Subject: An E-Buzz Summer Camps Special Issue, 2019

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March 8, 2019
List of Organizations Offering Camps by Town
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Beardsley Zoo of Connecticut

Darien Arts Center

Connecticut Audubon at 
  Fairfield Center
Fairfield Museum & History 
Quick Center at Fairfield 
Greenwich Art Society
Greenwich Historical Society

Pantochino Productions

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Music Theatre of Connecticut

Shakespeare on the Sound
Aldrich Museum

Bartlett Arboretum & 
Curtain Call

Westport Continuing Education
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Zoo Patrol Summer Camp
July 1 - Aug. 12 , 
9am - 12:30pm
$200/week ($175 members)

Children get a fun week of activities, tours, and behind-the-scenes experiences as members of the Zoo Patrol. Each day Patrollers patrol an area of the Zoo-- Rainforest, Predators, Farmyard, Hoofstock--and have a special presentation by our keeper staff. The activities may include making enrichment items for the animals, watching training procedures, learning about new habitats, and more. We offer Zoo-related games, crafts and activities for the younger Patrollers. Sessions for older children may include tracking, scientific observation, and artifact identification. Zoo Patrollers also take part in all special summer shows offered by Zoo staff.  More...

Sessions are scheduled for children 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14.
July 1-5: 12-14 year-olds
July 8-12: 6 year-olds
July 15-19: 9-11 year-olds
July 22-26: 6 - 8 year olds
July 29-Aug 2: 9 - 11 year-olds
Aug 5-9: 6 - 8 year-olds
Aug 12-16: 9 - 11 year-olds
The Darien Arts Center is offering a variety of new summer camps and classes for all ages in theatre, dance, martial arts, visual arts and music. Use the DAC’s new improved registration system, sign up for their newsletter or find more information at or call (203) 655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. More...

Performance Kids Camp
Mon-Fri, 10:15am-12:45pm
1. June 10 - 14
2. June 17 - 21
3. July 22 - 26
A: Ages 3-5; B: Ages 6-8
1 week $250, 2 weeks $450, 3 weeks $600, 
Ages 3 through 8 create scenery, age-appropriate costumes, and learn songs and dances that culminate in a mini show performed on their final day of camp.

Art in Movement: Drawing, Yoga, Dance 
Mon-Fri, 9:45am-11:45am
June 24 - 28
Grades: 1-5. $200
This class combines the art of yoga and dance with learning the basic techniques of drawing and sketching.

Young Composers Camp 
Mon-Fri  July 8 - 12
Mon-Fri  July 22 - 26
Beginners: 3:30 - 4:30pm
Advanced: 4:30 - 6pm
Grades 3-High School. 
Beginners: $125; Advanced: $185
5-day intensive composition workshop. Projects are individually tailored to meet the level of the student. This camp aims to fill a gap in students’ music education that is too often overlooked: the ability to write, notate, record, and perform one’s own music.

Twelfth Night, Jr. 
Mon-Fri 11:30am - 5:30pm
June 24 - July 5 (not July 4)
Grades 7-10. $910
In partnership with Shakespeare on the Sound (SOS). Campers will explore and rehearse a forty-five minute version of Twelfth Night - directly adapted from the script used in SOS' main stage production. Campers will learn acting techniques for creating character, the difference between monologue and soliloquy, general stagecraft, and more

Into the Woods, Jr. 
Auditions: June 3-7
Rehearsals: Aug. 12-23, 
11:30am - 5:30pm
Performance: Aug. 24/25
Grades 5-12. $1200
In partnership with Open Arts Alliance.
To schedule audition: email Maria@darienarts.orgInto the Woods, Jr. features all of your favorite characters: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch, in this groundbreaking musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

Cartooning/Graphic Novel 
Mon-Fri  9:45 - 11:45am
July 29 - Aug. 2
Grades 2-6. $200
Students create and illustrate their own short comic strip - creating their own text and characters, focusing on facial expressions, body language, and the use of color.

Dance Intensive 
Mon-Fri 1:15pm - 4:15pm
July 15 - 26
Grades 3-6. $565
3 dance classes each day for all levels include jazz, tap, ballet, modern and hip hop, as well as classes in theater arts, improv and yoga.

Ballet Intensive/Pointe 
Mon-Fri 1:15pm - 4:15pm
July 29 - Aug. 16
By Permission Only, Level 3 and up. $685
A ballet technique intensive for intermediate and advanced students including pointe work. There will be a showing on the last day.

Pre-School Ballet 1
Tues. 10:30am - 11:15am
July 9 - Aug. 13
Ages 3-6. $120
Young dancers will learn basic ballet steps in a fun, creative atmosphere.

Pre-School Ballet 2
Thurs. 10:30am - 11:15am
July 11 - Aug. 15
Ages 3-6. $120
Young dancers will learn basic ballet steps in a fun, creative atmosphere.

Choreography - Intermediate & Advanced 
Wed. 6pm - 7:15pm
June 19 - Aug. 14
$180 full session, or $20 per class
This class will explore many different styles of dance technique, concentrating on a different style each class.

Martial Arts 
Tues. 5:45pm - 6:45pm
June 18 - Aug. 13
Ages 4-12. $180
Teaching children the art of Karate, this class is designed to refine motor and organizational skills, improve self-discipline & teach proper behavior through respect and self-control, teach self-defense and of course to have fun! Mixed age groups.

