Central Coast children can spend the month of July “time traveling” through the artistic ages, building a drought-resistant garden, visiting with local safety officers, or constructing robots—all thanks to an action-packed summer camp program developed by the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and its community partners.

“Our summer camp program offers a wide range of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)-inspired activities designed to excite and educate children of all ages,” Program Director Amy Asman Blasco said.

The month will kick off July 6 through 10 with “Art Through the Ages.” Award-winning graphic designer Heather Walter will lead children ages 6 to 12 each day from 1 to 5 p.m. on a daring journey through numerous centuries to create artwork inspired by various art movements. The camp, which is sponsored by Beverly’s Fabrics & Crafts in Santa Maria, will end with a family-friendly art show.

The following week, July 13 through 17 from 9 a.m. to noon, is “Gardening Together.” Local gardening enthusiasts Karen and Ben Crockett will teach campers ages 6 to 12 how to make a mobile, drought-resistant garden for the museum. Children will get to take home seedlings and other materials to make their own gardens.

Back again by popular demand, “Safety Town” will run July 20 through 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. This year the Discovery Museum and Orcutt Union School District teacher Lisa Morinini are partnering with the Santa Maria Valley YMCA and Child Abuse Listening & Meditation (CALM) to develop a summer camp that teaches young children all about safety. Some camp highlights will include visits from the local fire and police departments and a bike safety demonstration.

New this year is “Robotics 101,” a robotics and engineering-themed summer camp led by Discovery Museum Program Assistant Charlie Miller and volunteer mentors from First Spartatroniks. Children attending this camp, which runs July 27 through 31 from 1 to 5 p.m., will learn how to design, construct and compete with their own robot models.

Families can register for the camps at the Discovery Museum, 705 S. McClelland St. in Santa Maria, or online at smvdiscoverymuseum.org. The robotics camp costs $80 for members and $100 for non-members. All the other camps cost $70 for museum members and $85 for non-members.  Members can call the museum at 928-8414 to get a coupon code to input for the reduced price.

Located at 705 S. McClelland St., the Discovery Museum is fun for all ages, with 13,000 square feet of “please touch” exhibits, weekly programs and special events that explore ourselves, our valley, our world and beyond. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Discover the power of play at the only children’s museum in Santa Barbara County.

For more information, visit smvdiscoverymuseum.org or call 928-8414.