Events & Programs

In-Person Summer Camps

 

General Summer Camp Registration is Open

Members, please continue to use your unique member registration link to register for Summer Camps. Questions? Contact us at (206) 443-2008 or camps@pacsci.org.

“‘It was fun’ and ‘it was really fun’ was high praise from my picky tweens. Highlight of their Food Lab experience was frying an egg in dishsoap! As a parent, I felt confident with the steps PacSci took to ensure my family’s safety. I’m so grateful that my kids got to have a fun, in-person, and safe summer camp experience!”

— Allan C.

“My son immensely enjoyed his Grossology camp. It had been a long while since I’ve seen him so excited to tell me all the things he did and learned!”

— Eileen S.

“My 7-YO son with special needs has always LOVED every PSC camps since he was 4. The camp is filled with exciting activities and led by WONDERFUL staff. What a fun, inclusive, educational, and safe camp! Thank you PSC!!”

— Minhee L.

Every summer is an adventure.

PacSci’s Camps for Curious Minds offers over 100 unique camp experiences across multiple locations for kids in grades PreK-8, all summer long! Whether kids want to concoct tasty creations, code video games, or climb on rocks, we’ve got a camp for them.

Join us at Camps for Curious Minds and be curious, all summer long. PacSci will be offering in-person camps at five locations this summer as well as Virtual Tech Camps.

All inperson camps will follow Washington State Department of Health and Center for Disease Control protocols. You can find more information about our safety policies and protocols in the Camp Policies and Information section below. Camp COVID policies and procedures may change based on updated local, state and federal guidance and health recommendations. Any changes will be posted below and registrants will be notified. Read about how we ran safe and successful in-person camps last summer during COVID-19.

Camp Availability

Last Updated: Thursday, March 25, 9 a.m. (PT)

To adhere to Washington State Department of Health and Center for Disease Control protocols, we cannot add additional spots to Summer Camps. For more information on the waitlist process, please see the “Registration, Waitlists, Transfers & Cancellations” drop down option under the Camp Policies and Information section of this webpage. If you have questions about specific camps or the registration process, please email camps@pacsci.org. We appreciate your understanding during this unique and challenging year!

Full Camps – Waitlist Spots Available

Pacific Science Center Location

Weeks 3, 5, 10 | 3-2-1 Blast Off!

Week 8 | Amusement Park Physics

Week 7 | Biome Bonanza 

Weeks 1 & 3 | Candyology

Week 2 | Clever Contraptions

Week 1 | Cookie Caper

Week 2 | Duct Tape Challenge

Weeks 2 & 8 | Food Lab

Weeks 3 & 5 | Get Set to be a Vet

Weeks 3, 6, 8 | Lab Wizards

Week 4 | Meteorologists in Training

Weeks 1, 5, 9 | Mission to Mars

Week 4 | Out of This World

Weeks 1 & 3 | Roving Researchers

Week 7 | Smartest Artist

Weeks 2, 8, 10 | Spy Science

Week 9 | Start Your Engines

Week 6 | To the Moon AM

Week 7 | Under the Sea

Week 2 | Wild Ocean Adventures

Week 4 | World of Wonder AM

Week 6 | Young Physicians 

Week 4 | Zombie Survival School

 

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center Location

Weeks 4 & 9 | Birds, Bugs, and Bunnies

Week 5 | Legends of Polliwog Pond

Weeks 1 & 7 | Outdoor Survival School

Weeks 2, 5, 8 | Eco-Explorations

Week 1 | Fantastic Forests AM

Weeks 5 & 10 | Legends of Polliwog Pond

Week 2 | Mud, Muck, and Goo

Weeks 1, 3, 6, 9 | Naturally Artistic

Weeks 1 & 6 | Natural Creations

Weeks 3 & 8 | Slough Sleuths

Weeks 2 & 7 | Wetland Wonderers

Weeks 4 & 9 | Wild Explorers AM

 

Kirkland Location

Week 5 | Candyology

Week 1 | Building Blocks

Week 5 | Lab Wizards

 

St. Thomas School Location

Week 7 | 3-2-1 Blast Off!

Week 7 | Chem Lab, Inc.

Week 7 | Get Set to be a Vet

Week 8 | Heating Up

Week 7 | Start Your Engines

Week 5 | Smartest Artist

Week 6 | Spy Science

Week 7 | Start Your Engines

Week 8 | Superheroes

Week 6 | Wild Ocean Adventures

 

Full Camps – Waitlist Closed
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center Location

Weeks 4 & 10 | Outdoor Survival School

 

2021 In-Person Summer Camps

Browse offerings for 2021 Summer Camps in the drop downs below. 

2021 Summer Camps for Grades PreK–K

Preschoolers must be 4 years old by the first day of the camp they are enrolled in, and must be potty trained (able to independently ask and go to the restroom including wiping and re-dressing).

For details and pricing refer to the 2021 Summer Camp Schedule.

 

Animal Discoveries

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 3, 6, 10 (AM and PM)
Why do coyotes have wet noses? How do deer hear so well? Uncover the amazing ways animals use their senses to explore their world through reading stories, playing games, and creating colorful art.

 

Colorful Creations

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 7 (AM), Weeks 3,9 (PM)
Everyone perceives our colorful world differently; how do you see the colors around you? Experiment with the entire spectrum of visible light, learn how others see the world, and make some groovy lenses to put a spin on your own view.

