NERDIESTM Camps at Crystal Bridges Know Before You Go


  • We have a max capacity of 15 campers per camp and NERDIES™ camps are designed for children ages 11-14, or those students entering grades 6 through 9th.
  • All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. We may be able to exchange your ticket for another camp of comparable price. Please contact Public Programs Assistant at 479.657.2311 or [email protected] (Please note, we are unable to prorate camp fees on a daily basis.)
  • Crystal Bridges will send you an email confirming your online registration. A follow-up email will be sent approximately a week before camp to all registrants with a camper form and waivers which must be signed prior to the first day of camp. Please check your inbox and spam folder for these emails.
  • When you register, please list all allergies or special need accommodations for your camper. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee a 100% nut-free zone. After you submit the registration form, contact the Public Programs Assistant (see contact information at the bottom) about your child’s allergies and we will accommodate your camper’s needs as best we can.

What to Expect at Camp

  • Camp is for the entire week, including Tuesdays when we are closed to the public.
  • There will be a “show and share” on the last day of camp at 2:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for your camper to show off their artwork to friends and family.
  • Curbside camp pick-up will not be available on the last day of camp.
  • Please keep in mind that campers will go outdoors each day of camp, weather permitting.

What to Send with Your Camper

  • Campers will have monitored lunch outside on Walker Landing. Please send a nut-free sack lunch and/or water bottle, labeled with the child’s name. Crystal Bridges will not provide lunch or snacks. Microwave, refrigerator, and vending machines are not available.

Camp Care Opportunities

  • For your convenience, campers can be dropped off at the museum’s main entrance roundabout  (by Roxy Paine’s Yield sculpture a.k.a. the big metal tree). Please pull up to the Summer Camp Drop-Off sign. An intern or staff member will hand you a sign-in sheet for your camper. Campers will then be escorted by an intern as a group to the studios. Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before camp begins and pick up your camper not later than 15 minutes after camp ends.
  • If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, you will need to park and escort your child to the studios located off of Walker Landing. Camp pick-up is at the same location and If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will need to come to the studios to pick up your camper.
  • An adult must sign their camper in and out of camp each day. Only those who have been designated to sign out the camper may do so. Make sure to add the names of anyone picking up your camper to the registration form. Campers may not leave the museum until a designated adult signs them out and shows ID. You will be given a pick-up dashboard sign, please place this in your dashboard at pick-up.
  • Guardians of campers in  morning sessions and on Tuesdays may wait in the library, located on the third floor, until the  museum galleries open at 10 a.m. Twenty-four hours advanced notice is required if staying in the library.
  • Curbside camp pick-up will not be available on the last day of camp. All campers will be picked up at the Show and Share.

Camp Care Opportunities

  • Crystal Bridges offers monitored before-camp care after-camp care for the following weeks. Prices are for the full week and payment is due via check the first day of camp, in addition to tuition. AVAILABLE WEEKS:
  • June 24 through 28

    July 8 through 12

    Before-Camp Care: 8:15 to 9 am, $15

    After-Camp Care: 3:00 to 5:15 pm, $25

  • If you have signed up for a camp care opportunity, you can drop off and pick up your camper at the Open Studio
  • Crystal Bridges offers monitored before-camp care, lunchtime care, and after-camp care, at an additional fee.  Prices are for the full week (camp care cannot be prorated) and payment is due via check the first day of camp.  To register for any of the above extra-care opportunities, please contact [email protected].

Movie Making Camp

  • Students will learn about all aspects of movie making with the opportunity to see the latest in filmmaking equipment as well as using their own mobile phones. They’ll shoot footage, upload data, and work with multiple editing software packages including Adobe Premiere.
  • At minimum, a camper needs to bring a smartphone with video recording capabilities.  Ideally, students will bring a 2010 or later laptop with multimedia capabilities and a DSLR camera in order to continue work on their projects at home. We do not require students to have this equipment, but in order to receive the most benefit, a laptop and camera would best.
  • Campers may be filming outside. Please send your camper with sunscreen and bug spray on and/or a hat.

3D Modeling and Animation Camp

  • This camp is designed to give students a peek into the software used to make the famous animated movies they love. David Kersey, Executive Director of PIXEL™, brings his experience working on FROZEN to this camp and will teach students about creating their own 3D models and how to make them come to life.
  • This camp is best suited for the art/techie camper, so we ask that students bring a 2010 or later laptop with computer specs that meet these requirements:
    • Operating System Requirements (one of the following)
      • Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
      • Apple Mac OS X 10.8.5, 10.9.x, or 10.10.x
    • Hardware Requirements
        • 4 GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
        • 64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor
        • Three button mouse (a two button mouse will not work with Maya)
        • 4GB of free disk space for installing Maya
        • Headset (recommended, but not required)

      If you're unsure that your system meets the required hardware to run Maya, please make sure to look at the Maya system requirements well as Autodesk's recommended system hardware page. (We recommend matching to the latest Maya version requirements. This is to ensure that when later versions are supported, your system will be able to run them.)

    • Software Requirements(All of the following are free for use, but may require you to create an account.)
        • Newest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox – Required
        • Autodesk Maya – Required for Animation camps (Maya version 2017 or 2018)
        • Unity – Required for Video Game Development camps
        • Unreal Game Engine – Used only at video game development camps hosted by Crystal Bridges

      Once Maya is installed, check for and download the latest Maya service pack from Autodesk for your copy of Maya to get all the latest updates and bug fixes.

Video Game Development Camp

  • This camp is for the gamer who wants to know the magic behind all the games they love. Students will take a look into the world of game development utilizing the Unreal game engine. John Waynick brings his many years of game development experience to this camp to help students realize a game through tutorials and their imaginations.

    This camp is best suited for the art/techie camper, so we ask that students bring a 2010 or later laptop with computer specs that meet these requirements:

    • Hardware CPU: 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor Graphics Hardware
    • RAM: 4 GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
    • Disk Space: 4 GB of free disk space for install