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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 2016 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 Aviation Camp

June 27 – 30; July 11 – 14; August 1 – 4

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$225

Ages 13-17

Summer campers will visit the United States Coast Guard Station at McClellan Field. Museum staff will also arrange for each student to take a free flight with a registered pilot.

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California Automobile Museum

916-442-6802

www.calautomuseum.org

Modes of Motion: Explore the Science, Art, and History Behind American Transportation

June 27 – July 1; July 11 – 15; July 25 – 29

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$200 for the week for members; $225 for the week for non-members

Ages 8-12

At this unique summer camp, kids will learn to build a car, look inside an engine, man the controls of an airplane, and much more at the California Automobile Museum’s five day experience. Campers will learn about the history, science, and design that shapes our cars, boats, trains, planes and more. Activities will include experiments that showcase how the technology behind our cars and other engines work; crafts and creative exercises to explore and inspire design and style; outdoor activities to teach teamwork, get blood pumping, and turn abstract concepts into concrete challenges; and

field trips to other museums and landmarks around Sacramento to learn about different types of transportation and their context in the city.

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California Museum

916-654-1729

www.CaliforniaMuseum.org/Time-Traveler

California Time Traveler Camp
June 20 – 24
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$195/camper plus free kids’ membership through 4/30/16

$225/camper beginning 5/1/16

Ages 6 to 12

Summer campers will explore 10,000 years of history and culture in the all new California Time Traveler Camp!  The week-long 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. Extended care sessions also available for an additional fee.

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Crocker Art Museum

916-808-7000

www.crockerartmuseum.org

Crocker Art Camp: Art Lab

June 20 — 24

9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Members $250; Non-members $295

Ages 6-9

Artists and scientists are a lot alike, and they both “make” as a vital part of their thought process. In this session, campers tinker, investigate, and invent when they combine art,
science, technology, engineering, and math to design, build, break, botch, and create.

Crocker Art Camp:  All About Art

June 27 — July 1

9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Members $250; Non-members $295

Ages 5-7

Dive into all things art, with a special focus on glass.  Be inspired in the galleries by the methods and styles of artists from around the world and throughout time.  Use what you learn to create your own body of work, including a special glass memento.   You’ll go on sketching trips, try new tools, and practice fun skills, all while building your art vocabulary and knowledge.

Crocker Art Camp: Sizing It Up

July 5 — 8

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $200; Non-members $245
Ages 6-9

Have you seen the big red rabbit (Leap) at Sacramento International Airport? Many artists enjoy playing with scale – some working really small and others super big! In this session, your camper’s knowledge of art-making techniques will certainly enLARGE as they look at sculpture, collage, printmaking, and much more, all with the element of space in mind. From the delicate works of Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present, to the massive public artworks around the Crocker, campers are sure to discover a process that ignites their imagination.

Crocker Art Camp: Art Lab

July 11 – 15

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
Ages 6-9​

Artists and scientists are a lot alike, and they both “make” as a vital part of their thought process. In this session, campers tinker, investigate, and invent when they combine art,
science, technology, engineering, and math to design, build, break, botch, and create.

Crocker Art Camp: Treasures, Jewels and Adventure

July 18 – 22

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
Ages 6-9

With their special spy eyes, campers will set out into the Museum to find the amazing, the mysterious, and the most bedazzling objects. Drafting maps to guide their explorations and their imaginations, campers will explore the Museum and its various glass exhibitions to create their own artwork designed to engage, encourage experimentation, and offer opportunities to explore a variety of materials and new art techniques.

Crocker Art Camp: All About Art

July 25 – 29

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
Ages 5-7

Dive into all things art, with a special focus on glass. Be inspired in the galleries by the methods and styles of artists from around the world and throughout time. Use what you
learn to create your own body of work, including a special glass memento. You’ll go on sketching trips, try new tools, and practice fun skills, all while building your art vocabulary and knowledge.

Crocker Art Camp: Art and Movement

July 25 – 29

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
Ages 8-10

Bring the Crocker collection to life through movement. Campers will engage with tableau in the galleries, dance in the ballroom, and performances in the auditorium. Looking behind the scenes, campers will explore characters, costumes, and settings using visual art techniques.

