August 4, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


The Washington University NF center invites you to our live, in-person, first annual, NF Center Summer Camp at the Saint Louis Science Center. So get ready to blast off as we learn what it takes to be an astronaut! Build rockets, explore planets, and more. Join our two-day stellar adventure packed with hands-on activities that are out of this world…all puns intended. Our newly envisioned Summer Camp program is a play-based therapy program designed for children with NF1, aged 9-16. These activities will target and promote development of the following skills often delayed in children with NF1:

  • Gross motor skills, supporting running, jumping and balancing. Activities that use large muscle groups strengthen underdeveloped muscles and improve cardiovascular function.
  • Fine motor skills including handwriting, tying shoes, getting dressed and organizing a school binder.
  • Executive function skills such as following multiple step directions, and finishing homework and school projects.
  • Social skills to enable your child to speak in a group, initiate conversation, make eye contact and boost confidence.
Time Tuesday Wednesday
9:00 – 9:20 am Attendance
Bathroom Break / Ice Breaker
Bathroom Break / Ice Breaker

9:20 – 11:00 am


  • Constellation Star wheel
  • Constellation Creation
  • Alka-Seltzer Rockets
  • Stomp Rockets

Pop up Science (Activities may include):

  • Flying a drone: Use an ipad or controller to fly a drone that is inside a 10 x 20′ drone cage
  • Space nutrition activity: Use toy food to discuss the food groups and nutrition
  • Pocket solar system: Use cash register tape to see the relative distance between planets in the solar system
  • Telescope: kids learn how to use a real telescope
11:00 – 11:40 am Planetarium Omni-max
11:40 am – 12:50 pm Lunch / Free Play Lunch / Free Play
12:50 – 2:20 pm

1:00-1:30 Space talk

1:30-2:20 Robot mazes

Egg Drop Parachute
2:20 – 2:40 pm Bathroom Break
Snack: Astro food
Bathroom Break
Snack: Liquid nitrogen ice creamParents invited for ice cream and Egg Drop DEMO
2:40 – 3:00 pm Stage Show: Sublime Egg Drop DEMO
3:00 – 3:15 pm Dismissal Dismissal

The Washington University NF Center, and the St. Louis Science Center, take the safety of our participants and staff very seriously, please see the linked document for safety guidelines that will be followed during our event.

Here are some important highlights:

  • This will be a drop-off event, with the camper attending without a parent or guardian. Appropriate parent/guardian sign-off documentation will be required by the Washington University NF Center. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
  • The size of this event will be limited to less than 30 people in the entire building
    • To adhere to these standards,
      • Our group will be limited to 10 RSVPs
      • The Science Center will be closed to the public both days
      • Staff include: Jen Traber, Makenzie Sledd, PT, and St. Louis Science Center educational staff
    • All staff are vaccinated, and will be masked
    • All participants will be masked
    • Participants must bring their own water bottle