The DoSeum is San Antonio's only museum just for children where kids learn by doing, creating and tinkering, instead of just looking and listening.
During The DoSeum's spring break camps, kids will explore exciting new STEM, literacy, and art concepts and learn to innovate, create, and solve problems—all while having a fun time. They can get active and become an outdoor explorer, get creative with sewing and fashion illustration, or explore the wonders of musical instruments and sound. This spring, The DoSeum will offer camps that will inspire you to discover, explore, create, and learn. Make sure to sign up soon as these camps will sell out, and you don’t want to miss this amazing experience!
For any questions please contact Jessica Thompson at email@example.com.
AGES 3-4 | 9AM - 12PM
“Walt said that I knew about colors he had never heard of!” –Mary Blair
Little ones will light up as they discover the magic and flair of American artist and creator Mary Blair! In this camp, we will explore how color is used to tell stories in childhood classics, such as “It’s a Small World” and “I Can Fly.” Campers will work together to create a class book and will make art fashioned after the famous Small World designs using watercolor, geometric shapes, and sensory materials! Blair’s original illustrations for Cinderella, Peter Pan, and more, will promote early literacy as kids create their own stories and images full of color, adventure, and imagination! By the end of the week, campers will be singing songs and telling stories from the amazing world of Mary Blair!
Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $300 | Non-Members - $320
AGES 5-7 | 9AM - 3PM
“What would happen if….” is a question I’ve been asking since I started inventing musical instruments…While I have always played and loved traditional musical instruments, I’ve always been intrigued by new sounds as well.” --Paul Dresher, Sound Maze
Discover sound sensations of your own creation! This camp is perfect for kids who love to make some noise and are curious about the science of sound! Inspired by the designs of the amazing musical instruments in Sound Maze, campers will learn all about making noise in different ways, exploring how musical instruments work, and creating new uses for everyday recycled materials! Campers will also use music as a medium for making color explosive artwork! From accordions to zithers, this camp is bound to shake it up!
Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390
Take a ride on the wild side! In Outdoor Explorers, campers will become planet protectors as they learn all about the Earth and its creatures. Your scientist will use exploration tools such as binoculars, magnifying lenses and digital microscopes to explore bugs, plants and other natural objects! Playtime at The DoSeum will be mixed with hands-on experiences in observation, journaling, collection and identification of specimens, and recognizing patterns in the natural world. This camp is great for learning investigation and reasoning skills, tool use and safety, pattern recognition, and appreciation of nature. Get ready to get your hands dirty!
AGES 8-11 | 9AM - 3PM
MAKE it work! Trendsetters and tastemakers alike will have a blast expressing their creativity in Passion for Fashion! Using the engineering design process, campers will explore skills in textile creation, sewing, fashion illustration, creating personalized accessories, and having fun with fellow fashion-forward campers! As we create our ensembles, STEAM concepts will be embedded into the design fun as the designers measure fabric for construction, think about patterns with design and dye techniques and learn about emerging technology in the field of fashion. Prepare to be dazzled at the end of the week with a multi-look fashion show for caregivers! Passion for Fashion will combine making skills with art, design and textile science through playful fashion fun!
Calling all future engineers, innovators and city planners—San Antonio’s future starts with you! In City Builders, campers will meet with civil engineers from The City of San Antonio’s Office of Innovation to identify challenges affecting our city and design creative solutions! By exploring emerging technologies and fully engaging in the engineering design process, kids will think critically like city innovators about how to best help the community through technology. The week will culminate in a presentation at The DoSeum, written and delivered by campers, for our community and our city partners!
Q. What is The DoSeum’s camp philosophy and mission?
A. Summer programs at The DoSeum serve as a “charging station” to power up kids’ minds and support the important work of schools and community organizations. Our exhibits and programs promote joyful learning, invite discovery, spark interest, and develop positive attitudes towards learning.
OUR MISSION: Through joyful learning and discovery, The DoSeum Experience grows curious minds, connects families, and transforms communities.
