Winter Camp

T'was the Night Before STEM-mas.

T'was the night before STEM-mas,
When all through The Science Center,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not a robot nor young inventor.

The stockings were hung
By the planetarium with care,
In hopes that Winter Camp
Soon would be there.

The children were gathered
All snug in the Marine Room,
While visions of sting rays
Swam by in a zoom.

Calling all Polar Explorers!

Our balmy Florida weather will take a back seat in our snowmobile as we venture into the North and South Poles – massive icebergs, the Northern Lights, the elusive muskoxen and reindeer of the Arctic and the leopard seal and killer whale predators of the Antarctic.  There will be plenty of stops on our 12,500 mile journey between the two ends of our world.

A few more of the snowshoe-worthy stops we will be making:

  • So, why is it so cold anyway?
  • Did you say it is going to be daylight all day?
  • Biomimicry and the Snowshoe Hare?
  • Our parkas and snow goggles will come off for a while, though, because no camp at The Science Center would be complete without all-hands-in our 600-gallon marine touch tank and a trip to our planetarium.

But that's not all - we have to leave some of our fun wrapped up under our Florida pine trees.

DATES: December 26, 27  & 28, January 2, 3, 4 & 7

COST: Single-Day Camp - $65/child • December Camp - $125/child • January Camp - $150/child

BEFORE & AFTER CARE: Single-Day Camp - $15/child • December and January Camp - $25/child

HOURS: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Before Care: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. • After Care: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: 7701 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710

REGISTRATION: To view our 2018 Winter Camp Registration packet, please click here. Please bring the filled-out registration to the Science Center or follow the mailing instruction in the packet.

For more information or questions about Winter Camp, contact Linsey at lstiglic@careersourcepinellas.com

Register Online Now.

To register for camp online, click the link below:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my child for camp?

You can register for camp by filling out the above registration packet and delivering it to The Science Center or emailing it to lstiglic@careersourcepinellas.comM. You can also register online by clicking the links above: "Fall Camp K-3" and "Fall Camp 4-6" inside the green box.

How do I register more than one child for a camp?

We understand that you don't want to fill out the same contact information for each of your children. That's why we strongly encourage families with more than one child to complete the registration forms and email them to lstiglic@careersourcepinellas.com with payment instructions. If you would like to register your children online, please select how many children you are registering through the drop-down menu labeled "Items." Fill out the form for one child and pay through PayPal for your total. Once you have submitted your registration information through the online form, please email lstiglic@careersourcepinellas.com with your other child's name, grade level and any medical information we should know about.

Is any type of financial aid available?

Yes, we do offer scholarships for low-income families.  These are granted on a first-come-first-serve, need basis.  For scholarship applications and additional information, please email lstiglic@careersourcepinellas.com.

What is the camp cancellation policy?

Complete refunds are given for the following circumstances only:

  • Applicants move out of the city prior to class;
  • Death in the family; and/or
  • Class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

In the event that your child cannot attend camp for other reasons, partial refunds may be granted for up to half of the camp cost.  You must give email notice prior to the start of camp to be eligible for a refund. Please email lstiglic@careersourcepinellas.com for cancellations.

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

Once arriving at The Science Center, please proceed up the ramp and enter through the left entrance.  Parents or authorized guardians must sign in their child/children upon drop off and pick up.  For safety purposes, you will be asked to show an ID before picking up your child at the end of the day.

What are camp hours?

Before care is available between 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Camp begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

After care is available from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Is there before and after care?

Yes!

Before care is available between 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

After care is available from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Before/After care is $15 per child for single-day campers and $25 per child for 3-day campers.

What is a typical day at camp?
  • If your child will be joining us for Before Care, he/she can play freely with other campers with our various toys, books and games or he/she can enjoy some G-rated entertainment on our projector.  Electronic devices are permitted during Before and After Care, but camp staff members reserve the right to ask children to put their devices away.
  • We'll start off by gathering together in the Discovery Center where our teachers and camp counselors will be introduced to the campers.
  • There, we'll split into our grade groups (K-3 & 4-6).
  • Typically, STEM lessons and camp activities will take place in the morning.
  • At 10:30 a.m., children will have time for morning snack. This should be brought from home as The Science Center does not provide food during Fall Camp.
  • STEM lessons and camp activities will resume until lunch time, around 11:45 a.m. for those in the K-3 group and around 12:15 p.m. for those in the 4-6 group.  Children will have time to play outside after lunch.  Again, please send lunch with your camper as it will not be provided by The Science Center.
  • After lunch, children will resume STEM lessons and camp activities until afternoon snack which takes place at around 2:30 p.m.
  • The rest of the day will consists of more camp activities and additional STEM lessons until camp ends at 4:00 p.m.
Is food provided for campers?

No, food will not be provided to campers for Fall Camp.  Please send your child to camp with a morning snack, a lunch, an afternoon snack and a refillable water bottle.

Do we go outside during camp?

Absolutely! We have play time after lunch every day, and some lessons will require children and teachers to be outdoors.  Plus, we have a really cool iguana sanctuary for our campers to look up-close at our rescued iguanas.

What should my child wear to camp?

Please send your child in comfy, school-appropriate clothes and closed-toed sneakers. We will be going outside, so we also encourage your child to come wearing sunscreen and bug spray, should you feel appropriate.

What should I send to camp with my child?

For a great camp experience, we recommend each camper come with:

  • a refillable water bottle
  • morning and afternoon snacks
  • a healthy lunch
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • for our young campers, we recommend a change of clothes... just in case!
What is The Science Center of Pinellas' tax ID?

73-1678180

More questions? Please email...

our camp veteran, Linsey Stiglic, at lstiglic@careersourcepinellas.com.