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.

Stay tuned for 2018 programming


member pricing

One week (5 days)*


non-member pricing

One week (5 days)*


*20% discount on 4-day camp (week of July 3 only). There’s no camp on the Fourth of July or the week of July 17-21 (due to Comic-Con)!

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

Early Care: 8-9am $45/week

After Care: 4-5pm $45/week

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

2017 programming: pioneer camps

June 12 – 16 | Imaginary Spaces: Discovering The Wonder Sound

Artist: TBD

Be inspired by The Wonder Sound, a magical mysterious play structure! Go on an artful journey and create a new language, invent your own animals and explore new worlds.

June 19 – 23 | What’s Their Story?: Character Design (SOLD OUT)

Artist: Maria Sales

invent a character and tell their story! Learn how to draw a unique character and then bring them to life in new and different ways using paint, clay, fiber arts and more!

June 26-30 | The Freshest Block Party: Break Dancing (SOLD OUT)

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!

June 26-30 | When Red Meets Yellow: Exploring Color in Art

Artist: Troy Guard

Learn to mix, master and make your own colors! Investigate the art of color and have fun exploring it through painting, color wheel kaleidoscopes, tie-dye and more.

July 3, 5-7 | Artistic Explorers: Making Maps

Artist: Iris Thompson

Consider your place in the world and how maps can tell a story! Using a variety of art materials, you might chart the stars, redesign your neighborhood, make a treasure map and more.

July 3, 5-7 | Eco-Art!: Nature Arts and Crafts

Artist: Gabrielle Romberger

Investigate the world around you and create earth-inspired works of art! Create beautiful art from wood, paint, clay and more using textures, patterns and colors found in nature.

July 10-14 | Kindness Camp: Giving Through Art (SOLD OUT)

Artist: Amy Mayfield

Explore new materials and learn more about yourself through projects that you can share! Make a self-portrait, weave a gift for someone you love and experience the joy of giving to others.

July 24-28 | Kids Cook!: Exploring Recipes in the Kitchen (SOLD OUT)

Artist: Shelly Gabriel

Join fellow chefs in the kitchen and learn to make simple, tasty recipes together! Create your own apron, design your own packaging and set up a restaurant for families and friends.

July 31- August 4 | Lights, Camera, Action!: Movie Making (SOLD OUT)

Artist: Maria Sales

Create your own short film to share with family and friends! Design a storyboard and script, practice basic acting skills and figure out just what it takes to make a movie start to finish.

August 7-11 | The Story of Me: Expressive Arts

Artist: Elizabeth Wepsic

Everyone is unique! Use your individual ideas to design a personal sketchbook, a self-portrait, hand molds and more while exploring your voice through art making and just being yourself.

August 7-11 | Sew It, Dye It, Weave It: Fiber Arts Fiesta (SOLD OUT)

Artist: Mayra Chavez

It’s a fiber arts party! Make fiber-filled works of art that you can use and spend the week learning how to sew, dye fabric, weave and more.

August 14-18 | Cover to Cover: Artistic Book Making

Artist: TBD

Look, it’s a book! Explore the many ways of binding materials together and how to fold, cut and stitch your way to creative, handmade books to fill with writings, illustrations and your ideas.

August 21-25 | Anything Goes!: The Art of Play (SOLD OUT)

Artist: Museum Playworkers

Join our Museum Playworkers and other campers for the chance to play and create together on the spot! Build cardboard constructions, invent fun new games and learn the art of being a spy.