Events & Programs

Summer Camps 

 

“‘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 staffs. What a fun, inclusive, educational, and safe camp! Thank you PSC!!”

— Minhee L.

Summer was made for the curious. When the sun is high and the trees are green, adventure is just a step away⁠—if you’re curious enough to look for it.

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 is continuing to offer in-person camps at Pacific Science Center, Explorer West Middle School, Mercer Slough, and Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist School. However, some of our previously scheduled camps have been cancelled; download the full list of cancellations. We are following Washington State Department of Health and Center for Disease Control protocols for our summer camps. You can find more information about our safety policies and protocols in the Camp Policies and Information section below.

 

2020 Summer Camps

2020 Camps for Grades PreK–K

Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2020.

To comply with state and local health and policy guidelines, we have made changes to our offerings that include canceling some in-person camp sessions. Additionally, some of our partner sites have made the decision to cancel all camps at their locations. These sites include St. Thomas School, UW Bothell, and Rainier Prep. 

 

Animal Discoveries

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 7, 9
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 3
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.

 

NEW! Colorful Creations

When & Where: PacSci a.m.: Week 9; PacSci p.m.: Week 3
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas a.m.: Week 7; St. Thomas p.m.: Week 4
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 a.m.: Weeks 1, 4; PacSci p.m.: Weeks 6, 8
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas a.m.: Week 3; St. Thomas p.m.: Week 5
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

 

NEW! Fantastic Forests

When & Where: PacSci a.m.: Week 6; PacSci p.m.: Week 2
Cancelled Camp(s):
St. Thomas a.m.: Week 5; St. Thomas p.m.: Week 3; Mercer Slough: Week 4
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 6, 10
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 2
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 a.m.: Weeks 3, 8; PacSci p.m.: Weeks 1, 5
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas a.m.: Week 2; St. Thomas p.m.: Week 6
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

 

NEW! To the Moon

When & Where: PacSci a.m.: Weeks 2, 7; PacSci p.m.: Weeks 4, 9
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas a.m.: Week 4; St. Thomas p.m.: Week 7
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: Week 8
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 5
Discover and map new territory at Mercer Slough. Investigate underwater insects, unearth soil invertebrates, and uncover wild animal tracks!

 

NEW! World of Wonder

When & Where: PacSci a.m.: Week 5; PacSci p.m.: Week 7
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas a.m.: Week 2; St. Thomas p.m.: Week 6
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.

 

 

Download Cancelled and Transferred Camps

 

Download the Updated 2020 Summer Camp Schedule

2020 Camps for Grades K–1

Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2020.

To comply with state and local health and policy guidelines, we have made changes to our offerings that include canceling some in-person camp sessions. Additionally, some of our partner sites have made the decision to cancel all camps at their locations. These sites include St. Thomas School, UW Bothell, and Rainier Prep. 

 

3-2-1 Blast Off!

When & Where: PacSci: Week 8; Kirkland: Week 4
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 2; SJCC: Week 6
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Teddy’s Virtual Adventure
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.

 

NEW! Beginner’s Biology

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 5,7
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 3
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Investigation Station
What do the biggest animals on Earth have in common with the smallest? Grab your magnifying glass and measuring tape as we investigate life at the largest and smallest levels.

 

NEW! Biome Bonanza

When & Where: PacSci: Week 4,8; Kirkland: Week 2
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 6
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Ready, Seed, Grow!
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: Week 10
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 5
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Wild Washington
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.

 

NEW! Building Blocks

When & Where: PacSci: Week 2,10; Explorer West: Week 8
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Mindful Making
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 4,7,10; Kirkland: Week 1; Explorer West: Week 6
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 2
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Spoonful of Science
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: Week 2,4,9
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Investigation Station
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: Week 6
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 1
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Ready, Seed, Grow!
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.

 

NEW! Little Olympics

When & Where: PacSci: Week 8
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Week 6
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 6; Rainier Prep: Week 4; Kirkland: Week 2
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Teddy’s Virtual Adventure
Join our Olympic games as we get active and jump into the science behind sports and how our bodies move. Use teamwork to create an obstacle course, complete a relay race, and play a new sport every day!

 

Make Sense of It

When & Where: PacSci: Week 1,7; Kirkland: Week 3
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 5
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Body Builders
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: Week 7 (sensory-friendly session)
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 2
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Rainbow Rangers
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.

 

Potions* | CANCELLED

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 2, 6, 9, 10
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Investigation Station
Become an apprentice in a magical apothecary shop during an interactive drama experience, then enter the potions lab to create ice candles, dragon eggs, and liquid nitrogen concoctions. Discover how special effect potions are used in theater and learn the science behind them. *With Seattle Children’s Theatre

 

Shipwrecked* | CANCELLED

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 4, 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Ready, Seed, Grow!
Explore a world beneath the waves, navigate the waters using the stars, and practice naval communication, then embark on a voyage aboard a mystical ship. Develop performance skills that will lead you through a world of storms and sea creatures. Anchors aweigh! *With Seattle Children’s Theatre

 

Slough Sleuths | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 9
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Ready, Seed, Grow!
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 3, 5; Explorer West: Week 7
Cancelled Camp(s): UW Bothell: Week 9; SJCC: Week 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Rainbow Rangers
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: Week 5
Cancelled Camp(s): UW Bothell: Week 7; Rainier Prep: Week 3; Explorer West: Week 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Investigation Station
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!

