The Bakken Museum Clubhouse: School Day Enrichment Programs

In-Person Programming


Challenging times call for creative solutions. Introducing The Bakken Clubhouse, a fun and social way for students to get supplemental schoolwork support and interaction during distance learning, while also engaging in STEM-themed activities. The Bakken Museum aims to support students and families on their learning journey, whatever the path may go.

Students in grades 3 through 8 enrolled in remote learning programs with their school are invited to the museum for academic support, engaging science activities, and some good old (physically distanced) fun and games. The daily schedule will include flexibility and time to support students’ schoolwork combined with Bakken enrichment activities.


  • Students will be divided into cohorts limited to 10 or fewer students and 2 educators
  • Students will stay with the same cohort for the full 5 weeks of the session and will remain isolated from other groups
  • Each cohort will meet 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1 day a week for 5 weeks
  • There will be staggered drop-off and pick-up times
  • At-home monitoring for symptoms of illness by campers and all museum staff will be required
  • Students and staff will be required to wear face masks
  • Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations will be available in every space
  • All activities have been modified to remove contact between individuals
  • Materials and equipment will be washed in between each group
  • Individual toolkits for each student
  • Room layouts will be altered and markers will be placed to maintain social distancing

>> View The Bakken Museum's complete COVID-19 Guidelines and Preparedness Plan

Tuesday: Chemistry

Ready, set, reaction! Students will practice scientific techniques and explore the basic principles of chemistry as they investigate the changes and interactions of substances. Students will experiment with how chemicals that ooze, bounce, fizz, or burn can be used to solve problems and change the world.

DATES: October 6, October 13, October 20, & October 27, November 10 (No Clubhouse on November 3rd because the museum serves as the local polling place.)
TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Become a technology creator! Focusing on coding and digital making, students will be introduced to the BBC micro: bit, a tiny computer created to connect simple coding to the complex world. After experimenting and playing with these tools, students will design a virtual project that can do things in the physical world.

DATES: October 7, October 21, & October 28, November 4th, November 11 (No Clubhouse on Oct 14 because the museum will be running special MEA break workshops.)
TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Cultivate your Curiosity alongside fellow Aerospace enthusiasts as you learn about the science and engineering that supports space travel! How do we get to space, and what are they looking for in the first place? How do we send messages across unfathomable distances? What does it take to create a vessel that can withstand the incredible forces outside our world? Students will look at what it’s like to work as an aerospace engineer, conduct hands-on experiments, and explore the outer reaches of our universe. If you’re interested in the interstellar, this clubhouse is for you!

DATES: October 8, October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12 (No Clubhouse on October 15 because the museum will be hosting special MEA break workshops.)
TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


What can you solve? Who can you trick? Using the Engineering Design Process, students will tackle some of our favorite design challenges and apply science concepts to create magic tricks designed to awe and amaze their friends and family.

DATES: October 9, October 23, & October 30, November 6, November 13 (No Clubhouse on October 16th because the museum is hosting some special MEA break workshops.)
TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


DATES: Beginning the first week of October
TIME: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 day a week for 5 weeks
LOCATION: The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416
COST: $385, $346.50 for Household Members



The Bakken Museum offers income-based scholarships to help provide access to its youth programs. Please visit the Youth Program Scholarships page for more information.

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