Creative Arts Summer Camp Guide UPDATED 2013

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If your kids are big fans of arts & crafts, cooking, music, dance or the theater, an arts-related summer camp will be a great place for them to shine and use their creative side!

Brooklyn Mamas has put together of Brooklyn-based Creative Arts summer camps for your kids.

Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX)
The Brooklyn Arts Exchange  not only fosters creativity but provides children a positive and nurturing environment. Teachers are dedicated to providing a vibrant learning and engaging environment for every child. BAX provides an excellent child-to-staff ratio. This innovative program offers a wide array of arts-related activities for children entering grades K-6. Divided into three groups according to age, kids will participate in special programs that are tailored to each week’s theme. Some of the activities are singing, yoga, arts and crafts and many more. At the end of each week, friends and family are welcome to watch the kids theatrical performances in the theater, or view their artistic projects in the gallery.

Where: 421 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: (718) 832-0018 or


Brooklyn Design Lab
Brooklyn Design Lab’s mission is to bring design and art to the children of the community. Their philosophy is that there is great design all around us, from the coffee cup to the Brooklyn Bridge. BDL’s summer camp incorporates their philosphy. The summer camp is suitable for kids entering grades K-6 and offers activities such as printmaking studio, bookmaking studio, wood studio, clay studio, creating clocks and more. Students are taught in small groups of 8 kids. As part of the lab, kids will be able to build and keep a portfolio of their work.

Where: 413A Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Contact: (917) 657-7441 or

Creative Arts and Music Programs (CAMP)
CAMP provides multi-disciplinary summer arts classes and programming in a fun, hands-on, and safe environment and is operated by local teaching artists with many years and varieties of experience working with children in both public and private schools in and around New York City. Children ages 4-11 will be divided into four groups in this camp and participate in music, visual arts and dance. Some fun activities offered are mural painting, musical theater, songwriting, world music percussion and mask-making.

Where: 361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Contact: (646) 284-4033 and


Food Art for Kids
Food Art for Kids Summer Camp is an educational  and instructional program for kids ages 5 to 11 that explores different cultures through their taste buds.  Kids ages 5-11 will have cooking projects, such as making pizza and pasta from scratch, as well as an arts project, such as stained glass or a Leonardo da Vinci workshop. There is also outdoor time, story time and free play.

Where: Church of Assumption, 55 Cranberry Street, Brooklyn, NY
Contact: (917) 266-3861 or


Child’s Play NY
At Child’s Play NY, children learn the craft of acting from professional performers, and in doing so cultivate self-expression and artistry. This theatrical camp offers two different programs for kids ages 3-5 and 6-11. Creating costumes or props and theaters games are some of the activities offered to the younger kids. Dance and music rehearsals and character development is offered to older kids.

Where: 389 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY and 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY
Contact: (347) 406-2177 or


Mark Morris Dance Camps
Mark Morris provides one and two week Dance Camps so that students can continue their training in the fundamentals of dance movement with a focus on technique, musicality and strength. Class types include  ballet, modern, jazz, and tap.  Parents, friends and family will be treated to  a studio showing at the conclusion of the workshop.

Where: Mark Morris, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217-
Contact: (718) 624-8400 or
Registration Opens: March 1, 2012


by Maytal Wichman

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