 

Starting from Scratch* | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 6; Kirkland: Week 4; UW Bothell: Week 8
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Investigation Station
Enter the virtual world of coding and learn basic programming language. Experiment with interactive media elements and create your own stories, animations, games, music, and art. *With StemTree

 

Story Explorers

When & Where: PacSci: Week 6,10
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 3
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Rainbow Rangers
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: Week 3; Kirkland: Week 1
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 7; UW Bothell: Week 9; Rainier Prep: Week 5
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Mindful Making
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 1, 3,6,9; Kirkland: Week 3
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 5; UW Bothell: Week 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Teddy’s Virtual Adventure
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: Week 8
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 3
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Ready, Seed, Grow!
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, 9
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Wild Washington
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.

 

Download Cancelled and Transferred Camps

 

Download the Updated 2020 Summer Camp Schedule

2020 Camps for Grades 2–3

Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2020.

To comply with state and local health and policy guidelines, we have made changes to our offerings that include canceling some in-person camp sessions. Additionally, some of our partner sites have made the decision to cancel all camps at their locations. These sites include St. Thomas School, UW Bothell, and Rainier Prep. 

 

Animal Adventures | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 4, 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Washington Wanderers!
Take a walk on the wild side! Learn how to track local wildlife, then hop on a tram tour to see them roaming at Northwest Trek. Catch dragonfly nymphs in our pond, spot blue herons on a canoe trip, and search for frogs on a hike through Mercer Slough. Formerly Wildlife Gone Wild

 

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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 10
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 5
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Wild Washington
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: Week 2, 8
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 6; Rainier Prep: Week 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Snack Lab
Sink your teeth into the science of candy! Each day, learn a new recipe while exploring the chemistry behind sugary compounds of candy polymers.

 

NEW! Circuit Science* | CANCELLED

When & Where: Kirkland: Week 3; UW Bothell: Week 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Itsy Bitsy Adventures, Story Telling from Scratch
Electrify your curiosity for atoms, currents, and electric fields! Build a battery, learn about the components of circuits, and explore the basic properties of electricity and magnetism. *With StemTree

 

Crazy Contraptions

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 5, 7; Kirkland: Week 1
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Weeks 1, 3
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 3; SJCC: Week 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Create for a Chum
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.

 

NEW! Eager Beavers* | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 6
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Washington Wanderers!
What do beavers, biologists, and builders have in common? Engineering! Tiptoe through the wetlands in search of curious creatures, investigate the structures beavers use for shelter, and test different materials for creating habitats. *With Beavers NW

 

Eco-Explorations | Available for Grades 3-5

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 7
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: Week 3
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Week 9
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 5; UW Bothell: Week 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Insides Out, Washington Wanderers!
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: Week 4,6,9; Kirkland: Week 1
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 3
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Insides Out
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.

 

Itsy Bitsy Adventures | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 3, 8; St. Thomas: Week 2; Rainier Prep: Week 5; SJCC: Week 10
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Itsy Bitsy Adventures, Story Telling from Scratch
Do you ever wonder what adventures a bat mixed with a llama would get into? Combine your creativity with basic programming to bring your own animal creation to life in a game using Bitsy.

 

Lab Wizards

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2,6, 10; Kirkland: Week 4
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Weeks 1, 4; UW Bothell: Week 8; SJCC: Week 7; Explorer West: Week 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Super Scientist
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: Week 6
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 1
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Ready, Seed, Grow!
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: Week 4; Kirkland: Week 2
New Camp Session(s): Explorer West: Week 8
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Pac-Spy training Academy
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: Week 7 (sensory-friendly session)
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 2
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Rainbow Rangers
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.

 

Natural Creations | Available for Grades K-2

Naturally Artistic | Available for Grades 3-5
When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 9 (sensory-friendly session)
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Rainbow Rangers
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: Week 6, 8; Kirkland: Week 2
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Pac-Spy training Academy
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 6, 8 (girls only session), 10
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Pac-Spy training Academy
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.

 

NEW! Playground Physics

When & Where: PacSci: Week 1; Kirkland: Week 3; Explorer West: Week 7
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Weeks 1, 5
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Pac-Spy training Academy
Test the mechanisms that power your body to play kickball or frisbee while we examine the simple machines that make swings, slides, and seesaws so much fun. Work as a team to get active for a week of fun, games, and physics!

 

Potions* | CANCELLED

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Super Scientist
Become an apprentice in a magical apothecary shop during an interactive drama experience, then enter the potions lab to create ice candles, dragon eggs, and liquid nitrogen concoctions. Discover how special effect potions are used in theater and learn the science behind them. *With Seattle Children’s Theatre

 

Rhythms of Nature | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 5
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 2
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Story Sketchers
Get in tune with the rhythms of nature. Investigate the science of sound and how different animals use it to survive, then star in a concert starring your own nature-themed songs and handmade instruments.

 

Robot Rangers | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 10; St. Thomas: Week 6; Explorer West: Week 8; Rainier Prep: Week 3
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Itsy Bitsy Adventures, Story Telling from Scratch
Learn how scientists use robots to explore remote habitats from outer space to the ocean floor. Put your skills to work using LEGO® software and robotic parts to program a machine that can navigate obstacles and overcome challenges.

 

Science Myths: Busted!

When & Where: PacSci: Week 4; Explorer West: Week 6
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Week 8
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 2; SJCC: Week 8
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Super Scientist
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.

 

Science Poetry Jam | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Super Scientist
Bridge your love for science with your passion for creative writing! Navigate the stars, observe butterflies, touch sea urchins, and walk among the dinosaurs as you let PacSci’s exhibits inspire your poetry. *With Writers in the Schools

 

Shipwrecked* | CANCELLED

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 3, 4, 7, 8
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Pac-Spy Training Academy
Explore a world beneath the waves, navigate the waters using the stars, and practice naval communication, then embark on a voyage aboard a mystical ship. Develop performance skills that will lead you through a world of storms and sea creatures. Anchors aweigh! *With Seattle Children’s Theatre

 

Slough Survival | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 8, 10
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Pac-Spy Training Academy
Armed with a compass and a map, navigate through the forest and paddle the Mercer Slough waterways. Build a shelter out of natural materials and learn skills to stay safe in the wilderness.

