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2016 Spring Day Camps

Join us for some Spring Break fun at The New Children’s Museum!

Our day camps combine hands-on art-making activities, creative games and playtime in the park with the opportunity for children to think, play and create in the Museum’s galleries. This season’s day camp sessions are designed for children age 4–6 and for older kids age 7–12. You can drop in for just one day or come for the whole week!

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PRICING

Per Day
$63 non-member; $56 member 

5-Day Package
$280 non-member ($56/day) ; $250 member ($50/day)

SIBLING PRICING
Per Day
$55 non-member sibling; $49 member sibling 


SCHEDULE

All day camps are from 9am to 4pm.   

Monday, March 28 
Theme: Going Green!
Create fun treasures from recyclable materials and learn ways to help the planet. 
Ages 4-6 SOLD OUT
Ages 7-12

Tuesday, March 29
Theme: All Bugged Out
Make insect-related art inspired by the bugs living in the Museum's garden. 
Ages 4-6 SOLD OUT
Ages 7-12

Wednesday, March 30 
Theme: Animal Planet
Learn all about animals, then transform into your favorite creature!
Ages 4-6 SOLD OUT
Ages 7-12

Thursday, March 31
Theme: In Full Bloom
Flower power! Use natural materials to create beautiful works of art.
Ages 4-6 SOLD OUT
Ages 7-12

Friday, April 1
Theme: Picnic Party
Learn how to make yummy spring treats and go on a picnic together outside. 
Ages 4-6 SOLD OUT
Ages 7-12


Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer opportunities are available during our Spring Camps. Volunteers will be able to support staff and students by helping with activities, art projects and more! Student volunteers can earn community service hours for school. Positions are limited - apply today! 

Instruction & Staffing Ratios
Camps are led by Museum art educators who oversee and facilitate the creative experience. For each camp, the staff-to-student ratio is at a maximum 1:7.

Enrollee Age/Grade Requirements

Day camps are organized by age to meet the developmental needs of our campers.  Our camp program is intended for children who are currently enrolled in a school program (preschool and up) and are able to use the bathroom independently. Campers will engage in age-appropriate activities with other children of similar ages or abilities.

Camp Information and Guidelines

Instruction & Staffing Ratios

Students will be taught by the Museum’s own Teaching Artists, staff members skilled in both art-making and in arts education. The staff-to-student ratio is at a maximum 1:5 for the Camps for Littles program and 1:7 for all other programs.

Enrollee Age Requirements

Day camps are organized by age to meet the developmental needs of our campers.  Our camp program is intended for children who are currently enrolled in a school program (preschool and up) and are able to use the bathroom independently. Campers will engage in age-appropriate activities with other children of similar ages or abilities.

Meals & Snacks

All camps have a scheduled lunch and snack time, so we ask that you send your child to camp with a packed lunch that DOES NOT require refrigeration or heating as well as a healthy snack. The Museum does not provide lunches or snacks. Lunches can be ordered in advance through our resident café, Green Bellies.  Information will be provided to registrants. If your child has food sensitivities, please include that information on your registration form so that we can make appropriate accommodations.

Drop-off & Pick-up

All day camps are scheduled to begin at 9am and end at 4pm. Drop-off is from 8:45-9am and pick-up is from 3:50-4pm. We offer curbside (no metered parking required) drop-off and pick-up in front of the Museum on Island Avenue. Please approach the Museum on Island Avenue heading west and line up in the 30-minute parking in front of the building. We ask that you exit the car to sign your child out so that our staff can verify that you are authorized for pick-up. Please be prompt.

Sign In & Out

All campers must be signed in and out every day. Your child must be picked up by one of the adults designated at registration. If you need to authorize additional adults, please submit their full name in advance to camps@thinkplaycreate.org. Campers will not be released to adults who are not on the list.

Inclusion

The New Children’s Museum welcomes students of all levels of ability. If your child would benefit from a special accommodation, please contact the Education team at camps@thinkplaycreate.org prior to the start of your camp session.

Behavior Policy

Fun and safety are only possible when there are behavior guidelines. Students are expected to show respect for fellow campers, counselors, staff, themselves and the museum facilities. Due to safety concerns, disruptive behavior and physical aggression are not tolerated. Our camp staff are trained to use positive management tools in the camps. If any camper does not respond to these methods, they will be escorted to the office for a time-out. If the problem persists, campers may be removed from the program with no refund.

Illness Policy

If your child is unable to participate in camp due to illness, we ask that you keep them at home, both for their own wellness, and to maintain a healthy environment for the other participants.  We are unable to offer refunds for missed camp days because your camp fees support the operational costs of the camp as a whole. We appreciate your understanding.

What to Bring

  • 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 and comfortable walking shoes.

  • Sunscreen: Please apply sunscreen before camp. You may send sunscreen along with your child for re-application.

  • Beverages: We recommend that students bring a water bottle with them daily. A drinking fountain is also available in the classroom area.

  • Snacks and Lunch: Snacks and lunch will not be provided by The New Children’s Museum. We ask that students bring their own snack and lunch, or order through Green Bellies café.

  • Medications: Please make sure that medications have been given prior to arrival at The New Children’s Museum. Please include on your medical release form any information about relevant medical issues, including medications that will need to be taken during camp hours. The New Children’s Museum will not be responsible for administering medications, unless arrangements have been made in advance with the Education team. Please contact us at camps@thinkplaycreate.org to discuss the needs of your child.

Cancellation and Refund policy

Program sessions are subject to cancellation or change due to insufficient enrollment. You will be notified at least 7 days in advance if your session is cancelled. In this instance, you will receive a full refund in the original form of payment.

Should you choose to cancel your registration for any reason, you must provide notice 14 days before your session start date to receive a refund less a 5% administrative fee. No refunds will be given within 14 days of session start date. However, camp fees can be allocated toward another camp during the same camp program within the same year. Cancellation refunds are issued in the form of a check, and may take up to 30 days to process.