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Science Fun When School Is Done

2018 Summer Camp registration begins March 5, 2018!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for 2017 Summer Camps! We had a great time and we hope to see you again next summer! The Fleet turns curious kids into happy campers! Our science-themed summer camps provide exciting experiments, intriguing investigations and fantastic fun. (Oh—and don’t tell the kids, but they’ll be learning a lot, too!) We have something for all ages, from Pre-K through 8th Grade. Summer camp topics vary each year, but check out the list below for previous topics.

Or through Client Services at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 (M–F, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)


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Collaborative Half-Day Camps in Balboa Park

To further enhance the summer camp experience and as a convenience to you, many Balboa Park institutions—including the Fleet—coordinate their half-day summer camps so kids can spend a full day in the park. Institutions involved in the Balboa Park Collaborative include: San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Youth Ballet, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Art Museum, Spanish Village Art Center and the Fleet Science Center.


Staff members from the Balboa Park Collaborative escort children from one camp to another during a supervised lunch hour. This means that a child can be dropped off at a morning camp at the Fleet and picked up from an afternoon camp at a different venue. To learn more about the Balboa Park Collaborative and to view the 2017 camp schedule, please visit:



Fleet Half-Day Camps

The Fleet runs weekly, half-day summer camps each summer. The camps are designed to be fun, educational, hands-on and incorporate the Fleet’s exhibit galleries.

Most camps are offered either 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


The Fleet also hosts ThoughtSTEM Computer Science Camps for grades 3–8. If your kiddos are into computers, coding and everything tech, scroll to the bottom of the webpage or click here.

Please view our Cancellation and Change of Reservation Policies for Summer Camp.



Enjoy Pre-Kindergarten camp with your 3–5 year old! All Pre-Kindergarten campers must be accompanied by an adult. Camps are 2-hours long.


Junior Adventurers: Simple Machines

Find out how gizmos like wedges, wheels and levers help us in our daily lives. Become a simple machine master and create incredible levels, partake in a ramp race, create catapults and more! Pre-Kindergarten camps are appropriate for children ages 3–5 with an accompanying adult. Camps are 2-hours long.

Bubbles, Boats and Beyond

Ahoy Mates! It’s time to lather on the sunscreen and put on your swim trunks for some summertime fun! Explore buoyancy by building boats, investigating bubbles and perform other crazy water experiments. Pre-Kindergarten camps are appropriate for children ages 3–5 with an accompanying adult. Camps are 2-hours long.


Kindergarten camps are 2-hours long.

Space Explorer

Blast off on an exploration of our solar system and beyond. Discover what it is like to be an astronaut while investigating planets, moons and stars.

Grades 1–2

Super Solar System

Can you skate on the rings of Saturn? Was there ever life on Mars? Unlock the secrets of our solar system in this cosmic class. Learn why the seasons change on Earth and why the sun is so important to our everyday lives.

Chemistry in the Kitchen

See regular household items in a new and exciting way! Working with many materials found in an average home, we will interactively demonstrate many of the amazing science possibilities of our everyday lives.

Energy Explorer

Light up your day and get noisy! Delve into the world of light, sound, motion and more. Learn about the many forms of energy while building windmills, investigating solar panels, designing musical instruments and creating chemical reactions. 

Body Basics

How strong are bones? What causes hiccups? Discover the answers to these questions and many more while exploring the human body inside and out. Use microscopes, models and more to discover what makes your body tick! 

Gross & Gooey Science

Ewww! What’s that? Explore the science of everything slimy, gooey and gross. Make your own gooey concoctions to take home.

Bugs, Rocks & the Wild

Grab your binoculars and safari hat—we’re off to explore the wild! Discover fascinating facts about bugs, rocks and the great outdoors.

Wizards Workshop

Use science to simulate the magic of your favorite sorcerers from books and movies. We’ll mix up chemical concoctions and perform super science spells that are sure to amaze your friends and family. You won’t believe your eyes!

Construction Crew

Grab your hard hat and join us for a camp devoted to the science of construction. Use the KEVA planks in our “Block Busters” exhibition to design the tallest tower or build the longest bridge. Return to the classroom to build castles, boats and buildings out of unexpected materials.

Spy Camp

Calling all secret agents! Create mysterious messages to conceal your identity and discover and create tools that make James Bond so sneaky. Come join us on this Mission Impossible!

Forces Everywhere!

Have fun with invisible forces all around you! In this electrifying class you will create homemade circuits, electromagnets and experiment with motors. You’ll be shocked by how much you learn!

Superhero Science

Faster than a speeding comet, more powerful than a locomotive, it’s Superhero Science! Join us for a behind-the-mask look into the powers of your favorite superheroes. You’ll discover how friction, magnetism and gravity play a role in super-human feats. For added fun, come dressed as your favorite superhero character.


Creativity and scientific thinking go hand-in-hand with this imaginative class. Explore the properties of materials, use energy from the sun to create a masterpiece and discover what happens when you mix artistic ingredients.