 

Curious Creatures

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 8 (AM), Weeks 4,10 (PM)
Learn what animals need to live in the wild and how they have adapted to survive in different environments. Meet butterflies, snakes, and crabs to inspire your own art piece! Formerly Critter Club

 

Fantastic Forests

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 10 (AM), Week 5 (PM) | Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 7 (AM and PM)
Learn how our local ecosystems can support such a wide variety of life in a week of fun! Play games, listen to stories, and make your own forest-themed art to take home.

 

Mud, Muck, and Goo

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 5, 9 (AM and PM)
What makes the ground so squishy and slugs so slimy? Make your own slippery slime, investigate mysterious animal tracks, dissect an owl pellet, and stomp through mud puddles in the wetland!

 

Snack Science

When & Where: PacSci: Week 5 (AM), Weeks 2, 7 (PM)
Is the perfect snack crunchy, salty, gooey, or colorful? Use your senses to explore the colors, smells, and tastes of food. Experiment with kitchen chemistry and make your own tasty treat! Formerly Kitchen Chemistry

 

To the Moon

When & Where: PacSci: Week 6 (AM), Weeks 1, 8 (PM)
Become an astronomer and blast off into a week of space-themed crafts and stories. Make and take home your own moon sand, fizzy planet, and constellation art while learning about the universe.

 

Wild Explorers

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 4, 8 (AM and PM)
Discover and map new territory at Mercer Slough. Investigate underwater insects, unearth soil invertebrates, and uncover wild animal tracks!

 

World of Wonder

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 4, 9 (AM), Week 6 (PM)
Explore our amazing planet with this crash course in Earth science! Build a volcano, create a tiny river, and make a globe to decorate and take home at the end of the week.

2021 Summer Camps for Grades K–1

Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2021.

For details and pricing refer to the 2021 Summer Camp Schedule.

 

3-2-1 Blast Off!

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 5, 10 | St. Thomas: Week 7
Galaxies, black holes, and shooting stars await a junior astronomer just like you! Get hands-on astronautical experience by mapping out the solar system, launching rockets, and making your own model planet to take home.

 

Biome Bonanza

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 4 (Sensory Friendly), 7
Discover the many ecosystems in our state and learn how creatures like birds and bugs have adapted to them. Become an expert as we dissect owl pellets, hold a cockroach, and build take-home terrariums.

 

Birds, Bugs, and Bunnies | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 4, 9
Did you know that owls can fly without making a sound and dragonfly nymphs use water-jet propulsion? Learn fun facts about wetland residents as you search for creatures and discover hidden homes.

 

Building Blocks

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 7 | Kirkland: Week 1
Blend engineering and art to design new city structures using paints, textures, and unique building models. Learn the basics of architecture as you build with blocks, bricks, and K’Nex®.

 

Cookie Caper

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 5, 8  | Kirkland: Week 5
PacSci’s top secret cookie recipe has been stolen and we need your help! Build your investigative skills as you take a closer look into the chemical reactions behind cookie ingredients, and make your own perfect chocolate chip cookie to solve the mystery.

 

Heating Up

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 4, 6, 10 | Kirkland: Week 2 | St. Thomas: Week 8
Fire, friction, and food are just some of the ways heat can affect us. Investigate the chemistry behind all things hot by playing games, making art, and learning how to experiment with fire safely.

 

Legends of Polliwog Pond | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 5, 10
The Pirate of Polliwog Pond left behind a map and we need your help deciphering it! Work with a team to solve puzzles and riddles that will guide you to the treasures of the wetlands.

 

Make Sense of It

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 4, 8 | Kirkland: Week 2 | Explorer West: Week 6
How does your sense of smell help you taste food? Can your sense of touch protect you from danger? Find out all the ways we use our senses! Put your eyes, ears, and nose to the test through science experiments, games, and sense-ational art.

 

Natural Creations | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 6 (Sensory Friendly)
Take your artistic flair outside! Extract colorful dyes, make your own paper, delve into detailed drawings, and craft cool creations using trees, flowers, and recycled materials.

 

Slough Sleuths | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 3, 8
Grab your detective cap and magnifying glass as we explore who lives in the wetland, unearth crawly critters from underground, and discover how animals adapt in their habitats.

 

Smartest Artist

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 7 (Sensory Friendly), 9 | Kirkland: Week 3 | St. Thomas: Week 5 (Sensory Friendly)
Discover the science behind the art in nature, the city, and the pictures on your fridge. Create unique pieces of art to take home by experimenting with paints, dyes, and textures.

 

Start Your Engines

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 9 | Kirkland: Week 5 | St. Thomas: Week 7
Buckle your seatbelt, adjust your mirrors, and roar into motion! Experiment with alternative energy sources like rubber bands, balloons, and electricity. Design and build your own car, boat, and rocket; then put them to the test!

 

Story Explorers

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 5 (Sensory Friendly), 9 | Kirkland: Week 1 | St. Thomas: Week 3 | Explorer West: Week 7 (Sensory Friendly)
Become a literary explorer and venture into tales of science and discovery! Experiment with concoctions, journey with animals in a forest, and create weather phenomena with your own hands as you write your own story.

 

Superheroes

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 6 | Kirkland: Week 3 | St. Thomas: Week 8
Use your super science skills to design a super vehicle, test your super senses, and mix up super solutions in the lab. Combine your favorite powers to create your superhero identity, complete with a costume and gadgets.

