Afternoon Learning Adventures

August 31-October 23 for ages 6-7 and 8-9

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About Afternoon Learning Adventures

Is your child ready to move from screen time to science time? Join us at the GSC for outdoor explorations, zoo and aquarium tours, OmniSphere shows, art, storytimes, engineering, physics, chemistry and so much more. Our Afternoon Learning Adventures are designed to support students in small social settings in two age groups. Each day we’ll have a snack break and homework time as needed, so children are invited to bring a laptop and school schedule.

We have our safety protocols down to a science! We opened our Summer Science Camps in mid-June and we will follow the same safety practices for our two learning groups (6-7 and 8-9 years old), including daily temperature and wellness checks for staff and campers. Each day runs from 1 pm to 5:30 pm, with daily drop-off outside and pickup from our lobby after we close to guests.

Sessions (one each for ages 6-7 and 8-9)

Week 1: August 31-Sept 4; 1:00 pm-5:30 pm
Week 2: Sept 8-11; 1:00 pm-5:30 pm (Labor Day week)
Week 3: Sept 14-18; 1:00 pm-5:30 pm
Week 4: Sept 21-25; 1:00 pm-5:30 pm
Week 5: Sept 28-Oct 2; 1:00 pm-5:30 pm
Week 6: Oct 5-Oct 9; 1:00 pm-5:30 pm
Week 7: Oct 12-16: 1:00 pm-5:30 pm
Week 8: Oct 19-23; 1:00 pm-5:30 pm

Registration Fees

$175 Members per week; $225 Non-members per week.
Exception: Labor Day week runs Sept 8-11 and is $140 Members; $180 Non-members

Sample Schedule

Time Activity
1:00 - 1:10 Arrive & Get Settled
1:15 - 1:30 Storytime
1:30 - 2:10 Outdoor Activity
2:10 - 2:40 Craft
2:40 - 3:15 Special (Live Demonstrations)
3:15 - 3:30 Snack
3:30 - 4:00 Homework/Quiet Time
4:00 - 4:30 Activity/Experiment
4:30 - 4:45 Music/Dance
4:45 - 5:10 Reading/Journaling
5:10 - 5:30 Pack Up/Head to Lobby for Pickup

Fast Facts

What to bring: If your child has afternoon class assignments or homework he or she should bring all school supplies needed and a laptop with them in a backpack or bag each day, along with his/her teacher’s learning schedule. Laptops/tablets are most useful if the password and student ID number is written on masking tape on the underside for the week in case campers need help logging in. Also send one book from home that will not be shared. Each child will have a dedicated spot for storing items and an individual GSC container for crafting supplies.

You will also need to complete a Health Form and Behavior Contract before your child enters the program.

Health Form Behavior Contract

Snacks: Campers will need to bring a snack and a water bottle each day.

Groups: Children will be in groups of no more than 12. Size of groups is determined by the size of the teaching spaces to allow social distancing.

Masks: Campers are encouraged but not required to wear masks and will be in the same small group all week. They will be leaving the classrooms for gallery visits and programs and for outdoor activities. Staff will wear masks indoors and outdoors if they cannot maintain social distance.

Activities: The camp schedule alternates active and quiet enrichment activities including playing games, exploring the outdoors, and taking part in science, and engineering programming all to support learning and social/emotional development. We also will have reading and arts and crafts to round out the experience.

Refunds: Refund requests must be submitted no later than one week before the program begins.

Dropoff and Pickup: Education staff will meet you at your cars in our marked car lane at 1 pm and check temperature and health of your camper. We will bring campers to our lobby area at 5:15 for pickup by 5:30. You will come to our front circle for this after-hours pickup.

Health Assessment: All campers must complete a Health Form and will have a temperature and wellness check each day at drop-off.

The health and safety of our staff and campers is our top priority. We ask that staff and campers who are sick, or have a sick member of their household, stay home. If your child becomes sick at camp, we will call you to pick him/her up. We take Kawasaki Syndrome symptoms, associated with Covid-19, in children seriously (which includes abdominal pain/stomach ache).

Cleaning: Cleanliness and sanitation are top priorities in our programs. We use antibacterial & antiviral solutions when cleaning and limit shared materials. We practice healthy hand hygiene which includes staff and campers washing or sanitizing hands upon arrival, before and after experiments and animal visits, after bathroom breaks and snack time and after playing outside. Classrooms are cleaned before each day’s camp and all materials used and surfaces are cleaned over the weekend.

Contact Us

Questions or comments? Email or call 336-288-3769 x1389.