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Curiosity Club

Curiosity Club

New Spaces now available for January 2021!

A safe, supportive, and structured environment for kids to attend their virtual school, complete their homework, learn, and play. Join us at RMSC this fall for a brand-new program, Curiosity Club!

 

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Curiosity Club 2020 Health & Well-being Protocols


What is Curiosity Club?

Curiosity club is for kids, grades 1-8, learning virtually who need a safe and engaging place to be during remote school days while they attend online classes and complete school work and projects. With many schools moving to a hybrid-learning model and parents starting to return to their regular work schedules, Curiosity Club is the perfect solution. 

Curiosity Club, held in Museum & Strasenburgh Planetarium classrooms, will provide supervised, wi-fi equipped, socially-distanced classrooms and learning spaces for students to do their virtual school work. It will also offer school and homework help from experienced RMSC educators, quiet study & reading areas, hands-on STEAM enrichment activities, and museum exhibits to explore. With exclusive access to unique RMSC experiences such as Live Science shows, Electricity Theater, and Planetarium shows, Curiosity Club brings your student’s virtual learning to the next level in a one-of-a-kind, supportive educational environment. The student’s teacher will continue to have primary responsibility for their educational needs, with the team at the RMSC providing basic support. 

Parents can sign their kids up for 2 or 3-day increments each week. Additional days are also available - see the registration section below for more information. 


Free Breakfast and Lunch for Curiosity Club

Working in partnership with Foodlink, we will be able to provide free breakfast and lunch to all Curiosity Club participants!

Foodlink will provide a nutritious, kid-friendly boxed lunch and breakfast to everyone who wants it. There will be no cost to you for the meals and there are no income requirements. Everyone is welcome to partake.  


How Curiosity Club works:

  • Curiosity Club will start on September 14, 2020 and run daily Monday to Friday through December 18.
    See FAQs for specific information regarding holidays.
  • Students sign up for 2 or 3 days per week. Additional days are available as add-ons.
  • The program will begin at 9am and end at 4pm.
  • Staff from the RMSC Education Department will supervise the program, allowing students who need help with schooling to be supported by trained educators.
  • Curiosity Club will feature a mix of structured time for school work, homework help, hands-on STEAM activities, and free time in the Museum galleries/exhibits and outdoor play areas.
  • Quiet spaces will be available for students who may need them.
  • Lunch and snacks will not be provided. Parents must send their kids with a lunch and a snack from home.
  • Students must bring their own devices, headphones, tools, and technology.
  • General classroom supplies will be available.

 

Why Curiosity Club?

  • Your child can attend school virtually from a safe, supervised, engaging location
  • We ensure socially-distanced classrooms and learning spaces for your student to do their virtual school work
  • We provide Wi-fi and quiet study/reading areas to create the best learning environment
  • Curiosity Club offers homework help from experienced RMSC educators
  • Our educators lead fun, hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) enrichment activities 
  • We will also offer RMSC experiences such as Live Science shows, Electricity Theater, and Planetarium shows
  • Your child can enjoy safe and supportive indoor and outdoor spaces for exploration
  • Curiosity Club creates opportunities to forge new friendships and to engage in social-emotional development with experienced, nurturing staff members in a one-of-a-kind environment

REGISTRATION

Registration for Curiosity Club is available in two or three day increments.

If you need help making a schedule that works best for you and your family, call us at 585.697.1942.
Ask about monthly or semester long discounts.

Registration Fees

  • 2 Days/Week
    • RMSC Members $100
    • Non-Members $110
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  • 3 Days/Week:
    • RMSC Members $150
    • Non-Members $165
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  • Additional days available 
    • Members: $50/day
    • Non-members: $55/day
  • Extended Care Options
    • Before Care (7:45-9AM): $5/day
    • After Care (4-5:30PM): $5/day

Enrollment is flexible and based on the needs of your student and family. Register for the days and/or weeks that work for you! Join us for the week, the month, or stay for the  whole semester! 

