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Arts and Enrichment

Arts & Enrichment

A Variety of Camps, Classes and More that will Bring out your Child's Creative Side this Summer

April 01, 2011
Spring has arrived and before we know it, the endless days of summer will be greeting us. With the start of summer comes the end of the school year as well as a lot more free time for you and your kids. But with school not in session, the learning doesn't have to stop, and with everything the Indy area has to offer in the way of Arts and Enrichment, your kids are sure to be keeping busy this summer with plenty of opportunities available to them. Let your kids explore something new to bring out their creative side this summer…

Art & Design Camps

Located on the IUPUI campus, Herron School of Art and Design offers art camps for youth in grades 2-10. The Herron Youth Art day camp opens the door to visual arts exploration in a fun studio art-making environment. Five camps, available in one or two week sessions, give campers an opportunity to work with visiting artists and take field trips to cultural sites. The end of each camp is concluded with a student art exhibition.

According to Community Learning Coordinator, Susan Grade, "Art becomes a valid way to communicate, problem-solve and learn," she said.

The 2011 theme is "Sustain-Ability." Campers will create art for and about community gardens as well as study eco-design and urban agriculture. See www.herron.iupui.edu/community-learning for more information. The public is invited to the spring Open House April 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Indianapolis Art Center offers summer camps as well. According to Anya Aslanova, creative & marketing manager of the Indianapolis Art Center, "Our camp focus this summer will be on 'Art and the Environment'." By studying artists whose work reflect the environment they live in and how environmental issues affect an artist's work, campers will learn specific techniques in regards to media such as drawing, painting and sculpture. In addition to Fine Arts Day Camp, Pottery and Computer camps are also offered. www.IndplsArtCenter.org/camp

Arthouse Noblesville offers a variety of classes in six week sessions for preschool ages through adult. The Spring Student Art show will take place Sunday April 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. The next session of classes begins April 25 and runs through June 2. Summer camps begin June 13. Visit www.arthousenoblesville.blogspot.com for class schedules and to reserve your spot.

Monart camps are full of creativity and fun! Campers learn different drawing and painting techniques and work in a variety of media, all centered on a specific theme, including Cartooning, Animals, and Nature. www.indydraws.com

Museum and Zoo Camps

The Indiana State Museum, located in the heart of White River State Park, has a full lineup of summer camps and other programs that are sure to appeal to a wide variety of interests—whether your camper wants to uncover ancient buried secrets in the Archaeology Camp, learn about the natural world and caring for the environment in the Nature Camp, rev up their engines (and science skills) by designing and constructing an RC car in the Motorsports Science Camp, or become a Crime Scene Investigator and solve various mysteries. All of these and more are in the weeklong day camp offerings for ages 7-14.

The ISM also offers other kid-friendly programming. On Friday May 6 & Saturday May 7 jump in for adventure, mystery and intrigue at the Indiana Archaeology and the Mystery of the Hopewell program where you can solve riddles surrounding the ancient Hopewell tribe. And if you've ever wondered "what color is music?" visit the 60th Annual Symphony in Color from April 4 through May 8, where students in grades 1 through 6 throughout Indiana have created art inspired by classical music pieces. www.indianamuseum.org

Conner Prairie offers day camps for ages 5-14. Beginning June 6, children can participate in either Adventure Camp or Art Camp. Campers in Adventure Camp get to participate in water sports, fish, hike, or ride in the Balloon Voyage, as well as try out the tug of war mud pit. Art Camp participants try their hand at weaving, painting, pottery, acting, and more as they explore the more than 800 acres the park has to offer. www.connerprairie.org.

The Indianapolis Zoo offers the option of two-day mini camps, as well as weeklong day camps for ages 5-14, and animal lovers get to choose from themes ranging from Art Tales to Animal Behavior to What's For Dinner? and more.

Zoo Spokesperson Maura Giles said, "Camps are designed to encourage the discovery and appreciation of wildlife and wild places while developing friendships and social skills." Campers will have the opportunity to participate in zoo and garden walks, animal shows, stories, tours, science and nature activities, giraffe feeds and more. www.indianapoliszoo.com

Farm Camps

Trader's Point is launching their new educational programs this spring and summer: Growing Healthy Kids/Growing Healthy Families. All ages can participate in the Organic Gardening and Nature Hiking Adventure, which begins in Traders Point Creamery's veggie and herb garden. Kids can get some hands on learning and dig in the earth, then participate in weaving a giant spider web to emphasize the interconnectedness of life, and then go for a hike along Eagle Creek.

Friday evenings in May, kids ages 7-10 can join Norm "The Garden Guy" and his dog, Kipper, and learn how to grow a garden, what to plant, how to compost, and how to design a garden at home. Kids will also tend the garden, get ideas for making plant markers out of found materials, get a packet of seeds and more.

Saturday mornings in May, June and July, kids ages 7-10 along with an adult can participate in the Nature Hiking and Outdoor Craft Adventures, where they will explore the magical woodland trails, look for wildlife, say hello to a 300 year old tree, make whistles out of blades of grass and more. See www.traderspointcreamery.com for dates and times.

