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Mid-Winter Break Camps

February 19-23, 2018

Mid-Winter Break Camps are offered at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue and Pacific Science Center in Seattle February 19-23 and at St. Thomas School in Medina February 20-23 for grades K-5. Ignite your child’s curiosity at one of our innovative week-long camps. Campers will engage in facilitated activities and experiments while parents can rest assured that their child is under quality supervision by our exceptional staff. Afternoon extended day care is available at all locations.

Registration for Mid-Winter Break Camps is now closed.

 

Camp Policies and Information

Transfer & Cancellation Policies

Cancellation Policy
For cancellations, call (206) 443-2925. Requests for withdrawal from camp must be received at least two weeks before the camp start date. A $100 processing fee will be retained per camp. No refunds will be given within two weeks of the camp start date.

Transfer Policy
To transfer sessions, call (206) 443-2925. There will be $20 processing fee per transfer. This excludes transfers resulting from openings on our camp wait list, which are free of charge. Requests for transfers must be made at least one week prior to the camp start date.

Pacific Science Center Camp Details

Morning Drop-Off is on the west side of Pacific Science Center, outside the Seattle Rotary Discovery Labs located at 2nd Ave. N and John St. Drop-off takes place from 8:30-8:45 a.m. each day. On Monday, please walk your child up to the camp teachers. Other days, teachers will be waiting in the Discovery Labs’ courtyard, or inside the Discovery Labs’ lobby if it is raining.

Afternoon Pick-Up: Camp end time is at 3:30 p.m. Pick-up takes place in the same location as drop-off. Please pull up to the curbside and wait for staff to approach your car. Please have your Kid Code ready. If you forget your Kid Code at the time of pick-up, you must show photo identification. Please do not leave your car; campers will be brought to you.

Pick-up will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. After 3:45 p.m., your child will be placed in extended day care for a $14 fee for the day due upon pick-up.

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

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

Please do not send any valuables with your child to camp. Valuables include, but are not limited to, money, hand-held games or music devices, pocket knives and cell phones.

Kid Code: At pick-up you will be asked the Kid Code you selected at registration. This code functions as a password; share this code only with anyone authorized to pick up your child. If you forget your Kid Code at pick-up, you must show photo identification. This is a security measure to ensure all campers leave with authorized adults. Camp staff will release campers only to those who know the Kid Code, or who show picture identification that matches names listed as “Authorized to Pick-Up” on the medical form. If you forget your Kid Code before camp begins, ask the teachers as you drop off your child on the first day of camp.

Emergency Contact Information: In case of emergency, or to contact camp staff, call:

  • Registration Office: (206) 443-2925, available M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Reception: (206) 443-2001, available daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Youth & Family Programs Supervisor: (206) 443-2906, available M-F 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Afternoon extended day care is available from 3:45 p.m. until 6 p.m.

  • Please provide an extra snack for your child if you are using extended day care.
  • Pick-up for extended day care is in the Discovery Labs (the entrance is located on 2nd Ave N.).
  • Afternoon extended day care ends promptly at 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. a late fee of $10 for every 10 minutes will be due at the time of pick-up.

Morning extended day care is not available for break camps.

Attendance: We expect children to attend each day of camp (except for illness) and to arrive and depart at the scheduled time. Children arriving late or leaving early must be escorted by camp staff. Parents must wait for camp staff; this process can take over 15 minutes. If you plan to pick up early, notify your child’s teacher in advance and pick up your child before 3 p.m. After this time, camp staff may be unavailable to escort your child. Late arrival and early pick-up are disruptive to the entire camp, as many of our activities are cumulative and group-based. Please avoid scheduling appointments and other activities during the camp day.

Code of Conduct: Pacific Science Center is committed to providing a welcoming, safe and fun environment for all campers. Proper supervision and appropriate behavior are key components to a successful camp experience. In an effort to provide all campers with a safe and fun atmosphere, it is important that all campers exhibit respect for themselves, fellow campers, staff and the camp environment at all times. Every camp session, camp staff and campers review and discuss procedures, structure and behavior expectations. Campers are asked to be respectful of other campers, staff and materials. Inappropriate, disruptive and/or violent behavior will not be tolerated. Examples of inappropriate behavior include, but are not limited to: fighting, name-calling, foul language, arguing, bullying, leaving the group or possessing weapons. Minor behavioral problems will be addressed by camp staff. If behavior issues persist, parents or guardians will be contacted to work towards a resolution. If a camper’s behavior continues to disrupt the camp or endangers the physical or emotional safety of themselves or others, Pacific Science Center reserves the right to cancel that individual’s camp enrollment for a day or more with no refund.

