Summer Camp FAQ's


My child has never been dropped off for childcare before; can they be enrolled in camp?

In an effort to make the camp experience a positive one for young children, it is best that they have practiced the routine of being dropped off in a childcare or other drop-off program before they come to camp.

Please provide the name of the program your children are currently enrolled in upon registration. There are no exceptions to this policy. School-age children who are home-schooled may still be able to enroll in camp, please call Heather Posner, Public Programs Manager, at (415) 339-3982 if you have any questions about this policy.

Can children under the age of 4 sign up for camp?

Preschoolers age 3 are eligible for the Big Discoveries camp theme only. They are not eligible for our Pre-kindergarten camps. Young 4-year-olds may also be enrolled in Big Discoveries.

My 5-year-old has not attended kindergarten yet – what camp should she sign up for?

Children who have not yet attended kindergarten should enroll in the pre-kindergarten camps.

Can children entering kindergarten enroll in the Big Discoveries camp sessions?

No, this special camp is designed to provide the best experience possible for our youngest campers.

Is lunch-care optional?

No, all of our half day camps will run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and include lunch time. Children will eat in their classrooms with instructors and fellow campers. You may purchase lunch to be delivered to your child’s classroom for an extra fee.

What should my child wear to camp?

Please send your child in old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. While we use mostly washable products, stains can still occur. During our camps children play all around the Museum and outdoors, and they can sometimes tear, damage or stain clothes. It is also advisable to send them in layers; weather at the Museum can be unpredictable. Please send children in closed toe shoes.

Who are the camp instructors?

All of the Lead Instructors are certified teachers, preschool teachers and experts in their crafts or have a strong background in child development. Our counseling staff is made up of dedicated young adults, many of who played at the Bay Area Discovery Museum when they were little, and have previous experience working with children.

Are parents or other caregivers allowed to attend camp with children?

The Museum does not allow adults to attend camp with children. If your child requires special considerations, please speak with the Public Programs Manager personally, well in advance of your child’s first day of camp. Arrangements must be made prior to the beginning of camp without exception.

Can my child enroll in the same camp as their friends?

We make every effort to accommodate requests for campers to be in the same group as their friends. Please list names of friends your child would like to be in a camp session with and as long as all of the children have registered for the same camp, during the same week, time and age group they will be grouped together. We are not able to group children from different age groups together.

How can I register my child for camp before February 18, 2014?

In order to be eligible for early camp registration, you need to be a Family Plus Member at the $250 level or above. You will then be able to register on February 11.

I’m not sure what level membership I have, how can I find out? How can I upgrade my membership?

Please call Lauren Cooper, Membership Manager, at (415) 339-3954.

I’m having trouble registering online. Can I register by phone?

Please confirm that you have an eligible membership level (prior to February 11) and that you have received the early registration access code located on the address label of the summer camp brochure you received in the mail.

If you are still having trouble registering please call Rocio Salazar, Reservations Associate, at (415) 339-3931.


Questions about camp and your child? Please call Danielle Pitchford, Public Programs Coordinator, at (415) 339-3906.

Registration questions? Please call Rocio Salazar, Reservations Associate at (415) 339-3931.


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