CHC Summer Experiences


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Take some time this summer to dive deep into Cleveland's history.

Connect to our region’s past with hands-on activities and intriguing tours, including access to museum displays, artifacts, and fun craft projects.

Choose from our schedule of programs to find what works best for you and your family. All programs will be conducted on-site at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle (10825 East Blvd.) with trained museum educators.

Please click on the date listed below to register.

If you have any questions, contact or 216-721-5722 x1503.


Day Camps

(rising 3rd-8th graders)

Early Bird Prices (end May 24):
Members $50, Non-members $65

Regular Prices (from May 24 to one week before program date):
Members $65, Non-members $75


Choose a one-day camp program that uses hands-on activities to explore major themes of the Cleveland History Center's collections.

Camp sessions are available on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9am-3:30pm. Campers may register for just one day, or multiple days, if interested in more than one topics. See the dates below for additional program descriptions. Please plan to bring a packed lunch to eat onsite at the museum.

A Day with the Carousel

  • June 20 - registration is now closed.
  • July 30 - spaces still available!

Time: 9am-3:30pm 
Description: We all love to ride the Euclid Beach Grand Carousel, now celebrating its 114th birthday, but how does it work? Why do we find riding a carousel fun? Why do Carousels use colors and symbols on their horses? Spend a day learning about the history and design of CHC's very own Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, including a take-home craft to take some of its magic with you when you go.

A Day with the Crawford

  • June 25 - registration is now closed.
  • July 18 - registration is now closed.
  • August 1 - spaces still available!

Time: 9am-3:30pm 
Description: Did you know that Cleveland was once the car capital of the world? Or that the city hosted the National Air Races? These questions and more are answered by the historic cars and planes in the Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection at the Cleveland History Center. Join us for this camp to learn more about how Cleveland inventors in the transportation industry made a name for our city.  

Early History of Ohio

  • June 27 - registration is now closed.
  • July 16 - registration is now closed.

Time: 9am-3:30pm 
Description: Long before Europeans first arrived in the Western Reserve, Native Americans lived across Ohio. Using artifacts and immersive games, students will learn about the prehistoric peoples of Ohio, the daily life of Ohio’s historic indigenous communities, their first contact with Europeans moving west, and how Cleveland evolved from its founding to now.  

Topics for Teens!

(ages 13-18)

Early Bird Prices (end May 24):
Members $50, Non-members $65

Regular Prices (from May 24 to one week before program date):
Members $65, Non-members $75


Career Day!

  • June 28 - registration is now closed.

Time: 9am-3:30pm
Description: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at a history museum? Now is your chance to find out! Spend a day with staff from the Cleveland History Center and see if working at a museum is in your future. Students will get a chance to talk with curators, educators, archivists, and more to learn about what they do in their jobs. You will also get to see some of the “behind the scenes” work that goes on at a typical history museum, and try your hand at some of the tasks that museums need to do to be successful.

Cleveland Underground

  • July 2 - registration is now closed.
  • July 23 - registration is now closed.

Time: 9am-3:30pm
Description: In this special experience, students visit both the Cozad-Bates House Interpretive Center and the Cleveland History Center. Students will investigate Cleveland’s Underground Railroad, exploring issues of personal choice and the alliances that enabled the area’s most active abolitionists. Through examining legal documents like the Northwest Ordinance and a historic local court case, students will discover how American slavery affected Northeast Ohioans, discuss concepts such as decision-making and consequences, and draw connections about the lasting impact of slavery, racism, and injustice. 


(ages 4-6)

Early Bird Prices (end May 24):*
Members $8, Non-members $10

Regular Prices (from May 24 to one week before program date):*
Members $10, Non-members $12

*Price includes admission for one accompanying adult.


We know some of our young friends might not be ready for a full day of learning away from home, so we're also offering mini camp sessions for children ages 4-6. These hour-long programs lead kids through select parts of the museum so they explore with their eyes and ears, having fun while learning about Cleveland's history.

Where the Wild Things Are

  • June 18 - registration is now closed.
  • July 25 - spaces still available!

Time: 10:30-11:30am
Description: Explore the mansions at the Cleveland History Center through the eyes of Max from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Use your senses and observation skills to explore, seeking out the animals and other beasts that hide in the museum, then make a paper crown to take home.

Traveling on Tinkerbelle

  • July 11 - registration is now closed.
  • August 13 - spaces still available!

Time: 10:30-11:30am
Description: Dive deep into the story of Robert Manry’s daring solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean. How do you prepare for such a trip? How does it feel to be out on the water along?  Imagine yourself through Manry's eyes as you learn more about boats, pack your bags, and set sail!

Western Reserve Historical Society is the oldest cultural institution in Northeast Ohio, the region's largest American history research center, and one of the leading genealogical research centers in the nation.

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