Events & Programs


Winter Camps from Pacific Science Center

December 26-28 (3-day week) at Pacific Science Center
January 2-4 (3-day week) at Pacific Science Center and Mercer Slough in Bellevue



Cost: $250, or $220 for PacSci Members

Camps run from 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily.

December 26-28 at Pacific Science Center

December 26-28 at Pacific Science Center

Smartest Artists (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.

Lab Wizards (Grades 2-3)
Abracadabra! Unlock the secrets of the wizarding world as you discover the science of real life magic. Explore chemistry as your Potions Master teaches you how to double boil a chocolate frog and discover the secret powers of extraordinary edible plants. Do you dare to try a worm-flavored jelly bean? Have you ever peered into a crystal ball? Jump on your broomstick, navigate the night sky, and make your own magical treats to share with your family.

Messy Science (Grades 4-5)
Prepare yourself for the messiest, stickiest and slimiest science that you have ever seen! Create the gooiest snot, make soda rain from the sky, paint with bubbles, and test how far you can toss water balloons without them breaking. If it’s wet, sticky, slimy, smelly or dirty, we’ll find an experiment to get you elbow deep in the science of muck.

Exhibit Design (Grades 6-8)
Now’s your chance to create your own Science Center exhibit! A successful exhibit begins with a cool idea and requires careful planning with a balance of graphics, science content and hands-on materials. Meet an exhibit designer and tour our exhibits behind-the-scenes. Then, work with a team to design, build and display an exhibit model to ignite curiosity about your big idea.

December 26-28 Camp Details

Drop-off and Pick-up:
Drop-off time is 8:45 a.m.
Pick-up time is 3:30 p.m.

Pick-up and drop-off will take place at the South Entrance off of Denny Way. On the first day of camp (Wednesday), please park and walk your child to check-in to confirm your camper’s information (medications/allergies, behavioral notes, contact information, kid code, authorized pick-up, extended day enrollment, etc). On the first day of camp (Wednesday), temporarily parking will be allowed in our parking garage (2nd and John St) to allow check-in for your camper until 9:30 a.m. After 9:30 a.m., the garage attendants will begin enforcing for unpaid parking.

For the rest of the camp week, please use the curbside drop-off/pick-up in the Denny Way loop outside the South Entrance.

Extended Day:
AM: Morning extended care is available starting at 7 a.m. Drop-off for AM care is at South Entrance off of Denny Way. Staff will check you in.
PM: Afternoon extended care is available until 6 p.m. Pick-up for PM care is at the South Entrance off of Denny Way.

What to Bring to Camps:

  • Day Pack (for lunch, water, snacks and any other daily needed items)
  • Large sack lunch (lunch is not available for purchase at this session)
  • 2 snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Any Medications listed on your medical form. Please give any medications to camp staff on the first day of camp.
  • Extra layer (sweatshirt, long sleeve shirt, etc)
  • Rain jacket, hat, gloves (some activities may take place outside, weather permitting)

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

January 2-4 at Pacific Science Center

January 2-4 at Pacific Science Center

3-2-1 Blast Off (Grades K-1)
Glittering galaxies, blazing asteroid belts, shimmering shooting stars and other mysteries of the universe await a junior astronomer like you! Join our spaceship adventure as we journey on a trip that’s out of this world. Soar through the solar system, create Saturn’s colorful rings, and build a telescope to observe the night sky. It’s a weeklong space-tacular adventure as you discover the excitement and sizzle of astronomy.

Candyology (Grades 2-3)
This is a camp you can really sink your teeth into! From composition to chomping, discover what science goes into every single piece of candy. Work with teammates to deconstruct the sugar compounds of different candy polymers. Each day, you will learn a recipe for a new type of candy. This exploration of engineering and chemistry will convince you that candy is more than just a tasty treat.

Young Entrepreneurs (Grades 4-5)
Calling all future CEOs! Experience first-hand the challenges and triumphs of starting and managing a business. Engage in creative problem-solving, product testing and team building to run a holiday hot cocoa stand! Once you’ve experimented to find your perfect recipe, develop a business plan to present to a panel of potential investors. Discover how to develop a budget, set goals and recognize opportunities in this rare look into a startup company.

Imaginopolis – Board Game Creations (Grades 6-8)
Imaginopolis, the land that lies within each of our minds and hearts, will come to life in this camp. Each day, explore a variety of board games that will help you to understand how to make rules, characters, resources and interactions. Use probability and logic to affect each individual outcome within the game, then develop a strategy to win. Combine all this information with your favorite ideas, lands and schemes to design your very own game. At the end of the week, take home your creation to play with friends and family.

January 2-4 at Mercer Slough (Bellevue)

January 2-4 at Mercer Slough (Bellevue)

Natural Creations (Grades K-1)
Take your artistic flair outside. Discover innovative ways to use trees, flowers and shrubs in works of art. Explore nature’s light, liquids, textures and shapes as your develop your artistic skills. Extract colorful dyes, make your own paper, delve into detailed drawings and craft cool creations using recycled materials. Grab your creativity cap, bring your imagination and join us for an artistic week in the wetlands.

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’s Notebook (Grades 4-5)
Don your gloves and scarf to 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 as you fill your notebook with observations of the winter wetland environment. Then, adventure into the abstract! Use lines, shapes, colors and values to express the artistic side of nature around you.

Extended Day Care

Morning and afternoon extended day care are available at both locations. Morning care runs from 7-8:45 a.m. and afternoon care runs from 3:30-6 p.m.


  • Morning care: $40 per 3-day camp week
  • Afternoon care: $40 per 3-day camp week

You can also sign up for morning or afternoon extended day care each for $15 per day.