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Build, play, learn, and grow in our series of mini-camps for kids, teens, and college students!

June through August

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Pokémon Go Themed Video Game Design (Ages 8+)

Pokémon Go has become the #1 game of all time! Now your child can build their own Pokémon Go game in Scratch. Your child will be immersed in all aspects of video game design, from game ideation, storyboarding, developing a prototype and testing. Then they will bring their creation home to share with you!

Student must bring an 8GB USB flash drive to class every day. Student may bring a snack and a beverage.

Game Crazy, Inc.
Monday–Friday, June 19–23
10:30am–12:00pm
$135 per person

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Minecraft Redstone Camp (Ages 8+)

Students will use the popular video game Minecraft to learn about electronic circuits, electricity and wiring in a fun, game filled environment. Students will learn the basics of powering their world using Redstone and learn to build amazing creations like password protected doors, a collapsing bridge, secret mazes and other challenges that will get them thinking, learning and building!

Student may bring a snack and beverage to class.

Game Crazy, Inc.
Monday–Friday, June 19–23
12:30–2pm
$135 per person

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Princess and Pirates Camp (Ages 3-7)

A full week of ballet, dress-up, crafts and all things princesses and pirates! This dance themed camp is great for all levels!

Eisenhower Dance Center of Birmingham
Monday–Friday, June 19–23
9am–12pm
$175 per person if enrolled on or before June 1
$205 per person if enrolled after June 1

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Scrap Camp | Our Earth (1st-2nd Grade)

Come tinker and think while learning all about our planet. We will use recycled materials and our brains to explore and learn about how our earth works and what we can do to be helpful! 

Students must bring a lunch, snack and refillable water bottle to class. 

Arts & Scraps
Tuesday, June 20
9am-3pm
$90 per person 

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Summer Sewing Camp from Elena Victoria (Ages 8–14)

Your child will learn the fundamentals of sewing on a machine and using different techniques by hand. Students will use fashion sketches, mannequins and different materials to design their garment. All experience levels are welcome. Students will bring a new garment or craft home each day of camp. The week will end with a fashion show to showcase all their new designs!

All sewing machines, materials and snack are included. Students may bring their own sewing machine to practice on, if desired.

Elena Victoria Designs
Monday–Friday, June 26–30
1:30–4:30pm
$255 per person

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Junior Chefs (Ages 8–11)

Junior Chefs focus on healthy swaps and nutritious recipes that are kid-friendly. Kids will get to create and eat their tasty creations each day while they learn the importance of healthy eating.

Parents must sign a waiver and bring to first day of camp. All supplies and food is included. Please alert instructor if any special dietary concerns.

Maham Ahmed
Tuesday–Friday, June 27–30
10am–1pm
$165 per person

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Four Day Mini Performance Camp (Ages 9+)

We aim not only to improve acting and singing skills, but also to increase self-esteem, strengthen communication and teamwork, stimulate creative thought, and foster a lifelong appreciation for the arts. We encourage team-building, responsibility and preparedness in all students and believe that performing onstage is a great experience for everyone, regardless of their interests. It is also the perfect opportunity to develop a well-rounded performer.

Performers will also be divided into groups based on age and performance level.

Focused topics include: performance techniques for all styles from musical theatre to pop to classical to background vocals. Additional areas of study include how to audition, what to pick to audition, musical collaboration, and piano/guitar/vocal combination. Musicians will end the week with at least two songs.

Danielle Wright
Monday–Thursday, June 26–29
9am–3pm
$250 per person

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Babysitter Safety (Ages 11+)

Learn to be safe and responsible, build your confidence and have a competitive edge over other babysitters. Topics include First Aid, using 911, CPR practice, choking, fire safety, discipline and more.

Students must bring a bag lunch, snack and beverage.

Live Safe Academy
Saturday, July 8
9am–3pm
$60 per person

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Girls Empowered: American Girl Camp

Girls will have fun with crafts, games, fitness activities and role playing. Like the American Girl characters, girls will learn about following their passions and dreams, and expressing themselves through words, conversations, poetry, yoga, dance and songs.

Students should bring their American Girl doll or other type of doll, a snack and a beverage each day of camp.

Kids Empowered
Monday–Friday, July 10–14
$180 per camp

Ages 4–6: 9am–12pm

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Ages 7–11:12:30–3:30pm

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Jumpstart Your Creativity

Writing Series for High School and College Students

Interested in writing fiction, poems or your own personal stories? Use this camp to help unleash your imagination!

Students to bring writing supplies and a laptop, if desired.

Sarah Sheppard
Monday and Thursday, July 10 and 13
10am–12pm
$63 per person

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Kid’s Cooking Boot Camp (Ages 7–12)

This camp will offer students a variety of cooking experiences including, knife skills, measuring with accuracy, basic baking and cooking techniques. Students will sit down at the end of each day to enjoy their creations and discuss what they have learned.

Students must wear closed toed shoes and bring an apron. All food is provided. Parent must sign a waiver and bring to first day of camp. Please alert instructor of any special dietary concerns.

