Camps For Curious Minds



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Winter Break Camps
December 29 - January 2 at Pacific Science Center

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Camps for Curious Minds provide the perfect opportunity to explore, experiment and discover! Our exciting and enriching winter break camps for children in kindergarten through 6th grade offer hands-on science experiments, fun and challenging projects as well as innovative learning experiences that will create lifelong memories and inspire the inner scientist in your child.

Camp Themes

Young Entrepreneurs (Grades 4-6)

Calling all future CEO's! Experience first-hand the challenges and triumphs of starting and managing a business. Engage in creative problem solving and team building to run a hot chocolate stand for a day. Develop a business plan and present your plan to a panel of investors. Discover how to develop a budget, set goals and recognize opportunities in this rare look into a start-up company.

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | $310; $285 for Pacific Science Center Members

Teddy's Grand Adventure (Grades K-1) - THIS CAMP IS FULL.
Teddy's packing for an adventure to find out what it takes to be a scientist. Embark on a journey with your new stuffed friend, Teddy, and explore the world of science careers! Each evening, Teddy will venture out to make discoveries and then return to share photos, activities and stories with you the next day. Practice treating Teddy's ouches at the doctor's office and don your parka for a scientific expedition to the Arctic! Investigate animals with a zookeeper, and then design an airplane to soar through the clouds with a pilot. At the end of the week of exploration, Teddy will be ready to join you at home for adventures of your own!
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | $310; $285 for Pacific Science Center Members
Science Myths: BUSTED! (Grades 2-4) - THIS CAMP IS FULL.
This week is one giant science experiment! Can you really slip on a banana peel? Will eating pop rocks and drinking soda really make your stomach explode? Can ninjas really walk on water? Using physics and chemistry basics, design, tests and conduct trials to prove or disprove various urban legends and age-old misconceptions. Combine the scientific method with wild curiosity and plain old fashioned ingenuity as you explode a week's worth of myths.
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | $310; $285 for Pacific Science Center Members


For questions, call Education Registration at (206) 443-2925.

Please have the following available when you register:

  • Emergency contact name and phone
  • Child's insurance information
  • Child's medications/dosages/prescribing physician's name

A note for those registering multiple children: you must register one child at a time. Once you have completed registration for your first child you will then see the "add another camper" button allowing you to choose camps for a second child.

Cancellation Policy: Requests for withdrawal from camp must be received at least two weeks before camp start date. A $100 processing fee will be retained per camp. No refunds will be given within two weeks of the camp start date.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up

Morning Drop-Off is on the west side of Pacific Science Center, outside the Seattle Rotary Discovery Labs at 2nd Ave. North and John Street. Drop-off time is 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. On Monday please walk your child up to the camp teachers. Other days, teachers will be waiting on the sidewalk for curb-side drop off.

Afternoon Pick-Up takes place at the same location as drop off. Camp end time is 4 p.m. If you forget your Kid Code at pick up, you must show photo identification. Allow yourself 10-15 minutes to find parking, or stay in the car for pick-up.

  • If you arrive early, please circle the block until the camp ends.
  • Cars traveling northbound on 2nd Ave N will be approached by camp staff. Staff will ask the name of your child, camp name and Kid Code.
  • Staff will walk your camper to your car.
  • Please do not park or idle in Pacific Science Center's loading dock.
  • We allow a 10 minute grace period for picking up your camper; your child will then be placed in extended day care for a $12 fee.

Kid Code: At pick-up you will be asked the Kid Code you selected at registration. This code functions as a password; share this code only with anyone authorized to pick up your child. This is a security measure to ensure all campers leave with authorized adults. Camp staff will release campers only to those who know the Kid Code, or who show picture identification that matches names listed on the medical form. If you forget your Kid Code before camp begins, ask the teachers as you drop off your child on the first day of camp.

Extended Day Care

Morning extended day care is not available for break camps.

Afternoon extended day care is available until 6 p.m. for $50 for the week or $12 daily. For unplanned extended day care use, please inform the teacher in the morning and pay with cash or check when picking up your child. Pick up for extended day is at the Discovery Labs entrance on Second Avenue North. When picking up please do not park or idle in Pacific Science Center's loading dock. Please bring a third snack if your child is in extended day care.

Daily Camp Reminders

Campers should bring the following each day:

  • Two snacks (Note: Please bring a third snack if your child is in extended day care.)
  • Sack lunch (No lunch program for break camps)
  • Water bottle
  • Any medications listed on your medical form

Attendance: We expect children to attend each day of camp (except for illness) and to arrive and depart at the scheduled time.

  • Children arriving late or leaving early must be escorted by camp staff. Parents must wait for camp staff; this process can take over 15 minutes.
  • Late arrival and early pick-up are disruptive to the entire camp as many of our activities are cumulative and group based. Please avoid scheduling appointments and other activities during the camp day.
  • If you plan to pick-up early, notify your child's teacher in advance and pick up your child before 3 p.m. After this time, camp staff may be unavailable to escort your child.

Communication during Camp: Each afternoon, we will send a daily camp summary from your camper's teachers to the email address provided at registration.