Exhibits & Programs

Camps for Curious Minds at six different 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.


We will offer camps December 28-31 at Pacific Science Center and Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Registration opens October 15.

Camps at Pacific Science Center


Teddy’s Grand Adventure

8:30 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.  |  $280, or $260 for Members

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!

3-2-1 Blast Off

8:30 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.  |  $280, or $260 for Members

Ever wonder what’s beyond the moon or how astronauts eat ice cream in space? Join us on a spaceship adventure as we journey on a trip that’s out of this world! Soar across the solar system, blast through an asteroid belt and recreate Saturn’s colorful rings. Discover the stars in the night sky with a trip to our Planetarium and create your own stellar constellation. It’s a week-long Space-tacular adventure!


Robotic Rangers

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $280, or $260 for Members

Join us in the lab to investigate robotics! Discover what makes a robot a robot and how scientists are using them to explore harsh habitats from outer space to the depths of the sea floor. Then put your skills to work! Using Lego® Mindstorms® software and robotic parts, it’s up to you to program your own robotic machines to overcome twisty obstacles and crafty challenges that we create. It’s your mind versus our programming madness!


8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $280, or $260 for Members

This is a camp you can really sink your teeth into! From composition to construction, see how candy is made, what a cake can teach you about the layers of the Earth and how candy chemistry can create a 20-foot fizzy geyser. Engineer and design structures out of delicious materials, then put your taste bud sensitivity to the test as you compare different natural honeys. Bio-candy, engineering, experiments and more will convince you that candy is more than just a tasty treat.


Duct Tape Challenge

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $280, or $260 for Members

Can duct tape really fix everything? Find out as we trace the famous tape back to its origins and put it to the test. Complete engineering challenges that investigate its strength and durability. Use duct tape to design a messenger bag and three dimensional works of art. Discover how this tape made all of the difference on Apollo 13, and conduct experiments to get out of some sticky situations. Grab a roll and learn why duct tape is the most versatile and indispensable tool you can have in your kit.

Camps at Mercer Slough

Natural Creations (Grades K-2)

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $295, or $275 for Members

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! Campers will be split into two groups based on ages.

Hidden Bears & Snowshoe Hares (Grades 3-5)

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $295, or $275 for Members

How do animals survive the winter? Examine animals’ wintry adaptations as you conduct weather experiments and search for signs of hidden animals. Explore seasonal art and poetry as you learn about how animals stay warm, find food and escape from predators in this four-day exploration into the wintry world of animal adaptations.

Geocaching Trek (Grades 6-8)

2-day camp runs December 28-29
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $155, or $145 for Members

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?