Summer Camp in Fairfield
June 10 - Aug. 16, 2019

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s summer camp at the Center at Fairfield is a state licensed summer camp, offering both full and half-day sessions in a unique learning environment. Campers, ages 4 through 14, attend week-long, science and nature-themed programs that use the Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary and the Center’s interactive classroom facilities to inspire and build a life-long connection to the natural world. Campers explore woods, ponds and streams to investigate nature’s riddles, learn about habitats, develop outdoor skills and meet live animals. See complete brochure here.

Sessions offering advanced inquiry and hands-on experimentation, and two weeks with travel day camps, are available to students who have completed grades 6-8. Students, ages 14-18, can apply for half-day or full-day Junior Counselor volunteer positions.

All camp programs are led by teacher-naturalist and college-educated staff with experience in education and/or science. First aid, CPR and Epi-Pen trained staff are on site, and our high staff-to-camper ratio ensures all campers a safe, educational and enjoyable camp experience. Options include before care, as well as lunch bunch for half-day sessions. More...
Fairfield Museum and History Center
June 24 - Aug. 23

Fairfield Museum’s Summer Camp Adventures inspire and engage kids ages 6 – 12. Hands-on and interactive activities include tours, games, art and crafts that inspire young people to discover the world around them, bringing art and history to life. Kids will explore hands-on exhibitions and historic sites, learning about the arts, history and culture — with plenty of time to make new friends and enjoy summer fun!

June 24-28, 10am – 2pm
Hop on your bike, explore the natural environment surrounding the Fairfield Museum, and discover the people who’ve lived along the coast. Explore the wide variety of open spaces including Ash Creek, St. Mary’s by the Sea, Pine Creek, and Jennings Beach. Learn how to make a sketchbook like the famous explorers and make drawings, sketches, paintings, and notes on our journeys. Study the local flora, fauna, observe bird life and listen to facts, folktales and stories of the sea and the Sound. Can we find the corduroy road? Is there a ghost at Penfield Lighthouse?
Ages 9 – 12; $225 ($200, Members)

July 8 – 12, 10am – 2pm
Step back in time to when Native Americans lived on the coast, become an explorer or tavern keeper, learn about Victorian pastimes, and onwards through the mid-20th century. Become immersed in different time periods through trailblazing, historic tours, role playing, fun games and hands-on activities. Return to the present with a full week of amazing adventures and projects! Ages 8 – 12; $225 ($200, Members)

July 15 – 19, 10am – 2pm 
Discover our local connection to George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring and about spies from the intrigues in Egypt and Rome to James Bond and the Cold War.
(Ages 8-12) $225 ($200, Members)

Aug. 5 - 9, 10am – 2pm
Step into the magical realm of Fairy Tales! Celebrate timeless tales through art. Each day campers will listen to and discuss a new fairy tale, create an art project using various mediums and techniques and retell the day’s tale with a short group skit. Campers will enjoy learning and expressing themselves through the arts! Let’s have fun! 
Ages 6 – 10; $225 ($200, Members)

Aug. 12 – 16, 9am – 2pm
Aug. 19 – 23, 9am – 2pm
Discover what life was like in Colonial times at the 1750 Ogden House: dipping candles, writing with a feather pen and ink, and making homemade butter and ice cream!
Ages 8 – 12, $250 ($225, Members)

Summer Camp Intensives at the Quick are a great platform to delve into exciting art forms! Crash courses in cool exciting subjects lead by amazing local artists. Have your kids expand their world and try something new! Each camp session runs daily Monday - Thursday, 2-4pm and costs $180 per session.

Fashion Design
July 8 - 11, 2 - 4pm
One day you are in, the next day you’re out. Do you have what it takes to cut it in fashion design? Led by a Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) alumna with industry success, campers will design a fashion line with wearable finished pieces to present in a Quick Fashion Show. Ages 10-14.
Instructor: Sooo-z Mastropietro More...

July 15-18, 2 - 4pm
So You Think You Can Dance? Pop, lock, and more! Campers learn choreography to perform before friends and family at the end of the session - a great confidence builder! Ages 9 and up.
Instructor: Brian Herman (Double Up Dance Studio). More...

July 22-25, 2-4pm
This year we are combining street art with screen printing! Students will have the chance to turn their street art in to wearable art. Ages 10 and up.
Instructor: Frankie Frieri (Three Roses Studio) More...

Singing for the Stage
July 29-Aug. 1, 2-4pm
Learn a singer’s secrets to earning the golden ticket. Do you have what it takes to turn her chair around? Led by local Juilliard trained soprano with a critically acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall, campers will discover how to wield their voice to project and perform. 
Instructor: Lucia Palmieri. More...

Painting the World
Aug. 5 - 8, 2-4pm
Participants will learn the principle concepts, history, and practice of painting. Students will be led through a number of painting activities using art historical models, still life setups, color exercises, and the landscape to practice and improve their painting skills. Ages 9 and up.
Instructor: Susan Fehlinger. More...

