with the Camp Counselor.

Camp Counselors adjust the schedule based on time needed for each activity, but a typical day is something like this:

  • Check-in: 9:00 am
  • STEM Activity 1: 9:15-10 am
  • Morning Recess and snack: 10:00– 10:30 am
  • STEM Activity 2: 10:35-11:45 am
  • Wash hands/Restroom break
  • Lunch: 12:00-12:30 pm
  • Outdoor Recess: 12:30-1:00 pm
  • STEM Activity 3: 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Afternoon snack and outdoor activity or recess: 2:00-2:25 pm
  • STEM Activity 4: 2:30-3:45 pm
  • Clean up: 3:45-4:00 pm
  • Check-out: 4:00 pm
Get Ready for Camp

Get Ready for Camp

What to do:

  • Complete your paperwork before the first day! Check your email, click the link and complete all the required paperwork for your child’s camp before check-in on day one.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather and activities. We will play outdoors and get messy!

What to bring:

  • Pack a lunch in a leak-resistant container with an ice pack if perishables are included. The lunch box and all items inside the lunch bag should labeled with the camper’s name.
  • Bring a water bottle labeled with the camper’s name.
  • No need to include snacks. We provide a healthy morning and afternoon snack for all campers.
  • Exploration Place Summer Camps are peanut and tree-nut free. Please do not pack nuts or nut butters in lunches.
Refund Policy

Refund Policy

We offer a full refund of your camp fee if you inform us at least two weeks (14 days) before the camp starts. In case of medical necessity, a major emergency, or military deployment any time before the camp begins, a full refund will be provided. If you decide to cancel 1 to 13 days before the camp, we are unable to refund your fee, but we are happy to transfer your registration to an available camp on a different date.

Contact Info

Contact Info

If you have questions about summer camps with Exploration Place, you may contact Bentley Richert at (316) 660-0650 or contact us online.

Contact Us

Three of my boys attended the camp in Salina and loved it! They all talk about it and want to go to Exploration Place in Wichita to visit Nicole! Thanks for having this camp.

My 9 year old daughter absolutely enjoyed going to this camp! I thought 9:00-4:00 would be a long day, but it wasn't long enough for her. Looking forward to it next year!

My daughters both LOVED this camp. They came home each day raving about what they had built. It challenged them and was such a positive experience.

The Lego camp was amazing. Our son loved every minute of it. Was so thrilled to have the opportunity for something like this in Western Kansas.

My boys loved the camp and it made them motivate to play with Legos again. Also, it help them with steam: they were thinking how can the car go far? How can I make this higher, etc… we loved it!!!!

Travel Camp FAQs

  • What ages are included in Travel Camps?

    Travel camps are designed for children 6 to 13 years old. Children must have completed Kindergarten, however, to attend. Children are divided into groups based on age so the activities can be done in an age-appropriate manner.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    We offer a full refund of your camp fee if you inform us at least two weeks before the camp starts. In case of medical necessity, a major emergency, or military deployment any time before the camp begins, a full refund will be provided. If you decide to cancel 1 to 13 days before the camp, we are unable to refund your fee, but we are happy to transfer your registration to an available camp on a different date.

  • What is a typical camp day like? Is this the right Camp for my child?

    Exploration Place Travel Camp is somewhat like school with 16 to 23 children and 2 to 3 counselors. The days are filled with fun hands-on STEM activities. Children do these activities as groups of 2 to 4 just like real engineers and scientists.

    • You will have the clearest insight into your child’s comfort and capabilities. Trust your judgment on whether this setting will suit them.
    • We can’t offer refunds after camp has started.
    • Exploration Place camps are open to any child who has completed Kindergarten and is 6 years old.

    We offer reasonable accommodations for children with disabilities. To request such, please reach out to our Camp Manager at (316) 660-0650.

  • What is the daily travel camp schedule?

    Camp Counselors adjust the schedule based on time needed for each activity, but a typical day is something like this:

    • Check-in: 9:00 am
    • STEM Activity 1: 9:15-10 am
    • Morning Recess and snack: 10:00– 10:30 am
    • STEM Activity 2: 10:35-11:45 am
    • Wash hands/Restroom break
    • Lunch: 12:00-12:30 pm
    • Outdoor Recess: 12:30-1:00 pm
    • STEM Activity 3: 1:00-2:00 pm
    • Afternoon snack and outdoor activity or recess: 2:00-2:25 pm
    • STEM Activity 4: 2:30-3:45 pm
    • Clean up: 3:45-4:00 pm
    • Check-out: 4:00 pm
  • May I drop off my child before 9:00 am or pick them up after 4:00 pm?

    Unfortunately, we cannot accept children before 9:00 am or care for them after 4:00 pm. Parents who pick up late should expect to pay additional fees. If a parent consistently arrives late, the child will not be permitted to return to camp.

