Registration for the Challenger Learning Center’s Spring Break Camp will open January 24th for CLC members and January 31st to the public! Our STEAM-themed camps feature hands-on activities led by experienced educators. The Challenger Learning Center’s “Camp Challenger” strives to ensure campers have fun in a safe and educational atmosphere. At the Challenger Learning Center, campers are guaranteed focused attention with a ratio of at least one educator for every eight children.
Camp counselors, as well as volunteers, are made up of teachers, students pursuing a degree in education, professionals with an extensive science background and/or individuals experienced with child care or best practices in education. Additionally, in order to maintain a secure atmosphere, all camp staff completes a Level 2 background check and all camp staff are diligent about checking identification of those dropping off/picking up children.
The exciting, new themes for the 2018 Spring break camps are below!
Spring Break Day Camps
March 12 - Big Circuits, Little Bits
K-1 Spark your creativity! Learn the basics of electricity using Snap Circuits and littleBits, make your own circuit bracelets and watch Robots in IMAX 3D.
2-3 Electrify your potential! Use Snap Circuits to design a spin art machine, create a waving robot and a bubble machine using littleBits electronics and watch Robots in IMAX 3D.
4-5 Ignite your knowledge! Make spider, tank, and humanoid robots dance to music, create actuators with littleBits and watch Robots in IMAX 3D.
March 13 - Future Astronauts
K-1 3, 2, 1, Blast off! Complete astronaut training, fly the simulated space mission “Mars Explorers”, see a presentation on the historic Voyager satellite, make your own edible Voyager and watch Accidental Astronauts in the planetarium.
2-3 Take an out-of-this-world adventure! Fly the simulated space mission “Asteroid Explorers,” explore life as an astronaut, see a presentation on the historic Voyager satellite, make your own edible and recyclable Voyager models and watch Accidental Astronauts in the planetarium.
4-5 Go on a mission of scientific discovery! Fly the simulated space mission “Comet Explorers,” build rockets in the Kerbal Space Program, watch Hubble in IMAX 3D and make a 3D model of the Hubble space telescope and see a presentation on the historic Voyager satellite.
March 14 - Maker Day
K-1 Use your imagination! Create with littleBits, design your own marble run, and watch Dream Big in IMAX 3D.
2-3 Full STEAM ahead! Explore Makey Makey, experiment with paper airplane designs for a successful flight, build and race balloon cars and watch Dream Big in IMAX 3D.
4-5 Become an engineer! Design crazy inventions, make an Iron Man hand, become a sound engineer and develop sensational speakers and watch Dream Big in IMAX 3D.
March 15 - Raining Cats & Dogs
K-1 Learn the “paws of nature”! Explore the different jobs of dogs and cats, both domestic and wild, meet a local therapy dog, design an agility course, make animal headbands and watch Wild Africa in IMAX 3D.
2-3 It’s all about our four-legged friends! Explore the evolution of dogs and cats, learn the history and mythology of animals, create your own petroglyph, learn the science behind why cats’ eyes glow and watch Wild Africa in IMAX 3D.
4-5 Do cats really have nine lives? Research common myths about dogs and cats, explore the anatomy and adaptations of animals, learn about their communication techniques, create a 3D animal that is able to survive in a specific environment and watch Wild Africa in IMAX 3D.
March 16 - Good Day, Green Day
K-1 Go Green! Build with green Snap Circuits, learn the importance of recycling, make green slime and a lucky shamrock necklace, experiment with growing and shrinking colored marshmallows and watch A Beautiful Planet in IMAX 3D.
2-3 Why should we reduce, reuse, recycle? Explore ways to harness natural energy, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some “green” activities, make a four-leaf clover and a leprechaun trap and watch A Beautiful Planet in IMAX 3D.
4-5 The power of green! Learn environmentally friendly ways to live, build a solar-powered oven, race a wind-powered vehicle and watch A Beautiful Planet in IMAX 3D. St. Patrick’s Day fun will include turning pennies into gold coins and creating density and capillary-action rainbows.