Crocker Art Camp: Sizing It Up

August 1 – 5

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
Ages 6-9

Have you seen the big red rabbit (Leap) at Sacramento International Airport? Many artists enjoy playing with scale – some working really small and others super big! In this session, your camper’s knowledge of art-making techniques will certainly enLARGE as they look at sculpture, collage, printmaking, and much more, all with the element of space in mind. From the delicate works of Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present, to the massive public artworks around the Crocker, campers are sure to discover a process that ignites their imagination.

Crocker Art Camp: Treasures, Jewels and Adventure

August 8 – 12

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
Ages 6-9

With their special spy eyes, campers will set out into the Museum to find the amazing, the mysterious, and the most bedazzling objects. Drafting maps to guide their explorations and their imaginations, campers will explore the Museum and its various glass exhibitions to create their own artwork designed to engage, encourage experimentation, and offer opportunities to explore a variety of materials and new art techniques.

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Fairytale Town

916-808-7462

http://www.fairytaletown.org/educational-programs/day-camps/

Drama Rama

June 20 – 24

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Morning sessions are $140 per child, afternoon sessions are $190 per child, and full-day sessions are $330 per child

Ages 7-9

Fairytale Town presents a theatre arts FunCamp that emphasizes creative playmaking onstage and offstage. Drama Rama introduces all aspects of theatre, from acting and scriptwriting to costume design and set and prop construction. Campers will write, design, produce and perform short plays and skits in this fast-paced, fun-filled week.

Culture Craft Club

June 27 – July 1

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Morning sessions are $140 per child, afternoon sessions are $190 per child, and full-day sessions are $330 per child

Ages 7-9

Take a world tour of multicultural crafts! Campers 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 and learn the stories behind them. This camp is hands-on, artistic, educational and fun!

Comic Connections

July 11 – 15

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Morning sessions are $140 per child, afternoon sessions are $190 per child, and full-day sessions are $330 per child

Ages 7-9

This 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 and 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.

Buggin’ Out

July 18 – 22

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Morning sessions are $140 per child, afternoon sessions are $190 per child, and full-day sessions are $330 per child

Ages 7-9

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.

Map Quest

July 25 -29

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Morning sessions are $140 per child, afternoon sessions are $190 per child, and full-day sessions are $330 per child

Ages 7-9

At the heart of every child is an adventurer! Campers will discover the adventure that awaits them as they trail blaze 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.

Paint, Draw, Create

August 1-5

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Morning sessions are $140 per child, afternoon sessions are $190 per child, and full-day sessions are $330 per child

Ages 7-9

This art FunCamp has it all! Campers will explore an assortment of media, including painting, printmaking and clay with an added investigation into 3-D art and art history. This camp is specifically designed for the young artist who wants to try it all!

Imagination Engineers

August 8 – 12

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Morning sessions are $140 per child, afternoon sessions are $190 per child, and full-day sessions are $330 per child

Ages 7-9

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.

Farmer Brown’s Junior Farmers

August 15 – 19

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Morning sessions are $140 per child, afternoon sessions are $190 per child, and full-day sessions are $330 per child

Ages 7-9

Farmer Brown introduces campers to the daily regimens that keep Fairytale Town’s friendly flock of farm animals fit and healthy. Campers will have plenty of hands-on contact with our 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.

Afternoon Adventures

June 20 – August 19 (no camp the week of July 4)

12 – 4 p.m.

Morning sessions are $140 per child, afternoon sessions are $190 per child, and full-day sessions are $330 per child

Ages 7-9

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.

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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

Nuts About Nature

June 27 – July 1

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$119/$109 resident discount

Ages 9 – 12

Journey through the wilderness right here in Roseville! Campers explore the natural areas at Maidu Museum & Historic Site and the surrounding open space to discover the wonderful and sometimes weird lives of our friends who live on the wild side. Through participation in fun games, guided wandering and citizen science, kids forge memorable connections with their natural surroundings.

Ancient Art Rocks!

July 25 – 29

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$119/$109 resident discount
Ages 9 – 12

For countless generations Indigenous peoples here and throughout the world have used simple techniques and processes to create beautiful artwork such as petroglyphs and pictographs. Learn these ancient artists’ methods and make paints from rock, artist’s brushes from feathers and plant materials and carving tools from bones and stones. Then use your tools to create your own pieces of art. $10 material fee due at first class.

