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.
With exciting outdoor exhibits like Waterworks and our Treehouse, and incredible indoor exhibits like Sensations Studio, Spy Academy, and Innovation Station—The DoSeum is the perfect place for kids to spend the summer. At camp, kids will explore exciting new STEM and art concepts, learning to innovate, create, and solve problems—all while having fun! This summer, The DoSeum will offer special tech-themed camps based on their Summer of Tech initiative, where kids will become tech wizards and explore The DoSeum’s digiPlaySpace summer exhibit.
Summer camps at The DoSeum run from June 5th to August 18th, and each camp runs for five days. The DoSeum offers camps for kids ages 3-10 years old.
Note on Availability:
As camps sell out, we invite you to sign up for our camp wait list. Families may only add their names to the wait list through THIS ONLINE FORM. Cancellations sometimes happen, and in the event more seats open in a camp, we will reach out to families on the wait list in the order they filled out the form.
Each year, our goal is to expand programming and give as many children and families the opportunity to participate; and we we will look at expansion opportunities next year for these popular summer camp programs.
Thanks again for your interest in The DoSeum Summer Camps.
Bitty-Bots (Ages 3-4) ***SOLD OUT
Thanks to our members, Bitty-Bots has sold out. If you are not a member and are interested in enjoying our many members’ perks (like early camp registration), visit our member page here.
The DoSeum is being overtaken by tiny, adorable robots! And your toddler is their powerful creator! In Bitty-Bots, campers will explore the purpose and workings of robots using their developing fine-motor and problem-solving skills. Campers will have opportunities to design, build, and create their very own unique robots by investigating, exploring, experimenting, and playing with everyday materials. (Please note that all 3-4 year old campers must be potty trained.)
Dates: June 26th-30th; July 31st-August 4th (9 am-12 pm)
Members: $170/ $260 with Aftercare, Non-members: $190, $280 with Aftercare
Code-A-Kid (Ages 3-4)***SOLD OUT
It is never too early to introduce your child to the world of coding! In Code-A-Kid, campers will learn to recognize, identify, and create patterns in a variety of situations. Using objects, movements, and stories, we’ll begin activating the part of your child’s mind that will help them excel at code. By the end of the week, campers will be able to create and express themselves through their own mathematical codes! (Please note that all 3-4 year old campers must be potty trained.)
Dates: June 5th-9th; July 10th-14th; August 7th-11th (9 am-12 pm)
eBooks (Ages 3-4)***SOLD OUT
Will your story be an epic hero’s journey? A whimsical comedy? Or a narrative account of eating Goldfish? Combine early literacy with an understanding of technology! Campers in eBooks will have the opportunity to tell unique, collaborative stories by describing and recording their creative play. Each story will be documented in an electronic book, which campers will take home at the end of the week. (Please note that all 3-4 year old campers must be potty trained.)
Dates: June 12th-16th; July 17th-21st; August 14th-18th (9 am-12 pm)
Mad Scientists (Ages 3-4) ***SOLD OUT
Thanks to our members, Mad Scientists has sold out. If you are not a member and are interested in enjoying our many members’ perks (like early camp registration), visit our member page here.
What can you use to create art? How about ice cubes, shaving cream, salt, baking soda, or magnets? In Mad Scientists, your children can go a little crazy with all the fun materials we have at The DoSeum while creating their own masterpieces. And, while they paint and draw and build, they’ll be using technology to explore art and science concepts. By the end of the week, each child will have many pieces of art to take home. (Please note that all 3-4 year old campers must be potty trained.)
Dates: June 19th-23rd; July 24th-28th (9 am-12 pm)
3D Doodles (Ages 7-8)
Who doesn’t love oodles of doodles, especially when they’re 3-dimensional?! In 3D Doodle, campers will create 3D masterpieces, using The DoSeum’s special printers, simply by doodling whatever creative thought comes into their minds. Kids will enhance their Maker skills by learning how to draw in the air or on a special surface using the 3D Doodler pen. The camp will conclude with a 3D Doodle Showcase, where kids will display their creativity, design prowess, and 3D masterpieces.
