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Summer Camps

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2014 Programs Brochure

Summer Science Fun


Members $120 per weekly camp; Nonmembers $135 per weekly camp  - See more at: http://www.rhfleet.org/events/summer-camps#sthash.uxMaIs3k.dpuf
Half-Day and Full-Day Camps

Half-Day Camps

The Fleet runs weekly, half-day summer camps each summer. The camps are designed to be fun, educational and hands-on and to incorporate the Fleet’s exhibit galleries.

To further enhance the summer camp experience and as a convenience to you, many Balboa Park institutions—including the Fleet—coordinate their half-day summer camps so kids can spend a full day in the park. Staff members at participating institutions escort children from one camp to another during a supervised lunch hour. This means that a child can be dropped off at a morning camp at the Fleet and picked up from an afternoon camp at a different venue. Parking is limited during summer months so please plan accordingly.

Summer Camp registrations will begin in March 2, 2015.

Below are examples of camps we have offered in past years.  For more information, call (619) 238-1233 ext. 806

Most camps are offered either 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 


Kid City: Junior Scientists

Ever wonder what it might be like to be an astronaut or a chemist? Find out in this camp devoted to scientific careers. We’ll explore a different profession each day – everything from space exploration to building design. 

Kid City: Squish, Squeak, Sniff

Use your senses in this funny, wild and wacky workshop! Create squishy, slimy flubber, invent noise makers that squeak, and sniff your way around this zany camp to energize your 5 senses.

Kid City camps are designed to complement the learning environment of our Kid City exhibition. These camps are appropriate for children ages 4–5 and an accompanying adult.


Space Explorer

Blast off on an exploration of our solar system and beyond. Discover what it is like to be an astronaut while investigating planets, moons and stars.

Grades 1-2

Chemistry in the Kitchen

See regular household items in a new and exciting way! Working with many materials found in an average home, we will interactively demonstrate many of the amazing science possibilities of our everyday lives.

Body Basics

How strong are bones? What causes hiccups? Discover the answers to these questions and many more while exploring the human body inside and out. Use microscopes, models and more to discover what makes your body tick!


Creativity and scientific thinking go hand-in-hand with this imaginative class. Explore the properties of materials, use energy from the sun to create a masterpiece and discover what happens when you mix artistic ingredients.

Weird & Wacky Science

Mad scientists wanted! Many everyday phenomena that we take for granted can be explained by science. Hypothesize, experiment and discover the answers to mysteries through scientific inquiry.

Superhero Science

Faster than a speeding comet, more powerful than a locomotive, it's Superhero Science! Join us for a behind-the-mask look into the powers of your favorite superheroes, and the science behind them. For added fun, come dressed as your favorite superhero character.

Wizards Workshop

Use science to simulate the magic of your favorite sorcerers from books and movies. We’ll mix up chemical concoctions and perform super science spells that are sure to amaze your friends and family. You won’t believe your eyes!

Gross and Gooey Science

Ewww! What’s that? Explore the science of everything slimy, gooey and gross. Find out why snails leave trails, why owls regurgitate their lunch and why mucus is so useful. Make your own gooey concoctions to take home.

Super Solar System

Can you skate on the rings of Saturn? Was there ever life on Mars? Unlock the secrets of our solar system in this cosmic class. Learn why the seasons change on Earth and why the sun is so important to our everyday lives. Wrap up the week with a Micronauts mission aboard the International Space Station in our Nierman Challenger Learning Center.

Young Tinkerers 

Have you ever wondered how a toaster toasts or what a computer looks like on the inside? Get ready to disassemble and tinker with household objects in this hands-on class. Tools provided—just bring your imagination!

Energy Explorers 

Light up your day and get noisy! Delve into the world of light, sound, motion and more. Learn about the many forms of energy while harnessing wind power, investigating solar panels, designing musical instruments and creating chemical reactions.

Toy Lab

Tired of the same old games? Discover the science behind your favorite toys and build gadgets based on exhibits in the Fleet galleries. Create play dough, design toys that make noise, harness wind power and make other amazing creations to take home.

Grades 3-4

Head to Toe

Explore how your blood is circulated, why your stomach growls, and how your brain makes sense of it all! Please note: this is a four-day camp. 

Shocking Forces

Have fun with invisible forces all around you! In this electrifying class you will create homemade circuits, electromagnets and experiment with motors. You’ll be shocked by how much you learn! Please note: this is a four-day camp. 

Young Engineers

Design, construct and test your engineering masterpieces. Use the planks in our “Block Busters!” exhibition to design the tallest tower or build the longest bridge. Return to the classroom to build castles, boats and buildings out of unexpected materials.