 

Slough Sleuths | Available for Grades K-2

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 9
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Ready, Seed, Grow!
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 3, 5, 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Pac-Spy Training Academy
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.

 

NEW! Under the Sea

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 5, 7, 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Washington Wanderers!
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: Week 8
Cancelled Camp(s): Mercer Slough: Week 3
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Ready, Seed, Grow!
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: Week 1, 10; Kirkland: Week 4
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Insides Out
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.

 

Wild Waters | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 3, 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Wetland Wonderings & Ponderings
Explore the creatures that inhabit aquatic ecosystems. Visit local beaches to meet the critters who live here. Take a closer look at the salmon life cycle, build a watershed, and collect tiny aquatic organisms as you canoe Mercer Slough.

 

Download Cancelled and Transferred Camps

 

Download the Updated 2020 Summer Camp Schedule

2020 Camps for Grades 4–5

Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2020.

To comply with state and local health and policy guidelines, we have made changes to our offerings that include canceling some in-person camp sessions. Additionally, some of our partner sites have made the decision to cancel all camps at their locations. These sites include St. Thomas School, UW Bothell, and Rainier Prep. 

 

Amusement Park Physics | CANCELLED

When & Where: St. Thomas: Week 6; SJCC: Week 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Design With a View
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.

 

Aquatic Adventures | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 10
Similar Virtual Camp(s): In the Weeds
Do you ever wonder what happens to water as it travels through our watershed? Collect samples by foot and canoe to assess aquatic health, and travel from field to laboratory to determine your impact on the water in our region.

 

Back to the Future | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Design With a View
Where do new ideas come from? Spend your mornings at MOHAI where we’ll learn the special skills that help us think creatively. At PacSci, spend the afternoons exploring solar power, wind energy, bridge design, and how science is shaping the future. *With MOHAI

 

NEW! Bit by Bit | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 6; St. Thomas: Week 4; Kirkland: Week 2; SJCC: Week 10; Explorer West: Week 8
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Bit by Bit, From Storyboard to Animatic
Dig into Minecraft in a new and exciting way with Code Builder! Explore how block-based building with LEGO® bricks can prepare you to create and power a Minecraft city with redstone circuitry.

 

Center Ring Science | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 5, 6, 8, 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): At-Home Laboratory
Learn the basics of circus arts! Spend your mornings at SANCA, where you will juggle, walk a tightrope, and soar through the air on the flying trapeze. In the afternoon, head to PacSci for hands-on science challenges that build your mental strength, flexibility, and understanding of physics. *With School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA)

 

ChemLab, Inc.

When & Where: PacSci: Week 2; Explorer West: Week 6
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Weeks 4, 8
Cancelled Camp(s): UW Bothell: Week 8; Rainier Prep: Week 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): At-Home Laboratory
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: Week 7
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Weeks 2, 5, 9
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 2
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Homemade Foodies
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.

 

Crows: Caws and Effect | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 8
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Paws-itivity
Crows and ravens are smart, quirky, and mysterious. Study their anatomy to learn what gives them their unique ability to communicate, use tools, and adapt to survive with humans. *With UW Bothell

 

Duct Tape Challenge

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 7, 10
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Week 4
Cancelled Camp(s): Kirkland: Week 4; SJCC: Week 8
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Design With a View
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-Engineers | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 10
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Design With a View
Put on your hard hat and hiking shoes to explore engineering in the natural world. Create designs to solve engineering challenges and identify sustainable solutions to help humans, animals, and the environment.

 

Eco-Explorations | Available for Grades 3-5

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 7
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!

 

Experiments in Writing | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 2
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Artsy Summer Fun!
Join us as we explore the life cycle through creative writing. Observe the natural world around you and invent your own worlds through the power of imagination, wonder, and curiosity. *With Writers in the Schools

 

Fundamentals of Python | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 9; St. Thomas: Week 5
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Bit by Bit, From Storyboard to Animatic
Create your own video game with Python, a popular programming language great for coding beginners. Focus on variables, arithmetic operations, and functions to create your own project. *With Computing Kids

 

Game Zone | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 10; Kirkland: Week 1
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Design With a View
Calling all Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Dragon Ball Z fans! Create your own probability-focused game, complete with a fantasy habitat with imaginary creatures based on real animal adaptations found in nature.

 

HTML Web Page Design* | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 4; UW Bothell: Week 8
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Bit by Bit, From Storyboard to Animatic
Learn the fundamentals of design to create your very own web page using HTML. Insert text, images, and links using CSS to develop your webpage savvy skills and broadcast your ideas to the world! *With Computing Kids

 

NEW! Mission to Mars

When & Where: PacSci: Week 8
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Weeks 3, 5, 6
Cancelled Camp(s): Kirkland: Week 3; SJCC: Week 6
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Planetary Survival Camp
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: Week 9 (sensory-friendly session)
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Artsy Summer Fun!
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 6, 8 (girls only session), 10
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Planetary Survival Camp
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.

 

Potions* | CANCELLED

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 1, 5, 10
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Design With a View
Become an apprentice in a magical apothecary shop during an interactive drama experience, then enter the potions lab to create ice candles, dragon eggs, and liquid nitrogen concoctions. Discover how special effect potions are used in theater and learn the science behind them. *With Seattle Children’s Theatre

 

NEW! Ready, Set, Physics!

