Seven Weeks Of Summer Camps At The SHACK

(This article has been updated to reflect the costs for full day summer camp sessions.)

Have you made plans yet for summer camp? The Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (SHACK) has a number of options planned. The SHACK, in Suite 104 at 100 Church Hill Road, will offer seven weeks of art, music and theatre-based summer activities with special projects each day.

Each week will focus on a special theme with arts and crafts based around that theme. Most Fridays at 6 pm, children will perform an open-air outdoor theater production. Families may bring their own food and drinks or get take-out from any of our local Sandy Hook businesses and enjoy theatre under the sky performed by their children. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen and bug spray!

During the daytime session of programming, children will enjoy outdoor playtime, an area for children to eat lunch, nature trail hikes, splatter art and play fun, and cool water games. Children are encouraged to “dress the part” for each week’s theme. Special guests will visit The SHACK each week.

The summer sessions are open to children ages 5-12 years, and includes the cost of supplies. Children should bring their own lunch, drink and snacks.

Sessions will run from 9 am until noon, noon to 3 pm or 3-6 pm each day; parents can sign their children up for just the morning, just the afternoon, or the full day.

Cost for half-day (morning or afternoon) session is $150 per week, while the cost for the full day session is $275. Extended play is available until 6 pm for an additional $75. There is a 10% sibling discount. All class costs include materials.

For additional information or to register for any of the following camps, call 203-304-9555 or visit www.sandyhookartscenter.org.

*Week 1, June 24-28: Summer Safari Art, Theatre & More!

Set your compass for fun and bring your child on a jungle safari. Animal art projects and creative movement will have your child acting out their animal instincts and learning about all of the beautiful and amazing creatures that live in the jungle. Morning sessions will include musical theater The Lion King and the afternoon session will include set painting and crafts to go along a production.

A performance of The Lion King will be held at the studio on Friday, June 29, at 6 pm.

*Week 2, July 1-5 (no classes July 4): Paint Your Own Pottery Camp.

Choose from frogs, butterflies, turtles and more. Make an insect or animal habitat with your creations.

*Week 3, July 8-12: Science & Nature Camp.

Aspiring scientists and nature lovers will enjoy this hands-on learning experience. Each day there will be a nature hike, when children can collect items and use them to create wonderful works of art.

*Week 4, July 15-19: Circus Stars.

Children will fly on a trapeze, tame a lion or clown around at this fun-filled art, music and theater program. A special guest artist will visit on Wednesday to teach students how to sculpt circus animals and circus scenes with clay.

Children will then perform a mini circus, “The Greatest Show in Sandy Hook,” complete with popcorn and cotton candy, on Friday, July 19, at 6 pm.

*Week 5, July 22-26: Unicorns, Dragons & Dreams, Oh My!

Fantasy week will consist of lots of pretend play, imagination and beautiful art projects. Kids will paint a huge play castle, learn about the land of make believe, and explore all of their hopes, wishes and wildest dreams.

Children will perform an original play, Unicorns, Dragons & Dreams, Oh My! at the end of the session on Friday, July 26, at 6 pm.

*Week 6, August 5-9: Underwater Adventures & Fishing for Fun.

Children will make fish of all shapes and sizes out of many different materials each day and enjoy a colorful underwater adventure. They will also make a seashell craft, sand art, scaly fish sculpture and more. Water games and activities will keep kids cool while having loads of fun.

Children will then perform The Little Mermaid at the end of this session on Friday, August 9, at 6 pm.

*Week 7, August 12-16: Princesses & Pirates Theatre & Art.

Get ready for an adventure filled week of princess fairy tales, pirate battles and your child’s very own happily ever after story.

Children will enjoy theater games, learn a mini play, and create a keepsake journal that tells the story of their “Once Upon a Time.” Special guests from Happily Ever After Connecticut will visit on Monday.

A production of The SHACK’s original play, Cinderella meets Captain Hook will be offered at the studio on Friday, August 16, at 6 pm.

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