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Policies

Policies

We offer a wide variety of programming.
Please review the policies specific to your upcoming program:

  1. General Policies
  2. Youth Classes (Fall/Winter/Spring)
  3. Family & Preschool Family Classes (Weekends)
  4. Homeschool & Preschool Classes (Weekdays)
  5. On-Site Summer Camps
  6. Off-Site Summer Camps

1. General Policies

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • No cash or credit card refunds are issued for program orders.
  • No transfers or credits for orders canceled within 10 business days of the program.

If you need to cancel, you must call 10 business days before the start of the program in order to:

  • Transfer to a future program OR
  • Have a credit placed on your Science Museum account for the full value of the class. This credit can be used for future camp or class reservations.

Location and Directions

Please refer to the section specific to your program for drop-off/pick-up directions and procedures.

Health Information

If your child has a medical condition, peanut or other severe allergy, dietary restrictions, or other special need, please inform registration staff as soon as possible so we can make accommodations. Call 651-221-4511.

What to Wear/Bring

  • The museum is not responsible for lost, missing, or damaged personal items.
  • If attending camps or classes all day, bring a bag lunch and a drink.
  • Wear close toed shoes and comfortable clothing that can get messy.
  • Shoes with wheels are prohibited at the Museum and in Museum programs.
  • Please leave valuables like collectable cards and personal electronics at home.

Behavior Policy

In order to make the experience of our science programs a positive one for all students and staff, we have established a policy to manage behavior incidents that involve chronic disruption of classes and/or safety. We reserve the right to remove students who do not adhere to our behavior policy, which is available by calling 651-221-4511.

Student Safety and Responsibility

The Science Museum is responsible for students' safety during scheduled program time. We do not release unchaperoned students from programs due to issues of safety and liability. Exceptions will be made for students leaving the museum to meet parents or ride a bus home. Written permission releasing the child must be provided by a parent or guardian.

Photographs

Your registration implies permission to use photographs of students for Science Museum of Minnesota promotional purposes. If you do not want your child photographed, call 651-221-4511.

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2. Youth Classes (Fall/Winter/Spring)

  • Our staff will check your child in curbside at the Education Entrance.
  • You can drop off up to 15 minutes before the class and you must pick up within 15 minutes after the class.

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3. Family & Preschool Family Classes (Weekends)

  • Classes take place on education Level 2. Level 2 can be accessed by using the Riverway elevators located in the Museum lobby, across from the back entrance to the gift shop.
  • We cannot offer parking vouchers. For current rates, visit our Parking page.

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4. Homeschool & Preschool Classes (Weekdays)

  • Classes take place on education Level 2. Level 2 can be accessed by using the Riverway elevators located in the Museum lobby, across from the back entrance to the gift shop. Or, if you do not wish to park in the ramp, you can bring your child to the Education Entrance.
  • We cannot offer parking vouchers. For current rates, visit our Parking page.
  • You can drop off up to 15 minutes before the class and you must pick up within 15 minutes after the class.

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5. On-Site Summer Camps

Drop-off and Pick-up

  • You can drop-off/pick-up your child at our Education Entrance up to 30 minutes before/after their program free of charge.
  • Each vehicle MUST be occupied by a qualified driver at all times. Please do not leave your vehicle; our staff will bring your child to you. We have many children to check-out and we appreciate your patience!!
  • Leaving your vehicle, especially during pick-up, will cause traffic back-ups and delays for other parents.
  • Curbside space is limited, especially during pick-up. Arriving 10 minutes after the program will reduce your wait.
  • For safety and security reasons our staff will be monitoring and directing traffic flow.

Health Forms

  • FULL DAY CAMPS: You will receive an email with health forms and a camp itinerary 1-2 weeks before camp.
  • HALF-DAY CAMPS: You will receive a health form/waiver via email that you must fill out only if your child has a medical condition for which s/he must carry emergency medication (e.g., asthma inhalers, EpiPen epinephrine injectors, etc). If your child does not carry emergency medication, you do not need to fill out the form.

Lunch

  • If your child is attending camp or class all day, lunch supervision is provided at no extra charge.
  • Students must bring a bag lunch with a drink. No refrigeration is available.
  • Students are not allowed to use the vending machines or visit the cafeteria.

Extended Care

  • Morning care costs $7 per day, per child. It begins at 7:30 a.m. and goes until the start of morning classes. Morning extended care is not available at off-site locations.
  • Afternoon care costs $7 per day, per child. It begins at the end of afternoon classes and goes until 5:30 p.m. There is a charge of $1 per minute if a child is picked up after 5:30 p.m.

Extended care punch cards:

  • You can purchase a 5-punch extended care card for $35.
  • Each punch equals one morning session OR one afternoon session of extended care per child.
  • Your card is kept on file and punched as you use it. Leftover punches can be used at a later date.

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6. Off-Site Summer Camps

You will receive an email 1-2 weeks before the start of camp with health forms, information about drop-off, pick-up, extended care, etc.

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