Camp Schedule Lorene Sharp White Children’s Fund General Camp Info, FAQ & more

Registration NOW OPEN for Winter Break Camps!

ScienceQuest Camp at Adventure Science Center provides a wide range of science enrichment programs for youth in grades K-6, with special programs in the summer for rising 7th-9th graders. Programs combine science, technology, engineering and math in ways that encourage kids to actively discover and examine concepts for themselves. We inspire a life-long passion for learning and teach kids creative problem-solving skills, teamwork, persistence and follow-through in a fun learning environment.

Members receive discounts and early registration opportunities for all ScienceQuest camps. Click here for more information on how to become an Adventure Science Center member.

Regular camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick-up available at no extra cost from 7:45 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. Each day includes hands-on science activities, opportunities to make friends, a break for lunch, and Science Center exploration. Depending on the session, campers may also have the opportunity to hear from and talk with guest speakers, see planetarium shows and educational films, and take part in camp-wide projects.

For questions about programs and reservations call (615) 862-5177 or email

ScienceQuest camps supported in part by


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Upcoming Camps:

Each day of camp presents different themes, activities and fun–be sure to sign up for the whole week!

Winter Break ScienceQuest Camps cost $50/day for members, $60/day for non-members.

Member / Non-member
 Dec. 19  Arctic Life Register»
 Dec. 20  Arctic Life Register»
 Dec. 21  Arctic Life Register»
 Dec. 22  Arctic Life Register»
 Dec. 23  Arctic Life Register»
 Dec. 27  Surprising Science Register»
 Dec. 28  Surprising Science Register»
 Dec. 29  Surprising Science Register»
 Dec. 30  Surprising Science Register»
 Jan. 2  Sensational Senses Register»
 Jan. 3  Sensational Senses Register»
 Jan. 4  Sensational Senses Register»
 Jan. 5  Sensational Senses Register»
 Jan. 6  Sensational Senses Register»
 Jan. 16  Pirate Science Register»
 Feb. 20  Chef Science Jan. 2 / Jan. 6

Subject to change.

Arctic Life

Ever wondered what it’s like to live on  the north pole? We’re going to spend the week exploring life at freezing temperatures! We’ll test out blubber and other animal adaptations, experiment to understand why we put salt on roads, and even make our own snow!

Surprising Science

Become a real life Mythbuster by investigating the science behind common ideas, gaining a better understanding on electricity, matter, and physics along the way. We’ll also make exploding stick chains and domino mazes!

Sensational Senses

How do we explore the world around us? This week takes an in-depth look at our 5 senses and how they guide everything we do. Test your own senses and compare them to animals with extra-sharp seeing, hearing, and smelling. Find out if you’re a “super taster” and even dissect a real eyeball.

Pirate Science

What’s a pirates favorite letter? Nope, not Arrrr. It’s the C!!! Learn more about the sea and the mateys who love it. We’re going to make our own compass and learn how to navigate using the night sky, test levels of vitamin C (so we don’t get scurvy), and get acquainted with some awesome ocean animals.

Member / Non-member
March 16 – 27  Going Green Feb. 6 / Feb. 10

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Lorene Sharp White Children’s Fund

Adventure Science Center is deeply grateful to the families of the late Lorene Sharp White for establishing the Lorene Sharp White Children’s Fund with the goal of making interactive science learning accessible to more Nashville area youth. Over the years, the Lorene Sharp White Children’s Fund has shared the unique experience of Adventure Science Center camps and workshops with hundreds of economically disadvantaged families. Scholarships defray 90% of the program fee for a child to attend up to one (1) week of summer camp or participate in a school-break day camp. Families that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, WIC) or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program are eligible for consideration. Scholarships are granted on a “first-received, first-funded” basis to qualifying families until all available funds have been awarded.  Submission of an application does not guarantee a scholarship grant. Available scholarships grants have been awarded for the 2016 summer camp series.

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Our learning environment features:

  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable teachers
  • In-depth exploration of topics
  • Interaction with peers who share similar interests
  • Hands-on activities working with different materials and tools
  • An interdisciplinary approach that works well for different learning styles
  • Opportunities to practice open-ended problem-solving
  • Cutting-edge technology in our Digital Explorations Learning Lab
  • Leadership skills for older campers
  • FUN!

Age Groups

Campers will be divided into groups according to grades. All camp themes are appropriate for campers entering K-6th grades.


The ScienceQuest camp staff includes a dedicated group of certified teachers and college students with an interest in education and/or science. Counselors are supported by ASC science educators, volunteers and interns.

What are the ages of campers?

We base our groups on the grade your child will attend in the fall. Our campers start at age 5 going into Kindergarten in the fall and go up to rising 6th graders (up to 9th grade for Music City Science summer camp).

Can you extend the camp hours?

Yes, extended care is available starting at 7:45 a.m. and running until 5:15 p.m. with no extra charge. Parents of campers not picked up by 5:15 p.m. will be charged $2/minute after 5:15 p.m.

What if my child has to miss a day of camp?

If you have to cancel, please notify the Center in writing as early as possible or by a phone conversation with the Reservation Office staff at (615) 862-5177.

What is the Science Center’s behavior policy?

Adventure Science Center is committed to providing a safe, fun and supervised environment for all campers. Camp enrollment is limited so that campers have the best experience possible. ASC is one of Nashville’s most popular destinations for schools and families. Your cooperation and help are needed to make sure all visitors have an enjoyable learning experience.