 

Teddy’s Grand Adventure

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 6, 8 | Kirkland: Week 4 | St. Thomas: Week 4
Take your new teddy bear on an adventure to explore science careers! Create a journal for you and Teddy as you explore medicine, flight, engineering, and more.

 

Wetland Wonders | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 7
Seek out the hidden creatures and marshy mysteries of Mercer Slough. Find out why Earth is the water planet as you journey through wetlands, streams, and ponds. Observe transforming invertebrates and sink your hands into clay soil.

 

Wild Ocean Adventures

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 10 | Kirkland: Week 4 | St. Thomas: Week 6 | Explorer West: Week 8
Discover the wonders of marine biology and learn all about the ocean and the animals that live there. Create ocean art with shells and shark teeth, then build your own submarine to take home.

2021 Summer Camps for Grades 2–3

Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2021.

For details and pricing refer to the 2021 Summer Camp Schedule.

 

 

Birds, Bugs, and Bunnies | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 4, 9
Did you know that owls can fly without making a sound and dragonfly nymphs use water-jet propulsion? Learn fun facts about wetland residents as you search for creatures and discover hidden homes.

 

Candyology

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 3 | Kirkland: Week 5 | St. Thomas: Week 8
Sink your teeth into the science of candy! Each day, learn a new recipe while exploring the chemistry behind sugary compounds of candy polymers.

 

Clever Contraptions

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 5, 7 | Kirkland: Week 5 | St. Thomas: Week 3
Put on your thinking cap to engineer solutions to crazy challenges using science! Work together to build spaghetti towers, stick catapults, paper airplanes, foil boats, and a Rube Goldberg machine.

 

Eco-Explorations | Available for Grades 3-5

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 5, 8
Your camper will experience activities from our exciting camps like Wild Waters, Animal Adventures, and Eco-Voyagers. Explore the diverse ecosystems of Puget Sound through plant identification, water quality testing, animal tracking, and more!

 

Get Set to be a Vet

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 5 (Girls Focused), 9 | Kirkland: Week 1 | St. Thomas: Week 7
Unleash your inner veterinarian and discover the features of your favorite animals as you examine X-rays, study skeletons, explore digestive tracts, and dissect a real sheep’s eye.

 

Grossology

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 6, 9 (Sensory Friendly) | Kirkland: Week 4
The gross side of science is slimy, squishy, icky, and sticky! Investigate digestion, dirt, and decay as we dissect squid, make milk spoil, and replicate the gastrointestinal process.

 

Lab Wizards

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 6, 8 | Kirkland: Week 5 | St. Thomas: Week 4 | Explorer West: Week 8
Alohomora! Unlock the secrets of the wizarding world and discover the science behind real life magic. Conjure up potions, create a chocolate frog, and mount your broomstick for the Quidditch World Cup.

 

Legends of Polliwog Pond | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 5, 10
The Pirate of Polliwog Pond left behind a map and we need your help deciphering it! Work with a team to solve puzzles and riddles that will guide you to the treasures of the wetlands..

 

Meteorologists in Training

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 4 (Sensory Friendly), 7
Will you need sunscreen or snow boots tomorrow? Learn the science behind forecasting the weather. Create tools to measure atmospheric conditions, meet a meteorologist, and practice giving a newsworthy weather forecast.

 

Natural Creations | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 6 (Sensory Friendly)
Take your artistic flair outside! Extract colorful dyes, make your own paper, delve into detailed drawings, and craft cool creations using trees, flowers, and recycled materials.

 

Naturally Artistic | Available for Grades 3-5
When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 6, 9 (Sensory Friendly)
This camp is for every art enthusiast and will highlight activities from our favorite nature camps like Rhythms of Nature, Trash to Treasures, and Nature’s Notebook. Leave each day with wonderful creations in your very own nature journal, build art for others to experience on their hikes, and finish the week with a nature sounds performance for your fellow campers.

 

Out of this World

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 4, 6 (Sensory Friendly), 10 | Kirkland: Week 2 (Sensory Friendly) | St. Thomas: Week 8 (Sensory Friendly)
What does it take to become an astronaut and venture into space? Get inspired by NASA’s next steps in space exploration as you make moon sand, learn about deep space travel, and launch rockets!

 

Outdoor Survival School | Available for Grades 3-5

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 4, 7 (Girls Focused), 10
Created for our outdoor survival enthusiasts…enjoy activities from our camps like Slough Survival, Wild Survivor, and Astronomy 101. Learn how to navigate with a compass, practice first aid, filter water, name the cosmos, and put your skills to the test for an end of the week survival challenge.

 

Science Myths: Busted!

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1 (Girls Focused), 5, 10 | Kirkland: Week 3 | St. Thomas: Week 7
Can you really slip on a banana peel? Will pop rocks and drinking soda make your stomach explode? Using physics and chemistry, conduct experimental trials to test urban legends and age-old misconceptions.

 

Slough Sleuths | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 3, 8
Grab your detective cap and magnifying glass as we explore who lives in the wetland, unearth crawly critters from underground, and discover how animals adapt in their habitats.

 

Spy Science

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 8, 10 | Kirkland: Week 4 | St. Thomas: Week 6
Enter a week of espionage in our Spy Academy to find the double agent in our ranks. Create a secret alias, build spy gadgets, and decipher top secret codes.

 

Under the Sea

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 7, 9 | Kirkland: Week 3 | St. Thomas: Week 5
Wade into marine biology as we explore marine ecosystems, animal adaptations, and reflect on how these habitats are changing. Meet our resident marine critters in our hands-on tide pool, play games, and create ocean art.

