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Science Fun When School is Done

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

Summer Camps

2017 Summer Camp sales begin on March 6, 2017.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for 2016 Summer Camps! We had a great time and we hope to see you again next summer! The Fleet turns curious kids into happy campers! Our science-themed summer camps provide exciting experiments, intriguing investigations and fantastic fun. (Oh—and don’t tell the kids, but they’ll be learning a lot, too!) We have something for all ages, from Pre-K through 8th Grade. Summer camp topics vary each year, but check out the list below for previous topics.

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Half-Day Camps



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Half-day camps are offered each week, mornings or afternoons, either 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. To make summer camps even more awesome (and more convenient for the camper’s chauffeur), 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 escort children from one camp to another during a supervised lunch hour. That means that your 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.


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.

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 five senses.


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.

Gross & Gooey Science

Ewww! What’s that? Explore the science of everything slimy, gooey and gross. Make your own gooey concoctions to take home.

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!

Energy Explorer

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 building windmills, investigating solar panels, designing musical instruments and creating chemical reactions.

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.

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. You’ll discover how friction, magnetism and gravity play a role in super-human feats. 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!

Construction Crew

Grab your hard hat and join us for a camp devoted to the science of construction. Use the KEVA 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.

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!

Forces Everywhere!

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!

Bugs, Rocks & the Wild

Grab your binoculars and safari hat—we’re off to explore the wild! Discover fascinating facts about bugs, rocks and the great outdoors.

Ahoy! Arggg! 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 important pirate skills. Eye patches, peg legs and talking parrots not included.

Grades 3-4

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.

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!


Calling all technology enthusiasts! Spend your week working with computers, iPads and apps. Work on your computer programming skills by building a PicoCricket robot!

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.

Extreme Earth

July 5–8; 9am–12 noon 

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.

Space Camp

Blast off in this exciting camp to gain knowledge about our solar system and beyond! Explore fascinating moons and find out how astronauts live on the International Space Station.

Young Tinkerers

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.

Grades 5-6

Mars Explorer

Next stop: Mars! Build a Mars rover and create a Mars city while you and your team search for life on the red planet.

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.

Maker Camp

Join the Maker movement and craft, tinker and create your own devices. What will you make?


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

Grades 5-8

Women Scientists in Action

Girl power! Join us for an all new “science sampler” just for girls. Each day we’ll explore a new field of science. You’ll interact with local women scientists, participate in incredible hands-on experiments and investigate careers in science.

Unseen Science

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

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.

Zombie Apocalypse

Zombies have invaded our summer camp! What will you need to know about genes, infection and survival to protect Balboa Park from a zombie apocalypse?

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

Full-Day Camps

Do your kids love science? We offer 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 combine 2 of our half day programs. Previous topics are listed above!

Computer Programming Half-Day Camps: Modding Minecraft

Grades 4-7

Do you enjoy playing Minecraft? Join Modding Minecraft this summer and learn how to Mod Minecraft by making Custom Blocks and Items, creating and controlling Mobs or making your own Mini Games. Test out your creation in the Minecraft Simulator and even run it in your Minecraft at home!

Modded Redstone Maze

Zombie Mini-Game

Capture the Flag

Battle Arena Game

Paintball Mini-Game

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