Kids Creative Summer Camp
Frequently Asked Questions
BOB CATS & BEAR CUBS: (AGE 3)
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)
KC VIDEO: GRADES 2-5 (AGES 7-11)
KC BAND (with Come Join the Band): GRADES 5-10 (AGES 11-16)
(GRADE CHILD WILL BE ENTERING FALL 2017)
Where is camp held?
FROM JUNE 19-JULY 28, KC SUMMER CAMP TAKES PLACE AT A SCHOOL ON MANHATTAN'S UPPER WEST SIDE. WE UTILIZE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE SPACES IN THE AREA AND MAKE USE OF LOCAL PARKS AND SWIMMING POOLS.
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?
June 19 - July 28, 2017 & August 21-25, 2017
(Join us for 2, 4 or 6 weeks)
Session 1: June 19 - 30
Session 2: July 3 - 14 (no camp July 4th)
Session 3: July 17 - 28
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 (see FAQ 11 for more information).
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, except for the 3 year old program, which is 4:1 and 10:1 for the ACTivist and KC Band programs.
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 email@example.com 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, except for the 3 year old program, which is 4:1. The ratio is 10:1 for the ACTivist and KC Band programs.
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.
Group Play building (continuation of morning activities): Brainstorms, theatre and improv games to build skill and knowledge, play creation, rehearsals and script writing
Group Play Building, Specialists and Outdoor Play: Group games and free-play, sports and sprinkler fun! Group Close Out: Final group activities, review of the story thus far, scene and song practice and group reflection time.
Early Pick Up and Snack Time
Electives: Sports, Cap Pro, Film, Dance, Poetry, Art and More!
Regular Pick Up
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?
During music lessons, taught by Stephen Jacobs of the Dirty Sock Funtime Band and Come Join the Band, campers are divided into bands and will learn to play original songs on guitar, keyboard, vocals or percussion.
Swim lessons take place at New York Sports Club on 63rd Street and West End, provided a minimum number of campers sign up. They will take place in the afternoon and we will travel there by bus. Beginner and experienced classes will be taught by a certified swim instructor.
There is a supplemental charge for participating in music and/or swim lessons*. Scholarships will be available for the supplemental programming on a first come first served basis.
KC Outdoors includes daily swim at no extra cost.
*There will be extra costs for band and swim.
Can you describe the Kids Creative experience?
Where do we spend most of our time?
Each group has a "home base" at the school. We also have rooms there to serve as bases for arts specialties. We also spend time in local parks and on field trips.
How big is the Kids Creative Summer Camp?
We have on average 100-120 campers.
What food do we provide?
Lunch is provided by NYC Summer Lunch Program. The school lunch menu will be available here closer to the summer. Many campers choose to bring lunch (refrigeration is not available). An afternoon snack is served daily. 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 or 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).
Do you offer water activities or swimming?
We offer optional instructional swim lessons three times a week. All groups have water activities daily, including free time in local sprinklers.
KC Outdoors at Woodmont Day Camp includes daily swim.
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?
A: 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.!
Click here to read more about our staff.