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NOTICE: In response to COVID-19 best practices in childcare settings, The DoSeum has elected to offer fewer summer camps each week with a decreased capacity of campers, in compliance with CDC and state recommendations. Read more about our COVID-19 preparations for camp.
There’s a camp for every child this summer at The DoSeum! This summer, The DoSeum will offer camps that will engage campers in STEM, the arts, and literacy, and inspire them to explore, discover, create, and learn. Spaces in camp fill quickly, so sign-up today to be part of The DoSeum’s amazing summer experiences!
June 7 - 11, July 12 - 16, & August 2 - 6 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Extended Care available from 12:00 - 3:00 PM
It’s sun, sand, and surf at our By the Seashore camp! Campers will enjoy experimenting with water all around The DoSeum! Art and science combine as campers explore concepts like buoyancy, make their own sensory ocean jars, and create jellyfish art! We will have fun learning about what makes the beach and ocean so special— the animals, weather, and geology--to help foster appreciation and care of them. This camp is a great mix of art and science as well as environmental stewardship. Water you waiting for? Come join us!
Camp Cost: Member - $230 | Non-Member $250
Camp Cost + Extended Care: Member - $330 | Non-Member $350
June 14 - 18 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Extended Care available from 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Campers will explore the exciting world of paleontology and its investigation of fossils. Each day will be filled with fun projects, from dino-stomp print making to fossil excavation! This camp will help encourage little explorers to look closely and pay attention to detail while working collaboratively and independently.
June 21 - 25 & July 26 - 30 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Extended Care available from 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Kids Concoctions introduces campers to asking questions about their world and using scientific processes and reasoning to answer them! Campers will observe chemical reactions created by combining common household materials—they will explore magic milk, apple volcanoes, and rainbow fizzy science experiments. Your young scientist will observe and participate in exciting experiments first-hand to understand the idea of how variables affect outcomes.
June 28 - July 2 & August 9 - 13 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Extended Care available from 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Little camper, little camper, what do you see? In Colorful Critters, we’ll explore the world of Eric Carle and his amazing animals. From bears and butterflies to lions and ladybugs, your hungry camp-tipillar will create tissue collages, enjoy fingerpainting, and create a butterfly and firefly out of recyclable materials. Campers will explore emotions when they read why the ladybug is grouchy and the firefly is lonely. This camp is great for teaching symmetry, properties of light, as well as enhancing fine motor skills. And…it’s just plain fun!
July 6 - 9 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Extended Care available from 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Campers will explore the exciting world of paleontology and its investigation of fossils. Each day will be filled with fun projects, from dino-stomp printmaking to fossil excavation! This camp will help encourage little explorers to look closely and pay attention to detail while working collaboratively and independently.
Camp Cost: Member - $185 | Non-Member $200
Camp Cost + Extended Care: Member - $265 | Non-Member $280
July 19 - 23 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Extended Care available from 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Where would you like to explore today? The bottom of the ocean? Outer space? A jungle? If you can dream it, you can go there! Campers will use their vivid minds and imaginations to create a fantastically fun story for their very own wordless book! Pictures can say more than words and help convey emotions, especially in young children. Campers will be active players in their fantasy adventures as they engage their vocabulary, foster critical thinking skills, promote creativity, and use their imaginations. All the world's a stage in Too Cute for Words!
June 7 - 11 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Fast boats, slow boats, big boats, row boats. Come on board and batten down the hatches for an exciting week of all things that float. Campers will face a series of design challenges as they create their perfect suite of ships. They’ll practice the Engineering Design Process as they craft their vessels while also exploring our summer exhibition Voyage to the Deep to learn more about the Earth’s oceans and seas. Don’t be left dead in the water, it’s all hands on deck for this adventure on the high seas.
Camp Cost: Member - $330 | Non-Member $350
June 14 - 18 & July 6 - 9 (4-Day Camp) | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
We have liftoff! Campers will love this aeronautics-inspired camp where they’ll explore rockets, parachutes, and zip lines. Your budding astronaut will have a great time recreating experiments by Galileo, designing and building flying machines, and testing and improving their designs--the Engineering Design Process! Aeronautical and mathematical concepts abound. At the end of camp, your child will take home their air transportation technologies.
Camp Cost: Member - $330 | Non-Member $350
4-Day Camp Cost: Member - $265 | Non-Member $280
June 21 - 25 & August 2 - 6 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Let’s take a deep dive into the marine world. Connected to our summer exhibition Voyage to the Deep, campers will be explorers, biologists, and engineers as they investigate all aspects of the seas and oceans—from sharks and giant squids and to deep-sea submersibles. We’ll also discover the importance of Earth’s waterways for all kinds of animals, including humans. Campers will investigate these questions and more while exploring The DoSeum’s water-related exhibitions to learn about water pollution and how we can better take care of our planet’s most vital resource.
June 28 - July 2 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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 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, the 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!
July 12 - 16 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
What does it take to make a museum? Museum Madness will introduce campers to the many facets of museology. From designing dioramas to making murals, your junior curator will discover the ins and outs of the museum world. With hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes tours of The DoSeum, they’ll see and experience the many, many talents needed to make a museum run! This camp is great for tool use and safety, literacy, team building, and artistic expression.
