Science is responsible for many of life's marvels, including wireless Internet, space travel, and upbeat folk whistling. Concoct a recipe for fun with today's Groupon: for $90, you get a one-week half-day summer camp at Mad Science of Hampton Roads (up to a $140 value). This Groupon can be redeemed at Mad Science of Hampton Roads' Red Mill or Great Neck Road locations in Virginia Beach or at the Great Bridge, Greenbrier, or Western Branch locations in Chesapeake. Parents must register their campers by July 8.
Mad Science encourages scientific exploration with camp themes that cater to a wide array of curious minds. Camps on the summer schedule (not valid for those marked "partner camp") guide groups of 20 or fewer kids on journeys that begin at 9 a.m. and end when exhausted microscopes need a nap—around noon. (The Outdoor Explorers Preschool Camp, offered at the Great Neck Road location (a $125 value), runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Crazy Chemworks allows campers to engage in lab experiments such as Slime Time, where children create a safe, gooey slime to use and compete in Slime Olympics. The NASA: Journey into Outer Space camp teaches kids about the atmosphere, the solar system, space travel, and rockets—the only vehicles capable of breaking through Earth's brittle exoskeleton. The value of this Groupon can also be applied toward any full-day camp, such as the combo camp melding Super Sleuths with Camp Whodunit? (a $250 value).
Mad Science’s highly trained instructors strive to ignite scientific curiosity in young learners, eschewing dry lectures for engaging hands-on activities, experiments, and games. Their professional, age-appropriate syllabi—which meet national- and state-science-curriculum standards—broaden educational horizons during afterschool programs, in-class workshops, summer camps, and preschool programs, cleverly disguising the fundamentals of scientific exploration within interactive experiments. As the junior scientists get down to business with oodles of hands-on experiments, the instructors teach them the safe and proper use of their equipment. Mad Science also hosts special events and birthday parties—which earned it the Parents Connect Parents' Picks 2009 Best Party Entertainer award—that open little eyes to scientific concepts with on-location experiments, hovercraft rides, or a freshly cloned woolly mammoth.