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Local Museums Offer Fun Summer Camps & Even Special Overnight Activities for Kids!
Local Museums Offer Fun Summer Camps & Even Special Overnight Activities for Kids!

Now is the time to plan fun summertime activities for your kids!    Below is a listing of fun summer camps and special activities for children at various Sacramento area museums.   Please note space is limited at many of the camps so please connect with the individual museum(s) of interest to explore availability. 

Discover all that Sacramento area museums and destinations have to offer!

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Aerospace Museum of California
916-564-3437
www.aerospaceca.org

Amazing Aerospace Camp
June 10 –13; June 24 – 27; July 8 –11 & August 5 – 8
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost is $225 per person and space is limited to 10 students per class
Ages 13-17

The Aerospace Museum of California is proud to introduce aviation to interested students with a hands-on and amazing summer camp!  This memorable summer camp teaches a variety of aviation skills and knowledge ranging from aircraft basics and flight controls to traffic patterns and the dynamics of weight and gravity.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit a U.S. Coast Guard Station and each participant will even take a short flight with a registered pilot.

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Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento
916-498-9811
www.ccasac.org


Art Camp
June 17 – 21; June 24 – 28
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.    
Cost is $200 per week
Open to middle school students; limited to 12 students per session

Highlights include five art projects progressively created throughout the week that vary by theme chosen by each student.  Each session will be taught by some of the Sacramento Region's finest working artists. Topics include: mixed media sculpture, clay sculpture, photography, drawing, and painting.

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Crocker Art Museum
916-808-7000
www.crockartmuseum.org

Animal Adventures
June 17 – 21
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
For children ages 6 – 10

Summer is the perfect time to explore animals around the world through art. Children will go on gallery safari tours, sketch live animals, and unleash their creativity with different art projects including collage, printmaking, and papier-mâché. Parents are invited to come along on a field trip to the Sacramento Zoo to discover native plants, learn more about the life cycle, create a habitat and make it come to life in a mixed-media diorama.

Made by Hand
June 24 – 28
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
For children ages 6–10

It’s time to discover the amazing creations made with two hands. Children will build and illustrate their own keepsake book, make paper, weave cloth, create wearable art with tie-dye, and prepare yummy treats in a solar oven built with fellow campers. They’ll also explore a variety of hand-made objects in the Crocker’s collection, including African textiles and turned wood bowls.

Tinker, Doodle, Build
July 8 – 12
Members $250; Non-members $295
For children ages 6 – 10
Children will investigate the surprising and beautiful interconnections among math, science, and visual art, as well as repurpose old toys to make new ones, develop a tessellation-inspired work of art, and go on architecture adventures, including a special tour of the State Capitol.

Wild West
July 15 – 19
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
For children ages 6–10

The Golden State’s history comes alive on an exploration that begins in the galleries
and takes children back in time and into Old Sacramento where they’ll discover different kinds of Native American and Western art, and also participate in collage, printmaking, string painting, pottery, and more. Plus, they’ll enjoy a special campfire lunch and stomp their feet to a Western performance on the last day of camp.

From Anime to Origami
July 22 – 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
For children ages 6 – 10

Children will learn to look at different Japanese art forms on view, including a spectacular origami exhibition and learn more about Japanese cultural traditions of all kinds.  They’ll also sample traditional food and make their own sushi, explore art forms like anime and kabuki, create their own origami and woodblock prints, and paint a collectible vinyl figure they can take home.

All About Art
July 29 – August 2
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
For children ages 6 – 10

Summer is the time to dive into all things art, with a special focus on photography. Children will get inspired in the galleries by the methods and styles of artists from around the world, then use what they learn to create their own body of work, including a photography display to cap off the week. They’ll go on sketching trips to nearby public art sites, try new tools and techniques, and practice your skills, all while building the foundation for their portfolios.

Tell Me a Story
August 5 – 9
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $250; Non-members $295
For children ages 6 – 10

Children will learn about character, setting, and plot by exploring narrative objects in Crocker’s collection, including illuminated manuscripts and traditional Native American storyteller dolls. They’ll enjoy a visit from a special guest artist who will give them a behind-the-scenes glimpse into theatrical puppetry. They’ll also delve into the art of storytelling by crafting an original puppet show with their fellow campers. At the end of camp, the children will present a puppet show for the public, parents and guests.