Vaccination Policy: In the case of an outbreak of a communicable disease for which a recommended vaccine exists, and if you have indicated your minor is up to date with his/her vaccines, you will be required to bring proof of immunization of the disease your minor has been vaccinated against before your minor will be allowed to attend Pacific Science Center programming during the outbreak. While Pacific Science Center encourages all minors to be up to date on their recommended vaccinations, we do understand that some minors are unable to be vaccinated due to allergies to vaccine ingredients, or that some parents prefer their minor not be vaccinated. If an outbreak occurs, and you have indicated your minor is not up to date with his/her vaccines, your minor will not be allowed to attend Pacific Science Center programming during the outbreak of the disease that your minor has not been fully vaccinated against. No refund of participation fees will be given.

Lunch is not available for purchase.

Mercer Slough Camp Details

Morning Drop-Off takes place in the turnaround for camps in Licorice Fern and Salmonberry classrooms, and in the North parking lot for camps in Dragonfly or Pond Lily classrooms. Drop-off takes place from 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. each day. On Monday morning, please park and walk your child to his or her classroom. Other days, teachers will be waiting on the sidewalk for curb-side drop off.

Afternoon Pick-Up takes place from 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Pick-up takes place in the same location as drop-off. At 3:45 p.m. your child will be placed in extended day care for a $14 fee for the day, due upon pickup.

What to Bring to Camp: Our campers spend a large portion of every day outside. Please make sure your child is prepared for weather and that all items are labeled with your child’s name. Campers should bring the following each day:

  • Day pack
  • Two snacks (Note: Please provide an extra snack if your child is staying for extended day care)
  • Large sack lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (Multiple layers of non-cotton clothing are better than one heavy jacket. Cotton does not insulate well when wet.)
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho
  • Warm jacket and/or extra layers
  • Shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy and are comfortable for hiking
  • Warm hat
  • Full change of clothes and shoes in a labeled bag (Bring on the first day of camp to be left on-site for the week)
  • Sunglasses
  • Any medications listed on your medical form. These medications should be placed inside a plastic Ziploc bag and labeled with your child’s name. Please give this bag to camp staff on the first day of camp and it will be returned on Friday.

Please do not send any valuables with your child to camp. Valuables include, but are not limited to, money, hand-held games or music devices, pocket knives and cell phones.

Kid Code: At pick-up you will be asked the Kid Code you selected at registration. This code functions as a password; share this code only with anyone authorized to pick up your child. This is a security measure to ensure all campers leave with authorized adults. Camp staff will release campers only to those who know the Kid Code, or who show picture identification that matches names listed as “Authorized to Pick-Up” on the medical form. If you forget your Kid Code before camp begins, ask the teachers as you drop off your child on the first day of camp.

Emergency Contact Information: In case of emergency, or to contact camp staff during the camp day, call (425) 450-0207. We may also be reached by calling Pacific Science Center:

  • Registration Office: (206) 443-2925, available M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Reception: (206) 443-2001, available daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Afternoon extended day care is available from 3:45 p.m. until 6 p.m.

  • Please provide an extra snack for your child if you are using extended day care.
  • Please pick up your camper in the Licorice Fern classroom in the building nearest to the Tree House in the upper turn-around.
  • Afternoon care ends promptly at 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. you will be charged a late fee of $10 for every 10 minutes that will be due at the time of pick-up.

Morning extended day care is not available for break camps.