Grades 3–4

Magic for Muggles

The “School of Wizardry” is in session! Unleash your imagination and creativity while investigating the science behind potions, astronomy, magical creatures and more.

Cool Chemistry

This camp has cool chemical tricks for any student’s repertoire! Marveling at dry ice, examining acids and bases and characterizing chemical reactions make this class a fun, messy favorite!


Calling all technology enthusiasts! Spend your week working with computers, iPads and apps. Work on your computer programming skills by building a PicoCricket robot!

Young Tinkerers 

Have you ever wondered how a toaster toasts or what a computer looks like on the inside? Get ready to disassemble and tinker with household objects in this hands-on class. Tools provided—just bring your imagination! 

Extreme Earth 

Learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and other natural phenomena! Discover how science experts try to understand our dynamic earth and try to predict the future. 

Space Camp

Blast off in this exciting camp to gain knowledge about our solar system and beyond! Explore fascinating moons and find out how astronauts live on the International Space Station.

Young Engineers

Design, construct and test your engineering masterpieces. Use the planks in our “Block Busters!” exhibition to design the tallest tower or build the longest bridge. Return to the classroom to build castles, boats and buildings out of unexpected materials.

Grades 5–6

Chemistry With a Bang!

Explore the basics of chemistry through loud, colorful and shocking activities. Create chemical compounds, analyze acids and bases, make things glow and whip up a few “explosive” reactions.

Mars Explorer

Next stop: Mars! Build a Mars rover and create a Mars city while you and your team search for life on the red planet.


Become a Crime Scene Investigator in this thrilling class! Search for clues, collect evidence and solve a crime!

Maker Camp

Join the Maker movement and craft, tinker and create your own devices. What will you make?

Grades 5–8

Mindstorm Robotics

Can you design a machine to do your homework? Well, maybe not, but in this challenging class you will work in teams using LEGO Mindstorms to construct and program competition-style robots to perform complex tasks. Test your robotics skills with exciting contests throughout the week.

Women Scientists in Action

Girl power! Join us for an all new “science sampler” just for girls. Each day we’ll explore a new field of science. You’ll interact with local women scientists, participate in incredible hands-on experiments and investigate careers in science.

Unseen Science

Take a closer look at the world around you–you might be surprised at what you find! Explore Nano science, learn microscope techniques and slow things down with your own time-lapse videos.

Full-Day Camps

Do your kids love science? We offer full-day Summer Camps on selected weeks to accommodate the science enthusiasts in your family! Full-day camps at the Fleet are hands-on, engaging and priced at a discounted rate. In order to receive a discounted rate on full-day camps, registrations must be taken by phone by calling Client Services at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 (MF 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.).

Full day camps can be purchased by calling Client Services at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806.

Full-Day Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please view our Cancellation and Change of Reservation Policies for Summer Camp.



Grades 1–2

Super Solar System and Chemistry in the Kitchen

Energy Explorer and Body Basics

Gross & Gooey Science and Bugs, Rocks & the Wild

Wizards Workshop and Construction Crew

Spy Camp and Forces Everywhere!

Bugs, Rocks & the Wild and Gross & Gooey Science

Chemistry in the Kitchen and Super Solar System

Superhero Science and Art-ology

Grades 3–4

Cool Chemistry and eCamp

Young Tinkerers and Extreme Earth

Magic for Muggles and Space Camp

Young Engineers and Magic for Muggles

Grades 5–6

Chemistry With a Bang! and Mars Explorer

CSI and Maker Camp

Grades 5–8

Women Scientists in Action and Unseen Science


ThoughtSTEM Computer Science Camps

ThoughtSTEM shows kids how fun computer science and technology can be! Kids will work collaboratively and creatively in fun, interactive programming environments at ThoughtSTEM Computer Science camps at the Fleet. Find out more about ThoughtSTEM Computer Science camps at the Fleet by visiting thoughtstem.com.

Pricing per ThoughtSTEM half-day week:

Non-Members- $210

Members- $195

Please view our Cancellation and Change of Reservation Policies for Summer Camp.



Grades 3–5

Adventures in Minecraft Modding & Game Design

Does your child love Minecraft? In this camp, students will learn how to manipulate their favorite game by re-programming Minecraft creatures and entire worlds.


Video Game Academy: 2D Game Design

Campers will create their own 2D video games using Stencyl, a powerful game creation tool that makes game design and development easy and fun.


Grades 6–8

HTML, CSS and Javascript: Mastering the Web

Program awesome websites that showcase what you’re passionate about! We’ll show you how to build websites by using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.


Python Coding: 2D Game Design

You will master the fundamentals of Python coding by using syntax, variables, conditionals, data types, and Object-Oriented Programming, while building video games.


Java Programming: Get Creative with Code

Blend art with code and learn one of the most popular programming languages in the world: Java!


Electrical Engineering with Arduino

Explore electronics and conductivity, while coding interactive animations and video games with drag-and-drop programming.