Mini Art Camp
Monday – Friday, June 24 – 28
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Members $105; Non-members $135
For children ages 4 – 5

This is a session designed especially to prepare little ones for time away from
their parents/caregivers in a fun, dynamic, and beautiful setting. Parents/caregivers are
welcome to stay for parts of the session until the child feels comfortable with the facilitators, setting, and routine. Campers will closely examine artworks depicting food, gardens, and cooking; create 3-D forms using molding material; make collages; learn how to paint with a variety of tools; practice sketching techniques; and learn how to incorporate color mixing, overlapping, patterns, and shapes in their art project.

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Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
916-808-3942
www.thediscovery.org


Camp Discovery
Science Techs: June 17 – 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $200 members, $250 non-members, ages 9-11
Imagine Mars:  June 24 – 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $200 members, $250 non-members, ages 9-11
Junior Scientists: July 8 – 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $200 members, $250 non-members, ages 7-8
Destination Science for Girls:  July 15 – 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $200 members, $250 non-members, ages 7-8
Robot Renegades: July 22 – 26, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $200 members, $250 non-members, ages 10-14
Little Scientists: July 29 – August 2, 9 a.m.–noon, $100 members, $175 non-members, ages 5-6
Buddy Science Colors: August 5, 9:30 – 11 a.m., $20 members, $30 non-members, ages 3-4
Buddy Science Nature: August 6, 9:30 – 11 a.m., $20 members, $30 non-members, ages 3-4
Buddy Science Animals:  August 7, 9:30 – 11 a.m., $20 members, $30 non-members, ages 3-4
Buddy Science Space: August 8, 9:30 – 11 a.m., $20 members, $30 non-members, ages 3-4
Buddy Science Dinos: August 9, 9:30 – 11 a.m., $20 members, $30 non-members, ages 3-4


Camp Discovery combines innovative science projects, creativity challenges, outdoor games and, of course, FUN! The curriculum revolves around central themes such as space, nature and general science. All of our science activities are based on recommendations from the National Science Education Standards and the California State Guidelines for Science Education, and are taught by experienced, professional staff educators.

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Fairytale Town
916-808-7462
www.fairytaletown.org


Farmer Brown’s Junior Farmers
Monday – Friday, June 17 – 21 & August. 5 – 9
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Children Ages 4 – 6

Farmer Brown introduces campers to the daily regimens that keep Fairytale Town’s friendly flock of farm animals fit and healthy. Campers will get to know these barnyard buddies while learning historical information and participating 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.

Little Artists
Monday – Friday, June 24 – 28 & July 22 – 26
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Children Ages 4 – 6

This camp introduces the world of art and basic art concepts to budding artists. Campers participate in a wonderful week of art projects featuring wall-to-wall drawing, cutting, pasting and painting in a relaxed environment. Topics include primary and secondary colors, drawing, sand art and patterns.


Earthworks Garden FunCamp
Monday – Friday, July 8 – 12
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Children Ages 4 – 6

Fairytale Town offers plenty of green-thumb fun in this gardening camp. This FunCamp covers the basic essentials of home gardening with a focus on environmentally “green” practices. Campers will also receive an up-close perspective on Fairytale Town’s own unique gardens and plants.

RockSchool
Monday – Friday, July 15 – 19 & August 12 – 16
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Children Ages 4 – 6

Kids can channel the inner rock star during this rockin’ FunCamp! This camp features hands-on experience with several instruments, including guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. Campers will also explore rock ‘n’ roll history and participate in rock-related art activities. RockSchool is perfect for beginning musicians, but no previous experience is necessary. Please note:  This FunCamp gets loud!

Puppet Palooza
Monday – Friday, July 29 – August 2
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Children Ages 4 – 6

Every story can be told with puppets! This FunCamp teaches students the original nursery rhymes and fairy tales that inspired the play sets at Fairytale Town. Campers are then encouraged and inspired to retell the classic tales using puppets they create. Each day brings a new story! Campers will make a variety of puppets, including paper bag, sock and marionettes.

