Summer Camps for Preschool Through Fourth Grade in Sausalito

Summer Camps

Our camps provide child-directed and inquiry driven learning through project-based, hands-on activities that are designed to boost creativity, STEM skills, and critical thinking.

Read more about 2018 Summer Discovery Camps.


Registration Dates

Prior to their relevant date, members will receive an email with an access code that enables their early online registration.

January 30, 2018  BADM Donor Circle Members (Grandparent Circle Members, Discovery Circle Members, and Creativity Circle Members)

February 6, 2018  BADM Supporting Family Members

February 13, 2018  BADM Family Members and Family Access Members

February 20, 2018  Public

Want to secure your spot at summer Discover Camps? Become a BADM Member to receive early summer camp registration.


Schedule and Ages

Discovery Camps run on a weekly basis.
All Discovery Camps run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Extended care is available for an extra fee from 8 – 9 a.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.

Discovery Camps are broken into five age groups:

Grade is determined by the grade child is entering in fall 2018.


Price

All camps are $360* for the entire week, (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday – Friday).

Extended care is available for an extra fee from 8 – 9 a.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.

  • 8 – 9 a.m.: $20 per day or $80 per week
  • 1 – 4 p.m.: $60 per day or $200 per week

*Junior Counselors program is $200 per week.


Requirements

Campers must be potty trained and have experience with separation from caregiver in a drop-off setting. All campers must be at least 3 years old by June 5, 2018.


Browse camp themes by week:

WEEK 1: June 4 - 8

Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Monster Makers
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Creepy crawly or sweetly silly? Campers imagine and construct a monster of their own using various art materials like clay, paint, and fabric. Children are challenged to create a narrative backstory for their monster, taking inspiration from the characteristics and habitats of real animals.


Inventor’s Toolbox
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers embrace imagination, innovation, and creative problem solving in Inventor’s Toolbox. Each camper is challenged to find a problem or task that can be solved or made easier through the invention of a new tool. Your inventor utilizes the design-thinking process to brainstorm ideas, design, prototype, build, and troubleshoot a new tool.


Fort Building
Age Group: 1st and 3rd grade

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.


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor

WEEK 2: June 11 - 15

Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Art of Nature
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Inspired by their surroundings in Fort Baker or MAGC, campers create artwork that reflects and responds to the natural world. They will go on hikes and beach visits where they will engage in projects like mud painting, poetry, plein air sketching, and more.


Disappearing Art
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Wait, where did my art go? Campers explore ephemeral art by creating artworks using materials that change with the passage of time. Sample art projects include ice sculptures, sand castles, shadow portraits, and bubble painting.


Magic Chemistry
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers discover the magic of chemistry by investigating the properties of matter, exploring chemical reactions, and gaining new appreciation for the everyday chemistry happening in the world around us. Using scientific tools, your junior chemist forms hypotheses, conducts scientific experiments, and draws conclusions from evidence.


Mystery Solvers
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers hone their detective skills to solve a series of mysteries. They will use investigative tools, solve riddles, make disguises, and create a mystery of their own to be solved at the end of the week by other campers!


Under the Sea – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers take a deep dive into local marine life, examining the flora and fauna that the ocean supports. Frequent visits to the Fort Baker beach will allow them to conduct scientific investigations, observe animal behavior, and create art inspired by this vast natural resource.


Big Art
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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.


Fab Fashion
Age Group: 2nd – 4th Grade

Fashion meets technology in Fab Fashion! Held in the Fab Lab (BADM’s high-tech maker space), campers delve into the fashion and design process and use high-tech design tools and equipment to make clothing and accessories. Children plan and put on a fashion show.


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor


Discovery Camps at Marin Art & Garden Center

The high-quality Discovery Camp programming—led by Bay Area Discovery Museum Educators—is also offered at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross. Kindergarten to third grade campers will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 11-acre site, which includes a Habitat Garden, Edible Garden, and Butterfly Cottage.

Art of Nature
Age Group: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Inspired by their surroundings in MAGC, campers create artwork that reflects and responds to the natural world. They will engage in projects like mud painting, poetry, plein air sketching, and more.

WEEK 3: June 18 – 22

Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers explore all aspects of planes, trains, and automobiles, and learn about physics through each mode of transportation. Children use the dynamic design process to engineer their own modes of transportation.


