TINY SCIENTIST FAQ
1. When is drop-off in the morning?
Our doors open at 9 am. If you registered for early drop off, children will be welcomed in at 8 am. Early drop off is 10/Day Adv. or $15 Day of.
2. When is pick-up?
Normal class ends at 3 pm. Extended day runs from 3 pm - 6 pm, you can sign up by the day or week 30$/Day Adv. & $40/Day day of.
3. What if I need aftercare but didn't sign up, or if I’m running late?
No problem! Please contact us immediately if you know you will need aftercare, but didn't sign up. We will accommodate last minute sign ups as long as we have space. Parents who are more than 15 minutes late to pick up their children will automatically be charged for aftercare until 6pm. Scientists who are enrolled in extended day take a break from the space and go on a walk at 3:15.
4. Are nuts allowed? Yes, but NO Peanuts.
We have a few kids coming during each program session that we want to take special care of. Peanut allergies are dangerous because people can get a reaction just by inhaling "peanut" air. We check lunches, but please keep peanuts at home to help other scientists have a safe week. If we take away snacks that contain peanuts, we will store them and you can take them home for another time. Cashews, Almonds and other nuts - that have to be ingested to cause reactions- are allowed but monitored.
5. What should my child bring each day?
A packed lunch (that does not contain any peanuts).
At least two to three snacks if the child will be staying for extended day (that do not contain any peanuts.
A water bottle.
Rain gear, sunscreen, proper footware and clothing appropriate to seasonal weather (we will go outside every day). Please apply sunscreen before you drop children off.
A reusable tote to bring projects home.
6. What will my child be doing all day?
TONS OF AMAZING ACTIVITIES! We will post a daily schedule and go over it with the scientists, but please feel free to check it out during drop-off or pick-up.
9am: Sign In/Unpack/ Science Open Play/ Morning snack for kids that get Hangry!
9:30: Lab Meeting & Morning Science
12:10: Stretch Yo Legs! Nature Walk, Playground Science, Bug Hunt
1:00: Science Choice / Afternoon snack for kids that get Hangry!
1:30: Afternoon Science
2:30: Lab Meeting Wrap Up & Science Share
2:50: Pack Up & Sign Out
3:00: Extended Day
From time to time, we will send home a list of questions so you can converse with your child about the kinds of work we are doing - who knows, you may even learn a thing or two yourself!
7. Do you let children go into the sprinklers when it's hot or play with snow when it's cold?
We will let our scientists run through the sprinklers to explore properties of water science, to cool off on a hot day, or handle some snow to observe its properties, but we don't really want anyone to get too soaked to be comfortable when we return to the space. If you have a child "prone" to getting soaked, feel free to send a change of clothes that we can store and return at the end of the session.
8. What is extended day like?
We take a break and go outside and then bring children back in for a snack. Scientists get a bit of "choice" time with our cool science-y toys and then engage in fun, pre-planned activities geared towards making the most of their day with us.
9. Who is allowed to pick up my child?
Child safety is exceptionally important to us! If you need to change the pick-up options you provided online, we must be notified in writing in advance of pick-up or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All individuals who pick-up children will be asked for I.D. We do not release children to adults other than those listed on your online forms. We never release children to minors or let them leave unattended by an adult.
10. What is your refund policy for full day programs?
We always do our best to work with parents. Late cancellations can be difficult because we do not have time to register scientists from our waitlists but have already made arrangements for staff and materials. Participants are entitled to a credit for the value of the program, minus a 75$ cancellation fee, that can be used for future workshops, classes or parties (subject to availability, for up to 1 year from the date the credit is issued) if canceling four weeks before the program begins. Participants are entitled to a 50% credit for the value of the program, minus a 75$ cancellation fee, that can be used for future workshops, classes or parties (subject to availability, for up to 1 year from the date the credit is issued) if canceling two weeks before the program begins. After that, no credits will be given. There are no refunds of any kind. The Tiny Scientist reserves the right to cancel programs. If programs are cancelled by The Tiny Scientist, all money will be fully refunded.