Art of Photography
Aug. 12 - 15, 2-4pm
Great for all levels of experience, campers will dig into photography in different forms, exploring composition, lighting, and subject matter. Participants will get to play with portraiture, nature photography, and editorial photography, so whether your child aspires to be the next Ansel Adams or wants to learn how to take those magazine-worthy lifestyle shots, there is something for everyone. Participants should bring their own camera (any camera will do!)
Instructor: Jennifer Prat. More

Bass Camp
Aug. 24, 10am - 4pm
Bass Camp is a one-day intensive of double bass mania designed to celebrate bass players of all levels. The camp will create opportunities to play in small ensembles and will focus on double bass music in a variety of genres. Bass camp welcomes students entering 7th grade through 12th, in skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
Instructors: Rich Zurkowski, Sooo-z Mastropietro, and Brian Torff.  More...

Quick Center for the Arts at
Missoula Children's Theatre

This summer, the Quick Center celebrates its 30th season of Missoula Children's Theatre Camps. This renowned children's summer theatre program offers six sessions from which to choose with a performance on the Friday evening at the end of each session. A total of 60 community children, grades 1-12, may be registered in each weekly session. More...
$325 ($300 each additional child in family).
Mon-Thurs: 9:15am-2pm: Rehearsals, Acting, Dance, Music
Fri: 3:30pm-7:30: Dress Rehearsal
Fri: 7:30pm  Performance

July 8 - July 12, 9:15am - 2pm
Even as the lonely and kind woodcarver worked far into the night, old Geppetto was not aware that the wood under the chisel had come from the trunk of an enchanted tree. But the Blue Fairy was aware, as she watched from afar and gave to Pinocchio the gift of life. Ages 6-18  More...

Peter and Wendy
July 15 - July 19, 9:15am - 2pm
When Captain Hook sends his right-hand man, Smee, on a quest to capture Peter Pan, it’s seemingly business as usual…at first. Little does Hook realize what fantastic adventures await him and his pirate posse in their search for the elusive Peter Pan.
Ages 6-18  More...

July 22 - July 26, 9:15am - 2pm
For Aladdin, it’s not easy to find a magic lamp but it’s even harder to get a date! It’s a swirling sandstorm of famous Arabian Tales from Ali Baba to Scheherazade, and even Sinbad the Sailor, as Aladdin journeys to find a magic lamp in a Cave of (not-so-great) Wonders.
Ages 6-18  More...

Robinson Crusoe
July 29 - Aug. 2,  9:15am - 2pm
We arrive on Robinson’s island years after he and his goat named Wilson are shipwrecked. The island has become a tourist destination with a lovable singing leopard, a native tribe known for its colorful coifs, Friday’s Seaside Resort and, of course, the legend of Robinson Crusoe.
Ages 6-18  More...

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Aug. 5 - 9,  9:15am - 2pm
A young princess named Snow White finds herself in peril when her step-mother, the Queen, is told by her Magic Mirror that the princess is fairer than she!
Ages 6-18  More...

Emperor’s New Clothes
Aug. 12 - 16
“Dress for success” is good advice that the Emperor takes whole-heartedly, wanting to impress new friends. But where to stop? When the clothes (and other people’s opinions) become more important than the people of the kingdom, trouble brews.
Ages 6-18  More...
Greenwich Art Society
Summer Camp

Drawing and Painting for the Junior Artist
June 24 - 28, 10am-12pm
Ages 6-8. $395 (5 days)

Drawing and Painting for the Junior Artist
June 24 - 28, 12:30 - 3:30pm
Ages 9-12. $475 (5 days)

Register by calling or emailing the office: 203-629-1533

At the Greenwich Historical Society’s unique and highly interactive Art and History Camp, kids learn important skills while connecting to our town’s history and have fun. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities are incorporated into both weeks. More...

Early American Life week:
Campers weave, build colonial toys and more

Art Colony week:
Campers learn about the Cos Cob art colony and create Impressionist art.

Senior Historians Grades 5-8
July 8 - 12, 9:30am-2:30pm
Early American Life

July 8 - 12, 9:30am-2:30pm
Art Colony Experience

Junior Historians Grades 2-4
July 22 - 26, 9:30am-2:30pm
Early American Life

July 29 - Aug. 2, 9:30am-2:30pm
Art Colony Experience

Registration: Early Bird Rate until April 1, 2019 (includes $50 Family Membership)
$600 for two weeks; $400 for single-week sessions
Open Registration Rate (Nonmembers and all campers after April 1)
$700 for two weeks; $450 for single-week sessions

Pantochino Productions
Summer Theatre Camp at The MAC
Pantochino's Summer Theatre Camp is presented by the Milford Arts Council at the MAC in Downtown Milford. It has been dubbed by the campers as “The Most Fun. Ever!” The appeal and acclaim of the camp is a reflection of what we do—100% original and completely unmatched programs for actors and audiences. Here at Pantochino, we are not teachers by trade. We are professional theatre artists working in the industry—actors, director, composers, dancers, designers—who love sharing our experiences with young people. We believe this is what sets us apart, and makes our camps the most fun. The camps are for ages 8-12. Mon-Fri, 9am - 3pm  More...

Cinderella Pepperoni
July 8-12, 9am - 3pm
This classic tale gets a delicious Italian makeover as Cinderella’s Godmother uses a magic cannoli to send her to the ball where she meets Prince Spaghetti! Register

July 15-19
It’s pure gold as two favorite fairy tales are woven together as one! A damsel in distress and a magical little man meet up for a fun-filled new musical mashup. It’s purely Pantochino! Register

Jurassic Mark
July 22-26
Pantochino’s premiere, perfectly prehistoric and magically mesozoic musical where worlds collide and dinosaurs dance! We can’t guarantee scientific accuracy, but we know this will be an unforgettable good time! Register

The Wizard of Oz (Sort of)
July 29 - Aug. 2
Everyone’s favorite fantasy is one of Pantochino’s best-loved musical spoofs! Join Dorothy and her friends as they follow the yellow brick road paved with surprises and laughter at every twist and turn. 