Music Camps

Now in its 26th year, the Indianapolis Children's Choir's summer program, Choral Festival, is for kids entering grades 4-8. It takes place the week of June 13-18. The Festival at Butler culminates in a public concert at Clowes Memorial Hall, and is often the first time many of the students have been on stage. No audition is needed to participate in Choral Festival, only a music teacher's recommendation or a simple assessment of a child's ability to match pitch and a love of singing.

"I try to make it as fun and energetic as I possibly can for them," said Associate Director Josh Pedde, "and also educational, but I try and disguise the educational part."


Meridian Music will be offering camps and classes this summer for children 18 months -18 years. Mini-camps range from 1 hour to 4 hours and run for one week or two-weeks. Musical Theater Camp, Piano Camp, Rock Band Camp, and Music Theory Camp will be offered. In addition to the camps, short versions of Meridian Music's Harmony Road Music classes will be offered for toddlers and preschoolers. www.meridianmusic.com

Park and Recreation Camps

With twelve Indy Parks offering summer day camps at all points around the Indy area, there are a lot of options, from traditional Day Camps to Specialty Camps such as Theater Arts Discovery and Visual Arts to Environmental Education Camps. Camps are four or five days long and are offered throughout the months of June and July. Participating parks are Broad Ripple, Douglass, Ellenberger, Holliday, Riverside, Southeastway, Christian, Eagle Creek, Garfield Park Arts Center, Krannert, Rhodius, Windsor Village Parks. See www.indyparks.org for specific camps offered at each park as well as ages and dates.

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation is offering nine one-week Day Camp sessions with the option of enrolling your child for the whole summer. Preschooler Sessions include Creepy Crawlies, Fun on the Farm and Diggin' the Dinos, to name a few, ages 5-11 can choose from Adventures in Art, Science in Summer, Outdoor Explorers, Vacation Station, or be a part of a theatre production—whether onstage or off—in the Success on Stage Camp. Carmel Clay Parks also offers Sports Camps, including tennis, soccer, football, volleyball, track and field and lacrosse. Camps include a field trip relevant to the camp theme. Visit www.carmelclayparks.com for a full camp listing and registration.

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has expanded upon their traditional day camp and sport camp offerings to include enrichment themes ranging from CSI–Crime Scene Investigator Camp to Equestrian Camp. Visit www.indymca.org/ for more information on the many themes to choose from.

Computer & Science Camps

For the technically inclined, 60 universities worldwide including Purdue University in West Lafayette, offer iD Tech Camps for kids and teens age 7-17 to learn to create video games, iPhone apps, websites with Flash, 3D animations, ad design and more. Purdue offers weeklong day camps in June and July, as well as overnight camps, both of which are designed for beginner and advance learners alike. Visit www.internaldrive.com for more information and to register.

"It's exciting to show kids firsthand how their hobbies can turn into potential careers," said VP of Marketing, Karen Thurm Safran. "Most kids love playing video games and now they get the opportunity to actually create one."

Camp Invention's motto is "unleashing creative genius…one child at a time." This weeklong camp spurs adventures in science and creativity, with hands-on learning in a variety of different themes such as Edison's Workshop, Bounce! An Atomic Journey, and The Curious Cypher Club. Camp Invention offers their programs at schools throughout the Indy area, such as Avon, Beech Grove, Fishers, Greenwood and more. See www.campinvention.org for a program in your area and to register.

Dance Camp

Summer at the Indianapolis School of Ballet begins with summer day camps for ages 6-10. June's weeklong Day Camp theme is Ballet and Degas and July's is Ballet and Tchaikovsky. Dancers will have the opportunity to explore visual arts, music and dance history and costuming, along with a field trip to Indianapolis landmarks and creating a tutu or costume. Other offerings include four levels of six summer classes, for ages 4-12 and five weeks of five summer intensive classes for dancers ages 10 and up (by audition). See www.indyballet.org for camp and class schedules.

Puppet Camp

For children who would love to make their own puppet or marionette (for older children) and perform in a show for their parents, Peewinkle's Puppet Studio offers three levels of camps in June and July, beginning with ages 4 ½. Camps are a weeklong and campers "design, build, work with music, perform and have loads of fun doing it!" www.peewinklespuppets.com

Chess Camp

USA Chess provides chess activities for children in more than 100 US cities and will be coming to Indianapolis this summer. Campers experience chess instruction and play in a fun-filled environment designed to improve their skills whether they are interested in casual or competitive chess. www.usachess.com/

Note: In order to avoid disappointment, it is recommended that parents register for camps early, as camps often have limited space and fill up quickly as summer approaches. Some camps also offer extended care options and sibling discounts.

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KRISTA BOCKO is a freelance writer and lives in Noblesville, Indiana with her husband and four children. She can be reached at kbocko@sbcglobal.net

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