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Exploratorium Summer Day Camps: June - August 2012

For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2012

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Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367

Exploratorium Summer Day Camps: June - August 2012

Summer Day Camps
June through August, 2012

Come get hands-on with science and art at the Exploratorium Summer Day Camps, winner of "Best of 2012 Award" by Sign Up For Camp. This summer will be an especially memorable one at the Palace of Fine Arts before the Exploratorium gears up for its move to the San Francisco waterfront in spring 2013. We’re cooking up brand new activities around the museum’s themes of science, art and human perception. Our highly-trained staff counselors and in-house scientists will offer campers a balanced mix of science lessons, art projects, games, and exhibit exploration.

Camp is geared to children ages 5-14. Each camp has its own age-appropriate activities, such as doing an experiment with an Exploratorium scientist or exploring the ecology of the Presidio by bike. All of the camps include free time outdoors as well as free time in the museum to explore the exhibits before it opens to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

Explororama (ages 5-6) SOLD OUT
July 16 to July 27 @ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
($580 Members, $725 Non-Members)
This two-week long camp will explore a different science-based theme each day through art projects, science activities, and independent inquiry. Each day includes free time with the museum exhibits, story time, songs and games, science words and concepts of the day, and time to play outdoors. Past camp theme favorites include Rainbows, Snails, and Shadows & Light. This camp is appropriate for students entering kindergarten or first grade.

Exploratorium Insiders (ages 7-10) SOLD OUT
July 16 to July 27 @ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
($720 Members, $900 Non-Members)
This two-week long camp is for young and curious Exploratorium Insiders who will engage in the central activities of the museum. We will explore the exhibit floor every morning, visit the Tactile Dome, conduct experiments with our in-house scientists, and peek into the exhibit-building workshop. Each day incorporates our unique Exploratorium spin on science and art in small- and large-group activities. We’ll also play games and have free time outdoors to catch crabs or play in the waves at the beach.

Girls Science Institute: Engineering Camp (ages 10-12) SOLD OUT
June 4 to June 8 @ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
($365 Members, $450 Non-Members)
This weeklong workshop for girls covers chemical, mechanical, structural, and electrical engineering by exploring the lives of women who made significant impacts on the field and discovering science through hands-on activities. Women experts from each engineering field will be on-hand to share their stories and support the group during their engineering explorations. This camp also includes games, songs, morning exploration of the exhibits, and free time outdoors. The week culminates in a group engineering challenge. Enrollment limited to 24 participants.  Contact Cassie Byrd (cbyrd@exploratorium.edu) for details.

Out and About: On Your Feet (ages 11-14)
June 18 to June 22 or June 25 to June 29
($365 Members, $450 Non-Members)
Join us for one week to explore the Presidio before the Exploratorium relocates to our new home at the Piers.  Each day will have a different focus, including History, Art, Ecology, Habitat Restoration and Tidal Communities. Campers will observe, investigate, and reflect on the complexity of the Presidio, keep field journals to record their observations and experiences as they enjoy a big day of walking – everyday! Enrollment limited to 15 participants.

Out and About: On Your Bike (ages 11-14)
July 30 to Aug. 3 or Aug. 6 to Aug. 10
($365 Members, $450 Non-Members)
After a successful camp last summer, we are proud to offer On Your Bike once again. Get on your bike, put on your helmet and get ready for five days of two-wheeled urban adventures. We’ll investigate the physics of the bicycle (gears, brakes, wheels) and the physiology of riding (breathing, circulation, heart rate) as we explore the Presidio and the city’s waterfront by bike. Enrollment limited to 12 participants.

Enrollment Information

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

Pier 15
San Francisco
California 94111
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Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367