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Age 3-K Summer 2019 Camps!

(Must be able to use the restroom independently)

Exciting NEW Topics Added for 2019!


The premier Summer Camp experience at the award-winning Hands On Children's Museum 

  • Half-day camps for age 3 to Kindergarten
  • 40+ unique, engaging topics in science, art and nature
  • All camps include exploration in the museum galleries
  • Outside play in the Outdoor Discovery Center

"We love Hands On camps! Our kids come home with new ideas and stories about their adventures in class and in the museum."
- Camp Parent



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Early Bird Special!

Early Bird discount! Get 10% off when you register by June 1!


TO REGISTER FOR MULTIPLE CAMPS: Call (360) 956-0818 ext. 103 or follow these steps as we work to enhance our online camp registration experience.

1. In your web browser, open a new 'tab' for each camp you wish to register for.
2. In the first browser tab, select the camp you wish to purchase and click "Register Now".
3. Complete the registrant information and click "Add to Cart".
4. Switch over to the second open browser tab and follow the same procedure to register for an additional camp. You will have the option to "Auto-Fill" with the same registration information from the previous camp. 
5. The Shopping Cart will reflect total camp registrations. Complete the billing & payment information.

For children age 3 to entering Kindergarten 
(If your child has completed Kindergarten,
check out our camps for grades 1-4!)


Week of JUNE 24-28
Cuddly Creatures

Rockin Robots
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 1-4 p.m.
Adopt your own stuffed pet and learn how to care for animals. We will make unique pet homes, craft collars, make pet toys, and meet a live animal visitor!


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 Use exciting materials to build your own robots, even robots that draw pictures. At the end of the week we’ll transform ourselves into robots!


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Week of JULY 1-3

Oodles of Doodles

Things that go Boom
(3 Day Camp - Mon-Wed) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 (3 Day Camp - Mon-Wed) 1-4 p.m.
Let your budding artist shine as you invent your own colors, uncover invisible paintings and use art materials in unexpected ways!


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 Make some noise at music camp! Feel the beat as we sing songs, make jingle boots, paint rhythm sticks, and learn all about musical instruments.

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Week of JULY 8-12
We Have Lift Off

Voyage under the Sea
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 (5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Create, design and engineer all week as we launch items in our classroom wind tunnel and explore aerodynamics! We’ll make kites, gliders, parachutes, and more.

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 Dive in! Join us as we create fish prints, transform ourselves into an angler fish and make everlasting sandcastles.


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Puddle Jumpers
  
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 1-4 p.m.
  
Get your boots on and jump in! Race raindrops, create a storm painting and look into a cyclone tube as we celebrate our favorite stormy weather!

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Week of JULY 15-19
Don’t let the Kids Drive the Bus

Super Safari
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 (5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Step into the world of Mo Willems, author of the beloved "Pigeon" and "Gerald and Piggie" books.  Campers will make pigeon puppets, illustrate a book of their own, and learn how to draw favorite characters. We will even create our own Gerald hat mask!

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 Visit an African watering hole and discover unique wild animals! Create masks inspired by the patterns of zebras, giraffes and Oryx and learn about the big cats that roam the savannah.



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Bugs and Butterflies
  
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 1-4 p.m.
  
Investigate the life cycle of insects and observe bugs in the classroom and outside! Look through special lenses to learn how bugs see the world, create your own insect hats to wear, and learn all the parts of an insect as you make your own to take home.

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Week of JULY 22-26
A Maker's Tale

Little Book, Little Cook
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 (5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Science meets Once Upon a Time in this STEM-focused camp. Build like the Three Little Pigs, test your house against the Big Bad Wolf, and create a witch’s bubbling cauldron.

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 Peel, stir, bake, eat and read! We'll take our kitchen cues from some of our favorite books as we create veggie animals, paint with spaghetti, and make yummy snacks.

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Act it Out
  
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 1-4 p.m.
  
Embrace dramatic play! We’ll act out our favorite books, perform with finger puppets we make ourselves, and transform into characters with face paint, costumes, and masks.

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Week of JULY 29 - AUGUST 2
Busy Builders

Art Lab
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 (5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Take fort building to a new level with all kinds of materials! We’ll build structures big and small out of fort boards, PVC pipes, and a Rigamajig, and we’ll learn all about different types of tools.



