Art and science camps make summer unforgettable
Crocker Art Museum camps
Green World, Green You
Perfect for kids who like science and the environment, campers ages 6 to 10 will learn about land-based art called Earthworks, create a recycled assemblage artwork while learning recycling tips, delve into the science behind art, and spend a day in Land Park exploring the gardens, zoo and playground. The week will also include educational and entertaining videos about “green” artists working around the world and a walk to The California Museum to explore their exhibition Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16-20. Cost is $250 for members; $295 non-members.
Expertly designed to be developmentally appropriate for our youngest campers, ages 4 and 5, children will develop creative expression and motor skills as they explore a new setting and try new things. Parents/caregivers are welcome to stay for parts of the session until your child feels comfortable with the facilitators, setting and routine.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to noon June 23-27; July 21-25 and Aug. 11-15. Cost is $105 for members; $135 non-members
Gear up for Independence Day! Campers ages 6 to 10 will learn about U.S. life in days past by studying the Crocker family’s personal collection of art and artifacts and exploring the art, music, literature and food of the Harlem Renaissance. The week will also include a day of painting and picnicking in Old Sacramento and a fun water play day in Crocker Park.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23-27. Cost is $250 for members; $295 non-members.
If your child loves doodling and wants to learn “real drawing,” this camp offers an easy-going introduction to drawing skills. Campers ages 6 to 10 will discuss and compare portraits in the galleries and learn how to apply the fundamentals of portraiture to depicting their family, pets and themselves. They’ll explore different types of 2-D and 3-D materials while creating a variety of artworks, including a life-size portrait. A guest artist will demonstrate caricature techniques and create fun originals campers can take home.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7-11. Cost is $250 for members; $295 non-members.
Explore color and pattern while learning how to hand sew. Your child, ages 9 to 12, will practice a running stitch to join squares and complete a miniature quilt wall hanging. The techniques learned can also be applied to making or adorning clothing. An adult buddy is welcome to tag along and participate as well.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to noon July 7-11. Cost is $125 for members; $150 non-members.
Your child will venture into the urban outdoors for artistic inspiration. On short walking field trips to the river and around the Crocker, kids ages 9 to 12 will learn how to use watercolors to create simple landscapes and depict textures and receive a portable watercolor sketchbook, portable palette and brush to keep.
Camp time and dates are 1 to 4 p.m. July 7-11. Cost is $125 for members; $150 non-members.
Perfect for kids ages 6 to 10 who love outer space, this unique camp looks at space exploration with an artistic lens. Campers will learn the principles of art and design while creating a variety of hands-on individual and group projects. The week will include a field trip to The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to noon July 14-18. Cost is $250 for members; $295 non-members.
Your child, ages 9 to 12, will have the hands-on opportunity to learn how to draw from observation, give objects a 3-D look with shading, and create contour lines, gesture and value drawings as well.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to noon July 14-18. Cost is $125 for members; $150 non-members.
Your child will learn the basics of acrylic painting, including how to use brushes and colors to create different effects to paint a portrait and a small table. Campers ages 9 to 12 will gain an understanding of how the same type of paint can be used for different applications.
Camp time and dates are 1 to 4 p.m. July 14-18. Cost is $125 for members; $150 non-members.
Pop, Op, Wow!
Popular culture, comic books and optical illusions provide inspiration for this camp, designed to make art history exciting and engaging. Campers ages 6 to 10 will learn about the times, places, and people who created pop art, op art, abstract art and word art. Gallery discussions will be complemented by hands-on time in the studios. A guest artist will introduce campers to contemporary art.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21-25. Cost is $250 for members; $295 non-members.
Perfect for the active child age 6 to 10, campers will spend a great deal of time outside playing games and sports, fishing along the river with poles they make themselves and even walking to Raley Field for a River Cats game. Campers will create a variety of art projects related to their explorations.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28 through Aug. 1. Cost is $250 for members; $295 non-members.