Archery For All Skill Levels

June 8; July 13; August 3

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$34 or $25 resident discount

Ages 7+

Discover archery success!  Learn or improve your archery skills on a variety of targets. Classes provide new knowledge and skills and satisfy outdoor learning objectives. Certified instructors will teach the skill according to skill level. Activities are held outdoors and preregistration is required.

Field Archery

June 13-14; July 6-7; July 18-19; July 20-21; August 8-9; August 10-11

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

$69 or $60 resident discount

Ages 9+

Certified Coach works with youth according to their skill level. This two-day course teaches US Archery FITA (Federation International Tournament Archery) and NFAA (National Field Archery Association) on the second day. Prerequisite: Archery I.

Archery Range Fun and Games

June 27 – 30; July 25 – 28

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$105 or $95 resident discount

Ages 9-16

This is a four-day session held outdoors at Maya Bow’s Archery Range in Roseville. The first two days focus on US Archery WA (World Archery Federation) followed by two days of NFAA (National Field Archery Association) shooting. Spend time developing proper form using a variety of targets and playing games all while continuing to sharpen your shooting technique. Pre-registration is required. Prerequisite: Archery I.

Archery I

June 20-24; June 27-July 1; July 11-15; July 25-29; August 1-5

1 – 3 p.m. or 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

$129 or $119 resident discount

Ages 9-16

Kids are invited to spend a week as an archer! They’ll learn the shooting mechanics of archery equipment with a bow and arrow, then jump into archery fun in an indoor archery range. Plus, they’ll try out tick tack toe, burst the balloon and other archery games. Taught by certified archery coach, the course can be repeated to increase proficiency. All equipment provided.

Archery II

July 18-22; August 8-12

1 – 3 p.m.

$129 or $119 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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Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

916-939-7206

http://www.scoe.net/oldsacschoolhouse/

1800s History Lessons

By advance reservation

Weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$10 donation requested per group

Grades 2nd and up preferred (but 1st graders okay)

The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum offers the same “lessons” for summer school as for the rest the year — groups come for a one-hour lesson where children step back in time to learn what school was like in the 1800s. Maximum group of children is 30 and there is no limit for adults accompanying students. To make a reservation, please contact Syd Whittle at oldsacschoolhouse@gmail.com or call 916-939-7206.

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Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus

916-808-3942

http://powerhousesc.org/

Science Sleuths

June 20 – 24

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration closes June 15

$270 members/$300 non-members

Ages 9-11

This camp is for kids who are curious, full of questions, and eager to investigate the world around them. They will learn about science on many different levels — from the nano size and up! Campers will gain experience using scientific tools and processes during lessons that are guaranteed to thrill. They will explore multiple science fields. Participants are introduced to crime scene investigation using fingerprint analysis, spatter tests using simulated blood, chromatography and microscopes to study written documents and chemical analysis to identify unknown substances. For those with outer space on the brain, a two and one half hour Challenger Learning Center mission is included. These activities, and many more, make up an exciting week for young science sleuths!

Sciventures

June 27 – July 1

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration closes June 22

$270 members/$300 non-members

Ages 7 & 8

Are you ready for a Sciventure? Campers are escorted on a five-day journey of scientific exploration. Study nanotechnology and learn the huge role these small pieces play in the world around us. Explore the vast expanses of the universe by studying astronomy in the Space Quest! exhibit and visiting the heir own unique creation. Meet numerous members of the museum’s live animal collection to learn about zoology. Be prepared to be amazed while carefully observing chemical reactions in the laboratory.

Little Scientists

July 6 – 8

9 a.m. – noon

Registration closes June 29

$108 members/$120 non-members

Ages 5 & 6

Science is fun! Especially when kids go on hikes, do experiments, and get messy. Little Scientists explore the trees, animals, rocks, and water on the 14-acre site recording their discoveries in a nature notebook. They experience simple chemistry and learn about rocks and crystals.  And what Little Scientist doesn’t want to spend some time learning about dinosaurs? Campers also enjoy planetarium shows, a tour through the Challenger Learning Center, and extended time in the Museum’s Space Quest! exhibit are included to introduce these youngsters to the study of astronomy.

