Summer Programs for Kids | EXPLO at Wheaton
Explo - Learning Through Exploration

Since 1976, EXPLO has reached
80,000 students from
50 states and 93 countries
around the world.

We Don’t Put Classroom Walls Around Learning

Every day at EXPLO is intentionally designed so that learning doesn’t end when classes do. Each activity, every encounter is an open-ended opportunity for discovery and growth.

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Our year-round staff works for 10 months every off-season to develop curriculum and programming that will knock your socks off. (Unless you’re in the science lab, where closed-toe shoes are required.)


From the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning until your head hits the pillow at lights out, every day at EXPLO is jam-packed with courses, entertainment, trips, and fun!

The World in Your Backyard

EXPLO is an international community where students from across the U.S. and around the globe come together to live and learn for three weeks each summer. For day students, it’s an amazing opportunity to meet the world close to home.


    Dining: Something Green

    Dive into our thoughtful menu that reflects the eating interests and needs of our second graders and seventh graders alike. Accommodating to dietary restrictions and allergies, all we ask is you make sure something green is on your plate — and no, “jello” doesn’t count.


    Activity: Quiet Reading

    At Wheaton, we make room for moments to slow down. Sit down with a book during activities for a time of quiet, calm, and independent adventure.


    Sneaker Activity: Street Luge

    Participate in a Sneaker Activity through the thrill of racing down Wheaton’s campus hilltops by luge: Warning! helmet, knee and elbow pads required.


    Seventh Grade Graduation

    Celebrate a symbolic rite of passage at 7th-Grade graduation, a ceremony where each student receives a diploma from EXPLO President and Executive Director, Moira Kelly. Don’t forget the ice cream, dancing, and the bonfire that follows!


    Course: Medieval Battle Contraptions

    Learn about the history of siege weapons through EXPLO-designed trebuchets and catapults — all while keeping in mind factors that shape the physics of momentum.


    Course: World Cooking

    In World Cooking, roll out dough and mix up filling for cuchvara, a small, savory dumpling typical of Uzbek cuisine.


    Trip: Harvard Natural History Museum

    Examine fossils from millions of years ago, wander in awe through the Great Mammal Hall, dazzle your senses with geodes and rare minerals, and wonder at Blaschka's glass flowers and sea creatures.


    Video: Experience EXPLO at Wheaton


    Course: Engineering

    Take on the challenge of designing a light box from scratch, learning about the relationship between electricity and design.

EXPLO Reinvented the Learning Experience.
We Continue to Do So — Every Day

From the halls of MIT to the minds of curious young people from across the U.S. and around the world, learning through exploration combines an array of experiences — from hands-on courses and workshops to outdoor activities and weekend trips — that transform the way students engage with the world. More than 40 years later, EXPLO continues to reinvent the learning experience. Educators, nonprofits, and corporate leaders alike now seek EXPLO’s knowledge and expertise in engaged learning, critical making, and design thinking to drive their organizations forward.

EXPLO is a place where dreams are made, friendships are born, and uncertainty abolished. It was one of the best experiences in my life.

Say Hello!

For many families, attending an info meeting in your local area or on one of our campuses is a great way to get a feel for what a summer at EXPLO has to offer. Meet our Executive Director, Head of Programs, or Director of Admission, ask questions, and get a first-hand feel for our programs.

A Life of Daring and Courage Starts at EXPLO