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Explorers Summer Day Camp

In response to COVID-19, The Huntington has canceled the Huntington Explorers Camp for 2021. We look forward to running our children's and family programming when it is safe to do so in coordination with county and state guidelines. In the meantime, you can access fun, family activities online, such as Creativity Lab, The Funtington, Story Time, or our Close Looking videos.

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

  • Full day camp for kids age 5–13
  • Monday–Friday, July 6–24, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Register for one, two, or all three 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 12, 2020. We cannot accept forms or registrations after June 12.

Class Descriptions (includes morning and afternoon classes)

Week 1 | July 6–10

Ages 5–6
Baby Animals at The Huntington
Calling all animal lovers! Learn about the animals that call The Huntington home, and explore sculptures, carvings and paintings of animals in our art collections. Create your own animal habitat diorama from clay and foraged plants, and make animal masks inspired by our Beautiful Science exhibition.

Plants and Potions
Learn how to make magic potions, home remedies and cool botanical projects like calming playdough infused with lavender. Explore the Herb Garden, our scratch and sniff garden, and make your own sensory sachets and other magical projects.

Ages 7–8
Outdoor Architects
Discover how artists and designers use natural and human-made elements to create magical spaces by getting up close and personal with the gardens and galleries at The Huntington. Create a mixed media scale model for a design with water features, plants, bridges, pavilions, paths, sculptures, and more to express your vision of a unique place.

*Afternoon class will be Eco Explorers

Ages 9–13
Eco Explorers
Become an Eco Explorer and learn about ecosystems represented by the gardens at The Huntington, and what you can do to be an eco hero. Make Brazilian drums to celebrate the beauties of our rainforest in the Conservatory. Meet eco heros who work at The Huntington in our cryopreservation lab and learn what they are doing to save plants from extinction for future generations.

* Afternoon class will be Outdoor Architects

Week 2 | July 13–17

Ages 5–6
Shadow Play
Bring your shadow to camp and have a whole lot of fun exploring the effects of light and shadow. Make shadow art, such as silhouette paintings, cyanotypes, and shadow puppets. Become a shadow scientist and do experiments with the sun, inspired by our library collections.

Bug Buddies
Everywhere you look, our world is full of tiny friends: bugs! Hold up a magnifying lens to discover the micro world of insects and explore the many ways these little helpers make our planet a better place, whether they’re pollinators or decomposers.

Ages 7–8
Sound Garden
Let’s rock out in the gardens and galleries this week! Take audio samples of the sounds in the gardens. Look for depictions of music in our art collections and make your own instruments for improvisatory jams and performance pop-ups all around The Huntington.

*Afternoon class will be Make it Move

Ages 9–13
Make it Move
Experiment with animation techniques, learn how to transform everyday materials into moving art pieces, and learn the secrets of transformation in art and science through The Huntington’s collections.

*Afternoon class will be Sound Garden

Week 3 | July 20–24

Ages 5–6
Color Quests
Have you ever wondered why rainbows are made up of red, orange, green, blue and purple? Investigate all the colors of the rainbow and learn the secrets behind one of the rainbow’s colors every day. Learn how colors are made and get inspired by the colors found in our collections, including our new outdoor art installations, Red Earth and Colorscapes.

Groovin’ in the Garden
Get your groove on in the galleries and gardens, Huntington-style. Learn fun games, sing songs, and turn on your sense of musical rhythm with movement activities that connect with our collections. Get inspired to make your own instruments and learn some new dance moves inspired by the animals around The Huntington.

Ages 7–8
A Knight at The Huntington
Brave explorers, come don the title of knight, or crown yourself royalty. Hear stories about the Middle Ages, when monsters and magic carved their way into legend. Discover the art of Medieval times, from metalwork to manuscripts, carved wood to stained glass, and imagine a kingdom of your own making.

*Afternoon class will be Printmaking from A to Zine

Ages 9–13
Printmaking from A to Zine
Explore The Huntington’s extensive library collection of books, prints and ephemera and create your own DIY prints and publications. Using a variety of printmaking and mixed-media techniques, create original botanical prints, artist books, posters and zines, all inspired by The Huntington library and botanical gardens.

*Afternoon class will be A Knight at The Huntington


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 a.m.–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 days include morning and afternoon theater time, Wildlife Wednesdays, Drum Circle Thursdays and special guests throughout the week.

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 [email protected].

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 12. No refunds will be given to cancellations made after this period.

Contact Us

[email protected]
Kate Zankowicz | 626-405-2104
Joy Harding | 626-405-3457