Members: $270/ $320 with Aftercare, Non-members: $290, $340 with Aftercare
An Alarming Idea (Ages 5-7)
We can all agree that alarm clocks aren’t always the most fun device, but the science behind them is definitely fascinating! In An Alarming Idea, campers will be introduced to how circuits work by examining how electricity operates as energy. Meaning, alarm clocks give YOU energy by using energy of their own! Kids will learn exactly how electricity can be transformed into other forms of energy, including light, heat, motion, and sound. Your child will be introduced to the Engineering Design Process and perform hands-on science experiments!
Dates: July 24th-28th (sold out), August 14th-18th (sold out) (9 am – 3 pm)
$260/ $310 with Aftercare, Non-members: $280, $330 with Aftercare
ArtTech (Ages 5 & 6) ***SOLD OUT
Can robots create art? Technology can! We will use computers and their programs to create unique and innovative masterpieces. Campers in ArtTech will use easily-accessible materials to create stop-motion and animated short videos that will be showcased at the end of the week. Through creating audiovisual pieces of art, campers in ArtTech will be empowered to create, as opposed to consume, the beautiful tech-related pieces that surround them every day.
Dates: June 19th-23rd (9 am – 3 pm)
Members: $260/ $310 with Aftercare, Non-members: $280, $330 with Aftercare
Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills (Ages 5-7)
Just because you aren’t supposed to chase windmills doesn’t mean you can’t design them (and then joust all you want)! In Catching the Wind, kids will learn all about the concept of wind and how it can be harnessed into energy to do important work. Children will be introduced to the concept of renewable energy and how it is becoming an incredibly important resource. By the end of camp, each child will plan, create, and improve his or her very own working windmills from various materials.
Dates: June 26th-30th (sold out), July 31st-4th, (sold out), August 14th-18th (sold out) (9 am – 3 pm)
Members: $250/ $305 with Aftercare, Non-members: $270, $325 with Aftercare
Creative Technology (Ages 5-6)*** SOLD OUT
Become a LEGO tech wizard! In this camp, kids will learn about the technology behind buildings and structures by using the LEGO “interlocking” technique. Kids will be empowered to distinguish between two-and three- dimensional structures, as well as work on measurement, estimation, architectural forms, and geometric concepts. They will work both in individual and team settings to create, build, and explore! Each camper will leave with a foundational understanding of math concepts, estimation, prediction, critical thinking, reasoning, and… LEGOS!
Invention Lab (Ages 7-8)***SOLD OUT
Does your child want to learn to invent like Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo Da Vinci, or Stephanie Kwolek? Everyone has the power to invent, and Invention Lab camp is the place to be an inventor. Campers will explore and solve real world problems through connections to children’s literature with messages about innovation, creativity, perseverance, and inspiration. They will be captivated by these inventor’s stories and discover ways to help inventors solve their problems and become inventors themselves, capable of making the world better. Campers will bring home mini-maker inventions throughout the week leading up to their grand invention which will be featured in the DoSeum.
Dates: June 5th-9th (9 am – 3 pm)
LEGO Master Builders Part 1 – Building a City (Ages 6-8)***SOLD OUT
Become a LEGO Master Builder! Through completing challenges connected to our Innovation Station exhibit hall, campers will create their own LEGO city. Once completed, they can earn the title of “Master Builder.” Along the way, they’ll learn about engineering concepts like measurement, estimation, architectural forms, and geometry. It’s problem solving disguised as pure LEGO fun!
LEGO Master Builders Part 2-Building a City (Ages 6-8)***SOLD OUT
Campers can continue their quest to become LEGO Master Builders. They’ll be able to deepen their understanding of concepts learned in part 1 while continuing the creation of their LEGO cities! If your child has not taken part 1, they are still very welcome in part 2!
Plan it! Make it! Share it! (Ages 5 – 6)***SOLD OUT
Imagine that every drawing your child has every made was now… IN 3D! In Plan It! Make It! Share It!, campers will be introduced to the world of 3D objects and 3D printing. Children will start with stenciling projects and then progress towards three-dimensional models and relief works made with clay and synthetic resins. This work will allow them to culminate in a 3D sculptural project. Each child will finish the week finished art pieces that showcase their skills!
