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

Event Series

Hands-On History Summer Camp at El Pueblo

Join us at El Pueblo History Museum this summer for eight weeks of fun camp sessions! Hands-On History provides safe, engaging learning opportunities for elementary & middle school children.

Who: Kids ages 6-12 (Max 12 per session)
Where: El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N Union Ave., Pueblo, CO
When: Monday-Friday, June 12 through August 11, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off starts at 8 a.m.
Cost: $150 per week with automatic tuition assistance available:

40% free/reduced lunch
10% Multiple children enrolled
10% registered for all 8 weeks
10% early bird registrations
10% membership/History Buffs
*Total discount not to exceed 70%

All summer camp sessions are five days long (Monday through Friday), and each week has a different theme. Space is limited, so register today!

Register Online 


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.

Weekly Themes

Week 1: June 12- June 16
History Unearthed and Beyond! 

Come join us on our journey above and below the stars! Campers will explore planets, engage in hands-on science activities, compare different archaeological discoveries, investigate artifacts, and conduct their own mini-excavations! This week starts the summer off with a bang, as campers become historians. 

Week 2: June 19 - June 23
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 26 - June 30
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 4: July 10 - July 14
Pueblo Time Machine 

Campers will jump through time continuums as they learn about 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 5: July 17- July 21
Travel through the Decades 

Through modern technology, decades worth of history is available to all who seek it. Campers will step foot into the decade itself to have a hands-on experience through music, film, dance, and food! They will be able to visit the birthplace of jazz, human rights, films with color, swing dancing, and soul food. They will leave this week, not as campers, but as directors, dancers, chefs, musicians, and knowledge keepers. 

Week 6: July 24- July 28
Olympic Campers

Becoming an olympic champion has never been so easy! Campers will have the opportunity to learn about famous athletes and the road they took to accomplish their dreams. They will be able to learn the history of the Olympics while participating in their own competitions. Campers, get ready to learn, move, and earn your medals!

Week 7: July 31- August 4
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 8: August 7- August 11
Farewell Carnival Tour  

Come join the fun carnival arriving in Pueblo! Campers will create their own carnival and become entrepreneurs. They will gain the ability to connect their favorite activities to the historical involvement while showcasing their creative ingenuity. This final week they will produce a yearbook and a collection of their summer journey.