 
Scholarships are available!  

Contact our registration team at 585.697.1942 for more information. 

To Register:

Online: choose the days you need from the links below and register online
Please note: because of the flexible nature of this program, our ticketing links might feel complicated. At this time, calling is the best way to register!

By Phone: call 585.697.1942 
By Email: send a note with your desired dates to Heidi Luizzi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 


FAQs 

Who is Curiosity Club for?

Curiosity Club is designed for students enrolled in grades 1-8 for the 2020-2021 school year.

Where does Curiosity Club take place?

The Curiosity Club program is located at the Rochester Museum & Science Center at 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. Programs will occur in museum classrooms and throughout the museum’s exhibits. Drop-Off and Pick-up  will happen in the lobby of the RMSC main building.

What are the hours for Curiosity Club? 

Curiosity Club begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. Extended Care is available from 7:45 AM-9:00 AM and from 4:00-5:30 PM for an additional $5 per day each.

What are the dates for Curiosity Club?

Curiosity Club will start on Monday, September 14, 2020. Club will run daily, Monday through Friday until Friday, December 18, 2020.  To stay flexible with potential changing school schedules, dates for Club programs in 2021 will be released in November 2020.

Curiosity Club will be in session during some school holidays including Yom Kippur (Sept 28), Idigenous People’s Day (Oct. 12), and Veteran’s Day (Nov 11).  There will be no Curiosity Club on Thanksgiving (Nov 26), the day after Thanksgiving (Nov 27), and from December 21-31.

Will my child be able to attend their virtual classes during Curiosity Club?

Yes! Curiosity Club will offer a variety of spaces for different types of learning. Students will be able to attend their scheduled online classes using the RMSC’s Wi-fi in quiet study areas. Students must come prepared for their virtual learning with the necessary device and headphones. Students will also be able to take advantage of homework help with our experienced team of STEM educators.

What does a typical day look like?

Daily schedules and activities  are flexible and will vary based on the students’ academic schedules and needs. A typical day may include:

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM Before Care 

  • Before Care (set-up time for virtual school or choice-based recreational activities, such as exhibit exploration, outdoor active play, games, reading, and movies)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

  • Supervised virtual class/school time for those who need it 
  • Supervised quiet time for schoolwork with support from Educators
  • Facilitated hands-on STEAM enrichment activity
  • Museum exhibit exploration and/or special RMSC program (Science on a Sphere, Live Science shows , Electricity Theater, etc.)

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM Lunch and outdoor recreation/active play  or RMSC exhibit exploration

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM:

  • Supervised virtual class/school time for those who need it 
  • Supervised quiet time for schoolwork with support from Educators
  • Facilitated hands-on STEAM enrichment activity
  • Outdoor recreation/active play
  • Museum exhibit exploration and/or special RMSC program (Science on a Sphere, Live Science shows , Electricity Theater, etc.)

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM After Care

  • After Care (homework help or choice-based recreational activities, such as exhibit exploration, outdoor active play, games, reading, and movies)

Is lunch or snack provided by Curiosity Club? 

No. The RMSC’s Curiosity Club does not provide lunch or snacks to students. Students will need to bring their own lunch to Curiosity Club, as well as a snack. Please note: refrigeration is not available. Social distancing practices will be followed during meal times and proper hand hygiene will be required.

What COVID-19 safety protocols are in place at Curiosity Club? 

Curiosity Club will follow all CDC, state, and local guidelines regarding social distancing, masking, and sanitizing surfaces, spaces, and supplies used during the program. For detailed procedures  and policies please see: RMSC Curiosity Club's 2020 Health & Well-being Protocols

What should my child bring to Curiosity Club? 

