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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update | 7/6/20

Happy Summer!

Our staff and educators have been working hard to ready the museum for your arrival and we can assure that you will have a safe and exciting experience when you visit. During the closure, we have been modifying our exhibits to encourage interaction while decreasing touch points and ensuring success in cleaning practices.

Following CDC, state and local authorities’ guidelines, these are some of the changes you can expect:

1. Summer camp is on.

Our Summer Science Camps are back on beginning July 13th! Each week we’re welcoming small groups of participants into our space to enjoy interactive STEM activities for a week! Check out our summer camp page for more details.

2. Plan for it.

Our hours will change to include a “break” during the lunch/nap time for cleaning by our staff. We will now be open 9-12 and 2 - 6 every day.

3. Play safe.

Grownups, children ages 10+, and Science Center staff must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth at all times during their Science Center visit. Look for our new orange gears that will direct you to hand sanitizer stations throughout the Science Center. Look for ways to physically distance in our space, such as one family group at an activity.

4. Our robust cleaning practices have leveled up.

MSC staff will disinfect surfaces, components and “high touch” areas, like door handles and elevator buttons. Wipes and “dirty bins” will be available for used pieces. In addition, we’ve installed sneeze guards, 10 hand sanitizing stations, HEPA filters, additional UV lights in our air ducts and removed many hands-on components and replaced them with other interactive exhibits. Fresh air is circulated frequently in our building each day. Deep cleaning with disinfectant will occur nightly. Our staff will be required to wear masks and will be encouraging families to maintain six feet of physical distance.

5. Minimized hands-on components. Maximized minds-on discoveries.

Minds-on fun will take the place of hands-on interactives as you go — all while remaining physically distanced from other families.

6. Virtual learning continues.

If you cannot or do not wish to visit us during our first days back, we completely understand and look forward to welcoming you when you feel more comfortable returning to the Science Center. In the meantime, keep visiting, connecting, and learning by tuning into our YouTube Channel and on our social media pages.

7. Take home challenges are available.

What to learn more? Our new Take-Home STEM kits are available for you to pick up and work on at home. Traveling from out of state? Have one mailed to your home! Kits are available for age groups including: 3-5 years old, 6 - 8 years old and 9 - 12 years old. Each kit includes instructional materials, supplies and how to take your experience further!

Want to know more? Feel free to call us or email us today to get the latest information. Updates will be supplied here as we move forward with reopening. We look forward to sharing our adaptations, upgrades and NEW exhibits with you in the near future.

Thank you for your support and patience as we prepare to reopen safely to let your mind come out to play! In the meantime, consider a donation to help us get back on our feet to reopen! Support informal STEM education in our community for everyone. Donate today. Thank you.

Regarding Memberships:

We realize that during this time, members are not able to connect with our exhibits at the Science Center. MSC Staff has been working diligently to provide virtual STEM programming in the absence of welcoming visitors to the Center. Additionally, STEAMlab Open Lab is online twice a week.

We have received a few questions regarding family memberships while the Science Center is closed. Memberships will be extended for families that maintained a valid, active membership, for the duration of the closure. At this time, we are unsure of how long that will be, but we will notify members as soon as we have updated information.

We are still processing renewals and new members! Renewed or new memberships during the closure will insure that we are able to reopen and resume engaging, unique programming for our visitors and classrooms when the time comes. Support the Science Center, family education and science play by renewing ahead of time, or by joining. These memberships will still be extended, when purchased during our closure.

Subscriptions to Virtual Programming:

As schools prepare for an extended time providing virtual education to all of the children in our community, we want to be able to provide whatever resources we can to help classrooms, teachers, parents and caregivers. Therefore, we have several free options available for families to access through our YouTube Channel.

Additionally, we are looking at ways that we can provide additional STEM Education through classrooms and virtual camps. Please check back on how we can help!

When we reopen:

We are looking forward to the day when visitors fill the Science Center with shouts of glee, chatting parents, learning through play and technology education. However, we are making sure that every step we take towards that day is a thoughtful, educated one. At this point, all we can do is make calculated scenarios with timelines and safety plans.

MSC Staff is working hard to provide information to our visitors in a timely manner to ensure everyone that when we do open, we have taken the precautions to allow for safe, stress-free play and engagement. Reopening might look a little different depending on the scenarios, but what we do know is that our dedication to our visitors, our mission and science discovery through play is stronger as we have worked through the closure.

How can you help?

Support from our community is critical right now to sustain programmings, our space and our incredible staff! Without the staff, we wouldn’t be able to continue our mission to create science connections for visitors of all ages. Please consider making a contribution to the Science Center.

Questions? Needs?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to staff with any additional questions that you may have. Does your family have a need? Do your students need supplies or support? Please look to us to help get you the information that you might need. We’re here for you!

Updated Cancellation Policy
Due to COVID-19, our summer camp cancellation policy has been updated.
Summer camp adjustments due to health-safety requirements are being determined on a camp-by-camp basis. MSC will notify parents no later than 14 days prior to the start of camp. All summer camps have been adjusted to being offered as “Camp-At-Home” with all materials, supplies and instructions provided. If an in-person summer camp is NOT cancelled, participants may still choose the opportunity to do “Camp-At-Home” instead.

Cancellation requests are as follows:

  • Within 14 days of start date: fee will not be refunded.
  • Within 14 - 25 days with opt-out of “Camp-At-Home” option: 50% camp fee credit to MSC will be granted*
  • Outside of 25 days with opt-out of “Camp-At-Home” option: camp fee will be refunded in full, less a $75 administration fee.
  • Cancellations made by MSC staff for any reason will be refunded in full, less a $75 administration fee.
  • Pro-ration for partial or incomplete camps is not offered.

Thank you very much for your understanding during this time. As a non-profit, community support is critical for MSC to continue our mission and adapt to the challenges we are faced with. Please consider turning your camp fee into a donation.

*MSC credit for camps can be used on any of the following: MSC admission, MSC STEAMlab Open Lab admission, MSC Memberships, MSC Camps & PIR Days. Request that Credit be used by August 30, 2021.