Pioneer Camps

Adventure is upon you! Explore fun activities from art making to dancing to cooking, paired with fun trips to the Museum’s galleries where campers will be able to enjoy and play in the installations. Our Pioneer level camps are designed specifically for children in grades 1-3. Pioneer camps are held 9am-4pm. Camps take place every week starting June 10 through August 16. There will be no camps during Comic Con week, July 15-19. See 2019 camp dates below.

Family and friends are also invited each Friday to an exhibition to view artwork created during the week.

All summer camps have either passed or are sold out. Stay tuned for fall + winter camp dates!


member pricing

5-day week: $280
Sibling 5-day week: $238
4-day week*: $224
Sibling 4-day week*: $190



non-member pricing

5-day week: $315
Sibling 5-day week: $268
4-day week*: $252
Sibling 4-day week*: $214

*4-day pricing is only available during the week of July 1-5 (no camp on July 4).

Extended Care is available for all ages every week of summer.

After Care: 4-5pm $45/week per student

Registrants can sign up for a single day of extended care if needed at the rate of $9/day, please contact the Education team at to make arrangements.

2019 summer camp dates

June 10–14

Sci Fi Adventure
Artist: Zachery Abramson

Robots, spaceships and droids! Join us on an immersive adventure through the world of science fiction with creative art projects and fun expeditions through the Museum.

*Campers this week will have the chance to play test Whammock! before it open to the public!

June 17–21

The Freshest Block Party
Artist: Joseph “Mr. Dyno” Corrales

Callin’ all B-Boys and B-Girls! Get breakin’ and learn all about toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes in this dance-packed camp. The focus will be on dance, music, culture and RESPECT!

Environmental Art
Artist: Melody Klaffke

Recycle, upcycle and create! Work together in the classroom and the garden during this fun camp that’s all about sustainability in art.

June 24–28
Art Lab
Artist: Jaimie McKay

Experiment with your creativity! Make beautiful artwork and explore the world around you through curiosity, observation and research.

Clay Creatures
Artist: Amy Mayfield

Bend it, squish it, shape it! Play with clay and learn a variety of hand-building methods to create unique kiln-fired creatures to take home.

July 1–3 & 5 (no class on 7/4)

Making Music
Artist: Lauren Jones

Get into the groove! Create a musical scene complete with costumes, set design and a song written together.

Kids Cook!
Artist: Zachery Abramson

Join fellow chefs at the table and cook together! Learn different techniques for creating delicious recipes to take home and share with others.

July 8–12

Cartoon Camp
Artist: Cody Machado

Invent a character and tell their story! Learn how to draw a unique character and then bring them to life through illustrated storytelling.

DIY Scientist
Artist: Astrid Alvarado Leon

Travel the universe through science! Become a secret scientist and learn about balance, motion and more through fun and artistic experiments.

July 22–26

Cardboard Transformers
Artist: Albert Songalia

Transform and art out! Learn about cardboard crafting and simple mechanical design to create an exoskeleton and become an Art-former.

This is Not a Camp
Artist: Alexandra Prince

Explore the unexpected! Learn about the Surrealists and Dadaists through painting, collage and more.

July 29–August 2

Animated Art
Artist: Elizabeth Wepsic

Calling all animators! Learn how to show movement in art and create animated short films using a variety of media and technologies.

Street Art
Artist: Astrid Alvarado Leon

Explore the world of graffiti art! Learn about contemporary street artists and experiment with exciting methods and materials to create your own tag, design stencils and make a group mural.

August 5–9

Fiber Art Fun
Artist: Mayra Chavez

It’s a fiber arts party! Learn new techniques for sewing and printmaking to express your creativity through this soft and flexible art form.

Intro to Puppetry
Artist: Jason Johnson

Puppeteers welcome! Learn the basics of puppetry to create and perform with shadow puppets, found-object puppets and more.

August 12–16

Cover to Cover
Artist: Zachery Abramson

Everyone is unique! Use your own ideas and expressive art materials to construct an original book that you write, illustrate and design.

Art Survival Tools
Artist: Jessica McPeak

What do you need? Let’s build it! Learn how to make your own fabric dye, ink, flashlights and more in this fun camp that’s all about self-reliance.