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Summer Fun Activities for Kids - Arts


Arts Alive

Description: A Christian theater camp. 

Teen Extreme Camps!
Much more than just a theatre camp!
Enrollment Fee - $175

Looking for a life changing experience for your teen? Thinking about a worldview camp, leadership camp, church camp, or mission trip? Or are you just looking for something fun to do with other Christian teens? What if you could accomplish all these things in one awesome 10-day camp? Arts Alive!'s Teen Extreme Camp is a fun and challenging camp that's purpose is to impassion, equip, and train the Christian leaders of tomorrow. Through group Bible studies, team challenges, theatrical exercises and performance, and outreach events, students are impelled to discover, increase, and apply their talents and giftings for kingdom purposes and the greater glory of God. Keeping the roster small allows us to identify and encourage each individual student's gifts and help them improve in areas where they are weaker. It's ten incredible days of camaraderie, teamwork, leadership, worldview studies, evangelism, improv, creativity, public speaking, assertiveness, physical challenge, problem-solving, finding purpose, fun, and more! But don't just take our word for it. Listen to what our students are saying:

•"I love how the camp mixes acting with Biblical studies. You really learn a lot while having a blast at the same time!"
•"This camp has trained me to utilize the talents that I have and apply them - but not for myself, instead for the glory of God."
•"Teen camp is an exciting 10 days that pushes you to work hard and better yourself. The friends I made are lifelong, and the skills I learned will always be with me.
•"I've been three times, and look forward to next summer."
•"Teen camp is not only one of those happy, hazy, summer memories, it is an easy algorithm for increasing your boldness for Christ."
•"Definitely strengthened my ability to work as a team. It was also a lot of fun to learn to think on my feet."
•"This camp isn't just about acting. I walked away with life skills, like confidence and leadership, and a more confident faith in God."
•"Best camp ever!"

Because our Teen Extreme Camp is so popular, we are offering two sessions again this year!
June 16 – 27 or July 7 - 18
Students will attend camp 9 a.m. – 6 p.m each day (camp will not meet on Sunday).
Showtime will be the final Friday at 6 p.m.

Christian Theatre Camp (ages 10-12) - Now a full day program!
June 30 - July 4, 9 – 5 pm.
Enrollment Fee - $100

This year we have totally revamped our camp for tweens, giving them more opportunity to experience the world of theatre, explore God's truths, and find their own confidence and voice! A class for both new and experienced performers. Come see the difference!

Christian Theatre Camp (ages 4-9)
Youth ages 4 - 9 will meet half days Monday through Friday to experience life in the spotlight. Throughout the week they will discover the magic of theatre while rehearsing, building a set, and finally presenting a short play with a Christian theme.

4-5 year olds
July 21 - 25, 9 - 11 am.
Enrollment Fee - $75

This year our Little Stars get a full week of camp!! Students will rehearse a short play, paint a set, put together a costume, and perform at the end of the week!

6-9 year olds
July 21 - 25, 1 – 5 pm.
Enrollment Fee - $75

Instruction will focus on building confidence, stage presence, and public speaking skills, as well as the art of developing a character and portraying it on stage.

Young Adult Retreat (ages 18 and up) NEW THIS YEAR!
June 2-6
Details Coming SOON!!


Cost: please call 

For more information contact us at (270)-535-3212 or


BG On Stage Theatre Camp

Come have fun in The Wonderful World of Theatre! Sing and dance to Disney on Broadway! Perform on stage at Van Meter Theatre. All campers are invited to perform on stage at Thunderfest July 3!

When: June 9th-June 13th

Time: 9am-3pm

Where: Van Meter Theatre (WKU Campus)

Cost: $160

The camp fee includes admission to Thunderfest on July 3rd for performance and a camp T-shirt for all students.  Students should bring lunch Monday through Thursday and pizza will be provided on Friday.

For more information, please contact Kathy McCauley at 270-782-9090 or by email at


Crossland Community Church VBS Arts Camp

Rock U Crossland 2014 is a Bible-based Arts Camp for children kindergarten through fifth grade. This year kids can choose their major.  Simply go online to and register your children.  Class sizes are limited so register today!

