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Frequently Asked Questions about Science Discovery Day Camp

What should my camper bring to camp each day?

  • Lunch: non-refrigerated, non-microwavable, peanut-free
  • Water bottle
  • Weather appropriate clothing*
  • Sunscreen
  • Appropriate footwear*

* Parents/guardians of enrolled campers will receive an email the week prior to camp with information on daily activities, which will help determine appropriate clothing and footwear.

What if I forget to send them a lunch, water bottle or other necessary item one day?

The item can be brought to the front desk of the Bell Museum and a staff member will be sure to get it to the appropriate place.

What time is camp—and does the Bell offer extended care?

Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drop-off is open between 8 to 8:30 a.m. and pick-up between 4:30 to 5 p.m. Extended care also is available for an extra half-hour before and after camp. The cost for extended care is $15 a week for the morning or afternoon or $30 for both. Half-day preschool camps run from 9:30 a.m. - Noon.

Where do I drop off and pick up my camper each day?

Temporary curbside drop-off and pick-up is available directly in front of the Bell Museum located at 10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Longer-term parking is available at nearby meters as well as the 4th street ramp.

What should I do if my camper has allergies, medications or dietary Restrictions

If your camper has a medical condition for which s/he must carry emergency medication (e.g., asthma inhalers, EpiPen epinephrine injectors), a peanut allergy or other severe allergy, or has dietary restrictions, please inform registration staff as soon as possible so we can make the necessary accommodations. PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of our campers, guests and staff, we are a peanut-free camp!

Where do you go for treats on Fridays of camp?

At the end of camp each week, campers get to go on a special trip to get ice cream or other sweet treats! We go to McDonald's for this occasion, because it can ensure that there is no cross-contamination with peanuts or other allergens, and it provides treat options for campers who are lactose intolerant.

Can my camper purchase a camp t-shirt of other items from the museum store?

Camp t-shirts will be available to purchase during pick-up and drop-off times. Campers do need an adult present to purchase t-shirts or other items from the museum store.

Do you have a behavior policy?

In order to make the program experience a positive one for all, we have established a policy to manage behavior incidents that involve chronic disruption and/or safety. We reserve the right to remove students who do not adhere to our behavior policy.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

If you wish to withdraw from a camp after registering, you must do so at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp in order to receive a partial refund of the registration fee. $40 of the registration fee is considered a non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be given if a cancellation is made within the two-weeks before the first day of camp.

If for any reason the Bell Museum cancels your camp, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee or, if you prefer, the opportunity to transfer to another camp if space is available. Notification will be given two weeks prior to the start date in the event that your camp is canceled.

Can I accompany my child to camp during the week?

If your camper is new to the Bell Museum camp experience or you are curious about what Bell Museum camps are like, you are welcome to stay with your camper from the start of camp on the first day, up until lunchtime. Due to parking restrictions, curbside parking is not available if you choose to do so, though parking is available at nearby meters as well as the 4th street ramp.

What are the Bell's tax identification numbers?

2014 Summer camp may be tax deductible. Here are the Tax ID numbers you can use when filing taxes. Federal: 41-6007513  Minnesota: 8029894


If you have additional questions, or to request disability accommodations, call (612) 626-9660.