Lights, Camera, Action! – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers become stars of the silver screen as they work together to create a short film. They will consider character development, screenwriting, costume design, and sound effects as they collaborate on their performance. The week culminates with a film screening for families and friends.


Life on the Water – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Ahoy Mateys! Campers use sea-faring skills to navigate the big blue – including maps, constellations, and tidal charts. Learning safety techniques from the Coast Guard and Geocaching skills from BADM experts, campers will be prepared to embark on land and sea adventures!


Junior Naturalists – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Children become naturalists through an exploration of the plant and animal life at Fort Baker. Campers practice the scientific inquiry process through activities like developing a field guide, scientific illustration, bird watching, and more!


Art Masters
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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!  


Fab Lab: Robots!
Age Group: 2nd – 4th Grade

Campers explore circuitry, robotics, and digital fabrication in our high-tech maker space—the Fab Lab. Robots! will challenge campers to design, create, and troubleshoot a robot that can execute a simple task.


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor


Discovery Camps at Marin Art & Garden Center

The high-quality Discovery Camp programming—led by Bay Area Discovery Museum Educators—is also offered at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross. Kindergarten to third grade campers will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 11-acre site, which includes a Habitat Garden, Edible Garden, and Butterfly Cottage.

Junior Naturalists – New
Age Group: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Children become naturalists through an exploration of the plant and animal life at MAGC. Campers practice the scientific inquiry process through activities like developing a field guide, scientific illustration, bird watching, and more!

WEEK 4: June 25 - 29


Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Monster Makers
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Creepy crawly or sweetly silly? Campers imagine and construct a monster of their own using various art materials like clay, paint, and fabric. Children are challenged to create a narrative backstory for their monster, taking inspiration from the characteristics and habitats of real animals.


Inventor’s Toolbox
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers embrace imagination, innovation, and creative problem solving in Inventor’s Toolbox. Each camper is challenged to find a problem or task that can be solved or made easier through the invention of a new tool. Your inventor utilizes the design-thinking process to brainstorm ideas, design, prototype, build, and troubleshoot a new tool.


Game On! – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers dive deep into the tricks and trades of different games and sports during Game On! camp. Everyone will get an opportunity to compete and collaborate in the classic games we all know and love, then will use novel techniques to innovate and design a game of their own! 


Fossils Rock – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers take a journey through time and embrace their inner paleontologist in Fossils Rock! Learning about plate tectonics, geology, fossils, dinosaurs, cave paintings, and more will give them an understanding of what Earth was like before modern humans showed up.


Art of Nature
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Inspired by their surroundings in Fort Baker or MAGC, campers create artwork that reflects and responds to the natural world. They will go on hikes and beach visits where they will engage in projects like mud painting, poetry, plein air sketching, and more.


Exhibit Insiders – New
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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.


Fab Maker Lab – New
Age Group: 2nd – 4th Grade

Spend camp creating in BADM’s very own Fab Lab! The Fab Lab is a space where children can build science, technology, engineering, and math skills through hands-on learning. Participating in Fab Lab camp allows children to explore and experiment with our range of digital fabrication technology, include 3D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters.


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor


Discovery Camps at Marin Art & Garden Center

The high-quality Discovery Camp programming—led by Bay Area Discovery Museum Educators—is also offered at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross. Kindergarten to third grade campers will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 11-acre site, which includes a Habitat Garden, Edible Garden, and Butterfly Cottage.

Art of Nature
Age Group: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Inspired by their surroundings in MAGC, campers create artwork that reflects and responds to the natural world. They will engage in projects like mud painting, poetry, plein air sketching, and more.

WEEK 5: July 2 - 3, 5 - 6

Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Disappearing Art
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Wait, where did my art go? Campers explore ephemeral art by creating artworks using materials that change with the passage of time. Sample art projects include ice sculptures, sand castles, shadow portraits, and bubble painting.


Magic Chemistry
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers discover the magic of chemistry by investigating the properties of matter, exploring chemical reactions, and gaining new appreciation for the everyday chemistry happening in the world around us. Using scientific tools, your junior chemist forms hypotheses, conducts scientific experiments, and draws conclusions from evidence.


Big Art
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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.


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor

WEEK 6: July 9 – 13

Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers explore all aspects of planes, trains, and automobiles, and learn about physics through each mode of transportation. Children use the dynamic design process to engineer their own modes of transportation.


Mystery Solvers
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers hone their detective skills to solve a series of mysteries. They will use investigative tools, solve riddles, make disguises, and create a mystery of their own to be solved at the end of the week by other campers!


