Summer is a great time for kids to explore new worlds. Why not try a day camp? We made a flurry of calls and these organizations still had openings as of Wednesday, May 23rd.
— Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center • 385-6440
2012 Summer Theatre Camp: June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27. Half-day camp for grades 2-8. Themes include Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, and The Little Mermaid. Cost: $125/week.
— Dance Scholars Inc. • 301-3262 • 25th Annual Summer Camp: A Chance to Dance.
July 5-31. • Full-day camp for juniors (ages 7-12) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Full day camp for seniors (ages 10+) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Dance classes include jazz, hip hop, creative & ballet, modern. Cost: $350/Juniors, $500/Seniors. Scholarships available.
— Germantown Community Theatre • 937-3024
June 11-15 • For ages 6-12. The Lion King Safari Adventure. Students test their improvisation, acting, and movement skills while learning about African safari adventure.
June 18-22 • For ages 7-14. Down the Rabbit Hole. Students travel through Lewis Carroll's Wonderland to learn storytelling, puppeteering, and acting skills.
June 25-29 • For ages 10+. Broadway Review. Teaches the techniques of musical theatre performance and shows how to create original pieces of visual art.
July 16-20 • For ages 6-12. Fractured Fairy Tales and Silly Stories. Students learn to adapt and perform favorite tales using sounds, improvisation, and character-building skills.
Cost: $190/session. Before-care: $25/ After-care: $25. Lunch options available.
July 9-13 • For preK-1st grade • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and other tales. Explore Laura Numeroff's tales with little ones creating silly scenes with nonsensical props and costumes. Cost: $100
July 9-13 • For ages 10+ • Suddenly Shakespeare. Young actors develop their skills using classical monologues and short scenes from Shakespeare's comedies and dramas. Cost: $135.
— Germantown Performing Arts Centre • 751-7665
June 25-29 • Half-day camp for ages 6-8. All Tangled Up. Learn ballet techniques, explore ballet stories, make crafts, and finish with a short performance.
June 9-13 • Half-day camp for ages 6-10. Pirates and Pixies. Explore Peter Pan through acting, improvisations, and movement activities. Cost: $150/camp
— Memphis Black Arts Alliance • 948-9522
May 29-July 27 • Full-day camps for ages 9-17. Themes include cultural heritage, community building, arts, field trips, and swimming. Cost: $90/week or $648 for 8 wks. Before- and after-care available.
— New Ballet Ensemble • 726-9225
May 29-June 1 & June 25-29. Half-day camps for ages 4-6. Students learn about characters, create costumes, and perform on the last day of camp. Cost: $100. Before-care available.
— Playhouse on the Square • 728-5631
July 9-13 • Half-day camp (morning/afternoon) for ages 5-6. Explore a piece of children's literature through drama, dance, and song. Cost: $160/week.
May 28-June 8, June 18-29 • Full-day camp for ages 7-11. Classes in acting, voice, and movement. Cost: $325/2-wk. program. After-care: $100.
July 9-27 • Full-day camp for ages 12-17. Instructional core classes in voice, acting, and movement. Cost: $525/3 wk. program.
— Rock-n-Romp Camp at Rozelle Elementary School
June 11-15. Full-day camp for grades 1-8. Campers will receive instruction on guitar, bass, percussion, and vocals. Kids will then form a band and perform original songs for parents at a talent showcase on Sunday, June 17th at the Hi-Tone Club. Cost: $200. Email: email@example.com
— Tennessee Shakespeare Company • 759-0620
June 11-15 • Full-day camp for grades 6-12. Leap into the world of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Cost: $250, $7/lunch.
June 18-29. Full-day camp for grades 6-12. Sessions include stage combat, Elizabethan dance and movement, voice, & screen play.
— Theatre Memphis • 682-5261
July 16-20 • Full-day camp for grades 6-8. Explore the world of American Tall Tales through music, dance, and acting.
July 16-27 • Full-day camp for grades 9-12. Explore Ray Bradbury's classic Something Wicked This Way Comes through narrative theatre, circus skills, movement, and ensemble work. $Cost: $350
— University of Memphis Community Music School • 678-4244
June 10-15 • Full-day camp for ages 3+. Semi-private and group lessons in Suzuki piano, violin, viola, and cello, ensemble classes, and performances. Cost: $405 (includes $65 registration fee)
June 18-22 • Full-day camp for middle and high school band and string students. Cost: $350 (includes $50 registration fee.) House and meal plans available.
NATURE AND OUTDOOR CAMPS
— Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County • 937-3900
June 25-29 & July 16-20 • Half-day camps for ages 7-12. Pet Cadets learn how to speak up for animals through projects and interaction with animals. Cost: $200/week, includes T-shirt, snack, and beverage.
— Memphis Botanic Garden • 636-4126
June 4-8, June 18-22, and July 16-20 • Half-day Caterpillar Club camp for ages 4 & 5. Themes include How Does Your Garden Grow, Jeepers Creepers, and Your Big Backyard. Cost: $125/week, or $28/day.
July 9-13 • Full-day Backyard Adventure Camp for ages 10-12. Games, activities, and nature play. Cost $175/week.
— Memphis Zoo • 333-6576
Weekly full-day camps run from June 4-August 3.
For Prek-K, themes include Big & Small, Short & Tall, Classy Critters, and Growing Up is Fun to Do. For grades 1 & 2, Animal Appetites, Journey to the Top of the World, and ZOOlympics, for grades 3-5, Leader of the Pack & Nocturnal Adventures, for grades 6-8, Dinosaurs Rock! and Dr. Zoolittle.
Cost: $195/week, after-care: $95/week
— Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park • 876-5215
June 4-7 & June 18-21 • Ages 6-12, Junior Ranger Camp. Learn about nature, animals, and how to be a good environmental citizen. Held at the park's Nature Center. Cost: $20.
SPORTS AND FITNESS CAMPS
— FunQuest • 850-1124
JULY 23-27 • Half-day camps for grades 1-5. Skate lessons, games, and activities in the indoor playground. Make five pieces of frameable art to take home.
— Germantown Performing Arts Centre • 751-7665
July 9-13 • Half-day camp for ages 8-12. Poetry camp helps students look for inspiration in unusual places.
July 16-20 • Half-day camp for ages 5-7 (morning) and ages 8-12 (afternoon). Campers draw still life and gestures using models, portrait, landscape, composition, abstract, and other drawing exercises.
July 23-27 • Half-day camp for ages 5-8. In Music to My Ears, campers explore songwriting and learn how to make musical instruments out of everyday objects.
— Sew Memphis • 688 South Cox, 244-6224
June 4-8 • Half-day camp for ages 8+. Children learn sewing basics and work on cool projects. Cost: $160.