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April 8-12 in Seattle, Bellevue, and Medina

Spring Break Camps are offered at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue, Pacific Science Center in Seattle and St. Thomas School in Medina April 8-12 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 is now closed. For questions, call (206) 443-2925 or email edprograms@pacsci.org.

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

Camp runs from 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily.

  • Drop-off: 8:45 – 9 a.m.  |  Pick-up: 3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
  • Morning extended day care is available from 7-8:45 a.m. Cost: $65 for the week
  • Afternoon extended day care is available from 3:30 – 6 p.m. Cost: $65 for the week
  • Camper Lunch Program is available for $50 for the week, and includes lunch and two snacks.

Teddy’s Grand Adventure (Grades K-1)
Teddy’s packing for an adventure to find out what scientists do. Embark on a journey with your new stuffed friend and explore the world of science careers. Each evening, Teddy will venture out to make a new discovery. Help Teddy recover from tumbles, care for animals, and design airplanes to fly around the world. After your journey, Teddy will be ready to join you at home.

Meteorologists in Training (Grades 2-3)
Get out your barometer, thermometer, anemometer and sundial! Don’t have them? Don’t worry! We will make a new weather tool each day to help us measure the weather. Meet a meteorologist and learn how weather systems work. At the end of the week, broadcast your knowledge using a green screen!

Food Lab (Grades 4-5)
Don an apron, roll up your sleeves and dive into the science of cooking. Explore how biology, chemistry and physics are used to enhance the properties and flavors of food. Taste the differences between gelification, spherification, emulsification and suspension. Make juicy spheres, bubbling concoctions and smoking beverages. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to play with your food!

Camps at Mercer Slough

Camp runs from 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily.

  • Drop-off: 8:45 – 9 a.m.
  • Pick-up: 3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
  • Morning extended day care is available from 7-8:45 a.m. Cost: $65 for the week
  • Afternoon extended day care is available from 3:30 – 6 p.m. Cost: $65 for the week

Slough Sleuths (Grades K-1)
What is that buzzing? Who made that paw print in the mud? Why are there so many holes in the tree? Grab your detective cap and magnifying glass for an exciting week of exploring. Use your sleuthing skills to find clues about the mysteries of life at Mercer Slough. Good luck detectives!

  • Cost: $410, or $380 for Members

Planet of the Decomposers (Grades 2-3)
How does a lowly fungus bring down a whole tree? Did you know that there are more organisms in one handful of soil than there are humans on Earth? Investigate the decaying side of nature as you canoe through a wetland, explore a beach and hike through an old growth forest. Probe the forest floor and visit an organic farm to see healthy soil at work. Conduct a variety of experiments and mulch, mulch more.

  • Cost: $410, or $380 for Members

Eco-Engineers (Grades 4-5)
Put on your hard-hat and hiking shoes to explore the art of engineering in the natural world. Learn how humans have engineered sustainable solutions to live in and around wetlands. Explore how we look to animal engineers for inspiration. Create your own designs to solve engineering challenges and identify engineering needs to help humans, animals and the environment.

  • Cost: $460, or $430 for Members
Camps at St. Thomas School

Lunch and snacks are included in the cost of camps at St. Thomas School.

Camp runs from 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily.

  • Drop-off: 8:45 – 9 a.m.
  • Pick-up: 3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
  • Afternoon extended day care is available from 3:30 – 6 p.m. Cost: $60 for the week, or $15 daily.

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

Young Physicians (Grades 3-5)
Are you interested in becoming a doctor? Spend a week as a Young Physician and get a head start on a career in medicine! Make a cast, learn how to take vital signs, complete a DNA extraction and try your hand at suturing. Compare your bones to those in a cow’s leg and your tendons to a chicken’s. At the end of the week, learn how to do a dissection!

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

Camper Lunch Program

Lunch is available for purchase at Pacific Science Center. You may sign up at the time of registration. Lunch includes a water bottle and two snacks. Substitutions are not available. Lunch orders are not available by the day.

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, if not participating in Camper Lunch Program (Note: Please provide an extra snack if your child is staying for extended day care)
  • Sack lunch (if not participating in Camper Lunch Program)
  • 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 at the South Entrance (Denny Way).
  • 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.

Mercer Slough Camp Details

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

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.

 

 

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