 

Wetland Wonders | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 7
Seek out the hidden creatures and marshy mysteries of Mercer Slough. Find out why Earth is the water planet as you journey through wetlands, streams, and ponds. Observe transforming invertebrates and sink your hands into clay soil.

 

What’s Up, Doc?

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 4, 8 | Kirkland: Week 2 | Explorer West: Week 6
The hip bone’s connected to the…what bone? Make your own life-sized anatomy chart, taste food with your nose, practice a dissection, and create a model of a cell as you learn all about the human body.

2021 Summer Camps for Grades 4–5

Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2021.

For details and pricing refer to the 2021 Summer Camp Schedule.

Amusement Park Physics

When & Where: PacSci: Week 8 | St. Thomas: Week 4 | Explorer West: Week 6
Explore the science of amusement parks by harnessing force and energy! Create a new ride every day and work together to build a room-sized roller coaster by the end of the week.

 

ChemLab, Inc.

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 5, 10 | Kirkland: Week 1 | St. Thomas: Week 7
Become a researcher in a world-class chemistry laboratory, ChemLab Inc.! Join your new team to conduct experiments to analyze reaction rates, create an instant cold pack, and extract the chemical components of toothpaste.

 

Cooking Up Science

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 7, 9 | Kirkland: Week 5
Let’s get cooking! Learn where food comes from, which options are healthier, and what makes things taste good. Make a budget, buy your ingredients, and create a meal using the science you learned over the week.

 

Duct Tape Challenge

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 4 (Sensory Friendly), 8 | St. Thomas: Week 6 (Sensory Friendly)
Test the strength and durability of duct tape to see if it really can fix everything. Let your creativity guide you as you construct your own duct tape creation like a backpack, clothing, or chess board to take home.

 

Eco-Explorations | Available for Grades 3-5

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 5, 8
Your camper will experience activities from our exciting camps like Wild Waters, Animal Adventures, and Eco-Voyagers. Explore the diverse ecosystems of Puget Sound through plant identification, water quality testing, animal tracking, and more!

 

Mission to Mars

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 5 (Girls Focused), 9 (Sensory Friendly) | St. Thomas: Week 3 | Explorer West: Week 7
Do you have what it takes to survive the cold and unforgiving Martian environment? Discover what it takes to travel to and colonize the red planet by building a base, space suit, and mission plan for when disaster strikes.

 

Naturally Artistic | Available for Grades 3-5

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 3, 6, 9 (Sensory Friendly)
This camp is for every art enthusiast and will highlight activities from our favorite nature camps like Rhythms of Nature, Trash to Treasures, and Nature’s Notebook. Leave each day with wonderful creations in your very own nature journal, build art for others to experience on their hikes, and finish the week with a nature sounds performance for your fellow campers.

 

Outdoor Survival School | Available for Grades 3-5

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 4, 7 (Girls Focused), 10
Created for our outdoor survival enthusiasts…enjoy activities from our camps like Slough Survival, Wild Survivor, and Astronomy 101. Learn how to navigate with a compass, practice first aid, filter water, name the cosmos, and put your skills to the test for an end of the week survival challenge.

 

Ready, Set, Physics!

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 7, 10 (Girls Focused) | Kirkland: Week 3 | St. Thomas: Week 5
You don’t need to sit under an apple tree to get inspired by physics. Go beyond Newton and discover how fun science can be when we build bridges, drop eggs, make slime, and engineer unique designs limited only by your imagination.

 

Young Entrepreneurs

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 4, 6 (Sensory Friendly) | Kirkland: Week 2 (Sensory Friendly) | Explorer West: Week 8 (Sensory Friendly)
Calling all future CEOs! Create your very own startup lemonade stand to compete against rival businesses. Form a business plan on a budget while balancing supply and demand.

 

Young Physicians

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2 (Girls Focused), 6 | Kirkland: Week 4 | St. Thomas: Week 8
Are you interested in becoming a doctor? Get a head start on a career in medicine as you make a cast, perform dissections, extract DNA, and try your hand at suturing.

2021 Summer Camps for Grades 6–8

Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2021.

For details and pricing refer to the 2021 Summer Camp Schedule.

Dissection Lab

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 6, 8 | Kirkland: Week 1 | St. Thomas: Week 4
Take a look inside the science of anatomy and learn professional techniques to dissect something new every day. Work your way up from a simple owl pellet to complex organs like eyes and brains.

 

Duct Tape Engineering

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 4 (Girls Focused), 6, 7 (Sensory Friendly), 9 | Kirkland: Week 3 (Sensory Freindly) | St. Thomas: Week 5 (Sensory Friendly) | Explorer West: Week 8 (Sensory Friendly)
Can duct tape really fix everything? Find out as you test its strength to construct a bridge and build a boat that can hold a person!

 

Exhibit Design

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3 (Sensory Friendly), 5, 7
It’s your chance to create your own science exhibit! Get inspired by a tour of PacSci’s exhibits and ask the designers for insight on how to research, design, and build your own model exhibit.

 

Food Lab

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 8 | Kirkland: Week 4 | St. Thomas: Week 6
Don an apron, roll up your sleeves, and play with your food—for science! Explore how biology, chemistry, and physics are used to enhance the properties and flavors of food. Make juicy spheres, bubbling concoctions, and smoking beverages.

