Summer Camps 2017





These day camp sessions take place at the Mission Arts Center, the Randall Museum’s temporary home while we are under renovation. The address is 745 Treat Ave in the Mission District. Camps are two weeks long and include a daily morning workshop, supervised lunch, and an afternoon workshop. Attendance in both weeks is mandatory.

Times are Monday–Friday, 9:30am–3:00pm. There is no extended care.



JUNE 5 – JUNE 16

Times: 9:30 a.m.- 3:00p.m. Fees: $558


Ages 6-7 years (Course Code #8396)

Morning Activity- INVENTIONS

Learn about mechanisms such as levers, cranks and pulleys. Work with found objects, hardware and sculptural materials to create working inventions and kinetic sculpture with your own creative twist.

Instructor-Mark Brest van Kempen

Afternoon Activity- ANIMAL CERAMICS

Let amazing animals inspire you in your ceramic exploration. Create swimming, slithering, flying and pouncing clay creatures. Learn all kinds of clay working methods to make skulls, scales, fur, manes, scales, tales, wings and other adaptations.

Instructors-Andy Kontrabecki & Tomoko Nakazato



Ages 8-10 years (Course Code #8400)

Morning Activity- ANIMAL ART

Learn about animals and make art! Meet animals from the museum’s animal exhibit and combine a multitude of art media to create art projects inspired by the animals and how they live. Print, paint, sculpt and build. Instructor-Amy Graham

Afternoon Activity- INVENTIONS

Learn about mechanisms such as levers, cranks and pulleys. Work with found objects, hardware and sculptural materials to create working inventions and kinetic sculpture with your own creative twist.

Instructor-Mark Brest van Kempen



JUNE 19 – JUNE 30

Times: 9:30 a.m.- 3:00p.m. Fees: $558


Ages 6-7 years (Course Code #8397)


Explore Rocket Science with projects designed especially for 6-7 year old scientists. Blast off with chemistry, astronomy, physical science and engineering. Experiment with the properties of light and the forces of flight, discover new ways to look at our solar system, create explosive chemical reactions and more! Instructor-Marisa Still


Afternoon Activity- ART IN ACTION

Do you love to explore art?  Let’s paint, print, collage and create. A teaching artist will guide you through two and three dimensional, theme-based art projects using mixed media and fine art techniques. Each project will introduce a wide variety of art media that inspires imagination and strengthens observation skills through explorations of current collage trends, adventures with found object art, working with textiles, painting like Pollack, Picasso and more. Instructor-Dorothy Martinez


Ages 8-10 years (Course Code #8401)

Morning Activity- MASKS & PUPPETMAKING

Learn about the role of masks in art and early cultures. Use your wildest ideas about myth and creatures to create a multistep papier-mâché mask of an invented character or animal. You will sketch, paint, sculpt and make your own mold. You will also make and learn to use marionette puppets and peek-a-boo puppets.

Afternoon Activity- JOURNEY INTO SPACE

Blast off with chemistry, astronomy, physical science and engineering. Learn about forces and chemical reactions. Experiment with the forces of flight, design your own rockets, engineer a heat shield, create your own rover to explore Mars and discover new ways to look at the solar system, the galaxy and the universe!

Instructor-Marisa Still




JULY 17 – JULY 28

Times: 9:30 a.m.- 3:00p.m. Fees: $558

Ages 6-7 years (Course Code #8398)

Morning Activity- SCIENCE MORNINGS

Learn about insects and spiders, birds and bats, amphibians, reptiles and more with hands on experiments, art projects and a raft of kid-tested science inquiries. Designed in combination with the afternoon’s activities to give campers a full day of art and science!

Instructor-Rachael Van Schoik


Extend your scientific discovery of the morning with adventures in creative writing designed by a classroom teacher specifically for 6-7 years olds. Craft your own nature poetry, ads, odes, origin stories and interactive pieces. Find inspiration through listening, hands on art, word collage, movement and more. Instructor-Antona Stanley


Ages 8-10 years (Course Code #8402)

Morning Activity- ART WEAVE

Weave together artistic explorations into creative mixed media compilations. Learn from a teaching artist as you work with wire, wood, yarn, found objects and textiles. Compose paintings, sculptures, weavings and more.

