Events & Programs

Summer Camps 

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 7 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 this year at Camps for Curious Minds and be curious, all summer long.

The 2020 Summer Camp season goes on sale in February 2020!

Member registration opens February 4, 2020 at 9 a.m.
General public registration opens February 11, 2020 at 9 a.m.

The summer camp early bird registration deadline is April 30, 2020. Prices increase on May 1, 2020.

Members get first access to and save on summer camp registrations. Become a member and save!

Summer Camp scholarships are available. Learn more

2020 Summer Camps Guide

Get ready for when summer camps go on sale! See what camps will be offered in 2020 in the digital guide.

Having trouble decididing which camp to attend? View the Find Your Mind Guide to help!

Week Schedules, Sessions, and Locations

There are 10 weeks of summer camps at 7 different locations. With so many options, there’s something for everyone.

Download the 2020 Summer Camp Calendar

 

Week Schedule

  • Week 1: June 22–26, 2020
  • Week 2: June 29–July 3, 2020
  • Week 3: July 6–10, 2020
  • Week 4: July 13–17, 2020
  • Week 5: July 20–24, 2020
  • Week 6: July 27–31, 2020
  • Week 7: August 3–7, 2020
  • Week 8: August 10–14, 2020
  • Week 9: August 17–21, 2020
  • Week 10: August 24–28, 2020

Sessions and Locations

Pacific Science Center in Seattle

  • June 22 – August 28

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue

  • June 22 – August 28

Explorer West Middle School in West Seattle (K-8 only)

  • July 27 – August 21

Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist School in Kirkland (K-8 only)

  • June 22 – July 17

Rainier Prep in Burien (K-8 only)

  • July 6 – July 24

St. Thomas School in Medina

  • June 29 – August 7

UW Bothell in Bothell (K-8 only)

  • August 3 – 21
Camps for Grades PreK–K

Animal Discoveries

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 3, 7, 9
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; 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; 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; Mercer Slough: Week 4; St. Thomas a.m.: Week 5; St. Thomas p.m.: Week 3
Learn how our local ecosystems can support such a wide variety of life in a week of fun! Play games, listen to stories, and make your own forest-themed art to take home.

 

Mud, Muck, and Goo

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 6, 10
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; 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; 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: Weeks 1, 5, 8
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; 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 the 2020 Summer Camp Calendar

Camps for Grades K–1

3-2-1 Blast Off!

When & Where: PacSci: Week 8; St. Thomas: Week 2; Kirkland: Week 4; SJCC: Week 6
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, 7; St. Thomas: Week 3
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; St. Thomas: Week 6; Kirkland: Week 2
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 5, 10
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 10; St. Thomas: Week 4; Explorer West: Week 8
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, 10; St. Thomas: Week 2; Kirkland: Week 1; Explorer West: Week 6
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; St. Thomas: Week 7
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 6
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; St. Thomas: Week 6; Kirkland: Week 2; Rainier Prep: Week 4
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 7; St. Thomas: Week 5; Kirkland: Week 3
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 7
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*

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10
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*

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 3, 4, 7, 8
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 4, 9
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; UW Bothell: Week 9; Explorer West: Week 7; SJCC: Week 7
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; UW Bothell: Week 7; Explorer West: Week 9; Rainier Prep: Week 3
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*

When & Where: PacSci: Week 6; Kirkland: Week 4; UW Bothell: Week 8
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; St. Thomas: Week 3
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; St. Thomas: Week 7; Kirkland: Week 1; UW Bothell: Week 9; Rainier Prep: Week 5
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, 9; St. Thomas: Week 5; Kirkland: Week 3; UW Bothell: Week 7
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 3, 8
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; St. Thomas: Week 4
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.

 

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Camps for Grades 2–3

Animal Adventures

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 4, 7
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

Candyology

When & Where: PacSci: Week 2; St. Thomas: Week 6; Rainier Prep: Week 4
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*

When & Where: Kirkland: Week 3; UW Bothell: Week 9
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; St. Thomas: Week 3; Kirkland: Week 1; SJCC: Week 9
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*

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 6
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

Get Set to be a Vet

When & Where: PacSci: Week 3; St. Thomas: Week 5; UW Bothell: Week 7
Unleash your inner veterinarian and discover the features of your favorite animals as you examine X-rays, study skeletons, explore digestive tracts, and dissect a real sheep’s eye.

