Your Week at Camp

Camp Galileo

Nebulas (Pre-K - K)

Galileo Amusement Park

The Art & Engineering of Circuses and Carnival Rides

Galileo Amusement ParkStep right up to an inventive, camper-designed amusement park. When Penny discovers an old carnival that has mysteriously shut down, she vows to rebuild it—and needs all the know-how Camp G can offer. This week, Nebulas will create colorful candy concessions, build spectacular rides and roller coasters and buckle up for a thrilling adventure at the most innovative place on earth.

Project Spotlight

Whirly Pops

This week, Nebulas will stock their concession stands with irresistibly imaginative treats, including delicious looking whirly pops. Campers will design their own color palette, being challenged to create three new shades of a secondary color from two primary colors with model magic. They’ll be collaborative and pool their new colors in groups, giving everyone a variety of colors to choose from. By rolling the model magic into snakes, twisting them together and wrapping them in a spiral, campers will make a whirly pop that looks delicious enough to eat.

BE COLLABORATIVE: I use my strengths to support the work of others

Weekly Breakdown


In Art, campers will create snow cone prints using an innovative technique—blowing bubbles into a solution of paint, water and soap. They’ll press pieces of paper into the bubbles, creating a variety of texture and color combinations.  

In Science, campers will create a leaping acrobat with magnetic feet. They will also create a lever that will launch their acrobat into the air, being determined to make their acrobat jump as high and as accurately as possible, adjusting both their constructed lever and launching technique as they go.


In Art, campers will cut out snow cone balls from the prints they made yesterday. They’ll learn to use and blend oil pastels, then create a rainbow design on a flattened paper cone cup.

In Science, campers will learn about momentum and energy, working in pairs to create a marble roller coaster with hills, loops and even some jumps.


In Art, campers will make prints that look like cotton candy. They will learn how to carefully mix liquid watercolor into shaving cream to create swirl patterns, create new hues by mixing cool and warm colors together, then transfer their mixtures onto paper to create several prints.

In Science, campers will designseats that keep a plastic egg from falling off a carousel. They’ll learn about centrifugal force, then design protective seat belts to keep their rider secure. While some riders may fly off the carousel as they test their designs, campers will need to be determined to stay committed to make the safest ride possible.

In Outdoors, campers will practice their clowning, working together to fit everyone inside of a hula hoop clown car. Campers will be collaborative to find space for everyone, even with fewer clown cars in play.

Ask your camper: How did you mix the shaving cream and paint today? Did the print on the paper look the same every time? Did you have a favorite print, and what did you like about it?


In Art, campers will practice being collaborative as they mix colors for their whirly pops, sharing some of what they mix with the rest of the group.

In Science, campers will build a go-kart track by taping down rope onto a cardboard sheet and building 3-D structures out of straws to make decorative finish lines. They’ll need to be determined to make sure the go-kart can race its way around the track without getting stuck or falling off.

Ask your camper: What colors did you share with the class? Did you use any colors from the shared class palette for your whirly pop?


In Art, campers will create concession boxes to collect all the delicious treats they’ve made this week. They will learn how to decorate their boxes to be eye-catching and informative, and practice being visionary while using sticker dots, glittery foam shapes and label stickers to create a one-of-a-kind design.

In Science, campers will work in groups to build a collaborative amusement park, complete with rides like a ferris wheels and carousels. They’ll build 3-D structures using straws to construct their choice of spinning ride, making sure it safely holds riders when tested.

In Outdoors, campers will take on a carnival favorite with a twist, tossing bean bags at a variety of targets. When campers don’t hit the target right away, they’ll stay determined and keep practicing.

Innovation At Home

  • Pick up a copy of “Mr. Ferris and His Wheel” by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, the picture book biography of the innovator and engineer behind the Ferris wheel.
  • Grab some foam pipe insulation, a roll of masking tape, and some marbles, then buckle up for some DIY-roller coaster building.
  • Hone your park designer skills and physics knowledge on, an online community of kids who courageously try new things.

Keep an eye out for physics concepts like centrifugal force, centripetal force, and potential and kinetic energy in your favorite carnival rides.

  • SF BAY AREA: Take a trip to the San Mateo County Fair June 10 – June 18, the Alameda County Fair June 16 – July 9, or the Santa Clara County Fair August 3 – August 8.
  • SOCAL: Take a trip to the Orange County Fair July 14 – August 13, the Los Angeles County Fair September 1 – September 25, or your family’s favorite theme park.
  • CHICAGOLAND: Take a trip to the DuPage or Lake County Fairs July 26 – July 30, Northwest Fourthfest June 30 – July 4, or Skokie’s Backlot Bash August 25 –  August 27.

Galileo Innovation Approach

The Galileo Innovation Approach® (GIA) is our guiding principle. The GIA is at the core of every activity your kids do at camp, from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade. Having a Galileo Innovator’s Mindset, Process and Knowledge makes a lasting impact on the way children think, explore and create.

1. The Innovator's Mindset: How Galileo innovators approach the world

I am Visionary

I am Courageous

I am Collaborative

I am Determined

I am Reflective

2. The Innovator’s Knowledge: What Galileo innovators need to understand

Concepts and Facts

Historical Context

Skills and Techniques

Audience and Environment

3. The Innovator’s Process: How Galileo innovators innovate

Read more about the GIA