June 26th – 30th: A Sense of Place
NW Explorers: Practice outdoor skills and learn about the life and times of Lewis and Clark. Then, send a secret message using Morse code, and make a s’more in a solar oven you help assemble!
Treasure Maps & Scavenger Hunts: Join us for a museum and campus-wide adventure! Solve riddles and discover hidden clues in search of the hidden treasure trove!
Me and My Place: Every child needs a developing sense of place and purpose. Together we’ll explore ideas of culture and heritage, family traditions, and affirm our individual talents, interests and place in this world.
The Salish Sea and Me: Young people will gain an appreciation and initial understanding of the vibrant past, and vital present and future of the Pacific Northwest’s First Peoples. We’ll explore culturally relevant stories and art with special guests of the museum.
Water, Water Everywhere: We’ll celebrate water and its importance to the health of our planet, lives, and culture. We’ll even conduct tests of water quality on samples from the world around us!
July 3rd – 7th: Literary Lunacy
(No camp on July 4th)
Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing: Celebrate your wild side! Inspired by Where the Wild Things Are, we’ll spend the day making masks, dancing a wild dance, letting our imaginations run wild!
Welcome to Wonderland: Immerse yourself in one of our favorite classics at SCM! Follow the White Rabbit through the tunnels to reach Wonderland, play croquet with the Queen, and enjoy our special tea party treats!
Transported to Narnia: You’ll be whisked away in an immersive literary experience and enter the land of Narnia. Step through the wardrobe to meet a fawn, dryad and other characters as you explore this magical realm.
Explorers in Neverland: “First star to the right; straight on ‘til morning!” Follow Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys and learn outdoor skills. Brush up on your mermaid lore and sword play and build the best fort ever in SCM’s Fort Adventure!
July 10th – 14th: Young Maker Workshops
Let’s Look Inside: Have you ever wondered, “What’s inside… a seed… the Earth… a human body? We’ll take a look at our own DNA, make a model cell, and explore the world around us from the inside out.
Let’s Get Gaseous: Make a hot air balloon rise, test whether air takes up space, and conduct other experiments in this day devoted to exploring our favorite state of matter: gas!
Art on the Move: Join us for an active day of art! Make art that not only moves your soul, but is designed to move with the forces of nature, or employs the principles of simple machines. Make a kinetic sculpture, mobile or other uniquely beautiful work of art in this favorite mix of art and science.
Simply Shocking: How many ways can you light a lightbulb with one wire and a battery? Impress your friends and family with your take-home electrical creations, and have a shockingly good time during our Discovery Days!
Go Cart, Go: Make your own car out of recycled materials and a few special supplies. We’ll experiment with simple materials to transfer potential into kinetic energy, compare wheel designs, and build our own race tracks. We guarantee the day will race away!
July 17th – 21st: The Future is Now
Space and Beyond: Make your own stomp rocket and launcher, and experience the challenges of calculating a “launch window” into space to hit a target. We’ll learn to use a telescope, create an alien habitat, and examine NASA pictures of other planets within our solar system.
Back to the Future/Monorail Day: We’ll look back in time as we take a trip to the monorail and celebrate inventors of the past, then look forward to the future by making our own inventions and imagining what tomorrow may bring.
Kids Code: Begin your journey to understanding the language of computers as we explore the fundamentals of coding. We’ll write our initials in binary, play sequencing games, and much more as we delve into the basic building blocks of programming.
Robot Rumble: Join us in our exploration of robotic activities! We’ll guide a robotic mouse through a maze, pretend to be robots ourselves, and design new robots out of recycled materials!
Human Habitats and Bio Bubbles: People live all over the world, in places either hot or cold, wet or dry, and everything in between! We’ll explore how people live in different locations as we design houses fit for all kinds of weather and conduct a wind experiment to learn a little more about our own home.
July 24th – 28th: The Artist in You
Mini Matisse: We will discover the power of color and the bold graphic style of Henri Matisse by making our own art. In the process, we’ll learn about the use of positive and negative space, complimentary colors, and a little bit of art history.