Pam Gustairs
Monday–Thursday, July 10–13
10am–12:30pm
$165 per person

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Hand Building with Clay (Ages 8–15)

Campers will create sculptural and functional clay products. Campers will study form and design, as well as decorative surface techniques. We will explore a variety of color, texture, drawing and carving on clay. Bring your imagination and creativity for this hands-on art camp! All experience levels are welcome.

Instructor will take finished projects to fire them and campers will be called within two weeks after camp to pick up their finished art work.

Iggy Sumnick
Tuesday–Friday, July 11–14
11am–12:30pm
$85 per person per session

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This camp is also offered July 17–20 and August 7-10


Storytelling Day Camp
Ophelia’s Edible Garden (Ages 3–5 with parent)

Ophelia’s Edible Garden is an original story told through the eyes of Ophelia — a young girl growing up in the city. This story is interactive, engaging and brought to life as the audience steps into the story and participates using props and instruments made from re-purposed materials. Campers and their parent(s) will set the table and prepare a lunch together made fresh from Ophelia’s garden!

A parent is required to attend with the child for the entire program. All materials and a healthy lunch and snack are included.

Alyce Hartman, City Sprouts Craft and Nature Camp
Monday, July 10
10am– 1pm
$50 for parent and child

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This camp is also offered on July 24

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Hand Building with Clay (Ages 8–15)

Campers will create sculptural and functional clay products. Campers will study form and design, as well as decorative surface techniques. We will explore a variety of color, texture, drawing and carving on clay. Bring your imagination and creativity for this hands-on art camp! All experience levels are welcome.

Instructor will take finished projects to fire them and campers will be called within 2 weeks after camp to pick up their finished art work.

Iggy Sumnick
Monday - Thursday, July 17–20
11am–12:30pm
$85 per person per session

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This camp is also offered July 11-14 and August 7–10


The Personal Essay

Writing Series for High School and College Students

Unsure what you want to say or what topic to focus on? Do you have a draft, but don’t know how to structure it? After reading some of the best essays of today, you will learn what questions to ask yourself and work on your own personal essay. The personal essay could also be a college essay or personal statement.

Students to bring writing supplies and a laptop, if desired.

Sarah Sheppard
Monday and Thursday, July 17 and 20
10am–12pm
$63 per person

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Storytelling Day Camp
Ophelia’s Edible Garden (Ages 6–11)

Ophelia’s Edible Garden is an original story told through the eyes of Ophelia — a young girl growing up in the city. This story is interactive, engaging and brought to life as the audience steps into the story and participates using props and instruments made from re-purposed materials. Campers will set the table and prepare a lunch together made fresh from Ophelia’s garden!

No parent is required to stay. All materials and a healthy lunch and snack are included.

Alyce Hartman, City Sprouts Craft and Nature Camp
Friday, July 21
9am–3pm
$65 per person per class

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This camp is also offered on August 4


Safe on Campus (High School and College Students)

The most common crimes against women are easy to avoid if you know how to recognize the warning signs and you know what to do. Learn real world self-defense for everyday people from an instructor who has been teaching self-defense in colleges since 2003.

Live Safe Academy
Wednesday, July 19
6:30–8:30pm
$40 per person

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Two-Week Performance Camp (Ages 9+)

Our summer musical theatre program is designed for both new and seasoned performers, giving students the opportunity to showcase their vocal, dance, and acting skills in a live camp finale cabaret performance. Students develop trusting relationships and a strong group ethic, which enables them to learn and create in a safe performance environment.

We will be performing a musical cabaret including hits from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Madeline, and many more!

Instruction provided by Danielle Wright, Founder and Executive Director, Opera MODO

Danielle Wright
Monday–Thursday, July 17–20
Monday–Thursday, July 24–27
9am–3pm
$495 per person

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Scrap Camp | Problem Solvers (3rd-4th Grade)

Young Makers, join us for a fun and challenging look at how to solve problems. Train your brain in the most fun way possible...with recycled materials! 

Students must bring a lunch, snack and refillable water bottle to class. 

Arts & Scraps
Thursday, July 20
9am-3pm
$90 per person

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Storytelling Day Camp
Ophelia’s Edible Garden (Ages 3–5 with parent)

Ophelia’s Edible Garden is an original story told through the eyes of Ophelia — a young girl growing up in the city. This story is interactive, engaging and brought to life as the audience steps into the story and participates using props and instruments made from re-purposed materials. Campers and their parent(s) will set the table and prepare a lunch together made fresh from Ophelia’s garden!

A parent is required to attend with the child for the entire program. All materials and a healthy lunch and snack are included.

Alyce Hartman, City Sprouts Craft and Nature Camp
Monday, July 24
10am–1pm
$50 for parent and child per class

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Short Fiction

Writing Series for High School and College Students

Ernest Hemmingway wrote, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” What are the elements of a good short story? Come find out. You will write you own short story and receive direction on where to take it.