Under the Sea – New 
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers take a deep dive into local marine life, examining the flora and fauna that the ocean supports. Frequent visits to the Fort Baker beach will allow them to conduct scientific investigations, observe animal behavior, and create art inspired by this vast natural resource.


Junior Naturalists
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Children become naturalists through an exploration of the plant and animal life at Fort Baker. Campers practice the scientific inquiry process through activities like developing a field guide, scientific illustration, bird watching, and more!


Art Masters
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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.


Fab Fashion
Age Group: 2nd – 4th Grade

Fashion meets technology in Fab Fashion! Held in the Fab Lab (BADM’s high-tech maker space), campers delve into the fashion and design process and use high-tech design tools and equipment to make clothing and accessories. Children plan and put on a fashion show.


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor


Discovery Camps at Marin Art & Garden Center

The high-quality Discovery Camp programming—led by Bay Area Discovery Museum Educators—is also offered at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross. Kindergarten to third grade campers will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 11-acre site, which includes a Habitat Garden, Edible Garden, and Butterfly Cottage.

Junior Naturalists
Age Group: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Children become naturalists through an exploration of the plant and animal life at MAGC. Campers practice the scientific inquiry process through activities like developing a field guide, scientific illustration, bird watching, and more!

WEEK 7: July 16 – 20


Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Monster Makers
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Creepy crawly or sweetly silly? Campers imagine and construct a monster of their own using various art materials like clay, paint, and fabric. Children are challenged to create a narrative backstory for their monster, taking inspiration from the characteristics and habitats of real animals.


Art of Nature
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Inspired by their surroundings in Fort Baker or MAGC, campers create artwork that reflects and responds to the natural world. They will go on hikes and beach visits where they will engage in projects like mud painting, poetry, plein air sketching, and more.


Inventor’s Toolbox
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers embrace imagination, innovation, and creative problem solving in Inventor’s Toolbox. Each camper is challenged to find a problem or task that can be solved or made easier through the invention of a new tool. Your inventor utilizes the design-thinking process to brainstorm ideas, design, prototype, build, and troubleshoot a new tool.


Lights, Camera, Action! – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers become stars of the silver screen as they work together to create a short film. They will consider character development, screenwriting, costume design, and sound effects as they collaborate on their performance. The week culminates with a film screening for families and friends.


Life on the Water – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Ahoy Mateys! Campers use sea-faring skills to navigate the big blue – including maps, constellations, and tidal charts. Learning safety techniques from the Coast Guard and Geocaching skills from BADM experts, campers will be prepared to embark on land and sea adventures!


Science of Silly – New
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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.


Fab Lab: Robots!
Age Group: 2nd – 4th Grade

Campers explore circuitry, robotics, and digital fabrication in our high-tech maker space—the Fab Lab. Robots! will challenge campers to design, create, and troubleshoot a robot that can execute a simple task.


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor


Discovery Camps at Marin Art & Garden Center

The high-quality Discovery Camp programming—led by Bay Area Discovery Museum Educators—is also offered at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross. Kindergarten to third grade campers will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 11-acre site, which includes a Habitat Garden, Edible Garden, and Butterfly Cottage.

Art of Nature
Age Group: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Inspired by their surroundings in MAGC, campers create artwork that reflects and responds to the natural world. They will engage in projects like mud painting, poetry, plein air sketching, and more.

WEEK 8: July 23 – 27

Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Disappearing Art
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Wait, where did my art go? Campers explore ephemeral art by creating artworks using materials that change with the passage of time. Sample art projects include ice sculptures, sand castles, shadow portraits, and bubble painting.


Magic Chemistry
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers discover the magic of chemistry by investigating the properties of matter, exploring chemical reactions, and gaining new appreciation for the everyday chemistry happening in the world around us. Using scientific tools, your junior chemist forms hypotheses, conducts scientific experiments, and draws conclusions from evidence.


Game On! – New!
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers dive deep into the tricks and trades of different games and sports during Game On! camp. Everyone will get an opportunity to compete and collaborate in the classic games we all know and love, then will use novel techniques to innovate and design a game of their own! 


Fossils Rock – New!
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers take a journey through time and embrace their inner paleontologist in Fossils Rock! Learning about plate tectonics, geology, fossils, dinosaurs, cave paintings, and more will give them an understanding of what Earth was like before modern humans showed up.