When & Where: PacSci: Week 10
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Week 6; Explorer West: Week 8
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Design With a View
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.

 

Road Trip: Ecovoyagers | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 1; Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 5, 7, 8; St. Thomas: Weeks 3, 6
Similar Virtual Camp(s): In the Weeds
From land to sea, explore the Puget Sound’s diverse ecosystems and meet the animals and plants that live there. Uncover unusual creatures found in the intertidal zone, canoe through a wetland, hike in a forest in search of animal tracks, and reach new heights as we rock climb for a bird’s-eye view.

Road Trip camps allow participants to see the Puget Sound region. Campers will travel every day to a new destination away from their home site. Campers will travel in 15-passenger vans driven by trained teachers. A detailed schedule will be available at check-in.

 

Road Trip: Sports | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 4, 7; St. Thomas: Weeks 2, 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Planetary Survival Camp
Explore the science behind sports as you travel around the Puget Sound. Take the 10,000-step challenge and try new fitness moves to learn how your body responds to exercise. Toss a frisbee, kick a soccer ball, and cool down with your teammates to discover what it takes to be an athletic champion!

Road Trip camps allow participants to see the Puget Sound region. Campers will travel every day to a new destination away from their home site. Campers will travel in 15-passenger vans driven by trained teachers. A detailed schedule will be available at check-in.

 

Science of Sailing*

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 5, 6, 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Planetary Survival Camp
Dive into the math and physics behind sailing! Investigate the cause and effect of the wind in your sails and your hand at the helm. Spend your mornings modeling boats and conducting experiments, and the afternoons sailing Lake Union. *With Center for Wooden Boats

Drop off and pick up at Center for Wooden Boats. Sailing is weather-dependent. Each day, instructors determine whether conditions are safe for students to sail. Alternative activities will be arranged if sailing is not possible.

 

Scratch That! | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 5; St. Thomas: Week 7; UW Bothell: Week 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Bit by Bit, From Storyboard to Animatic
Bring your art to life! Learn how to add motion and functionality to art using block-based coding with Scratch. Create an original work of animation, storytelling, and gaming to take home.

 

Shipwrecked* | CANCELLED

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 3, 8
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Planetary Survival Camp
Explore a world beneath the waves, navigate the waters using the stars, and practice naval communication, then embark on a voyage aboard a mystical ship. Develop performance skills that will lead you through a world of storms and sea creatures. Anchors aweigh! *With Seattle Children’s Theatre

 

Trash to Treasures | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 3
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Artsy Summer Fun!
Upcycle trash into treasure as you dive into sustainability. Investigate how far across the planet our trash travels and what happens when we throw things away. Practice Leave No Trace guidelines on a hike, make recycled paper, and transform old T-shirts into something new.

 

Wild Survivor | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 4, 6, 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): In the Weeds
Build your survival skills by identifying edible plants, finding safe drinking water, and splinting a “broken” arm. Master the use of a map and compass, track wild animals, and construct an emergency shelter.

Overnight camping trip included. Campers depart with staff for an overnight trip Thursday and return Friday at the normal pick-up time.

 

Young Entrepreneurs

When & Where: PacSci: Week 1
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 3; UW Bothell: Week 7; Rainier Prep: Week 5; Explorer West: Week 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Design With a View
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: Week 1; Explorer West: Week 7
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Weeks 3, 9
Cancelled Camp(s):  St. Thomas: Week 5; Rainier Prep: Week 3
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Organ Odyssey
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.

 

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2020 Camps for Grades 6–8

Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2020.

To comply with state and local health and policy guidelines, we have made changes to our offerings that include canceling some in-person camp sessions. Additionally, some of our partner sites have made the decision to cancel all camps at their locations. These sites include St. Thomas School, UW Bothell, and Rainier Prep. 

 

Animation Studio | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 4; St. Thomas: Week 2
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Ready, Set, Action!
Use programming, stop motion, and video editing as you enter the world of computer animation! Experiment with different techniques to create the illusion of movement with audio and visual effects, culminating in an original movie to share at home.

 

App Inventor | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 3; St. Thomas: Week 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Art and Animation, Code Crafting
Discover how to build mobile games as you explore fundamental computer science concepts by coding a phone app of your own design! Apps made in this camp can be shared on any phone or computer and played online. *With Computing Kids

 

Astronomy 101 | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 5
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Zombie Survival School
Look up at the night sky and be transported to the stars and beyond! Study the beginning of the cosmos and soar through space and time in a planetarium show at PacSci. Prepare for an overnight stargazing adventure by learning the stories in the sky.

Overnight camping trip included. Campers depart with staff for an overnight trip Thursday and return Friday at the normal pick-up time.

 

Code Crafting | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 7; St. Thomas: Week 5; Kirkland: Week 1; Explorer West: Week 9; Rainier Prep: Week 3
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Art and Animation, Code Crafting
Explore Minecraft in a new and exciting way with Code Builder while learning core programming concepts! Navigate through challenging adventures and automate huge builds in no time with the help of block-based coding and your robotic assistant.

 

Cyber Sleuths* | CANCELLED

When & Where: UW Bothell: Week 8
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Art and Animation, Code Crafting
Data breaches, WiFi hacks, and online security are daily news topics in our digital world. Assume the role of a Cyber Sleuth as you learn to protect your information, encrypt data, and explore the legal and ethical issues surrounding digital hacking. *With UW Bothell

 

Dissection Lab

When & Where: PacSci: Week 3; Explorer West: Week 7
Cancelled Camp(s):  UW Bothell: Week 9; Rainier Prep: Week 5
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Oh My!
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.

