Kids Creative Summer Camp
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?
THE IDEAL SCHOOL, 314 WEST 91ST STREET BETWEEN WEST END AVE AND RIVERSIDE DRIVE ON MANHATTAN'S UPPER WEST SIDE. WE UTILIZE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE SPACES IN THE AREA AND MAKE USE OF LOCAL PARKS AND SWIMMING POOLS.
FOR INFORMATION ON THE IDEAL SCHOOL, VISIT WWW.THEIDEALSCHOOL.ORG
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When does camp take place?
June 19 - July 28, 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
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?"
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.
How do I register my child?
Can I speak with someone about the camp?
What is your camper to staff ratio?
All groups have a 5:1 camper-staff ratio, except for the Activists, our Middle School program, which has a 10:1 ratio.
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. 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 each program, teachers build the confidence of their young 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.
*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 some time in local parks
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 a live Dirty Sock Funtime Band concert.
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.
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 graduate in Peace Education from Teachers College of Columbia University. 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.