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 Find out what happens when science and art meet as we explore the big ideas in art: color, line, shape, and texture. Mix up custom colors, learn to paint without a brush, and create a “magical” painting when we use watercolors over crayon drawings.

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Let's go to the Garden!
  
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 1-4 p.m.
  
Dig in to fun as we explore the museum’s Children’s Garden, cook up yummy treats and plant seedlings to take home.

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Week of AUGUST 5-9
Let's Camp!

Ready, Set Kindergarten, Week 1
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 (5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Use your senses to spot Northwest creatures, pretend to camp under a parachute, gaze at stars in our constellation box and make a comet to toss in the sky.







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 Avoid first day jitters by getting ready for kindergarten right here at camp! We’ll engage in games and activities that focus on the early literacy, math, social, and motor skills kids will need in kindergarten, all while having a blast. We’re offering two weeks of linked camps, and you can sign up for one or both weeks. Taught by experienced Pre K educators!

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Flicker and Glow
  
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 1-4 p.m.
  
Play with light and shadow all week long. Create sun catchers, shadow puppets, and mysterious nighttime paintings. Discover why the moon glows, where your shadow comes from, and what animals come out at night.

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Week of AUGUST 12-16
Get Moving!

Ready, Set Kindergarten, Week 2
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 (5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join your friends for songs and stories about planes, trains, and boats. Craft and decorate paper fliers and experiment with a wind tunnel, build and sail a wooden boat, and create a book of train cars!





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 Avoid first day jitters by getting ready for kindergarten right here at camp! We’ll engage in games and activities that focus on the early literacy, math, social, and motor skills kids will need in kindergarten, all while having a blast. We’re offering two weeks of linked camps, and you can sign up for one or both weeks. Taught by experienced Pre K educators!

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Age of Dinosaurs
  
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 1-4 p.m.
  
Move and chomp your way to prehistoric fun! Make and crack open a dino egg, turn yourself into a stegosaurus, and get your hands on some fossils!

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Week of AUGUST 19-22
Stargazers

Astro Kids
(4 Day Camp - Mon-Thurs) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 (4 Day Camp - Mon-Thurs) 1-4 p.m.
On a clear night you can see a thousand or more stars! Make a star scope, create your own constellation, and share what you know about the night skies in this cosmic camp.

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 Build your own paper rocket and launch into space!  Travel with us as we investigate the craters of the moon, our solar system, stars, and other galaxies.


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Week of AUGUST 26-30
Hydro Kids

Don't Mind the Messy
(5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 (5 Day Camp - Mon-Fri) 1-4 p.m.
Pump, spray, drip & drop as we experiment with the way water moves. Play with pressure and gravity, mix up potions, and transform solids into liquids and gasses in this hands-on science camp.

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 Explore impressionism, modern art and master artists like Monet and Degas. Create art every day as you play with light and color, learn to use pastels, and mix up your own paint.


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Tuition Policy: 

Full payment is required to register. $25 per half-day camp tuition is non-refundable. Remaining tuition and materials fee is refundable for cancellations made 2 or more weeks prior to camp start date. 

Registered Families: 

All campers must turn in a permission slip, and some campers must also turn in a medical accommodation form. 

Return the permission form electronically to campforms@hocm.org at least one week prior to camp, or bring completed form to the first day of camp. 

Please note: if your camper requires medical accommodations or has special needs, permission slip and medical accommodation form must be returned two weeks prior to the first day of camp.


* Only required if child will need medication during the camp day. The Medical Accommodation Form must be returned two weeks prior to the first day of camp.
Camp Pricing

Early Bird discount! Get 10% off when you register by Jun. 1.
 


Members
Non-Members
Materials Fee
Full Day Camp
(5 days)
$335 $301.50
$375 $337.50
$35
Full Day Camp
(4 days)
$270 $243
$302 $271.80
$28
Half Day Camp
(5 days)
$130 $117
$150 $135
$15
Half Day Camp
(4 days)
$105 $94.50
$121 $108.90
$12
 Half Day Camp
(3 days)
 $78 $70.20

  $90 $81
 $9
    
Combo Care
(5 days)
$75 $67.50
$75 $67.50
  $5

Combo Care
(4 days)
$60 $54
$60 $54
  $4
Combo Care
(3 days)
$45 $40.50
$45 $40.50
  $3