 

Grossology

When & Where: PacSci: Week 6; St. Thomas: Week 3; Kirkland: Week 1
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

When & Where: PacSci: Week 8; St. Thomas: Week 2; Rainier Prep: Week 5; SJCC: Week 10
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 6, 10; St. Thomas: Weeks 1, 4; Kirkland: Week 4; UW Bothell: Week 8; Explorer West: Week 9; SJCC: Week 7
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.

 

Meteorologists in Training

When & Where: PacSci: Week 4; St. Thomas: Week 7; Kirkland: Week 2
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.

 

Out of this World

When & Where: PacSci: Week 8; St. Thomas: Week 4; Kirkland: Week 2
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!

 

NEW! Playground Physics

When & Where: St. Thomas: Weeks 1, 5; Kirkland: Week 3; Explorer West: Week 7
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*

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 5
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

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 10; St. Thomas: Week 6; Explorer West: Week 8; Rainier Prep: Week 3
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; St. Thomas: Week 2; Explorer West: Week 6; SJCC: Week 8
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

When & Where: PacSci: Week 9
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*

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 3, 4, 7, 8
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 8, 10
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.

 

Spy Science

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 7
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, 9
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.

 

What’s Up, Doc?

When & Where: PacSci: Week 1; St. Thomas: Week 7; Kirkland: Week 4
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 3, 9
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.

 

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Camps for Grades 4–5

Amusement Park Physics

When & Where: St. Thomas: Week 6; SJCC: Week 9
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 10
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

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 4
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

When & Where: PacSci: Week 6; St. Thomas: Week 4; Kirkland: Week 2; Explorer West: Week 8; SJCC: Week 10
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

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 3, 5, 6, 8, 9
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; UW Bothell: Week 8; Explorer West: Week 6; Rainier Prep: Week 4
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; St. Thomas: Week 2
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 8
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; Kirkland: Week 4; SJCC: Week 8
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 10
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.

 

Experiments in Writing

When & Where: PacSci: Week 2
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

When & Where: PacSci: Week 9; St. Thomas: Week 5
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

When & Where: PacSci: Week 10; Kirkland: Week 1
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*

When & Where: PacSci: Week 4; UW Bothell: Week 8
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; Kirkland: Week 3; SJCC: Week 6
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.

 

Potions*

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10
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; St. Thomas: Week 4
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

When & Where: PacSci: Week 1; Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 5, 7, 8; St. Thomas: Weeks 3, 6
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

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 4, 7; St. Thomas: Weeks 2, 7
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
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 at PacSci and pick up at CWB. Afternoon extended care not available. Sailing is weather-dependent. Each day, instructors will determine whether conditions are safe for students to sail. Alternative activities will be arranged if sailing is not possible.

 

Scratch That!

When & Where: PacSci: Week 5; St. Thomas: Week 7; UW Bothell: Week 9
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*

When & Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre: Weeks 3, 4, 7, 8
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 3
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 4, 6, 9
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; St. Thomas: Week 3; UW Bothell: Week 7; Explorer West: Week 9; Rainier Prep: Week 5
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; St. Thomas: Week 5; Explorer West: Week 7; Rainier Prep: Week 3
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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Camps for Grades 6–8

Animation Studio

When & Where: PacSci: Week 4; St. Thomas: Week 2
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

When & Where: PacSci: Week 3; St. Thomas: Week 7
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 5
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

When & Where: PacSci: Week 7; St. Thomas: Week 5; Kirkland: Week 1; Explorer West: Week 9; Rainier Prep: Week 3
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*

When & Where: UW Bothell: Week 8
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; UW Bothell: Week 9; Explorer West: Week 7; Rainier Prep: Week 5
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; St. Thomas: Week 2; Kirkland: Week 4; Explorer West: Week 8
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*

When & Where: PacSci: Week 2; St. Thomas: Week 6
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; St. Thomas: Week 4
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; St. Thomas: Week 3; Explorer West: Week 6
Don an apron, roll up your sleeves, and play with your food—for science! Explore how biology, chemistry, and physics are used to enhance the properties and flavors of food. Make juicy spheres, bubbling concoctions, and smoking beverages.

