Fusion Summer Camp 2022

Fusion Camp 2022 Cancelled

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2022

Regrettably, due to unforeseen and significant challenges with staffing, Flandrau has been forced to come to a very difficult decision.

We will not be able to move forward with offering Fusion Camp this summer of 2022.

Significant staffing issues have made it impossible for us to offer the quality summer programming that Southern Arizona families have come to expect from Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium. As difficult a decision as it is, if Flandrau can’t assure a quality and positive experience for your child, then we believe it necessary to cancel Fusion Camp for summer 2022.  

If you have already registered for camp, your refund is being processed. Refunds take between 3 to 10 business days depending on the credit card used. Please notify us if you do not receive your refund within ten business days so we can follow up.

Our sincere apologies, 

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Overview and Dates

Do you want your kids to stay active and learning during summer break? Choose Fusion Camps to promote active minds and bodies!

Fusion Camp is a partnership with Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium and the UArizona Bookstore held during the summer break, offering themed camps that are infused with scientific exploration, literacy, creative arts, and fitness. The camps provide children with unique hands-on experiences that promote a love for learning. Our popular Fusion Camps are located at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium on the University of Arizona campus.

Camps dates: June 6th-July 15th

Hours: 9am-4pm


  • Flandrau Member: $250/week
  • Non-Flandrau Member: $280/week

Early Care: 7:30am - 8:30am, $20/week

After Care: 4:30pm - 5:30pm, $20/week

Grade Levels: 1st - 6th Grade. When registering, select the grade that the camper will be entering into this upcoming Fall 2022



If you have already registered for camp, your refund is being processed. Refunds take between 3 to 10 business days depending on the credit card used. Please notify us if you do not receive your refund within ten business days so we can follow up.


1st Grade                  2nd Grade                    3rd - 4th Grade                    5th - 6th Grade

1st Grade

Week Theme
Week 1, June 6-10
Star Light, Star Bright

Stars aren't just for wishing! This week you'll learn all about the sun, our nearest star, and the millions of far-away specks of light you see when you look up on a clear night. A trip to our FullDome planetarium theater will make this an out-of-this-world experience!

Week 2, June 13-17
Where the Wild Things Are

Let the wild rumpus begin! This week you'll explore the world of Max, king of all wild things, by learning about the jungle and all the creatures that live in it! Explore how these animals adapt to their habitats and what makes them unique! Join us for a week of adventure!

Week 3, June 20-24
Under the Sea 

Dive in and learn about animals that live in the deep blue sea, including fish, turtles, urchins and sea stars. Even though we're miles away from the ocean, you will have the opportunity to meet some of these creatures up close in Flandau's Marine Discovery Lab.

Week 4, June 27-July1

Dinosaurs didn't disappear without a trace. They left behind tons of clues. We'll learn about their lives through fossilized bones, dinosaur tracks, eggs and other prehistoric evidence that can be found in Flandrau's very own Fossil Corner.

Week 5, July 5th-8th (no camp July 4th)
The Adventurous World of Eric Carle

Explore nature through Eric Carle’s colorful books. Learn what caterpillars really eat, how chameleons change color, how tiny seeds grow into tall trees, and whether you can really reach the moon by ladder.

Week 6, July 11- 15
Insect Patrol 

Grab your nets, bug jars, and magnifying glasses to learn about some of nature's smallest crawling, creeping, and flying friends as we explore the world of insects in our Insect Discovery Lab.

2nd Grade

Week Theme
Week 1, June 6-10
Desert Dwellers

Calling all desert dwellers! Get an up-close look at some unique creatures that call our Sonoran Desert home through hands-on activities, stories and much more. Come explore with us!

Week 2, June 13-17
Engineering Simple Machines 

Got levers, pulleys, gears, wheels and axles? We do! Explore the world of simple machines with LEGOs® and more. Gear up for fun and learning in this construction camp that's perfect for all budding engineers.