Pantochino Jr. Theatre Camp
Jun 24 - 28, 9am - 12pm
By popular demand we introduce our first Junior camp with a focus is on fun, acting, song and movement while creating a new mini-musical, “Mothergoosical,” featuring snippets from the rhymes and characters created by Mother Goose. The session ends with a performance on the stage of Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, Downtown Milford.
Ages 6-7; $140. More... Register.

Pantochino Teen Theatre Camp: Cry-Baby!
Jul 29 -Aug 11, 2019, 9am - 3pm
Pantochino Teen Theatre gives young actors the chance to work with professionals in learning, rehearsing and performing a fully realized production. Pantochino's Summer Teen Theatre is a two-week program providing the same intensive, professional experience. "Cry-Baby" is a jumping, jiving Tony nominated musical. Think “Grease,” but with an attitude! Based on the cult classic, 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby features a delightfully demented book from the writers of Hairspray and a rockabilly score from the co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and the executive producer of "The Daily Show."
Ages 12-17. $350 Register

Pantochino Theatre Games
June 24-28, 9am - 3pm
Pantochino’s acclaimed original concept, features young actors working in teams and competing in a series of creative improv, acting and musical theatre challenges. Its exciting, unexpected and ridiculously fun! Each team creates a final mini play featured at a showcase on the final day.
Ages 8-13. $280. Register
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Summer Camp
Kids ages 4 to 17 can spend their summer days diving into the exciting and fascinating ocean world through fun summer-camp programs at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Campers will discover the fun side of science inquiry, through age-appropriate hands-on activities and experiments. Each session is different, so pick from one, some or allMany sessions include fun explorations of a local beach and/or hands-on cruises out onto Long Island Sound aboard the Aquarium's research vessel. Scholarships availableMore...
Registration for all programs here.

Ages 4-6 Drop-off Programs
Tide Pool Tots
July 29 - Aug. 2, 9:30am - 2pm 
Includes: a story about an ocean animal; create puppet, mask or headband crafts; play a game; visit an Aquarium exhibit; appearances by live animals on select days.
$350 ($300 Members)

Ocean Mammals
Aug. 12 - 16, 9:30am - 2pm
Seals, otters and whales are featured through stories, a visit with a mammal trainer, watching a seal-training demonstration, and participating in hands-on activities, games, and crafts.
$350 ($300 Members)

Ages 6-8
Surf and Turf
June 24 - 28, 9:30am - 4pm
July 22 - 26, 9:30am - 4pm
Combining the resources of the Maritime Aquarium (Monday, Wednesday & Friday) and Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Tuesday & Thursday), activities include: interactive discoveries about water, energy and habitats; exploring exhibits; meeting live animals; building a take-home project; and attending an IMAX movie.
$500 ($450 members)

Junior Aquarist
July 8 - 19, 
9:30am - 4pm
Aug. 12 - 23, 9:30am - 4pm
Single Day previews: April 17, June 19
This inspiring program lets campers participate in the care of animals such as sea stars, crabs and turtles to demonstrate how the Aquarium provides top-flight animal husbandry. Campers will meet a mammal trainer, attend a private seal-training demonstration, and make animal “enrichment” items. Other highlights examining animals at a local beach and visiting Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo for their perspective on animal care.
Two weeks: $1,000 ($950 members); 1-day: $100/$90

Shark Safari
July 29 - Aug. 2, 9:30am - 4pm 
Single Day Previews: April 18, June 20
Campers go behind the scenes to attend a private feeding of large sand tiger sharks, and meet divers as they prepare to scuba dive among the sharks. Plus: hand-feeding the stingrays; a classroom visit by a live shark; and thrills watching the IMAX movie “Great White Shark.” 
$500 ($450 members); 1-day: $100/$90

Secret Worlds
Aug. 5 - 9, 9:30am - 4pm
Single Day Previews: April 15, June 17
Campers meet the macaws, tortoises, porcupine, monkeys and other fascinating animals in the Aquarium’s Just Add Water exhibit, and learn about the desert, grassland, temperate-forest and rain-forest habitats represented. Plus, campers will explore a local beach, and get a new perspective on local wildlife through the IMAX movie, Backyard Wilderness.
$100 ($90 members)

Ages 6-8 & 9-12
Party for the Planet
June 21

Campers experience the Aquarium’s conservation efforts by testing their frog calls for our “Frog Watch” program and learning what to do if they find a tagged horseshoe crab. An Aquarium tour will inspire creation of a marine food web to help understand how everything is connected. And more.
$100 ($90 members)

Ages 9-12
Ocean Explorers

June 24 - 28, 9:30am - 4pm
July 22 - 26, 9:30am - 4pm
Single Day Preview: June 18
Campers examine Long Island Sound animals at a local beach and during a cruise aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel. They’ll take on a classroom “build” project; go behind the scenes to learn about our excellent marine-animal care; and find inspiration in becoming a citizen scientist.
$500: 1-week ($450 members); 1-day: $100/$90

