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.

Mid-Winter Break Camps

February 20-24 in Seattle & Bellevue
February 21-24 in Medina

Call (206) 443-2925 for more information.

Camps at Mercer Slough

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $370, or $340 for Members

Plant Magic (Grades K-2)
Uncover the secret life of plants! What happens to them in the winter? Investigate this mystery as you learn about botany, design a terrarium, create your own homemade chia pet and make a flower that will last all winter long. Explore the hibernating vegetation of the Slough as you discover the many ways they magically master the seasons.

Rhythms of Nature (Grades 3-5)
Get in tune with the rhythms of nature! Recognize patterns and sounds that occur all around you – at the beach, in our pond and in the forest. Investigate the science of sound and how different animals use sound to survive. Experiment with sound waves, observe tidal cycles and listen for bird calls on a hike. Then, share your new knowledge at a concert starring your own nature-themed songs and hand-made recycled instruments. It’s going to be a rockin’ good time!

Life Aquatic (Grades 6-8)
How healthy is your local water source? From the streams of the Cascade Foothills to the wetlands at the shores of Lake Washington, investigate the macroinvertebrates and plankton that live in our local waterways. Use nets and niskin bottles to collect water samples and then bring them back to the lab for further study. Explore what the life in the water says about the health of the watershed, the ecosystem and the planet. Collect and analyze your own data as you develop the skills that scientists use to survey aquatic life, and share your findings with your new scientific community.

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 8:15 – 8:30 a.m. each day. On Monday 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: $55 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.

Vaccination Policy: In the case of an outbreak of a communicable disease for which a recommended vaccine exists, and if you have indicated your minor is up to date with his/her vaccines, you will be required to bring proof of immunization of the disease your minor has been vaccinated against before your minor will be allowed to attend Pacific Science Center programming during the outbreak. While Pacific Science Center encourages all minors to be up to date on their recommended vaccinations, we do understand that some minors are unable to be vaccinated due to allergies to vaccine ingredients, or that some parents prefer their minor not be vaccinated. If an outbreak occurs, and you have indicated your minor is not up to date with his/her vaccines, your minor will not be allowed to attend Pacific Science Center programming during the outbreak of the disease that your minor has not been fully vaccinated against. No refund of participation fees will be given.

Camps at St. Thomas School

4-day Week: No Camp Feb. 20 for President’s Day
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$320, or $290 for Members

Smartest Artists (Grades K-2) – This camp is full.

Laboratory Wizards (Grades 3-5)
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.

St. Thomas School Camp Details

Morning Drop-Off takes place at the east entrance of the school. From 12th St, turn into the church driveway (adjacent to St. Thomas School), follow the driveway as it wraps around the school and opens into a large parking lot. Drop-off takes place between 8:15-8:30 a.m. each day. On Tuesday, 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 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. If you forget your Kid Code at pick-up, you must show photo identification. 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.

Emergency Contact Information: In case of emergency, or to contact camp staff, call (425) 647-4827. 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.

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.

Extended Day Care

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

Cost: $45 for the four-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 (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
Camps at Pacific Science Center

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$370, or $340 for Members

Teddy’s Grand Adventure (Grades K-1) – This camp is full.

Inventors’ Studio (Grades 2-4) – This camp is full.

Young Physicians (Grades 4-6)
Are you interested in becoming a doctor? Spend a week as a Young Physician getting a head start on a career in medicine! Make a cast, learn how to take vital signs and try your hand at suturing in this trip through the human body. Compare your bones to those in a cow’s leg and your tendons to a chicken’s. Dissect a sheep’s brain and a pig’s heart and compare them to their human counterparts. Come find out what you are made of!

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.

Cost: $55 for the week, or $12 per day

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.

