There are grade guidelines set for each course. The Museum has designed the courses around academic ability, social development, and dexterity. Grades listed for summer programs should match the grade the child will enter next fall.
We recommend against this. Curriculum is planned for the full five-day range. If your summer plans do not permit your child to participate in the full length of the program, he/she is unlikely to have the positive learning experience that he/she expects.
Lunches are not provided. Students are not allowed to leave the program area to purchase food in the cafe. For students staying the whole day, lunch must be brought from home. Students will not have access to a refrigerator or microwave.
Courses staff supervise those students staying the whole day during the one-hour lunchtime held in the pavilion area behind the Museum. Your child will never be left unattended at any time. After eating, students may join in board games, simple crafts, or other non-competitive sports activities.
The Museum has an early morning drop-off and late-stay option available for an extra fee. Early drop-off is 8:00 – 8:45 am and costs $25 / week. Late stay is 4:00 – 6:00 pm and costs $40 / week. You will receive a packet with specific pickup and drop-off procedures before your course begins.
Visit our course catalog and online registration. You can also call Science Central at 617-723-2500 and we can help you with enrollment over the phone. Unfortunately, we cannot process enrollments in person at the Museum.
If you call the Museum about the cancellation before May 15, you will receive a full refund, minus a $20 processing fee for a full-day course, $10 for a half-day course. After that date, we are unable to process any refunds.
Absolutely. The courses program welcomes special needs students. Please make a note on your child's application so that we can ensure the best possible experience for your child. If your child has a 1:1 aid in the classroom we do recommend having a 1:1 aid accompany your child.
We are also available to discuss particular questions or concerns you may have to help determine if our program is the right fit for your child.
The Museum of Science is a public institution and we are therefore not able to guarantee a nut-free environment. Many children with food allergies do attend the program. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us, and be sure to indicate any allergies on your child’s participant waiver.
Your child's safety is the number one priority at the Museum. Courses staff as well as instructors are present at drop-off and pickup and during classes. Courses staff are also present at lunchtime for those who are enrolled in morning and afternoon sessions. Your child will never be left unattended at any time.
In order to ensure a safe and fun environment for all, children are expected to behave in an acceptable manner and use appropriate language at all times. If your child is having trouble following rules and/or their conduct is disrupting the learning process or safety of others in the class, we will notify you, and work with you to help alleviate the problem.
The Museum of Science reserves the right to dismiss students from the program at any time due to behavioral problems including: failure to stay with the group, bullying, violence, destruction of property, theft, verbal abuse, or possession of any type of weapon.