Children's Museum of the Arts & summer art camps for kids


School is almost out, summer is almost here and soon tiny feet will be tapping with boredom to get out of the house. That's why we've teamed up with our friends at NYC's Children's Museum of the Arts to get their tips for creative & kid-friendly activities around the city. We asked the CMA's Jess Peterson about how CMA keeps kids active all summer long: "CMA is taking art outdoors this summer," she says, "hosting free weekly art workshops on Governors Island and Husdon River park. Design your own costumes, create your own sets and animate yourself on this historic landscape! Take advantage of our open studios and two new exhibitions, Inside Out/Outside In and Works in Progress. Stop in on Thursdays for special summer themed workshops hosted by our Teaching Artists" How can kids stay creative outside during the summer? "At CMA you can create your own sundials to take to the beach, create your own kites, and more!"

This week we've peppered  our newsletter with suggestions for great summer programs for creative kids around NYC and beyond. Read on to see our picks for NYC, Boston, Miami, LA and San Francisco. Know a program that we missed? Email us at and share your favorite camp suggestions.



The Center for Architecture Foundation's Summer @ the Center: For grades 3-12 these innovative week-long camps introduce kids to architecture and design with topics like Playground Design, My Dream House and The 21st Century Skyscraper. Selling out fast!

Museum of the Moving Image Summer Media Camp: Perfect for older children, kids 9+ get a hands-on learning experience with the Museum's master equipment in classes like Video Game Design, Movies 101 and Animation.

Summer Dance Camp at the Joffrey Ballet: for kids 3-6 who can't sit still, this innovate program explores 5 ballets in 5 weeks. Each week kids will go inside the story of a different ballet with a family performance every Friday.

Los Angeles:

Palos Verdes Art Center's Art-rageous summer camp: This camp series for kids 5-7 and 8-11 has two sessions daily in which kids explore different themes like "Sky, Earth and Under the Sea," "Marvellous Mosaics" and "Animal Safari"

Art Rebel summer arts camp: This award-winning camp in Sherman Oaks covers everything from Graffiti to fashion and recycled art. We love the emphasis on alternative programing!


KidsArts! Summer Camp: In addition to art making, kids at this camp will also enjoy swimming, field trips, performances and growing vetegables in the camp's community garden!

And of course there's the Red Sox Summer Baseball Camp (enough said :)


IDEA@thebass summer art camp: For kids 4-12, the wide-ranging program at the Bass Museum of Art will expose kids to the museum's wonderful collection through sessions like "It Came from Space" and "Ancient Civilization Adventures."

Fairchild Garden's Junior Naturalist Summer Camp: We love this innovate camp that will teach kids all about horticulture and environmental stewardship along with nature-inspired arts and crafts.

San Francisco:

Time for Art - these mini-camp sessions in and around downtown San Francisco are only a week long and include a field trip in the morning, say to the De Young Museum, followed by a related art activity in the afternoon.

Rainbow Chefs Summer Camp: We like that these camps are for kids as young as 5, plus the theme of week 2 is Edible Art!



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