Ages 9-12 (cont.)
Ocean Discovery Team
July 8 - 19, 9:30am - 4pm
Aug. 12 - 23, 9:30am - 4pm 
A unique session combining marine research and engineering to show how we study the oceans and confront its challenges. Campers will learn about the science projects the Aquarium is conducting, and go out on the Aquarium’s research vessel to help collect biological, chemical and environmental data of Long Island Sound. In the classroom, they’ll analyze their data to understand changes occurring in the Sound. On the engineering side, they will design and test plankton nets, and operate the Aquarium’s underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV)
Two weeks: $1,100 ($1,050 members)

Jr. Marine Biologist
July 29 - Aug. 9, 9:30am - 4pm
Single Day Preview: June 19
In the lab, campers will set up, stock and maintain an aquarium, providing daily care for their animals and using probes to monitor water quality. For field work, they’ll record biodiversity data at a local beach and also collect biological samples during an outing aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel. Then they’ll design and carry out a scientific investigation on the behavior or physiology of an Aquarium animal of their choice. Open house for parents on last Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Two weeks: $1,000 ($950, members).
Single-day: $100/$90.

Ages 13-15
Teen Apprentice
July 8 - 26, 8am - 2pm 
Aug. 5 - 23, 8am - 2pm
This extremely popular behind-the-scenes experience provides a small group of teens with hands-on opportunities to understand the operations that keep our animals thriving. Apprentices work side-by-side with aquarists and educators to: feed our large sharks, rays, fish, and turtles; monitor the behavior of key animals; create animal enrichments; and perform daily maintenance tasks for select exhibits. They will participate in research aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel and at a local beach. Limited to 14 participants. Parent open house on the last day at 2 p.m.
Three-weeks: $1,600 ($1,500, members)

Ages 13-17
Expedition Costa Rica
July 31 - Aug. 8 
Sea turtles, monkeys, toucans and sloths! After last summer’s teen expedition to Alaska, this year we’re heading south, to one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. We’ll start off at Tortuguero National Park, the most important nesting site in the western Caribbean for the endangered green sea turtle. By day we’ll travel in boats along winding canals to spot spider monkeys, crocodiles, and three-toed sloths. In the company of an expert local guide, we’ll also take nightly beach walks in search of nesting turtles, which lay their eggs from June through October. Next, we’ll head inland to the magnificent tropical rainforest of the Sarapiqui Valley. Highlights that follow will include zip-lining through the rainforest canopy, whitewater rafting and, finally, a visit to Toucan Rescue Ranch to learn about its work rescuing and rehabilitating injured animals such as macaws, kinkajous, owls and, of course, toucans!
$3,695 per person

Music Theatre of Connecticut
Camp Broadway
Three one-week camps with a different Broadway show theme each week! Performers learn and develop songs from The Broadway Show-of-the-Week and present their abridged production to parents and friends on the final day of camp! Auditions take place prior to camp beginning and are used as an opportunity for the director to get to know their cast. Everyone who signs up gets a part! Performances on the Friday of each Camp Week at 7:00pm. More...

Songs from Doctor Doolittle
June 24 - 28, 9:30am - 3pm 

Songs from The Sound of Music
July 29 - Aug. 2, 9:30am - 3pm 

Songs from Peter Pan
Aug. 5 - 9, 9:30am - 3pm 

Registration: $495/week, includes 2 tickets to final performance and T-Shirt. 10% discount for second camp. Register here.
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Camp Aldrich 2019
Spend a week in the Museum’s on-site art studio and outside in our Sculpture Garden working with practicing artists and educators to learn new art-making techniques at Camp Aldrich! At these full-day, week-long day camps, campers will learn about the work on view in the galleries, explore the Museum’s two-acre campus, and incorporate the world around them into their art – just like the contemporary artists that exhibit at The Aldrich. Each week culminates in a celebration for family and friends on Friday evening from 5 to 6 pm. More...
$350 (Family Member: $315).
Register online at  

Funky Fresh 3-D Sculpture
July 8 - 12 
No need for paper or canvas here! Create bright, inventive and fun 3-D constructions, creatures, and critters using a variety of techniques like plaster of Paris, paper-mâché, and so much more. Work with Aldrich teaching artist Erika Rohde to build sculptures that are out of this world
Grades 1-3 (entering)

Fantastic and Flat: Exploring Art Making on Paper
July 15 - 19 
Break out your brushes: get bold, bright, and colorful with this exploration of art making on a flat surface. Using pastels, paints, textiles, and other mixed media, make original pieces of art that encompass techniques such as collage and assemblage with Aldrich teaching artist Erika Rohde
Grades 1-3

Let's Figure it Out!
July 22 - 26 
Dive deep into art making with Aldrich teaching artist Adam Handler and explore how the human figure has been represented throughout the ages. Discover the forms, styles, media, and techniques artists use to depict themselves and others and paint, draw, sculpt, and photograph figurative works that draw inspiration from your life, yourself, and the current Aldrich exhibitions.
Grades 4-6

Journalation in This Gallery: An Aldrich Book-Making Experience
July 29 - Aug. 2
Design and create your own art book from scratch, inspired by exhibiting artist Sara Cwynar, with Aldrich teaching artist Sooo-z Mastropietro. Each day explore a different artist and art making style to incorporate in to your own special 3-D mixed media art book while also creating your own handmade paper.
Grades 4-6

Fashion Lab @ Camp Aldrich with Jahmane
Aug. 6 - 10 
Jahmane is back to lead another Aldrich Fashion Week! Upcycle, deconstruct, and reconstruct garments and accessories sourced from local thrift stores to design wearable art inspired by the Museum’s current exhibitions with Aldrich teaching artist Jahmane. Designers will develop their pieces from sketches to the runaway, ending their week with a fashion show produced and directed by the designers themselves.
Grades 7-10.
Rowayton Community Center

Shakespeare on the Sound offers summer camps for children ages 6-15 that focus on the process of creating theater through creative play and imaginative discovery. All campers will learn to work collaboratively as an ensemble, develop acting skills through theater games, explore text playfully, and delve into developing character.

