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Discovery Camps (Fall, Winter, Summer) feature hands-on, educational lessons and activities around a central theme designated for that camp week. All camps take place outdoors in our Nature Nodes, and are filled with nature walks, animal interactions, and crafts. Camp groups are split by age ranges and capped at 12 campers per group with 1 teacher. 

Discovery Camp runs from 9:00am-3:00pm! 

Questions about these awesome experiences contact: or call (760) 804-1969

*Please email for the membership and sibling discount codes

Winter Camp Registration:

Science and Sealife:

January 2nd- 5th from 9:00am-3:00pm

Steward Members and Above: $200

Family Members: $250

Potential Members: $325


* Refund Policy: 

  • If you cancel before two weeks of the start of camp, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% processing fee. 

  • If you cancel within two weeks of the start of camp, you will receive 50% refund.

  • If you cancel less than a week before camp begins, you will not be refunded.

Discounts: Sibling Rate

Registering multiple kids and siblings? Use promo code Sibling10 to receive a 10% discount on your registration. 

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  • How much does it cost to rent the Discovery Center?
    See rental pricing information above.
  • Do I get the entire Discovery Center with the flat rate price?
  • Can I just rent a room during open hours?
    Yes, see A-La-Carte options above. We cannot rent the Rotunda Room during our open hours.
  • How long can I stay?
    The party must strictly end at 10pm. You can clean-up and tear down from 10pm - 11pm. Cleaning comes in at 11pm. Carlsbad has a noise ordinance of 10pm (all live music/DJ services must end at 10pm). It is recommended that you call the Carlsbad Police non-emergency line ahead of time to let them know of your party: 760-931-2197.
  • Does AHLF have a kitchen?
    Yes, and it is available for you to use. We have some fridge space, no freezer space.
  • Can I bring in Alcohol?
    Yes. If you are a member, you may bring alcohol. If you are not a member, you must get an ABC license.
  • Can I bring in Catering?
    Yes. We do not allow any Styrofoam and CA Law requires compostable plates/cutlery.
  • Do you require certain Vendors?
    No. Just no Styrofoam. We do have some recommendations based on vendors that have provided services before. Please inquire with your booking.
  • What is the lighting like outdoors?
    There are lights that automatically turn on the surrounding building at dusk and market lights strung across the back patio.
  • Do you have heating and air conditioning?
    Inside, yes. We do not have outdoor heat lamps. You may rent them. No fire pits though (open flame).
  • Can I bring outside rental items in?
    Yes. The drop—off needs to occur at time of rental. Pick-up needs to occur before our opening hours the following day. We encourage you to use Ara’s Party Rentals, as they abide to the timeframes and know the center.
  • Can I bring in decorations and put up items?
    Yes. You will be charged the $200 fee if the decorations do not come down at the end of the night, or if any items destroy the paint on the walls, or furnishings.
  • Do you have linens?
  • How many tables and chairs do you have and what are the sizes?
    10 - 5ft round tables (60 inches diameter x 29 inches height) - comfortably seats 8, tighter squeeze 10 5 - 6ft Rectangular Tables (71 inches length x 29 inches width x 29 inches height) - comfortably seats 6, 8 tighter squeeze 2 - 4ft rectangular tables (48 inches length x 24 inches width x 29 inches height) 7 - Circular Belly Bar Tables (32 inches diameter, 43 inches height 1 - Rollaway Bar Table (77 inches length x 21 inches width x 33 inches height) 1 - Back Bar (72 inches length x 18 inches width x 33 inches height) 1 - 6ft Telescoping Table (71 inches length x 29 inches width x 29 inches height) - 2'' Increments from 24'' up to a 32'' max height. 60 white folding chairs
  • What should I bring?
    Your own kitchen items (we do not have any serving trays, wine openers, utensils or accessories), your own lighter (to light candles), any decor, linens, and your party items.
  • How do I reserve?
    Join as a Discovery Member (memberships are non-refundable). Full payment required within two weeks of the rental. 50% Non-Refundable Fee charged in the months of June and December upon booking. Non-Refundable if cancelled within two weeks.
  • Does the AHLF Set-Up Chairs & Tables?
    We can set up our own tables and chairs at a cost of $100. If you want us to put linens on, set up décor, and other items, the cost is $500. If we are setting up third party vendor items this is an additional $100.
  • Can I store things at the Discovery Center Prior to My Rental or After?
    No. All items need to be delivered within the window of your rental (unless we were decorating for you; those items need to come before).
  • Are the animals covered up or moved in the main room?
    We have one extra room divider if requested we can cover a portion of reptile city.
  • Are we allowed to have fire pits on the back patio?
  • Can we bring a pinata?
  • Do you have extension cords for us to use?
  • Can we use the Kitchen/Fridge/Freezer?
    Yes. We clear a shelf in the fridge. The freezer has very limited space. We recommend you bring plenty of coolers. The entire kitchen you may use.
  • Do you have scissors/tape/sharpies for use?
    No please bring all supplies form home.
  • Do I Need to Lock Up at the End of the Night?
    YES. If you choose to use the Third-Party Cleaning Team ($200), they will put all chairs and tables away, take out trash, clean and return the Center back to normal. You are still required to lock the doors because they come early in the morning, as not to cut your party short. If you chose not to use them, you are required to put the Center back as you found it.
  • Can we have candles?
  • Is there WIFI?
  • Can I hire an AHLF Staff Member to be onsite to help with my Event?
    YES. The cost is $55 per hour, and cannot work past 8 hours. Dependent on staff availability.
  • Are there non-profit Rates Available?
    YES. Inquire with
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