July 19 - 23 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
This camp is perfect for young readers and emerging artists. Campers will study the basic parts of a story and practice reading and writing while they create their very own comic books. At the end of the week, your child will go home with a book collecting the comics created by their friends in camp.
July 26 - 30 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Why do steel boats float but bars of steel sink? Why are the bottoms of some boats V-shaped and others flat? How DOES a boat float? Campers will explore these questions by making all sorts of water-worthy vessels—from surface boats to submarines. They’ll also engage in fun activities that teach scientific concepts like density and friction. At the end of the week, we will host a Boating Rally to celebrate our creations!
August 9 - 13 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Would a griffin be an apex predator? Would Pegasi and unicorns inhabit the same habitat? Is the red scale trait dominant or recessive in dragons? We invite your child to explore and create the answers to questions like these in our Fantastical Ecology camp. While campers practice creativity and storytelling, they will also engage with the real scientific concepts that underly modern ecology and biology.
Archaeology with a twist! Beyond ancient ruins and mummies from long ago, campers will be investigating artifacts from the not-so-distant past! Contemporary archaeology uses archeological methods to better understand our modern culture. In Blast from the Past, our modern archaeologists will walk away with an appreciation of how everyday artifacts store a wealth of information about who we are as a society!
June 14 - 18 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
June 21 - 25 & August 9 - 13 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
“Kzzzztch! Come in Red Herring! We have a secret mission that only a team of elite spies can complete. Spy Academy HQ is compromised.”
Campers will need to work together to solve a mystery that spans the entirety of The DoSeum! Once complete, spies will split into teams to design missions for each other. This camp makes math fun while teaching teamwork and critical thinking.
Camp Cost: Member - $550 | Non-Member $570
Do you have a passion for fashion? Campers will explore skills in fashion illustration, creating accessories, textile transformation, and having fun with fellow fashion-forward campers! STEAM concepts will be embedded into the fun as the designers measure fabric for construction, think about patterns and color mixing with design and dye techniques, and more. Maker skills will combine with art, design, and material science through playful fashion fun!
July 6 - 9 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
This camp is perfect for anime fans or emerging artists. Campers will study narrative and the art style associated with different genres of manga as they create their very own manga comic book. We will also explore the wide range of jobs required to put manga on the shelf, from sketching, to inking and shading, to marketing. At the end of the week, your child will go home with a book collecting the stories created by each of their classmates.
Camp Cost: Member - $265 | Non-Member $280
Why are some people extroverted while some are introverted? What makes you tick? We all know that everyone is different, but why exactly? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? In Brain Games! we will explore the psychological and neuroscience concepts that make us unique! In this DoSeum Master Camp, the low student-to-teacher ratio will enable your child to uncover their own individual interests and needs through hands-on learning and exploration. In the end, campers will walk away with a better understanding of themselves, why they act the way they do and feeling confident about what makes them special and unique!
This camp is perfect for children interested in technology and movie production. We will focus on the Foley technique which is how movie makers recreate believable sound effects. For example, a Foley artist may crinkle a plastic bag to recreate the sound of a campfire. Or clop coconuts together to mimic the sound of a galloping horse. At the end of the week, campers will have shot and edited a video with their very own Foley sound effects.
August 2 - 6 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
What is a camp without a scary story told around a fire? While DoSeum campers won’t be making fires, they will make their very own scary stories while studying established scary stories local to San Antonio. By the end of the week, they will create an accompanying visual representation of their story – whether it be a diorama, a costume, or something from…the unknown.
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 and other colleagues 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 typical instructor-to-camper ratios are 1:8 for kids 5-11 years and 1:6 for kids 3-4 years.
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.
Q. What is your refund policy?
A. Camp fees include a $75 non-refundable fee per camp. If the camp you are registered for is canceled by The DoSeum, you will be refunded your tuition in full. Please Note: Registration funds may not serve as credit for another DoSeum camp or program, and camp sessions are not transferable to other campers. If The DoSeum cancels a program, refund options will be shared.
Q: Is there a discount for DoSeum members?
A. Yes! DoSeum members enjoy a discount on camp registration and early access to registration. For more information, please visit our Membership page.
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, you will receive email communication.
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 or remove the child from camp, with no refund.
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 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 office telephone. 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 shared 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 (e.g., marketing, news segment, etc.) you will receive communication 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 belongings together, The DoSeum is not re-sponsible for lost or stolen items. Please make sure you bring ONLY what your child needs each day. This includes:
The following items will not be permitted:
Any valuable or cherished items (camp can be an exciting day, so items might be accidentally misplaced and forgotten!)
Q. What does the camp day look like?
A. Camps run from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM for 3 - 4 year olds without Extended Care, and 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM for ages 5 and up, as well as 3 - 4 year olds with Extended Care. 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, in case your camper gets chilly. 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. Drop-off occurs from 8:00-9:00am for multiple-day camps and 8:30-9:00am for one-day camps. Drop off your camper curbside at the designated area in front of the museum on Humphrey Avenue, just off Broadway.