 

NEW! Duct Tape Engineering

When & Where: PacSci: Week 9; Explorer West: Week 8
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Weeks 1, 6
Cancelled Camp(s):  St. Thomas: Week 2; Kirkland: Week 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): The Brainbow Connection
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!

 

NEW! Epic Game Developer* | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 2; St. Thomas: Week 6
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Art and Animation, Code Crafting
Develop your own 3D game in the same engine used to create Fortnite! With Unreal’s Blueprints Visual Scripting system, you’ll design and modify complex locations, player characters, and objects. *With Computing Kids

 

Exhibit Design

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 8, 10
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Week 5
Cancelled Camp(s):  St. Thomas: Week 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): The Brainbow Connection
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: Week 1; Explorer West: Week 6
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Week 4
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 3
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Chef University
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.

 

Get Your Green On | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): A Handful of Horticulture
What does it mean to be “green?” What impacts do humans have on Earth? Learn what it means to be sustainable and lighten your ecological footprint. During an overnight camping trip, explore ways that Washington uses natural forces to generate electricity.

Overnight camping trip included. Campers depart with staff for an overnight trip Thursday and return Friday at the normal pick-up time.

 

Graphic Design | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 4, 6
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Ready, Set, Action!
What do restaurants, bands, and video games have in common? Graphic design! Use professional tools like computer design software, vinyl cutters, and silk screens to produce your own custom designs. Discover open-source tools that will let you continue designing your creations at home.

 

Imagine-opolis

When & Where: PacSci: Week 9
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Weeks 4, 7
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 4; Kirkland: Week 2
Similar Virtual Camp(s): The Brainbow Connection
Design a board game to take home by combining probability, strategy, and your imagination. Play new games every day to understand how rules, characters, resources, and interactions are created, and apply what you learned to your own creation.

 

Java Coding and Video Games* | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 5; St. Thomas: Week 3; UW Bothell: Week 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Art and Animation, Code Crafting
Create your own digital game using introductory-level Java programming alongside computer science students from UW Bothell. *With UW Bothell

 

Life Aquatic | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Anthrozoology
Study macroinvertebrates and plankton that live in our local streams and wetlands. Collect and analyze data to discover what marine life tells us about the health of the watershed, ecosystem, and the planet.

 

Nature’s Notebook | CANCELLED

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 3, 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Anthrozoology, Ready, Set, Action!
Follow in the footsteps of Muir and Audubon as you hike trails with your journal in hand. Sketch and describe the plants and animals you find and fill your notebook with observations of the natural world.

 

Road Trip: Farm to Table* | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 2, 10; Mercer Slough: Week 6; St. Thomas: Week 5
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Chef University
Track your dinner from the soil, to the market, to your table. Go on a gastronomic field trip every day and visit a sustainable farm, discover the chemistry behind nutrition, and prepare culinary delights of your own.

Road Trip camps allow participants to see the Puget Sound region. Campers will travel every day to a new destination away from their home site. Campers will travel in 15-passenger vans driven by trained teachers. A detailed schedule will be available at check-in.

 

Roving Researchers | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 6
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Art and Animation, Code Crafting
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.

 

SciFi Comics | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Ready, Set, Action!
Explore the real science behind your favorite fiction stories. Make an original science fiction comic and create an anthology with fellow campers. Work with a professional graphic novelist and learn the fundamentals of comic art. *With Writers in the Schools

 

NEW! Survey Science | CANCELLED

When & Where: PacSci: Week 10
Similar Virtual Camp(s):
Learn how professional statisticians collect data, crunch the numbers, and connect the dots before doing it yourself! Design and administer a survey then analyze the results to extract information.

 

Underwater Machines

When & Where: PacSci: Week 8
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Weeks 3, 6
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 3; Rainier Prep: Week 4
Similar Virtual Camp(s): The Brainbow Connection
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.

 

VR Hackathon* | CANCELLED

When & Where: UW Bothell: Weeks 7, 9
Similar Virtual Camp(s): Art and Animation, Code Crafting
Explore the main concepts and development of virtual reality (VR) as you design custom environments. Learn about VR technology, practice Unity3D skills, and reveal the new worlds that exist in your imagination. *With UW Bothell

 

Zombie Survival School

When & Where: PacSci: Week 5
New Camp Session(s): PacSci: Weeks 2, 7
Cancelled Camp(s): St. Thomas: Week 7
Similar Virtual Camp(s): CSI PacSci
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.

 

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2020 Girls-Only Camps

Girls only 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.

To comply with state and local health and policy guidelines, we have made changes to our offerings that include canceling some in-person camp sessions. Additionally, some of our partner sites have made the decision to cancel all camps at their locations. These sites include St. Thomas School, UW Bothell, and Rainier Prep.

Crazy Contraptions
Grades 2–3 | Week 5

Robot Rangers – CANCELLED
Grades 2–3 | Week 10

Spy Science 
Grades 2–3 | Week 7

Wild Survivor – CANCELLED
Grades 2–3 | Week 4

Back to the Future – CANCELLED
Existing Registrations: Campers registered for this camp have been transferred to a new theme for the same week and location.
Grades 4–5 | Week 3

Center Ring Science – CANCELLED
Existing Registrations: Campers registered for this camp have been transferred to a new theme for the same week and location.
Grades 4–5 | Weeks 5, 9

Duct Tape Challenge
Grades 4–5 | Week 10

Eco-Engineers – CANCELLED
Grades 4–5 | Week 10

Road Trip: Sports – CANCELLED
Grades 4–5 | Week 4

Science of Sailing 
Grades 4–5 | Week 6

Exhibit Design 
Grades 6–8 | Week 8

Food Lab
Grades 6–8 | Week 1

Graphic Design – CANCELLED
Existing Registrations: Campers registered for this camp have been transferred to a new theme for the same week and location.
Grades 6–8 | Week 6

Outdoor Survival School
Grades 3–5 | Week 8

Road Trip: Farm to Table – CANCELLED
Grades 6–8 | Weeks 2, 5

VR Hackathon 
Grades 6–8 | Week 7

 

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2020 Sensory Friendly 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.