March 19 - Symphony of Spring
K-1 Tune to perfect pitch! Learn how different sounds are made and make your own musical instrument after seeing different types including a piano out of snap circuits. Explore tuning forks and pitch and watch America’s Musical Journey in IMAX 3D.
2-3 Explore the science of sound! Make a musical instrument after learning the concepts of sound waves, use Makey Makey to build a banana piano and watch America’s Musical Journey in IMAX 3D.
4-5 It’s music to my ears! See sound waves, build a guitar, make a model eardrum, assemble a “chicken in a cup” noise maker, compose your own musical creation and watch America’s Musical Journey in IMAX 3D.
Day camps are $40/day – includes lunch and materials.
Requests for cancellation must be received in writing to the Challenger Learning Center prior to camp start date. Full refunds will be allowed for written requests received two weeks in advance of the camp’s start date. Half refunds will be allowed for written requests received one week in advance of the camp’s start date. No refunds will be granted after the camp’s start date. Please allow approximately 90 days for refunds to be processed, unless payment was received by credit card.
Camps will be conducted at the Challenger Learning Center on Kleman Plaza from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., unless enrolled in extended care. Parents/guardians must designate on this registration form authorized individuals to pick up campers if parents/guardians are unable to do so. Parents/guardians and/or authorized individuals must accompany campers into the building and sign them in and out every day. Parents/guardians must always have photo ID with them and be listed as an authorized individual on the registration form. Challenger Learning Center is located at 200 South Duval St., on the corner of College Ave. and South Duval St.
Extended Care is available to accommodate busy schedules. Campers arriving earlier than 8:50 a.m. or departing later than 4:00 p.m. MUST be enrolled in the Extended Care. Campers enrolled in AM Extended Care may sign in as early as 7:50 a.m. For PM Extended Care, campers may be signed out any time before 6:00 p.m. to avoid a $1/minute late fee. AM Extended Care, 7:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., is $5/day. PM Extended Care, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., is $5/day. You must indicate on the registration form that you plan to participate in Extended Care and include the cost in your camp payment. Extended Care campers will not be participating in extra camp activities during extended hours.
Lunch is provided daily. Lunch includes an entree (cheese or pepperoni pizza) and a healthy side. If preferred, your child may choose a corn dog, an all-beef hot dog or a vegetarian entree. You may provide your child with snacks, money to visit the concessions stand, and/or a lunch from home if preferred.
Camper pick-up/drop-off parking is available in the Kleman Plaza parking garage or at metered street spots. Bring your Kleman Plaza parking ticket into the CLC with you and CLC staff will validate tickets obtained within 30 minutes. Please note: you could be ticketed or towed for parking at the U.S. Post Office or in the loading zone on College Ave.
Camps are designed for the enjoyment and benefit of all campers enrolled. Our goal is to be educational as well as entertaining and campers are expected to abide by camp rules. With that as the objective, we anticipate that no camper is here who does not want to be here. Should any disciplinary problems occur, camp staff will contact the parent/guardian to discuss the child’s behavior, possible remediation and/or picking up their camper. Please do not send any toys, books, electronic devices, etc. with the camper unless approved by a camp counselor. If items from home are brought, they may only be used during extended care, lunch and recess. The CLC is not responsible for lost/stolen/broken items brought from home.
Should you need additional information, please call (850) 645-7777, weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For content/curriculum, contact our Education Manager at (850) 645-7787.
The registration form, online or hard copy (PDF), must be completed in its entirety and submitted no later than one week before the camp date. Camps are limited in size; therefore, registration applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is complete and confirmed upon receipt of full payment. You may
- download, complete, and return reservation form at the Challenger Learning Center in person
- download, complete, and fax (850.645.7784) completed reservation form to the Challenger Learning Center
DOWNLOAD RESERVATION FORM HERE OR fill out the online request form below: