Exhibits & Programs

Camps for Curious Minds at nine Puget Sound locations.

Camps For Curious Minds

Pacific Science Center’s camps provide the perfect opportunity to explore, experiment and discover! Our exciting and enriching camps offer hands-on science experiments, fun and challenging projects, and unique and innovative learning experiences that create lifelong memories and inspire the inner scientist in your child. For more information, call (206) 443-2925.

Winter Break Camps

  • December 19-22 at Pacific Science Center (4-day week)
  • December 27-30 at Pacific Science Center and Mercer Slough (4-day week)

Call (206) 443-2925 for more information.

December 19-22 at Pacific Science Center

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | 4-Day Week | Prices Listed Below

Start Your Engines (Grades K-1) – This camp is full.
Buckle your seatbelt and adjust your mirrors as science and fun roar into motion! Investigate the variety of vehicles that rule the roads, then experiment with alternative energy — rubber bands, balloons, electricity and more. From grinding gears to fascinating friction, find out how race cars stay “glued” to the curves. Then, with all your knew knowledge, design and build your own car and put it to the test on the race track.

  • $300 | $275 Member

Spy Science: Mission Possible (Grades 2-4) – This camp is full.
Behind the shadows of the Space Needle, double agents and rogue recruits are corrupting the ranks of our Spy Academy. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: join our exclusive spy cohort to infiltrate Operation Lightning Bolt. Create your own secret alias and build gadgets to conceal your true identity. Conduct experiments to reveal counterfeit currency, detect poisonous substances and encrypt and decipher top secret codes to expose an enemy agent during this week of adventure and intrigue. On the last day, campers will get the chance to visit The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.

  • $310 | $285 Member (Price includes entry to special exhibit)

Chemlab, Inc. (Grades 4-6) – This camp is full.
Congratulations! You’ve just been hired by ChemLab, Inc. — a world-class chemistry laboratory. Join your new coworkers to conduct research on a variety of household products, test ideas and make recommen­dations based on your findings. Analyze endothermic and exothermic reactions and then design an instant cold pack. Extract the chemical components of toothpaste to evaluate their effectiveness and analyze the water density of popcorn. Test tubes, variables and controls will all be used in this foray into the life of a chemist!

  • $300 | $275 Member

December 27-30 at Pacific Science Center & Mercer Slough

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | 4-Day Week | Prices Listed Below

Camps at Pacific Science Center

Science Explorers (Grades K-1)
An action-packed journey awaits an explorer like you. Dash into the laboratory to experiment with concoctions that bubble and fizz, and shine a spotlight on the subject of shadows. Next, you’re off to sail the high seas, where you will build a boat and test its strength. Venture into the forest to find ferocious or fantastic animals. Soar with airplanes, owls and even rainbows before diving into the ocean to discover amazing animal adaptations. Whew! That’s one fast week of sensational science!

  • $300 | $275 Member

Laboratory Wizards (Grades 2-4)
Abracadabra! Unlock the secrets of the wizarding world as you discover the science of real life magic. Explore chemistry as your potions change color before your eyes, find out if objects can really levitate, and discover the powers of extraordinary plants. Do you dare to try a worm flavored jelly bean? Have you ever peered into a crystal ball? Jump on your broomstick, navigate the night sky, and make your own magical treats to share with your family.

  • $300 | $275 Member

Crime Solvers (Grades 4-6)
From crime scene to courtroom, use fingerprints and forensics to delve into the fascinating and complex world of crime investigation. Scour the crime scene for clues just like the pros. In the lab, analyze evidence using DNA profiling and chromatography. Question suspects and interview witnesses to build your case. Is the suspect innocent or guilty? Let the jury decide. On the last day, campers will get the chance to visit The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.

  • $310 | $285 Member (Price includes entry to special exhibit)
Camps at Mercer Slough

Natural Creations (Grades K-2)
Take your creative flair outside. Discover innovative ways to use trees, flowers and shrubs in works of art. Explore nature’s light, liquids, textures and shapes as you develop your artistic skills. Extract colorful dyes, make your own paper, delve into detailed drawings and craft cool creations using recycled materials. Grab your creative cap, bring your imagination and join us for four inspired days of creating!

  • $300 | $275 Member

Winter Survival (Grades 3-5)
Lost in the wild in the winter? What are the odds you could survive? Master the use of map and compass for navigation on Mercer Slough’s winding trails. Build a warm shelter out of natural materials and practice preventing and treating hypothermia. Gather the skills you need to stay safe in the wild, so you’re prepared for the end of the week “Survival Challenge!”

  • $300 | $275 Member

Geocaching Trek (Grades 6-8)
Did you know there are thousands of secret geocaches hidden around our region? That people all over the world are creating their own local scavenger hunts and sharing them over the internet? This winter YOU can master this fun outdoor sport. Find out how Global Positioning System satellites let you pinpoint your location anywhere in the world and become an expert in the use of a GPS device. Explore local parks and hike forested trails as you seek out hidden caches. How many can you find?

  • $300 | $275 Member

Registration & Camp Procedures

All registrations must be made online with Visa or MasterCard payment. Full payment is required at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy
For cancellations, call (206) 443-2925. Requests for withdrawal from camp must be received at least 2 weeks before camp start date. For 4-day camps, a $100 processing fee will be retained per camp. For 2-day camps, 50% of the registration cost will be retained. No refunds will be given within 2 weeks of the camp start date.

