Bay Area Camps for Kids During Winter Break

Winter Camps

BADM offers various school-year camps for children ages 4 – 8. Winter Discovery Camps run in December, January, and February. Discovery Camps provide child-directed, inquiry driven learning through project-based, hands-on activities designed to intentionally boost creativity, STEM skills, and critical thinking. Children come away with the skills and tools to support lifelong discoveries.
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Winter Break Camp Session 1 (December 18 - December 22)

Fab Lab Illuminations 

Date: December 18 – 22
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Extended Care: 1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 8 year olds | Junior Counselors: 9-14 year olds*
Camp Price: $375
Extended Care Price: $255

Taking a cue from Thomas Edison, campers learn how to design and build objects that light up. Children use circuits and LED lights to make night-lights and lamps in our Fab Lab (a high-tech maker space).

*Junior Counselor program available upon request – please email camps@badm.org.

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles 

Date: December 18 – 22
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Extended Care: 1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 8 year olds | Junior Counselors: 9-14 year olds*
Camp Price: $375
Extended Care Price: $255

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

*Junior Counselor program available upon request – please email camps@badm.org.

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Winter Break Camp Session 2 (December 26 – December 29)

Mystery Solvers

Date: December 26 – 29
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Extended Care: 1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 8 year olds | Junior Counselors: 9 – 14 year olds*
Camp Price: $310
Extended Care Price: $210

Campers play the role of detective as they use their evaluation, reasoning and problem-solving skills to figure out mysteries. Acting as investigators, children creative secret codes, build detective tools (like binoculars), solve riddles, dust for fingerprints, make disguises, and participate in scavenger hunts.

*Junior Counselor program available upon request – please email camps@badm.org.

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Winter Break Camp Session 3 (January 2 – January 5)

Monster Makers 

Date: January 2 – 5
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Extended Care: 1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 8 year olds  | Junior Counselors: 9 – 14 year olds*
Camp Price: $310
Extended Care Price: $210

Is it monstrous? Furry? Does it live in a cave? Campers imagine and construct their own monster creation, engaging in related art projects along the way. For inspiration, campers learn about real animals, their features, and habitats as they develop a narrative about their creature.

*Junior Counselor program available upon request – please email camps@badm.org.

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Inventor’s Toolbox  

Date: January 2 – 5
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Extended Care: 1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 8 year olds  | Junior Counselors: 9 – 14 year olds*
Camp Price: $310
Extended Care Price: $210

Campers embrace imagination, science, innovation, and problem solving in Inventor’s Toolbox. Each camper is challenged to find a problem or task that exists in the world 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 engineer a new tool.

*Junior Counselor program available upon request – please email camps@badm.org.

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February Break Camp (February 20 – February 23)

Art Masters

Date: February 20 – 23
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Extended Care: 1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 8 year olds | Junior Counselors: 9 – 14 year olds*
Camp Price: $310
Extended Care Price: $210

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 with clay, and printmaking.

*Junior Counselor program available upon request – please email camps@badm.org.

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Architects & Engineers

Date: February 20 – 23
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Extended Care: 1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 8 year olds | Junior Counselors: 9 – 14 year olds*
Camp Price: $310
Extended Care Price: $210

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

*Junior Counselor program available upon request – please email camps@badm.org.

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Scholarships for Discovery Camps

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is committed to removing the barriers some families face in accessing high-quality, educational experiences for their children both in and out of school. A limited number of partial scholarships are available based on financial need. Scholarships are awarded on a sliding scale and a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the online scholarship form here: English, Spanish, Chinese.

Once your application is received, a member of the staff will contact you. For questions about scholarships, please contact camps@badm.org.

Camp Policy

Cancellations: There is a basic $50 cancellation fee per camp/per child assessed to all customer requested refunds at any time. Camp fees are 50% refundable (less the basic cancellation fee noted above) if requested up to 3 weeks before the start of the session in which your child is enrolled. No refunds will be given after that time.