About Summer Discovery Camp

What time does Summer Discovery Camps run?

All Summer Discovery Camps run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Extended care is available from 8 – 9 a.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. See below for more details.


What is the cost of camp?

All one-week camp sessions cost $370. Fab Lab two-week camp sessions cost $740.


Do you offer extended care?

Yes, we offer extended care both before and after summer Discovery Camp so you can have a stress-free day! Before camp, you can drop children off anytime between 8-9 a.m., and after camp, you can pick them up any time between 1-4 p.m. The fees for extended care are:

  • 8-9 a.m.: $90 per week
  • One-week session, 1-4 p.m.: $60 per day or $210 per week
  • Extended care is not offered for MAGC camps.
  • Extended care will not be available for Weeks 1, 5, and 12.

Where do Summer Discovery Camps take place?

Camp takes place at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, located at Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA 94965. We also offer camps at the Marin Art & Garden Center, located at 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA 94957. When registering, please make sure you select the location you are interested in.


How do I register for Summer Discovery Camps?

Once registration is open, you can register and purchase camp online through the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s website. From the summer camps webpage, click on the "Register Now" button. You will need to create a CampSite account to sign up for camps. Once you create an account, you will be able to select camps and extended care and checkout online. Check to see when registration is open for different BADM membership levels and the general public.


What are Summer Discovery Camps?

Discovery Camps are available for children in preschool through fourth grade, and explore engaging activities like outdoor exploration, art, tinkering, sports, fossils, and more! Camps run on a weekly* basis, so you can provide your child with diverse activities each week that will keep them excited all summer long.

Our camps provide children with an opportunity to explore engaging activities that interest them, all while teaching creative problem-solving techniques or presenting new ways of thinking about how things are made.

*New This Year – Two Week Sessions for Fab Lab Camps

This year, Fab Lab camp sessions are being offered in two week sessions only. The two-week format will allow campers to get more in-depth knowledge of the Fab Lab’s innovative tools and technologies, and a deeper understanding of how they can be used in creative problem solving.


What are the requirements for campers to attend? 

To be eligible for preschool camps, children must be 3 years old by June 3, 2019. Campers must be potty-trained to attend preschool camps, as we do not have the facilities to change diapers. Students must have experience separating from caregivers in a drop-off setting, such as school.


What is a typical day like?

Campers enjoy a day packed with fun! Here is a sample schedule of their day:

8:45 – 9 a.m.: Drop-off

9 – 10:30 a.m.: Indoor exploration and project work

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Snack*

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Museum and outdoor exploration

12 – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch*

12:45 – 1 p.m.: Pick-up


*Do you provide snacks or lunch?

No food is provided during camp. For each day of camp, please make sure to provide your child with a snack and lunch. Please note: we are a nut-free program.


How does camp drop-off and pick-up work?

For camps held at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, you drop off and pick up campers in the horseshoe driveway by the main entrance to the museum. Camp staff is stationed in the inside gate to greet you. For pick up, an authorized adult must show a photo ID and sign children out.


How do I get updates on my child's day at camp?

They’ll likely want to tell you all about their day, but we’ll also keep you up-to-date on the fun your camper is having through email communications from instructors that detail your child’s experience.


Who runs Summer Discovery Camps at Marin Art & Garden Center?

Camps at MAGC are led by Bay Area Discovery Museum Educators, so you can expect the same high-quality Discovery Camp programming.


What happens if I don’t pick up my child on time from camp?

There is an additional $1 per minute late pick-up fee for all children remaining more than five minutes past their registered pick-up time. This fee applies to all emergencies without exception.


Do you offer scholarships for summer camps?

Yes, at BADM we strive to make camp available to all. If you believe a scholarship would help make camp accessible for your child, please email camps@badm.org to inquire.


What is your refund policy? Updated for Summer 2019

All camp cancellation requests must be received in writing, either by email to camps@badm.org or in hard copy. The full updated policy is detailed below:

  • Camp transfers (between dates or themes) are free until May 1, 2019
  • Transfers after May 1, 2019 incur a $25 administration fee per transfer
    • Transfers from the waitlist into a camp are not charged a transfer free
  • Cancellations more than one month prior to a session’s start date are refunded, minus a cancellation fee of $100
  • Cancellations within one month of a session’s start date will not receive a refund in any amount
  • Extended care cancellations or transfers do not apply to this cancellation policy and will not be charged a fee

Do you have a waitlist?

Yes. If a Discovery Camp session is full, please feel free to add your name to the online waitlist. If an opening becomes available, a Discovery Camp staffer will contact you about filling the spot.


What if I have additional questions?

No problem! For any questions about Discovery Camps, please contact us at camps@badm.org.


Can I print out all this information?

Yes, you can download our Summer Discovery Camp Brochure!