Confirmation materials will include a Code of Conduct for families to review together prior to camp. All visitors, including campers, are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior at all times. Shouting, running and disruptive behavior within our facility are not welcome and will not be allowed. If a camper continues to have difficulty adapting to the camp program, ASC reserves the right to cancel that individual’s camp session with no refund.

What if a camper has special needs?

Adventure Science Center makes every attempt to serve campers who require special attention or consideration. To enroll a camper with special needs, contact the Camp Coordinator at (615) 401-5074 to set up a meeting to evaluate program suitability for the child. Please note that ScienceQuest is not a special needs camp, and there may be some needs that are beyond the Science Center’s capabilities.

If you have to cancel, please notify the Center in writing as early as possible or by a phone conversation with the Reservation Office staff at (615) 862-5177. Read the policies below for details concerning refunds, which are based on the amount of notice given. There are no exceptions. Extended Care is considered a separate fee and is refunded 100 percent if you cancel prior to the first day of camp.

14+ Days’ Notice: We can apply your fee to a new date (depending on availability) or we will refund your fee, minus a $35 processing fee.

7+ Days’ Notice: We can apply your fee to a new date (depending on availability) or we will refund 50% of your fee, minus a $35 processing fee.

Less Than 7 Days’ Notice: The fee is non-refundable.

Daily Camps / ScienceQuest Greatest Hits!: A three-day notice is required to make changes. If you cancel no later than three days prior, your fee may be refunded or transferred to a new date. After that time, all fees are non-refundable.

What to Bring

  • Wear tennis shoes or closed-toed shoes. Heelies, Flip flops, sandals and other backless shoes are not appropriate because of safety concerns.
  • Campers move around a lot, and we will even go outside when the weather allows. It’s a good idea to dress in weather appropriate clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.
  • Adventure Science Center varies in temperature so bring an extra covering like a shirt or sweatshirt.
  • Campers are asked to leave extra money at home or in the car.
  • Please leave toys, games, ipods, cell phones and all other electronics at home.

Lunches and Snacks

  • Pack a lunch, snack and beverage every day.
  • Write the camper’s name on the lunch bag.
  • There are no refrigerators, vending machines, or microwaves at camp.
  • We do not allow hard candy or gum in camps.

Arrival and Departure

    Park in the upper lot and escort your camper inside to check-in with the camp staff. Please do not drop children off, they must be escorted in by an adult.
    Check in starts at 7:45 am. Please arrive by 9 to ensure camper doesn’t miss any camp activities. Enter through the front main doors. Parents should check in the camper so that we can verify your contact information and get any missing information about the camper.
    Check out starts at 3:30 PM, Parents will enter lobby and will be directed where to find their camper. An authorized adult with designated pin code or photo ID will be allowed to sign the child out. Campers collect all belongings and lunchboxes. Parents of campers not picked up by 5:15 will be charged $2/minute after 5:15. .
    Please do your best to arrive at camp at the correct time. Arriving late may cause your child to miss an important activity.
    If you know in advance that you will need to pick up a camper before camp ends, please let us know that morning so that you may fill out an Early Pick-up Form. Make sure your camper is aware of the change. When you arrive to pick the camper up, please go to the front desk and they will notify camp staff.

Campers Taking Medicine

Adventure Science Center prefers that all medicines be administered at home before the camper arrives at camp. If medicine during lunch is necessary, the child must check his/her medicine in each morning. Campers are not allowed to hold onto their own medicines. If your child needs to take medication during the day, please fill out a Medication/Allergy form on or before the first day of camp. Please state the time the child takes the medication. Medicine will not be accepted if it is not in the original packaging.

Staff will make every effort to help children with medicine but ultimately it is the child’s responsibility to make sure the medicine is taken at the appropriate time.

Campers with Special Needs

We will make every attempt to serve campers who require special attention or consideration. If you are interested in enrolling a child with special needs, please contact the Camp Coordinator at (615) 401-5074 to set up a meeting to evaluate our program’s suitability for your child. As we are not a special needs camp, there may be some needs that we are unable to meet. We have a policy not to accept campers whose needs are beyond our training or capabilities.

If your child has a special need or a life threatening allergy, please contact the camp director to discuss their needs before the camper’s first day. We want to prepare the staff and teachers in advance so that we can make your child’s camp experience the best and safest it can be. Please remind us of any special needs each year as we serve hundreds of campers every year.

Absence Policy

Camp fees are not refundable for absences during the camp week nor are they transferable to another date.

Policy for Families who want to visit the Science Center

Family members pay the regular admission rate to enter the Center. During the week that the camper is attending camp, he or she does not have to pay to explore the center. Children must be accompanied by an adult to be in the Center. Adventure Science Center members do not have to pay admission rates but must go to the front desk and show membership cards to enter the Center after camps conclude.

Code of Conduct

Each week, teachers and staff go over the procedures, structure, and behavior expectations of camp with every group. We have high expectations for behavior due to the hands-on nature of camp. Minor behavior problems are addressed by the counselor and camp staff. If behavior problems persist, we will ask for a conference between the child, parent and counselor. If a camper’s behavior continues to disrupt the activities and progress of the camp, we reserve the right to cancel the registration and remove the child from the camp. No refund is given for removal of a camper from camp.


Subject to change.