Summer School Program

Hershey Gardens offers an outdoor learning experience for camp groups of all ages. Spend the day at the Gardens with lunch in our outdoor picnic area!

Programs offered from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday through Friday from June to August.
Fee: $8.00 per student (minimum of 15 students or equivalent value)
1 free adult for every 5 students (must maintain a 1:10 ratio)
$9.00 per additional adult

Summer youth programs provide a service beyond regular Garden admission. Therefore, no discounts, passes, or memberships are accepted for this program.

"Winging It"

Students will become "lepidopterists" as they explore the magical metamorphosis of the butterfly. Program includes a guided tour of the Butterfly Atrium, educational activity, and a self-guided Gardens exploration.

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Summer Camps

Enroll your child in a summer day camp at Hershey Gardens that is sure to be full of discovery, adventure, exploration and fun! Kids can explore art, science and theater.


Science Explorers

Our exciting, hands-on approach to science provides children the unique opportunity to conduct exciting and engaging experiments and activities. In short, we make learning science FUN!

Slime of My Life

June 24 - 28
For ages 7 - 11
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: $229 (half day)
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: $229 (half day)
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: $399 (full day)

In the half day morning camp, we will make chalkboard slime and all new color changing slime and magnetic slime! In addition, we'll build inventions like catapults, discover how electricity and circuits work by making conductive dough, and explore biology as we extract DNA from a banana and dissect an owl pellet. Stay for the full day and we'll examine anatomy as we make a model lung and observe a real sheep heart, continue our exploration of circuits as we send messages via Morse code and build a metal detector to test objects to see if they are conductors or insulators, and explore wonders of the earth as we erupt a volcano and experiment with pollination.

For more information or to register, please visit Science Explorers or call 1.877.870.9517.

Jr. Discoverers & Jr. Investigators

July 1 - 5 (no camp on July 4)
For ages 4 - 6
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: $189 (half day)
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: $189 (half day)
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: $320 (full day)

Come join us for a week of fabulous hands-on fun and get elbow deep in botany, oceanography, astronomy and entomology! We'll dissect a plant and learn what each part does, plant seeds in your own terrarium, investigate a real octopus, learn about animals that live in shells, make a constellation viewer, and explore space in our homemade planetarium. We'll also "bus out" as we make insect habitats so we can investigate our 6 legged friends.

For more information or to register, please visit Science Explorers or call 1.877.870.9517.

Far Out Space Academy

July 8 - 12
For ages 7 - 11
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: $229 (half day)
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: $399 (full day)

3...2...1 BLAST OFF to discovering space and flight! Half day campers will explore the stars and constellations as you take an out-of-this-world sky tour in our homemade planetarium, prepare for lift-off as you build and launch your own rocket while learning about Newton's Laws of Motion, and complete a mission to Mars as you design and build your own model space station. Full day campers will continue to use their astronaut wits as we build air powered nano-rovers, make craters and dry ice comets, and work in engineering teams to construct space capsules that will be used to launch "eggstronauts"! Come join us on our mission through outer space!

For more information or to register, please visit Science Explorers or call 1.877.870.9517.


Hershey Area Playhouse and Hershey Gardens Present: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

July 15 - 26
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: $275 (includes camp shirt)
For grades 4 - 8
Instructor: Laurie Miller Petersen

Join us for two weeks of improvisation, stage combat, scene and character work as we journey down the rabbit hole with "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass." This classic tale will come alive in the beautiful Children's Garden as we bring adventures to the stage! The culmination of camp will be a fully produced presentation for an audience on the final day of camp.

Registration begins March 31. To register, please visit HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com.