To comply with state and local health and policy guidelines, we have made changes to our offerings that include canceling some in-person camp sessions. Additionally, some of our partner sites have made the decision to cancel all camps at their locations. These sites include St. Thomas School, UW Bothell, and Rainier Prep.

 

Biome Bonanza
Grades K–1
PacSci: Week 4
Kirkland: Week 2

Smartest Artist 
Grades K–1
Explorer West: Week 7

Story Explorers 
Grades K–1
PacSci: Week 6

Grossology 
Grades 2–3
Kirkland: Week 1

Meteorologists in Training 
Grades 2–3
PacSci: Week 4
Kirkland: Week 2

Natural Creations 
Grades K–2
Mercer Slough: Weeks 7

Naturally Artistic
Grades 3–5
Mercer Slough: Week 9

Out of this World
Grades 2–3
PacSci: Week 8
Kirkland: Week 2

Rhythms of Nature 
Grades 2–3
Mercer Slough: Week 5

Exhibit Design 
Grades 6–8
PacSci: Week 10

Imagine-opolis
Grades 6–8
PacSci: Week 9
Kirkland: Week 2– CANCELLED

Nature’s Notebook – CANCELLED
Grades 6–8
Mercer Slough: Week 3

 

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2020 Extended Care

While many camps will still be taking place, we have canceled extended care at all locations. We will automatically cancel and refund all extended care. The price difference will be automatically refunded to the credit card used in the original transaction. Please note that refunds can take up to 4 weeks to process.

 

2020 Camper Lunch Program

Lunch options are still available at the Pacific Science Center location. Sign up for the Camper Lunch Program during registration. Lunches are provided by the PacSci Café and come with a choice of drink and two sides, as well as two snacks per day.

Lunch options at Mercer Slough and St. Thomas School are not available at this time. The price difference will be automatically refunded to the credit card used in the original transaction. Please note that refunds can take up to 4 weeks to process.

Lunch Pricing

Cost: $50 per week

 

Camp Policies and Information

A Statement on Safety for In-person Camps and Health Policies

Childcare has been deemed an essential function by the Governor as part of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders and many childcare facilities have been operational following new guidelines from the Department of Youth and Family Services, Washington State Department of Health, and Seattle and King County Public Health. As more businesses open throughout the summer and employees are expected to return to work, childcare will become an even more important and necessary resource for our community.

While we view our summer camps as educational programming, our offerings do provide a safe childcare environment for around 5,500 campers each year that is vital to many families. Due to COVID-19 we will not be able to safely accommodate that many campers this year. We are, however, working to provide as many spaces in in-person camps as we can safely accommodate.

The safety of guests and staff is of utmost importance to us, and we are taking many actions to comply with Department of Health guidelines for summer camps. For more information on safety precautions taken this summer, download our COVID Health Related Quick Sheet review our Summer Camp FAQ.

All In-Person Summer Camps will take on the following measures as well as the detailed policies outlined below:

  • Instituting a new, comprehensive Sick Camper Policy.
  • Maintaining small groups of 9 youth with 1 dedicated staff member
  • All groups will remain separated throughout the day with dedicated routes to move throughout the building
  • Physical distancing will be practiced within each group as much as possible
  • Canceling all field trips or camps that include transportation
  • Closing hands-on exhibits
  • Canceling extended care programming
  • Modified drop-off and pick-up procedures
  • Increase opportunities for hand washing and the availability of hand sanitizer
  • Increase cleaning and disinfecting of materials and the facility
  • Creation of a facial covering policy including all staff wearing masks
  • Creation of a health screening policy including all staff and campers verifying daily they are free of COVID-19 symptoms
  • Keeping Pacific Science Center closed to the general public and only accessible to PacSci staff and Camps for the Curious Minds campers. Parents and guardians will also not be permitted to enter the Science Center Buildings.

 

Mask Policy

Masks are required for all PacSci staff and campers from when they are dropped off until they are picked up from any in-person 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 are not allowed. While campers should bring their own masks, a limited number of disposable masks will be available for camper use if needed. Download 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 new Sick Camper Policy. This is to ensure the health and safety of our campers and staff. This 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 during registration, or prior to your camper’s first day of in-person camp. Download the Sick Camper Policy

 

Daily Health Check

PacSci staff and campers will need to perform a daily well check before arriving to camp each day using the Fever Free App. Fever Free is HIPAA-compliant and specific health information is not shared with PacSci or third parties. Information available to PacSci indicates that staff or campers have completed the well check and are fit to report to work or camp each day.

  • Look for an invitation in the email inbox used to register you camper on the Friday before camp begins. If you do not receive an email, please follow this link.
  • Once you click on the link in the email, you will be taken to the Fever Free website or prompted to download the app or use a web browser on your phone depending on what device you are using (available for Android and iPhone).
  • You will be prompted to take a video of your camper having their temperature taken before facing the thermometer read out towards the camera.
  • You will be prompted to report any current health symptoms before submitting your results.

Download the Fever Free Onboarding Instructions

 

If you do not have access to complete these steps, you may fill-out the Daily Health Screening Form.

