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, designed for children in preschool through 12th grade, 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.

Looking for Summer Camps?

Registration for Summer Camps opens February 25 for Pacific Science Center Members or March 1 for the general public. Learn more

Mid-Winter Break Camps in Seattle & Bellevue

Registration is open for Mid-Winter Break Camps, offered at Pacific Science Center February 15-16 (two days only) and at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center February 15-19. Sign up today!

Camps at Pacific Science Center (February 15-16)

Kitchen Chemistry (Grades K-1) SORRY, THIS CAMP IS FULL
Ever want to add a little bit of this to a little bit of that and see what happens? Use your senses to SMELL and TASTE to test secret ingredients, SEE liquids change to solids in homemade ice cream and HEAR the power of popcorn. Join us as we use chemistry to transform the contents of your kitchen cupboards into extraordinary and delicious experiments.

  • $150, or $140 for Members
  • 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Science Myths Busted! (Grades 2-5) SORRY, THIS CAMP IS FULL
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 many different myths.

  • $150, or $140 for Members
  • 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Camps at Mercer Slough (February 15-19)

Plant Magic: The Great Disappearing Act! (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.

  • $340, or $315 for Members
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Winter Survival (Grades 3-5)
Lost in the wild in the winter? What are the odds you could survive? Armed with a compass and pencil, make a map of the Mercer Slough from a canoe. 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!”

  • $340, or $315 for Members
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Search & Rescue (Grades 6-8)
2-Day camp runs February 15-16
Learn the skills rescuers use when someone gets lost in the wilderness. Meet with a real Search & Rescue team and then master the use of important rescue equipment like signaling tools and global positioning systems. Practice interviewing witnesses, setting up a search grid and being part of a hasty team. Will your team find your lost victim?

  • $150, or $140 for Members
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NEW! Nature’s Notebook (Grades 6-8)
2-Day camp runs February 18-19
Follow in the footsteps of Muir and Audubon as you hike the trails of Mercer Slough 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 two day exploration of the inspirational world around you.

  • $150, or $140 for Members
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Spring Break Camps in Seattle, Medina & Bellevue

Pacific Science Center will offer Spring Break Camps at Mercer Slough in Bellevue and St. Thomas School in Medina April 4-8, and at Pacific Science Center April 11-15. Registration for Spring Break Camps opens on February 15.

Camps at Pacific Science Center (April 11-15)

Wild Ocean Adventures (Grades 1-2)
From plankton to orcas, saltwater to seaweed, dive to great depths to discover how ocean animals survive in their watery world. Create an underwater viewer to observe creatures below the surface. Go on a journey to search for creatures of the deep. Investigate shark teeth, and build your own tide pool. Discover a world of marine wonders in this sea-sational adventure.

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

What’s Up Doc? (Grades 3-5)
The hip bone’s connected to the…what bone? Make your own life-sized anatomy chart, taste food with your nose and create a model of a cell as you learn the basics of the human body. Practice your bedside manner as you master first aid basics, and glove up for an “operation” when you dissect a sheep’s eye to get a closer look at how vision works. Get ready to explore the ins and outs of a doctor’s day.

  • $370, or $340 for Members
  • 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Camps at St. Thomas School (April 4-8)

Wild Ocean Adventures (Grades 1-2)
From plankton to orcas, saltwater to seaweed, dive to great depths to discover how ocean animals survive in their watery world. Create an underwater viewer to observe creatures below the surface. Go on a journey to search for creatures of the deep. Investigate shark teeth, and build your own tide pool. Discover a world of marine wonders in this sea-sational adventure.

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

What’s Up Doc? (Grades 3-5)
The hip bone’s connected to the…what bone? Make your own life-sized anatomy chart, taste food with your nose and create a model of a cell as you learn the basics of the human body. Practice your bedside manner as you master first aid basics, and glove up for an “operation” when you dissect a sheep’s eye to get a closer look at how vision works. Get ready to explore the ins and outs of a doctor’s day.

  • $370, or $340 for Members
  • 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Camps at Mercer Slough (April 4-8)

Birds, Bugs & Bunnies (Grades K-1)
Did you know that owls can fly without making a sound, dragonflies spend most of their lives underwater, and a bunny’s ears are for more than listening? Dip for aquatic creatures, search the wetlands for animal signs and discover hidden burrows as you uncover fascinating facts about residents of the Slough. Hunt for hidden habitats and observe awesome oddities of animals all around you. Join us for a week of discovery into how adaptations help creatures survive!

  • $370, or $340 for Members
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Rhythms of Nature (Grades 2-4)
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!

  • $370, or $340 for Members
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Geocaching Adventure (Grades 4-6)
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 outdoor sport. Find out how Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites let you pinpoint your location anywhere in the world and become an expert in the use of a GPS device. Canoe local waterways and hike forested trails as you seek out hidden geocaches. How many can you find?

  • $415, or $385 for Members
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wetland Scientists (Grades 6-8)
How healthy is your local water source? From the streams of the Cascade Foothills to the wetlands of Mercer Slough, 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. Collect and analyze data as you develop the skills that scientists use to survey aquatic life.

  • $175, or $160 for Members
  • Two 2-day camp sessions (repeatable): April 4-5 and April 7-8
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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: Requests for withdrawal from camp must be received at least two 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 two 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 waiting list, which are free of charge. Requests for transfers must be made at least one week prior to camp start date.

Mercer Slough Camp Details

Morning Drop-Off takes place in the turn-around for camps in Licorice Fern and Salmonberry classrooms, and in the North parking lot for camps in Dragonfly or Pond Lily classrooms. For full-day camps, drop-off takes place from 8:45 – 9 a.m. each day; camp activities begin promptly at 9 a.m. On Monday, please park and walk your child to his or her classroom. Other days, teachers will be waiting on the sidewalk for curb-side pick-drop off. Please do not leave your car unattended in the driveway between 8:35 and 9 a.m.

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 your child will be placed in extended day care for a $12 fee. For half-day camps, check your confirmation materials for drop-off and pick-up details and times. This is a map of the campus. Click for a larger version that may be printed, etc.

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 (425) 450-0207. 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

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:

  • 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
  • Hat (for sun protection and warmth)
  • Any medications listed on your medical form. Please give any medications to camp staff on the first day of camp.
  • Day pack for lunch, water, snacks and any other daily needed items

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.

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 times are staggered to accommodate the large number of campers. Check your confirmation material or with your camper’s teacher for the specific end time. If you have siblings with different camp end times, please inform the teachers. Pick-up is in the same location as drop-off, outside the Seattle Rotary Discovery Labs. Please 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.
  • If staying in your car, you are welcome to use our curb-side pickup option.
  • Cars traveling northbound on Second Ave. 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.

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.

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.