Frequently Asked Questions

Big Discoveries

Our preschool camp Big Discoveries is now licensed through the California Department of Social Services with highly qualified teachers. To follow proper procedures with the California Department of Social Services we need parents/guardians to fill out licensing paperwork. Paperwork can be filled out online here and will take approximately 30 minutes.

Camp Waiver

All participants must have the camp waiver release and policy form signed prior to a child's first day of camp. Children will not be able to attend without this signature. You can sign this waiver online, click here Camp waiver. This process now only takes 5 minutes. Make sure to complete the form prior to exiting site to ensure completion.

Donate to our Scholarship Fund

Please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund when you complete your online enrollment. Simply select the button and designate the amount you would like to contribute. Last season you helped 10 children attend Discovery Camps.

Dropping Off and Picking Up Campers

Campers can be dropped off and picked up in the horseshoe driveway by the main entrance in front of the Museum. Camp staff will be there to meet you. If you arrive late, please call the camp cell phone at (415) 339-3961. Authorized adults must sign-out children. Please bring a photo ID when you or your child’s caregiver comes for pick up.

Emergency Care Fee

An additional $1 per minute care fee applies for all children remaining more than five minutes past their registered pick-up time. This fee applies to all emergencies without exception. If you are going to be late, please call the camp emergency cell phone at (415) 339-3961 to alert camp staff.

Medical Forms

All of the necessary medical information will be supplied at the time of your registration. You must inform us of any special medical concerns ahead of time. Please contact the Public Programs Coordinator prior to the first day of your child’s camp. Parents of children who require an Epi-pen must supply a form signed by their child’s doctor prior to the first day of camp or we will not be able to allow the Epi-pen at camp.

Refund Policy

There is a basic $50 cancellation fee per camp/per child assessed to all customer requested refunds at any time. Camp fees are 50% refundable (less the basic cancellation fee noted above) if requested up to 3 weeks before the start of the session in which your child is enrolled. No refunds will be given after that time.

50% Refund Deadlines for Camp Sessions:

Week 1: May 9
Week 2: May 16
Week 3: May 23
Week 4: May 30
Week 5: June 6
Week 6: June 13
Week 7: June 20
Week 8: June 27
Week 9: July 5
Week 10: July 11
Week 11: July 18
Week 12: July 25


We provide a simple nutritious snack during each camp session. Please note that campers with food allergies or sensitivities should bring their own snack.


Please leave stuffed animals, trading cards and other toys at home. Toys brought to camp often become lost or damaged.

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