  • Late arrivals (after 9:00 am) and early pickups (before 4:00 pm)

    Late arrivals (after 9:00 am) and early pickups (before 4:00 pm) are fine. Please be sure to notify the Camp Counselor in case they have plans to be outside or at a park at that time. Also, please always check your child in and out with the Camp Counselor.

  • Do campers leave the Travel Camp location?

    If the location does not have an outdoor playground onsite, the campers may walk to a city park if it is within walking distance and the weather permits. We ask that you sign the permission slip in our system.

  • Do campers spend any time outside?

    Yes! Weather permitting. If the heat index is 95 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or the wind chill temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit campers remain inside. Please dress appropriately for the weather so your child can enjoy playing outside.

  • What should my camper bring and wear to camp?
    • Lunch, packed in a leak-resistant container and labeled with the camper’s name
    • A water bottle labeled with the camper’s name
    • Clothes that can get messy. Daily projects may include materials that can stain and opportunities for kids to get wet, sweaty or dirty.
    • Closed-toe shoes
    • Dress for the weather. We play outside.

    Exploration Place Camps are peanut and tree-nut free. We ask that parents do not pack these items in camper lunches to avoid any allergies.

  • What should my camper leave at home?

    Unless a letter or special request comes from camp staff, campers should leave the following items at home:

    • Electronics, such as any internet-enabled device (phones, watches, iPads)
    • Gaming devices
    • Toys
    • Cards and trading or collectible items

    If a child brings any of the above items, they will be asked to keep them in their backpacks for the duration of camp. Exploration Place is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • My camper has special medical or behavioral needs. Whom do I contact?

    For any camper concerns, contact the Camp Director. There may be special forms that will need to be completed. You may reach the Camp Director at (316) 660-0650 or contact us online.

  • How do I reach the Camp Director?

    You can chat with the Camp Director at check-in or check-out. If you need to reach him during the camp day, please call (316) 660-0650.

BEHAVIOR GUIDANCE AND PARENT INFORMATION
  • What are the behavior guidance and discipline policies for camp?

    Exploration Place’s philosophy of discipline is based on respect for each participant’s self-worth, sensible behavior boundaries with age-appropriate consequences and encouraging youth to manage their own behavior.

    All participants are expected to show respect for themselves and others; consideration for their own and others’ property; and to participate in activities.

    As you prepare for your child to attend camp, please read the Parent Information and Policies.

    If you have concerns about the quality of care, policies, or procedures, please contact the Senior Director of Education at (316) 660-0612.

GROUP ASSIGNMENT AND CLASSROOM QUESTIONS
  • What is a typical camp day like? Is this the right Camp for my child?

    Exploration Place Travel Camp is somewhat like school with 16 to 24 children and 2 to 3 counselors. The days are filled with fun, hands-on STEM activities. Children do these activities as groups of 2 to 4 just like real engineers and scientists.

    • You will have the clearest insight into your child’s comfort and capabilities. Trust your judgment on whether this setting will suit them.
    • We can’t offer refunds after camp has started.
    • Exploration Place camps are open to any child who has completed Kindergarten and is 6 years old.
    • We offer reasonable accommodations for children with disabilities. To request such, please reach out to our Camp Manager at (316) 660-0650.
  • What do I do if I need to speak to my camper’s group leader?

    Camp counselors and leaders are available during check-in and check-out. The staff is not available to take phone calls or have meetings with parents from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. You may also contact us at [email protected] or leave a message at (316) 660-0650.

  • Can siblings be in the same group?

    We take all requests into consideration. Our activities are designed and adjusted for each age group; if siblings or friends are the same age, they may be in the same group. The Lead Camp Counselor has discretion over camper placement.

  • How many campers are in each room or group?

    Travel Camp classes have up to 24 campers. Each is guided by 2-3 counselors. Project and activity groups are 2-4 students each.

LUNCH, SNACKS AND DRINK QUESTIONS
  • Does my camper need to bring a lunch?

    Yes, campers should bring a lunch labeled with their names in a leak-proof container (no paper sacks), silverware if needed, with an ice pack. Microwaves are not available to heat food.

    Exploration Place Camps are peanut and tree-nut free. We ask that parents do not pack these items in camper lunches to avoid any allergies.

  • Can I bring my camper a lunch?

    Yes, check with your child’s Camp Counselor at check-in to confirm your camper’s lunch time. You are welcome to check out your camper for lunch, drop off lunch or bring lunch to eat with your camper. Please let the Camp Counselor know your plans in case they plan to eat outdoors.

  • What if my child has food allergies?

    Exploration Place Camps are peanut and tree-nut free. We ask parents not to pack these items in lunches. If your camper has any food allergies, please share this with a staff member at check-in and notify us in our camper check-in system.

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