Summer Activities

Photo: Alvin Logan/Burke Museum
Photo: Alvin Logan/Burke Museum

Bring the Burke home with these summer activities for kids!

Looking for fun hands-on educational activities to engage your child at home this summer? Run your own portable 4–day dino camp using our Fossil Finder Fun Packs or set up your own museum at home using our rentable Burke Boxes. Cost assistance is available for all Burke summer offerings.

a child excavates a fossil out of plaster
Photo: Alvin Logan/Burke Museum
Photo: Alvin Logan/Burke Museum

Fossil Finders Fun Pack

Pre K – Grade 5

A DIY camp in a box!

The Burke's Education Fun Pack program provides over ten hours of combined hands-on and virtual STEAM curriculum to engage young scientists at home or on the go. With the Fossil Finders Fun Pack, your camper will uncover and identify real natural history specimens, hear the story of the “Tufts-Love” T. rex, take a virtual tour with Burke educators, peek behind the scenes with Burke scientists, go on a scavenger hunt, and turn their pack into a 3D animal habitat! Check out our 4-Day camp plan to get started!

a child holds a large spiky amethyst specimen
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Boxes
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Boxes

Burke Boxes

All ages; Recommended for PreK – 8

Bring the Burke to your home, classroom, or library

Burke Boxes are portable kits of museum-quality collection pieces and lessons, as well as activities that can be tailored to all ages and interests.

With topics ranging from culture to earth and life sciences, our 18 Burke Box titles support classroom curriculum and highlight the natural world and Washington’s cultural heritage. Each Burke Box includes lesson plans to give you quick start guidelines and ideas for how to use your box, including new tips for facilitating a Burke Box while teaching remotely.

a child makes a leaf rubbing with a crayon
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

Burke from Home

All ages

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Burke from Home is here so you can enjoy the museum even if you can't visit in person.

a boy plays with toy spiders

Cost Assistance

Our generous donors make it possible for Burke Education to offer cost assistance to eligible schools, programs and families to ensure no child is turned away because of financial limitations.

a burke educator teaches students during a field trip

Support Education

Your gift supports high-quality science and cultural programs for students of all ages in Washington state and innovative programs for the entire community.

Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum