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Huntington Explorers

 

Explorers returns for 3 fun-filled weeks in July!

Summer is around the corner and we're gearing up for another amazing season of Huntington Explorers Day Camp! Our 2017 program is filled with hands-on fun for children ages 5-12. Explorers camp runs for three consecutive weeks, July 10-28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Campers can register for a single week or multiple weeks.

 

We'll cover two themes each week - one in the morning and another in the afternoon - that emphasize active learning, design-based thinking and most of all, fun! Our Instructors are expert artists and makers, who use the Huntington collections as inspiration for engaging art and science-based activities. Campers will explore the Huntington's gardens, library, and galleries and become incredible inventors, botany buddies, super storytellers, and eco-rangers!

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN >

Weekly programs are below, and online registration opens right here April 7 at 10 a.m. The last day to register for camp is June 28.

 

Members: $350 per week

Non-Members: $400 per week
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Class Descriptions

WEEK 1: JULY 10–JULY 14

explorers-jungle_350WEEK 1 | Ages 5–6: Treasure Hunters & Kitchen Magicians

 

Treasure Hunters

Attention all treasure hunters! Come and explore all the treasures in The Huntington's collections, from marvelous manuscripts to stunning statues. See what treasures you can find and make your very own to take home.

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Kitchen Magicians

Baking a cake may seem like magic, but it’s science and math at work. Become a Kitchen Magician—make your own potions, cook your own concoctions, and master the ultimate cooking tricks.

 


explorers-carving_350WEEK 1 | Ages 7–8: Botany Buddies & Incredible Inventors  

 

Botany Buddies

Ever wondered how plants eat? Spend a week playing with plants and learn all about how they grow and how they're used in different cultures. Make your very own plant art works in a variety of media. Explore plants through hands-on science and art activities that will spark your budding botany curiosity.

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Incredible Inventors

Explore the history of some of the coolest inventions and learn how to make and design your own innovations. Learn about the art and science of design, and get your creative juices flowing by inventing your own design solution.

 


explorers-poster_350WEEK 1 | Ages 9–12: Botany Buddies & Incredible Inventors  

 

Botany Buddies

Ever wondered how plants eat? Spend a week playing with plants and learn all about how they grow and how they're used in different cultures. Make your very own plant art works in a variety of media. Explore plants through hands-on science and art activities that will spark your budding botany curiosity.

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Incredible Inventors

Explore the history of some of the coolest inventions and learn how to make and design your own innovations. Learn about the art and science of design, and get your creative juices flowing by inventing your own design solution.

 


WEEK 2: JULY 17–JULY 21

explorers-kitchen_350WEEK 2 | Ages 5–6: Space Cadets & Color Chameleons  

 

Space Cadets

Ever wondered what satellites are doing up in space? Or how big the universe really is? The truth is out of this world! Create space and light sculptures, explore ancient star maps in the library, and investigate how scientists study our solar system.

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Color Chameleons

Discover why scrub jays are blue, where rainbows come from, and how ground up insects create a red dye! Learn all about the art and science of color, from discovering natural pigments to exploring light refraction.

 


explorers-telescope_350WEEK 2 | Ages 7–8: Super Storytellers & Garden Gourmets  

 

Super Storytellers

Calling all bookworms and comic book lovers! Explore The Huntington's library collection, experiment with your own story-boarding and book-making and then use your new book-making skills to tell your very own Huntington stories.

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Garden Gourmets

Ever wanted to eat a garden? Explore the Huntington Ranch and get hands-on in the kitchen making your own tasty treats. See what you can cook up from the plants growing all around us.

 


explorers-art_350WEEK 2 | Ages 9–12: Super Storytellers & Garden Gourmets  

 

Super Storytellers

Calling all bookworms and comic book lovers! Explore The Huntington's library collection, experiment with your own story-boarding and book-making, and then use your new book-making skills to tell your very own Huntington stories.

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Garden Gourmets

Ever wanted to eat a garden? Explore the Huntington Ranch and get hands-on in the kitchen making your own tasty treats. See what you can cook up from the plants growing around us.

 


WEEK 3: JULY 24–JULY 28

explorers-classroom_350WEEK 3 | Ages 5–6: Huntington Globetrotters & Nature Heroes  

 

Huntington Globetrotters

Take a trip around the world without ever leaving The Huntington! Explore cultural traditions from around the world and learn more about global cultures with hands-on art activities.

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Nature Heroes

Learn all about living things and about how they are connected. Find out about food webs and make your own. Discover the living things around us, from the smallest bee to the tallest tree.

 


explorers-oranges_350WEEK 3 | Ages 7–8: Oh, Snap! & Eco-Rangers   

 

Oh, Snap!

From solar printing to digital photography, get inspired by The Huntington's art collections and the natural world by learning all about the history and practice of photography. Hone your photographer’s eye by learning what it takes to snap a great picture.

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Eco-Rangers

Ever wondered how you can save the planet? Explore the gardens of The Huntington and learn about ecosystems. Make recycled art and learn how to make environmentally-friendly choices that can make a world of difference!

 


explorers-printing_350Ages 9 – 12 — Oh, Snap! & Eco-Rangers  

 

Oh, Snap!

From solar printing to digital photography, get inspired by the art collections and natural world by learning all about the history and practice of photography. Hone your photographer’s eye by learning what it takes to snap a great picture.

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Eco-Rangers

Ever wondered how you can save the planet? Explore the gardens of The Huntington and learn about ecosystems. Make recycled art and learn how to make environmentally-friendly choices that can make a world of difference!

 


What You Need to Know

Camp Structure

Huntington Explorers camp is a full day program, which runs from 9 am-4 pm, for campers aged 5-12. Camp runs for three consecutive weeks from July 10-28. Participants can register for a single week or multiple weeks. Please note our camp does not accommodate extended care.

 

The day will be split into two thematic sessions per age group. Campers will have a three-hour morning class with one theme from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., a one hour lunch break, followed by another three-hour class with a different theme from 1-4 p.m. Snack/rest periods will be held throughout the day. All campers should be provided with their own bagged lunches, two snacks and at least one bottle of water.

 

Camp Content

Our daily themes use the  Huntington collections as inspiration for engaging arts and science-related activities. Campers will focus on a range of topics that emphasize active learning, exploration and most of all, fun! All camp themes are created with age-appropriate and inclusive activities tailored to the many ways kids learn.

 

Camp Staff

Campers will enjoy a low staff-to-child ratio—ranging from 1:4 to 1:7, depending on age group. Instructors are passionate educators and experts in their fields. They are teaching artists, accomplished chefs, book authors, and filmmakers who love creating engaging curriculum for kids. In addition, all camp staff undergo extensive background checks and training.

 

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. Please contact us if you have any questions about accommodating your child’s needs.

 

To ensure that camp is a positive experience for everyone, your child must be 5 years old at the time of enrollment. Please contact us if you have any other questions about which session is the best fit for your child - we're here to help!

 

Contact Info

explorers@huntington.org

Explorers Camp Coordinator: 626-405-2104

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The last day to cancel registration with a full refund is June 23. No refunds will be given to cancellations made after this period.

 

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