Pint Sized Picasso: Did you know that Picasso was one of the first artists to make collages? We’ll make collages and more as we use Picasso’s art as inspiration to create our own masterpieces!
Making Change Through Art: Art influences the world, which influences art, which influences the world… We’ll explore how artists can use their work to send a message and how shifts in the world can cause upheavals in the art world on this day all about change.
The Art of Eric Carle: What came first the picture or the words? Learn about what it means to be a picture writer through the works of Eric Carle! Paint paper with a wide or narrow brush, straight or wavy strokes, even fingers! These papers will be our palette, from which we will create our own pictures to tell our own stories.
Calling All Curators: Explore different types of museums through projects focusing on natural history museums, art museums, and zoos. You’ll even have the chance to design your own museum about any topic you want!
July 31st – August 4th: The Outstanding Outdoors
Slippery Solutions: Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles! We’ll make giant bubbles, bubbles that look like snakes, and even use bubbles to paint as we slip and slide through the day.
Rock On! Join us for some science experiments that totally rock! With activities on mineral streaks, chemical weathering, and more, this day will introduce us to the complex world of geology.
Dig It! Become an archaeologist for the day as we make our own fossils and practice excavation skills. We’ll even bring out some artifacts and try to figure out what they were used for!
Tree Huggers: Yes, we love our trees! Learn about our Northwest habitat and what makes our region such a treasure of biodiversity! Young explorers will make and use their own nature journals, visit the Queen Anne P-Patch and learn about urban gardening.
That’s Gross! Join us for a day of gross science! We’ll play with polymers and make slime, explore mold, and dig in with our favorite decomposers as we make a Museum worm bin.
August 7th – August 11th: Mythical Magic and A Hogwarts Summer Holiday
Charmed to Meet You: Wizardry 101. We will use science, art, and movement to explore ways of making the ordinary magical and the extraordinary attainable.
Beginning Potions Class: Magic is just science that we haven’t figured out yet! We will make a color-changing drink and concoct a treat for a unicorn on this day that explores the science of how “magic” really works.
Mythical Beasts and Playful Pixies: Pixies, griffins, mermaids, and more! We’ll explore the world of mythical creatures through crafts and science as we make dragons drool and create new creatures from our own imaginations. We’ll even make and eat a dragon egg salad!
Build Your Own Alternate World: If you could create your own world, what would it look like? We’ll have the chance to create a flag, make our own currency, and design a whole new planet!
A Taste of Hogwarts: Between Butterbeer, chocolate frogs, and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, the magical world has plenty of treats to enjoy! We’ll make and sample a variety of exciting foods before returning to the Muggle world.
August 14th – 18th: Phabulous Physics
Let’s Go Fly A Kite: Explore the world of aviation with us as we learn about Leonardo DaVinci’s contraptions, build our own kites, and discovery why things can or can’t fly.
Art and Physics with Light: Play with the beauty of light as we experiment with prisms and color mixing and create some art that will light up the room!
Massive Marble Monument: Description coming soon!
Moving with Magnets: Discover the attraction of magnetism as we use magnets in ways you might not expect. Create magnetic slime, do some painting, and even drive a car!
The Sounding Board: BOOM, BOOM, BOOM! Learn about sound waves as we make instruments out of unexpected materials and navigate without using your sight by experimenting with echolocation.
August 21st – 25th: The Play’s the Thing
Let’s Join the Circus: Have you ever wanted to join the circus? Now’s your chance! We’ll dress in outrageous clothes, practice miming, and discover our inner clown!
Dance, Dance Evolution: I like to move it, move it! If you do too, today’s the day for you! Learn what it takes to put on a dance recital with basic jazz techniques and how to tell a story through movement.
Little Shakespeare: “Some are born great, others achieve greatness.” Come achieve greatness as we practice calligraphy and write similes the Bard would be proud of.
Theatrical Thursday: Let out your dramatic side, learn about the art of improvisation, and make up your own story on this day all about the theatre.
Behind the Scenes: What goes on backstage before you can watch a show? Find out today by exploring the design elements of theatre. Costumes, set, light, and sound all play a vital role in creating the final play.