  • Print out this form and bring it in already filled out.
  • We will have copies at drop-off if you cannot do that.
  • We will record your camper’s temperature at camp with a contactless thermometer.

 

High Risk Groups

We have also developed and will be offering virtual camps this summer. If your camper is in a high-risk group or you would prefer a virtual camp option, your registration can be changed to a virtual camp registration with no transfer fee.

 

Location Cancellations

Additionally, some of our partner sites have made the decision to cancel all camps at their locations. These sites include St. Thomas School, UW Bothell, and Rainier Prep. If your camper was registered in one of these camps or at these locations, you should have received an email from PacSci with information on how to transfer to our available offerings.

Our partner camps at Stroum Jewish Community Center and Seattle Children’s Theatre have also canceled camps at their locations, however, registration for these camps occurs through our partner organizations and we do not have access to registration information. Please contact those organizations regarding transfers and refunds.

Pick-up and Drop-off Location Procedures

Due to COVID safety concerns, this summer parents are required to find parking for the time it takes to walk to your 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 building.

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

Please review the following for location-specific pick-up and drop-off procedures, including where and when to pick up your camper and the safety measures we are taking at each location.

Registration Transfer Instructions

Transfer an In-person Camp To a Virtual Camp Registration

Are you looking to transfer your existing, in-person Summer Camp registration to a Virtual Camp registration? Please follow the below steps; this re-registration process is designed to transfer your current payment.

Please refer to the email sent to you, and use the included link to transfer an in-person Summer Camp to a Virtual Camps. If you need this link resent, please contact camps@pacsci.org. This link is only available to those currently registered. Using this link, your original payment for an in-person Summer Camp will be applied to your new Virtual Camp registration.

If the new camp offering results in a credit in your favor, the price difference will be automatically refunded to the credit card used in the original transaction. Please note that refunds can take up to 4-6 weeks to process.

If you have a balance due, we will send you an invoice with instructions on how to submit payment online.

Full payment that includes a $100 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration.

 

Transfer Between In-person Camps

If you would like to register for a different in-person camp with available space, please register on our website for the new camp. Once you register, please call (206) 443-2844 or email edprograms@pacsci.org to have your original camp refunded.

 

In-Person Camps That Have Been Transferred to a New Theme

If your camper has been transferred to a new in-person camp and you wish to stay enrolled in the new camp, you do not need to do anything. Transfers are either equal to or lower in price than the original camp.

If the new camp offering results in a credit in your favor, the price difference will be automatically refunded to the credit card used in the original transaction. You also have the option to transfer your registration to a virtual camp or cancel your registration. Please note that refunds can take up to 4-6 weeks to process.

 

Convert Your Refund To a Donation

If your camper is unable to join us this year, please consider converting your refund into a contribution to support PacSci’s mission.

As this region’s science center, Pacific Science Center’s work is more important than ever. Science and an informed public are humanity’s best hopes in addressing COVID-19, climate change, and other threats. We depend on charitable donations now more than ever to ensure that curiosity never closes.

To donate your payment to Pacific Science Center, please email edprograms@pacsci.org with your name, camper name, and registration number. You will receive a confirmation email that your request was received and we will automatically convert your payment into a donation. We will send a tax acknowledgement for your records.

 

Download the Cancelled and Transferred Camps

Summer Camp FAQ

Safety and Protocols

What Precautions are you taking to in regards to keeping staff and campers safe in regards to COVID 19?
The safety of guests and staff is of utmost importance to us, and we are taking many actions to comply with Department of Health guidelines for summer camps. Some of the many actions we are taking include:

  • Instituting a new, comprehensive Sick Camper Policy.
  • Maintaining small groups of 9 youth with 1 dedicated staff member
  • All groups will remain separated throughout the day with dedicated routes to move throughout the building
  • Physical distancing will be practiced within each group as much as possible
  • Canceling all field trips or camps that include transportation
  • Closing hands-on exhibits
  • Canceling extended care programming
  • Modified drop-off and pick-up procedures
  • Increase opportunities for hand washing and the availability of hand sanitizer
  • Increase cleaning and disinfecting of materials and the facility
  • Creation of a facial covering policy including all staff wearing masks
  • Creation of a health screening policy including all staff and campers verifying daily they are free of COVID-19 symptoms
  • Keeping Pacific Science Center closed to the general public and only accessible to PacSci staff and Camps for the Curious Minds campers. Parents and guardians will also not be permitted to enter the Science Center Buildings.

For more information on safety precautions taken this summer, download our COVID Health Related Quick Sheet. Please also review the A Statement on Safety for In-person Camps and Health Policies on this webpage for additional details about the steps PacSci is taking to ensure health and safety.

 

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 next school year.

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, but we do have service learning opportunities for teens (14-18) during the summer to assist in our summer and virtual camps. assist in our virtual summer camps.

 

Kids Codes and Safety

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.

 

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 child 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 will 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).

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.

What is the staff to camper ratio? How many campers are in each camp?
In compliance with Department of Health guidelines camps groups will be reduced to 9 campers with 1 dedicated camp educator. We will use assistant educators to provide staff breaks. Breaks will be designed to take place during times when little to no interaction is needed between campers and staff such as when the campers are eating lunch. All staff giving breaks will wash their hands before entering the camp space, wear glover and a mask, maintain a strict 6 foot or farther distance from campers.  

Some camps like preschool and sensory friendly camps will have a lower camper to staff ratio. 

 

Pricing and Membership

I am a PacSci Member, but I am not seeing the membership price online.
Please refer to the Summer Camp Guide for member pricing. Call (206) 443-2925 to speak with our Education Registration team if you have any questions.

