Summer Camps


Enjoy a summer full of fun and photography in Balboa Park with MOPA's signature summer camps!

Camps go on sale March 3rd, 2014!


MOPA’s annual summer camps are a great way for kids to enjoy their summer vacation in Balboa Park.  Each camp features a different photographic theme and includes indoor and outdoor adventures with digital cameras, alternative photographic processes and film-making projects. MOPA is able to provide your camper with a digital camera to use during her or his week at camp.

Summer camps take place from Monday, June 21st through Friday, August 8th at MOPA in Balboa Park. Camps are half-day and are designed for children ages 4 - 17, or grades K - 12. MOPA is a proud participant in the Balboa Park Collaboration, which allows parents to combine a half-day camp with another museum for a full day adventure.


One-Week Camps: Members $200, General $250

Two-Week Camp (9-12th grade only): Members $425, General $475

Reserve your child's spot beginning March 3rd, 2014! At that time you will be able to register and purchase camps online, or by calling 619.238.7559 X235. For additional information, please email



July 21 - July 25, 2014 

9:00 am - 12:00pm
Grades 3 - 5

Junior Detectives, grab your cameras and get ready to solve Balboa Park’s greatest mystery! Learn exciting photographic tips and then put them to work as you use your camera and photographer’s eye to gather clues from secret spots around the park. At the end of the week we will hold an exhibition in which the young detectives will display the photographic masterpieces they cleverly pieced together. 



July 21 - July 25, 2014

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Grades 6 - 8 

Venture beyond selfies and express your unique point of view by producing your very own “zine”, complete with original content and eye-catching photographs. Learn elements of street photography, documentary photography, portraiture and conceptual photography as you create images that will bring your self-made magazine to life. Show off your creation at our end-of-the-week exhibition and trade copies with other zine-makers.


PHOTO TIME TRAVELERS (Grades K-2) Click here to register for this camp 

July 28 - August 1, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Grades K - 2
With cameras around their necks and their very own time- travelling passports in hand, campers embark on a journey photographing everything from dinosaurs roaming prehistoric jungles, to famous people frozen in time, and strange creatures of the future. On Friday families are invited to a special exhibition of the traveling photographers’ best work.


FROM DARKROOM TO DIGITAL (Grades 9-12) **Two-Week Camp   SOLD OUT

July 28 - August 8, 2014 (2 weeks) 

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grades 9 - 12
Why are so many photographers reverting to analog, while others continue to experiment with digital processes? See for yourself in this unique camp that explores both film and digital photography through inspired activities and shooting assignments. The first week will include 3 days of darkroom work as Dave Eichinger, Photography Department Head and Lead Professor at City College, walks students through the process of developing a roll of film and making their own prints under the red lights. The second week, led by professional photographer Bernadette Unis-Johnston, students will dive into the artistic side of digital photography and mixed media processes. 

*Students are encouraged to bring both a digital camera with manual settings and a film camera, but are not required to do so to participate in the camp. Students who do not have their own cameras will be able to borrow digital cameras and film Holgas/Dianas from MOPA.

**Campers will be making a 20 minute walk down to the City College darkroom and back on T, W, and Th of Week 1.