Summer Camps

Summer Camps

SUMMER CAMPS

June 1 - August 14

There’s a camp for every child this summer at The DoSeum! Go on a dinosaur dig, learn the science of cooking, design your own fashion collection, and even participate in a mysterious role-playing game! 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!


 

Summer Camps for AGES 3 - 4

By The Seashore

JUNE 1 - 5 & JULY 20 - 24 | 9AM - 12PM

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. Camp families will have the opportunity to join a DoSeum Summer Camp Facebook group that will be updated with photos and videos, offering caregivers a virtual peek inside our classroom!

Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $300 | Non-Members - $320


Animation Creation!

JUNE 8 - 12 & JULY 13 - 17 | 9AM - 12PM

Have you ever wondered who created our favorite characters, from Snow White and Cinderella to Mickey and Minnie Mouse? Animation Creation introduces campers to the amazing women of Walt Disney animation! Everyone is special and has their own talents. Learn about how these artists overcame obstacles to fulfill their dreams! Campers will let their imaginations soar as they create fun, Disney-themed projects, participate in dramatic play, and take part in special songs and dances! Enrolled families will have the opportunity to enroll in an online DoSeum Summer Camp Facebook Group that will be updated with photos and more from the week, providing caregivers with a virtual peek inside our classroom.

Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $300 | Non-Members - $320


Kid Concoctions

JUNE 15 - 19 & JULY 27 - 31 | 9AM - 12PM

Scientists are simply those children who never stopped asking, “Why?” 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. Camp families will have the opportunity to join a DoSeum Summer Camp Facebook group that will be updated with photos and videos, offering caregivers a virtual peek inside our classroom!

Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $300 | Non-Members - $320


Dr. DOLittles

JUNE 22 - 26 & AUGUST 3 - 7 | 9AM - 12PM

Ready for a paw-some good time?! Caring for animals starts with having empathy towards them. During this camp, your child will learn the process of taking care of animals and the importance of the relationship between pets and their caretakers. Campers will learn how to keep their patients (stuffed animals) healthy and safe by measuring and weighing them, learning about different parts of the body and even applying bandages. They will have a great time having dramatic play with doctor and vet assistant costumes, creating exciting art with doctors' supplies, and having fun acting out animal movements.

Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $300 | Non-Members - $320


Dinos, Digging, Discovery, Oh My!

JUNE 29 - JULY 2* & AUGUST 10 - 14 | 9AM - 12PM

Dinosaurs are dino-mite! In Dinos, Digging, Discovery, OH MY! 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 families will have the opportunity to join a DoSeum Summer Camp Facebook group that will be updated with photos and videos, offering caregivers a virtual peek inside our classroom!

Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $300 | Non-Members - $320

*Camp Cost: Members - $170 | Non-Members - $190
*Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $240 | Non-Members - $260


Too Cute for Words!

JULY 6 - 10 | 9AM - 12PM

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! Camp families will have the opportunity to join a DoSeum Summer Camp Facebook group that will be updated with photos and videos, offering caregivers a virtual peek inside our classroom!

Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $300 | Non-Members - $320

Summer Camps for AGES 5 - 7

Rainbow Science

JUNE 1 - 5 & AUGUST 3 - 7| 9AM - 3PM

Did you know that it takes light from the sun about ten minutes to reach Earth? Or that Isaac Newton is responsible for developing the color wheel? It’s time to illuminate your mind and learn the brilliance of light and color! Rainbow Science is all about learning the principles of light and color theory. In this camp, scientists will have the unique opportunity to merge the art-making process with scientific observation through hands-on and minds-on activities. Make a kaleidoscope, explore light with a spectroscope, even create your own rainbow art and flashlight art! The DoSeum’s galleries will be a laboratory for budding artists and mini-scientists alike! Let’s have fun discovering the colorful world of Rainbow Science!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Slimetastic Science!

JUNE 8 - 12 & AUGUST 10 - 14 | 9AM - 3PM

Time for slime! In Slime-tastic Science, campers will get messy and learn about material science as they discover the many methods of slime creation! This hands-on and experiment-filled camp takes a kid’s natural love of slime to the next level. We will explore different states of matter and engage in scientific processes—observation, investigation, and reflection! What makes one material more pliable than the other? Why is this material denser than that one? Sensory seekers will enjoy creating edible play dough, many types of textured slime, and even glow goo! Put on your play clothes and lab coat and have a silly, slimy good time!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Let's Make A Museum!