Adventure Play
Monday – Friday, June 17 – 21
1 – 4 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Ages 6 – 12

Adventure Play is a new addition to this year’s FunCamp line-up. This camp teaches children about the natural world through science-based experiments and discovery play. Concepts include basic survival skills, weather, plants and animals to name a few. Campers will make sundials, use a solar oven, construct forts, create miniature greenhouses and more. A different adventure awaits campers each day.

Young Picassos
Monday – Friday, June 24 – 28
1 – 4 p.m.
Ages 6 – 12
FunCamps are $130 per camp

This FunCamp covers the exciting variety found in the world of art! Campers will try their hand at different art media, including watercolors, prints, clay and mixed media. Campers will also explore making 3-D works of art and creating with found objects. This camp is specifically designed for the young artist who wants to try it all.

Farmer Brown’s Farmers
Monday – Friday, July 8 – 12
1 – 4 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Ages 6 – 12
Fairytale Town’s popular animal camp gets expanded in this new FunCamp for ages 6-12. Farmer Brown gives a more in-depth look at what it takes to keep our friendly flock of farm animals fit and healthy. Campers will have plenty of hands-on contact with our fuzzy, furry barnyard buddies while learning historical information and participating 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.

Curtains Up!
Monday – Friday, July 15 – 19
1 – 4 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Ages 6 – 12

Fairytale Town presents a theatre arts FunCamp that emphasizes creative playmaking onstage, offstage and backstage. Curtains Up stresses the technical aspects of theatre, including scriptwriting, costume design and set and prop construction. Students will write, design, produce and perform their own short play in one fast-paced, fun-filled week.

Kitchen Chemistry
Monday – Friday, July 22 – 26
1 – 4 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Ages 6 – 12

In the newly re-imagined Kitchen Chemistry FunCamp, campers will be introduced to the science behind their favorite foods through interactive demonstrations and hands-on cooking. Campers will learn about the major food groups and even have a chance to make their own ice cream. Please note: Campers will not be using a stove or cooking with an open flame.

Write Now!
Monday – Friday, July 29 – August 2
1 – 4 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Ages 6 – 12

In this creative writing FunCamp, aspiring authors who wish to strengthen their storytelling skills will find a happy haven of literary enthusiasts packed with plenty of artful advice, energetic exercises and freestyle fun. The camp will cover fiction, non-fiction, prose and poetry, plus art illustrations.

Crafty Kids
Monday – Friday, August 5 – 9
1 – 4 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Ages 6 – 12

In this new creative crafting and art-making FunCamp, campers will be encouraged to expand their creativity using paper, paint and both traditional and non-traditional crafting materials to create fun, three-dimensional works of art. In addition to learning the essentials of crafting, campers will also learn how to find inspiration to create craft projects on their own. Planned craft projects include mask and book making, creating and designing your own hat, toys and more.

Zap! Boom! Pow! Comic Book Basics
Monday – Friday, August 12 – 16
1 – 4 p.m.
FunCamps are $130 per camp
Ages 6 – 12

This is the perfect FunCamp for budding artists who want to draw, draw and draw some more. A special emphasis is placed on dynamic anatomy, character development and sequential storytelling techniques referencing characters and profiles from the golden and silver ages of comics. Campers will have the option to create their own comic book or a freestanding art piece to display in a “comic book convention” setting.

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Maidu Museum & Historic Site
916-774-5936
www.roseville.ca.us/indianmuseum


Archery Camps
June 10 – August 16
Times vary
$119;$109 for Roseville city residents
Ages 7+

Discover the sport of archery using a real bow and arrow! Archery I, Archery II and Archery Competition 5-day camps are available. All classes are taught by a certified archery instructor. All equipment is provided.

Archery Classes
June 5 – August 9
Times vary
$28-$69; $25-$60 for Roseville city residents
Ages 7+

Discover the sport of archery using a real bow and arrow! Archery 1-day and 2-day classes are available for all skill levels and taught by a certified archery instructor. In addition, even an Archery Competition is available in August. All equipment is provided.