Vaccination Policy: In the case of an outbreak of a communicable disease for which a recommended vaccine exists, and if you have indicated your minor is up to date with his/her vaccines, you will be required to bring proof of immunization of the disease your minor has been vaccinated against before your minor will be allowed to attend Pacific Science Center programming during the outbreak. While Pacific Science Center encourages all minors to be up to date on their recommended vaccinations, we do understand that some minors are unable to be vaccinated due to allergies to vaccine ingredients, or that some parents prefer their minor not be vaccinated. If an outbreak occurs, and you have indicated your minor is not up to date with his/her vaccines, your minor will not be allowed to attend Pacific Science Center programming during the outbreak of the disease that your minor has not been fully vaccinated against. No refund of participation fees will be given.

Transfer & Cancellation Policies

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.

Spring Break Camps

April 10-14 in Seattle, Bellevue & Medina

Registration opens February 22. Call (206) 443-2925 for more information.

Camps at Pacific Science Center

The Big and Small of it (Grades K-1)
Previously Science SUPERSIZED
Ever wondered about the vastness of space? Or what about how tiny a piece of star dust is? Grab your magnifying glass and measuring tape as we investigate things big and small. We will compare the large human body to a small organic cell, discover the most massive creature on earth and the microscopic organisms it feeds on, and explore the gargantuan size of our planet and the minuscule minerals it is made of. Expand your mind on the big and small wonders of science!

  • $370, or $340 for Members

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.

  • $370, or $340 for Members

Terracotta Time Travelers (Grades 4-6)
Travel through time with the Terracotta warriors as we excavate Emperor Qin’s four infamous tombs from the classroom! How were thousands of unique warriors sculpted out of terracotta clay? What happened when seven kingdoms collided into one? Construct your own hidden treasures and a unique terracotta warrior of your own. Emperor Qin’s army designed rivers of mercury and skies of precious gems, what will you create as we travel back in time? Price includes access to Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor.

  • $385, or $355 for Members
Camps at Mercer Slough

Wetland Wonders (Grades K-1)
Seek out the hidden creatures and marshy mysteries of the Mercer Slough wetlands. Get to know why Earth is the water planet and dance the Water Cycle Boogie. Explore wetlands, streams and ponds as you marvel at birds that migrate thousands of miles, discover incredible transforming invertebrates and sink your hands into amazing soil that you can mold like clay. From weird to wacky to wonderful, it’s all in the water!

  • $370, or $340 for Members

Legends of Polliwog Pond (Grades 1-2)
We have found a treasure map left behind by the Pirate of Polliwog Pond! We need your help to follow the map and find the treasures of the wetlands. Work with your treasure hunting team to solve puzzles and riddles that will direct you as you hunt for natural resources outside. Practice reading and creating maps while combing the trails for the plants, rocks and water that make the wetlands so unique. By the end of the week, your treasure chest will be filled with special objects to take home!

  • $370, or $340 for Members

Geocaching Adventure (Grades 3-5)
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 spring 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?

  • $370, or $340 for Members

Nature’s Notebook (Grades 6-8)
Follow in the footsteps of Muir and Audubon as you hike trails with your journal in hand. Practice sketching and describing the plants and animals around you as you fill your notebook with observations of the natural world. Then adventure into the abstract as you use lines, shapes, colors and values to express the artistic side of nature. Art and nature combine in this exploration of the inspirational world around you.

  • $370, or $340 for Members
Camps at St. Thomas School

Teddy’s Grand Adventure (Grades K-1)
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!

  • $410, or $380 for Members

Inventors’ Studio (Grades 2-4)
A day in the inventor’s studio is packed with brainstorming, experimentation and incredible action. Learn to become an inventor as you study the amazing products of past and present inventors, the science used in their work and the process needed for innovation. Design, build, test and alter parachutes, marble runs, and much, much more. Finally, use all the information you gained to stretch your creativity and try your hand at creating something unique.

  • $410, or $380 for Members

Spring Break Camp Details

  • Afternoon extended day care is available at all locations for $55 per week, or $12 per day. Morning extended day care is not available.
  • Lunch is included in the price of camp at St. Thomas School. Lunch is available for order at Pacific Science Center for $40 per week. Lunch is not available at Mercer Slough.
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