Hands-on History Summer Camp

Registration is currently open for members

Non-member registration opens on Feb. 1. If you’d like to join and take advantage of the special month-long registration period, please stop in or give us a call at 303-278-3557.

Seven camps in one location!

Hands-on History summer camp is a fun-filled weeklong day camp for kids aged 6 to 12 in the beautiful Golden History Park. Campers will use their hands as much as their brains, whether in Dirty Jobs, Pioneer Kids, History Mystery, or Art Explorers. In our revamped and ever popular Silent Stars, exclusively for older campers aged 9 to 12, kids will write, direct, and star in their own silent movie.

Read details about the seven different themes and see the schedule of classes below.

Location and Structure

Hands-on History summer camp

Campers participate in either full-day or half-day sessions. There are two different themes each week, one each in the morning and afternoon. Kids are divided into two age groups: 6–8 and 9–11. The exception is Silent Stars which includes 12-year-olds. There will be an average ratio of one teacher for every ten students or less.

HOH’s “home base” will be the Golden History Park along 11th Street between Arapahoe and Illinois Streets in downtown Golden. For activities, campers and instructors may also travel throughout downtown Golden and to Golden History Museum.

Camp Themes

Read the complete theme descriptions here.

Dirty Jobs Pioneer Kids History Mystery Art Explorers Silent Stars Pastimes in Times Past Settle Down

2019 Schedule

Drop-off and pick-up times

Morning drop-off: Between 8:30 and 9:00

Afternoon drop off/pick up and supervised lunch break: Between 12:00 and 1:00. Full-day campers will eat lunch while half-day campers are picked up or dropped off by parents. All campers are welcome to stay to eat lunch, brought from home.

Evening pick-up: Between 4:00 and 4:30

Rates and Discounts

Member half-day: $149; full-day: $298.

Non-member half-day: $165; full-day: $330

To receive the member price you must have a current Household level (or higher) membership.


Merit-based scholarships are awarded to children with a demonstrated interest in history. Scholarships can be for either full- or half-day camps. Download the application here. This is for both the Gregory Family Scholarship and Friends of Golden History Museum Scholarship.




923 10th St
Golden, CO 80401

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