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Offsite Camp Options

These day camps are available for children from pre-kindergarten to seventh grade. For additional camp options, please visit http://www.balboapark.org/visit/kids/summer-camps.

San Diego Zoo – Balboa Park

Monday-Friday, July 22-26
For students in grades K-7
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$242 (for extended day, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., add $91 per child)
2920 Zoo Dr., 3.58 miles from the San Diego Marriott Marquis
For more information and to register: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/zoo/special/zoo_summer_camp

Kindergarten: ABCs of Animals 

Who knew that the ABCs could be such fun?! Campers will be introduced to animals from the Zoo's amazing alphabet of critters and include a specially programmed animal feeding and a train ride on the Zoo's miniature train. Anyway you look at it, the program is packed with adventure.

Grade 1: Mad about Mammals

Campers are sure to be mad in love with mammals and camp after a week full of amazing adventures. Exploring spotted cats from the jungle and special encounters with prairie dogs that "dig" life underground are just a few of the week's highlights. 

Grade 2: Friends that Fly 

Look up in this class and you're sure to find a friend! Campers will get a chance to compare friends that fly with friends that are ground-bound. Animals of every kind will make this class fun and exciting. From Matilda the laughing kookaburra to her tree-mate the koala, this class is a winner.

Grade 3: Animal Outlaws

Sometimes reptiles, amphibians, and insects are judged wrongly. This class will help to set the facts straight. Animal outlaws are NOT outlaws at all. After our lizard feedings and giant snake encounters with keepers, the third-grade campers are sure to find a soft spot in their hearts for these misunderstood creatures. 

Grade 4: Parts for Stayin' Alive 

Creature features so unbelievable that they seem to be from another world are the target study for this camp. Feet that work better than snow shoes, nose-to-nose encounters with omnivorous bears, and an encounter with an insect so amazing that it has the ability to stay alive up to three days after losing a head! Learn about adaptations so incredible that you'll have to tell your friends about them.

Grade 5: Parts for Stayin' Alive

Creature features so unbelievable that they seem to be from another world are the target study for this camp. Feet that work better than snow shoes, nose-to-nose encounters with omnivorous bears, and an encounter with an insect so amazing that it has the ability to stay alive up to three days after losing a head! Learn about adaptations so incredible that you'll have to tell your friends about them.

Grade 6: Backstage at the Zoo

Backstage is where campers are headed. They'll be exploring the Zoo from the backside of things. We'll look at everything from the most dangerous Zoo jobs to the most glamorous.

Grade 7: Home Sweet Habitat

Campers get ready to explore animal habitats. We'll lure some animals out into the open by feeding them. We'll talk to keepers and look behind the scenes at our man-made habitats. We'll ride the Skyfari across the Zoo to explore life on the tundra. Anyway you look at it, this class is so SWEET that you'll never want it to end.

The San Diego Children's Museum

Monday-Friday, July 22-26
For students in grades 1-3
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$300
200 West Island Avenue, .28 miles from the San Diego Marriott Marquis
For more information and to register: http://www.thinkplaycreate.org/.

Grades 1-3: Graffiti, Rhythms and Beats

Campers can explore the history and culture of graffiti art and Turntablism in this hands–on camp. Work with Writerz Blok to try your hand at muralism, urban art and DJing! Campers will create their own unique piece and collaborate on a large mural to exhibit at NCM – all to the beat of great music spinning on the turntables!

San Diego Air and Space Museum - Balboa Park

Monday- Friday, July 22-26
For students in grades 3-4
9 a.m. to noon
$100
2001 Pan American Plaza, 2.1 miles from the San Diego Marriott Marquis
For more information and to register: http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org/education/.

Destination Mars

You can't spend your summer on the Red Planet yet, but you can spend a week at our Mars summer camp! Build and launch rockets, make your own Martian colony, search for alien life forms, and find out why exactly the Curiosity rover is so curious about Mars anyway. You'll also see the museum in special behind the scenes tours!

San Diego Museum of Man - Balboa Park

Monday- Friday, July 22-26
For students in grades 3-5
9 a.m. to noon
$120
1350 El Prado, 2.3 miles from the San Diego Marriott Marquis
For more information and to register: http://www.museumofman.org/education/summer-camp.

Grades 3-5: I'm am Ologist

Archaeology, Egyptology, Primatology, and more! There are so many different kinds of "ologies" for  anthropologists to explore! Campers will step into the shoes of different kinds of anthropologists each day of the week. With the help of behind the scene tours and hands-on activities we'll choose our favorite "ology" of the week and become Jr. Ologists!  I'm an Ologist! is a new partnership with the  Natural History Museum, where campers can spend half the day with  us exploring Archaeology, Egyptology, and Primatology (including a trip to the Zoo!) and half the day over at theNAT  for herpetology, entomology and paleontology; giving campers a full day of ology investigation.

San Diego Natural History Museum - Balboa Park

Monday- Friday, July 22-26
For students in grades Pre-K-5
9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (varies)
$125
1786 El Prado, 2.1 miles from the San Diego Marriott Marquis
For more information and to register: http://www.sdnhm.org/education/family-fun/summer-camp/.

Grade Pre-K: Creep, Crawl & Flutterby

Creep, crawl, and fly with the Earth's most numerous and varied creatures as we step into the life of a new bug each day. Discover San Diego's insect residents through nature walks and explorations of the exhibitions, Water: A California Story and Fossil Mysteries. We will make buggy crafts, be as busy as bees, and meet insect celebrities.

Grade 1-2: Fossil Finders

Under your feet lie clues to the distant past. Discover the power and mystery of fossils. Practice field work like paleontologists do as we hike through Balboa Park and unearth the truth about some of our favorite animals from dinosaurs to whales. We will visit the Museum's exhibitions Fossil Mysteries and DINO JAWS, and perhaps run into a real paleontologist! Come pr

Grades 3–5: I'm an "Ologist"

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a scientist at theNAT? Spend the week in the shoes of a paleontologist, entomologist, herpetologist, ornithologist, and a botanist! Each day we'll discover a new natural science and conduct experiments, create crafts, and spend time in our natural world. We'll take a field trip to the San Diego Zoo and meet with scientists behind the scenes ATtheNAT!

*Become an "Ologist" for a full day as we partner with the San Diego Museum of Man. Register with both institutions the week of July 22 and spend a half-day with theNAT and the other half with SDMoM. From paleontology to archeology, explore the differences and perhaps the similarities in the "Ologies" of both Museums. Science has never been more fun!