Our camps teach Shakespeare in a manner which dispels the fear and mysticism associated with Shakespeare; we nurture a comfort with, and ownership of, his language. We believe Shakespeare is for everyone regardless of age, race, gender, and socio-economic background. We aim to illuminate Shakespeare’s relevance in our lives today. No Shakespeare experience necessary for any of our camps!

June 24 - 28
9am - 12pm
Campers will explore the characters and plot of Twelfth Night through theater games and fun activities. They will learn basic acting skills, become familiar with Shakespeare’s language, and learn to work as a team when creating theater. The camp will conclude with a 20 minute performance for family and friends. 
Age: 6-8 year olds. $275More...

First Folio Kids
June 24 - 28
1 - 5:30pm
This camp is perfect for children who are interested in acting but do not want the pressure of auditioning for and performing in our Twelfth Night Jr. Campers will learn to work as an ensemble through theater games, acting exercises, and trust building activities. The campers will develop their acting skills as they work on scenes from Twelfth Night. Each camper will have a “big role” in at least one of the scenes and learn how to create multiple characters as they will be playing more than one part. On the final day of camp the campers will perform their scenes from Twelfth Night for family and friends. 
Ages: 9-11; $525

Twelfth Night, Jr.
June 24 - July 5
11:30am - 5:30pm
un in partnership with the Darien Arts Center, Twelfth Night Jr. is designed for the avid theater performer. Over 10 days campers will explore and rehearse a 50-min. version of Twelfth Night which will be performed on the main stage in Pinkney Park for family and friends on the last day of camp. Campers will learn to create ensemble through theater games, improv, and trust exercises, They will explore acting on a deeper level learning more advanced techniques and approaches to creating character. Although no prior acting experience is necessary, this is a performance focused camp and campers will audition for their role. Not every camper will have a leading role BUT every camper will have an important and active role in bringing Twelfth Night to life. More...
Age: 12-15 year olds. $950 
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Summer Nature Immersion Experiences 

Spend summer at the Bartlett Arboretum! Our camp programs offer immersion into the natural world through the exploration of the Arboretum’s 93 acres of forest and gardens. Our programming is hands-on and incorporates STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) in age appropriate contexts. In addition to week specific programming, each camp segment allows time during the day for games and relaxation. Our aim is to make nature inviting and engaging. In inclement or extremely hot weather, we will continue our nature exploration in the air-conditioned environment of the Silver Educational Center. Weather conditions may require some changes to the anticipated programming.

Animal Tracking
June 24 - 28 
Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Insects! The forest is alive with critters if you know where to look. Spend the week discovering how a variety of animals move, where they live, what they eat, and how to find them!
Grades K-5; $425 (members' discount: 15%)

Potions and Concoctions
July 1 - 3 (no class July 4) 
Use plants to make secret potions! Spend time in the Bartlett’s beautiful herb garden – and use the plants we harvest in creative ways.
Grades K-5; $225 (members' discount: 15%)

Raiders of the Lost Artifact
July 8 - 112 
Dig up fossils, artifacts, and lost treasures in a camp experience like no other. Become Indiana Jones and hunt for lost treasures! 
Grades K-5; $425 (members' discount: 15%)

Craft and Build
July 16 - 20 
Discover your creative side while experiencing the wonders of nature! We will build lots of exciting projects. Let’s get crafty and build this summer! 
Grades K-5; $425 (members' discount: 15%)

Bug out
July 22 - 26 
The great bug hunt! Hike the trails looking for different creatures. Make bug jars to keep specimens. Watch butterflies emerge from a cocoon and release them outside.
Investigate bugs all around us.
Grades K-5; $425 (members' discount: 15%)

Water World
July 29 - Aug. 2
Cool off this summer with water and nature! Search for animals and insects in the pond. Build and race twig boats down the river. Search for animals and insects in the pond. Meet aquatic animals. Learn and play with bubbles. Go on a boat ride.
Grades K-5; $425 (members' discount: 15%)

Discover Garden-to-Table
Aug. 5 - 9 
“Dig in” to food crops! Harvest from our vegetable garden, create garden-inspired crafts, and prepare and eat a variety of snacksCook with veggies grown right at the Arboretum. Create your own herb garden. Make seed balls. Decorate a flowerpot to take home. Visit a farm for fruit picking.
Grades K-5; $425 (members' discount: 15%)

Wilderness Survival
Aug. 12 - 16 
Test your survival skills and learn new ones in an adventure into the wilderness. Learn how to navigate in the woods, how to build a shelter and fire, and even learn how to track animals.
Grades 2-6; $425 (members' discount: 15%)
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Curtain Call
Summerstock Theatre Arts Program 

Curtain Call's Summerstock Programs are full-day, theatre arts workshops, with a well-balanced curriculum where students rotate between a team of instructors (in age appropriate groups) to receive specialized instruction in various subjects. Students should bring a lunch each day. More...