Students should come to Curiosity Club prepared with a lunch, snack,  any equipment/devices (tablet, laptop, headphones, etc.) needed for virtual learning, and a clean mask (face covering). Curiosity Club members must wear closed-toed shoes and are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing that can get messy. All belongings (including technology equipment/devices) should be clearly labeled with the students first & last name. The RMSC is not responsible for the loss, destruction or theft of any personal items.  

What medical information is required to attend Curiosity Club? 

Curiosity Club strives to provide an accessible and safe environment for all participants. If your student has a medical condition, severe allergies, dietary restrictions, or special physical or behavioral needs, please provide details on the Curiosity Club Information & Medical Form (completion of this form is required for registration) on how we can assist your child in having the best possible experience with us. 

For additional information please email our Club Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us at 585.271.4552 x. 376.

If your camper has an allergy please complete that section of the Curiosity Club Information & Medical Form in detail. Medications needed in an emergency (i.e. inhalers, EpiPens, Benadryl, etc.) are kept with the student’s instructor at all times during the day.

If your camper will need to take any medication (including Epi-Pens or inhalers) while at RMSC, it must be brought to camp in the original container and be accompanied by a signed note* from the parent/guardian:

  1. GivingRMSC Staff permission to supervise the self-administration of the medication 
  2. Explaining usage, dosage, and timing for the medication.

 *This note must accompany the medication to Curiosity Club and be reviewed with an Administrator; please do not send in advance.

All participants in Curiosity Club must be vaccinated. Please provide the approximate date of vaccination to verify that your camper has had each of the vaccines listed on the Curiosity Club Information & Medical Form. New York State Law does not allow for religious exemptions. 

What happens if a Curiosity Club member (staff or child) gets sick?  

  • If your child is ill on the day of Curiosity Club, we ask you to keep them home for both their own health and to maintain a healthy environment for other club members and staff.
  • In the event your child becomes ill at Curiosity Club, parents/guardians/emergency contact will be contacted for immediate pick-up.  
  • If any RMSC Curiosity Club staff member or volunteer is sick, they will be required to remain at home. 
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is identified, Curiosity Club families will be immediately informed and we will follow directions and protocols set by the Department of Health and RMSC leadership which may include a temporary closure of the program. 

What will happen if the RMSC is forced to close?  

In cases of inclement weather, or another situation that interrupts the safe operation of the RMSC and mandates the closure of our campus, you will be notified as soon as any closure is confirmed. Credits for future programs will be issued accordingly.  

What’s your refund policy? 

To plan appropriately for staff and supplies and to maintain a healthy environment, it is critical for us to accurately anticipate enrollment and attendance for Curiosity Club. 

Refund, Withdrawal & Transfer Policy:

  • Full refund (minus a 20%  administrative processing fee) if cancellation/withdrawal  occurs more than 14 days (2 weeks) before the start of the program. 
  • 50% refund (minus a 20% administrative processing fee) for cancellation/withdrawal made 7-14 days before the start of the program
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations/withdrawal made less than 7 days before the beginning of the week for which your child is registered. 
  • Refunds will not be given (for current or future Curiosity Club sessions) if students are dismissed from the program due to disciplinary/behavioral reasons or similar situations.  
  • Requests to transfer from one Club session/date to another will only be made if space is available. 

Transfers can be made up to 7 days (1 week) before the camp starts; requests made less than 7 days (1 week) before the beginning of the program are subject to a 20% administrative processing fee.  

  • Fees will not be pro-rated or refunded for any missed days of Curiosity Club due to absences including illness or vacation schedules. Absences cannot be made up by having your child attend on a different day. 

Is transportation available? 

No. We are not able to offer transportation to or from Curiosity Club at this time. 

Do you have a waitlist? 

Yes. If a Curiosity Club session is full, please request your name to be added to our waitlist by contacting 585.697.1942. If an opening becomes available, an RMSC staff member will contact individuals on the waitlist in the order their name was taken about filling the spot. 

Still have questions? Reach out to us: 585. 697.1942.

 

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