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Choose from a spectacular, fulldome show in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium; hands-on, interactive, science exhibits; or one of our award-winning programs like daily Science Live! demonstrations, 3D Printing Workshops, ScienceQuest Camps, Science Cafes, and other special events.

  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sun,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and March 30, 2019 for MAD Bash

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Camps

Our camps combine science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in ways that encourage kids to actively discover and examine concepts for themselves. We aim to inspire a lifelong passion for learning while teaching creative problem-solving skills, teamwork, persistence and follow-through in a fun learning environment. 

Every day, campers enjoy hands-on science activities related to the day's theme, opportunities to make friends, a lunch break, and time to explore our exhibits. 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.

Camps are appropriate for youth in grades K-6*, with special programs in the summer for rising 7th-9th graders.
*Campers must have completed one year of kindergarten or be currently enrolled in kindergarten at the time of camps.

For questions about programs and reservations call (615) 862-5177 or email camps@adventuresci.org.

 

Camp FAQ

 


 

2019 summer camp sessions

The summer of scientific breakthroughs!

Cost: $275 / week for members, $325 / week for non-members
Hours: 9 a.m. - 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.

At summer camp, we'll revisit some of the most influential science discoveries of the past decade - from finding feathers on a T-Rex to creating a robotic human heart, we’ll spend the summer exploring how these breakthroughs shape the way we look towards the future. 

 

Dinosaurs & Paleontology
June 3-7 & July 8-12

As campers journey back to the Jurassic period, they’ll investigate the science behind dinosaur noises and feathers, and even discover dinosaurs of today.

June 3 - 7  - register >
July 8 - 12 - SOLD OUT

Universe & Space
June 10-14 & July 15-19

Is there life on Mars? From the Curiosity rover to gravitational waves and black holes, campers will unearth incredible breakthroughs on a universal scale.

June 10 - 14 - register >
July 15 - 19 - SOLD OUT

 

Robots & Technology
June 17-21 & July 22-26

Power on, all systems go! High-tech hijinks await as campers explore everything from wi-fi and GPS to the maker movement.

June 17 - 21 - register >
July 22 - 26 - SOLD OUT

Biology & Medical Science
June 24-28 & July 29-August 2

Campers can enjoy a week in mini medical school while they learn about new elements, genetically modified organisms, and bacteria.

June 24 - 28 - register >
July 29 - August 2 - register >

Music & Sound
August 5-9

Let's make some noise! In this Music City-inspired camp, we'll explore music theory as we practice song-writing, discover sounds in nature and build our own instruments.

August 5 - 9 - register >

Music City Adventures (7th - 9th graders)
June 24-28 & July 29- August 2

Using public transportation, campers will journey through Music City to discover how music and entertainment have shaped, designed and influenced Nashville with trips to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, Belcourt Theatre and more.

June 24 - 28 - register >
July 29 - August 2 - register >

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Financial aid

Financial aid recipients have been notified directly and all awards have been distributed for the summer season.

 


Frequently asked questions

General Camp Information

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 grade level. All camp themes are appropriate for campers entering K-6 grades. Campers must have completed one year of Kindergarten or be currently enrolled in Kindergarten at the time of break camps, because our camps include daily lab time in a classroom setting where campers must be able to meet standard expectations to ensure safety and provide a positive learning experience for all participants.

Staff

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

Camp hours

Regular camp hours are 9 a.m. - 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.

Cancellation Policy

If you have to cancel, please notify Adventure Science 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. Cancellations of week-long camps will result in a $35 processing fee.

14+ Days’ Notice: We can apply your registration to a new date (depending on availability) or we will refund 100% of your registration payment.

7+ Days’ Notice: We can apply your registration to a new date (depending on availability) or we will refund 50% of your registration payment.

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

Parent Information - Day-of Procedures

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

  • PARKING
    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 PROCEDURE
    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 PROCEDURE
    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. .
  • LATE ARRIVAL OF CAMPER
    Please do your best to arrive at camp at the correct time. Arriving late may cause your child to miss an important activity.
  • EARLY CHECK-OUT OF CAMPER
    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 Manager 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there perks for members?

Yes! Adventure Science Center members receive discounts on all our camps along with early registration for our spring, summer and winter camps.

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.

Do you offer financial aid for camp?

Yes, we have a limited number of financial aid available and are awarded based on need. To apply, please fill out our online 2019 camp financial assistance form no later than Friday, May 3, 2019.

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

If you have to cancel, please notify us in writing as early as possible or by a phone conversation with the Reservation team 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. Adventure Science Center 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, Adventure Science Center 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 Manager at (615) 401-5088 to set up a meeting to evaluate program suitability for the child. Please note that our camps are not a special needs camp, and there may be some needs that are beyond our capabilities.

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