Please remain in your car unless you need to take a child out of their car seat. Camp staff will escort your camper inside.
Q. Where is pick up?
A. Pick-up occurs from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM or 3:00 - 3:30 PM. (Please see daily schedule above.) Pick-up will occur in The DoSeum’s Staff parking lot on Brackenridge Avenue, just off of Broadway. Please drive slowly in the parking lot and have your ORANGE HANG TAG clearly visible so our team can know which child you are picking up. If you do not have the hang tag, please plan to show photo ID.
Our biggest priority is the safety of our campers, so we will verify your ID each day if you do not have your hang tag. If a caregiver arrives to pick up your child who is not listed, please know that we will call the telephone number that you provided during registration for verification over the phone before we release the camper.
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 (contact information provided above). We will wait outside for 5 minutes past the pickup window and then bring your child into aftercare.
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 or 3:35 of the respective pickup window). Late pickup fees can be paid via check, cash, or credit card at the time of pickup. 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.
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. Can my child bring a cell phone to camp?
A. Cell phones, video games, and other personal electronic devices 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 permitted to use it during the camp day. If there is an emergency and you need to reach 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 for one week.
Q. What is your illness policy?
A. In order to protect the health of all campers and staff, The DoSeum has implemented a Communicable Management policy, which incorporates guidelines and recommendations provided by the State of Texas, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Association of Camp Nursing. 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 100.0°F or higher, vomits, or has two loose stools while at camp, the caregiver will be called to pick them up.
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 well-being along with the well-being 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.
*Please see additional guidelines for 2021 in our COVID-19 Prepartations.
Q. If my camper becomes ill or is sent home sick for the week, will there be a refund?
No. It is the policy of The DoSeum to not issue full or partial refunds based on the health of a child. By visiting The DoSeum, you voluntarily assume all risks related to any potential infectious or contagious disease, including but not limited to COVID-19.
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 a 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. We do NOT provide lunch for campers; please send a packed lunch with your camper(s). If your child is 3-4 years old and will be leaving at noon, they do not need to bring a lunch. Campers 5 and up, as well 3-4 year olds in Extended Care, must bring their own lunch. 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. Camp snacks will consist of items in individually pre-packaged boxes or bags for each camp attendee. Please see the attached snack list for this week’s snack options. Also, please see the next question for The DoSeum’s policy on nuts and nut products.
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 11:00 AM 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, Education staff will contact the caregiver and arrange for prompt early pick-up.
Q. What are your behavioral and discipline procedures?
A. Our first priority is the safety of our Guests and Staff. 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 four 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 unwanted behaviors may result in the temporary or permanent removal of a camper from their DoSeum camp:
If a camper does not follow the behavior guidelines, we will take the following action steps as behavior problems progress:
These guidelines are applicable to all DoSeum campers. Camper fees are non-refundable if a camper is sent home for disciplinary reasons. Physical violence or bullying toward another camper or staff member can result in immediate dismissal from the camp.
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 conference during pick-up; email; phone call.
If you have any questions or concerns not addressed here regarding camp registration or operation, please feel free to contact:
Jessica Thompson, Education Program Coordinator, email@example.com
Richard Kissel, Vice President of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please limit the amount of PERSONAL BELONGINGS that your child brings to camp. A labeled change of clothing in a clear, sealable (e.g., Ziploc) bag can be left in your child’s assigned cubby on Monday of their camp week (to be returned Friday). Other than the clothing and a lunchbox, there is little that your child will need to bring to camp!
Per the health and safety protocols published by the State of Texas, upon arrival and daily while at camp, campers will receive a HEALTH SCREENING for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible contagious/infectious disease:
You will be asked to remain in your vehicle during the screening. A no-touch forehead thermometer will be used to record the temperature. It is imperative that you tell our staff if any of these symptoms have manifested in your child.
Any camper showing SIGNS OF ILLNESS during the camp day will be separated and caregiver(s) will be called for pick up.
FACE MASKS are required for ages 10 and over—per DoSeum policy—and strongly recommended for children 2 years and older, to the extent possible.
HANDWASHING will be required throughout the day, including before and after activities and meals/snacks, per State health and safety protocols.
The DoSeum will promote SOCIAL DISTANCING within our camp programs via decreased camp capacities and larger classroom spaces. Each camper will have an individual space and their own set of consumable and non-consumable (e.g., glue, tape, etc.) supplies. We will arrange classrooms to allow distancing and will promote social distancing within groups to the degree possible.
DoSeum Cleanliness. We’ve taken great care to ensure that our facilities are cleaned effectively and follow best sanitation practices to help prevent the spread of illness. Our cleaning procedures for spring 2021 include:
Per the health and safety protocols published by the State of Texas for Day Youth Camps, campers confirmed to have COVID-19 may not return to the current camp session or other camp sessions until all three of the following criteria are met: at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the individual has improvement of symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
A doctor’s note is required for any child’s return to a DoSeum camp following an illness.