Terms & Conditions
Mad Science of Sacramento Valley is a franchise 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 Sacramento Valley has been running camps in this area for over 8 years.
The child to instructor ratio varies depending on enrollment. We adjust our staffing to suit the group and venue.
Most of our camps are designed for rising first graders to sixth graders. Our “Radical Robots 2” camp and “NASA: Academy of Future Space Explorers” camp are targeted to rising second graders to sixth graders. If you have a 5-year old child who is entering kindergarten, some of our camps may be appropriate. Please call us for recommendations.
Yes and no. A few of our camps 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. Also, our low child to instructor ratio ensures that there is always plenty of help. Please see the online registration form or call us to see which camps are divided by age.
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-camp 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!
Yes, at one of our sites, the Sacramento Mad Science Kids' Lab, 1808 Tribute Road. Extended care is not a drop-in service and must be prearranged through the Mad Science office by at least the Friday before any camp. Morning extended care hours are from 8 to 9 AM at a cost of $25 per week; afternoon hours are from 4 to 5 PM at a cost of $25 per week. Extended care is not available at any other Mad Science-hosted camp site. If your child is attending a partner-hosted camp, please contact that organization to inquire about extended care.
Depending on the location of the camp, there may be many ways to register: mail, over the phone, in person, or online. The easiest way is through our online registration system, which takes about 5 minutes to complete and accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express payments. All of our Mad Science hosted camps will be made available through our online registration system. Our partners’ camp registrations are handled directly through our partners (such as the school districts, CSD, parks & rec., etc.). On occasion, we provide registration assistance to a partner-hosted camp. Note: Registration requirements, start dates, end dates, and minimum camp size may vary by location. Due to limited spaces in each camp, 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.
Some camps 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!
No refunds will be given for cancellation requests received less than 2 weeks before the start of a camp. Refund requests received at least 2 weeks prior to the start of camp are subject to approval and a $25 per camp administrative fee. Under special circumstances, customers may be offered a Mad Science credit for future use.
If we do not get sufficient enrollment to hold a camp, Mad Science will make every effort to transfer your registration to an alternative camp location or a different week. You will be offered the option of a full refund via check. Refunds that do not involve discounts will be processed and mailed in 2-3 weeks from the scheduled camp start date. Those involving discounts can take longer to process.
Yes, in fact, we encourage it. Each camp is completely different so your child can enjoy them all without repeating activities. Last year, many children initially registered for only one camp. After they discovered how much they enjoyed our activities, they attempted to register for additional camps. Due to the popularity of many of our themes and weeks, several children were disappointed when the additional camps were already sold out.
Yes! A Multi-Camp Discount is available only for Mad Science-hosted sites (not for Park & Rec or CSD partner locations). For your second and each additional camp, take $10 off the published price. Sibling registrations can be combined to qualify. To receive our Multi-Camp discount, you must call the Mad Science office to register by phone.
Many camps have similar but updated content. The robot camps both have a brand new robot to build. Regarding camp topics, we offer two new camps this year: The Amazing You! (Pre-K), and the Crazy Crime Lab. The "InventionAction" camp is a re-name of last year's "Crash Test". We wanted to emphasize that this camp is focused on putting into action inventions of all types, including those of the children! Contact us for details on other camps that have been updated or enhanced. We find that children will often repeat the same camp and still thoroughly enjoy it.
Call us and we will be happy to look it up for you.
The minimum number of campers necessary to hold a camp is 12. Mad Science tries to inform parents as soon as possible should it appear that a camp will not reach its minimum enrollment. On these occasions, we will offer priority enrollment in other camps. Contact us for additional information on camp cancellations.
What to Wear:
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 camp, 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.
What to Bring:
Every half-day camper needs to bring a beverage, and snacks are highly recommended as well.
For full-day camps, we require parents to send a lunch along with a beverage and snacks.
PLEASE AVOID PEANUT-BASED FOODS and clearly mark your child's name on all items he/she brings to the camp.
Only rarely do our camps include a snack as part of the fun-science programming, and in no camp does this represent a significant amount of food.
Insulated containers are advisable as we cannot guarantee that coolers or refrigeration will be accessible at all camp-sites.
Prior to actual attendance at a Mad Science camp, we require certain medical information from you regarding your camper. This is to assist the camp instructor with knowledge of specific considerations for your camper.