Code of Conduct: Pacific Science Center is committed to providing a welcoming, safe and fun environment for all campers. Proper supervision and appropriate behavior are key components to a successful camp experience. In an effort to provide all campers with a safe and fun atmosphere, it is important that all campers exhibit respect for themselves, fellow campers, staff and the camp environment at all times. Every camp session, camp staff and campers review and discuss procedures, structure and behavior expectations. Campers are asked to be respectful of other campers, staff and materials. Inappropriate, disruptive and/or violent behavior will not be tolerated. Examples of inappropriate behavior include, but are not limited to: fighting, name-calling, foul language, arguing, bullying, leaving the group or possessing weapons. Minor behavioral problems will be addressed by camp staff. If behavior issues persist, parents or guardians will be contacted to work towards a resolution. If a camper’s behavior continues to disrupt the camp or endangers the physical or emotional safety of themselves or others, Pacific Science Center reserves the right to cancel that individual’s camp enrollment for a day or more with no refund.

Vaccination Policy: In the case of an outbreak of a communicable disease for which a recommended vaccine exists, and if you have indicated your minor is up to date with his/her vaccines, you will be required to bring proof of immunization of the disease your minor has been vaccinated against before your minor will be allowed to attend Pacific Science Center programming during the outbreak. While Pacific Science Center encourages all minors to be up to date on their recommended vaccinations, we do understand that some minors are unable to be vaccinated due to allergies to vaccine ingredients, or that some parents prefer their minor not be vaccinated. If an outbreak occurs, and you have indicated your minor is not up to date with his/her vaccines, your minor will not be allowed to attend Pacific Science Center programming during the outbreak of the disease that your minor has not been fully vaccinated against. No refund of participation fees will be given.

Lunch is not available for purchase at Mercer Slough.

St. Thomas School Camp Details

Morning Drop-Off takes place at the east entrance of the school. From 12th St, turn into the church driveway (adjacent to St. Thomas School), follow the driveway as it wraps around the school and opens into a large parking lot. Drop-off times vary for each camp; check your confirmation material for the specific start time. On Monday, please walk your child up to the camp teachers. Other days, teachers will be waiting on the sidewalk for curb-side drop off.

Afternoon Pick-Up: Camp end times are staggered to accommodate the large number of campers. Please check your confirmation material or with your camper’s teacher for the specific end time. Pick-up takes place in the same location as drop-off. If you forget your Kid Code at pick-up, you must show photo identification. We allow a 10 minute grace period for picking up your camper; your child will then be placed in extended day care for a $14 fee.

Emergency Contact Information

In case of emergency, or to contact camp staff, call (425) 623-0261. We can also be reached at Pacific Science Center:

  • Registration Office: (206) 443-2925, available M-F 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • Reception: (206) 443-2001, available daily 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Afternoon extended day care is available from 3:45 p.m. until 6 p.m.

  • Please provide an extra snack for your child if you are using extended day care.
  • Afternoon extended day care ends promptly at 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. a late fee of $10 for every 10 minutes will be due at the time of pick-up.

Morning extended day care is not available for break camps.

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

  • Day pack (change of clothes recommended)
  • Water bottle
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Any medications listed on your medical form. These medications should be placed inside a plastic Ziploc bag and labeled with your child’s name. Please give this bag to camp staff on the first day of camp and it will be returned on Friday.

Please do not send any valuables with your child to camp. Valuables include, but are not limited to, money, hand-held games or music devices, pocket knives and cell phones.

Camper Lunch Program

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. Lunch includes a hot entree, sides, salad bar and sandwich options. Campers also receive two snacks per day.

Attendance
We expect children to attend each day of camp (except for illness) and to arrive and depart at the scheduled time. Children arriving late or leaving early must be escorted by camp staff. Parents must wait for camp staff; this process can take over 15 minutes. If you plan to pick up early, notify your child’s teacher in advance and pick up your child before 3 p.m. After this time, camp staff may be unavailable to escort your child. Late arrival and early pick-up are disruptive to the entire camp, as many of our activities are cumulative and group-based. Please avoid scheduling appointments and other activities during the camp day.