Medieval Inventions

Attention all noble Ladies, Lords and Knights: Head to the roundtable as we master the science of medieval engineering. Join us on our quest as we explore Middle Age inventions and discoveries! From archery to armor and trebuchets to telescopes, find out what the Renaissance was all about!

Space Camp

Blast off with this exciting exploration of the skills needed for a successful space mission. Top off the week with a simulated mission in the Nierman Challenger Learning Center.


Calling all technology enthusiasts! Design and test robots, create your own inventions and test a variety of games and electronics.

Ahoy! Arrrr! Pirate Camp!

Ahoy matey! It takes more than plundering and pillaging to be a pirate. Discover how to design a catapult, create a compass, build a boat and other critical pirate skills. Eye patches welcome!

An additional fee is included for this camp to visit the "Real Pirates" exhibit.

Magic for Muggles

The “School of Wizardry” is in session! Unleash your imagination and creativity while investigating the science behind potions, astronomy, magical creatures and more. Wands, cauldrons and enchanted ingredients are included.

Spy Camp

Calling all secret agents! Create mysterious messages to conceal your identity and discover and create tools that make James Bond so sneaky. Come join us on this Mission Impossible!

Extreme Earth

Learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and other natural phenomena! Discover how science experts try to understand our dynamic earth and try to predict the future.

Cool Chemistry

This camp has cool chemical tricks for any student’s repertoire! Marveling at dry ice, examining acids and bases and characterizing chemical reactions make this class a fun, messy favorite!

Grades 5-6

Astronaut Camp

Have you ever dreamed of becoming an astronaut? Now you can come closer to making your dream a reality. Learn what space flight is like, create and launch your own rockets, experience the teamwork required for a successful flight and put your new knowledge to the test in two different simulated space missions to the Moon AND Mars!

CSI Camp

Become a Crime Scene Investigators in this thrilling class! Search for clues, collect evidence and solve a crime!

Chemistry With a Bang!

Explore the basics of chemistry through loud, colorful and shocking activities. Create chemical compounds, analyze acids and bases, make things glow and whip up a few “explosive” reactions.

Grades 5-8

Women Scientists in Action

Each day we’ll explore a new science field. You’ll interact with local women scientists, participate in incredible hands-on experiments and investigate careers in science and engineering.

Unseen Science (Grades 5–8)

Take a closer look at the world around you–you might be surprised at what you find! Explore Nano science, learn microscope techniques and slow things down with your own time-lapse videos.

Grades 7-8

Biotech Bootcamp 

Use equipment from the world-famous Salk Institute in an investigation of bioscience. Throughout the week, you’ll have a chance to explore various biotechnology techniques, including DNA extractions, electrophoresis, bacterial transformations and polymerase chain reactions.

Please note: an additional materials fee is required for this class.

Robotics Garage

Can you design a machine to do your homework? Well, maybe not, but in this challenging class you will work in teams using LEGO Mindstorms™ to construct and program competition-style robots to perform complex tasks. Test your robotics skills with exciting contests throughout the week.

Please note: an additional materials fee is required for this class.

Computer Programming Half-Day Camps


Grades 3–4

Interactive Art

Create comic strips that move like magic and explore how to make art and movies on the computer. Your art will come to life in this interactive class!

Grades 4–6


Are you a computer gamer? Take it to the next level by making your own games, such as Brick Breaker, PacMan, Mario or a game of your own creation!

Grades 5–8

Make an App

Do you use mobile Apps? Here’s your chance to make your own! Design your own Android App on the computer that you can take home and share with friends.

Full-Day Camps

Do your kids love science? We are now offering full-day Summer Camps on selected weeks to accommodate the science enthusiasts in your family! Full-day camps at the Fleet are hands-on, engaging and priced at a discounted rate. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for full-day camp information.


Full-Day Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grades 1-2

Body Basics and Chemistry in the Kitchen

Art-ology and Weird & Wacky Science

Superhero Science and Wizards Workshop

Gross and Gooey Science and Super Solar System

Young Tinkerers and Energy Explorers

Chemistry in the Kitchen and Body Basics

Super Solar System and Gross and Gooey Science 

Grades 3-4

Head to Toe Camp and Shocking Forces

Young Engineers and Medieval Inventions

eCamp and Ahoy! Arrrr! Pirate Camp!

Please note: an additional fee is included to visit Real Pirates exhibit

Magic for Muggles and Spy Camp

Extreme Earth and Cool Chemistry

Grades 5-6

CSI Camp and Chemistry with a Bang!

Grades 5-8

Women Scientists in Action and Unseen Science

Grades 7-8

Biotech Bootcamp and Robotics Garage

Please note: an additional material fee is included