Move over rubber band loom — this camp is the real deal! Campers ages 6 to 10 will learn about wearable art from around the world and from different time periods. They’ll learn how to use hand stitching, machine sewing, knitting, weaving and various methods of fabric adornment to create their own hats, masks and jewelry. The week will include a walk to The California Museum to explore the wearable goods and amazing weaving in the on-going display California Indians: Making a Difference.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4-8. Cost is $250 for members; $295 non-members.
Back by popular demand…campers ages 6 to 10 will get a close look at Crocker’s Egyptian antiquities, meet the animals that inspired the Egyptian gods, decode hieroglyphics and create their own visual codes. Art projects will include clay vessels, painted frescos, jewelry and basket making. They’ll also learn about the science of real mummies and enjoy a mummy movie screening.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11-15 and Aug. 18-22. Cost is $250 for members; $295 non-members.
For more information about any of the Crocker camps call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.
Discovery Museum Science & Space Center camps
Is your child age 7 or 8 ready for a Sciventure? Campers are escorted on a five-day journey of scientific exploration. Study nanotechnology and learn the huge role these smallest pieces play in the world around us. Campers will explore the vast expanses of the universe by studying astronomy and visiting the planetarium. They’ll give engineering a try constructing a LEGO WeDo creation and then learn to program the resulting model. Campers will also meet the museum’s live animal collection and learn about zoology. They will be amazed while carefully observing chemical reactions in the laboratory, too.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16-20. Cost is $225 for members; $250 non-members.
This camp is for kids ages 9 to 11 who are curious, full of questions and eager to investigate the world around them. Learn about science on many different levels – from the nano size and up! Gain experience using scientific tools and processes during lessons that are guaranteed to thrill. Campers explore multiple science fields. Participants are introduced to crime scene investigation using fingerprint evidence and chemical analysis. Study marine biology with a dissection of a real specimen. Chemical experiments reveal unimaginable results! For those with outer space on the brain, a two and a half hour Challenger Learning Center mission is offered. These activities and many more make up an exciting week for your science sleuth!
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23-27. Cost is $225 for members; $250 non-members.
She Knows Science
A camp designed just for curious and adventurous girls ages 7 or 8! Set on the museum’s lush 14-acre grounds, girls become science explorers for a week of discovery. Camp days are filled with hands-on experiments and creative crafts. Girls learn proper laboratory procedures to conduct fun experiments and observe the sometimes surprising results. Nature and ecology concepts are introduced with the help of the live animal residents of the museum. Campers enjoy Sacramento’s only public planetarium learning lessons about the solar system. Hands-on nanotechnology labs focus on some of the smallest particles around us.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7-11. Cost is $225 for members; $250 non-members.
Science is fun! Especially if you can go on hikes, do experiments and get messy. Little Scientists, ages 5 or 6, explore the trees, animals, rocks and water on our 14-acre site. They experience simple chemistry, examine pond water up close and learn about rocks and crystals. Planetarium shows and a tour through the Challenger Space Center are included. Special for this summer is dinosaur fun! A personal nature notebook goes home with each camper.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to noon July 14-18. Cost is $$157.50 for members; $175 non-members.
This camp brings hands-on engineering and the adventure of exploration to life for your camper. Participating youngsters ages 9 to 11 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, construct and test the strength of bridges made of unconventional materials and shape paper towers that defy heights. Campers learn about mechanical and software engineering by experimenting with LEGO Mindstorm robots with emphasis on programming using LEGO NXT software.
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21-25. Cost is $225 for members; $250 non-members.
Join us for an out-of-this world summer camp! From stars to comets, kids ages 7 and 8 explore space and discover what can be found in the universe around us. They’ll make a comet, find constellations in the planetarium’s simulated night sky and see how the Sun compares to other stars in the galaxy. Campers become space explorers in this fun and exciting camp!
Camp time and dates are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28 through Aug. 1. Cost is $225 for members; $250 non-members.
For more information about any of the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center camps call (916) 808-3942 or visit TheDiscovery.org.