Bay Area Discovery Museum School-Year Break Camps

School Year Camps

BADM offers various school-year camps for children ages 4 – 6. School Year 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 toilet trained and have experience with separation from their caregiver in a drop-off setting. Campers must be 4 – 6 years old by the start of the camp they are attending.

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Thanksgiving Break Camp (November 19-21)

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Date:
 November 19 – 21
Times: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Price: $240

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.

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Winter Break Camp Session 1 (December 26-28)

Disappearing Art
Date: December 26 – 28
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Price: $240

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.

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Winter Break Camp Session 2 (January 2-4)

Mystery Solvers
Date: January 2 – 4
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Price: $240

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

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February Break Camp (February 19-22)

Art Masters
Date: February 19 – 22
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Price: $320

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.

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Spring Break Camp (April 8-12)

Under the Sea
Date:
 April 8 – 12
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Price: $400

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.

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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.

Cancellation Policy

Camp fees are 50% refundable (less a cancellation fee noted below) if requested three (3) weeks prior to the start of the session in which your child is enrolled. Within three (3) weeks of the start of the session no camp fee refunds will be given. Please note there is a $50 cancellation fee per camp/per child assessed to all customer requested refunds at any time.