Week 3, June 20-24
To Infinity & Beyond

The discoveries are endless when you look to the stars. Become a junior astronomer as you learn about our galaxy, how to identify planets in our solar system, and learn the stories of the night sky in our FullDome planetarium theater. We will explore our galaxy and beyond!.

Week 4, June 27-July 1
Insect Inquiry  

What better way to learn about insects than with hands-on learning in our Insect Discovery Lab?! You’ll learn to love insects and find out what makes them unique. Through play and with live specimens, learn how insects use their senses to survive.

Week 5, July5-8 (no camp on July 4th)
Whales, Sharks, and Fish, Oh My!

The ocean is full of life. In our Marine Discovery Lab you will learn how ocean plants and animals survive in the biggest part of the earth. Explore unique animal adaptations and why they are so important in the life aquatic.

Week 6, July 11-15
Chemistry Kids

Fizz, bubble, pop! Find out what a chemical reaction is as you hypothesize, create, and experiment with fellow scientists. This camp is sure to please your inner mad scientist since some mess will be required!

3rd - 4th

Week Theme
Week 1, June 6-10

Roll the die and take a chance with the board game that has a mind of its own! Explore the wild side of the jungle, solve puzzles and gather clues, all while learning how to escape danger, survive natural disasters, and more! Join us for a guaranteed adventure in the unknown and mysterious world of Jumanji!

Week 2, June 13-17

Join us as we travel our planet’s biomes and learn about the different ecosystems we have on Earth. Learn how each biome is unique and important for the plants and animals that call each biome home!

Week 3, June 20-24
3-2-1...Blast Off!

Learn all about rocket flight and design through physics and engineering exploration. This camp is guaranteed to ignite your interests as you build, test, and fly your own rockets.

Week 4, June 27-July 1
Shark Week

Friend or foe? Learn what makes sharks such fascinating creatures. In our Marine Discovery Lab we’ll explore shark anatomy and their adaptations including factors affecting shark buoyancy and speed, human impact on shark populations and habitats, as well as, predator-prey dynamics and behavior.

Week 5, July 5 - 8 (no camp on July 4th)
Motorized Machines

Do you like to build machines that move? During this LEGO® engineering camp, you’ll explore engineering concepts as you build, test, and improve your machines to go further and faster across the finish line.

Week 6, July 11 - 15
Planet Explorers 

Blast off into our solar system as we discover the wonders that each planet holds. We’ll learn about all eight planets (and why Pluto is no longer a planet) during this fun filled space week with visits to our Solar System Revealed exhibit as well as an out-of-this world visit to our FullDome planetarium theater.

5th - 6th

Week Theme
Week 1, June 6-10
CSI: Tucson

Become a super sleuth as you explore different types of evidence like footprints, fibers, handwriting, fingerprints, and DNA, that will help you answer the age-old question – whodunit? You'll be ready to say 'case closed' by the end of the week!

Week 2, June 13-17
Magnificent Marine Mammals

We’ll go under the sea, in our Marine Discovery Lab, to learn about mammals that call the ocean their home! Learn just how these mammals survive life in the water and what makes them different from the other creatures of the sea!

Week 3, June 20-24
Lego Battle Machines

Explore the relationship between force and motion in this camp meant for future engineers that like a challenge. You and a partner will design motorized machines to battle your opponents in the battle arena.

Week 4, June 27-July 1
Enviro Extreme Challenge

Become a steward of the planet as you explore the environmental challenges Earth faces. Learn about human impact on renewable and non-renewable natural resources and sustainable solutions such as water conservation/harvesting, recycling, upcycling, composting and the role you can play in helping preserve our planet.

Week 5, July 5-8 (no camp on July 4th)
Graphic Novel 2.0

Calling all writers and artists!! This popular book genre is back for more this summer in the 2.0 edition! You and other storytellers will work to create thumbnails and storyboards as you develop your unique style of storytelling to create your own graphic novel by the end of this camp.

Week 6, July 11-15
Black Holes

Do you know about Black Holes? How about Supermassive Black Holes?! In this hands-on camp you will unlock some of their mysteries and explore theories and observations in our FullDome planetarium theater.