JUNE 8 - 12 & AUGUST 10 - 14 | 9AM - 3PM

What does it take to make a museum? Let’s Make a Museum 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. It will culminate with a showcase of camper-created displays!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Thinking Inside the Box

JUNE 15 - 19 & JULY 13 - 17 | 9AM - 3PM

It’s time to think outside of the box about what’s inside the box! Almost everything that we purchase comes in a package that keeps the product fresh or safe from damage. In this camp, your mini-engineer will use their creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to design a package that can keep a plant alive and healthy for several days! Reading stories about kid engineers and exploring The DoSeum’s many ecosystems—from the ecopond to the pollinator garden—will engage campers as they learn more about plants and what kind of packaging is needed to ensure safe transport to its next destination--be it a friend’s house or perhaps even the moon?!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Earth Engineers

JUNE 15 - 19 & JULY 13 - 17 | 9AM - 3PM

Earth’s natural resources are spectacular, and they can be engineered to help protect the planet itself! Earth Engineers is all about the use of Earth’s natural materials—including clay, sand, and soil—to design and build structures that protect the different ecosystems at The DoSeum. Campers will explore and investigate DoSeum exhibitions and spaces to learn how daily human interactions affect the organisms who call it home. Your little engineer will take that knowledge to plan, build, test, and improve their designs! This camp is a great way for kids to learn about Earth’s renewable resources and how the use of natural building materials can lessen our impact on the environment. Kids will enjoy thinking about ways to protect our planet and become more sustainable citizens!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Kitchen Chemistry

JUNE 15 - 19 & AUGUST 3 - 7 | 9AM - 3PM

1 tsp. of science.
3 tbsp. of messiness.
4 heaping cups of fun!
1 group of awesome kids!
Mix, stir, and enjoy!
Science is everywhere, especially in the kitchen! Truly great chefs know their fractions, measurements, and how to experiment in the kitchen! Kitchen Chemistry introduces campers to basic cooking skills through scientific methods. What is the best way to boil an egg? How do we use measuring tools like digital scales and kitchen spoons? Can you paint with pancake mix? No need to pack a lunch...campers will be making their own meals with ingredients provided by The DoSeum! Let’s learn about how different ingredients affect a recipe and the importance of nutrition and health. This is the perfect opportunity to have fun and get messy in the kitchen!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Bug-mania!

JUNE 22 - 26 & JULY 20 - 24 | 9AM - 3PM

What would the world be like without insects? Campers will be as busy as bees exploring this question and others as they learn more about the field of agricultural engineering! We’ll investigate The DoSeum’s ecosystems—Will Stream’s, our Ecopond, and the West Yard—to learn about the insects that call these spaces home. Campers will then apply their knowledge of insects, insect life-cycles, pollination, and natural systems as they test a variety of materials to design and engineer their own plant-pollinator. Inspired by the work of bees, butterflies, and bugs, our engineers will have fun as they learn all about insects and discover the amazing accomplishments our tiny friends do each day!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Take the Plunge

JUNE 22 - 26 & JULY 20 - 24 | 9AM - 3PM

Scientists use robotic submersibles—remote-controlled underwater vessels—to study the ocean. This camp will introduce kids to the field of ocean engineering through the storybook Despina Makes a Splash, about a girl in Greece who designs a submersible to find her lost diving goggles. Campers will learn about sounding poles and sonar and apply their knowledge of density, floating, and sinking to design their own submarine to retrieve items from a model ocean floor.

