1st – 3rd Grade Camps - Bay Area Discovery Museum

1st – 3rd Grade Camps

We offer seven different themes for the first through third grade age group. Browse our camp themes by week.

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WEEK 1: June 4 - 8

Fort Building

In Fort Building, campers will use real tools and unique building materials to design and construct both individual and collaborative forts. Campers curate their forts with decoration and signage, and will share their finished products with families and friends at the end-of-week open house.

WEEK 2: June 11 - 15

Big Art

It’s all about large-scale art installations in Big Art. Campers explore architecture, life-size sculpture, performance pieces, and more. Taking inspiration from the various art styles they learn about, they’ll create and curate their own big art to share at the end-of-week open house for families and friends.


Survival Scouts

Through exploration of Fort Baker, campers learn basic outdoor survival skills, such as finding and making clean drinking water, creating shelter, and identifying edible plants. A highlight of the camp week is a special behind-the-scenes visit to the Coast Guard, where children meet with an officer and learn about maritime safety.

WEEK 3: June 18 – 22

Art Masters

Calling all budding artists! Campers are introduced to major artistic movements and master artists as they learn specific art skills and techniques like painting with watercolors, sculpting and printmaking.


Blueprints by BADM – New

Campers bring a metropolis to life as they explore architectural and engineering principles to create a collaborative city. Children will confront and consider a variety of design challenges as they plan, build, and test their structures.


Science of Silly – New

Campers will deconstruct the abstract world of humor to discover what can tickle a funny bone and make a person laugh. They will be challenged to use scientific investigation, kooky comics, eccentric engineering, and interesting interviews to curate their own innovative sense of humor!  

WEEK 4: June 25 - 29

Exhibit Insiders – New

Children have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at BADM and see firsthand the ins and outs of running a creative museum. Campers work collaboratively to make the museum their classroom and to imagine new and exciting exhibits. At the end of the week, they’ll share their ideas with senior-level BADM staff, other campers, families, and friends.


Fort Building

In Fort Building, campers will use real tools and unique building materials to design and construct both individual and collaborative forts. Campers curate their forts with decoration and signage, and will share their finished products with families and friends at the end-of-week open house.

WEEK 5: July 2 - 3, 5 - 6

Big Art

It’s all about large-scale art installations in Big Art. Campers explore architecture, life-size sculpture, performance pieces, and more. Taking inspiration from the various art styles they learn about, they’ll create and curate their own big art to share at the end-of-week open house for families and friends.

WEEK 6: July 9 – 13

Art Masters

Calling all budding artists! Campers are introduced to major artistic movements and master artists as they learn specific art skills and techniques like painting with watercolors, sculpting and printmaking.


Blueprints by BADM – New

Campers bring a metropolis to life as they explore architectural and engineering principles to create a collaborative city. Children will confront and consider a variety of design challenges as they plan, build, and test their structures.


Survival Scouts

Through exploration of Fort Baker, campers learn basic outdoor survival skills, such as finding and making clean drinking water, creating shelter, and identifying edible plants. A highlight of the camp week is a special behind-the-scenes visit to the Coast Guard, where children meet with an officer and learn about maritime safety.

WEEK 7: July 16 – 20

Science of Silly – New

Campers will deconstruct the abstract world of humor to discover what can tickle a funny bone and make a person laugh. They will be challenged to use scientific investigation, kooky comics, eccentric engineering, and interesting interviews to curate their own innovative sense of humor! 


Fort Building

In Fort Building, campers will use real tools and unique building materials to design and construct both individual and collaborative forts. Campers curate their forts with decoration and signage, and will share their finished products with families and friends at the end-of-week open house.

WEEK 8: July 23 – 27

Big Art

It’s all about large-scale art installations in Big Art. Campers explore architecture, life-size sculpture, performance pieces, and more. Taking inspiration from the various art styles they learn about, they’ll create and curate their own big art to share at the end-of-week open house for families and friends.


Exhibit Insiders – New!

Children have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at BADM and see firsthand the ins and outs of running a creative museum. Campers work collaboratively to make the museum their classroom and to imagine new and exciting exhibits. At the end of the week, they’ll share their ideas with senior-level BADM staff, other campers, families, and friends.   

WEEK 9: July 30 – August 3

Blueprints by BADM – New

Campers bring a metropolis to life as they explore architectural and engineering principles to create a collaborative city. Children will confront and consider a variety of design challenges as they plan, build, and test their structures.


Art Masters

Calling all budding artists! Campers are introduced to major artistic movements and master artists as they learn specific art skills and techniques like painting with watercolors, sculpting and printmaking


Survival Scouts

Through exploration of Fort Baker, campers learn basic outdoor survival skills, such as finding and making clean drinking water, creating shelter, and identifying edible plants. A highlight of the camp week is a special behind-the-scenes visit to the Coast Guard, where children meet with an officer and learn about maritime safety.

WEEK 10: August 6 - 10

Science of Silly – New

Campers will deconstruct the abstract world of humor to discover what can tickle a funny bone and make a person laugh. They will be challenged to use scientific investigation, kooky comics, eccentric engineering, and interesting interviews to curate their own innovative sense of humor! 


Fort Building

In Fort Building, campers will use real tools and unique building materials to design and construct both individual and collaborative forts. Campers curate their forts with decoration and signage, and will share their finished products with families and friends at the end-of-week open house.

WEEK 11: August 13 – 17

Exhibit Insiders – New

Children have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at BADM and see firsthand the ins and outs of running a creative museum. Campers work collaboratively to make the museum their classroom and to imagine new and exciting exhibits. At the end of the week, they’ll share their ideas with senior-level BADM staff, other campers, families, and friends.


Big Art

It’s all about large-scale art installations in Big Art. Campers explore architecture, life-size sculpture, performance pieces, and more. Taking inspiration from the various art styles they learn about, they’ll create and curate their own big art to share at the end-of-week open house for families and friends.

WEEK 12: August 20 – 24

Art Masters

Calling all budding artists! Campers are introduced to major artistic movements and master artists as they learn specific art skills and techniques like painting with watercolors, sculpting and printmaking.


Blueprints by BADM – New

Campers bring a metropolis to life as they explore architectural and engineering principles to create a collaborative city. Children will confront and consider a variety of design challenges as they plan, build, and test their structures.