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Los Angeles Area Museum Summer Camps 2013

This list was compiled by the  Los Angeles Museum Marketing Roundtable, which has joined efforts to announce summer camps and activities that will help provide kids with a summer full of memorable experiences. For more summer camp ideas visit the MomsLA Guide to Summer Camps in Los Angeles!

Los Angeles – Museums across Los Angeles and Southern California are offering the chance to immerse students in art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science through a variety of summer camps, classes, and activities.

Aquarium of the Pacific (photo by Yvonne Condes)

Aquarium of the Pacific
Marine Science Sleepover
Conduct marine biology experiments, go on behind-the-scenes tours, have unique animal interactions, and journal about your discoveries. The camp ends with a sleepover.
When: Monday-Tuesday, August 5 & 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Thursday, August 7- 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Age: Grades 7-9
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific
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Introduction to Scientific Diving
Dive into Southern California waters and learn what its like to be a scientific diver! Earn your underwater naturalist certification, learn datacollection techniques at local dive sites, and explore underwater habitats.Participants will also have the opportunity to dive in the Aquarium’s largest exhibit. A minimum of an Open Water certification from a nationally recognized scuba certifying agency and a picture I.D. are required and must be broughtwith you on all days.
When: June 24- 28 or July 22- 26
Monday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday- Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Age: Ages 15-17 (requires a supervising adult to also sign up for the program)
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific and local dive site (transportation to all dive sites is included)
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Bowers Museum
Art & Archaeology Summer Camp at Kidseum
The Richness of Russia: Art & Artists
You’ll create art projects, enjoy a taste of Russia and tour the “Tsars’ Cabinet” exhibition.
When: June 17-21 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm (extended care available from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm)
Age: Ages 6-12
Location: Bowers Museum

Mediterranean Meanders With Archaeological Dig
You’ll create art projects, enjoy a taste of Italy and tour the “Gems of the Medici” exhibition.
When: June 24 – 28 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm (extended care available from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm)
Age: Ages 6-12
Location: Bowers Museum

More info and reservations: Students can travel around the world in 8 weeks from June 17-August 9. For more info visit:

California Science Center
Hands-On Science Camp
Endeavour Commanders
You are the captain of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and now it’s time to make some critical decisions on behalf of your crew! Conduct experiments and learn what it takes to complete a space mission.
When: Various weeklong sessions between June 10 – August 9
Ages: 3rd – 4th grade for this class, classes available for Preschool through eighth grade
Location: The California Science Center

Survival Science
Imagine this: You’re stranded in the wilderness with no food and water. Where will you sleep? What will you eat? How will you survive? Learn the practical—and fun— skills to survive, whether you find yourself in a cold, barren forest, or atropical, deserted island. Purify your own water, build your own fire and learn how to find the best shelter!
When: Various weeklong sessions between June 10 – August 9
Ages: 3rd – 64h grade for this class, classes available for Preschool through eighth grade
Location: The California Science Center

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Fowler Museum at UCLA
KidsMuse Summer Camp at the Fowler Museum: Dress to Impress
Design clothing and learn techniques of decoration then embellish and model your wearable creations. Experiment with weaving, knitting, felting, and pleating to personalize clothing. Experiences involving movement, food, andmusic will add zest to your new look!
When: Session 1, July 22-July 26, 9 am–4 pm
Session 2, July 29–August 2, 9 am–4 pm
Children may be dropped off between 8:30–9 am. Late pick-up available until 5 pm (additional fees apply).
Age: Session 1, Ages 6–8
Session 2, Ages 9–12
Location: Fowler Museum at UCLA

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Kidspace Children’s Museum
Wacky Kitchen Science
Ever wonder why cheese melts or why salt makes things taste better? Come find out as we extract the science of food as we whip, cut, smash, mix, pour, and dig into how food is prepared and made. Campers will create edible kitchen concoctions to take home or eat at camp – while discovering how and why certain substances fizz, explode, and change form.
When: July 15 – 19, 2013
Age: Ages 6 – 9
Location: Kidspace Children’s Museum

