December 2, 2015

Children’s Programs

Information on the 2016 season coming in early 2016. Please check the website in January.

The MBL Children’s Program is comprised of the Periwinkle and Satellite Clubs. These are summer recreation camps designed to provide age-appropriate activities and supervision for children of MBL faculty, investigators, administrators, students and staff. Children from the Woods Hole scientific community (WHOI, NOAA/Fisheries, USGS, WHRC, SEA) are accepted when space is available. The program seeks to support children’s emotional, physical, social, and intellectual development in a group atmosphere that encourages a sense of community, fun, and appreciation of the uniqueness of the Woods Hole setting. Each club has a highly qualified, dedicated, and diverse staff with a multitude of talents. They plan daily activities, which include sports & games, arts & crafts, excursions to the local parks and beaches, science & nature activities, as well as several field trips throughout the ten-week season. The clubs comply with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, are licensed by the Falmouth Board of Health, and are members of the Massachusetts Camping Association.

Summer Season 2016

MBL Summer Children’s Program Application (Coming in 2016)

MBL Children’s Program Medical Form (PDF) Please submit with your application.


Mail application and fees to:
Marine Biological Laboratory
Human Resources Office
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact Human Resources at 508-289-7422 or at for further information.

Both clubs (camps) offer full day and morning sessions for ten weeks beginning mid-June. Morning sessions run from 8:30 AM to 12:45 PM. Full day sessions run from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Enrollment is by the week. A $90.00 non-refundable registration fee is due with each registration. Space for your child will only be reserved once the registration fee is received.

Periwinkle Club is located in Osterhout Cottage, a peaceful wooded setting nestled among other MBL cottages in Memorial Circle. The location offers campers an opportunity to explore natural surroundings and travel to local beaches.  Children who attend Periwinkle must be between the ages of 4 and 6 years old (or entering 1st grade). A low child/staff ratio permits considerable individual attention.

Satellite Club is housed at 100 Water Street in Woods Hole Village. With the Woods Hole Aquarium, Stoney Beach, and Taft’s Playground all within walking distance, the club provides children aged 7 (entering 2nd grade) to 12 years old a wonderful setting for adventure, fun, and learning. While the emphasis is on fun, the Satellite Program provides children with a full day of activities designed with weekly themes.

As a courtesy to the parents/guardians of campers who also attend the Children’s School of Science, staff will escort students to and from their morning classes.

Other Children’s Activities:

MBL Club
Established in 1919, the MBL Club sponsors a variety of family events and programs during the summer season. MBL Club members and guests of all ages may attend or participate in activities including concerts, lectures, folksinging, movies, and dances. Special activities and classes for children and young adults are usually available. All are invited to join the Club each spring. More >>>

Other Woods Hole Children’s Services: These are not affiliated with the MBL. please contact them directly.

Children’s School of Science, Inc.
A cooperative school established in 1913, this unique institution offers three- and six-week programs in the natural sciences for children seven through 16 years of age. Courses such as Seashore Life, Marine Biology and Woods, Ponds, & Fields meet for 1.5 hours daily. Emphasis is on the exploration and appreciation of nature through field work and observation. There are no exams or credit. For a brochure, write to Registrar, Children’s School of Science, Box 522, Woods Hole, MA 02543 or go to the CSS website at Further questions, please e-mail the Administrative Director, Doug Jones:

Woods Hole Day Care Coop., Inc.
The Woods Hole Day Care Cooperative, Inc., located in the Woods Hole School of Science on School Street in Woods Hole, operates a toddler and pre-school program at this site from Labor Day to the second Friday of June from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. It accepts ages from 21 months up to kindergarten. The program is licensed by the Office For Child Care Services, a Massachusetts State agency, and is nationally accredited.

In addition to the toddler and pre-school program, the WHDCC offers a school-age program. The school-age program provides care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. If a child attends Mullen-Hall or Morse Pond schools, after-school transportation is provided to this program via the public school transportation system. Children from other Falmouth schools are welcome to attend WHDCC, but parents must arrange their transportation to the Woods Hole School.

Both programs are open to the public, but preference is given to families living or working in Precinct One (Woods Hole). For more information call (508) 548-9473 or write Anne Keafer, Director, WHDCC, P.O. Box 561, Woods Hole, MA 02543, or visit our website.