Events & Programs


Winter Break Camps



Ignite your child’s curiosity at Winter Camps at Pacific Science Center and Mercer Slough. Two sessions are offered, and there will be no camps on December 25, 2019 or January 1, 2020.


Session 1

  • December 23-27, 2019, 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • At PacSci
  • No camp on December 25


Session 2

  • December 30, 2019 – January 3, 2020, 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • At PacSci and Mercer Slough in Bellevue
  • No camp on January 1, 2020
Session 1: December 23-27 at PacSci

There will be no camp on December 25, 2019

Teddy’s Grand Adventure

Cost: Members, $280 / General Public, $310
Ages: Grades K-1
Teddy’s packing for an adventure to find out what scientists do. From medicine to flight, embark on a journey with your new stuffed friend to explore the world of science careers. Each evening, Teddy will venture out to make a new discovery. Create a virtual journal of exploration that you and Teddy can share with family and friends!


Young Entrepreneurs

Cost: Members, $280 / General Public, $310
Ages: Grades 2-3
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 hot chocolate stand. After creating the perfect recipe, develop a business plan to present to potential investors. Using the basics of Excel, build a budget, set goals, and recognize opportunities for your new startup company!


Amusement Park Physics

Cost: Members, $280 / General Public, $310
Ages: Grades 4-5
What makes one roller coaster more exciting than another? Discover how we can apply concepts of force, work, energy, momentum and acceleration to build rides. Design, create, and test your own ideas to build the theme park of your dreams. Don’t forget to strap in!


Community Scientists

Cost: Members, $320 / General Public, $350
Ages: Grades 6-8
How can kids use their interest in environmental science to impact their community? With today’s many science-sharing platforms, it’s never been easier! Learn how to participate in community efforts to collect critical scientific data to share. Stand in the shoes of everyday superheroes who are passionate about helping our Earth. It’s all in a day’s work for your friendly neighborhood scientists.

Session 2: December 30 - January 3 at PacSci and Mercer Slough in Bellevue

There will be no camp on January 1, 2020

Camps at PacSci

Smartest Art-chitect

Cost: Members, $280 / General Public, $310
Ages: Grades K-1
Colors! Spires! Dazzling heights! Blend engineering and art to uncover your inner creative genius! Imagine and construct your own innovative designs using paints, textures and unique building models. Find inspiration in city structures around you and experience science from a whole new perspective!


Robotic Rangers

Cost: Members, $320 / General Public, $350
Ages: Grades 2-3
Join us in the robotics lab! Discover what makes a robot and how engineers use them to explore remote habitats, solve difficult problems, and save lives. Then, put your own skills to work. Using Lego® Mindstorms® software and robotic parts, program a machine to overcome twisty obstacles and crafty challenges. It’s your turn to find engineering solutions!


Crazy Contraptions

Cost: Members, $320 / General Public, $350
Ages: Grades 4-5
Put on your critical thinking caps and get ready to engineer solutions to crazy challenges using science! Learn about the engineering design process as you define a problem, design a solution and put your creativity to the test. Every day will have a different challenge, culminating with a Rube Goldberg machine at the end of the week.


Duct Tape Challenge

Cost: Members, $320 / General Public, $350
Ages: Grades 6-8
Can duct tape really fix everything? Find out as we trace the famous tape back to its origins and put it to the test. After learning the math behind duct tape’s strength, use it to design a bridge, a boat, and other engineered structures. Conduct experiments to get out of sticky situations and learn why duct tape is the most versatile tool in your kit.


Camps at Mercer Slough

Natural Creations

Cost: Members, $280 / General Public, $310
Ages: Grades K-1
Take your artistic flair outside! Discover innovative ways to use trees, flowers and shrubs in works of art and structure design. Explore nature’s light, textures, and shapes as you develop your artistic skills. Experiment with natural building materials, 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.


Winter Survival

Cost: Members, $320 / General Public, $350
Ages: Grades 2-3
Think you can survive in the wild? Armed with a compass and map, you will navigate through the forest and the Mercer Slough wetlands. Construct a shelter out of natural materials and learn which items you should always have with you in the wilderness. Gather the skills you need to stay safe in the wild and prepare for the “Survival Challenge!”



Cost: Members, $320 / General Public, $350
Ages: 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.

Extended Care

Morning care is available at PacSci each day of camp starting at 7:30 a.m. Morning care is not available at Mercer Slough.

Afternoon care is available at PacSci and Mercer Slough until 6 p.m.

Holiday hours: Afternoon care is not available on Christmas Eve (December 24). All camps will end by 3:30 p.m. on that day.

Extended Care Pricing

Morning Care: $12 per day
Afternoon Care: $12 per day


Camper Lunch Program

Lunch is available at PacSci, and is not available at Mercer Slough. The menu is provided by our café and includes at least one hot lunch.

Lunch Pricing

Cost: $40.00 for the week (includes one lunch and two snacks per day)

Camper Lunch Menu

Monday: Vegetarian Chili Mac
Tuesday: Baked Potato Bar
Wednesday: No Camp
Thursday: Hot Dog Bar
Friday: Ravioli and Cheesy Garlic Bread

Each day, lunch will include a morning snack, afternoon snack, drink, and seasonal fruit or vegetable. Snacks may include string cheese, graham crackers, Tillamook cheddar, or other similar options. Beverages include a water bottle and apple juice.


Members Save on Camps

PacSci Members enjoy discounts on all camps, as well as many other benefits.

Ignite your curiosity day after day! Be a part of and help us build a community where children and adults are empowered by science.

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Camp Policies and Information

Camp Registration, Transfers & Cancellations

How to Register and Pay

All registrations must be made online.

  • When registering, choose the grade level your child will be entering in fall 2019.
  • Full payment can be made when you register; otherwise, a $100 non-refundable deposit per camp is required, with the remaining balance due by April 1.
  • Registrations made after April 1 require full payment at the time of registration.
  • Registration closes at midnight the Wednesday before the camp start date.

Transfers and Cancellations 

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.

Transfers: Requests for transfers must be made at least one week prior to the camp start date. Cost: $30 per transfer.

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. Please call our office after registering if you would like to transfer out of a different 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.