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FAQ

  
How long has Mad Science been running summer vacation programs?  

Mad Science of North Boston is a part of The Mad Science Group. Our programs are created by a team of professional scientists and teachers at our head office, in Montreal, QC. Millions of children in over 160 locations, in 22 countries have enjoyed our programs. Mad Science of North Boston has been running summer vacation programs in this area for over 20 years.

What is the child to instructor ratio?

The child to instructor ratio varies depending on enrollment. We always have at least one instructor for every 20 students.

What ages are the summer vacation programs designed for?  

Most of our programs are designed for rising first graders to sixth graders. If you have a 5-year old child who is entering kindergarten, some of our programs may be appropriate. Please call us for recommendations.

Are different aged children in the same program?  

Yes and no. A few of our programs are divided by age, but, for the most part, they are not; we use a buddy system where, if required, the older children help the younger ones. Please email or call us if you have any questions or concerns.

Who are the Mad Science summer program instructors?  

Mad Science instructors tend to be college students pursuing an education or science degree, former/retired teachers, or teachers on summer break. Most of our instructors have worked for us in our after-school programs. All of our instructors have experience working with large groups of elementary-aged children and have undergone an extensive background check. They also receive summer program specific training. The main characteristic of our instructors is that they all share a love of working with children and the desire to spark and nurture their campers’ imaginations!

How do I register my child for a summer program?  

Depending on the location of the program, there may be many ways to register: mail, over the phone, in person, or online. The easiest way is through our online registration system. It takes about 5 minutes and accepts Visa, MasterCard, and checks. All of our Mad Science-hosted programs will be made available through our online registration system. Our partners’ summer program registrations are handled directly through our partners (such as the school districts, parks & rec., etc.). On occasion, we provide registration assistance to a partner-hosted summer program. Note: Registration requirements, start dates, end dates, and minimum program size may vary by location. Due to limited spaces in each program, we cannot reserve a space for your child until we receive your payment. If you are paying by check, we do not reserve your space until we receive the check.

How soon do I need to register to reserve a space for my child?

Some programs and dates fill very quickly, while some may have spaces available up to the start date. We recommend that you register as soon as possible, because space availability depends on how quickly everyone else signs up!

What is your refund policy?

For all program registrations (i.e. our online registration system, phone-in, paper), cancellations that are communicated more than 30 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a refund, less a $25 service charge. Cancellations that are communicated between 8 and 30 days prior to the start of the program will be given a refund, less a $50 service charge.

No refunds will be given for cancellations inside of 8 days prior to the start of the program - we often are under obligation to pay the facility a facility-fee at that point in time. At any time prior to the start of a camp, you may transfer your registration to another child with no service charge.

If we do not get sufficient enrollment to hold the program, Mad Science will make every effort to provide alternative program locations, or you will be offered the option of a full refund.

If your child decides he or she doesn't want to continue after the first day of the program, you may withdraw and receive a full refund, less a $50 cancellation fee. However, you must call Mad Science at (781) 899 - 6006 prior to the start of the second day of the program to obtain a refund. After that, no refunds will be given.

Can I sign my child up for more than one summer vacation program?  

Yes, in fact, we encourage it. Each program is completely different so your child can enjoy them all without repeating activities. Last year, many children initially registered for only one program. After they discovered how much they enjoyed our activities, they attempted to register for additional programs. Due to the popularity of many of our themes and weeks, several children were disappointed when the additional programs were already sold out.

My child has attended a Mad Science summer vacation program before. If he/she took a particular summer program, will it be the same program that he/she has taken before?  

The summer vacation programs are the same as the ones that we have used last summer. We have had a lot of children take a particular program again and still enjoy it the second time. 

My child has taken a Mad Science summer vacation program before, but I do not remember which one.  

Call us and we will be happy to look it up for you.

Does Mad Science have a minimum enrollment requirement?

The minimum number of children necessary to hold a summer program is 12. Mad Science tries to inform parents as soon as possible should it appear that a program will not reach its minimum enrollment. On these occasions, we will offer priority enrollment in other programs. Contact us for additional information on program cancellations.

What should my child bring/wear to the summer vacation program?  

Mad Science provides all the equipment and materials for both the in-class activities and the take home projects. All you need to provide is a child who is ready to have fun! Children should dress comfortably for that day's weather. We ask that children not wear open toed shoes to a Mad Science program, specifically no flip-flops. Also, as we will be outside on a number of occasions, please do not dress your child in any clothes that you do not want to get dirty. You may wish to apply sunscreen or insect repellent, or send these items with your child. A hat and/or sunglasses may also be useful.

The snacks that are part of each program day are not a significant amount of food. If your child would benefit from some additional calories during the day, please pack additional snack items. We cannot guarantee that coolers or refrigeration will be accessible at our program sites.

For full-day programs, we require parents to send a lunch and snacks. PLEASE AVOID COMMON ALLERGENS (i.e. peanuts, tree nuts, etc). Please clearly mark your child's name on all items he/she brings to the program.

Medical Information about your child  

Prior to actual attendance at a Mad Science full-day summer program, we require certain medical information from you regarding your child. This is to assist the instructor with knowledge of specific considerations for your child.

You must be aware that all summer program activities involve some risk, and, by registering for a summer program, there is an assumption of risk made by the participant. Mad Science is dedicated to securing safe facilities for our programs and using personnel and equipment that is designed to be safe. However, Mad Science instructors are NOT trained by Mad Science in provision of medical services of any kind. Some instructors are independently certified for CPR/First Aid.

By enrolling your child in a Mad Science summer program, you do agree to not hold Mad Science Group, its Franchisees, Agents, Representatives, Facilities, Employees, Managers, Contractors and Instructors liable for any medical emergencies or conditions your child may experience, related directly or indirectly to a program.

Mad Science T-Shirts and other items

Mad Science may offer custom designed T-shirts or Hydration stations for our participants depending on availability. After all, your Mad Science experience is not complete without a wardrobe or branded gizmo! These are FREE of cost to you and are not included in camp-fees.

Are these the only locations where you will be holding your programs this summer?  

Maybe not. We are in discussion with many locations to provide our Mad Science Summer Vacation programs. Please look at our website on a regular basis as we will be updating our schedule as soon as additional locations are added. Also, if you have a particular location in mind, please bring it to our attention. 

Start your own Mad Science Summer Program  

If our schedule does not work with YOUR schedule then bring Mad Science to you! All you need is 12 children and a safe place to hold the program! 

We may even be able to adjust the start time, length of the day, number of days, or customize our programming to exactly match your needs.

Location needs for a Mad Science Summer Program are:
  • Table/desk space and a chair for each child
  • A table for the Mad Scientist's equipment
  • Access to electricity and water
  • The ability to darken the room
  • A nearby outside area (approximately 100 ft x 100 ft)

Mad Science provides everything else! Please contact us for more details.

 

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