Elementary Opportunities

Our camps and classes emphasize creative expression, authentic interaction, collaboration, and mindfulness. Your child will walk away with new friends, a stronger creative voice, practice speaking on her feet and slowing down to notice. 

Summer Camps

Camp Create a Podcast

Age: 6 - 10 years old.

Dates: June 26th - 30th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cost: $200 per child. Low income price $100 for one child, $125 for two.

What: A creative and active mix of activities, organized around attention to sound, storytelling, finding your voice and expressing yourself. Improv games, storytelling and collaborative activities, both inside and outside at the nearby park. After lunch we write and recording a podcast/radio show about our adventures (imaginary or real). The week will culminate with a performance, details to be announced.

Where: HUGE Theater

Making a Book with No Pictures: A Loft/MCBA Writing and Book Making Class

Age: 9 - 11 year olds

Dates: 7/31/17 - 8/4/17, 1 - 4 p.m.

Cost: Regular: $277.50/Member: $249.75/Low-Income: $194.25

A great class for the reluctant reader or shy writer! "Badoongy faces" familiar with B.J. Novak's interactive The Book with No Pictures know how delightfully it engages young readers by making the narrator say and do things he/she might not otherwise do (like say "badoongy faces").

In this week-long class we'll explore a range of interactive and traditional picture books to identify and dissect the elements of story. We'll generate ideas and practice storytelling through improv games, and we'll construct our stories through idea mapping, free writing and peer feedback. Finally, we will commit our stories to paper by creating and writing in our very own hand-made books with MCBA book arts staff.


Playful Parenting through Conflict

In this 90-minute play-based workshop parents learn to address conflict with their children in a playful way that both supports their child and helps set boundaries. Parents will learn how to use role reversal, everyday objects coming alive, or Play Spray, playful strategies and tools that minimize tension by fully engaging kids and speaking their language. 

The adults play games and are given tools for authentic and playful communication with their child; meanwhile, the kids are doing the same! Then we join forces and play some more games and laugh together. You'll walk away with a warm connection, some new tools for communicating with your child during tense moments, and a novel experience.

3:30 - 5 p.m. at the Walker Public Library.

For ages 5-10 and their adults. FREE.

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