 

Get Your Green On

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Week 7
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

When & Where: PacSci: Weeks 1, 4, 6
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; St. Thomas: Week 4; Kirkland: Week 2
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*

When & Where: PacSci: Week 5; St. Thomas: Week 3; UW Bothell: Week 7
Create your own digital game using introductory-level Java programming alongside computer science students from UW Bothell. *With UW Bothell

Life Aquatic

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 1, 4
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

When & Where: Mercer Slough: Weeks 3, 9
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*

When & Where:
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

When & Where: PacSci: Week 6
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

When & Where: PacSci: Week 7
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

When & Where: PacSci: Week 10
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; St. Thomas: Week 3; Rainier Prep: Week 4
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*

When & Where: UW Bothell: Weeks 7, 9
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:
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.

 

Download the 2020 Summer Camp Calendar

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.

Crazy Contraptions
Grades 2–3 | Week 5

Robot Rangers 
Grades 2–3 | Week 10

Spy Science 
Grades 2–3 | Week 7

Wild Survivor 
Grades 2–3 | Week 4

Back to the Future 
Grades 4–5 | Week 3

Center Ring Science 
Grades 4–5 | Weeks 5, 9

Duct Tape Challenge
Grades 4–5 | Week 10

Eco-Engineers 
Grades 4–5 | Week 10

Road Trip: Sports
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 
Grades 6–8 | Week 6

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

VR Hackathon 
Grades 6–8 | Week 7

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.

Biome Bonanza
Grades K–1
PacSci: Week 4
St. Thomas: Week 6
Kirkland: Week 2

Natural Creations 
Grades K–1
Mercer Slough: Weeks 2, 7

Smartest Artist 
Grades K–1
Explorer West: Week 7
UW Bothell: Week 9

Story Explorers 
Grades K–1
PacSci: Week 6
St. Thomas: Week 3

Grossology 
Grades 2–3
Kirkland: Week 1

Meteorologists in Training 
Grades 2–3
PacSci: Week 4
St. Thomas: Week 7
Kirkland: Week 2

Out of this World
Grades 2–3
PacSci: Week 8
St. Thomas: Week 4
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
St. Thomas: Week 4
Kirkland: Week 2

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

Extended Care

Morning extended day care are available at all locations. Morning care runs from 7-8:45 a.m.

Afternoon extended day care is available at all locations. Please note that extended day care may not available for select partnership camps. Afternoon care runs from 3:30-6 p.m.

Extended Care Pricing

Weekly Morning Care Cost: $65 per week
Weekly Afternoon Care Cost: $65 per week
Daily Morning/Afternoon Care Cost: $16 per day each

 

Camper Lunch Program

Lunch is available for camps at the main PacSci campus, Mercer Slough, and St. Thomas School in Medina for full-day campers or campers participating in both morning and afternoon half-day camps.

At PacSci and Mercer Slough, you can sign up for the Camper Lunch Program at the time of registration. Lunches are provided by PacSci Café and come with a choice of drink and two sides. Campers also receive two snacks per day.

At St. Thomas School, lunch is included in the cost of camp. Lunch and snacks are provided by SAGE Dining.

Lunch Pricing

Cost: $50 per week

 

Camp Policies and Information

Policies, Transfers, & Cancellations

Transfers

Requests for transfers must be made at least one week prior to the camp start date. The cost to transfer your child between camps is $30 per transfer.

To transfer your child between camps or cancel your child’s camp session(s), call (206) 443-2925.

Please have your confirmation number ready. Your confirmation number can be found in the confirmation email you received after registering for summer camp.

Cancellations

Requests for withdrawal from camp must be made at least two weeks prior to the camp start date. Please call (206) 443-2925 to cancel a camp session.

Please have your confirmation number ready. Your confirmation number can be found in the confirmation email you received after registering for summer camp.

A $100 non-refundable deposit will be retained per camp session. No refunds will be given within two weeks of the camp start date.

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 open to the general public on January 22. 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

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

The application link will be here on January 22, 2020 at 10 a.m.

 

 

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PacSci Members get early access to summer camp registration and receive exclusive discounts.

Make sure your child gets a spot in their first-choice summer camp with Member early access and discover something new every day. Members enjoy an entire year of fun-fueled activities, experiences and events that are perfect for the whole family!

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