Hands On Archaeology
Ages 8 – 11
July 8 – July 12
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$119; $109 for Roseville city residents

What was it like to live on a ranch in the early days of Roseville’s history? Participate in an archaeological dig to uncover artifacts from Roseville’s ranching era. Learn about tools, techniques and methods for reconstructing the past; then display what you found for museum visitors to enjoy.

Nuts About Nature
Ages 5-6
June 17 – 21
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$119; $109 for Roseville city residents

Did you know that a woodpecker can peck 20 times a second, or that a snail has four noses Kids will enjoy investigating the amazing outdoor world through hikes, games, crafts, and activities, and create a mural of our daily discoveries. At the end of the week we will be presenting our creation to parents.

Be An Adventure Hiker
Ages 5-6
June 24 – 28
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$119; $109 for Roseville city residents

Let nature spark little imaginations! Children will put on some hiking shoes, explore great hiking trails and parks, and then return and create a work of art to share with family and friends.

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Roseville Utility Exploration Center
916-746-1551
www.roseville.ca.us/explore


Radical Recyclers
June 17 – 21
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$115 Roseville Residents, $125 Non-Roseville Residents
Ages 6-12 (1st – 6th grade)

One person's trash is another person's treasure!  What will you find?!  Don't throw away that shampoo bottle, old t-shirt or empty toilet paper roll.  Kids can make it into something else, like a new scarf, a reusable gift box, or a cell phone holder!  At this summer camp we'll turn all kinds of things we often toss away into something useful and fun including making our own paper. We will also visit the Materials Recovery Facility where our trash gets sorted and recycled.

Disassemble it! Explore it! Rebuild it!
June 24 – 28
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$115 Roseville Residents, $125 Non-Roseville Residents
Ages 12 – 18 (6th – 12th grade)

Ever wondered what’s inside a computer, cell phone or flat screen TV?  Kids will learn to take apart some common household electronics to find out what they are made out of and what can be made from their parts.  Using basic tools, participants will take apart electronics and use pieces to create their own working invention, an amplifier for listening to music on your I-pod or cell phone!  We will explore science, mathematics, engineering and technology, and send campers off with a desire to want more!

Energy Explorers, Course
July 8 – 12
9 am. – 12 p.m.
$115 Roseville Residents, $125 Non-Roseville Residents
Ages 6-12 (1st – 6th grade)

What exactly is energy?  Have you ever seen it?  Heard it? Touched it?  Together we'll discover some of the tools and gadgets that make energy come alive.  We'll travel the path of a power line, uncovering the mystery of how energy is generated by visiting the American River Water Education Center and Folsom Dam, and explore the magical journey it takes to get to our homes and schools.  Join us for an electrifying week of fun and discovery!


Wild Child Outdoor Photo Camp
July 8 –12
1 – 3 p.m.
$115 Roseville Residents, $125 Non Roseville Residents
Ages 8-12

Campers will learn to capture images using various manual settings on digital cameras provided by the instructor. Instruction includes composition, portraiture, macro (close-up), self-timer, lighting, depth of field and tips & tricks. Self-evaluation and critique are also explored. Shooting assignments will take place throughout Mahany Regional Park and within the Exploration Center. Photos can be viewed in an online gallery and select photos will be on public display in the Exploration Center through the end of August. Campers will receive their photographs at the conclusion of the show and a t-shirt declaring them a photographer and graduate of Wild Child Outdoor Photo Camp.

Water Warriors
July 15 – 19
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$115 Roseville Residents, $125 Non-Roseville Residents
Ages 6 – 12 (1st – 6th grade)

Did you know that the Earth has the same amount of water today as it did four billion years ago? In fact, the water we drink today may have once been inside a glacier or even a dinosaur. Kids are invited to join us as we follow a drop of water from the sky, down a creek, through a treatment plant, then out a squirt gun! During this amazing summer camp, we will get dirty in our local creek, take a field trip to our American River Water Education Center/wastewater treatment plant to see how Roseville cleans our water and, of course, get wet along the way. Water - we can't live without it!

