summer camp

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2019 Summer Camp June 17 – August 30, 2019
9:00am-3:00pm (drop-off begins at 8:00am)

$425/week or $90/day
Crafternoons (After-Care) 3pm-6pm $25/day or $95/week for enrolled campers.

Many of our camps sell out—friends who want to register together may want to do so at the same time.

Read about how we grow kind and strong campers or how to know when a camp is a great fit, or scroll on down to read more about our philosophy to which we’ve been true since 2008.


Ages 5-9 make art, explore big ideas + play with various techniques + mediums. Outdoor play at the park is included each day that weather permits. Registered by the week or day. 


Ages 8-12 make art, explore big ideas and design, pattern and construct a machine-sewn a garment/item from scratch using their own measurements and all the tools of the trade (no experience required). All camps include a photo-shoot on the final day of camp, an expert guest speaker and walking field trip.

Need a waitlist spot? Send us a note, stat.


Idea Playground camps can be booked by the week or by the day.  Spoolhouse Rock camps are booked by the week (and by the day only for July 1-3, 2019). Crafternoons can be booked by the week or the day. 

  • Register up to 3 campers for one week in one transaction.

  • Register up to 3 campers for 4-10 week discounted memberships in one transaction.

  • Register up to 3 campers for an unlimited number of single days in one transaction.

  • Add Crafternoons (aka After-Care) during the camp booking process

  • Book individual Crafternoons for up to 3 participants at a time.

  • Sibling discounts are baked right in–no code needed.

  • Add t-shirts and camp to-go kits during camp booking (and you can order these later for either your campers or friends across the country).

Register with a membership. Memberships include 8:00am-6:00pm each week and early registration is suggested in order to secure spots in your preferred weeks.

  • Save 10% by registering for a 4-week membership

  • Save 15% by registering for a 5-week membership

  • Save 20% by registering for a 6-week membership

  • Save 25% with an All-Access membership for the full summer (limited memberships available.)

We offer lay-away plans to begin saving for Summer any time. Each month’s credits are added to your account so you can use them when you’re ready. Want to save more? Buy another membership to add another increment (e.g. buy 2 of the $100/month membership to stash away $300/month).

Stash $100/month

Stash $150/month

  • Drop-off for Summer Camp begins at 8:00am at no additional charge. Campers are welcome to arrive anytime. We always have a full-day of open-ended, creative hoopla planned with projects that begin by 9:30am.

  • Mid-morning (and mid-afternoon for those campers enrolled in the Crafternoon program) wholesome snack is served. The workshop is planet-friendly and allergy-conscious: nut-free and/or gluten-free snacks are always available.

  • Campers bring their own lunch. We break for lunch mid-day and campers are encouraged to pack lunches in reusable containers.

  • Campers who attend through 3:00pm have the best opportunity to complete all we have planned for them.

  • Crafternoons are also open to students not enrolled in camp when there is capacity (this is a great way for friends to stay connected over the summer). Pre-registration is strongly suggested.

Our Philosophy

We grow artists— creatively confident kids who approach obstacles with curiosity, unafraid to explore and even fail. Your camper grows their creative voice with differentiated experiences in the arts, sciences and social-emotional skills, building the capability and compassion needed to create opportunity and solve problems big and small, globally and locally. And our world sure needs that.

STEMs need flowers™️.
Campers learn about their world with open-ended, analog learning experiences in the arts that include subjects like science, social studies and math. We play with wave-length and stitch-length, flexibility and miscibility, automation and celebration, parallelism and pointillism, citizenship and artisanship... We learn with open-ended projects of our own design, get kinda messy, make new friends and know every child by name. 

Purposely small.
Quality over quantity. Process over product. We’re big on mission and intentionally small. Campers get to know one another and our entire team: we get to know your camper, their needs and interests. We make ample space for decision-making, leadership and self-advocacy skills to bloom while investing in purposeful relationships with each child, creating a comfortable learning environment for the most gregarious or shy camper. There’s no way to get lost in the crowd in our camp.

Do camp awesome.
No stickers or pre-fab here— it starts with the art™️. We take full advantage of our beautiful space (in a vintage building with a history of its own), quality materials and proximity to outdoor spaces to stretch our minds and bodies. We celebrate our vibrant neighborhood and network of experts to amplify learning and connections.All campers are welcome to bring their music players and play DJ.