OUR VISION: As a premier informal educational resource, we cultivate curious, innovative learners capable of mastering the opportunities of tomorrow.
Q. What are The DoSeum’s camp goals?
A. The goals of our summer programs are to promote joyful learning as it relates to content (STEM, Arts, Literacy) and social emotional development. Through positive learning experience, we hope to spark new interests and skills and positive attitudes for our learners.
Q: Who are the educators and staff of The DoSeum’s camps?
A. The DoSeum education team consists of highly qualified and trained program educators. These educators work closely with our Director of Gallery Programs to design and facilitate experiences that are engaging, unique, developmentally appropriate and fun for the campers. At least two team members will always be actively present during the camp and aftercare. Our camp ratios are 1:8 for kids 5-11 years and 1:6 for kids 3-4 years and will be maintained in camp and aftercare.
Q. How much does camp cost?
A. Camp prices are subject to change each season. All prices will be posted on The DoSeum website and reflect the cost for one week of camp. We also offer scholarships. You may find this information on our webpage at www.thedoseum.org/scholarships.
Q: Is there a waitlist for sold out camps?
A. As camps sell out, we invite you to join our camp waitlist. Sometimes families cancel their registration and in the event seats open, we will reach out to families on the waitlist in the order they were received.
Each year, our goal is to expand programming and give as many children and families the opportunity to participate; and we will look at expansion opportunities next year for these popular camp programs.
Q. What is your refund policy?
A. A full refund is available for cancellations sent via email at least six (6) weeks prior to the first day of summer camp (April 20, 2020); emails should be sent to Jessica Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds are not available for any canceled registrations after April 20, 2020.
Please Note: Registration funds may not serve as credit for another DoSeum camp or program, and camp sessions are not transferable to other campers. The DoSeum reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If The DoSeum cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants
Q: Is there a discount for DoSeum members?
A: Yes! DoSeum members enjoy a discount on camp registration and early access to registration.
Q: Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?
A: Yes, the DoSeum will send you an email confirming your online registration. Please check your spam folder and inbox for the email confirmation. If you applied for a scholarship, please lookout for an email from Jessica Thompson.
Q. Does my child need to be in the age range of the camp?
A. Yes. All campers must be in the age range of the camp by the first day of camp. For example, your child must be 5, 6, or 7 years old by the first day of camp to be in a 5-7 camp. They cannot be 8 or older. Our camps are specifically designed for the age ranges associated with them, so we thank you for your understanding. If there is a developmental delay that necessitates a different level of curriculum, please contact us. If a child is accidentally registered in a camp that they are not in the correct age range, the Education team reserves the right to place the child in the correct camp.
Q. Do 3-4 year olds need to be potty trained?
A. Yes. We require all children to be potty-trained (no Pull-Ups). As with all the camps, we ask you to send a change of clothes. We reserve the right to remove campers who are not potty-trained without a refund. If a child arrives in Pull-Ups, please expect a phone call as Pull-Ups, for our purposes, are considered diapers.
Q. How can I expect camp communications?
A. Most direct communication for camp will be through email or phone. Please make sure that when you register your child, you include the email and phone number for the person who will be the main contact for the camper during their time at The DoSeum. Please expect:
Additional communication will be given at pickup, over the phone or via email. Please feel free to reach out to our camp staff with other questions via email or phone.
Q. What are your policies on photos and videos?
A. In the camp registration, you can choose if your child has permission to be photographed or recorded. We will respect your choice. If there is additional photography taking place (marketing, news segment) you will receive communication about it via email or phone.
Q. What should my child bring to camp?
A. Please have all personal items labeled with the child’s name. Although we do our best to encourage each camper to keep their things together, The DoSeum is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please make sure you bring ONLY what your child needs each day. This includes:
Please do NOT bring:
Q. What does the camp day look like?
A. Camps run from 9:00am-12:00pm for 3-4 year olds, and 9:00am-3:00pm for ages 5 and up. Please review our camp hours below:
Q. What should my child wear to camp?
A. Campers should wear clothes that they do not mind getting dirty! Sneakers are best for playing in The DoSeum. Sandals are not recommended. It might be a good idea to bring a light jacket or sweater, as it can get chilly inside and the campers will have time outside as well. We also recommend sunscreen; if you would like your child to wear sunscreen/bug spray, please apply before dropping off your camper in the morning.