You must be aware that all summer-camp activities involve some risk, and, by registering for a camp, there is an assumption of risk made by the participant. Mad Science is dedicated to securing safe facilities for our camps and using personnel and equipment that is designed to be safe. However, Mad Science instructors are NOT trained in provision of medical services of any kind.
By enrolling your child in a Mad Science camp, 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 camp.
Mad Science may offer custom designed T-shirts or Hydration stations for our campers depending on availability. After all, your Mad Science experience is not complete without a wardrobe or branded gizmo! Contact us for ways to upgrade your registration to include these extras.
Maybe not. We are in discussion with many locations to provide our Mad Science camps. 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.
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 camp!
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.
- Table/desk space and a chair for each camper
- 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.
Mad Science Educational Toy Division
The Mad Science Educational Toy Division is the Mad Science department that is responsible for the endorsement and development of science toys for the retail market. We aim to provide high-quality, educational, science-themed toys that will enrich your child’s play time!
Shipping is free on all our science kit orders. There are no additional shipping charges.
Presently, we are only able to sell and ship to customers who have purchased either a Mad Science after-school program, workshop or camp through our online registration system.
Once your product order has been placed, an invoice from the Mad Science Educational Toy Division will be sent to you via the email address that you’ve you provided during your account setup.
Once your product has been shipped, your shipment confirmation and tracking information will be sent to you via the email address you’ve provided when you set up your account.
Unforeseen delays notwithstanding, we estimate 4-8 days of shipping upon your receipt of a shipment confirmation email from the Mad Science Educational Toy Division.
Product return policies for damaged or defective products are specific to each toy manufacturer we endorse. If you have any questions about this or wish to return a damaged or defective product only, please call our customer care team within 10 days of receiving your shipment at 1-844-MAD-TOYS (1-844-623-8697) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team members will be happy to help you.
We do not issue store credits or refunds at this time. The Mad Science Educational Toy Division, or the retail product partners that we endorse, whichever the case may be depending on the respective return policies, will replace a damaged or defective item by shipping a new one. However, we will not exchange a damaged or defective item for another item outright.
If you have an item that you need to return, please call our customer care team at 1-844-MAD-TOYS (1-844-623-8697) or email us at email@example.com and one of our team members will be happy to help you.
Our platform cannot support order cancellations at the present time due to the fact that orders and shipping are processed immediately after the time of purchase.
All warranties are specific to the respective toy manufacturers we endorse. If you have any questions about this, please call our customer care team at 1-844-MAD-TOYS (1-844-623-8697) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team members will be happy to help you.
Coupon codes are applicable to programs only and are not valid towards the Mad Science Educational Toy Division products.
Presently, the Mad Science Educational Toy Division does not offer gift receipts.
Out of Stock
Should a product that you ordered be out of stock, we will either contact you to issue a refund or advise you of the shipping delay timeframe.
Use of Personal Information
With your consent, the Mad Science Educational Toy Division may use your personal information in order to enhance your customer experience, respond to your requests, improve our customer service, tailor offerings and advertisements to you, communicate with you about products, services, special offerings and events or programs offered by Mad Science or our marketing partners that may be of interest to you. We participate in interest-based advertising and we or others may use information about you to deliver to you or allow you to see certain advertising based on your interests, searches you perform or information you provide.
Mad Science may also use this information to analyze and manage its businesses. Data may be collected as to facilitate the ability of Mad Science to communicate with you and to support business functions such as fulfillment, internal business processes, marketing, authentication, customer service, fraud prevention, and public safety and legal functions. You may withdraw your consent to the use of your personal information at any time.
Protection of Personal Information
Mad Science Group Inc., and its franchisees, use industry-standard security techniques on its platforms to help protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information collected from patrons online. When you access your account information or transmit personally identifiable data to the Mad Science Group Inc. website, or Mad Science Group Inc.-affiliated websites, that information is stored on servers that Mad Science Group Inc., and its franchisees, have attempted to secure from unauthorized access or intrusion. Mad Science Group Inc. is not responsible for unauthorized access to information by hackers or others who have obtained such access through illegal measures.
Personal information will be preserved by the Mad Science Educational Toy Division for a period not exceeding eight (8) years, and never past your child’s 13th birthday.
Upon the aforementioned term(s), all personal information collected will be discarded in a manner consistent with the highest industry standards.