Summerstock Creative Theatre
June 24 - July 3
9:30am  - 4:30pm 
Through rotating study in Improv, Shakespeare and Modern Acting in age-appropriate groups (grades 5 & 6; 7 & 8; high school), students will tap into their own creativity to assemble a showcase performance on the final date. Students will explore scene work for stage and screen as well as develop original scenes and sketches, including their own conceptual Shakespeare scenes drawing dialogue from the sonnets. Showcase performance: July 6, 7pm. 
Ages 11-16; $725 for 2 weeks. 

Summerstock Musical Theatre 
July 8 - 19
9:30am  - 4:30pm
This fun and focused, full-day workshop will sharpen skills in singing, acting and dance. In age-appropriate groups (grades 5-6; 7-8 and high school), students rotate between the three subjects and be introduced to various musicals that share a common theme. The session also includes a day that focuses entirely on audition preparation. The session culminates in a showcase performance on the final date at 7:00pm.
Ages 11-16; $800 for 2 weeks. Register for both Creative and Musical sessions and save $200!

Summerstock Junior Program 
July 22 - Aug. 2
Aug. 5 - 16
10am - 3pm
These sessions offer a balance of script acting, improv., and musical theatre, including warm-up games and full-group activities, as well as class periods where students receive specialized instruction in age-appropriate groups (ages 6-8; 9-11). Students present a showcase of their work on the final day of each session (Aug. 3; Aug. 17, 3pm). They also work on special arts and crafts projects relating to their showcase performance. 
Ages 6-11; $750 for each 2-week session (or register for both and save $200).
Discovery Camp Afternoons
Greens Farms Elementary School

At Discovery Camp, kids entering grades K - 5 can spend their afternoons concentrating on the activity or hobby they like best. We have afternoon programs for actors and artists, cooks, computer geeks, engineers and inventors, and filmmakers. Sign up for any camp multiple times; curriculum changes each week. Programs are Mon–Fri, 12:30–2:30 or 3:15 pm, no camp on July 4.. More... 

All the World's A Stage
June 24- Aug. 2, 12:30-3:15pm
Let your imagination run wild in this camp for kids who love to act. Bring to life scenes from plays and even write and star in your own. You’ll sing songs, play musical games, create scenery, and debut an original work for your audience.
K-3 (except K-5, June 24-28, and July 29-Aug. 2 only); $175/week

Art Exploration: Mixed Media
July 8-August 2, 12:30-3:15pm
A perfect program for budding artists who enjoy making beautiful messes. Get ready to cut, glue, sculpt, paint, and bedazzle your way through 2D and 3D projects.
K-3; $185/week

Art Exploration: Painting
July 15-26, 12:30-3:15pm
Ready, set, paint! Brush, dabble, splatter, and smear with mediums from acrylics to watercolors to puffy paint to salt. Yup—salt!
K-3: July 15-19; K-2, 3-5: July 22-26; $185/week

Art Exploration: The Storybook Masters
June 24-28, 
Young artists will learn how to express their ideas through drawing and painting scenes inspired by the storybook masters such as Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss. “Oh, the places you’ll go!”
K-2; $185/week

Art Exploration: Upcycle Fun!
July 1-5 (not 7/4)
Repurpose everyday materials into beautiful works of art. Think outside the recycle box!
K-2, 3-5; $150/week

Citizen Invention: Junior Makers
July 8-12, 12:30-2:30pm
Making is creative, inventive and fun! In this summer maker club, you will build ramp walkers and motorized bots, design paper circuits, explore pixel arts, and tinker with light, sound and motion in maker projects. Learn about STEM principles and modular electronics through hands-on activities!
K-2; $206/week

Comic Creators
July 15-26, 12:30-2:30pm
Transform your comic creations into live works of art with the help of our imaginations, improv, teamwork, and tons of creativity. Bring your artwork, comics, and illustrations to life through construction projects, acting and directing. 
2-5; $185/week

Crazy Delicious Cooking Camp
June 24-28, 12:30-2:30pm
July 29-Aug. 2, 12:30-2:30pm
Calling all junior chefs! Build your skills and learn cooking techniques such as making fresh pasta, creating tacos, and baking fabulous desserts! Bring these skills into your own kitchen at home and impress your friends and family!
3-5; $250

Game Time!
July 1-5 (not 7/4); 
July 8-12; July 29-Aug. 2
Enjoy all your favorite activities from gym and recess, such as sink the ship, crossover, tag games, and much more. No particular skills are required, but you gotta wear sneakers and you better be ready for fun!

K-5; $140 (July1-5); $175 other weeks.

