About Our Camps

We offer camps for preschoolers and elementary students throughout the year. We use improv as our launching-off point for connecting with ourselves and each other, creative expression, playing together and being silly. We balance outdoor boisterous adventures with reflective indoor time; physical activities with reading, storytelling and art projects; free play with structured activities. 

Summer Camp Quick View:

Preschool Camp Create Play Explore May 30th - June 2nd, 9 a.m. - 12:30 at Kenwood Park. Ages 3 - 6. $130

Elementary Camp Create Play Explore June 19 - 23rd 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Kenwood Park. Ages 7 - 10. $250

Elementary Camp Create a Podcast June 26th - 30th 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at HUGE Theater. Ages 7 - 10. $300

Elementary Camp Create a Stop Motion Movie. July 24 - 28th, 9 a.m - 3 p.m. at HUGE Theater. Ages 6 - 9. $300

Preschool Camp Create Play Explore August 21st - 24th, 9 a.m. - 12:30 at Kenwood Park. Ages 3 - 6. $130

Scroll down for more information on each camp. 


SUMMER CAMPS

Preschool Camps

Camp Create Play Explore

Age: 3 - 6 years old. Some exceptions for older siblings can be made. Get in touch to inquireChild/ren must be potty-trained. 

Dates: 

May 30th - June 2nd (Tuesday-Friday),  9 a.m. - 12:30 at Kenwood Park registration opens March 8

August 21st - 24th (Monday-Thursday), 9 a.m. - 12:30 at Kenwood Park registration opens March 8

Cost: $130 per session for Minneapolis residents. Sibling discount available, email to inquire. Registration opens March 8.

What: We balance outdoor, nature-based activities with indoor creative projects. We strike a balance between free play, child-led and adult-led activities. The teachers facilitate adventures, group games and creative art projects.

Where: Kenwood Park.

Our experience with Camp Create Play Explore was 100% positive and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone. The atmosphere was fun, accepting and loving and my son enjoyed it immensely. He keeps asking when he gets to go back to “his camp” again. Thank you for a great experience for our first-time camper!
— Emily S.
This camp developed different
listening skills and creative
expression through nature. My
3 year old loved it!
— Kelcie H.
Makin' a pizza

Makin' a pizza

Elementary Camps

Camp Create Play Explore

Age: 7 - 10 years old.

Dates: June 19 - 23rd (Monday-Friday), 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cost: $250 per session for Minneapolis residents. Sibling discount: $400 for two children from the same family.

What: A mash-up of outdoor adventures and creative games, art projects, writing and free play. Each day we'll do art and writing about the adventures we have in the wild. Journals and some art materials provided. 

Location: Kenwood Park.

Camp Create a Podcast

Age: 7 - 10 years old.

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

Cost: $300

What: A creative and active mix of activities, organized around storytelling, finding your voice and expressing yourself. 

  • We start the day with creative games, improv, storytelling and collaborative activities.
  • Then we head to the park for outdoor free play and movement games.
  • After lunch we complete our day with writing 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

Camp Create a Stop-Motion Movie

Age: 6 - 9 years old. Some exceptions for older siblings can be made. Get in touch to inquire.

Dates: July 24 - 28th, 9 a.m - 3 p.m.

Cost: $300

What: Creative games, improv, storytelling and collaborative activities, outdoor play and movement, planning and creating short stop-motion movies. 

Where: HUGE Theater

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

Offered at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Age: 9 - 11 years old. 

Dates: July 28 - August 4th, 1 - 4 p.m.

Cost: (through The Loft)
• Regular: $277.50
• Member: $249.75
• Low-Income: $194.25

What: Creative games, improv, storytelling and collaborative activities, outdoor play and movement, planning and creating short stop-motion movies. 

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.