 

Roving Researchers

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 3, 9 (Girls Focused) | Kirkland: Week 5 | St. Thomas: Week 7
Find out how scientists use remote sensing to study our world. Track wildfires and sea ice, then practice using radar, lasers, and global imaging. Learn about probes, rovers, and satellites, then command a rover in your own missions.

 

Underwater Machines

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1 (Girls Focused), 5, 10 | St. Thomas: Week 3 | Explorer West: Week 7
Build a submersible machine that can perform tasks underwater. Master the environment through experiments in buoyancy, density, and pressure before taking home your new apparatus.

 

Zombie Survival School

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 4, 10 | Kirkland: Week 2 | St. Thomas: Week 8 | Explorer West: Week 7
Do you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse? Study the biology of disease, build your own biocontainment suit, and learn survival basics.

2021 Girls Focused Summer Camps

Girls focused camps are a space for youth who identify as female or non-binary to support each other learning in STEAM topics, while also breaking down the social and cultural barriers that can often prevent them from pursuing STEAM subjects and careers.

For details and pricing refer to the 2021 Summer Camp Schedule.

Science Myths: Busted! | Grades 2-3
PacSci: Week 1

Get Set to be a Vet | Grades 2-3
PacSci: Week 5

Outdoor Survival School | Grades 3-5 
Mercer Slough: Week 7

Young Physicians | Grades 4-5
PacSci: Week 2

Mission to Mars | Grades 4-5
PacSci: Week 5

Ready, Set, Physics! | Grades 4-5
PacSci: Week 10

Underwater Machines | Grades 6-8
PacSci: Week 1

Duct Tape Engineering | Grades 6-8 
PacSci: Week 4

Roving Researchers | Grades 6-8
PacSci: Week 9

The camps are called ‘girls focused.’ Can a boy enroll if he is interested?
Yes. While these camp sessions are intended for girls and/or gender non-conforming youth, we would never exclude, and have never excluded, a boy from participating in these programs, should he have interest. Campers registering for girls-focused camps, like all of our camps, can select “male” or “female” as options. We are working with our e-commerce system provider to enable selection options for non-binary/non-conforming youth. 

Why do you have girls focused camps?
Our girls focused camps were created to focus on gender diversity in STEM and provide learning environments that help girls boost confidence, build supportive friendships, and become inspired by female leaders and role models. We know that stereotypes, social expectations, and lack of representation dissuade girls from pursuing interests in STEM. The mission of our Girls Focused Camp Program is to offer unique experiences that help girls overcome these types of limitations. To ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate, we offer multiple sessions of each camp. Additionally, we spread out our girls focused offerings throughout the 10 weeks of summer and run them concurrently with all-gender camps for each age group. Learn more about PacSci’s Girls and Women in STEM initiative. 

2021 Sensory Friendly Summer Camps

Sensory friendly camps maintain a lower camper to staff ratio to support campers who benefit from a calmer environment. As in all PacSci camps, campers will have access to our sensory toolboxes (with fidgets, headphones, timers, and visual aids) and “take a break” spaces. All campers are welcome to register for sensory friendly camp sessions.

For details and pricing refer to the 2021 Summer Camp Schedule.

 

Biome Bonanza | Grades K-1
PacSci: Week 4

Smartest Artist | Grades K–1
PacSci: Week 7  | St. Thomas: Week 5

Story Explorers | Grades K–1
PacSci: Week 5 | Kirkland: Week 1 | Explorer West: Week 7

Natural Creations | Grades K–2
Mercer Slough: Week 6

Grossology | Grades 2-3
PacSci: Week 9

Meteorologists in Training | Grades 2-3
PacSci: Week 4

Out of this World | Grades 2-3
PacSci: Week 6 | Kirkland: Week 2 | St. Thomas: Week 8

Naturally Artistic | Grades 3-5
Mercer Slough: Week 9

Duct Tape Challenge | Grades 4-5
PacSci: Week 4 | St. Thomas: Week 6

Mission to Mars | Grades 4-5
PacSci: Week 9

Young Entrepreneurs| Grades 4-5
PacSci: Week 6 | Kirkland: Week 2 | Explorer West: Week 8

Duct Tape Engineering | Grades 6-8
PacSci: Week 7 | Kirkland: Week 3 | St. Thomas: Week 5 | Explorer West: Week 8

Exhibit Design | Grades 6-8
PacSci: Week 3

What makes sensory friendly camps different? 
These camps have a smaller teacher to camper ratio. They also incorporate more teaching strategies and focus tools to fit the sensory needs of campers, such as lower lighting, quiet activities, visual boundaries for designated sensory break areas, noise dampening headphones, weighted blankets, tactile activities, fidgets, etc. 

Are non-sensory sensitive campers allowed in sensory friendly camps? Are kids with heightened sensory sensitivity only allowed in sensory friendly camps? 
Anyone can sign up for sensory friendly sessions. We just ask parents to keep in mind that these camps are specifically tailored for campers with extra sensory needs and to use their best judgment as to whether this camp would be a good fit for their child. Campers with extra sensory needs can sign up for non-sensory friendly camps and will have access to sensory friendly focus tools and quiet space. Materials from our sensory kits will be properly cleaned and disinfected between any use. Keep in mind that some camp activities may not offer a wider range of sensory needs. 

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations & Procedures

Drop-off and pick-up procedures will vary by location. Due to COVID safety concerns, parents may be required to find parking for the time it takes to walk to the specified drop-off and pick-up locations. While parents and guardians may enter external spaces during drop-off and pick-up, only campers and staff may enter the buildings. Drop-off and pick-up procedures for each camp location will be available soon.  

