Engaging Summer Camps Pick Up STEAM at the International Museum of Art & Science

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The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is hosting weekly summer camps about science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). IMAS Operation Imagination Summer Camps offer young scientists and artists the opportunity to pick up STEAM as they explore ecosystems, learn the science of sound, practice sculpting and printmaking, make a Martian garden, build a computer, dive into theatre arts, or create an aquifer!

Operation Imagination Summer Camps offer more than unique hands-on activities. Campers will take a closer look at the museum with guided gallery tours, engaging animal talks and memorable science demonstrations. IMAS programs aim to inspire a passion for lifelong learning. Camp activities are designed to spark curiosity, build problem-solving skills, and encourage creativity and teamwork. Campers will receive their own drawstring backpack to take home their art and science creations!

Camp themes change weekly and include topics such as marine biology, forensic science, engineering, chemistry, art, botany, robotics, space, water conservation, creative writing, and more! Camp fees include a camp t-shirt, before and after care and exploration time in our exhibits. Additionally, nutritional lunches and afternoon snacks are provided in partnership with the McAllen Independent School District Seamless Summer Feeding Program.


This year, thanks to the support of a grant from Wells Fargo Bank, the Operation Imagination Summer Camp will be better than ever! Every week campers will have something they can look forward to, whether it is solving puzzles, building a model rocket, racing LEGO robots, dusting for prints, or conducting chemistry experiments. Camps are divided into two age groups of Kindergarten through 2nd grade and 3rd – 6th grade.

Grades K-2

June 10-14 – Safari Adventure

June 17-21 – Movin’ and Groovin’

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June 24-28 – Around the World

July 1, 2, 3, & 5 – Theatre Arts

July 8-12 – Brick Builders

July 15-19 – Creepy Crawlers

July 22-26 – Mine Mania

July 29 – August 2 – Aqua Adventure

August 5-9 – Poké Trainers

August 12-16 – Jr. Astronauts

Grades 3-6

June 10-14 – Art Stars

June 17-21 – Science of Music

June 24-28 – Forensic Science

July 1, 2, 3, & 5 – Young Innovators

July 8-12 – Brain Games

July 15-19 – Blooming Botanists

July 22-26 – Tech Squad

July 29 – August 2 – Water Worlds

August 5-9 – Wizards-in-Training

August 12-16 – Space Explorers

Operation Imagination Summer Camps take place at IMAS Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. June 10 through August 16. For the benefit of busy families, child care services are included for registered campers, with early drop-off running from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. and late pickup running from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. The IMAS will be closed on July 4, and camp that week will run July 1, 2, 3, and 5, at a reduced rate.

Campers can attend for a single day or for the week. Operation Imagination Summer Camps cost $45 per day or $175 per week for non-members and $140 per week for IMAS Members. Reservations are required as spaces are limited. Call (956) 681-2800 to register today or visit the IMAS website at https://theimasonline.org to sign up online. 

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