Nanaimo Science – Summer Science Camps


2020 Summer Camps!

Scroll down to see our 2020 Summer Camp themes, schedule, and policies.


Nanaimo Science’s Summer Science Camps are designed to challenge your ingenuity, stimulate your imagination, get your hands dirty and your feet wet, and share the joy of discovery.

Please scroll down for detailed camp descriptions.

To help ensure social distancing, Nanaimo Science is:

  • offering smaller camp sizes
  • splitting up camps into two groups for greater supervision
  • removing all shared items and providing individual activities for children
  • instituting rigorous hand-washing, cleaning and sanitizing
  • planning outdoor time and a balance of learning and recreation that will help children ease back into educational activities!

Please note:

  • Some programs may have an additional $5-$10 materials fee to provide “kits” so that children do not share items.  
  • To help compensate for this cost, we have extended our Early Bird pricing through the summer.
  • T-shirts will not be given out this year as we want children to come with freshly laundered clothes daily.
  • We will also offering single-day spots to families if any openings are available last-minute.  
  • Children must be healthy to attend the camp – any child exhibiting signs of sickness, fever, or cough/sneezing will be sent home, as will their siblings.  

Please check out our full Nanaimo Science Safety Plan for all details.

Curiosity Camps!

June 15-19: LEGO Mania*

June 22 – 26 – Life of a Scientist*

June 29-30: LEGO Mania part 1

July 2-3: LEGO Mania part 2

July 6-10: Tinker Time (ages 6-8)

July 13-17: Forestry

July 20-24: STEAM it up! (ages 6-8)

July 27-31: Let’s Go GIRLS Science Camp

August 4-7: LEGO Mania

August 10-14: Life of a Scientist

August 17 – 21: STEAM it up! (ages 6-8)

August 24 – 28: Best of Summer (ages 6-8)


**If your child is 5 years old and has started Kindergarten they CAN attend camp!**



Inquiry Camps!

June 15 -19: n/a

June 22 – 26: n/a

June 29-30: Life of a Scientist part 1

July 2-3: Life of a Scientist part 2

July 6-10: Tech-topia (ages 9-12)

July 13-17: LEGO Mania

July 20-24: Tinker Time (ages 8-12)

July 27-31: Forestry Fun

August 4-7: Tinker Time (ages 8-12)

August 10-14: Tech-topia (ages 9-12)

August 17 – 21: LEGO Mania

August 24 – 28: Best of Summer (ages 9-12)




5 day camps: $250

4 day camps: $200

2 day camps: $100

*Please note a $5-$10 materials fee may be required for cover the costs of individual items that cannot be shared between children.  More information will be provided prior to the camp start date.

Typical Daily Schedule

9:00am Drop-off and free play

9:30am Activity

10:30am Snack and recess

11:00am Activity

12:00pm Lunch and outdoor time

1:00pm Activity

2:00pm Activity

2:45pm Storytime

3:00pm Pick-up

3:00 – 5:00pm Optional Stay and Play
(pre-registration required)


Camp Details

if no ages are specifically listed, the camp is open to ages 6-12. If your child is 5 and has already started kindergarten, they may also register for these programs.  Please contact for more information.

All camps run 9am-3pm and are indoor/outdoor. Camps are held at Nanaimo Science’s Science Studio (Room 101) and the revamped Multipurpose room (Room 119). Each camp will have trained Outreach Educators on site. Students must bring hats, sturdy hiking/walking shoes (no flip flops!), sunscreen, water bottles, snacks and lunch!

The Nanaimo Science Studio is located in Rm 101 of the Island ConnectED K-12 building at 4355 Jingle Pot Rd, Nanaimo

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to read our camp policies.


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Stay and Play

Optional “Stay and Play Camp” time will be from 3-5pm. $10 per day per child. Pre-registration is required online. Register separately for each day needed (you don’t need to register for the whole week). Stay and Play will be cancelled if there are no registrants one week prior to the start of camp. 

Camp Policies

Participation: At Nanaimo Science, we offer a variety of activities to support learning and exploration for all children. If you have questions about whether a program is right for your child, please contact us. We are committed to working with families to reduce barriers to participation wherever possible.

Nanaimo Science reserves the right to expel any participant, without refund of fees, who behaves inappropriately, is disruptive to other participants, volunteers or staff, or becomes a danger to themselves or others.

Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refunds: Nanaimo Science reserves the right to cancel a program one week prior to the start date, and will refund all fees for a cancelled program. Programs cancelled less than one week prior to the start date due to unforeseen reasons (including but not limited to weather conditions or site safety) will be rescheduled or fees will be refunded as credit towards another program. Withdrawal with refund must be requested in writing more than two weeks prior to the program start date. Any withdrawals or changes will be subject to a $10 administrative fee. There are NO REFUNDS given for withdrawals requested less than two weeks prior to the first day of a registered program or at any time during the program. Pro-rated refunds are NOT available for days absent from a registered program.