Physics Camp
Create rainbows with prisms and make glasses sing while learning all about physics! Each day will begin with an exploration of an exhibit in theGalvin Physics Forest, followed by experiments that reveal the science behind that exhibit. You will learn the science of sun spots, the effects of water and air pressure, and create related projects like sun prints and Alka-Seltzer rockets!
When: July 22 – 26, 2013
Ages: Ages 7 – 11
Location: Kidspace Children’s Museum

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Laguna Art Museum
Elements of Art Summer Camp
Come explore the six elements of art: line, shape, form, space, color, and texture, while being inspired by the wonderful art on display in the museum. You’ll learn about each element by creating your own unique art works and by studying art in the museum’s exhibitions.
When: Sundays in July (7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28) from 2 – 5 pm, or August 5 – August 9, 2 – 5 pm
Ages: 1st – 8th grade
Location: Laguna Art Museum
More info and reservations:

Los Angeles Zoo
Summer Zoocamp
With brand new camp adventures, you’ll enjoy making new discoveries every day! Have the time of your life going ape over the Zoo’s hundreds of amazing animals. Through fun, safe, engaging activities, campers will trail blaze through the week. Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced, adult staff.

When: June 17 – August 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Extended care is available for an additional fee).
Age: Ages 4 – 12 years old
Location: Los Angeles Zoo

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Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Annual Multi-Arts Summer Camp – 2013
The Annual Multi-Arts Summer Camp will let you experience ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, animation, dance, theatre, clowning, music, puppetry, and the art of science. Campers will be fully engaged in hands-on projects with visual arts, performing arts, science, and outdoor fitness activities.
When: June 17 – August 23, 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM
Age: Ages 6 – 12
Location: The Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
ArtVenture Camps
At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art ArtVenture Camps, you’ll spend your day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history, and creative problem solving. All camps include a visit to SBMA to learn about and be inspired by original works of art. The Museum’s exceptional team of Teaching Artists include painters and sculptors, a children’s book illustrator, a ceramicist, a graphic designer and an art historian who are all experienced art educators.
When: Week-long camps running June 10 – August 16
Age: Ages 5 – 14
Location: The Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, the Museum’s off-site facility dedicated to hands-on art education for children.
More info and reservations: Contact Rachael Krieps at [email protected] or (805) 884-6441, or visit

Zimmer Children’s Museum
Summer Camp at the Zimmer Children’s Museum
As with all of the Zimmer Children’s Museum programs, Summer Camp at the Zimmer offers a unique blend of best practices in early childhood education and high-caliber arts education experiences with a focus on social responsibility. This summer, the Zimmer Children’s Museum’s 5 distinct week-long day camps will explore the community we live in, the plants, animals and places of the earth, and more! Though the focus of each week willvary, each day will incorporate arts & crafts, music & movement, and lots of playtime that help to develop the whole child!
When: 5 weeklong sessions run between July 8 and September 13; check for complete schedule
Age: Ages 3 – 6 years (Sessions vary by week. Child must be appropriate age by camp start date.)
More info:

Other Summer Activities

The Ronald Regan Presidential Foundation
This summer, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation will pilot a new student leadership program. This three-day leadership institute will develop your skills as a “Great Communicator,” teach you to lead with a spirit of optimism, and teach the basics of informed decision making. The experience will culminate with the creation of a Leadership Action Plan where participants will identify a problem in their community, and develop a plan for taking action to solve the issue.
When: July and August
Age: Secondary school students
Location: Reagan Library
More info: (805) 522-2977

Skirball Cultural Center
Art After Dark: Skirball Family Sleepover
Pack up your sleepover gear, take an after-hours tour of the eye-dazzling exhibition Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open, make your own Baseman-inspired artwork, and engage in special activities around campus. Parents and kids alike will delight in the hands-on activities, bedtime stories, tasty dinner, and more! Wake up the next morning to a continental breakfast.
When: July 27, 6 pm – July 28, 9 am
Age: Ages 6 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult and vice versa
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
More info and reservations:, on site at the Skirball, or (877) 722-4849

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