2017 Summer Camps Summer Camps & Activities

Make Plans for Summer 2017!
Sacramento Area Museums Offer Fun Camps, Classes & Special Activities for Kids

From learning more about art to archery or creepy crawlers to deep space, a number of Sacramento area museums and destinations are offering special summer classes, camps and activities for kids. Below is a listing of activities available this summer at various Sacramento area museums in 2017 but space is limited and camps are filling up fast. Parents are encouraged to connect with the individual museum(s) of interest to explore availability.

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Aerospace Museum of California
916-564-3437
www.aerospaceca.org
Four-Day Aerospace Camp
June 26 – 29 & July 10 – 13 — SOLD OUT
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$225 per person
Ages 13-17

Come learn to fly! The Aerospace Summer Camp is where interested youth have the chance to pilot their own adventure. They will learn about aviation and experience it first-hand. Activities include using the Flight Zone simulators to gain experience flying a plane and visiting the United States Coast Guard Station to see real flight operations in action. Plus, all students will have the chance to fly on a small private aircraft!

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California Automobile Museum
916-442-6802
www.calautomuseum.org

Power Camp!
June 26 – June 30 (Week 1) & July 10 — 14 (Week 2) 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$225 for the week for members; $250 for the week for non-members
Ages 7-10 for Week 1 & ages 10-13 for Week 2

Energy is a valuable commodity that drives technology around the world. Homes, businesses, cars, planes, boats, trains and entire cities have different ways of getting their power. In the California Automobile’s Power Camp, young campers will experience all different types of power that drive cities and transportation. Campers will learn about steam engines, bio fuel, electric cars, hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, batteries, and more. But why just learn about it when you can see the real thing? Campers will also make model cars, take apart engines, drive go-karts, ride in classic cars, and more!

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California Museum
916-654-1729
http://www.californiamuseum.org/time-traveler

California Time Traveler Camp
Session 1 June 26-June 30, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — SOLD OUT
Session 2 July 17-July 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$225 per child per session
Ages 6 to 12
 
Explore 10,000 years of history and culture in the California Time Traveler Camp! The weeklong camp offers young adventurers engaging learning experiences as they travel back in time to the state’s significant eras. A combination of exhibit tours, excursions to nearby sites and hands-on activities, daily itineraries begin on Monday in modern California and end on Friday in the state’s prehistoric past over 10,000 years ago.

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Crocker Art Museum
916-808-7000
www.crockerartmuseum.org

Crocker Art Camp: Publication Creation
June 26 – 30 & July 31 – August 4
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
Ages 8-10

Crocker Art Camps are art-filled adventures that take kids into the Museum’s galleries, studios, and out into the world! Campers develop friendships and creative thinking skills through looking at, talking about, and making art. The Crocker’s setting, renowned art collection, special exhibitions, and professional art educators make for a unique and high quality camp experience. Rooted in art, camps feature an array of exciting themes and activities to meet your child’s creative interests. For this camp, young campers will explore the visual and literary art of storytelling in a mash-up session co-created by the Crocker and 916 Ink, a Sacramento-based education and publishing group dedicated to empowering youth voice. Campers will learn from the best while exploring contemporary art selections from the exhibition Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose and bring their ideas to life with creative writing instruction.

Crocker Art Camp: Portraying People
July 10 –14
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Members $250; Non-members $295

Crocker Art Camps are art-filled adventures that take kids into the Museum’s galleries, studios, and out into the world! Campers develop friendships and creative thinking skills through looking at, talking about, and making art. The Crocker’s setting, renowned art collection, special exhibitions, and professional art educators make for a unique and high quality camp experience. Rooted in art, camps feature an array of exciting themes and activities to meet your child’s creative interests. For this camp, children will try an array of media, while investigating the different ways that artists capture people’s stories and personalities. Campers will examine paintings, sculptures, masks and stories for inspiration during a week of character creation.