When: June 9th-11th

Time: 9am-12pm

Where: Crossland Community Church

For more information, please contact Aimee Miller at 270-842-4428 or email at  


Kentucky Library & Museum Summer Day Camps

Description: The Kentucky Museum offers four weeks of day camp during the month of June. Camps are Monday through Friday, from 8 am – 12 noon. There will be a snack break daily at 10 am, with drink and snack provided by the museum. Friends of Libraries & Museum receive a discount on all camp fees. After registering and paying the camp fee you will receive a parent consent form in the mail as conformation of your registration. Camps are limited to 22 participants and are filled on a first come first served basis.
Camp Cancellation policy: Full refund when canceling more than 30 days prior to camp. 50% refund when canceling between 30 days and 15 days prior to camp. No refund after 15 days prior to camp.

Fee: $120 for non-members $108 for members
Contact: If you have any questions or want more information please e-mail or call Lynne Ferguson, 270.745-2594 or Christy Spurlock, 270-745-6082.

Clay Camp with Laura Bain-Selbo
Dates: June 3 – 7, Monday – Friday, 8 – 12 noon Ages 6 -10
Students in this hand building with clay camp will learn basic hand building techniques to create a variety of functional and decorative ceramic pieces. Students will have an opportunity to decorate their work with painted glazes. Participants will need to pick up kiln fired work approximately two weeks after camp is over.

Chinese Culture Camp with Winny Lin
Dates: June 10-14, Monday – Friday, 8-12 noon Ages 7 - 12

Campers will explore Chinese language, arts and culture. Activities will include language study, mask making, Kungfu dance, Tai Chi, calligraphy, and much more. On June 14th, families are invited for a special performance by campers.

Make It Camp with Lynne Ferguson
Dates: June 17 - 21, Monday – Friday, 8-12 noon Ages 8 - 13

Campers will learn to make fun and useful items out of various materials. Handmade items will include a woven basket, painted bird house gourd, molded paper bowl, hand-made book, wind-sock and more. Students will also have the opportunity to tour Kentucky Museum exhibits.

Art Camp with Lynne Ferguson
Dates: June 24 -28, Monday – Friday, 8-12 noon Ages 6 - 12

Students will learn fun and creative art techniques which they can utilize in their own art work. Campers will explore drawing with pencil, markers, and pastels as well as painting with watercolor and acrylic. Students will draw inspiration from guided tours of the Kentucky Museum exhibits and WKU's outdoor sculptures.


The Makery

Description: A creative arts studio in which kids and adults can learn various skills ranging from knitting to pottery. Please visit the website for more information: 

Dates: year round; please see website for class listings 

Cost: vary per class 

Contact: Rebecca Stewart at 270-991-6475 or at


Phoenix Theatre's Sunburst Youth Theatre's Shakespeare Day Camp

Students do scenic painting, sound, lighting, costuming, and act in a play while building confidence, learning teamwork, exercising creativity, and having fun.

When: June 2nd-6th and June 9th-13th

Time: 10am-3pm

Ages: 7-12

Cost: $90 each week

For more information, please contact Jennifer Wells at 270-781-6233 or by email at



Public Theatre of Kentucky Day Camp

Description: Theater camps ending in a youth musical. Each week's group of students functions as an acting troupe. They build their own props, do scenic painting, sound, lighting, costuming, and act in a play. While learning about these exciting parts of theatre, students build self-confidence, learn teamwork, nurture their creativity and of course have tons of fun! Beginning students will have an opportunity to explore basics of each aspect of theatre while advanced participants can refine their acting skills through more in-depth character and technical study. Taking actors ages 7-14. 

Dates: June 3-7; June 10-14 

Cost: $85 per week 

Contact: Jenny Wells at 270-781-6233 or;  Katie Maurer at 270-904-7006 or


Showstoppers Summer Fun Choir

This camp is simply for those who just love music! No experience necessary. Children will learn proper vocal technique, beginnings of music theory, teamwork, skills, and build self-confidence.

When: The choir will meet twice a week for 8 weeks beginning in June and perform a concert during the last week of July.

Cost: $20 registration Fee due by May 19th

          $80 Participation Fee due by June 2nd

Ages: 6 and Up

For more information, please contact Sarah VanMeter at 270-792-3218 or by email at


SKyPAC and Capitol Arts Youth Theater

Description: The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC)) is excited to partner with the Missoula Children's Theatre this summer for four exciting weeks of camps where kids will be active participants in every phase of staging a full-length theatrical production. For those interested in a more focused theatrical learning experience, consider one of our individual workshops taught by SKyPAC's Youth Theater Educator.