Students to bring writing supplies and a laptop, if desired.

Sarah Sheppard
Monday and Thursday, July 24 and 27
10am–12pm
$63 per person

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Fashion Summer Camp (Ages 8–17)

Students will learn to sew while creating their very own designer fashion. Student will learn: clothing construction and design principles, how to operate a sewing machine, use various sewing tools, designer terms and definitions, jewelry design, tote bags, and more! Students will also learn about modeling techniques and have their very own fashion photo shoot. Come see how fun fashion can be!

Sewing machines and all materials are provided. Students may bring their own sewing machine to practice on, if desired.

Dana Keaton, MBA
Monday–Friday, July 24–28
9am–12pm
$180 per person
An additional $50 material fee is to be paid on the first day of camp directly to instructor

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Storytelling Day Camp
Ophelia’s Edible Garden (Ages 6–11)

Ophelia’s Edible Garden is an original story told through the eyes of Ophelia — a young girl growing up in the city. This story is interactive, engaging and brought to life as the audience steps into the story and participates using props and instruments made from re-purposed materials. Campers will set the table and prepare a lunch together made fresh from Ophelia’s garden!

No parent is required to stay. All materials and a healthy lunch and snack are included.

Alyce Hartman, City Sprouts Craft and Nature Camp
Friday, August 4
9am–3pm
$65 per person per class

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Trumpet Workshop

The Trumpet Workshop camp offers intensive musical training for the developing trumpet student. During this week-long workshop, students will engage in warm up exercises and solo work. High school students will also work on orchestral excerpts. The students will participate in a trumpet ensemble with a performance at the end of the camp. Several techniques will be presented that will take your trumpet playing to the next level!

Students must bring their own instruments.

Wendy Matthews
Monday–Friday, July 31–August 4
Grades 6–7: 9am–12pm (Must have played for at least one year)
Grades 8–12: 1–4pm
$155 per person

Grades 6–7

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Grades 8–12

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Pokémon and Star Wars Stop Motion Animation Camp (Ages 6+)

Use our action figures to star in your own mini-movie-the possibilities are endless! Campers will handle all the technical details including using a digital movie camera, filming scenes, stop-motion animation, digital editing and adding special effects to finish their creation. This is a hands-on class that will teach students the entire digital film making steps from start to finish!

Students must bring an 8GB USB flash drive to class every day. Students may bring a snack and beverage.

Game Crazy, Inc.
Monday–Friday, July 31–August 4
10:30am–12pm
$135 per person

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Robotics Camp (Ages 5–8 and 9–13)

Campers aged 5–8 will use LEGO robots to build out all the components of a soccer game and play soccer matches against their classmates! Campers will learn new skills and have fun, all while bringing robots to life!

Campers aged 9–13 will be transported to a far-off planet and build autonomous robots that are to make the planet habitable by humans. They will program their robots to carry out various complex missions. This camp will teach STEM concepts in a “minds-on hands-on” environment.

Students may bring a snack and a beverage.

Game Crazy, Inc.
Monday–Friday, July 31–August 4
12:30–2pm
$135 per person

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Reading Like a Writer

Writing Series for High School and College Students

If you want to be a great writer, be prepared to read everything from books and poems to essays and blogs. We will discuss how reading will make you a better writer and in turn, you will put your knowledge to practice by editing something you have already written.

Students to bring writing supplies and a laptop, if desired.

Sarah Sheppard
Monday and Thursday, July 31 and August 3
10am–12:00pm
$63 per person

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Self Defense Camp for Kids (Ages 6-10)

Have fun and learn to be safe at the same time! Learn and practice real self-defense techniques on an instructor wearing a padded suit. Campers will also learn about fire safety, how to use 911, stranger awareness, basic first aid and more. Cartoons, physical and classroom games are just some of the ways that campers will learn about safety in this camp.

Students must bring a bag lunch, snack and a beverage each day to camp.

Live Safe Academy
Monday–Friday, July 31–August 4
9am–3pm
$155 per person

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Hand Building with Clay (Ages 8–15)

Campers will create sculptural and functional clay products. Campers will study form and design, as well as decorative surface techniques. We will explore a variety of color, texture, drawing and carving on clay. Bring your imagination and creativity for this hands-on art camp! All experience levels are welcome.

Instructor will take finished projects to fire them and campers will be called within 2 weeks after camp to pick up their finished art work.

Iggy Sumnick
Monday–Thursday, August 7–10
11am–12:30pm
$85 per person per session

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Scrap Camp | Innovation (5th-6th Grade)

How does someone "become" an inventor or innovator? Join us for this class and learn how to make an idea turn into a reality. Use recycled materials to experiement and learn from those experiences to bring about a new or better thing! 

Students must bring a lunch, snack and refillable water bottle to class. 

Arts & Scraps 
Thursday, August 10
9am–3pm
$90 per person

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Special thanks to our sponsors

The Stonisch Foundation
The Youth Enrichment Fund