H/Summer Camp FAQ

Summer Camp FAQ

Summer Camp FAQ & Hours

Everything you need to know about Da Vinci Science Center Summer Camps, all on one page!

AM Camp Session Hours

  • Morning Drop-off: 8:45-9:15 a.m.
  • Morning Camp: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Morning Pick-up: 11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

PM Camp Session Hours

  • Afternoon Drop-off: 12:45-1:15 p.m.
  • Afternoon Camp: 1-4 p.m.
  • Afternoon Pick-up: 3:45-4:10 p.m.

Full-Day Camp Hours

  • Morning Drop-off: 8:45-9:15 a.m.
  • Full-Day Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Afternoon Pick-up: 3:45-4:10 p.m.

Extended Care Hours

  • Morning Care Drop-off: 7:30-8:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon Care Pick-up: 4:10-5:30 p.m.

Summer Camp registration opens at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, February 14.  You can register for a camp session up to 2 weeks before the program runs.

Early Bird discount (valid through March 14): $15 off each full-week camp and $5 off each single-day camp with code WBSC24!

Members save $25 on each full-week camp and $10 on each single-day camp. 

Our grades refer to the level that children are entering for the upcoming school year (‘24-25). 

Each camp’s curriculum is developed according to the assigned grade level so that each camp is developmentally appropriate.  If a child is on the cusp for starting Kindergarten and intends to stay in Pre-K for another year, they are still eligible to attend camp as long as they are ‘kindergarten ready.’  This means that the child can be away from their parents for an extended period of time, are fully potty trained, and know their ABCs and numbers.

Our camps that offered more than one week are not a continuation of the week prior.  Both weeks of camps have the same curriculum and activities.  If you sign up for both weeks of a camp, your child(ren) will be doing all of the same activities. 

Yes!  Morning care runs from 7:30-8:45 a.m. and is $50 per week. 

Afternoon care runs from 4:10-5:30 p.m. and is $50 for the week. 

During these times, campers will take part in activities such as watching educational videos, playing games, coloring, and other hands-on activities. Campers that remain past their designated pick-up window will be charged a late fee. More details on this policy can be found here.

Camp drop-off takes place at the Groups & Reserved Programs entrance located on W. Court Street. 

Drop-off for full-day and AM sessions takes place from 8:45-9:15 a.m. and 12:45-1:15 p.m. for PM sessions. 

Parents/Guardians must walk their child(ren) into the building to be checked in every day.  You must park your vehicle in a nearby parking garage and walk your child(ren) in.  Only those with a handicap placard or those registered for Morning Care (7:30-8:45 a.m.) may utilize temporary parking on W. Court Street for drop-off.

Camp dismissal runs from 11:45 a.m-12:10 p.m. for AM sessions and 3:45-4:10 p.m. for full-day and PM sessions. 

Parents/Guardians must park their car and utilize the Groups & Reserved Programs entrance on W. Court Street.

Children will be released from their classrooms only after photo I.D. has been checked and confirmed against our list authorized pick-ups.  Individuals are expected to bring their photo I.D. with them each day.

Camp participants must park in nearby parking garages or utilize on-street parking. Parking in nearby garages is free for the first 15 minutes, and then $1 per hour after. Participants are responsible for these fees.

The two closest parking garages are the Spiral Deck (directly across from the Groups & Reserved Programs entrance on W. Court St.) and Maple Street Parking Garage (about a 2-3 block walk).

No, you do not have to pick up your child in between AM and PM sessions. Campers registered for both an AM and PM session in the same week will join our other full-day campers for lunch and recess.

  • Registration can be cancelled/transferred with a full refund/no charge up to 30 days prior to the start of camp.
  • Cancellations made 15-29 days before arrival date: 50 percent refund
  • Cancellations made 14 days or less before arrival date: No refund

Refunds can be made to the card used for payment.

No tuition adjustments or pro-rates will be made for participants who are only able to partially attend a camp program.  If a child becomes ill prior to the start of a camp and can no longer attend, please notify our team.  A camp transfer or credit to attend a future camp can be applied to the participant’s account.

Food is not provided at camp unless you register for our snack option during registration.  Full-Day camps have 2 snack breaks per day and Half-Day camps have 1.  Please either pack a snack for your child(ren) or opt into our snack option.  We offer a variety of snacks for those registered, such as pretzels, granola bars, goldfish, and fruit cups.  Campers staying for the whole day need to pack a lunch.

All of our educators are trained Science Center staff hailing from a variety of backgrounds.  We have Ph.D.s, engineers, teachers, and college students pursuing teaching and STEM degrees who offer their talent to our campers over the summer.  In addition to having clearances and background checks, our staff is trained in strategies and techniques for incorporating inquiry-based learning into an informal classroom learning experience, classroom management, accessibility, and safety. 

Unfortunately, it is hard to know if or when a spot will open up on a waitlist.  If your place on the waitlist becomes eligible for a camp opening, you will be notified as soon as it becomes available.

Monday, campers will stay on-site at Da Vinci Science Center.  This allows our staff and campers to get to know each other and become familiar with our rules for the week.  Currently, our planned trips include GoggleWorks in Reading, the Canal Museum in Easton, Bushkill Falls in the Poconos, and Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown.