Frequently Asked Questions – Summer Camp

How Much Does Camp Cost?

For Mini Musical and Adventure Series, camp is $335/week for August sessions. For Players Series camp is $435/week. For our Park Slope camps, please refer directly to the Berkeley Carroll website.

 

Do you offer any discounts?

Yes! There is an Early Bird Discount of $25 off each session that you enroll in before February 15 using the code SUMMER25.

We offer a $25 sibling discount: The first family member registers at full price and the second gets $25 off.

We offer a $25 multi-session discount: The first session is full price and each subsequent session is $25 off.

 

What does a typical day look like for Adventure Series (ages 3-5) and Mini Musicals (ages 4-6)?

9:00am Arrival

9:00-9:30 Welcome Song, Physical and Vocal Warm-ups, Creative Movement Exercise

9:30-10:15 Read Story, Play Theater Games, Build Characters

10:15-10:30 Snack/Bathroom Break

10:30-11:15 Craft Time to create costume, prop or set piece

11:15-12:00 Final Story, Music Rehearsal, Improvisation

12:00pm Pick-up

 

What does a typical day look like for the Player's Series (ages 7-11)?

12:30pm Arrival

12:30-1:00 Physical and Vocal Warm-ups, Theater Games

1:00-2:00 Rehearsal and Text Work

2:00-2:30 Dance/Music Rehearsal, Stage Combat or Character Development

2:30-2:45 Snack/Bathroom Break

2:45-3:15 Improvisation

3:15-4:00 Rehearsal

4:00pm Pick-up

 

What is the cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be submitted via email to emily@childsplayny.com. Please state the child’s name, camp session, date, and the reason for the refund request. Each change to the original registration is subject to a $25.00 administrative fee per session.

Notice and refund amounts:
If your request is received at least four (4) weeks prior to the camp start date, a full refund will be issued, less the $25.00 administrative fee.

If your request is received between three (3) and four (4) weeks prior to the camp start date, a 75% refund will be issued, less the $25.00 administrative fee.

If your request is received between two (2) and three (3) weeks prior to the camp start date, a 50% refund will be issued, less the $25.00 administrative fee.

If your request is received within two (2) weeks of the camp start date, no refund will be issued.

Do your counselors administer medication?

The City of New York does not authorize us to administer any kinds of medications. If your child has a regular prescription medicine, they must be able to administer it themselves. Please write to us directly if you have any questions or concerns about this policy.

 

Where are summer camps located?

Adventure Series for ages 3-5

Carroll Gardens: Cobble Hill Ballet: 193 Columbia Street (Sackett and Degraw)

Mini Musical Series in Fort Greene for ages 4-6

Fort Greene: South Oxford Space: 138 S. Oxford (Fulton and Atlantic)
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Mini Musical Series in Carroll Gardens for ages 4-6

Carroll Gardens: Cobble Hill Ballet: 232 Carroll Street (at Court Street)

Players Series for ages 7-11

Brooklyn Heights: 119 Pierrepont Street in the Chapel of the First Unitarian Congregation Society

 

Will there be a snack provided?

There is snack time, but we do not provide the snack. For all camps we ask that you pack a simple and nut-free snack with your child that can be eaten within 15 minutes.

 

Do you have extended day care?

At this point, we are unable to offer before or after camp care. We are more than happy to provide you with a list of other campers in your neighborhood so that you can work out a pick-up/drop-off schedule with other families.

 

Why is there such a spread of ages in the older camp?

Our afternoon sessions offer a one-room school house feel where the older kids often can mentor the younger campers who in turn feel inspired by the older kids. We are invite 11 year-olds into the camp, because we have returning campers who really wanted to continue our program!

 

Are there separate sections for campers?

In the morning sessions, we like to play our theater games in groups of 8. Your child will be in different smaller sections within the day each day to meet new friends and become connected with the whole group. In the afternoons we work as one ensemble, although your child will be appropriately cast with scene/song-mates of their same age and ability.

 

How is casting handled with the older campers? Are there auditions?

Much thought goes into casting and all the faculty of a given session is involved in decisions. We find auditioning at this age too stressful for the children and so roles are assigned on the first day after the teachers have gotten to know the campers through games, improvisations and a reading. Many factors go into creating the cast: Age and experience are certainly factors but we also look to stretch campers and allow them to experience new characters and roles they might not normally play. Plays are selected with the ensemble in mind and great effort is gone into making sure the company knows that they are to work together as a team. There are no “stars” or “leads” but nor are all parts created equally. When a camper has fewer lines, they will invariably have more stage time and/or be in more musical numbers.

 

What is the youngest age allowed in camps?

Your child must be 3.5 at the start of camp in order to enroll. Your child should have turned 3 by February 1 to enroll in the Adventure Series.

 

If my child is sick, is there a makeup day?

Assuming there is space in another week, your child ages 3-5 is welcome to come to camp during another session. For ages 7-11 there are no make-up days because each week is production-oriented. If you know you will miss a day, please notify Emily (emily@childsplayny.com).

 

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