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


BioBots

JUNE 22 - 26 & JULY 13 - 17 | 9AM - 3PM

What do animals and robots have in common? Probably a lot more than you think! Run, jump, climb, swim, and swing your way to BioBots at The DoSeum! Campers will compare and contrast how animals and robots act and move as they explore Dogs: A Science Tail, our perfectly paw-fect summer exhibition. We will put on our engineering hats to uncover ways to improve an animal’s life by working together on a team to design, build, and test a prototype. Looking to nature for inspiration, BioBots is perfect for young animal lovers, robot enthusiasts, and aspiring engineers!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


DoSeum Newshounds

JUNE 29 - JULY 2 | 9AM - 3PM

This just in! Become a reporter in the digital age. Kids will practice using digital media to create their own digital newsletter, illustrations, and videos. They will hone their investigating and interviewing chops. Plus, learn about eco-friendly engineering and gain an appreciation of environmental stewardship. As a culminating project, Doers will take a field trip to the University of the Incarnate Word Solar House to see first-hand and interview UIW engineers and architects. This program is great for building social skills and writing, processing, and video practice.

Camp Cost: Members - $250 | Non-Members - $270
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $290 | Non-Members - $310


Amazing Animalia

JUNE 29 - JULY 2 | 9AM - 3PM

We aren’t lion...this camp will be a roaring good time! This camp is all about hands-on learning and creativity. Artists will dive into various processes and techniques centered around the animals that inspire them. We will create drawings based on their favorite animal memories, linocut prints of their favorite furry friends, two paint-based pieces, and a sculpture of the animal of their choice. Campers will also explore animal science in our summer exhibition Dogs: A Science Tail. We otter know that campers will toad-ally love creating in Amazing Animalia.

Camp Cost: Members - $250 | Non-Members - $270
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $290 | Non-Members - $310


BIOengineers

JULY 6 - 10 & JULY 27 - 31 | 9AM - 3PM

Did you know that Velcro was invented when an engineer noticed how easily burrs stuck to his dog’s fur? Humans can learn a lot from nature, especially animals, to help make our world a better place! In BIOengineers, campers will learn all about biology as they explore and investigate The DoSeum’s mini-habitats—our ecopond, stream, pollinator garden, and bamboo forest. How can we understand these places and their inhabitants—both plant and animal—and what can we learn from them to help humanity? Campers will love learning how nature can supply us not only with the resources we need to survive but also the knowledge to help us live a better life!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Water Water Everywhere

JULY 6 - 10 & JULY 27 - 31 | 9AM - 3PM

Water is everywhere at The DoSeum! Water Water Everywhere will introduce campers to how environmental engineers design and manage our own water supply to make it safe to drink. What do you know about H2O? How does the rain that falls from the sky end up in your drinking glass? Campers will investigate these questions and more while exploring The DoSeum’s water-related exhibitions to learn about water pollution and its effect on the environment. They will engage with the engineering design process by planning, constructing, and testing their own water filters! Water Water Everywhere gives campers the chance to explore water in a whole new way!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


3-2-1 Blast Off!

JULY 6 - 10 & AUGUST 3 - 7 | 9AM - 3PM

We have liftoff! Campers will love this astronomy 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: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390

Summer Camps for AGES 8 - 11

City Builders

JUNE 1 - 5 & JULY 13 - 17 | 9AM - 3PM

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!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Sound Sensations

JUNE 8 - 12 | 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


MASTER CAMP: Techy Bootcamp

JUNE 8 - 12 | 9AM - 3PM

if (kid >= 6 && kid <= 8 && fun == true) { System.out.println (“Sign up for Tech Camp!”); }
Translation: If your child is between the ages of 8 and 11, and they enjoy technology, then they are going to LOVE this camp! In Tech Camp, students will learn to read and write code like the example above while engaging in fun coding challenges around The DoSeum. Campers will learn to program a tiny computer called a micro:Bit to conduct scientific investigations, send secret messages, and create games. At the end of camp, these young computer scientists will host a technology convention where they will show off their favorite projects from camp.

Camp Cost: Members - $550 | Non-Members - $570
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $610 | Non-Members - $630


Passion for Fashion!

