What do parents do when there is no school whether it is a planned holiday, a spring or winter break or a snow day? Many after school programs that parents normally rely on aren’t available on those days because school facilities aren’t open. While some parents take the day off from work and plan a day of activities a lot of times we are scratching our heads wondering what to do. My son’s school was closed the Friday before Columbus Day so we spent the day with his friend at the trampoline park, having lunch and playing with legos.  He spent Columbus Day at the Franklin Institute learning all about science.

The Franklin Institute’s Discovery Camp School’s Out  program allows children to spend the day exploring the museum, engaging in hands-on science activities, participating in explosive live science shows, and learning about the world of science.  The registration process was simple and a 10 minute courtesy parking pass is provided so you can walk your little scientist into the student entrance without struggling to find a parking spot. The program runs from 9am to 4pm with before and after care optional.

We chose the Franklin Institute Day Camp since it introduces young children to many different areas of science which they may not receive in school and the program makes learning science fun.  It was so much fun for my son that he is still talking about the pumpkin exploding demonstration and he wonders what he will learn next session.

The next Franklin Institute School’s Out Camp Day is Veteran’s Day on November 11th and the topic is Ready, Set, Go!

Additional information on the Franklin Institute Discovery Camp options can be found at

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