 

Waitlist

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 register for the camp before the next 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.
  • Due to the physical limitations of our classroom spaces and our required adult student ratios, we cannot add spaces to full camps.
  • If it is a matter of daycare for your camper, we recommend that you look for other options since we cannot guarantee a spot will open.

 

Lunches and Extended Day Care

Do I need to sign up for Lunch and Extended Care now?
For the safety of our campers and staff and to remain in compliance with Department of Health guidelines and labor laws, extended care has been canceled at all locations.

How much does lunch cost?
$50 for a full camp week.

Lunches for purchase at the Pacific Science Center location will still be available and must be purchased one week in advance of your camp start date. Lunch is no longer available for camps at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center.

What precautions are City Catering taking as they prepare lunches this summer?
Our partners at City Catering have always followed the food safety standards as proscribed by the King County Health Department. During the COVID-19 crisis, they have added the following standards for all employees:

  • All deliveries follow a no-contact procedure.
  • Lunches are delivered in sanitized flip top crates.
  • All employees and vendors wear masks.
  • Workers remain 6’ apart at all times.
  • All meals are individually wrapped and packaged by workers wearing gloves.

 

How do I select the vegan option for lunches?
Two weeks before the camp starts, parents will receive a confirmation email. In this email, there will be a link to sign up for the vegan lunch option.

When is the last day to add or cancel lunch?
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 child’s camp start date. There are no exceptions.

What times are extended day care?
For the safety of our campers and staff and to remain in compliance with Department of Health guidelines and labor laws, extended care has been canceled at all locations.

Is extended day care offered at all locations?
For the safety of our campers and staff and to remain in compliance with Department of Health guidelines and labor laws, extended care has been canceled at all locations.

Is extended day offered for morning and afternoon half day camps?
For the safety of our campers and staff and to remain in compliance with Department of Health guidelines and labor laws, extended care has been canceled at all locations.

 

Registration Notes and Deadlines

When is the last day I can sign up for a camp that starts next week?
Registration closes the Wednesday before the camp start date at 11:59 p.m.

 

Partner Camps

What is going on with camps at Seattle Children’s Theater and Stroum Jewish Community Center?
Our Partner Camps, Stroum Jewish Community Center and Seattle Children’s Theater, have both made decisions to cancel in-person camps for this summerCampers registered for these camps should receive communication from the respective organization. 

Where does the Science of Sailing camp take place?
For this summer, Science of Sailing camp will take place completely at the Center for Wooden Boats where campers should be dropped off (8:45 a.m.) and picked up (4:45 p.m.) each day. An email with this change will go out to registered campers soon and a reminder will be put in the confirmation email received just prior to the camp date.

Does my child need their own life jacket to participate in Science of Sailing?
No. All equipment is provided by the Center for Wooden Boats. We do recommend that students bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a sun hat or sun protective clothing, and a light layer as weather can change on the water. We also recommend to not wear or bring any electronics that should not be exposed to water, as there is a chance they may get wet while sailing.

 

Girls Only and Sensory Friendly Camps

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.

They say “Girls Only” and also that anyone can register for the camp, is this accurate?
Only girls are able to register for Girls only camps. Female is the dropdown option for gender. We are looking into adding another option for gender non-conforming youth for all camps including the girls only ones.

Why do you have girls only camps? I don’t think it is fair.
Our girls only 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 Only 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 only 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.

Registration Policies, Transfers, & Cancellations

Transfer Between In-person Camps

If you would like to register for a different in-person camp with available space, please register on our website for the new camp. Once you register, please call (206) 443-2844 or email edprograms@pacsci.org to have your original camp refunded.

 

Transfer an In-person Camp To a Virtual Camp Registration

Are you looking to transfer your existing, in-person Summer Camp registration to a Virtual Camp registration? Please follow the below steps; this re-registration process is designed to transfer your current payment.

Please refer to the email sent to you, and use the included link to transfer an in-person Summer Camp to a Virtual Camps. If you need this link resent, please contact camps@pacsci.org. This link is only available to those currently registered. Using this link, your original payment for an in-person Summer Camp will be applied to your new Virtual Camp registration.

If the new camp offering results in a credit in your favor, the price difference will be automatically refunded to the credit card used in the original transaction. Please note that refunds can take up to 4-6 weeks to process.

If you have a balance due, we will send you an invoice with instructions on how to submit payment online.

Full payment that includes a $100 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration.

 

Cancellations

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

To cancel your registration, please email edprograms@pacsci.org with your name, camper name, and registration number. You will receive a confirmation email that your request was received and we will automatically refund your payments made to the credit card on file. Refunds may take up to 4-6 weeks to process.

Our refund policy has not changed at this time for camps that have not been cancelled. Pacific Science Center will retain the $100 deposit fee per each in-person and virtual camp as indicated on our Summer Camps guide.

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.

 

Waitlist Procedures

An email will be sent if a spot becomes available. Please register for the camp through the link provided in the email. You will have to pay for the camp and complete the registration process.

If you would like to transfer to a different camp, please call our office after registering.

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.

2020 Summer Camp registration opens to members on February 4, 2020 and to the general public on February 11, 2020.

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 2019-2020 school year.
  • Foster care: Camper is in the foster care system currently or was during the 2019-2020 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.

 

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 in March 20, 2020 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.

 

Important Dates

  • January 22, 2020: Scholarship application available to General Public
  • March 8, 2020: Scholarship Application Due
  • March 20, 2020: Scholarship recipients notified
  • March 25, 2020: Confirmation/Acceptance Deadline

 

To Apply

PacSci is no longer accepting scholarship applications for 2020. If there are questions, please contact camps@pacsci.org.

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

 

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