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School’s Out Science Camps

When schools are closed, camp is in session at Da Vinci Science Center!  Students in grades K-5 can join us for a full day of hands-on science fun.  We will explore a different topic each day so you can join us every day for a new experience. 

Each camp includes access to special limited-time exhibitions and VIP experiences with visiting performers on select dates, plus the opportunity to explore our exhibits.

2019-20 Schedule

Oct. 9Yom KippurSea Science
Oct. 14Columbus DaySilly, Spooky Science
Nov. 29Thanksgiving BreakTry This at Home!
Dec. 2Thanksgiving BreakTry This at Home!
Dec. 26Winter BreakSub Zero Science
Dec. 27Winter BreakCool Coders
Dec. 30Winter BreakArctic Animals
Dec. 31Winter BreakMini Ice Cream Wars
Jan. 20MLK Jr. DayAll About Bubbles
Feb. 17President’s DayPaws and Claws
March 13Teacher In-ServiceMini Medical
April 10Spring BreakCrazy Contraptions
April 13Spring BreakCrazy Contraptions

Oct. 9 (Yom Kippur)
Sea Science

Water, water everywhere, and so much fun to be had! Campers will spend the day exploring the world’s largest bodies of water, the plethora of animals that call these places home, and some of the ways humans have learned to navigate these giant puddles. Campers will get an up-close look at real fossils and artifacts and get a chance to feel some of our underwater friends!

Girl explores the circuit house

Oct. 14 (Columbus Day)
Silly, Spooky Science

Jumpstart your Halloween celebrations with us this year in the brand-new Jack-O-Lantern Lane, which has been completely redesigned for 2019! Explore new exhibits and learn about how we can use different optical illusions to change how we perceive the world. At the end of the day, everyone will work with simple electronic parts to build their own mini light up jack-o-lantern that they can take home!

Nov. 29 and Dec. 2 (Thanksgiving)
Try This at Home!

Previously scheduled Drone Zone camp
has been replaced with Try This at Home! camp.

Winter is coming! Before the cold keeps us inside for a few months, it’s time to learn some super cool science experiments for home. Campers will spend the day exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts that they can try on their own. We’ll send them home with some new skills and awesome tools to show to their family and friends.

Dry ice experiments

Dec. 26 (Winter Break)
Sub Zero Science

Be sure to bundle up today - we’ll explore some of the coldest substances on Earth! We’ll start the day working with different chemicals to understand how the correct combination can make their temperature drop and investigate what happens as we use others to melt ice. Campers will experiment with dry ice and enjoy their very own special SuperCOOLness live science show!

student and educator working on laptop

Dec. 27 (Winter Break)
Cool Coders

Interested in learning more about how some of your new video games and gadgets actually work? We’ll explore some of the latest technology to help you discover how to take your skills to the next level. Whether you’re an experienced programmer or a first-time user, we’ll make sure everyone has a great day tinkering with tablets and coding computers!

Dec. 30 (Winter Break)
Arctic Animals

Today we’ll celebrate some of the coolest animals on Earth. Our animal friends live all over our planet – many in some of the most extreme environments like the North or South poles! These animals have special adaptations that help them to live in some of the coldest places on earth. We’ll learn all about these animals and how humans can help them in the future!

Two girls eating ice cream

Dec. 31 (Winter Break)
Mini Ice Cream Wars

Mini Ice Cream Wars returns on the last day of 2019! Culinary creativity and innovative imaginations collide for our third year at Da Vinci Science Center. We’ll spend the day measuring, mixing, and learning the fundamentals of food science all in an effort to try to make the best liquid nitrogen ice cream ever!

Jan. 20 (MLK Jr. Day)
All About Bubbles

Bubbles galore! Campers will learn all about these trapped gases and what makes them special. We’ll experiment with making our own bubble solutions, put people in giant bubbles, and learn how to light a bubble on fire. Also, everyone will get VIP access to our limited time traveling show, BubbleOlogy!

Feb. 17 (President’s Day)
Paws and Claws

Our furry friends are the star of the show on this exciting day all about animals. Campers will spend the day exploring the animal kingdom and learn about some of the awesome things these creatures can do. No camp about animals would be complete without a very special VIP session with our visiting sled dogs!

March 13 (Teacher In-Service)
Mini Medical

Get a head start on the road to becoming a doctor, nurse, or any other healthcare professional. Mini med students will explore the different systems of the body, discover ways to stay healthy, and get a one-of-a-kind experience with our synthetic cadaver, Cyndi! At the end of the day, everyone will take home their very own diploma to hang in their office one day.

April 10 or 13 (Spring Break)
Crazy Contraptions

Bring your imagination and come ready to have fun building! Explore electricity, master the Laws of Motion, and tinker with tools to help you complete a build challenge. Young engineers-in-training will put their problem-solving skills to the test as we design creative machines and other crazy contraptions to perform everyday tasks.

Camp Details

  • Camps run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • For students in grades K-5 (ages 5-11)
  • $75 per student, per day
  • The day includes a short recess break in the morning, a lunch break, and a short afternoon recess.
  • Snack and lunch options may be added for an additional cost.
  • A School’s Out Camp T-Shirt may be added for an additional $10.
  • Morning drop off begins at 8:45 a.m.
  • Morning care activities from 7:30-9 a.m. may be added for an additional $10.
  • Afternoon care activities from 4-5:30 p.m. may be added for an additional $10.

Camp Reservation
and Refund Policies

  • Cancellations made 21 or more days before arrival date: Full refund minus $25 processing fee
  • Cancellations made 8-20 days before arrival date: 50 percent refund
  • Cancellations made 7 days or less before arrival date: 25 percent refund
  • Reservation adjustments: Da Vinci Science Center understands that sometimes it becomes necessary to reschedule a camp session after your reservation has been made. The Science Center will be happy to accommodate a one-time reservation change

For More Information

Contact: Lindsay Clinton, 484-664-1002, Ext. 149 Email: camps@davincisciencecenter.org

School’s Out Science Camps are presented by
PA Cyber Charter School.


P: 484.664.1002
D: 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown, PA 18103
H: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.
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