JUNE 15 - 19 | 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!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Mystery Masters

JUNE 22 - 26 & AUGUST 3 - 7 | 9AM - 3PM

How would you like to battle a dragon? Figure your way out of an enchanted forest? Or become a powerful wizard who can conjure magical spells? Immerse yourself into a brand new world of mystery and magic—a world YOU created! Mystery Masters allows campers to discover the fun and excitement of role-playing games, from classics like dungeons and dragons to ones that they’ll create! Imagination has no bounds when authoring your own character—you are no longer a kid camper but now a knight, an elf, or wizard! Mystery Masters allows campers the opportunity to develop skills like reading comprehension, public speaking, improv, collaboration, creativity, and more. Through gameplay, campers will gain confidence in themselves and gain team-building skills that will last a l

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Blast From The Past

JUNE 22 - 26 & JULY 27 - 31 | 9AM - 3PM

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” - Theodore Roosevelt. Archaeology with a twist! Beyond ruins and mummies of long ago, campers will be investigating artifacts from the 20th and 21st centuries to get a glimpse into the not-so-distant past! Contemporary archaeology uses archeological methods to better understand our modern culture. In Blast from the Past!, we will examine and collect data on artifacts from the 80s and 90s—think rotary phones and cassette tapes! Campers will present their findings through scientific reason, data collection, and public speaking. Our modern archaeologists will walk away with a better appreciation of today’s tech, the recent past, and how everyday artifacts store a wealth of information about who we are as a society!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Map Makers

JUNE 29 - JULY 2 | 9AM - 3PM

Earth is a mighty big place! Complementing our summer exhibition Going Places, Map Makers will introduce campers to the fundamentals of mapping our planet and its many places. From math skills to artistry, your junior cartographer will learn and master a wide range of skills needed to understand and make maps. This camp is great for math-related skills, concepts of scale, creating and understanding symbols, and artistic expression.

Camp Cost: Members - $250 | Non-Members - $270
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $290 | Non-Members - $310


MASTER CAMP: Brain Games

JUNE 29 - JULY 2 | 9AM - 3PM

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!

Camp Cost: Members - $440 | Non-Members - $460
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $480 | Non-Members - $500


Stitchers!

JULY 6 - 10 & AUGUST 10 - 14 | 9AM - 3PM

Are you hooked on crochet? Wool you like to learn about yarn? Could you benefit from a good knit? Creating textiles is one of the most versatile forms of making and expression! In Stitchers, campers will discover all the wonderfully, wooly textile techniques that are centered around yarn-based mediums. We will experiment with weaving, knitting, embroidery, yarn wrapping, and—yes!—some colorful yarn bombing at The DoSeum! Kids will have the opportunity to create dreamcatchers, embroidery projects, yarn wrap artwork, and even explore the art of papermaking! Weave yourself into this fun-filled, hands-on camp!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Kitchen Chemistry

JULY 6 - 10 | 9AM - 3PM

1 tsp. of science.
3 tbsp. of messiness.
4 heaping cups of fun!
1 group of awesome kids!
Mix, stir, and enjoy!
Science is everywhere, especially in the kitchen! Truly great chefs know their fractions, measurements, and how to experiment in the kitchen! Kitchen Chemistry introduces campers to basic cooking skills through scientific methods. What is the best way to boil an egg? How do we use measuring tools like digital scales and kitchen spoons? Can you paint with pancake mix? No need to pack a lunch...campers will be making their own meals with ingredients provided by The DoSeum! Let’s learn about how different ingredients affect a recipe and the importance of nutrition and health. This is the perfect opportunity to have fun and get messy in the kitchen!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Computer Science Girls!

JULY 20 - 24 | 9AM - 3PM

if ( girl’s rock == true) { System.out.println("it's true");
It’s time for the CSGs (Computer Science Girls) of The DoSeum to get together and discover the binary world of coding and programming! This camp will give girls the freedom to try new skills in computer science, explore video game creation, and experiment with robotics. Campers will have a wonderful opportunity to design web-based applications and complete coding challenges while fostering communication, problem-solving, and reasoning skills through joyful learning! All girls have the bandwidth to succeed and CSG gives girls access and encouragement to pursue their interest in STEM science! All girls of all skill levels are welcome!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


Stop the Presses!

