STEAMy Summer Mini Camps

An extraordinary summer awaits at Knock Knock Children’s Museum! Explore the hidden talents of Knock Knock’s staff in a series of wow-worthy dynamic and diverse mini camps. Designed as three-hour workshops for children 5 & up, and limited to 10 campers, each mini camp features a unique topic, with enough variety to excite and appeal to everyone’s interest. Each session will also include a dynamic, interactive Science Show led by Museum Director and Science Guy Peter Claffey. Each mini camper should bring their own water bottle, snack, and face mask. 

You can select just one camp, or join us for all sessions! *Separate registration is required for each date.

Scholarships are available to qualifying campers and are made possible by the support of Capital Area United Way. More details are located at the bottom of the page.

MEMBERS: To receive your member discount you must sign-in to your account when registering for camps. Questions? Please email For additional questions about camps or to be added to a camp waitlist, email Hillary Perret at

String Art & Origami

String Art with Program Specialist Tammy Mulhearn & Origami with Development Manager Machiko Gaston

Who doesn’t love creating art with everyday materials? This workshop starts with String Art where campers will learn how to safely use a hammer and nails while honing fine motor skills by tying knots to begin their work.  Children will create two artworks, one that follows a geometric pattern, and another where they will create their own design. After tidying up from String Art, campers will delve into another 3-Dimensional activity by transforming paper into art. You will never believe the things you can create from one piece of paper! Origami is the art of folding objects out of paper to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects. Origami is not only entertaining, it’s a mess-free craft you can do just about anywhere! It’s great for teaching children basic math skills (such as folding in half and quarters) and an activity that challenges the mind and encourages creative experimentation! In addition to creating the classic crane, this mini camp will show kids how they can transform paper. This is an interactive activity too by making the jumping frog and fortune teller. Origami has something for everyone! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fee: $30 for members | $35 for non-members

House for a Mouse

Art with Art Garden Coordinator Jess Blanchard (House for a Mouse!) 

If a mouse had a house, what would it look like? Campers will learn about scale and narrative through story-telling and creative play! Each camper will have the opportunity not only to tell the unique story of their mouse, but they will also be using recycled material to create their own special Mouse House! All materials will be provided. Dress for mess! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fee: $30 for members | $35 for non-members

Clay Play and Large Scale & Messy

Clay Play with Maker Shop Coordinator Alexandra Pearson & Large Scale & Messy with Director of Learning Innovation Lucy Perera

Kick off the morning getting your hands messy in clay! Learn how to make and decorate a sculpture of an animal that will be fired in our kiln and can be picked up at a later date. After Playing with Clay, mini-campers will  jump into a massive painting activity, inspired by action painter Jackson Pollock, using our bodies, as well as unlikely tools like sticks, fly swatters and more. We will create a large scale painting that taps into our feelings, like the Abstract Expressionists!

Thursday, July 23, 2020. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fee: $30 for members | $35 for non-members

Earth Art

Earth Art with Director of Learning Innovation Lucy Perera 

Let’s create using rocks, twigs, leaves, dirt and other natural treasures. Starting with a nature walk, campers will explore the world outside Knock Knock, collecting materials which we will transform into wind-powered kinetic sculptures, a larger scale interactive mandala, and a tiny fairy/gnome village. Join us as we dig, sort, investigate and explore materials and art making in a whole new way! This program is recommended for children who enjoy being outside, and don’t mind making a mess. Dress for the heat. All materials provided.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fee: $30 for members | $35 for non-members

Clay Play & Building Ships

Clay Play with Maker Shop Coordinator Alexandra Pearson & Building Ships with Visitor and Volunteer Services Director Monica Dugas

Spend some time getting your hands messy in clay! Learn how to make and decorate a small bowl and plate that will be fired in our kiln to be picked up at a later date. How will she float? Did you know that United States Navy ships are known as “She?” Did you know that throughout history, ships have been built with all types of materials? In this mini camp, children will learn a little history about United States Navy ships and ship building. After learning about historic ships such as the USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides,”  and Baton Rouge’s own USS KIDD DD-661, campers will build their own ship choosing their own materials learning about density and displacement and what materials will float and which materials will not. Once their ship is ready to sail, they will see if their vessel is seaworthy and able to float. Let’s go sailing! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fee: $30 for members | $35 for non-members

Soap Making & Collage Creations

Soap Making with Visitor Services Manager Diana Barnes & From Bugs to Butterflies! Collage Creations with Human Resource Director Genny Nadler Thomas

Washing your hands is more important now than ever! What better way to embrace it than to learn how to make your own soap?! In this class children will have the opportunity to make two of their own melt and pour soaps while also learning about color theory, aromatherapy, and packaging. Following soap making, campers will get busy tearing, cutting, twisting and crumpling colorful tissue while adding other details and glue to create multi-layered Insect collages.  

Thursday, July 30, 2020. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fee: $30 for members | $35 for non-members

Wacky Floral Arrangement & Installation Art

Wacky Floral Arranging with Development Director Lynn Howard & Installation Art with Director of Learning Innovation Lucy Perera

“We know, we know…floral arranging…REALLY?!” Don’t worry, this isn’t your neighborhood floral shop. Join us for a wacky, fun-filled time as we incorporate science and the art of floral arranging. Each camper will make their own wacky creation. This hands-on workshop is designed for children who love conducting experiments and don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty. A smock will be provided but play clothes are recommended.  Following our flower folly, campers will work to create a large-scale immersive art installation, transforming the Art Garden into a magical habitat using recycled materials. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fee: $30 for members | $35 for non-members

STEAM Favorites

STEAM favorites with Maker Shop Coordinator Alexandra Pearson 

Come have fun and make several projects that are time tested, kid-approved favorites in the Knock Knock Maker Shop! Combine science, technology, engineering, art, and math in an exciting way—through building, wiring, sewing, using tools, and so much more. Campers will make several toys and objects that light up, move, or have a specific use. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fee: $30 for members | $35 for non-members

Scholarships Available

Full mini-camp scholarships are available and made possible by funding provided by the generosity of Capital Area United Way (CAUW). The CAUW is committed to aiding working residents that are struggling to make ends meet, have little or no savings and are one emergency away from falling into poverty. This population is referred to as ALICE, Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed. 

The ALICE population encompasses every race, age, gender and ethnicity, and work in a variety of professions. Scholarship funds are restricted to campers who reside in the following parishes: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, Iberville, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, St. James, and St. Helena. 

If your combined household income falls between $24,500 – $65,000 and you would like to apply for a scholarship please click here to complete the brief application. 

If camps do not meet minimum enrollment, Knock Knock has the right to cancel and refund participants at 100%.  Individual refunds are allowed 2 weeks prior to camp start date, less the $50 non-refundable fee. Emergency cancellations with full refund will be considered on a case by case basis.