Parents and guardians of registered campers will also receive an email before their camp start date with details on procedures and safety protocols. 

What is the Kid Code used for? 

  • The kid code is a “secret” code that you choose when you are registering for camps. It is used in place of an ID check when picking up campers. 
  • When you arrive for pick-up each day, you will be asked your child’s name, camp title, and kid code. 
  • If you forget your kid code, you can call our office at (206) 443-2925 and they can help you retrieve it, or you can show your ID at the time of pick-up. The name of the ID must match the name on our medical and authorized pick-up lists. 
  • Anyone who knows your secret kid code will be able to pick-up your camper. Please do not share this code with anyone you do not trust. 
  • If you have multiple campers signed up, it is recommended that you choose the same kid code for all ages.  

At what age can parents sign out campers so that they can walk or take the bus home on their own at the end of each day? How do they get the form? 

Campers need to be entering 6th grade to be able to sign themselves out of camps and commute home on their own. Please have them email the camps team at  camps@pacsci.org  and we will send them a form to print and fill out to bring with them to camp.  

 

2021 Extended Care

For Summer Camps 2021 we will not be offering extended care options.

2021 Camper Lunch Program

We are excited to announce a new partnership with FareStart that allows us to bring our Camper Lunch Program to every Camps for Curious Minds location. This summer, lunches are available for purchase through FareStart at Pacific Science Center, Explorer West, Kirkland, Mercer Slough. Camper Lunch provided by Sage Dining is included in the registration for camps at St. Thomas. Lunch is not available for half day camps. 

Lunch at PacSci, Explorer West, Kirkland, and Mercer Slough

At PacSci, Explorer West, Kirkland, and Mercer Slough, you can sign up for the Camper Lunch Program at the time of registration. Lunches are provided by FareStart and meet or exceed USDA Summer Food Service Program requirements. Campers also receive milk and two snacks per day. Vegetarian and Allergen-free lunches are available upon request. Lunch orders are not available by the day, and all orders or cancellations must be made by 4 p.m. on the Monday before your camper’s camp start date. Substitutions are not available. Cost: $50 per week

Lunch at St. Thomas School

At St. Thomas School, lunch is included in the cost of camp. Lunch and snacks are provided by SAGE Dining. SAGE is committed to delivering safe, healthy options for every camper regardless of allergies or dietary restrictions. View a sample menu here. Lunch includes a hot entrée or sandwich option and sides. Campers also receive two snacks per day. All camper lunches will be individually packaged and delivered to camp groups.

Camp Policies and Information

Be sure to review our 2021 camp policies and information regarding health and safety, waivers, transfers, cancellations, waitlisting, and more. 

COVID-19 Health & Safety Information

We are focused on safely delivering summer camp experiences for all campers and staff in compliance with the Department of Health Guidelines for summer camps.  We are happy to share that were able to successfully run camp in 2020 with no reported cases of COVID-19.  For more information on our safety precautions, download our COVID Health Related Quick Sheet and review our Summer Camp FAQ. 

Camp COVID policies and procedures may change based on updated local, state and federal guidance and health recommendations. Any changes will be posted below and registrants will be notified. 

All In-Person Summer Camps will follow the practices as well as the detailed policies outlined below: 

  • Compliance with our comprehensive Sick Camper Policy 
  • Maintaining small cohorts of campers with dedicated staff members. Group sizes will be determined by group age, location, and room size but will be no more than 16 campers per group 
  • All groups will remain separated throughout the day with dedicated routes to move throughout the building
  • Physical distancing will be practiced within each group
  • Modified drop-off and pick-up procedures
  • Increased opportunities for hand washing and increased availability of hand sanitizer 
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of materials and the facility 
  • Compliance with our facial covering policy requiring all campers and staff to wear masks 
  • Compliance with our health screening policy requiring all campers and staff to verify daily that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Keeping Pacific Science Center closed to the general public. Parents and guardians will not be permitted to enter the buildings. 
  • Eliminating the need for camper transportation during the camp day 
  • Closing hands-on exhibits 
  • Eliminating extended care programming 

Mask Policy

Masks are required for all PacSci staff and campers from the time they arrive on-site at a camp location through the time they leave the camp facility. Masks are also required for parents and guardians during drop-off and pick-up or any other time they are at a camp location. Masks must be properly fitted and cover the mouth and nose at all times, and if reusable, must be cleaned regularly. Masks with valves or openings, handkerchiefs, gaiters, and face shields in lieu of a mask are not allowed. While campers should bring their own masks, a limited number of disposable masks will be available for camper use if needed. The policy must be reviewed, signed, and submitted electronically in the camper health profile through CampDoc after registrationDownload our mask policy.  

Sick Camper Policy

In order to attend an in-person summer camp, all parents or guardians of campers must review and sign our Sick Camper Policy. To help ensure the health and safety of our campers and staff, our policy includes requirements for a daily health check, as well as procedures for any illnesses that occur during the camp day and for returning to camp after illness. 