LEGO® Constructors & Building Fun!
June 24-28 (K-2; 3-5); 
July 8-12 (3-5); July 22-26 (K-2); July 29-Aug. 2(K-2; 3-5)
Design and build with LEGO®s and a variety of construction materials. Experiment, design, and build your ideas; you’ll apply real-world science, architecture, and math concepts, but mostly, you’ll build spectacular constructions.
K-2, 3-5 depending on week; $75/week

Toymaking: Build & Play!
June 24-28, 12:30-3:15pm
Enjoy exploring your creativity by making and playing with your own toys and games! Flex your art, math, writing, and creative skills by designing and creating toys. Some of the projects include slime, board games, trading cards and catapults.
3-5; $195/week

Video Production: My Movie with iMovie
July 15-19, 12:30-3:15pm

Create your own video from script to final production. Work in small groups, plan and storyboard ideas, film with digital cameras, edit using iMovie, and present to our Friday afternoon audience! Don’t just watch the movie; make the movie!
3-5; $175/week

Video Production: The Camera Loves You!
July 22-26, 12:30-3:15pm

Take control over how you present yourself! Learn how to be more camera friendly; what works on video and what doesn't. Show your talent and share your strengths! Practice self-recording, or work with a friend. Explore what it takes to become a YouTube star!
3-5; $175/week

Video Production: The Whole Show!
July 29-Aug 2,12:30-3:15pm

This session brings it altogether. Review some favorite existing videos, or create a new short film, and import it into a whole class project. We'll need script writers, news anchors, reporters, commercials, graphic designers and more! Join the new crew!
3-5; $175/week

Westport Continuing Education
Westport Summer Teen Theater Camp (WSTT)
Saugatuck Elementary School
WSTT is a fun, action packed theatrical camp. Join our award winning production staff and high school counselors as you embark on a month long journey under the sea as a performer or as one of our awesome Tech crew members. More...

The Little Mermaid Jr.
Jun 24 to Jul 22, 3:30-5:30pm
Auditions: June 13
In this Disney beguiling animated romp, the rebellious mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.
Westport Continuing Education
Musical Theatre Dance Intensive
Staples High School
June 24 - July 5, 3 - 5pm
Are you a musical theatre performer looking to improve your dancing skills? Whether you have two left feet or have been dancing your whole life, Staples Players' Choreographer, Rachel MacIsaac will brush up your technique and help you gain more confidence in your dancing in a fun, high energy program! This two-week intensive program will also cover building strength and flexibility, and learning different dance combinations. More...
Grades 9-College: $175
Westport Continuing Education
Filmmakers Ink Summer Camps
Staples High School
uly 8 - Jul 26, 2019 , 9m - 3:30pm
Under the leadership of award-winning filmmaker Patrick McCullough, Filmmakers Ink has set itself apart from other film camps by focusing on the most challenging part of the process: how to come up with and develop good ideas for great films. Location: Staples High School. Sessions are 1 or 2 weeks from July 8 - 26. Sessions are full day, half day (mornings or afternoons), and discount mix and match camp packages are available.  More...

Filmmaking Intensive
Grades 6–8, July 8-12, 9am-12pm
Grades 9-12, July 8-12, 12:30-3:30pm

Learn the process of making good films, fast. Work with professional filmmakers and build the filmmaking instincts needed to direct, capture the right footage, and run a set. All students will develop scripts and work each of the main crew positions. $650. Discounts if taking other classes

Acting Intensive
6–8, July 8-12, 9am-12pm 
9-12, July 8-12, 12:30-3:30pm
Week one: perform professional acting exercises to help sharpen your listening skills, learn to live truthfully within your scenes, and work improvisationally. Week two: on-camera experience, as you act in the films being produced by the program. $650. Discounts if taking other classes

6–8, July 8-12, 9am-12pm 
9-12, July 8-12, 12:30-3:30pm 

Learn how to tell visual stories effectively, by developing believable characters, dialogue, and plot. Build a foundation of solid, lifelong writing tools for accessing, expressing, refining, and executing your best ideas. $395.

Storyboard with a Pro
6–8, July 8-12, 9am-12pm 
9-12, July 8-12, 12:30-3:30pm 

Supercharge your summer with a professional artist from Marvel! Explore the fundamentals of visual storytelling and end it with the practicals: storyboarding scripts for our Filmmaking Intensive program. $395

6–8, July 22-26, 9am-12pm $395
6-8, July 22-26, 9am-3pm $650
9-12, July 22-26, 12:30-3pm $395
9-12, July 22-26, 9am-3pm $650

Elevate the story to its final, finished form. Learn to create a rough cut by editing picture and sound. Then, under the guidance of our professional editor, apply special effects, transitions, sound design, music, and titling for a final cut.

iPhone or Android Movies: Filmmaking with Your Phone
6–8, July 22-26, 9am-3:30pm 
Take your movie making up a notch with tips, tricks, and coaching from experienced filmmakers. Explore the ins and outs of different apps, learn which types of shots to capture and what tools can enhance your videography, how to apply filters, create transitions, and even add music. $650
Special FX Filmmaking
3-5, July 8-12, 9am-12pm 
Collaborate with your filmmaking tribe to develop an idea and then write, produce, shoot, and direct a 5-7 minute movie, using special effects in our green screen studio. $395

Stop Motion Animation
3-5, July 8-12, 12:30-3:30pm
Animate your imagination! You create the characters—using materials from LEGOs to Hot Wheels, action figures to stuffed animals, clay, found objects, even wood, stone, and metal—and our experienced filmmakers will help you get them moving. $395

CreativeArt Ink Multi-Arts 
3-5, July 22-26, 9am-3:30pm
6-9, July 22-26, 9am-3:30pm

Train with working artists, writers, filmmakers from Filmmakers Ink, photographers, composers, songwriters, and actors. Spend the day making movies with award-winning filmmakers; create animation and sketch with professional artists; write a short story or poem with a Pulitzer Prize nominee; improvise and explore movement and physical theater
with working NYC professionals, and more. Combine that with fresh air and outdoor activities for a unique summer experience. $650 Discounts if taking other classes
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