Engineering Antics

July 11 – 15

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration closes July 6

$270 members/$300 non-members

Ages 9-11

This camp brings hands-on engineering and the adventure of exploration to life. Participants explore the engineering design process by testing and re-designing until they arrive at the best solution to each of the multiple challenges presented during camp. Campers strategize the best way to build a water-powered rocket and shape paper towers that defy gravity.  They also explore video game design by programming a simple game using MIT’s Scratch software.

Cosmic Science

July 18 – 22

9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Registration closes July 13

$270 Members/$300 Non-members

Ages 7 -8

Gravity-defying, earth-orbiting, space-cruising, what fun! Kids will become space explorers studying the universe and all the unique and interesting objects in the galaxy around us. They’ll tour the Challenger Center to see examples of how real astronauts work in space, observe the simulated night sky in the planetarium, see the position of the planets in our solar system, learn the locations of the summer constellations and how to find them on their own and make a model of a comet and create fun space-based crafts.

Investigate Mars

July 25 – 28

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration closes July 20

$270 Members/$300 Non-members

Ages 9-11

Summer campers will conduct official scientific research for NASA! Campers participate in real science as they research the red planet, investigate features on Mars and learn skills that NASA scientists use. After the initial research, campers present a research topic to the Mars Student Imaging Project staff, through NASA, which allows access to real data from a NASA spacecraft currently in orbit around Mars. As a team, participants research the data received and craft a presentation given to an actual Mars scientist during camp. The scientific research and final presentation conducted by campers may be submitted for peer reviewed publication.

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Sacramento Children’s Museum

916-638-7225

www.sackids.org

Art Studio Camp

June 6 – 10

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Museum members: $115/week or $27/day

Non-members: $125/week or $30/day

Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova

Ages 5-11

This fun summer camp will introduce children to different art materials and techniques. A wide range of art styles will be covered, from Picasso-inspired self portraits to clay sculpting.

Story Factory Camp

June 20 – 24

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Museum members: $115/week or $27/day

Non-members: $125/week or $30/day

Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova

Ages 5-11

Get ready for a reading adventure filled with stories, games, and crafts! Each day of this camp will feature a book-related theme. Participants also will write and illustrate their own book.

Oh the Thinks You Can Think Camp

June 27 – July 1

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Ages 4-7 (Super Stars)

9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages 7-13 (Mega Stars)

Museum members: $60/Super Stars or $125/Mega Stars

Non-members: $70/Super Stars or $135/Mega Stars

During this “Seuss-tacular” performing arts day camp, performers will sing and dance their way through “Seussical” favorites like “Alone in the Universe” and “Horton Hears a Who.” Cast members will present a short evening performance at the Museum for the public and family on the final day of camp. Hosted by New Star Children’s Theatre at Sacramento Children’s Museum.

The Great Princess and Pirate Adventure Camp

July 11 – 15

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Ages 4-7 (Super Stars)

9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages 7-13 (Mega Stars)

Museum members: $60/Super Stars or $125/Mega Stars

Non-members: $70/Super Stars or $135/Mega Stars

For this summer performing arts camp, performers will not only sing and dance Disney/popular music – they will create their own characters and help develop the story! Cast members will present a short evening performance at the Museum for the public and family on the final day of camp. Hosted by New Star Children’s Theatre at Sacramento Children’s Museum.

Cooking Around the World Camp

July 25 – 29

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Museum members: $115/week or $27/day

Non-members: $125/week or $30/day

Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova

Ages 5-11

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.

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Sacramento Zoo

916-808-5888

www.saczoo.org

                                                               

Little Peeps

Starts June 7

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

$35

Ages 3-5

Little Peeps 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

Starts June 13

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

916-448-2985

www.vergeart.com

Kids Summer Studio Camp

Starts June 20

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$200 per week for members; $250 per week for non-members

Ages 6-9 & 10-13

The Verge Kids Summer Studio Camp is now a six-week program that includes four weeks of camp for ages 10-13 and two weeks of camp for ages 6-9 that introduces kids to a different art medium each day and expands their understanding of contemporary art-making. This camp gives kids the opportunity to explore their own artistic abilities, learn to engage with career artists, and grow their creative problem solving skills. Participants will be introduced to various means of art-making such as drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and installation art. With the guidance of professional artists, students can register for a one week sampler of various mediums and/or a one week intensive in either ceramics or environmental sculpture.

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