Transfer Policy
To transfer sessions, call (206) 443-2925. There will be $20 processing fee per transfer. This excludes transfers resulting from openings on our camp wait list, which are free of charge. Requests for transfers must be made at least one week prior to camp start date.

Pacific Science Center Camp Details

Morning Drop-Off is on the west side of Pacific Science Center, outside the Seattle Rotary Discovery Labs located at 2nd Ave. North and John Street. Drop-off takes place from 8:15-8:30 a.m. each day. 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: Camp end time is at 4 p.m. Pick-up takes place in the same location as drop-off. If you forget your Kid Code at the time of pick-up, you must show photo identification. Please allow yourself 10-15 minutes to find parking, or stay in your car for pick-up:

  • If you arrive early, please circle the block until the camp ends.
  • Cars traveling northbound on Second Avenue 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. If you forget your Kid Code at pick-up, you must park and walk to camp staff to show photo identification. 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:

  • 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.

Afternoon extended day care is available until 6 p.m. Please provide an extra snack for your child if you are using extended day care. Pick up for extended day is at the Discovery Labs entrance on 2nd Ave N. Afternoon extended day care ends promptly at 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. a late fee of $10 for every 10 minutes will be due at the time of pick-up. For unplanned extended day care use, please inform the teacher in the morning and pay with cash or check when picking up your child.

Morning extended day care is not available for break camps.

What to Bring to Camp

  • Two snacks (Note: Please provide an extra snack if your child is staying for extended day care)
  • Sack lunch
  • 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. 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.

Code of Conduct: Pacific Science Center is committed to providing a welcoming, safe and fun environment for all campers. Proper supervision and appropriate behavior are key components to a successful camp experience. In an effort to provide all campers with a safe and fun atmosphere, it is important that all campers exhibit respect for themselves, fellow campers, staff and the camp environment at all times. Every camp session, camp staff and campers review and discuss procedures, structure and behavior expectations. Campers are asked to be respectful of other campers, staff and materials. Inappropriate, disruptive and/or violent behavior will not be tolerated. Examples of inappropriate behavior include, but are not limited to: fighting, name-calling, foul language, arguing, bullying, leaving the group or possessing weapons. Minor behavioral problems will be addressed by camp staff. If behavior issues persist, parents or guardians will be contacted to work towards a resolution. If a camper’s behavior continues to disrupt the camp or endangers the physical or emotional safety of themselves or others, Pacific Science Center reserves the right to cancel that individual’s camp enrollment for a day or more with no refund.

Mercer Slough Camp Details

Morning Drop-Off takes place in the turnaround for camps in Licorice Fern and Salmonberry classrooms, and in the North parking lot for camps in Dragonfly or Pond Lily classrooms. Drop-off takes place from 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. each day. On Tuesday morning, please park and walk your child to his or her classroom. Other days, teachers will be waiting on the sidewalk for curb-side drop off.

Afternoon Pick-Up takes place from 3:45 – 4 p.m. Pick-up takes place in the same location as drop-off. We allow a 10 minute grace period for picking up your camper; at 4:10 p.m. your child will be placed in extended day care for a $12 fee. After 6 p.m., a late fee of $10 per ten minutes will be due at time of pick-up.

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 during the camp day, call (425) 450-0207. To contact staff during extended day, call (206) 579-3102. 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.

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

  • Please provide an extra snack for your child if you are using extended day care.
  • Afternoon care ends promptly at 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. a late fee of $10 for every 10 minutes will be due at the time of pick up.
  • For unplanned extended day care use, please inform the teacher in the morning and pay with cash or check when picking up your child.
  • Please pick up your camper in the Licorice Fern classroom in the building nearest to the Tree House.

Cost: $45 per week, or $12 daily

Morning extended day care is not available for break camps.

What to Bring to Camp: Our campers spend a large portion of every day outside. Please make sure your child is prepared for weather and that all items are labeled with your child’s name. Campers should bring the following each day:

  • Day pack
  • Two snacks (Note: Please provide an extra snack if your child is staying for extended day care)
  • Large sack lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho
  • Shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy and are comfortable for hiking
  • Warm hat
  • Full change of clothes and shoes in a labeled bag (Bring on the first day of camp to be left on-site for the week)
  • Sunglasses
  • Any medications listed on your medical form. Please give any medications to camp staff on the first day of camp.

Please do not send any valuables with your child to camp. Valuables include, but are not limited to, money, hand-held games or music devices, pocket knives and cell phones.

Code of Conduct: Pacific Science Center is committed to providing a welcoming, safe and fun environment for all campers. Proper supervision and appropriate behavior are key components to a successful camp experience. In an effort to provide all campers with a safe and fun atmosphere, it is important that all campers exhibit respect for themselves, fellow campers, staff and the camp environment at all times. Every camp session, camp staff and campers review and discuss procedures, structure and behavior expectations. Campers are asked to be respectful of other campers, staff and materials. Inappropriate, disruptive and/or violent behavior will not be tolerated. Examples of inappropriate behavior include, but are not limited to: fighting, name-calling, foul language, arguing, bullying, leaving the group or possessing weapons. Minor behavioral problems will be addressed by camp staff. If behavior issues persist, parents or guardians will be contacted to work towards a resolution. If a camper’s behavior continues to disrupt the camp or endangers the physical or emotional safety of themselves or others, Pacific Science Center reserves the right to cancel that individual’s camp enrollment for a day or more with no refund.

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