A museum staff member helps a Hands-On History student with a craft at El Pueblo History Museum. Both are wearing facemasks.

Event Series

El Pueblo Hands-On History

Join us at El Pueblo History Museum for Hands-On History Camp! Hands-On History provides safe, engaging learning opportunities for elementary and middle school children (grades 1st through 8th). For more information about our Hands-On History offerings and programs, contact Elizabeth Aragon-Blanton at elizabeth.aragon-blanton@state.co.us.

Click here to sign up for the Summer Camp

Priority registration for members and past campers opens April 1; General registration for the public opens April 8

WHO: Pueblo area kids in grades 1-8
WHEN June 10th - August 9th (*no camp July 1st - 5th*), 8 am-4 pm.
COST: $150/week per student

  • 40% free/reduced lunch
  • 20% Staff/Volunteer
  • 10% Multiple children enrolled
  • 10% Early Bird registration
  • 10% membership/History Buffs
  • 10% Educator/Military/1st Responder

Weekly themes:

Week 1: June 10- June 14: Pueblo Time Machine 
Campers will jump through time continuums as they learn about 18th and 19th century Pueblo, Colorado. They will become travelers through the trading post, follow the bison across the plains, and walk the borderlands of the past. Becoming a time traveler will grant the campers with the opportunity to have a helping hand in Pueblo’s origin story.

Week 2: June 17 - June 21: Garden to Table
Campers will learn all about plants and gardening while gaining culinary experience. They will have the opportunity to become modern homesteaders by learning about our environment through art projects, experiments, and more!

Week 3: June 24 - June 28: Rendezvous Through Colorado
This week campers will take an imaginative trip through Colorado and learn all about the history of some of Colorado’s oldest towns. Each day campers will get the opportunity to learn about national parks, historic ghost towns, and the amazing people that have lived here in our colorful Colorado. 

Week 4: July 8 - July 12: Myths, Legends, and Storytellers
Campers will learn about various myths and legends across cultures. They will explore stories passed down through generations as they engage and create their own legendary stories!

Week 5: July 15- July 19: Mystery at the Museum
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes during a night at the museum? Well here’s your chance. Campers will become the detectives of the unknown. They will solve crimes and test their investigative skills.

Week 6: July 22- July 26: Water Week 
During this splash-tastic week campers will learn all about the historical importance of water, all while having some fun in the sun!  Participants will also explore various activities inspired by our beautiful Somos Agua mini-exhibit. 

Week 7: July 28- August 2: S.T.E.A.M. in Steel City
Let’s move full STEAM ahead while we learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics have been crucial to Pueblo’s history. Each day campers will participate in fun hands-on activities focused on S.T.E.A.M. and its impacts on our community.

Week 8: August 5- August 9: Farewell Carnival Tour  
Come join the fun carnival arriving in Pueblo! Campers will create their own carnival station and become entrepreneurs. They will gain the ability to connect their favorite activities to historical relevance while showcasing their creative ingenuity. Participants will also produce a yearbook and a collection of their summer journey to culminate the final week of camp.



Additional Information

Camp is in session from 8 am to 4 pm. Drop off will start at 8 am. Students will check in with our education staff at the side entrance and parents will have to come inside to sign your child in. During the first hour of the day, students will wash their hands and are welcome to eat breakfast or play games with other students and staff. We ask that your child arrive before 9 am, when our programming begins. The first part of the day is super important for your child as we will start getting to know one another, having mindful conversations, and preparing for our day. 

When it is time to pick up your child, you or your alternate pick up person (confirmed in our registration records) must come inside to sign out your child. Please pick up your child by 4 pm.