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Fairytale Town
916-808-7462
http://www.fairytaletown.org/educational-programs/day-camps/
Morning Sessions for Ages 4 – 6
 
Little Ranchers
June 19 – 23
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

Get a taste of ranch life and help with the daily regimens that keep the friendly flock of farm animals fit and healthy. Campers will have plenty of hands-on contact with fuzzy, furry barnyard buddies, learn historical information and participate in related hands-on activities. Please note: Campers will have direct contact with Fairytale Town animals and animal feed. Some children may be allergic to the natural oils found in animal fur/hair and feed.
 
Storybook Stage
June 26 – 30
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

Every story needs someone to tell it! Campers will help bring beloved nursery rhymes and fairytales to life and create new stories of their own, complete with props and sets. The storytellers will experience the magic of theater, develop performance skills and practice stage basics through hands-on games, activities and crafts.
 
Camp Kaleidoscope
July 10 – 14
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

This camp introduces art and basic color concepts to beginning artists. Campers participate in a wonderful week of art projects featuring drawing, cutting, pasting and painting in a relaxed and colorful environment. Topics explored include primary and secondary colors, drawing, color mixing and patterns.
 
Gardens Galore
July 17 – 21
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

Fairytale Town offers plenty of green thumb fun in this gardening camp. This FunCamp covers the essentials of home gardening with an accent on environmentally “green” practices. Campers will also receive an up-close perspective on Fairytale Town’s own unique gardens and plants.
 
Music Makers
July 24 – 28
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

Kazoos, maracas and cereal box guitars! Campers will explore music and get to meet some professional musicians for a summer sing-along to remember. Basic music principles and a bit of music history will be covered along with music related arts & crafts. At the end of the week parents and loved ones are invited to a concert put on by the campers. No previous musical experience required.
 
Storybook Science
July 31 – August. 4
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

Discover the science behind our favorite stories! Gravity had a lot to do with Humpty Dumpty’s great fall. Was Merlin the Magician really magical? Or maybe he was a scientist? One of the three Little Pigs knew that a brick house would withstand all that huffing and puffing. Campers will dive into stories and conduct their own hands-on experiments to test the science behind their favorite stories.
 
Art in Nature
August 7 – 11
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

Campers will enjoy a week full of art projects inspired by Mother Nature! They will explore nature in an artsy week of fun to create masterpieces with flora and fauna. Artists will be drawing, cutting, pasting and painting while using the outdoors as tools and inspiration. Parents and guardians are invited to the “Outdoor Art” reception on Friday where campers will showcase their nature art pieces.
 
Dino Detectives
August 14 – 18
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

If your child loves everything about dinosaurs, then this is the perfect camp! Campers will discover how paleontologists learn about these ancient reptiles by investigating real fossils and replicas. They will excavate fossils, make their own fossil cast and dig in to what it takes to recover ancient dinosaur fossils. Plus campers will meet real living Fairytale Town animals and explore the unique characteristics that help them survive and link them to the dinosaurs of the past. Please note: Campers will have direct contact with Fairytale Town animals and animal feed. Some children may be allergic to the natural oils found in animal fur/hair and feed.
  
Morning Sessions for Ages 7 – 9
 
Drama-Rama
June 19 – 23
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

Fairytale Town presents a Theatre Arts FunCamp that emphasizes creative playmaking onstage and off. Drama-Rama! Includes all aspects of theatre, from acting and script-writing to costume design and set/prop construction. Campers will write, design, produce and perform short plays and skits in this fast-paced, fun-filled week.
 
Farm-to-Fork Fun
June 26 – 30
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

Sacramento is America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital! From poultry to produce, campers will discover where their food comes from in this fun week following food from farm to fork. Campers will plant, tend, harvest and cook food straight from the Fairytale Town garden and learn about eating healthy and local food through a variety of cooking techniques. Please note: Campers will have direct contact with Fairytale Town animals and animal feed. Campers will also be working with a variety of foods. Please ensure to list any food allergies during registration.
 
Culture Craft Club
July 10 – 14
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

Campers can take a world tour of multicultural crafts! They will discover the Indonesian art of batik, the Arabic knot tying craft macramé, Peruvian friendship bracelets and more. Campers will dive into some of the world’s oldest arts and crafts forms and learn the stories behind them. This camp is hands-on, messy, artistic, educational and fun!
 
