Spend Your Summer Break with Us!

The New Children’s Museum offers camps that are project-based and taught by professional artists and educators. Our camps encourage children to work individually and in small groups and offer activities where campers think, play, and create. All camps include classroom time to explore projects and learn new skills as well as opportunities for physical play in the Museum and its outdoor play spaces.  Family and friends are invited to an end-of-the-week exhibition to view art work created during the week and to learn about the week’s happenings. Camps fill up quickly, so register soon!

Click here for a one-sheet with the full list of 2017 Summer Camp programming.

Our Summer camps are divided by grade. We offer three camp groups: Littles (prek-k) with a morning, afternoon or full day option, Pioneers (grades 1-3) and Explorers (grades 4-6). This year we are also offering a parent + child summer camp program called Two-gether Camps for toddlers ages 2-4 and their caregivers.

Register TODAY!

Questions?

Please contact us at camps@thinkplaycreate.org or 619 795 1708 with any questions!

Want to learn more about our summer camp? Join us for our Summer Camp Open House on June 10 from 1-3pm at the Museum! Click here to learn more. 

Summer Camp Information

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available during our Summer Camps. Volunteers will be able to support staff and students by helping with activities, art projects and more! Student volunteers can earn community service hours for school. Positions are limited – apply today!

Enrollee Age/Grade Requirements

Day camps are organized by age to meet the developmental needs of our campers. Our camp program is intended for children who are currently enrolled in a school program (preschool and up) and are able to use the bathroom independently. Campers will engage in age-appropriate activities with other children of similar ages or abilities.

Instruction & Staffing Ratios

Students will be taught by Museum Teaching Artists, year-round staff members skilled in both art-making and arts education. The staff-to-student ratio is 1:7.

Camp Information & Guidelines

Meals & Snacks

All camps have a scheduled lunch and snack time, so we ask that you send your child to camp with a packed lunch and snack that do not require refrigeration or heating. The Museum does not provide lunches or snacks. Little campers (PreK-K) have snack in the morning and afternoon. Older campers (1st grade and up) have morning snack only. Please pack and label snacks accordingly!

Authorized Adults
All campers must be signed in and out every day. Your child must be picked up by one of the adults designated at registration. On your first day of camp, please verify that the list of adults is correct and complete. If you need to authorize additional adults, please submit their full name in advance to camps@thinkplaycreate.org or in person at drop-off. Campers will not be released to adults who are not on the list or who do not have valid identification.

Drop-off & Pick-up
All day camps run from 9am until 4pm. Morning drop-off begins at 8:45am in front of the Museum. Afternoon pick-up begins at 3:50 in the Museum Park. If you would like to retrieve your camper before the scheduled pick-up time, let us know as soon as possible, either at drop-off in the morning or via email or phone call throughout the day. This helps us get your camper to you as quickly as possible.

Inclusion
The New Children’s Museum welcomes students of all levels of ability. If your child would benefit from a special accommodation, please contact the Education team at camps@thinkplaycreate.org prior to the start of your camp session.

Behavior Policy
Fun and safety are only possible when there are behavior guidelines. Students are expected to show respect for fellow campers, counselors, staff, themselves and the museum facilities. Due to safety concerns, disruptive behavior and physical aggression are not tolerated. Our camp staff are trained to use positive management tools in the camps. If any camper does not respond to these methods, they will be escorted to the office for a time-out. If the problem persists, campers may be removed from the program with no refund.

Illness Policy
If your child is unable to participate in camp due to illness, we ask that you keep them at home, both for their own wellness, and to maintain a healthy environment for the other participants. We are unable to offer refunds for missed camp days because your camp fees support the operational costs of the camp as a whole. We appreciate your understanding.

What to Bring
Clothing: Our camps are activity-oriented and students will spend a significant amount of time working with art materials. Please make sure your child has comfortable clothing that they can get messy and comfortable walking shoes. We recommend that you send your Little camper with a change of clothes.
Sunscreen: Please apply sunscreen before camp. You may send sunscreen along with your child for re-application.
Beverages: We recommend that students bring a water bottle with them daily. A drinking fountain is also available in the classroom area.
Snacks and Lunch: Snacks and lunch will not be provided by The New Children’s Museum. We ask that students bring their own snack and lunch.
Toys and Electronics: We ask that campers leave toys and electronics at home. This helps keep them focused during the day, and prevents the loss of a treasured item!
Medications: Please make sure that medications have been given prior to arrival at The New Children’s Museum. Please include on your medical release form any information about relevant medical issues, including medications that will need to be taken during camp hours. The New Children’s Museum will not be responsible for administering medications, unless arrangements have been made in advance with the Education team. Please contact us at camps@thinkplaycreate.org to discuss the needs of your child.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Program sessions are subject to cancellation or change due to insufficient enrollment. You will be notified at least 7 days in advance if your session is cancelled. In this instance, you will receive a full refund in the original form of payment.

Should you choose to cancel your registration for any reason, you must provide notice 14 days before your session start date to receive a refund less a 5% administrative fee. No refunds will be given within 14 days of session start date. However, camp fees can be allocated toward another camp during the same camp program within the same year. Cancellation refunds are issued in the form of a check, and may take up to 30 days to process.