Summer Camp Dates: (Grades 1st - 12th) June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, 2013
Theatre Workshop Dates: (Grades K-3rd) June 3rd or July 15th, (Grades 4th-8th) June 5th or July 17th, (Grades 5th-12th) June 7th or July 19th, 2013

Cost: $150 per week if registered before May 15th. After May 15th the fee is $170. Workshops are $20.

Contact: For more information or registration form please contact Kate Maurer at 270-904-7066 or by email at


Starz Elite Performance Academy

Performerz Dance Camp

Ages 6 and Up 

  • When: July 14th-18th
  • Time: 8am-3pm
  • Cost: $150

Ages 3-5

  • When July 14, 16th, & 18th
  • Time: 8am-3pm
  • Cost: $100

Gymnastics Fun Camp

Ages 6 and Up

  • When: July 21st-25th
  • Time: 8am-3pm
  • Cost: $150

Ages 3-5

  • When July 21st, 23rd, &25th
  • Time: 8am-3pm
  • Cost: $100

For more information, please contact heather Cochran at 270-793-0004 or by email at


Vette Camp

 Description: A safe and enriching program in a new and alternative location. Fun activities to enrich each of the areas: creative expression, science, geography, physical development and recreational pursuits while tying each to Corvette and the world of automobiles.

Dates: June 17th-21st 2013    8am-11am (grades K-2)    1pm-4pm (grades 3-5)

Cost: $100 per child, includes snack

Contact: Kellie Steen 270-467-8852 for more information.


WKU Big Red Gig- Guitar Camp 

Description: This summer, the WKU Department of Music will offer a 5-day guitar camp for ages 7-18. Big Red Gig, led by Don Hicks and John Martin, will teach youth of all skill levels proper technique, chord and scale shapes, basic music theory, rhythm, performance and more. Students who don't have an instrument can also participate! Through an agreement with Royal Music, students may rent an instrument for $10. For rental information, contact Royal Music at 842-9435 or stop by 830 Fairview Avenue. For additional information, including the registration form and camp schedule, visit

Dates: The week-long camp takes place July 15-19, with morning camp for ages 7-11 from 8:30-11:30 and afternoon camp for ages 12-18 from 1-4:30. Instruction takes place at the Music Rehearsal Hall on the WKU campus.

Cost: Register now through May 15 for only $75. The registration fee May 16-June 24 is $90. 

Contact: Cindy Ehresman at 270-745-1910 or at


WKU String Explosion

String Explosion! is a week-long day camp for violin, viola, cello and double bass students ages five and up. The camp will be held in the Music Rehearsal Hall on the campus of Western Kentucky University. A minimum of one year of lessons or playing experience is required for students.
The camp focuses on orchestra and chamber music for violin, viola, cello and double bass students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students will be divided into orchestras based on age and skill level. They will gain skills and improve their playing through a variety of activities including string orchestra, sectionals, group classes and outdoor games.
The final performance will be on July 26 at 11 a.m. in the Recital Hall of the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center.
Dates: July 22-26th, 2013
Cost: Early Registration: $70, Deadline – May 24, Regular Registration: $85, Deadline – June 28
Contact: For more information: Sarah Berry 270-745-5146 or




Acting Camp: Scenes and Monologues- Campers are divided by age/experience into two groups. Each camper will be assigned a monologue (solo) & a scene (duet) dealing with modern youth social issues. Daily acting workshops teach auditioning and performance skills at individual experience level. Daily Tech workshops teach campers to prepare scenery, costumes and props.
Performance Friday, June 7 at 6:00pm.
June 3-7, 2013

Music Theatre Camp: Musical Movie Medley- Campers are divided by age/experience into two ensemble groups to learn music & choreography for a youth musical movie medley! Daily music workshops teach proper vocal technique & performance songs. Daily dance workshops teach choreography based on individual skill development and experience level.
All campers sing at least one short musical solo!
Performance Friday, June 14 at 6:00pm.
June 10-14, 2013

Contact: Christopher Cherry at 502-708-5739 or 



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