Q. Where is drop-off in the morning?
A. Monday mornings only:
Escort your camper into the Theatre through the Group Entrance doors located next to the main entrance. On Mondays, we will go through a quick camp orientation, which takes about 10-15 minutes. Please plan to come in for orientation even if your child has attended a previous DoSeum camp.
Tuesday through Friday:
Drop off your camper curbside at the bus drop-off area in front of the museum on Humphrey Avenue.
Please remain in your car unless you need to take a child out of their carseat. Camp staff will escort your camper inside.
Q. Where is pick up?
A. Pick up in the in the DoSeum Staff parking lot off Breckinridge Avenue. Please drive slowly in the parking lot and have your window tag clearly visible so our team can know which child you are picking up. If you do not have the window tag, please plan to show photo ID.
Our biggest priority is making sure children are safe, so we will verify your ID each day if you do not have your window tag. If a caregiver arrives to pick up your child who is not listed, please know that we will call you for verification over the phone before we release your child.
Q. What happens if I am running late for pick up?
A. We understand that occasionally caregivers will be late due to situations outside of your control. If you are running late, please contact our staff to let us know. We will wait outside for 5 minutes past the pickup window and then bring your child into aftercare.
**Effective Spring Break 2020**
A $1 per minute, per child, a late fee will be charged after the first 5 minutes of late pickup (i.e., pick up after 12:35, 3:35, or 5:35 of the respective pickup window).
When you arrive, please use the main entrance of The DoSeum and ask our Front Desk staff to call for camps. We will escort your child to you. Please plan to bring a photo ID inside so that we can verify who is picking up your child.
Late pickup fees can be paid via check, cash, or credit card at the time of pickup.
Q. What happens if my child has an accident at camp?
A. If your child has an accident and has a change of clothing, our instructors will make sure your child is ok and make sure that your child changes into clean clothes. If your child forgot a change of clothes, we will send them home in DoSeum clothing that will need to be washed and returned by the end of the week. If they need a change of shoes, you will be called and asked to provide shoes, as we do not have extras available. You will receive a note home and, if the situation necessitates, a phone call.
Q. My child is bilingual. Will the camp be taught in English or Spanish?
A. If your child is bilingual, please note this on your camp registration. We will do our best to provide instruction in English and Spanish but cannot guarantee Spanish instruction for every camp at this time. However, it is very helpful for our staff to know the language preference of your child so we can do our best to make accommodations as needed.
Q. What does Aftercare consist of?
A. Your purchase of Aftercare includes Beforecare from 8:00 – 9:00 am before camp, as well as aftercare until 5:00 pm. During aftercare, campers will be supervised by no less than two DoSeum staff and volunteers. Aftercare typically consists of discovery time in our many galleries, as well as educational games and other activities. We will provide afternoon snacks during Aftercare (see the weekly snack list).
Children ages 3-4 will begin their aftercare day at noon with lunch and quiet time. Please feel free to provide a labeled mat and blanket if it will help your child rest.
Q. Can my child bring a cell phone to camp?
A. Cell phones, video games, iPods etc. can easily become distractions at camp so we ask that you please keep these items at home. If your child does bring a cell phone to camp they will not be allowed to use it during the camp day. If there is an emergency and you need to get a hold of your child, please contact the camp staff.
Q. What if my child loses items at camp?
A. Please clearly label all lunch boxes, water bottles, jackets, changes of clothing and anything else your child may be bringing to camp. Lost and found items will be stored at the front desk of The DoSeum. All unclaimed clothing items will be donated to charitable organizations at the end of the summer.