Junior Naturalists
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Children become naturalists through an exploration of the plant and animal life at Fort Baker or MAGC. Campers practice the scientific inquiry process through activities like developing a field guide, scientific illustration, bird watching, and more!


Big Art
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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!
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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.    


Fab Maker Lab- New!
Age Group: 2nd – 4th Grade

Spend camp creating in BADM’s very own Fab Lab! The Fab Lab is a space where children can build science, technology, engineering, and math skills through hands-on learning. Participating in Fab Lab camp allows children to explore and experiment with our range of digital fabrication technology, include 3D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters. 


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor


Discovery Camps at Marin Art & Garden Center

The high-quality Discovery Camp programming—led by Bay Area Discovery Museum Educators—is also offered at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross. Kindergarten to third grade campers will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 11-acre site, which includes a Habitat Garden, Edible Garden, and Butterfly Cottage.

Junior Naturalists
Age Group: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Children become naturalists through an exploration of the plant and animal life at MAGC. Campers practice the scientific inquiry process through activities like developing a field guide, scientific illustration, bird watching, and more!

                           

WEEK 9: July 30 – August 3

Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers explore all aspects of planes, trains, and automobiles, and learn about physics through each mode of transportation. Children use the dynamic design process to engineer their own modes of transportation.


Mystery Solvers
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers hone their detective skills to solve a series of mysteries. They will use investigative tools, solve riddles, make disguises, and create a mystery of their own to be solved at the end of the week by other campers!


Under the Sea – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers take a deep dive into local marine life, examining the flora and fauna that the ocean supports. Frequent visits to the Fort Baker beach will allow them to conduct scientific investigations, observe animal behavior, and create art inspired by this vast natural resource.


Art of Nature
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Inspired by their surroundings in Fort Baker or MAGC, campers create artwork that reflects and responds to the natural world. They will go on hikes and beach visits where they will engage in projects like mud painting, poetry, plein air sketching, and more.


Blueprints by BADM – New
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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.


Fab Fashion
Age Group: 2nd – 4th Grade

Fashion meets technology in Fab Fashion! Held in the Fab Lab (BADM’s high-tech maker space), campers delve into the fashion and design process and use high-tech design tools and equipment to make clothing and accessories. Children plan and put on a fashion show.


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor


Discovery Camps at Marin Art & Garden Center

The high-quality Discovery Camp programming—led by Bay Area Discovery Museum Educators—is also offered at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross. Kindergarten to third grade campers will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 11-acre site, which includes a Habitat Garden, Edible Garden, and Butterfly Cottage.

Art of Nature
Age Group: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Inspired by their surroundings in MAGC, campers create artwork that reflects and responds to the natural world. They will engage in projects like mud painting, poetry, plein air sketching, and more.

WEEK 10: August 6 - 10

Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Monster Makers
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Creepy crawly or sweetly silly? Campers imagine and construct a monster of their own using various art materials like clay, paint, and fabric. Children are challenged to create a narrative backstory for their monster, taking inspiration from the characteristics and habitats of real animals.


Inventor’s Toolbox
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers embrace imagination, innovation, and creative problem solving in Inventor’s Toolbox. Each camper is challenged to find a problem or task that can be solved or made easier through the invention of a new tool. Your inventor utilizes the design-thinking process to brainstorm ideas, design, prototype, build, and troubleshoot a new tool.


Lights, Camera, Action! – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers become stars of the silver screen as they work together to create a short film. They will consider character development, screenwriting, costume design, and sound effects as they collaborate on their performance. The week culminates with a film screening for families and friends.


Life on the Water – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Ahoy Mateys! Campers use sea-faring skills to navigate the big blue – including maps, constellations, and tidal charts. Learning safety techniques from the Coast Guard and Geocaching skills from BADM experts, campers will be prepared to embark on land and sea adventures!


Junior Naturalists
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Children become naturalists through an exploration of the plant and animal life at Fort Baker or MAGC. Campers practice the scientific inquiry process through activities like developing a field guide, scientific illustration, bird watching, and more!


Science of Silly – New
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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.


Fab Lab: Robots!
Age Group: 2nd – 4th Grade

Campers explore circuitry, robotics, and digital fabrication in our high-tech maker space—the Fab Lab. Robots! will challenge campers to design, create, and troubleshoot a robot that can execute a simple task.