The policy should be reviewed, signed, and submitted electronically in the camper health profile through CampDoc after registration. Download a copy of the Sick Camper Policy 

Daily Health Check

PacSci staff and campers will need to perform a daily health check before arriving to camp each day. In addition, PacSci staff may require an on-site temperature check for campers. Parents and guardians will be required to complete the following screening questions daily:  

  • Has your child or anyone in the household had any of the following symptoms within the last 48 hours that are not caused by another condition? 
  • Fever (100.4 Degrees F) or chills 
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
  • Unusual fatigue  
  • Muscle or body aches  
  • Headache  
  • New loss of taste or smell  
  • Sore throat  
  • Congestion or runny nose  
  • Nausea or vomiting  
  • Diarrhea  
  • Within the past 14 days, has your child been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for a cumulative total of 15 minutes) with anyone with either (1) a confirmed case of COVID-19 or (2) symptoms consistent with COVID-19? 
  • Has your child had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?  
  • Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told your child to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?  
  • Is your child currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test? 

High Risk Groups

Those at high risk for health problems from COVID-19 should consult with their health care provider when considering whether to participate in Camps for Curious Minds.  

What is the staff to camper ratio? How many campers are in each camp?

Department of Health guidelines limit camp groups to a maximum of 22 campers and staff. All Camps for the Curious Mind camp groups will be limited to no more than 16 campers and will have dedicated educators and an assistant educator. Group sizes will be determined by age, site location, and the room size with most groups below this limit. Staff to camper ratios vary depending on group size, but will not exceed a 1:10 staff to camper ratio. Some camps like preschool and sensory friendly camps will have a lower camper to staff ratio.

What health information do I need to provide in order to attend camp?

All registered camp attendees must register with CampDoc to complete documentation that includes providing basic camper health information, reviewing and agreeing to PacSci’s health and safety policies, and completing the in-person camper liability waiver (Download the waiver for review). After registering for camps, you will receive an email invitation to create a CampDoc account to complete all of the required documentation. All campers must also complete a daily health screening through CampDoc prior to arriving at camp each morning.

Registration, Waitlists, Transfers & Cancellations

When does registration open?

Member Registration reopens Monday, March 22, 2021. General registration opens Thursday, March 25, 2021.

When is the last day I can sign up for a camp? 

For in-person camps, registration closes the Wednesday before the camp start date at 11:59 p.m.

What is the waitlist process? 

  • A  waitlist  spot only opens up when a registered camper transfers to a new camp or cancels a camp registration. Once this occurs, our system automatically sends an email to the first person on the waitlist.
  • Once notified via email, the first person on the waitlist will have 24 hours to respond to the email in one of two ways: (1) Use the link to register and pay for the camp or (2) Click the link that indicates they are no longer interested in the camp space
  • If the individual doesn’t register for the camp within 24 hours or notify us they are no longer interested, the registration link is disabled and an email is automatically sent to the next person on the waitlist.
  • We do see movement on most waitlists through the summer, but cannot guarantee a spot will become available.  

How can I transfer to a different camp? 

To transfer your camper to a new camp, first register for the new camp online.* Once registered, email camps@pacsci.org or call (206) 443-2925 to cancel your original camp. There will be no fee for transferring camps and your original camp will be refunded in full (including the non-refundable deposit) after a new camp is booked.

* Registration closes the Wednesday before the camp start date at 11:59 p.m.

What is the cancelation policy? 

Requests for withdrawal from camp must be made at least  two weeks  prior to the camp start date.

To cancel your registration, please email  camps@pacsci.org  with your name, camper name, and registration number. Pacific Science Center will retain the $50 deposit fee per each in-person and virtual camp canceled. Should Pacific Science Center or our partners decide to fully cancel a camp, we will process a full refund including the deposit for those registered.

Summer Camp Scholarships

The Camps for Curious Minds Scholarship Program offers youth in grades PreK-8 interested in science education opportunities to participate in one of our week-long summer camp sessions at no cost. 

2021 Summer Camp scholarship applications opens February 22, 2021. 

Qualifications 

PacSci offers full scholarships for prospective campers who qualify in any of the following ways: 

  • Free or reduced lunch: Camper qualified for free or reduced lunch program for the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • Foster care: Camper is in the foster care system currently or was during the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • Other government public assistance: Parent/guardian enrolled in the food assistance program (SNAP) or other public assistance programs. 
  • Family Access or Youth Access Membership: A low-income membership in the parent/guardian or camper’s name as of March 2020. 

Scholarship Selection 

Scholarship recipients are chosen using a lottery system. Completing an application does not automatically mean you will receive a scholarship. You will be notified on April 7, 2021 of one of three possible outcomes: scholarship recipient, wait-list, or not selected for a scholarship. If you are wait-listed, you will be contacted if a lottery winner chooses not to accept their scholarship or additional scholarship spaces are funded 

Important Dates 

  • February 22, 2021: Scholarship application available  
  • March 28 2021: Scholarship application due  
  • April 2, 2021: Scholarship recipients notified 
  • April 7, 2021: Confirmation/acceptance deadline 

To Apply 

The application is available on our Camp Scholarship page. 

If you are the parent/guardian of multiple children or siblings, please note that one complete application must be submitted for each prospective camper. 

If you have any questions about scholarships, please email camps@pacsci.org, with the subject line “2021 Summer Camp Scholarships”. 

Age/Grade Requirements

Are camps based on the current grade or next year’s grade?

Camps are based on the grade the camper is going into for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

How old does my preschooler need to be to attend camps?

Preschoolers must be 4 years old by the first day of the camp they are enrolled in, and must be potty trained (able to independently ask and go to the restroom including wiping and re-dressing).

My camper will be going into ____ grade, but really wants to take (grade above/below) camps. Can I sign up for this camp?

