Summer Camps

One-of-a-kind classes and camps are offered in beautiful Balboa Park for children, teens and adults. The behind-the-scenes summer adventures are wide-ranging, featuring hands-on classes, camps, seminars, explorations and games created by Park educators, performers and artists. Students have the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines, like dancing or bridge, sculpting or snakes, and even trains, planes, and dinosaurs.

Balboa Park summer education programs begin in mid-June and continue through August. Dates, times, and prices vary by institution. Registration will begin in March.

2020 Summer Camp information is pending, but the descriptions below are an example of the 2019 camp offerings.  Please check back for 2020 information soon!


San Diego Air & Space Museum (AIR)

2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

619.234.8291 ext. 119 • 

Grades 1st thru 12th: Have a blast this summer at the San Diego Air & Space Museum with fun hands-on activities! Build rockets, design your own flying car, create rovers, and fly aircraft simulators. Great fun for your future aviator or astronaut!

Fleet Science Center (FLT)

1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

619.238.1233 ext. 806 •

Grades Pre-K thru 8th: Explore, experiment, and discover! Hands-on science topics include forensics, physics, robotics, DNA, chemistry, and space. Interactive exhibits, IMAX films, and out-of-this-world instructors make challenging science projects fun!

Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG)

2215 Pan American Road East, San Diego, CA 92101

619.232.2721 ext. 105 •

Grades 1st thru 8th: Experience Japanese culture with fun activities at the JFG! Students will learn about “Life in Japan” the way it used to be, and also how it is in modern Japan. There will be Japanese crafts, games, language, food, and other fun activities. Kids will also learn about our Garden and Japanese style gardening.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum (MRM)

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

619.696.0199 ext.1608 •

Grades 2nd thru 8th Grade: Explore the multitude of disciplines required to build a model railroad. Working from a track plan, campers will construct an operational, themed scale model, from track laying, ballasting, scenery construction, and circuitry.  Campers will investigate and apply design principles, research unusual railroad cars, and learn why engineers use arches in the construction of railroad bridges.  Scaffolded activities accommodate students of different ages.

San Diego Automotive Museum (SDAM)

2080 Pan American Plaza San Diego, CA 92101

619.231.2886 •

Grades 4th thru 6th: Learn about car culture, design and engineering. Create car designs and make your own models. Investigate engine technologies from different eras.  See classic cars up close and personal with local car owners. Learn how to identify different cars from various decades.  Explore alternative automotive technologies past, present and future.

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet (SDCYB)

1650 El Prado, Suite 209, San Diego, CA 92101

619.233.3060 •

Grades Pre-K thru 5th:  Daily ballet classes introduce students the art of ballet as well as the concepts of musicality and performance. Other camp activities include arts & crafts, jazz classes, performance rehearsals, and field trips to other cultural institutions in Balboa Park. Each week of camp culminates in an in-studio performance where family and friends are invited to see what students have learned. 

Spanish Village Morning Art (SV6)

1770 Village Place, Studio 6 & Studio 10, San Diego, CA 92101

619.236.8997 •  •

Grades 1st thru 8th: 2 art mediums, 2 artist instructors.

Discover clay sculpture, glazing and pottery wheel.  Create animal mugs, finger puppets, and garden gnomes!

Discover mixed media sculpture:  Hike through Balboa Park and collect natural objects.  Then create masks, walking sticks, musical instruments and mobiles. 

Students will learn to use tools, acrylic paints, plus and array of decorative items to finish their pieces, while stimulating the imagination and making new friends.

Spanish Village Afternoon Art (SV30)

1770 Village Place, Studio 30, San Diego • CA 92101

 Grades 1st thru 8th: 5-6 art mediums, 4-5 professional artist instructors.  Each week is different.  Celebrate clay!  Discover ceramic sculpture, glazing and pottery wheel.  Create animal mugs, finger puppets, and garden gnomes!  Explore a variety of art mediums, mono prints, pastel painting, leather craft. 3-D tiles, along with surprises.  Go home with a box full of art, and make new friends.



San Diego Art Camp (Sponsored by House of Czech and Slovak Republics at International Cottages, Inc) 

2170 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101-4792

(619) 681-4493 •

Grades 1st thru 8th. Campers will be exposed to a wide variety of different art forms including photography, digital media, ceramics, music and dance.

Full-day camps offered July 1  thru July 5, July 29-August 2, August 5-9, and August 12-16.

San Diego Junior Theatre (JT)

1650 El Prado, Suite 208, San Diego, CA 92101

619.239.1311 •

Half-day Camp: Pre-K & K only / Full-day Camp: Grades K thru 12th.  Junior Theatre offers introductory to advanced one- to two-week day camps in voice, acting and dance, which then culminate in an end-of-camp presentation. Every session explores a different theme, so students are welcome to sign up for multiple sessions. Early drop-off and aftercare are available.

Full-day camps offered June 17 thru August 23.

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

619.238.7559 •

Full day Camps: grades 3t thru 12. Learn about photography, video, animation, and much more with creative professional artists at MOPA!  Camps are great for all levels of experience and explore storytelling, image making, and idea sharing!

Full-day camps offered June 17-August 16

San Diego Natural History Museum: The NAT (NAT)

1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

877.946.7797 •

Half-day Camp: Pre-K/K only. Full-day Camp: Grades 1st thru 8th. Dig for dinosaurs, unlock animal mysteries, and explore nature’s wonders. Join us for a week of fun, creativity and friendship.  Summer camp at The Nat is where it's at!  

Full-day camps offered June 17 thru August 16. No camps the week of July 1.

The San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA)

1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

619.696.1955 •

Grades 1st thru 12th: Develop your young artist’s creativity in a fun and stimulating environment in a week-long Summer Camp or Teen Summer Studio held at The San Diego Museum of Art’s Museum Art School. Classes are led by artist instructors and will include art activities exploring a variety of media and trips to the Museum to view summer exhibitions.

Full-day workshops/camps offered July 22 thru August 16.

San Diego Zoo (ZOO)

2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

619.718.3000 •

Grades Pre-K thru 12th: The San Diego Zoo has wild adventures from A to Z. Camps include up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, games, crafts, and more. For the creative camper, we have special art focused programs. Kids can join us for one week, two weeks, or for a whole summer of fun!

Full-day camps offered June 17 thru August 16. No camps the week of July 1-5.