Map Quest
July 17 – 21
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

At the heart of every child is an adventurer! Campers will discover the adventure that awaits them as they blaze trails through Fairytale Town and William Land Park on the hunt for treasure and fun. Campers will not only learn to orient a map, use a compass and follow a trail, but they will become cartographers and make their own maps, hide treasure and challenge others to find it. Please Note: This FunCamp will take supervised adventures outside the Fairytale Town gates in William Land Park.
 
Buggin’ Out
July 24 – 28
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

In Buggin’ Out, campers will be introduced to the lesser known arthropods that call Fairytale Town home. Children will get up close and personal with plenty of creepy crawlers including tarantulas, bees, cockroaches, termites, lady bugs, earthworms and more! Campers will take daily surveys of the park to find and observe bugs in their natural environment and learn basic concepts including life cycles, entomology, pollination and decomposition. Please Note: Campers will have direct contact with Fairytale Town’s arthropods; some children may be allergic to tarantula hair, bees and/or other bugs.
 
Food, Fun & Fairytales
July 31 – August. 4
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

Fairytales have common themes of magical creatures, heroes, villains…and food! Campers will become Magical Chefs as they taste their way through different stories. They’ll learn about “Curds and Whey,” discover why Goldilocks ate so much porridge, recreate the gingerbread house from Hansel & Gretel and more in this tasty week of Food, Fun and Fairytales. Please Note: Campers will be working with a variety of foods. Please ensure to list any food allergies during registration.
 
Imagination Engineers
August 7 – 11
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child

Creative thinking skills abound in this FunCamp designed to let kid’s imaginations run wild. Campers will take part in a collaborative week of building with different recycled materials. An igloo made of milk jugs? A tower made of cardboard tubes? Pool-noodle playhouse? Who knows what the campers will come up with, but it will certainly be fun! Discover the magic that happens when you mix imagination, cardboard, recycled materials and duct tape.
 
Comic Connections
August 14 – 18
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$145 per child
The perfect FunCamp for budding artists who want to draw, draw and draw some more! Campers will learn how to create characters, write dialogue and develop a basic storyline. Exciting hand-on activities and fun drawing games will build upon the children’s prior knowledge and skills to show them how fun art can be! Campers will have the option to create their own comic book or a freestanding art piece to display in a “Comic Book Convention” at the end of the week.

Afternoon Adventures for Ages 4 – 9
 
Afternoon Adventures
June 19 – August 18
12 – 4 p.m.
$340 per child for Morning Session and Afternoon Adventures
 
An Afternoon Adventures session can be added to a morning session to create a full-day camp experience. Campers will enjoy a supervised lunch and recess time followed by hands-on activities, dramatic play, story time and more! The open-ended activities ignite imagination and creative thinking. Curriculum-based activities and themes vary each week, so campers can enroll in multiple weeks. Please note: Campers need to bring their own lunches or pre-purchase meal-deals from the Dish & Spoon Café. Afternoon Adventures will have children ages 4-9 years old together. Camper must be enrolled in a Morning Session to enroll in Afternoon Adventures. Camp will not be held the week of July 4. 

Animal Adventure for Children with Special Needs
 
Animal Adventure
June 4
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$45 for one child and one parent or caregiver

In this one-day camp, Fairytale Town brings together children with special needs, their parent or caregiver, and their friendly flock of farm animals! For children with special needs, engaging with animals can reduce anxiety, build social skills and elevate mood. Participants will learn about life on a farm, why the animals at Fairytale Town are considered rare, what they like to eat and what products come from these animals. This camp is designed for varying levels of engagement. Please note: Campers will have direct contact with Fairytale Town animals and animal feed. Some children may be allergic to the natural oils found in animal fur/hair and feed.

