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.

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.

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.

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 times vary for each camp; check your confirmation material for the specific start time. 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 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.

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: $55 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 (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