Camp in a Box

These boxes are everything you need to host a week of day camp at home. Inside each box, we have prepared instructions and all the materials you need for themed crafts, games and activities. We will also be posting corresponding videos on our Facebook page. Check out Columbus Parks and Recreation and we will have entertaining and interactive videos that will tie in with and help your child along with their camp in a box!

Adventures in Reading
June 7 | Your Home | $25
Gear up for a great adventure in the fantastic world of reading! Books have such wonderful worlds for us to explore. In this Camp in a Box, a different children’s book classic will be spotlighted. We will embark on our imagination adventure with themed games, activities and crafts.
Registration: April 5–June1, 5pm

Backyard Biologists
June 28 | Your Home | $25
In this Camp in a Box, we will spend a week exploring the flora and fauna in our very own backyards! We will take a close look at all the fascinating wildlife (insects, plants and animals) native to Columbus, Indiana. We will go on outdoor adventures, conduct outdoor research and do fun and educational crafts and games.
Registration: April 5–June 22, 5pm

Super!
July 26 | Your Home | $25
Are you ready to dawn your cape and cowl and take on the role of a super hero? In this Camp in a Box, we will transform ourselves into incredible
super heroes. We will learn our super power, design our own costumes, learn about how comic books are created and save the day!
Registration: April 5–July 20, 5pm

Camp in a Box Fall Break Edition
October 11 | Your Home | $25
For information on this Fall Break box stay tuned to our Parks Facebook Page.
Registration: August 30–October 5, 5pm

Ages 3-5

On the Case
Ages 3–4 | June 14–18 | 9–11:30am
Donner Center | $68
Hey all campers, where are you? We got some work to do now. Hey all campers, where are you? We need some help from you now. You know we got a mystery to solve so, campers, get ready for your act. During this fun filled week, we will decipher codes, solve mysteries, take fingerprints, use disguises and much more. Make sure you put your thinking caps on and channel your inner detective to solve The Great Mystery of Donner Park.
Registration: April 5–June 8, 5pm

Little Laboratory Science Camp
Ages 3–4 | June 21-25 | 9–11:30am
Donner Center | $68
Welcome to the Laboratory! Here we will have a great week of hands on learning and experiments. We will build our own time machine and visit the dinosaurs. We will study water in all its various forms, and we’ll even make our own quick sand. We will put our senses to the test as we become our very own guinea pigs. We will wrap up the week with a visit from a bonafide mad scientist, Professor Steve!
Registration: April 5–June 15, 5pm

Star Wars: Younglings Academy
Ages 3–4 | July 5–9 | 9–11:30am
Donner Center | $68
The Force is strong with this one! Join us for a week of Jedi training. Your youngling will spend a week of training, honing the body and the mind
and mastering The Force, the Jedi Code, and of course, the way of the lightsaber. We will explore any of the different planets from a galaxy far
far away. We will get to try some foods from the Star Wars Universe! Every Youngling will finish the week by building their very own lightsaber and
taking the Jedi Oath of Honor!
Registration: April 5 – June 29, 5pm

So You Think You Can Dance
Ages 3–4 | July 12–16 | 9–11:30am
Donner Center | $68
Do you like to move it, move it? This camp is all about dance. From Salsa to Disco, Waltz to the Cotton Eyed Joe. We will learn about dances from all over the world. If you are the type of person who just can’t help but boogie down whenever a good song comes on, this is the camp for you. We will learn about the cultures where the dances are from. We will make our own props and costumes. And, of course, we will learn loads of new dances. Dance is all about fun and feeling the music, we aren’t worried about perfection, just learning and having a good time!
Registration: April 5–July 6, 5pm

Under the Big Top
Ages 3–4 | July 19–23 | 9–11:30am
Donner Center | $68
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls welcome to the circus! Join us under the big top for a week of carnival fun. We will get to meet some of the animals that are at a circus, make our own carnival food and work on our very own circus routines! We might even get the chance to throw a couple pies… Camp will conclude with lots of carnival themed games, snacks, crafts and prizes at the Carnival time Fun Day.
Registration: April 5–July 13, 5pm

Ages 5-7

Mission Impossible
Ages 5–7 | June 14–18 | 1:30–4:30pm
Donner Center | $78
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to successfully complete your spy training and master covert skills. This week long spy training will have you building your own spy gear and gadgets and implementing them in the field. You will learn how to infiltrate secure perimeters. You will use disguises to blend in and disappear. We will build our own spy decoders and learn how to speak in code. The week will conclude with a spy exam where all your skills will be put
to the test. After completing a test full of laser mazes puzzles and much more, you will receive your badge and begin your journey as a fully credentialed spy.
Registration: April 5–June 8, 5pm

Mad Science!
Ages 5–7 | June 21–25 | 1:30–4:30pm
Donner Center | $78
We have day camps down to a science… literally for this camp. We will study the bones of prehistoric predators as we learn about dinosaurs. We will learn about weather and create our own lightening! We will be getting physical and putting Newton’s Laws of Physics to the test. We will have a day of chemistry lesson as we make snow in June, invisible ink and toothpaste for elephants. Throughout the week we will study the tiny organisms that are living on our skin! The week will conclude with a visit from Professor Steve and a science Fun Day.
Registration: April 5–June 15, 5pm

