Vacation Adventures

For kids 6-10 who love to learn even on vacations
For kids 11-14 who want to join the Teen Leadership Program

February 21-24, April 18-21  2023
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fee: $60 a day for ages 6-10 or $205 for the week, $25 a day for ages 11-14.

Registration is required at least one week prior to the program date to reserve a spot.

Extended Day: Extended Day Option from 3:00 to 5:00 pm is available for $15 per day. It will include a snack and drink. Minimum 3 students; confirmation will be given at least 1 week prior to the start date.


February Vacation Adventures: Invention Convention
Tuesday-Friday February 21-24, 2023

Take on new invention requests from amusement park designers, vehicle specialists, environmental debris experts, sea survival life jacket technicians, and Rube Goldberg challengers.  Build and design prototypes in a variety of ways.  Test and market your products to your classmates and the NESS Innovation Imagination Brain Trust.

Each day will offer a different challenge: Sign up now for all 4 days or just one.


Register online


April Vacation Adventures: Monster Detectives
Tuesday-Friday April 18-21, 2023

Go on an imaginary quest to find the mysterious creatures that have been let loose in our world.  Use technology and outdoor exploration to explore some of the habitats where some of these creatures may be lurking like the deep sea, rainforests, urban, grasses, and trees.  Use stop-motion animation to capture your creature on camera while making a digital story to share your findings with the Phoenix Magical Creatures Registry.

Each day will offer a different challenge: Sign up now for all 4 days or just one.


Register online


Teen Leadership Program
Tuesday-Friday, February 21-24 & April 18-21, 2023
Max. 3 students/week

The Teen Leadership Program is for young people who are excited to take the next step in leadership, mentoring, and teaching. Each teen leader will assist our course teachers in the field of engineering/inventions, mentoring younger children, helping out with the activities for the day, and supervising recess or play at the park. Teen leaders will be given special assignments by their directing teacher and be responsible for various odd jobs that make the course run smoothly. Interest in science, animals, inventing and building with art materials, and using technology (Mac based) to create presentations — a plus.

To apply to be a teen leader, please email [email protected] to inquire about availability and the application procedure.


Refund Policy: 

  • between the registration date and up to 2 months (60 days) from the first date of the session – full refund less the $10 non-refundable administrative fee.
  • between 59 days and 2 weeks (14 days) out from the first date of the session – refund 75%
  • less than 2 weeks from the session start date – refund 35%
  • no advance notice – withdrawn or non-attendance on or after the start date of the session – no refund.

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Questions: Call 978-741-0870 or email [email protected]


Staff Bios:

Mike Smith: Current Phoenix teacher, a past program director at New England Science & Sailing, a kayak guide in the San Juan Islands, a marine science naturalist on whale-watching vessels in New Jersey, a sailing and science instructor aboard Tall Ships in California, and teaching math, reading, and writing in a K-3 school in Nicaragua. He is also a director of Common Tides, a non-profit that provides free marine science and sailing programs to children from underserved communities. Mike is a Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, NAUI Rescue Diver, ACA Coastal Kayak Certified, NSSIA SUP/Surf Instructor, and a USCG Master 100GT Captain.

Dave Morrill: Dave joined TPS in September 2022. Coming with experience in both private and public school settings, teaching those with behavioral, academic, or social challenges in inclusionary and sub-separate settings. Dave received his license in Special Education, Moderate Disabilities K-8, from Bridgewater State University as a part of his Masters’s program in 2021. He graduated from Endicott College in 2016 with a BA in Psychology and Education and began his M.Ed. S.P.E. in 2017.