JULY 20 - 24 | 9AM - 3PM

Print like Picasso! Work like Warhol! Monotype like Matisse! Printmaking changed the world and is a technique that everyone can DO! In this camp, kids will channel their creative side as they create multiple types of hand-made prints. We will explore techniques such as screen printing, lithography, and monoprints while building upon camper’s fine motor skills, forethought, and risk-taking skills. Campers will take home four one-of-a-kind prints that they created while gaining a deeper understanding of one of the world’s oldest artistic mediums. Thanks, Gutenberg!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $370 | Non-Members - $390


MASTER CAMP: Vlog with The DoSeum

AUGUST 3 - 7 | 9AM - 3PM

Lights, camera, vlog! Kids today need a whole new set of knowledge to communicate in the digital world. In this camp, they will take away valuable tools like how to use creative thinking, editing, and innovative processes to make videos and other digital content come to life. They’ll explore topics of interest and learn to synthesize ideas into a story. At the end of the week, kids and families will collaborate to produce a fully-realized vlog to be showcased on The DoSeum’s YouTube Channel, including a set and kid-created lighting tools.

Camp Cost: Members - $550 | Non-Members - $570
Camp Cost + Aftercare: Members - $610 | Non-Members - $630

Summer Camp FAQs

General Camp Information:

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.

Registration:

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 jthompson@thedoseum.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.

Communication:

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:

  • An email the week prior to your child’s camp explaining camp logistics and Monday orientation.
  • A weekly email with general updates about what each camp has been up too.
  • A note home in backpacks if the camp will have an end of week showcase.

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.

A Day at The DoSeum Camp:

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:

  • Change of clothes
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch (for ages 5-10, as well as 3-4 year olds who are staying for Aftercare)
  • Additional snacks as needed
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt

Please do NOT bring:

  • Personal electronics and/or valuable items
  • Cell phone use during camp is NOT permitted - if you need to reach your child during camp for an emergency, please call The DoSeum at 210-212-4453 ext. 700 (Front Desk)
  • Candy and soda
  • Any valuable items
  • Toys


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:

  • 8:00-8:30 am - Drop off for Before care (included with the purchase of Aftercare)
  • 8:30-9:00 am - Drop off for all other campers
  • 9:00 am - Camp day begins
  • 11:00-12:00 pm - Lunch for full-day campers (in this window, not a full hour)
  • 12:00-12:30 pm - Pick up for 3-4-year-old campers
  • 12:00-3:00 pm - Camp day continues for 5+ campers
  • 3:00-3:30 pm - Pick up for campers 5+
  • 3:30-5:00 pm - Aftercare (3-4 campers aftercare begins at 12:00pm)
  • 5:00-5:30 pm - Aftercare pick up

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.

Health and Safety:

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.

Lunch Options

Option 1:  Ham, Swiss Cheese and Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with a side choice of Chips or a Fruit Cup (Grapes, Pineapples, and Strawberries).

Ingredients:

  • White Pullman Bread: Flour, Sir Galahad, Unsalted butter, Grade Aa, Granulated Sugar, Kosher Morton Salt, Instant Yeast, SAF, Red label.
  • Ham: Water, Natural salt blend, turbinado sugar, cultured celery powder, and cherry powder.
  • Cheddar cheese: Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Color Added. 
  • Swiss cheese: Part Skim milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes. Aged over 60 days.
  • Miss Vickies Potato Chips: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, and/or Sunflower Oil) and Sea Salt.

 

Option 2: Sunflower Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich with a side choice of Chips or a fruit cup (Grapes, Pineapples, and Strawberries).

 Ingredients:

  • White Pullman Bread: Flour, Sir Galahad, Unsalted butter, Grade Aa, Granulated Sugar, Kosher Morton Salt, Instant Yeast, SAF, Red label.
  • Sunflower butter: Roasted sunflower seed, sugar and salt.
  • Grape Jelly: High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, concentrated grape juice, pectin, sugar citric acid, and sodium benzoate.
  • Miss Vickies Potato Chips: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, and/or Sunflower Oil) and Sea Salt.


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.

Behavior Policies

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:

  1. Share and take care
  2. Encourage others
  3. Participate together
  4. Do your best
  5. Keep trying - persevere
     

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:

  • Physical harm to others
  • Leaving the group
  • Hostile or offensive language
  • Destruction or theft of DoSeum property

In the event of a behavior infraction, The DoSeum educators will:

  • Promptly remove the camper from the camp for their safety and the safety of others.
  • Work as a team to contact camper’s caregivers.
  • After multiple behavior infractions, The DoSeum reserves the right to call caregivers for an early pick-up.

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

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