Kids Creative Summer Camp: Out of the Box!
Frequently Asked Questions
EXPLORERS: GRADES K-1 (AGES 4-6)
DISCOVERERS: GRADES 2-3 (AGES 7-8)
ADVENTURERS: GRADES 4-5 (AGES 9-11)
ACTIVISTS: GRADES 6-8 (AGES 12-14)
(GRADE CHILD WILL BE ENTERING FALL 2017)
Where is camp held?
FROM JULY 5 - AUGUST 11, KC SUMMER CAMP WILL BE MEETING AT GODDARD RIVERSIDE'S BERNIE WOHL CENTER AT 647 COLUMBUS AVENUE (AT W. 91ST STREET). THEN, WE WILL SPEND THE MORNING AT CENTRAL PARK. IN THE AFTERNOON, WE WILL BE UTILIZING SMASH STUDIOS, A PROFESSIONAL REHEARSAL AND MUSIC STUDIO.
FROM AUGUST 21-25, KC SUMMER CAMP GOES OUTDOORS AT WOODMONT DAY CAMP, 420 PHILLIPS HILL ROAD, NEW CITY, NY. BUS SERVICE WILL BE OFFERED FROM THE UPPER WEST SIDE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WOODMONT DAY CAMP, VISIT WWW.WOODMONTDAYCAMP.COM
When does camp take place?
July 5 - August 11 & August 21-25, 2017
(Join us for 2, 4 or 6 weeks)
Session 1: July 5 - 14
Session 2: July 17 - 28
Session 3: July 31 - August 11
Session 4 (KC Outdoors) : August 21-25
When is drop off and pick up?
Normal drop-off is from 8:30-9:00 and pick up is 4:30-5:00. However, we offer pre-camp and post-camp care.
Extended stay is available from 8:00-8:30 AM and 5:00-6:00 PM for an extra charge of $50 per session. Optional early pick up is at 3 PM, though those picked up early may miss activities later in the day.
For transportation options to and from camp, see "Is transportation available to and from camp?"
Bus service to and from KC Outdoors will be offered from the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
How much is Camp?
What is the group size?
Each group is composed of 15 students (on average), a head teacher, an assistant teacher and one or two counselors. The ratio at camp is 5:1.
How do I register my child?
Can I speak with someone about the camp?
Please call us on 646-485-5123 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We are also happy to host a tour of our camp locations and can also put you in touch with parents to ask about their experience.
What is your camper to staff ratio?
The ratio at camp is 5:1.
What is a typical day at Summer Camp?
A Typical Day at The Kids Creative Summer Camp:
The camp is a full day experience, from 9 AM-3:00 PM, with focused afternoon clubs from 3:00-4:30 PM. The length of each activity throughout the day varies by age. Drop off begins as early as 8 AM and late pick up is until 6 PM. (see FAQ 11 for more)
Early Drop off: Free play and organized games ($50 a week extra)
Regular Drop Off
Morning Rally! Camp songs, cheers, fun and daily notices
Group Check-in: Group building activities, theatre warm-up games and Brainstorming story ideas, script writing, character development and more
Specialists visit each group and work with them on their play. Our specialists include Music, Theater and Art (set and costume design). Each specialist is a professional teaching artist and works with the group's Head Teacher to make the final performance awesome.
Travel to SMASH Studios
Early Pick Up (at SMASH Studio Monday-Wednesday; at Bernie Wohl Center Thursday - Friday)
Regular Pick Up (at Bernie Wohl Center (Monday - Friday)
Late Pick Up ($50 a week extra)
Special Camp Activities:
Is transportation available to and from camp?
Yes. We will have a bus on the West Side of Manhattan. If enough campers are coming from one area, we can add your stop to our route. Additionally, at times camp staff is available to accompany children to camp from their neighborhoods on public transportation.
What Makes Kids creative summer camp unique?
Everything that we do is child-centered, based in Kids Creative's 6 C's of Peacemaking, (Confidence, Creativity, Collaboration, Conflict Resolution, Community, and Cookies) and is structured to construct foundational learning experiences for youth of diverse ages and backgrounds in a safe environment. One of our main tenants is "All ideas are good" and there is No fighting or fake fighting and No teasing or Fake teasing.
In each program, teachers build the confidence of their students and challenge them to utilize their creative energy and to collaborate with their classmates. All ideas are good. Students learn how to resolve their conflicts and to build community and friendships by respecting and learning from different perspectives – all within a fun filled (“cookie”) environment.
Do you offer music or swim lessons?
Swim: With the new schedule, we have to unfortunately drop our swim program this year. However, we will have access to the sprinklers AND one of our teachers, Lawrence aka Mr. Batman, is a swim instructor and we are more than happy to recommend him for small group or private lessons. Anyone who signed up for swim will receive a refund for that amount.
Come Join the Band!: We are super excited that we will still work with Come Join the Band! We will be at SMASH studios every afternoon and all campers who want to will have the chance to learn an instrument (the exact instrument depends on availability).
KC Outdoors includes daily swim at no extra cost.
Can you describe the Kids Creative experience?
Where do we spend most of our time?
Each group has a "home base" at the Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Center. We also spend time in local parks, SMASH Studios and field trips.
How big is the Kids Creative Summer Camp?
We are limiting the number of campers so that we can maintain a high ratio of staff to camper ratio for traveling (especially for our younger explorers). Each group will be led by experienced Kids Creative Head and assistant teachers.
What food do we provide?
Since we will be on the move and are not able to provide lunches, we ask that all campers bring packed lunch with them every day in their backpacks, along with water bottles and any additional snacks, even though we will have some snacks every afternoon. We also celebrate the last day of camp with a Family Potluck.
Do you take field trips during the summer?
Yes! We will take field trips periodically during the summer to museums and other exciting places that will help us expand our imaginations and explore our story more in depth. Past field trip locations have included The Bronx Zoo, The American Museum of Natural History, Broadway costume designers, theaters and a trip to see live concerts.
NOTE: Field trips are only for 4 and up. We take both private busses and public transportation (if you have any questions about how we train our staff to safely bring groups on the subway or bus, please let us know).
What if it rains or is too hot?
In case of rain or if it is too hot to spend the morning outside, we have indoor field trips as backups.
Can parents visit camp or come on field trips?
We welcome visitors at camp and parent escorts on field trips. We encourage you to allow your child to adjust to the program and make new friends before visiting. When you visit, be prepared because you may be asked to participate in any activities we have planned that day.
Who are the staff?
Our Kids Creative teachers have many years of experience working with children of diverse backgrounds in a number of different artistic media. All staff members take part in extensive training in the Kids Creative curriculum and creative process as well as in the Kids Creative Summer Camp Safety Plan and Procedures. A number of our staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR by the American Red Cross. Each staff member and volunteer is hired through a rigorous process of individual and group interviews, references and background checks that comply with New York State Department of Health requirements. Our Camp Director has a Masters degree in Art Eduction from The Pratt Institute. Our staff includes professional actors, musicians and teaching artists, experienced classroom teachers, Applied Theatre Masters candidates from CUNY/SPS and Kids Creative Summer Camp Alumni.
Staff has taught at schools all over the City and the World, including the following in New York:
We have performed with shows in venues around the US, including the PNC Bank Arts Center, Symphony Space, Central Park's Summer Stage, Sea World, and Disney Land and in cities around the world, including London, Paris, Beijing, Beirut, Berlin and more.
Kids Creative was founded by members of the Dirty Sock Funtime Band, voted best Kids Band by Time Out NY and regulars on Nick Jr.!
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