Huntington Explorers

Explorers Summer Day Camp

Come join us for a summer of hands-on fun at The Huntington!

  • Full day camp for kids age 5–13
  • Monday–Friday, July 8–26, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Register for a single week or multiple weeks
  • Members: $365. Non-Members: $415.

1. Select and pay for your program:

2. Complete Medical/Consent Form:
medical/consent form

*You must submit the Medical/Consent Form immediately after registering for a program. If you do not complete the Medical/Consent Form within five (5) business days of program registration your program will be canceled and refunded. Registration closes June 15, 2019. We cannot accept forms or registrations after June 15.

Class Descriptions (includes morning and afternoon classes)

Week 1 | July 8–12

Ages 5–6
A Color A Day
Ever wondered why rainbows are made up of red, orange, green, blue and purple? Investigate all the colors of the rainbow and learn about the secrets behind each color every day. Learn how colors are made, try your hand at color mixing and get inspired by the colors found in our art, science and botanical collections.

Animal Alphabet
Calling all animal lovers! Learn about the animals that call The Huntington home. Make your own paper, investigate Audubon’s giant book about birds, and create your own awesome animal albums.

Ages 7–8
Huntington Mysteries
Love a good mystery? Explore the many mysteries that lie hidden at The Huntington, from strange objects in our collections to amazing scientific discoveries happening behind the scenes in our botany labs. Learn about the hidden labyrinth on the grounds. Make up your own stories about the mysteries behind some of our most treasured objects.

*Afternoon class will be Musical Ecosystems

Ages 9–13
Musical Ecosystems
How are the roots of a tree and the drum beat in a song connected? Learn about the foundational structures of music, and how they are similar to ecosystems, the foundational structures of life on Earth! Create your own soundtracks from the gardens using a Makey-Makey and compose a symphony from living things!

* Afternoon class will be Huntington Mysteries

Week 2 | July 15–19

Ages 5–6
Are ready for a sense-sational week of fun? Learn about our art and garden collections through a different sense each day, from touch, sight, smell, and hearing, to your perception of your body movement through space. Dance through a Calder sculpture creation, party under a sound parachute, and express yourself with ‘smell’ art made with plants from the gardens.

Creatures of the Woods
Let’s go on a scamper through the woods! Discover all the amazing materials we can find to make our own animals, such as cool leaves and seed pods. Explore the creatures in our library collection and make your own animal costume for your very own creature parade.

Ages 7–8
Nature Songs
Ever wanted to write a rap song about your favorite tree? Now is your chance! Create your own song lyrics inspired by our incredible gardens. Explore couplet structures in our Chinese Garden, haiku in our Japanese Garden, and write your own 12 bar blues form to perform on the last day of camp.

*Afternoon class will be Make Your Mark

Ages 9–13
Make Your Mark
Learn how the printed word changed the world! From early engravings to mass media, learn about how print media communicates ideas. Explore our awesome poster collection and design your own poster. We’ll make our mark with the publication of our own camp zine!

*Afternoon class will be Nature Songs

Week 3 | July 22–26

Ages 5–6
Go with the Flow
Time to learn all about ‘happy accidents’ and how chance is involved in the artistic process. Get inspired by Sam Francis’s Free Floating Clouds, a ‘controlled accident’ mural. Get all gooey and make a sculpture that ‘goes with the flow’. Make art inspired by the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. Anything can happen when you go with the flow.

Builders, Shakers and Instrument Makers
It’s time to make your own musical instruments and rock out in the galleries and gardens. Find a viola da gamba, a rattle made of red coral, and make your own percussion instruments to play in a recycled orchestra.

Ages 7–8
Cactus Fever
Do you have cactus fever? With over 5000 different types of cactus and other succulents in our collections, we definitely do! Learn all about desert landscapes and how cacti can live in such extreme environments. Make your own cactus creations inspired by our Desert Garden explorations.

*Afternoon class will be Paper-rific

Ages 9–13
It’s time to get passionate about paper making! Explore the global history of paper, an invention that changed the world. We’ll look at papyrus, rice paper, vellum and papier mache. Make your own accordion book, experiment with paper marbling and create your own paper-rific masterpieces!

*Afternoon class will be Cactus Fever


What You Need to Know

Camp Structure
The day is split into two thematic sessions per age group. Campers have a three-hour morning class engaging with a morning theme (9–12 p.m.) and a one hour lunch break, followed by another three-hour class engaging with an afternoon theme (1–4 p.m.).  Snack/rest periods are held throughout the day. All campers should be provided with their own bagged lunches, two snacks and a refillable water bottle (no glass bottles). Unfortunately, our camp cannot accommodate extended care this year.

Camp Content
Our session content is based on using Huntington collections as inspiration for engaging arts and science-related activities. Campers focus on a range of topics that emphasize active learning, exploration and most of all, fun. All camp sessions are created with inclusive and age-appropriate activities that are tailored to the multiple ways that kids learn.

Camp Staff
Campers enjoy a low staff to child ratio—ranging from 1:4 to 1:7, depending on age group. Instructors are passionate educators who are experts in their fields. In addition, all camp staff undergoes an extensive background check and training.

Inclusion and Accessibility
Ensuring that your child has a safe and enjoyable experience is our highest priority. We aim to create an inclusive and accessible experience for all campers of all abilities. Camp is designed to meet the needs of all campers with different ways to engage through empowerment and channeling the strengths and interests of each individual child. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding accommodations for your child at

To ensure that camp is a positive experience for everyone, your child must have attended Kindergarten at the time of enrollment. Please contact us if you have any other questions about which session is the best fit for your child.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
The last day to cancel registration with a full refund is June 15. No refunds will be given to cancellations made after this period.

Contact Us
Kate Zankowicz | 626-405-2104
Joy Harding | 626-405-3457