Code of Conduct
Pacific Science Center is committed to providing a welcoming, safe and fun environment for all campers. Proper supervision and appropriate behavior are key components to a successful camp experience. In an effort to provide all campers with a safe and fun atmosphere, it is important that all campers exhibit respect for themselves, fellow campers, staff and the camp environment at all times. Every camp session, camp staff and campers review and discuss procedures, structure and behavior expectations. Campers are asked to be respectful of other campers, staff and materials. Inappropriate, disruptive and/or violent behavior will not be tolerated. Examples of inappropriate behavior include, but are not limited to: fighting, name-calling, foul language, arguing, bullying, leaving the group or possessing weapons. Minor behavioral problems will be addressed by camp staff. If behavior issues persist, parents or guardians will be contacted to work towards a resolution. If a camper’s behavior continues to disrupt the camp or endangers the physical or emotional safety of themselves or others, Pacific Science Center reserves the right to cancel that individual’s camp enrollment for a day or more with no refund.

 

 

Choose from one of the following locations:

 

At Pacific Science Center in Seattle

Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

At Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue.

At St. Thomas School in Medina.

St. Thomas School in Medina.

 

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

Smartest Artist (Grades K-1)
Color! Sparkle! Dazzling light! Explore the excitement of science and the beauty of nature to uncover your inner creative genius. While producing unique and original pieces of art, discover the science behind your work. Make a kaleidoscope to reveal the mysteries of reflection and refraction. Experiment with mixtures and solutions while concocting paints and dyes to test on a variety of textures and textiles. Create your own masterpiece and experience science from a whole new perspective.

Robotic Rangers (Grades 2-3)
Join us in the lab to investigate robotics! Discover what makes a robot a robot and how scientists are using them to explore hard-to-get-to habitats from outer space to the depths of the sea floor. Then put your own skills to work! Using Lego® Mindstorms® software and robotic parts, it’s up to you to program a robotic machine to overcome the twisty obstacles and crafty challenges that we create. It’s your mind versus our programming madness!

  • Cost: $430, or $400 for Pacific Science Center Members

Forensic Files (Grades 4-5)
From crime scene to courtroom, use fingerprints and forensics to delve into the fascinating and complex world of crime investigation. Scour the crime scene for clues just like the pros. In the lab, analyze evidence using techniques like DNA profiling and chromatography. Question suspects and interview witnesses to build your case. Is the suspect innocent or guilty? Let the jury of your peers decide.

Camps at Mercer Slough
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $380, or $350 for Pacific Science Center Members

Plant Magic (Grades K-1)
Uncover the secret life of plants! What happens to them in the winter? Investigate this mystery as you learn about botany, design a terrarium, create your own homemade chia pet and make a flower that will last all winter long. Explore the hibernating vegetation of the Slough as you discover the many ways they magically master the seasons.

Hidden Bears and Snowshoe Hares (Grades 2-3)
How do animals survive the winter? Examine animals’ wintry adaptations as you conduct weather experiments and search for signs of hidden animals. Explore seasonal art and poetry as you learn about how animals stay warm, find food and escape from predators in this exploration into the wintry world of animal adaptations.

Winter Survival (Grades 4-5)
Lost in the wild in the winter? What are the odds you could survive? Armed with a compass and pencil, make a map of the Mercer Slough from a canoe. Build a warm shelter out of natural materials and practice preventing and treating hypothermia. Gather the skills you need to stay safe in the wild, so you’re prepared for the end of the week “Survival Challenge!”

Camps at St. Thomas School (four-day week: Feb. 20-23)

Camps at St. Thomas School are four-day camps running Feb. 20-23. St. Thomas School prices include lunch and snacks.

  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $346, or $316 for Pacific Science Center Members

The Cookie Caper (Grades K-2)
Help! Pacific Science Center’s top secret cookie recipe has been stolen by Countess Crumb and we need your chemistry skills to solve this mystery. Grab your magnifying glasses as we take a closer look into the chemical reactions behind potential cookie-ingredients such as flour, salt, and, of course, sugar! Recover the top secret cookie recipe and learn how to make your own perfect chocolate chip cookie before the week ends. The future of cookies depends on you!

Amusement Park Physics (Grades 3-5)
Do you wish you could design your own death defying roller coaster?! If you’re captivated by carnival rides, this camp is for you! Delve into pneumatics, hydraulics, circuits and motors as you construct miniature models of your favorite amusement park rides. Build on your simple machine knowledge to harness the forces of gravity and construct carousels, swing rides, and roller coasters with complex loops, twists and angles. Twirl, ride, bump and dive your way into this thrill ride of a camp!

 

 

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