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor


Discovery Camps at Marin Art & Garden Center

The high-quality Discovery Camp programming—led by Bay Area Discovery Museum Educators—is also offered at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross. Kindergarten to third grade campers will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 11-acre site, which includes a Habitat Garden, Edible Garden, and Butterfly Cottage.

Junior Naturalists
Age Group: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Children become naturalists through an exploration of the plant and animal life at MAGC. Campers practice the scientific inquiry process through activities like developing a field guide, scientific illustration, bird watching, and more!

 

WEEK 11: August 13 – 17

Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Disappearing Art
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Wait, where did my art go? Campers explore ephemeral art by creating artworks using materials that change with the passage of time. Sample art projects include ice sculptures, sand castles, shadow portraits, and bubble painting.


Magic Chemistry
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers discover the magic of chemistry by investigating the properties of matter, exploring chemical reactions, and gaining new appreciation for the everyday chemistry happening in the world around us. Using scientific tools, your junior chemist forms hypotheses, conducts scientific experiments, and draws conclusions from evidence.


Game On! – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers dive deep into the tricks and trades of different games and sports during Game On! camp. Everyone will get an opportunity to compete and collaborate in the classic games we all know and love, then will use novel techniques to innovate and design a game of their own! 


Fossils Rock – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers take a journey through time and embrace their inner paleontologist in Fossils Rock! Learning about plate tectonics, geology, fossils, dinosaurs, cave paintings, and more will give them an understanding of what Earth was like before modern humans showed up.


Art of Nature
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Inspired by their surroundings in Fort Baker or MAGC, campers create artwork that reflects and responds to the natural world. They will go on hikes and beach visits where they will engage in projects like mud painting, poetry, plein air sketching, and more.


Exhibit Insiders – New
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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.


Fab Maker Lab – New
Age Group: 2nd – 4th Grade

Spend camp creating in BADM’s very own Fab Lab! The Fab Lab is a space where children can build science, technology, engineering, and math skills through hands-on learning. Participating in Fab Lab camp allows children to explore and experiment with our range of digital fabrication technology, include 3D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters.


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor


Discovery Camps at Marin Art & Garden Center

The high-quality Discovery Camp programming—led by Bay Area Discovery Museum Educators—is also offered at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross. Kindergarten to third grade campers will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 11-acre site, which includes a Habitat Garden, Edible Garden, and Butterfly Cottage.

Art of Nature
Age Group: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Inspired by their surroundings in MAGC, campers create artwork that reflects and responds to the natural world. They will engage in projects like mud painting, poetry, plein air sketching, and more.

WEEK 12: August 20 – 24

Big Discoveries: Messy Art
Age Group: Preschool

Campers embrace their curiosity, creativity, and messy tendencies in Big Discoveries: Messy Art! Preschoolers explore the world around them through sensory art activities like finger painting, sculptures, murals, and more.


Big Discoveries: Scientific Inquiry
Age Group: Preschool

Potions, experiments, and explosions are just some of the fun in this camp! Preschoolers learn about the scientific process – observing, asking questions, making and testing predictions – through activities like sink-or-float experiments, baking soda and vinegar explosions, splatter painting, and more.


Mystery Solvers
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers hone their detective skills to solve a series of mysteries. They will use investigative tools, solve riddles, make disguises, and create a mystery of their own to be solved at the end of the week by other campers!


Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers explore all aspects of planes, trains, and automobiles, and learn about physics through each mode of transportation. Children use the dynamic design process to engineer their own modes of transportation.


Under the Sea – New
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Campers take a deep dive into local marine life, examining the flora and fauna that the ocean supports. Frequent visits to the Fort Baker beach will allow them to conduct scientific investigations, observe animal behavior, and create art inspired by this vast natural resource.


Junior Naturalists
Age Group: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Children become naturalists through an exploration of the plant and animal life at Fort Baker. Campers practice the scientific inquiry process through activities like developing a field guide, scientific illustration, bird watching, and more!


Art Masters
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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
Age Group: 1st – 3rd Grade

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.


Junior Counselors
Age Group: 4th – 9th Grade*
Cost: $200

The Junior Counselor program is perfect for older children who want the BADM camp experience! As Junior Counselors, kids spend the week learning leadership skills and teaching strategies from a lead camp instructor. Junior Counselors help facilitate camp activities and their interactions with younger campers lead to them becoming role models for all.

*Children must be entering the 5th grade to be a Fab Lab Junior Counselor