Q. What is your illness policy?
A. In order to protect the health of all campers and staff, children must be kept at home when showing signs of the beginning of an illness or contagious disease, or when feeling too ill to participate in an educational setting. We expect caregivers to communicate with us regarding any communicable illness or infection so that we may notify all caregivers of our campers. These conditions include but are not limited to: pink eye; chicken pox; measles; mumps; strep throat; or lice. If a child develops a fever of 100°F or higher, vomits, or has two loose stools while at camp, the caregiver will be called to pick them up.
Children must be symptom-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to camp. In some instances, we will ask caregivers to keep their child home until we have written permission from a doctor saying the child is well enough to return to camp. These policies are in place to ensure the child’s wellbeing along with the wellbeing of the other children at camp and their families. If a child is sent home for illness during the camp week, a refund will not be issued.
Q. What are your policies about distributing medicine?
A. We cannot administer or store any prescription or over the counter medication. If a child takes daily medication, the caregiver is expected to administer it before or after camp. Epi pens can be stored in the camp instructor’s backpack and will be given only if necessary. We are unable to administer Benadryl for mild allergic reactions but will call the caregiver if a situation arises.
Q. Will you provide lunch and snacks?
A. Starting in Spring 2020, we have the option for caregivers to purchase lunch for the week from Bakery Lorraine. Please arrive at Monday morning camp orientation with either a check or credit card if you would like to purchase lunch. Lunch for the week is $25 and will consist of either option 1 or 2 (please pick one option for the week):
If your child is 3-4 years old and will be leaving at noon, they do not need to bring a lunch. 3-4 year olds staying for aftercare and campers ages 5 and up must bring their own lunch or purchase lunch for the week from Bakery Lorraine. Lunches should not require refrigeration or microwaving.
We will provide snacks throughout the camp day. You are more than welcome to provide your own daily snack if you’d like. We accommodate for all children with food allergies. We do not have microwaves available. Please see the attached snack list for this week’s snack options.
Option 1: Ham, Swiss Cheese and Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with a side choice of Chips or a Fruit Cup (Grapes, Pineapples, and Strawberries).
Option 2: Sunflower Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich with a side choice of Chips or a fruit cup (Grapes, Pineapples, and Strawberries).
Q. How do you accommodate children with food allergies? What is your nut policy?
A. We DO NOT allow nuts of any kind, peanuts, peanut butter, or any snacks made with nut-products in camp for snack or lunch. This is to ensure the safety of all campers. Please help us keep our campers safe by NOT packing nut products. If a child has a nut product, The DoSeum reserves the right to remove the food from the classroom and contact the parent to provide another lunch option by 11:00am to the front desk.
Please understand that we aim to provide the safest environment for all children and the nut policy allows us to accommodate the needs of most children we serve.
Q. What if my child has a medical accident at camp?
A. If a minor injury occurs at camp (cut, scrap, etc.), an Incident Form will be filled out and the appropriate action will be taken by camp staff and/or DoSeum Security. When necessary, a phone call will be made to the caregiver. If an injury or illness needs more immediate care, the Education staff will contact the caregiver and arrange for prompt early pick-up.
Q. What are your behavioral and discipline procedures?
A. DoSeum Camp’s first priority is child safety. Behavior and Discipline procedures in place are to ensure camper safety and allow for healthy learning environments, providing campers with the best camp experiences. All camps will have five expectations to be honored:
DoSeum educators strive to make every attempt to be proactive regarding camper behavior. We provide engaging, thoughtful activities, and use research-based approaches when handling common disruptive behavior.
The following behaviors will lead your camper to be removed temporarily or permanently from DoSeum camps:
In the event of a behavior infraction, The DoSeum educators will:
If the lead educator cannot reach you before camp drop-off the next day, DoSeum educators reserve the right to refuse to accept your child to camp depending on the severity of the behavior.
Please keep in mind the lead educators will not be available to communicate with caregivers directly until the end of the camp day. The lead educator will follow up with the caregiver in one of the following ways: in-person during the conference during pick-up; email; phone call.
For any other questions please contact Jessica Thompson, Education Program Coordinator, at JThompson@thedoseum.org.
Please note The DoSeum does not offer refunds for camps.