Fall Camps - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Fall Camps

BADM offers various school-year camps for children ages 4 – 8. Fall Discovery Camps include Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Week. 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.

Campers must be 4 by the first day of camp. Campers must be potty trained and have experience with separation from caregiver in a drop-off setting.

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Veteran’s Day Camp, Rube Goldberg Inventions Camp

Date: November 10
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: $95
Extended Care Price: $65

Campers learn about cause-and-effect and engineering while they create a complex machine that can complete a simple task. Children work collaboratively to design, build, and troubleshoot a chain-reaction machine in the style of Rube Goldberg.

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

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Thanksgiving Break Camp, Magic Chemistry

Date: November 20 – 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: $225 or $75/day
Extended Care Price: $180 or $60/day

Also available as three one-day camps

Campers discover the magic of chemistry by mixing concoctions and investigating the properties of matter! Using scientific tools, your little chemist conducts science experiments, practices careful observation, forms hypotheses, and draws conclusions from evidence.

*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.