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Summer Camps

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Paleo Camp 2020!

Only at Paleo Camp can you dig for fossils, examine rocks and minerals, make a plaster cast of a fossil, dissect an owl pellet, tie dye a Paleo Camp t-shirt, and much more!  Children ages 5 to 12 can explore and discover the arts and sciences in our week-long summer camps.

Half day camp includes a drink at snack time(s), t-shirt for tie-dyeing, all activity and experiment supplies, and exploration and play time in the exhibit spaces for all campers.   

Full day camp includes all of the above as well as additional experiments, crafts, games, and additional exploration and play time in the exhibit spaces.  

Times:

  • Half day drop off 9:00-9:15, pick-up 11:45-noon
  • Full day drop off 9:00-9:15, pick up 4:15-4:30

Weeks:

  • Monday, June 8th-Friday, June 12th (registration and full payment due Monday, May 25th*)
  • Monday, June 22nd-Friday, June 26th (registration and full payment due Monday, June 8th*)
  • Monday, July 13th-Friday, July 17th (registration and full payment due Monday, June 29th*)
  • Monday, July 27th-Friday, July 31st (registration and full payment due Monday, July 13th*)

Cost:

  • Members: Half day $150*, Full day $175*
  • Non-members: Half day $175*, Full day $200*
  • *Registrations made after the designated deadlines above will result in an additional $15 fee.

Registration is REQUIRED.  We DO NOT accept walk-ups due to limited space.

All the Details:

  • Half day camp includes a drink at snack time(s), t-shirt for tie-dyeing, all activity and experiment supplies, and exploration and play time in the exhibit spaces for all campers. Half-day campers need to bring one NUT FREE snack daily. 
  • Full day camp includes all of the above as well as additional experiments, crafts, games, and additional exploration and play time in the exhibit spaces. Full day campers need to bring a lunch with drink, and two NUT FREE snacks daily.  A drink will be provided at both snack times.  
  • We do not have the capacity to refrigerate or microwave your child’s snacks or lunch.
  • ALL campers need to bring extra sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, a refillable water bottle, extra clothes, and extra shoes daily. Please ensure to apply sunscreen and bug insect repellant to your child daily BEFORE arrival.  

The Fine Print:

  • Registration with payment in full and your Paleo Camp Registration Form is due a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start date of camp to secure your child’s place in camp.  The registration form will be emailed to you once you have registered.
  • You will receive a full refund if you cancel at least 2 weeks prior to the start date. Any cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of camp is subject to a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Museum admission outside of camp times is an additional cost and is not included in the camp fee.
  • Campers must be 5 years old by June 1, 2020 and no older than 12 years old on July 31, 2020. Proof of age may be requested.  If staff has been purposefully misinformed of a child’s age, all fees paid will be forfeited and the camper dismissed.
  • All campers must be fully toilet trained. Campers not fully toilet trained will be dismissed from camp.
  • Hands On! reserves the right to cancel any camp and fully refund payments in the event a camp is cancelled based on attendance/registration or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Parents/guardians must sign each child in and out of camp each day. We are unable to accommodate early arrivals, or late pick-ups.  Failure to comply with pick-up times may result in your camper being dismissed.
  • Keep toys, books, and all other personal belongings at home. Hands On! is not responsible for lost/stolen/damaged items.
  • To ensure a fun, effective, and consistent experience, we ask that parents/guardians/siblings are not present during camp, however, they are welcome to visit HODC during the duration of the camp (general admission costs apply).
  • We reserve the right to dismiss a camper based on behavior issues, aggression, foul language, or failure to follow rules.
  • All fees paid will be forfeited in the event of dismissal.

For More Information:

Please call (423) 434-4263 ext. 808 or email reservations@visithandson.org for more information.  You may send in the participant information form via email or postal mail, or deliver in person.  To return by mail, please send to:

Hands On! Discovery Center 
1212 Suncrest Dr.
Gray, TN 37615