Hands On Archeology
July 8 – 12
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$119 for non-members; $109 for residents
Ages 8 –11

Ever wonder what it would be like to live on a ranch in the early days of Roseville’s history? Kids are invited to join us and participate in an archeology dig to uncover artifacts from Roseville’s ranching era. They’ll learn about tools, techniques, and methods for reconstructing the past. At the end, children will display what they have found for museum visitors to enjoy.

Archery Competition
August 5 – 9
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$28 for non-members; $25 for residents
Archery I required for entry.

Children will share skills and archery experience with others while enjoying games and friendly competition for one or more days.  Plus, awards are given, too!

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Sacramento History Museum
916-808-4980
www.HistoricOldSac.org/historycamp


Wanted...History Campers to travel back in time to the Gold Rush! Travel to Sutter’s Fort in a covered wagon, make your own old time toys, learn the secrets of the city with an Old Sacramento Underground Tour, pan for gold, ride a steam train, star in your own play, and march in the camp parade. Become a history camper today!

Gold Fever
July 8 – 12
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost per week is $155, Member Price $140, morning and after care are also available
Ages 8-12

Our first week of camp, Gold Fever, is an introduction to California and Sacramento’s history. Campers will travel via covered wagon to the place that started it all, Sutter’s Fort. Throughout the week campers will visit several historic sites including but not limited to the California State Railroad Museum, the Old School House Museum and the Pony Express monument. Campers will play nineteenth century games, do art projects, and discover their local history along the way.

History Live
July 15 – 19
 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost per week is $155, Member Price $140, morning and after care are also available
Ages 8-12

History Live is the theme of our second week of camp. During this session, campers will work on a theme for a play that they will perform at the end of the week. Traveling via covered wagon, campers will explore the past in a new way at places such as the Old City Cemetery and the re-created Eagle Theatre. Campers will also participate in a week-long history mystery that will have them searching for hidden clues and interviewing characters from the past.

Dig It
July 22 – 26
 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost per week is $155, Member price $140, morning and after care are also available
Ages 8-12

Preservation, archaeology and anthropology, oh my! Last, but not least, Dig it, will encourage campers to think about what is beneath our feet. This week’s fieldtrips will include a visit to the State Capitol, an Old Sacramento Underground Tour, and the Delta King just to mention a few. Focusing on change and time, campers will see the historic district as it has evolved from Sutter’s Embarcadero, to skid row, to the Historic State Park it is today.

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Sacramento Zoo
www.saczoo.org
916-808-8814


Family Overnight Safaris!
June 8, 15, 25; July 6, 12, 20, 26; August 3 & 9
5:30 p.m. until 9 a.m. the next morning
$65 for non-member adults and $61 for children (ages 4-17);
Members pay $55 for adults and children are $51

Sacramento Zoo Family Overnight Safaris make for a great, safe, mini-vacation – without the drive! Experience this unique side of the Zoo with your family without the rush of the daytime crowds where families can meet some of the animals up close and personal. As night falls, guests camp out under the stars just yards away from dozing flamingos. There are also activity stations for children, nocturnal nibbles for the creatures, and docents to open wondering eyes to the wild world of zoo animals.


Before hunkering down in tents at bedtime, campers top-off the evening with close up animal encounters, campfire songs, game show trivia and a late night snack. Then, they’ll wake up to the calls of the flamingos, singing birds, chattering monkeys and breakfast. Make this a memorable experience that will last a lifetime for everyone in the family or small group!

Exclusive Starlight Safaris!
While offered year-round, now taking reservations for this summer!
Can be scheduled any evening based on availability
The quest begins at 6:15 p.m. and concludes by 9 p.m.
$600 for group of up to 20 people; $35 for each additional person up to 40 people
Extra services available:  Professional Storytellers: $150, Animal Enrichment: $50, Take- Home Craft: $50

While any animals sleep the afternoon away, they wake up to play at dusk. Starlight Safaris at the Sacramento Zoo allow guests to experience and explore the Zoo during the fun-filled evening hours. This adventure under the stars is a guided tour stopping in the Reptile House, and Discovery Room with close up encounters with animals. These unique adventures are available for private parties and are great for organizations, classes and birthday parties for kids of all ages.