We have created a great mix of exciting summer day camps for children ages 4-13.

Gibbs Farm Day Camps

Our camps are held rain or shine – dress for the weather! Part of each camp day is spent out of doors, in case of bad weather, camp will be held inside site buildings.

Reservations are required and must be prepaid for all camps.
One week notice of cancellation is needed in order to receive a refund.

MEA Day

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Full Day: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Half Day: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Please call Gibbs Farm directly to register. Online registration is available here.

Children Ages 6-10
Gibbs Farm is offering an exciting, fun, and educational experience for your kids for MEA 2017. This half-day or full-day camp is for kids ages 6-10. Campers will have the opportunity to experience a day filled with Dakota and pioneer activities and crafts. Including caring for your animals, dipping a real beeswax candle, visiting our one-room schoolhouse and much more! They will also get a special treat, our famous homemade ice cream.

Half Day: $29
Full Day: $49

Important Note: If you would like to register for a Day Camp within 2 days of the start of camp,
please call the Gibbs Farm directly at 651-646-8629 to register.

Summer Day Camps

2017 Summer Day Camps are closed. Please check back in Spring for information on 2018 Day Camps, or:

  • Contact Gibbs Farm at 651-646-8629.
  • Use our Contact Us form to contact Gibbs Farm directly.

2017 Day Camps

Below are the Day Camps that were held in 2017. Watch for information and pricing on 2018 camps, or contact Gibbs Farm if you are interested in a particular camp for 2018. Camps may change in 2018.

Dakota Day Camp

Tuesday-Thursday, in June (watch for 2018 dates)
9:00 am-1:00 pm

This Dakota lifeways camp is for boys and girls ages 6-10 years old.
This interactive camp is led by Gibbs Farm staff with input from members of the Dakota community.
Camp focus is on Dakota seasonal rounds and includes language, activities and crafts.

Join us on Thursday during camp week for an Open House from 12:30-1:00.
Light refreshments will be served and campers will introduce their families to Dakota lifeways.
Campers bring a lunch Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday we will provide a Dakota-inspired feast.

Pioneer Kid

Tuesdays-Thursdays, several sessions June & July (watch for 2018 dates)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Ages 6-10
Children ages 6-10 travel back in time to experience school, work and play in this three-day pioneer immersion history camp to learn about life in the 1800s. Campers attend the one-room schoolhouse each day, learning “reading, writing and arithmetic” in a fun and kid-friendly way. Pioneer Kids also learn to play marbles, feed and care for the animals, make butter and ice cream, and much more.

Bring a bag lunch each day.
An open house will be held on Thursdays at 12:30 for campers’ families.

Gibbs Girl

Tuesdays-Thursdays, several sessions, July & August (watch for 2018 dates)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Girls Ages 6-10
Three Days, Three Experiences: Life as a Pioneer girl, Dakota girl and Victorian girl. Campers discover what the lives of pioneer girls, Dakota girls and Victorian girls were like in the 1800s. This craft-based camp offers girls a first-hand appreciation of the daily lives of girls in days gone by.

Some activities include attending a quilting bee, creating a yarn doll, dipping candles and square dancing on Pioneer day, putting up a tipi, beading and making baskets on Dakota day, and “taking tea” and making flower baskets following a nature walk on Victorian day.

Bring a bag lunch each day.
Each Thursday, campers will hold an open house for their families. Open house begins at 12:30 and all family members are invited as our guests!

Digging History

Tuesday-Thursday, August (watch for 2018 dates)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Ages 11-13
In 1995, Gibbs Farm located the original “soddy” site and participated in an archaeological dig with the University of Minnesota. Whether learning about pioneer life in 1849 through this dig, or searching for the Dakota trail that crossed the Gibbs farm, archaeology has played an important role at the Gibbs historic site for years.

Campers will learn about archaeology, participate in hands-on digs at the site and much more. Boys and girls ages 11-13 will discover how archaeology helps determine how people lived long ago by the objects they used.

Bring a bag lunch each day.
An open house will be held on Thursday at 12:30 for campers’ families

Pioneer PeeWees

Wednesdays, June, July & August (watch for 2018 dates)
9:30-11:30 am
Ages 4-5
The perfect camp for younger children! Each camp covers one pioneer or Dakota-related topic and includes an activity and a craft to take home. Snack included.
Pioneer PeeWees Online Registration Form

Pioneer PeeWees Camp Topics for 2017 (watch for 2018 topics)

6/21- All about Sheep!
Campers will learn all about how sheep were used on a pioneer farm. PeeWees will get to make and take home a pompom sheep!
6/28- All about Pigs!
Campers will get to know our two friendly pigs and learn why animals like them were important to pioneers. These PeeWees will make a pig-shaped cookie to take home!
7/12- Ducks, Geese, and Chickens…Oh My!
Campers will learn all about the different farm birds at Gibbs Farm. PeeWees will create their own chicken friend out of hollowed out eggs!
7/19- What’s Alive on the Prairie?
Campers will go on a scavenger hunt to see what critters (bugs, animals, or flowers) they can find in the prairie. PeeWees will get to take home their own nature journal!
7/26- Pioneer Gardens
Campers will take a walk through our Pioneer Garden and learn about the plants growing there. PeeWees will help our gardener by picking some of the ripe vegetables and then they’ll decorate their own clay pots to plant seeds in!
8/2- All about Bees
Campers will learn all about these important pollinators and how pioneers collected honey to eat and wax to make candles. PeeWees will dip a real beeswax candle to take home!
8/9- Pioneer Chores
Campers will get to go back in time in our Historic Farmhouse to participate in everyday pioneer chores like doin’ the wash and making butter. PeeWees will weave their own mini rag rugs just like pioneer women would have made!
8/16- Bark Lodge and the Hunt
Campers will go on a scavenger hunt for different animal hides that they’ll trade for beads. They’ll also learn about the Bark Lodge, the type of home where the Dakota lived in the summer. PeeWees will bead their own Dakota bracelet!
8/23- Tipi Life and Buffalo Nation
Campers will experience what winter life in the Tipi was like for the Dakota. These PeeWees will hear a traditional Dakota story about the importance of the buffalo and will make their own mini tipi to take home!
8/30- One-Room Schoolhouse
Campers will experience what lessons were like in a one-room schoolhouse. PeeWees will sing their ABCs, write on slate boards, and read a story. Children will take home a Gibbs ruler and pencil!

Reservations

Reservations are required and must be prepaid for all camps.
One week notice of cancellation is needed in order to receive a refund.

To enroll in Summer Day Camps, you may:

  • Use our online registration forms which will be linked by each camp above in Spring 2018.
  • Print out the 2018 Gibbs Day Camps pdf form and mail when it is available.
  • Contact Gibbs Farm at 651-646-8629.
  • Use our Contact Us form to contact Gibbs Farm directly.

Important Note: If you would like to register for a Day Camp within 2 days of the start of camp,
please call the Gibbs Farm directly at 651-646-8629 to register.