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Maidu Museum & Historic Site
916-772-PLAY
http://www.roseville.ca.us/parks/parks_n_facilities/facilities/maidu_indian_museum/classes_camps_n_talks.asp
Archery I
June 12–16; June 19–June 23; July 10–14; July 17–21
1 – 3 p.m.
$129 or $119 Roseville resident discount
Ages 9-16

Kids are invited to spend a week as an archer! Their indoor range provides a climate controlled environment where young archers can learn the basic archery fundamentals of form shooting, aim and focus. Campers will learn the shooting mechanics of archery equipment with a bow and arrow, then jump into archery fun in an indoor archery range. They’ll try tic tac toe, burst the balloon and other archery games. A certified coach provides easy to follow instruction focusing on safety and proper procedures. All equipment provided. 

Archery II
July 24–28; July 31—August 4
1 – 3 p.m.
$129 or $119 Roseville resident discount
Ages 9-16

Kids are invited to further explore the world of archery on the indoor range as they experience working with archery equipment like sights, stabilizers and mechanical release Improve your shooting ability through games, skill contests and strategy challenges. The course can be repeated to fine-tune skills! Prerequisite: Archery I. 

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Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus
916-808-3942
http://powerhousesc.org/summer-camps/

Get Up, Get Out—Investigate the World Beneath Your Feet
June 19-23
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration closes June 12
$270 members/$300 non-members
Ages 7-12

Adventure is everywhere! Campers investigate the local Sacramento ecosystems, exploring animals, plants, geology and more. Campers learn how to test pond water, how to read maps, how to use a compass so they can become ecosystem investigators and explore their own local spaces! 

Whodunit?
June 26 to 30
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration closes June 19
$270 members/$300 non-members
Ages 7-12

Crime-solving, code-breaking, case-breaking!  Campers become CSI Agents while learning about fingerprint analysis, spatter tests using simulated blood, and chromatography.  Microscopes are used to study evidence and chemical analysis is applied to identify unknown substances.  Campers put these skills to work solving a mystery by the end of camp week.

Maker Madness
July 10 – 15
9 a.m. – noon
Registration closes July 3
$270 members/$300 non-members
Ages 7-12

Attention all lovers of tinkering, widgets and wheels! Campers spend a week building and experimenting as they explore the engineering design process.  Each day brings a new set of challenges and problems to solve using teamwork, imagination and ingenuity.

Loud, Big, Slimy Science!
July 17 — 21
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration closes July 10
$270 members/$300 non-members
Ages 7-12

Campers create extraordinary chemical reactions! They’ll measure and mix materials and observe the surprising results while learning about the different states of matter.  Campers investigate fantastic forces while learning about Newton’s Laws and how we take advantage of them in our everyday life. Campers will use real scientific equipment to dive into hands on chemistry and physics labs.

To Infinity and Beyond
July 24 — 28
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration closes July 17
$270 members/$300 non-members
Ages 7-12

Campers become space explorers studying the universe and all the unique and interesting objects in the galaxy around us. They’ll explore the Challenger Learning Center to see examples of how real astronauts work in space. Campers will also observe the simulated night sky in the planetarium, see the position of the planets in our solar system and learn the locations of the summer constellations and how to find them on your own.

Inside Out
July 31 – August 4
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration closes July 24
$270 members/$300 non-members
Ages 9-11

Campers will spend time studying a unique and fascinating living system — themselves! Using the science center’s current exhibition, Eat Well, Play Well, Live Well as a launching pad for the week of scientific study, campers explore anatomy and the physics of sport, nutrition and digestion.  Active play and games highlight muscle systems and overall good health and wellness. Hands on labs and dissections will be intriguing components of the camp.

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Sacramento Children’s Museum
(in partnership with the Cordova Recreation & Park District)
916-369-9844 or 916-366-3133
www.sackids.org or www.crpd.com

Cooking Around the World Camp
Hagan Community Center: 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova
June 5 – 9
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$125 per person
Ages 5 to 11

This camp will give children the opportunity to prepare and sample foods from around the world. Each day will focus on a different country with additional activities relating to the history, geography, and culture of that country. 

Art Studio Camp

Hagan Community Center: 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova
June 19 –23
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$125 per person
Ages 5 to 11

This camp will introduce children to different art materials and techniques. A wide range of art styles will be covered, from clay sculpting to Jackson Pollock-inspired drip painting.


