Summer Camps

History pops this summer with brand new camps at the History Center!

Kids can experience history in a whole new way during fun and immersive summer camps this July at the History Center! Designed for campers who have just completed first through sixth grades, camps offer the opportunity to experience Pittsburgh like never before – both within the museum and outside its walls.

Please contact Nate Rodda at nrrodda@heinzhistorycenter.org or 412-454-6433 with questions or for more information, including the History Center member discount code.

Times for all Summer Camps

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended drop-off and pick-up available

Each summer camp session will include off-site excursions.

2020 Summer Camps at the History Center

Camps for 1st – 3rd Graders

City Favorites

Explore some of Pittsburgh’s favorite things. Visit the set of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and build your own neighborhood, engineer a fun new roller coaster to put in Kennywood Park, join in a “training camp” for the city’s favorite sports teams, and more

This camp includes an excursion to the area immediately surrounding the History Center.

The City Favorites Summer Camp is available for campers who just finished 1st through 3rd grades during the weeks of July 6  and July 27.

Cost: $225 | $200 for History Center members
Registration will be open in early February.

City Artists

Become an artist! Try the styles and methods of Pittsburgh artists and paint like a Pop artist, design a simple sculpture, create a portrait, and more.

This camp includes excursions to the area immediately surrounding the History Center and the Cultural District to view public art.

The City Artists Summer Camp is available for campers who just finished 1st through 3rd grades during the weeks of July 13 and July 20.

Cost: $225 | $200 for History Center members
Registration will be open in early February.

Camps for 4th – 6th Graders

Cooking Up History

Explore Pittsburgh’s history through food. Come into our kitchen to make historic recipes and explore how they are connected to the traditions and culture of people who have called the city home.

This camp includes excursions to the Strip District and the Frick Environmental Center’s From Slavery to Freedom garden.

The Cooking Up History Summer Camp is available for campers who just finished 4th through 6th grades during the weeks of July 13 and July 27,.

Cost: $250 | $225 for History Center members
Registration will be open in early February.

The Changing City

Pittsburgh has evolved from the time of its earliest peoples to a center of technology and medicine. Explore colonial Pittsburgh, use archival sources to see how a neighborhood has changed in the 20th century, and imagine what the city will look like in 250 years.

This camp includes excursions to the Fort Pitt Museum, Point State Park, North Shore Riverfront Park, and downtown Pittsburgh.

The Changing City Summer Camp is available for campers who just finished 4th through 6th grades during the weeks of July 6 and July 20.

Cost: $225 | $200 for History Center members
Registration will be open in early February.

Extended Drop-off and Pick-up

Extended drop-off and pick-up hours are available for all camp sessions for $50 a week, which includes all five days of the session. The extended drop-off hours are from 8 – 9 a.m., and the extended pick-up hours are from 3 – 5 p.m. You can sign up for extended drop-off and pick-up hours via the registration link for each session of camp.

If you have any questions about extended drop-off and pick-up hours, please contact Nate Rodda at nrrodda@heinzhistorycenter.org or 412-454-6433.

Preparing for Camp and Common Questions

In the weeks leading up to the start of summer camps, caregivers of campers will be emailed a registration packet. This will include detailed information about camper drop-off and pick-up, medical policy information, photo release information, and a consent for emergency medical treatment.

Registration packets need to be completed and returned to the History Center at least two weeks before the session your camper is enrolled in. If your camper is enrolled in multiple sessions, the same forms can be used for both sessions.

What is included with camp registration?
Registration includes a Camps at the History Center t-shirt, a daily snack, activity supplies, pizza on Friday, and a family admission pass to the History Center.

Where do I drop-off and pick-up my camper?
Campers should be dropped off and picked up at the double doors near the bus pull-in lane on Smallman Street. You will check your camper in and out with a member of the History Center’s Learning team.

How many campers are in each session?
There are 10 spots per camp per week. Sign up today to reserve your spot.

Is lunch included with camps?
Pizza on Friday is included with camp registration. For the other days of camp, campers should provide their own lunches that do not require refrigeration or re-heating.