A summer of science

City Museum of Zoology, Via Ulisse Aldrovandi 18, tel. 0632609200, www.commune.roma.it/museozoologia.

Until 28 July.

Summer camp for children 5-11 years of age. Science workshops, laboratories and discussions as well as craft and twice-weekly nature excursions in Villa Borghese and to the zoo. Mon-Fri 08.30-16.30. Ongoing enrollment with registration every Fri before intended week of participation (3 days minimum). 80 weekly. Children receive a snack and lunch for an extra 7.50 per day.

Animal watching and more

Bioparco, Piazzale Giardino Zoologico 20 (Villa Borghese), tel. 065816816,

www.bioparco.it. Until 28 July.

The snautomagico, or magical snout summer camp, takes place in three different locations: Bioparco, Casina di Raffaello and the Globe Theatre, all in Villa Borghese. The theme this year is the four elements and the camp includes daily hands-on workshops with science experiments and demonstrations as well as theatre, games and visits to the animals homes accompanied by zookeepers. Mon-Fri 08.30-16.30. 90 weekly (e80 for siblings) or 20 a day with lunch included.

Explora Childrens Museum

Via Flaminia 82, tel. 063613776, www.mdbr.it. Until early Sept.

For children 3-12 years old. Younger children can play at the museum while older children take morning walks and play games in Villa Borghese. The museum is divided into four sections - the human body, the environment, public life and communications - and activities include following a letter through the postal system, producing a television programme, shopping at the supermarket and sitting at the cash register to take money. Children have use of the museums multimedia materials and do computer drawing as well as arts and crafts. Mon-Fri 08.00-16.30. e135 weekly or e30 daily (including two snacks and lunch).

Playhouse in Villa Borghese

Casina di Raffaello, Piazza di Siena (Villa Borghese), tel. 0682059127.

Children 4-10 years. This playhouse offers the opportunity for independent play with workgroups for building, colouring and painting as well as theatre. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Sat-Sun on the hour from 11.00 until 18.00. Tues-Fri, hour-long sessions starting at 15.00 and 16.00. Mon closed. e3/session, booking obligatory.

Theatre Camp

Teatro S. Carlino, Viale dei Bambini, Pincio (Villa Borghese), tel. 063335320-329/2967328. 4-30 July.

Theres a theatre summer camp 08.30-17.30 every day. e110 per week (snacks and lunch included). Also outdoor theatre festival with Punch and Judy puppet shows and much more for kids every evening 18.00 and 21.00.

International school camps

Most summer programmes at the international schools run until the end of July or the first week of August. The following schools offer English, sports, arts and crafts, music and drama, computer and multimedia activities. Telephone for details and to enrol. American Overseas School of Rome (AOSR), ages 3-15, tel. 0633438320, www.summercamp@aosr.org (AOSR also offers a sports camp 24 July-5 Aug); Greenwood Garden International School, ages 3-7, tel. 0633266703; Marymount English summer camp, ages 5-16, tel. 063629101, summer@marymountrome.it; St Georges British International School, ages 8-14, tel. 063086001, michele_massaro@hotmail.com; Southlands English School in Rome, ages 2-14, tel. 065053932, www.southlands.it.