Dates: June 12th-16th (9 am – 3 pm)
Point Click Code (Ages 5 & 6) ***SOLD OUT
It’s never too early to help your child learn the world’s fastest growing language: code. In Point Click Code, campers will use the computer software, Scratch Jr., to learn the fundamentals of coding while in a helpful, engaging environment. They will use point and click exercises to gain an understanding of the coding behind animation and the possibilities of hat they can make using their own imaginations. Each child will leave camp with the beginnings of a successful life as a web designer, engineer, or mathematician and their very own design notebook/code book.
The Best Process: Chemical Engineers Can Mix it Up! (Ages 5-7)***SOLD OUT
When choosing a process to use, why not pick the best one? In The Best Process, campers will learn to design a formula, plan out steps, identify the materials, and test the process to make the best product. Using the Engineering is Elementary program – A Work in Process: Improving a Play Dough Process, campers will blend the science, engineering, and math as they explore the properties of different materials and mixtures. Chemical engineers use these same principles when designing processes and products. Using the engineering design process, campers will make products such as high-quality play dough, colorful binding material, and a transparent substance.
Dates: June 19th-23rd (9 am – 3 pm)
ArtTech (Ages 9-11) ***SOLD OUT
Dates: August 7th-11th (9 am – 3 pm)
Computer-Controlled Robotics (Ages 7-11)
Whether it’s an airplane, a boat, a soccer player, or even an alligator, come invent and test your own robot! Campers will tinker with moving parts and functions, using their creativity to invent a machine with a specific function – all built with LEGOs that they will be able to control through a special LEGO USB Hub. Campers will learn the fundamentals of programming to prepare them for Computer-Controlled Robotics Part 2, which builds on simple machine concepts to create a larger functioning piece.
Can’t get enough LEGOs? During this camp, we’ll welcome back our first Computer-Controlled Robotics campers from Part 1, and also invite new campers and LEGO builder enthusiasts! By the end of Part 2, campers will enhance their skills by exploring simple machines and working with them to create larger functioning pieces.
Designing Bridges: Working as a Civil Engineer (Ages 8-11)
Don’t burn bridges! Learn how to build them! In Designing Bridges, children will learn the fundamentals to becoming a civil engineer through understanding both the requirements of the occupation and the beginnings of the necessary STEM concepts. For example, balance and force are important to a structure being able to stand alone and function. Whether designing a playground structure, a tent for camping, or a bridge, an engineer must have a good plan, the best materials, and the ability to conduct tests. Campers will leave with knowledge of science, technology, engineering, math, and the engineering design process.
Marvelous Machines (Ages 8-11)***SOLD OUT
That machine is marvelous, darling! Absolutely marvelous! In Marvelous Machines, campers will learn how simple machines work by examining their different purposes and uses and how basic scientific concepts can better their efficiency and functionality. Campers will learn about how force works and how it can affect their machine. They will serve as Makers who are empowered to shape the world through building, tinkering, and re-designing—all while having a marvelous time!
Dates: August 14th-18th (9 am – 3 pm)
Moving in the Future: A Transportation Engineer’s Journey (Ages 9-11)
What will transportation in the future look like? We invite all young transportation engineers to camp as we need your problem solving and creativity skills to design and build models for future transportation needs. Campers will blend science, technology, engineering, and math as they explore the properties of magnets and other objects. Transportation engineers must develop plans, and construct a model and the DoSeum can provide the materials, space, and fun!
We need your engineers and their problem-solving minds to help us improve the world!
Plan it! Make it! Share it! (Ages 8-11) ***SOLD OUT
Dates: July 24th-28th (9 am – 3 pm)
Tech Hack Toe (Ages 8-11) ***SOLD OUT
This summer, kids can hack into fun! In Tech Hack Toe, campers will investigate classical and modern games to learn exactly how they work. Kids will use various tools and materials like screwdrivers, wrenches, wires, and LED lights to hack into the components within the games and explore how each piece creates one whole machine. Once they have gained a foundational understanding of the games, they will be ready to build their own game with a unique function, purpose, and audience! By the end of the week, they will take home a game they have designed, created, and built.
Dates: July 17th-21st; July 31st-August 4th (9 am – 3 pm)
***The DoSeum does not offer refunds for camps.
The DoSeum is proud to offer financial assistance to our qualified families. For more information on scholarships, click here.