Camps are led by NCM staff art educators who oversee and facilitate the creative experience. For each camp, the staff-to-student ratio is at a maximum 1:7.
Camps are limited to specific ages to meet the developmental needs of our campers and to create a collaborative environment.
All camps begin at 9am and drop-off begins at 8:45am. There is no extended care available in the morning for this program. All camps end at 4pm. Extended care is available from 4pm to 5pm for an additional $8 per day. During extended care, your child will engage in activities with our education staff. Pick up times are firm — please be prompt.
All camps have a scheduled lunch and a scheduled afternoon snack time, so we ask that you send your child to camp with a brown bag lunch that DOES NOT require refrigeration or heating, as well as a healthy snack. NCM does not provide lunches or snacks. If your child has food sensitivities, please include that information on your registration form so that we can make appropriate accommodations.
All camps are scheduled to begin at 9am and end at 4pm. If you require a later pick-up time, please register for Extended Care. We will be implementing curbside drop-off and pick-up at our Arts Education Center entrance on Union Street. Please enter the museum area via Island Ave and queue up vehicles us you come around the corner to Union Street. A staff member will be present outside the entrance on Union Street to meet you and your child as you arrive. If you choose to park and walk your child in, please be mindful of the legal parking requirements in the area, and use crosswalks! Please make sure to have your child dropped off and picked up on time. There will be a charge of $10 for late pick-ups.
All campers must be signed in and out every day. Your child must be dropped off and picked up at the end of the day by you or the authorized adult you named in your registration. If you need to add an additional authorized adult, you must submit, in advance, their full name and their relationship to the child via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun and safety are only possible when there are behavior guidelines. Students are expected to show respect for fellow students, counselors, staff, themselves and the museum facilities. Disruptive behavior and physical aggression are not acceptable. Our instructors are professionals and use positive management tools in class. If any student does not respond to these methods, they will be escorted to the office for a time-out. If the problem persists, parents will be contacted and a report will be written. In some cases, campers may be removed from the program with no refund.
NCM takes great care to ensure that our programs and facilities are safe. Should there be an incident of minor injury, it is our policy to treat the child on-site and fill out an incident report to share with the camper's guardian at the time of pick-up. In the very rare instance of a more serious injury, we may notify emergency services. Parents will be notified immediately in such a case.
- Clothing: Our camps and workshops are activity-oriented and students will spend a significant amount of time working with art materials. Please make sure your child has comfortable clothing that they can get messy in, walking shoes, a change of shirt and a jacket or sweater.
- Drinks: We recommend that students bring a water bottle with them daily.
- Snacks and Lunch: Snacks and lunch will not be provided by The New Children's Museum. We ask that students bring their own lunch, in addition to a healthy snack. We want the camp experience to be as focused as possible, so we ask that sugary snacks and drinks be kept to a minimum.
- Medications: Please make sure that medications have been given prior to arrival at The New Children's Museum. Please inform the staff, in writing, about any medical issues, including medications that will need to be taken during camp hours. (Please note: The New Children's Museum Staff will not be responsible for administering medications, unless arrangements have been made in advance with and approved by NCM staff, and the permission form has been submitted. Please contact camp staff at 619 795 1463 to discuss the needs of your child.)