No. Our camps are designed for the grade range listed. If the camper is too young, the content may be over the camper’s head when in a camp with (highest camp grade in range). If the camper is too old, the content will not be challenging for the camper and not a good experience. We also consider the social impacts of a child being the youngest or oldest in the group.

Do you offer any camps for high school students?

No. While we usually have service learning opportunities for teens (14-18) during the summer to assist with our summer camps, we are unable to offer this program this year. We are hoping to run this program again in 2022.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations & Procedures

Drop-off and pick-up procedures will vary by location. Due to COVID safety concerns, parents may be required to find parking for the time it takes to walk to the specified drop-off and pick-up locations. While parents and guardians may enter external spaces during drop-off and pick-up, only campers and staff may enter the buildings. Drop-off and pick-up procedures for each camp location will be available soon.  

Parents and guardians of registered campers will also receive an email before their camp start date with details on procedures and safety protocols. 

General Health & Safety Information

What health information do I need to provide in order to attend camp?

All registered camp attendees must register with CampDoc to complete documentation that includes providing basic camper health information, reviewing and agreeing to PacSci’s health and safety policies, and completing the in-person camper liability waiver (Download the waiver for review). After registering for camps, you will receive an email invitation to create a CampDoc account to complete all of the required documentation. All campers must also complete a daily health screening through CampDoc prior to arriving at camp each morning.

Staff Training

All camp staff are required to be certified in first aid and CPR. We do an additional training put on by a nurse from Seattle Children’s Hospital including avoiding, recognizing, and responding to allergies. We also give our staff extra training in leading sensory friendly camps, cultural responsiveness, and Child Abuse Protection.

Staff training will also include additional information this summer on proper use of facial coverings, looking for and recognizing symptoms of COVID 19, and proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures. 

Allergies and Food Sensitivities

Our camps and facilities are not nut free. If your camper has a food allergy please list in the medical section when registering online and then talk to the classroom teacher in person the first day of camp. 

Epi-Pen and Inhaler Protocol

Parents can choose whether they want their camper or the camp teacher to carry necessary Epi-Pens and inhalers. If a camper has an Epi-Pen, inhaler, or other urgent medical supply, this should be noted on the medical release form. If teachers carry supplies, they are kept it in a backpack with the rest of the first aid supplies and medical release forms. If the camper carries it, the camper is responsible for making sure it is available when needed (the teacher will probably not check to make sure they bring it out to lunch with them, rather than leave it in their backpack).

What is the staff to camper ratio? How many campers are in each camp?

Department of Health guidelines limit camp groups to a maximum of 22 campers and staff. All Camps for the Curious Mind camp groups will be limited to no more than 16 campers and will have dedicated educators and an assistant educator. Group sizes will be determined by age, site location, and the room size with most groups below this limit. Staff to camper ratios vary depending on group size, but will not exceed a 1:10 staff to camper ratio. Some camps like preschool and sensory friendly camps will have a lower camper to staff ratio.  

Membership

I’m a member, are there Summer Camp benefits?  

Yes! As in years past, we are offering members early registration and a $30 camp discount. However, we are doing things a bit differently this year. Early registration for members opens at 11 am on Tuesday, March 16. We will be sending a special member registration link via email on Friday, March 12. Members must register through this link in order to be eligible for early registration and to get the member discount. All members who had active memberships as of March 2020 will be eligible. If you do not receive the link on March 12, please email membership@pacsci.org.

How does the special member registration link work?  

Members can use the direct registration link at any time after 11 am on Tuesday, March 16 to access the $30 per registration discount. In order to receive Summer Camp member benefits during registration, you can either login to your existing membership account or create a new login and add your camper’s information. If you create a second login for an existing account, don’t worry—we will resolve and combine all duplicates.  

What if I don’t get the special member registration link email?  

The email address we have tied to your membership account may be incorrect or you may have opted out of receiving PacSci member emails. If you do not receive the member registration link on Friday, March 12 please email membership@pacsci.org to request your direct link.

I’m not a member but I would like to purchase a membership for the Summer Camp benefits. Why can’t I buy a membership right now? 

Pacific Science Center’s onsite operations are currently very limited due to COVID-19. We expect that onsite operations will continue to be very limited well into 2021. As a result, we have suspended all membership sales during this time. We are taking this opportunity to reimagine our membership program and hope you will consider joining the PacSci membership family in the future! To be the first to know when PacSci resumes selling memberships and to sign up for an exclusive reopening membership offer, please visit our membership webpage.

For questions, please email membership@pacsci.org.

 

Contact Us

We are delighted to be able to offer Summer Camps to our community this summer.  However, we are working with a small staff which may result in a delay in response to emails, phone calls, and voicemails. We appreciate your patience as we work to respond as quickly as possible. 

Email 

Email is the preferred method of communication as many of our staff are working remotely. Staff monitor and respond to emails from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. M  F. Response times are dependent on email volume. 

  • For questions about camps, registration, health and safety, logistics, etc. please email camps@pacsci.org
  • For questions about membership and the special direct member link, please email membership@pacsci.org

Phone 

Most staff are currently working off-site and will have limited ability to take live calls. We will respond to voicemails from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. M  F. Response times are dependent on call volume. Please contact us at (206) 443-2008.

If you leave us a voicemail, please clearly state the following information in your message in order to receive the fastest and most accurate response: 

  • Your full name (please spell your last name) 
  • The phone number where we can reach you 
  • Your general availability for a return phone call 
  • The nature of your call 

 

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