From Book to Table Camp
Hagan Community Center: 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova
June 26 – 30
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$125 per person
Ages 5 to 8

A multi-sensory reading adventure awaits! Each day will feature a story, and the staff will make that story come to life by creating recipes inspired by the book. There will also be activities and crafts to go along with each story. 

STEM Lab Camp
Sacramento Children’s Museum: 2701 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova
July 17 – 21
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$125/week for non-members; $115/week for museum members
Ages 4 to 8

Join the Sacramento Children’s Museum at a fun summer camp where kids tackle some big scientific concepts via hands-on experimentation! Camp topics include the origin of the universe and simple machines — the most basic mechanisms there are in engineering.

Creative Art Camp
Sacramento Children’s Museum: 2701 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova
August 21 – 25
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$125/week for non-members; $115/week for museum members
Ages 4 to 8

Young campers will unleash their inner Picasso during this week-long Art Camp. This camp will give budding artists a chance to explore several art-making techniques: faux stained glass wax paintings, printmaking, and more!

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Sacramento History Museum
916-808-6896
www.sachistorymuseum.org

History Live!
July 10-14
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$180 Members; $200 Non-Members
1st through 7th graders

Campers will visit local museums and learn about the history of Sacramento while also focusing on the performing arts. The session will end with a play put on by the campers themselves!

Gold Fever!
July 17-21
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$180 Members; $200 Non-Members
1st through 7th graders

Campers will travel back in time to the Gold Rush! Activities include visits to local museums, a ride on a steam train and covered wagon as well as crafts and games about life during the Gold Rush.

Dig It!
July 24-28
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$180 Members; $200 Non-Members
1st through 7th graders

Campers will have the chance to explore different occupations that are related to history.  Games, crafts and museum visits will focus on maritime history, archaeology, anthropology, and geography.

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Sacramento Zoo
916-808-8814
https://www.saczoo.org/education/camp-class-registration/ 
Little Peeps
Starts June 6
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
$35
Ages 3-5
 
Little Peeps and big buddy will gather around for story time and make a take-home craft. During the class kids will visit with one of the friendly and fun animal ambassadors.
 
Zoo Camp LIMITED AVALIABILITY
Starts June 12
9 a.m. to noon – half day
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – full day
$160 per week (half day); $270 per week (full day)
K-9th grades
 
Each Zoo Camp class will focus on a different theme and is packed with fun crafts, games, music, zoo tours, special visits with friendly and fun animal ambassadors, keeper talks and animal enrichment opportunities.  All of the classes incorporate California Life Science Standards.
 
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Verge Center for the Arts
www.vergeart.com/
susan@vergeart.com

Kids Summer Studio Camps Ages 6-9
Week 1: July 31-August 4, Ceramics
Week 2: August 7-11, Mixed Medium
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$225 for members; $275 for non-members per week
$400 for members; $500 for non-members for bundling weeks

During Week 1 campers will learn how to work with clay and create objects of their minds eye. The pieces will be fired and glazed by the students so they may see the full process of ceramics. Week 2 will present a different artistic medium every day to campers from fiber arts to comic books. You may bundle weeks 1 and 2!

Kids Summer Studio Camps Ages 10-14
Week 1: June 19-23, Ceramics
Week 2: June 26-30, Mixed Medium
Week 3: July 10-14, Installation
Week 4: July 24-28, Mixed Medium
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$225 for members; $275 for non-members per week
$400 for members; $500 for non-members for bundling weeks

During Week 1 campers will learn how to work with clay and create objects of their minds eye. The pieces will be fired and glazed by the students so they may see the full process of ceramics. Week 2 will present a different artistic medium every day to campers from fiber arts to comic books. In week 3, campers will create an installation piece utilizing the entire space in the Verge Classroom and in week 4, campers will learn different art mediums from painting to mosaic.

For more information about upcoming activities offered by Sacramento area museums, “like” them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SacMuseums, follow them on Twitter @SacMuseums or visit the website at www.SacMuseums.org.