Events & Programs

 

Winter Break Camps

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. Looking for Summer Camps?

Registration for Winter Break Camps opens in November. To be notified when registration opens, email lkoontz@pacsci.org.

December 18-22 at Pacific Science Center & Mercer Slough

  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $380, or $350 for Pacific Science Center Members (unless otherwise noted)
Camps at Pacific Science Center

Teddy’s Grand Adventure (Grades K-1)
Teddy’s packing fro 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, become a zookeeper to investigate animals, design an airplane to soar through the clouds like a pilot, and don your parka for a scientific expedition to the Arctic! At the end of the week, Teddy will be ready to join you at home for adventures of your own.

Out of this World (Grades 2-3)
Explore what it takes to be an astronaut and construct a flight plan to take you to the depths of our galaxy. Travel back in time to experience how Galileo’s discoveries shaped our understanding of space. Build a telescope to map the stars and investigate satellites, asteroids, and the universe beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Design and launch a rocket that will take you to Mars, where you will work with a team to establish a Martian colony. Be inspired by NASA’s next steps in spaceflight with the Orion spacecraft and Curiosity’s mission on Mars before sending your own rover to the edge of our solar system.

Holi-Duct Tape Challenge (Grades 4-5)
Can duct tape really fix everything? And can you use it to make an awesome gift? Let’s find out as we trace the famous tape back to its origins and put it to test. Complete engineering challenges that investigate its strength and durability, and conduct experiments to get out of some sticky situations. Use the tape to design 3D works of art and useful objects like a messenger bag. Grab a roll (or five!) and learn why duct tape is the most versatile and indispensable tool you can have in your kit.

Java Coding and Video Games with UW Bothell (Grades 6-8)
If you wanted to create a video game, where would you start? Understanding programming language is the first step to building your own fun games. Work with computer science students from UW Bothell to hone your Java skills by designing, building and playing video games in this introductory level program. Explore a variety of STEM fields that use Java and put your programming skills to the test. Are you game?

  • Cost: $560, or $530 for Pacific Science Center Members
Camps at Mercer Slough

Natural Creations (Grades K-1)
Take your artistic 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 an artistic week in the wetlands.

Winter Survival (Grades 2-3)
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 “Winter Survival Challenge!”

Trash to Treasures (Grades 4-5)
Go beyond the classic reduce, reuse, recycle!  It’s time to Up-cycle your trash into treasure as you dive into the sustainability of stuff.  Investigate how far across the planet our trash travels and what happens when we throw stuff away. Then, take steps to reduce your impacts. Practice leaving no trace on a hike, make your own recycled paper, and turn reused materials into the perfect gift for that person who’s hard to shop for. Explore the difference between reusing and recycling and practice better options than throwing things away. We CAN make a better world, one person and project at a time!

December 26-29 (four-day week) at Pacific Science Center

  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $304, or $280 for Pacific Science Center Members

Start Your Engines (Grades K-1)
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, like rubber bands, balloons, electricity, and more. From grinding gears to fascinating friction, find out how race cars stay “glued” to the curves. With all your new knowledge, you’ll be able to design and build your own car and put it to the test on the race track.

Science Myths: BUSTED (Grades 2-3)
This week is one giant science experiment! 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, you will design, test, and conduct experimental 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 explore a week’s worth of myths.

Young Entrepreneurs (Grades 4-5)
Calling all future CEOs! Experience first-hand the challenges and triumphs of starting and managing a business. Engage in creative problem-solving, product testing, and team building to run a hot cocoa stand for a day. Once you’ve experimented to find your perfect recipe, develop a business plan to present to a panel of potential investors. Discover how to develop a budget, set goals, and recognize opportunities in this rare look into a startup company.

Camp Procedures

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 two weeks before the camp start date. A $100 processing fee will be retained per camp. 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 wait list, which are free of charge. Requests for transfers must be made at least one week prior to the 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. N and John St. 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 in the Discovery Labs’ courtyard, or inside the Discovery Labs’ lobby if it is raining.

Afternoon Pick-Up: Camp end time is at 3:30 p.m. Pick-up takes place in the same location as drop-off. Please have your Kid Code ready. 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 curbside 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.

Pick-up will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., your child will be placed in extended day care for an additional $12 fee for the day.

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 as “Authorized to Pick-Up” 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.
  • Youth & Family Programs Supervisor: (206) 443-2906, available M-F 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Afternoon extended day care is available from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

  • Please provide an extra snack for your child if you are using extended day care.
  • Pick-up for extended day care is in the Discovery Labs (the entrance is located 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. Someone from Registration will contact you in regards to charging the final payment.

Cost: $55 for the five-day week, $45 for the four-day week, or $12 per day

Morning extended day care is not available for break camps.

What to Bring to Camp: Please ensure that all items your child brings to camp is labeled with their name. Campers should bring the following to camp everyday:

  • Two snacks (Note: Please provide an extra snack if your child is staying for extended day care)
  • Sack lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Any medications listed on your medical form. These medications should be placed inside a plastic Ziploc bag and labeled with your child’s name. Please give this bag to camp staff on the first day of camp and it will be returned on Friday.

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.

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.

Lunch is not available for purchase.

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 3:30 – 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., you will be charged a late fee of $10 per ten minutes.

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 as “Authorized to Pick-Up” 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. 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 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

  • Please provide an extra snack for your child if you are using extended day care.
  • Please pick up your camper in the Licorice Fern classroom in the building nearest to the Tree House in the upper turn-around.
  • Afternoon care ends promptly at 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. you will be charged a late fee of $10 for every 10 minutes.
  • For unplanned extended day care use, please inform the teacher in the morning. Someone from Registration will contact you in regards to charging the final payment.

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
  • Warm jacket and/or extra layers
  • 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. These medications should be placed inside a plastic Ziploc bag and labeled with your child’s name. Please give this bag to camp staff on the first day of camp and it will be returned on Friday.

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.

Lunch is not available for purchase at Mercer Slough.

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