Instructor-Jose Iniguez

Afternoon Activity- ROCKETMOBILES

Expanding on the popular Rocketmobiles class, design and build prototypes of launchable, rocket creations that shoot, race and roll. Work with tools to take things apart and build. Explore, experiment, test and tinker. Build space ships, rockets, rocketmobiles and flying dragons with eyes that light up!

Instructor-Blu Fahey



This camp is a collaboration between educators from the Randall Museum and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

This field trip camp takes campers on educational outdoor adventures every day. Campers learn about, and meet some, local marine life including crabs, plankton, sharks, anemones, barnacles, seals, whales and sea stars. Every day, campers enjoy hands-on experiences exploring the sanctuary’s local marine habitats: rocky shores, sandy beaches, estuaries and more.


Please note: Drop off and pick up campers at the Visitor’s Center of the Greater Farallones Marine Sanctuary near the Warming Hut at Crissy Field. We travel in vans to nearby sites along the coast. Due to high demand, each camper may register for one session only of Marine Explorers Field Trip Day Camp. Proof of age required by April 15.

Ages: 8 – 12 years

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fees: $425

Session 1: Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9 (Course # 8408)


Session 2: Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16 (Course # 8409)


Session 3: Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23 (Course # 8410)


Session 4: Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30 (Course # 8411)


Session 5: Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21 (Course # 8412)


Session 6: Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28 (Course # 8413)


Session 7: Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4 (Course # 8414)


Session 8: Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 11 (Course # 8415)




This sleep-away camp invites 10-12 years old to join Randall staff members at Camp Mather, San Francisco’s family camp near Yosemite National Park. Campers will discover the wonders of the Sierra with nature exploration, hikes, swimming, games, art projects, and evening campfires!

We will travel from the Mission Arts Center to Camp Mather in vans and spend 5 days and 4 nights tent camping under the evergreens and the stars. This camp is led by a team of counselors with years of experience leading children in outdoor adventures. While we’re at Camp Mather, we’ll eat in the cafeteria, swim in the pool and the lake under the watchful eyes of Mather lifeguards, and take trips to nearby wonders like the pristine Hetch Hetchy Reservoir where San Francisco’s drinking water comes from.

Campers may attend one session only!

There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30-7:30, at the Mission Arts Center.

Attend or loose your spot! Proof of age required by April 15.


Ages: 10 – 12 years

Times: 8:00 a.m. drop off Monday to 3:30 p.m. pick up Friday.

Fees: $475


Overnight Camp: Monday – Friday, June 19-23

Girls Tent Course # 8418

Boys Tent Course #8416


Overnight Camp: Monday – Friday, July 10-14

Girls Tent Course # 8419

Boys Tent Course #8417


MANDATORY pre-camp meeting

Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Mission Arts Center



  • Due to high demand, campers may sign up for a maximum of two Randall Museum camps per person. Registering for more camps without prior authorization may result in cancelled enrollment.


  • To register for any summer camp, you must have a San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Family Account.   Family Accounts may be created online at There is no cost to create a Family Account. When you have created your Family Account, you will be able to REGISTER ONLINE and pay with a credit card. You must create your Family Account well in advance of camp registration.

All available spaces fill quickly!


  • Online registration opens March 18th, at 10:00 am sharp. Registration is being handled on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no lottery or priority registration.


If you prefer to register in person, staff is available to assist you with registration at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center, Hamilton Recreation Center, Harvey Milk Arts Center, McLaren Lodge, Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center, Mission Recreation Center, Moscone Recreation Center, Palega Recreation Center, St. Mary’s Recreation Center, Richmond Recreation Center, SOMA/Eugene Friend Recreation Center, Sunset Recreation Center or Upper Noe Recreation Center.


  • We must adhere strictly to age limitations. Please note that you will be required to provide proof of your child’s age by April 15th. Proof of age can be either birth certificate or passport. You can email it to or mail or drop at off at Randall Museum at Mission Arts, 745 Treat Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110 attention Julie Dodd. You must indicate camp name, date and course number. If you have not provided proof of age by April 15, your child will be removed from the Randall Museum’s summer camp.
  • Scholarships are available to low-income San Francisco residents. Visit or call 415-831-6800 during regular business hours to learn whether you qualify and how to apply.
  • Refunds: For every withdrawal or transfer you will be charged 20% of the cost of the camp whichever is greater. The remaining balance will be credited to your family account. There will be no refunds for withdrawals within 30 days of your specific camp session start date.

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