Camps at Hillside Student Community School

hillside logo 5027 159th Pl. SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

 Next to Lakemont Highlands Neighborhood Park, just south of I-90. 

Pacific Science Center is coming to South Bellevue! Located on five acres of forest, this site combines the cabin feel of Hillside's facilities with the camper-led, hands-on philosophy that is the hallmark of Pacific Science Center camps. Join us in August as we embark on this new journey.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up    

Morning Drop-Off is just before you enter the cul-de-sac, where 159th Place meets 50th Street. Look for Pacific Science Center camp signs.

Drop-off takes place between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. each day; camp activities begin promptly at 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. 

Due to limited parking and for the safety of our campers, we ask that parents do not enter the cul-de-sec during morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up. In the mornings, staff will be out at the corner (at the dead end sign) to meet students. In the afternoon, staff will walk students to the same corner for pick-up.

Afternoon Pick-Up

Camp end times are staggered to accommodate the large number of campers. Please check your confirmation material or with your camper's teacher for the specific end time. Pick-up takes place in the same location as drop-off.

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.

Emergency Contact Information

In case of emergency, or to contact camp staff, call (206) 495-8512

We may also be reached by calling Pacific Science Center: 

  • Registration Office: (206) 443-2925, available M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Reception: (206) 443-2001, available daily 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Extended Day Care

Morning extended day care is not offered at this location.

Afternoon extended day care is available until 6 p.m.

  • Cost: $50 per 5 day week, or $12 daily
  • Please provide an extra snack for your child if you are using extended day care.
  • For unplanned extended day care use, please inform the teacher in the morning and pay with cash or check when picking up your child. 

What to Bring to Camp 

Campers should bring the following each day:

  • Two snacks (Note: Please provide an extra snack if your child is staying for extended day care)
  • Sack lunch (Camper Lunch Program is not offered at this location.)
  • Water bottle
  • Any medications listed on your medical form


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. 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.

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.

Communication During Camp

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

Parent Presentations

Some camps have a parent presentation on the last day of camp. Look for more information in your daily parent letter. 

Field Trips 

Some camps have a field trip during the week. Look for more information in your daily parent letter.