Star Wars: Padawan Academy
Ages 5–7 | July 5–9 | 1:30–4:30pm
Donner Center | $78
The Force is strong with this one! Join us for a week of Jedi training. Your Padawan will spend this week, honing the body and the mind to master The Force, the Jedi Code, and of course, the way of the lightsaber. As a Padawan, they are on their way to becoming a strong and honorable Jedi Knight. We will explore many of the different planets from a galaxy far far away. We will get to try some foods from the Star Wars Universe! Every Padawan will finish the week by building
their very own lightsaber, taking the Jedi Oath of Honor, and joining the ranks of the Jedi Order!
Registration: April 5–June 29, 5pm

Just Dance!
Ages 5–7 | July 12–16 | 1:30–4:30pm
Donner Center | $78
Do you like to move it, move it? This camp is all about dance. From Salsa to Disco, Waltz to the Cotton Eyed Joe. We will learn about dances from all over the world. If you are the type of person who just can’t help but boogie down whenever a good song comes on, this is the camp for you. We will learn about the cultures where the dances are from. We will make our own props and costumes. And, of course, we will learn loads of new dances.
Dance is all about fun and feeling the music, we aren’t worried about perfection, just learning and having a good time!
Registration: April 5–July 6, 5pm

The Greatest Show!
Ages 5–7 | July 19–23 | 1:30–4:30pm
Donner Center | $78
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth! Join us for a week at the circus. We will get to meet some circus animals, clown around and learn the art of juggling. We will work on our very own circus routines! We might even get the chance to throw a couple pies. Camp will conclude with lots of carnival themed games, snack, crafts and prizes at the Carnival time Fun Day.
Registration: April 5–July 13, 5pm

Ages 7+

Columbus In Motion
Ages 8–12 | June 7–11 | 9am–3pm
Donner Center | $101
Calling all sportoholics. This action packed week of camp will be held at Donner. Join us as we do a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Some highlights of the week will be archery tag, zorb soccer, disc golf and much much more. Grab your running shoes and get ready to move!
Registration: April 5–June 1, 5pm

Camp MVP
Ages 8–12 | July 5–9 | 9am–3pm
Donner Center | $101
During this fun filled week of sports and games, every camper is our most valuable player. Campers will start their day at Donner, and spend the week exploring all the fun activities Columbus has to offer. We will do a variety of outdoor activities. We will get to try out several sports and compete against our fellow MVP’s in trick shot challenges, Archery Tag, Zorb soccer, tennis and much more!
Registration: April 5– June 29, 5pm

Magic Camp
Ages 7–12 | July 12–14 | 10am–12pm
Donner Center | $63
Join award winning magician Travis Easterling and experience amazing fun at this summer magic camp! Campers will learn basic magic, how to twist balloons, build magical props, check out cool puppets and meet Harry the magic bunny.
Registration: April 5–July 6, 5pm

Super Sitters: Baby Sitter Safety
Ages 11+ | July 26–29 | 2–4pm
Donner Center | $43
We’ll explore the characteristics of a good babysitter and cover caring for infants and toddlers, basic first aid and CPR, what to do in an emergency, etc. We will be using the American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training curriculum. Participants will receive a variety of related materials including a Red Cross Babysitter
Handbook, Emergency Reference Guide and Training CD.
Registration: April 5–July 20, 5pm

Adventure Camps

Tots, Trails and Tales
Ages 2–5 | July 26–28 | 9–10:30am
Donner Center | $31
Exploring the outdoors with your child is one of the best ways to help them form a lifelong bond with nature. Join us for story time, a tot-sized walk and a craft; all of which will open your eyes to the wonderful world of nature, and help sharpen your skills as your child’s guide and teacher. This camp will focus on our pollinating friends, the bees. We will take you on a tour of the hive, we will visit the Pollinator Park at Blackwell Park and learn about wildflowers and see some pollinators in action, and we will learn why pollinators are so important for the environment. Camp will take place at Donner Center on July 26 and 27, but we will meet at the Pollinator Park at Blackwell Park on July 28. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration: April 5–July 20, 5pm

Bike Camp
Ages 5+ | July 20–22 | 10–11:30am
Donner Center | $15
All Participants must have a bike and wear a helmet.
Beginner: Beginner/Non-rider. Goal: Bike without training wheels!
Intermediate: Become more confident biking & learn basic rules & maintenance!
Registration: April 5–July 16, 5pm

American Girl Doll Fun
Ages 5–10 | July 28–30 | 1:30–4:30pm
Donner Center | $53
Prepare yourself for a summer’s worth of adventure and bring your favorite American Girl Doll to life through reading, games, crafts and other fun activities. 2021’s Doll of the Year is Kira. We will focus on her love of animals, animal care and rescue and we will learn about the Australian Outback. We will be visited by local animal rescuers and their scaly and furry friends!
Registration: April 5–July 20, 5pm

Camp Utopia
Ages 10–13 | June 14–18 | 8:30am–1:30pm
Bus Pick up at Donner Center | $125
A summer camp for those with a strong interest in wildlife and nature with an emphasis on conservation, science, wildlife and animal behavior. Hands on activities, nature scavenger hunt, games and explorations Illustrate all concepts using Utopia’s live educational ambassadors: Duncan the Bald Eagle, Obie the
Barred Owl and Cloud the Coyote. Celebrate the week with a cookout and grand finale program for parents and caregivers on Friday. Transportation will be provided to and from Donner Park, daily snacks provided, bring your own lunch. Camp is supported by a grant from Amos Butler Audubon Society of Central Indiana.
Registration: April 5–June 8, 5pm