Punctuality: Nanaimo Science will not assume responsibility for children before or after camp or after Stay&Play.  A $25 late pick-up fee may be charged. Repeated late pick-ups can result in cancelled participation without refund.

Images/MediaPhotos and videos taken during summer camps are used for Nanaimo Science promotional materials, publications and advertisements. Please note, we never publish children’s names. Parents/guardians may request no photos or videos be taken of their children.



Camps by Theme for all Ages

LEGO Mania 

June 15-19; June 29-30 (part 1) and July 2-3 (part 2); July 13-17; August 4-7; August 17-21

 Ages 6+

Join NS3 for a week of LEGO mania. Build LEGO creations, program LEGO robots, make your own LEGO movie*, and more! If you’re a LEGO fanatic, this camp is for you! Students can work at their own pace and no prior LEGO Robotics experience is necessary (though a strong interest is required). We will also mix things up a bit with other LEGO themed activities, challenges, and some time spent outside.

*This camp is being run as a 5 day, 4 day, and 2 day camp on specified dates. Only the 5 day camp includes the LEGO stop motion movie activity. 

 Life of a Scientist

June 22-26; June 29-30 (part 1) and July 2-3 (part 2); August 10 – 14

Ages 6+

Do you think you want to be a scientist? Yes?! Then this camp is for you. We will explore what it takes to do science; from problem-solving to practical skills like pipetting and measuring. During the week, we will focus on different types of scientists with hands-on activities and games. Build and launch a foam rocket, experiment with pH indicators, learn about wildlife catch and release, and watch bacteria grow!

This camp is being run as a 5day or 2day camp on specified dates, activities will vary during the shorter weeks.  

Let’s Go GIRLS Science Camp

July 27-31

Ages 6+

Hey girls – this week is all you! NS3’s all girl week helps budding female scientists find their footing and explore the different areas of science. We will practice coding using a cup stacking challenge and our LEGO Robotics kits. Students will learn the parts of a microscope and use it to observe DNA they extract from fruit and natural objects they collect. Come learn and play with us!

Forestry Fun!

July 13 – 17 and July 27 – 31 

Ages 6+

Join us for this forestry themed camp. We will have a mix of outdoor education, building activities, and introductions to how people in the forestry industry work. Learn to identify local trees and create a mini ID guide, then test that knowledge in the outdoors. We will look at tree rings, tree anatomy, and challenge ourselves to see what wildfire firefighters and tree planters do. We’ll use critical thinking in hands-on activities and get up close and personal with nature!


Camps by Theme for Ages 6-8

Tinker Time

July 6-10

Ages 6-8

NS3’s Tinker Time camp is all about testing your creativity while building, problem-solving, and exploring! Students will explore energy with building challenges such as an egg drop, a slingshot, and a Rube Goldberg machine. We will create a teleidoscope and a boomerang! There will also be a toy take-apart to see their inner workings.

STEAM it up! 

July 20-24 and August 17-21

Ages 6-8

NS3’s STEAM camp for younger students will provide fun, hands-on ways to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math! We will learn about chemistry with insta-worms and bubbly reactions. Students will paint with magnets, create a water microscope, and build circuits with motors. Join us for a week of science fun!

Best of Summer

August 24-28

Ages 6-8

NS3’s Best of summer camp for younger campers is exactly what it sounds like! We will pick our favourite fun, hands-on activates from all of our camps and bring them into one. Join us for the last week of science fun of the summer!


Camps by Theme for Ages 8-12


Tinker Time

July 20-24, August 4 -7

Ages 8-12

Nanaimo Science’s Tinker Time camp is all about testing your creativity while building, problem-solving, and exploring! We will create an LED light-up greeting card and build a Newton’s cradle to demonstrate physics concepts. Students will be challenged to protect an egg inside a cardboard car and participate in a knot-tying relay race. We will also have a toy take-apart to see their inner workings.

This camp is being offered as a 5 day and 4 day camp on specified dates, activities will vary for the shorter camp. 



July 6-10 and August 10-14

Ages 9-12

Calling all young computer scientists and programmers (9-12 years old)! Join NS3 for a week all about exploring the multiple forms of technology! Students will use NS3’s ozobots and LEGO Robotics kits to practice their coding skills. We will mix in non-computer activities such as attempting to make a homopolar motor spin and building a working mini wind turbine.


Best of Summer

August 24-28

Ages 9-12

NS3’s Best of summer camp for older campers is exactly what it sounds like! We will pick our favourite fun, hands-on activates from all of our camps and bring them into one. Join us for the last week of science fun of the summer!

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