Thank you for registering for our Discovery Days Camp. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon! In the sections below, you will find information to help prepare you for your first day of camp, including information about our drop off and pick up process. Please read them and let us know if you have any questions.
Some of the most important things to remember:
- You must submit the Health and Medical Information Form by 11:59 PM two days before your camper’s first day of camp. Your child will not be able to join camp activities until you have completed the Health and Medical Information Form.
- Government issued photo ID is required to pick up a camper. Staff will only release a camper to the Release Persons listed on their registration form.
- If your child is scheduled for both the morning and afternoon session, they must bring a sack lunch from home.
- Morning drop off and afternoon pick up is at the turnaround at 5th Ave N and Harrison Street, next to MoPOP. Mid-day drop off and pick up is inside the museum, located on the lower floor of the Armory building.
All campers must have a completed Health and Medical Information Form before they can attend camp. This form must be completed once per calendar year. A form completed at any time during 2018 is only valid for 2018, and a new form must be completed for 2019.
To avoid a late fee, you must complete this form by 11:59 PM two days before your camper’s first camp session. For example, if your camper were registered for a camp on Wednesday, you would need to complete the form online by Monday at 11:59 PM. After that time, we will no longer accept an online submission. There is an administrative fee for late forms.
If you miss this deadline, you may print out a paper copy of the form and bring it with you when you drop off your camper. If you have not completed the form before drop off, you will need to visit the SCM office to complete the form there and will be charged an additional processing fee.
These are the same policies that were on your registration form. We have provided them below in case you would like to review them, which we recommend doing before your camper’s first day.
Seattle Children’s Museum (SCM) Policies:
- I understand that if my child is scheduled for a full day session, they must bring a sack lunch from home.
- I give permission for my child to travel on Seattle Center Campus for outdoor exercise and educational purposes, with the potential to cross one (1) street, with the understanding that my child will be accompanied by SCM staff and under proper staff supervision at all times.
- I understand that I will be charged a penalty for picking up my child later than the end of the last session he/she was scheduled for. The fee is $1 for every minute, after the grace period of 10 minutes.
- I understand that my child will not be allowed to attend camp until I have completed the required Health and Medical Information form.
- I understand that I will be charged a $5 processing fee for failing to fill out the Health and Medical Information form by 11:59 PM two days before my child’s first day of camp.
- If I fail to fill out the Health and Medical Information form prior to dropping off my child, I will be charged an additional $5 processing fee and will experience a significant delay in the drop off process. I may be required to visit the museum’s office to complete the form under the supervision of the camp manager before my child is allowed to join the camp activities.
- I understand that I may be charged an administrative fee for incorrectly or incompletely filling out the Health and Medical Information form, at the discretion of SCM.
- I understand that only individuals listed as Release Persons may pick up my child, and that Government issued photo ID is required
- Should severe weather or disasters (natural or otherwise) prevent SCM from opening, information will be announced via email, SCM’s website, Facebook and/or Twitter.
- Release Persons are those people listed as Parents or Guardians, Emergency Contacts, and/or Pickup Contacts on the registration form.
- All Release Persons must be at least 18 years of age.
- Government issued photo ID is required for all Release Persons to pick up a camper.
- Staff will only release my child if they are accompanied by one of the Release Persons.
- The persons designated as Emergency Contacts or Pickup Contacts will be contacted and are authorized to pick up my camper if there is a medical or other emergency and I cannot be reached.
- If any authorized persons fails to pick up my camper, and/or contact SCM, and/or cannot be reached within 30 minutes after closing time, in accordance with state childcare licensing regulations, SCM may release my camper to the custody of Child Protective Services or other local authorities.
On the Day of Your Camper’s Camp Session(s):
- Bring photo ID for pick up – and please remind all Release Persons! Only the Release Persons designated on the registration form will be permitted to pick up campers.
- Know when and where you will be dropping off and picking up your camper. This can be found in the Drop Off and Pickup section below.
- Dress your camper in play clothes. At camp they will run, create, learn, jump, craft, and play – and that can get messy!
- Your camper will often be coming home with fun things they have created during their time at camp. We try to complete projects that may need to dry earlier in the session, but please know that sometimes items may come home a bit wet, sticky, tacky or gooey!
Lunch (Full Day Campers Only)
Full day campers must bring a sack lunch from home. For the safety of our staff and campers, please do not send food containing nuts (including peanuts) with your camper.
- If your camper is bringing medication and you have NOT alerted our staff via the Health & Medical Information Form, please call the Camp Director at 206-576-2330.
- Any and all medication must be either accompanied by a signed note from a physician or have a physician’s label, indicating dosage and frequency.
- ‘Medication’ is any substance a person takes to maintain and/or improve their health. This includes vitamins, inhalers, cough drops, topical creams, EPI Pens and natural remedies.
If you indicated on the Health & Medical Information Form that you would like sunscreen applied before our outdoor play session, pack spray-on sunscreen labeled with your camper’s name. SCM staff will only apply spray-on sunscreen. If your camper brings sunscreen that is not a spray, they will be responsible for applying it themselves.
- Water bottle
- Sweatshirt or rain gear—weather permitting, lunch and other sessions often involve short trips outside.
- Bag or backpack—campers will be responsible for carrying their lunch, coat, etc. At the end of the day, they will probably also have projects to bring home with them. It can be hard to carry all that without a bag!
- Please do NOT bring small personal items like toys or stuffed animals. We understand children may have special comfort objects, however, there is the potential for loss, damage or sharing issues, which can be significantly disruptive to the camp experience for young children.
Check In & Check Out
We know our system for check in and out can take a while, but please be patient with our staff – everything we do is for your camper’s safety! We will be as quick as possible when checking your camper into camp.
Remember that our staff will only allow the Release Persons listed on the camper’s registration form to pick up your child, and government-issued photo ID is required.
If you are running late and won’t make it on time, please let us know by calling 206-576-2330. Please note that there is a late pickup fee for picking up your camper more than ten minutes after the end of the last session they are scheduled for.
When and Where
Below, “the curb” is the turnaround located on the corner of 5th and Harrison, near MoPOP.
We encourage you to stick to the drop off and pickup times below, so your camper doesn’t miss or disrupt any activities. However, if you need to drop off or pickup your camper at a time not listed below, you can do so inside the museum, located on the lower floor of the Armory.
- Drop Off: 8:50 AM – 9:10 AM, at the curb
- Pickup: 11:50-12:00, inside the museum
- Drop Off: 12:50-1:00, inside the museum
- Pickup: 3:50-4:00, at the curb
Full Day Campers
- Drop Off: 8:50 AM – 9:10 AM, at the curb
- Pickup: 3:50-4:00, at the curb
- Pickup: 4:00-5:30
- Pickup location will be either at the curb or inside the museum office, depending on the weather. When you drop off your camper, ask a staff member where post-care pickup will be that day.
Safety at the Curb
- Seattle Center Security has given us permission to use the turnaround located on the corner of 5th and Harrison for brief drop off and pick up times. Please do not plan to leave your car unattended for more than 5 to 10 minutes. If any issues should arise, please contact the Camp Director at 206-576-2330.
- While checking in with museum staff, please keep your camper with you. Once checked in, your camper can join the rest of the group in the designated area.
- Once checked in, please assist our educators by encouraging your camper to remain in the designated area until the group is ready to walk inside.
- The turnaround is an active space with lots of moving cars; for safety during pick up, campers must remain with our staff until they have been signed out.