Well, here we are, y’all — the time of year we all need to be locking down those remaining summer weeks we don’t have sorted out yet. Camps are filling up super fast, but we’re happy to tell you that one of the popular favorites of parents and kids alike — Philly Art Center — still has slots open in all three of its locations (Fairmount, Queen Village and Cherry Hill). And the programming for both kids and tweens this year sounds awesome.
If you haven’t experienced camp at one of the Philly Art Center outposts, you almost definitely know someone who has — and so you also probably know that parents rave over everything about it. The programming is thoughtful and creative; the instructors are nurturing and enthusiastic, and experts in both fine arts and kiddos; and the campers come home adorably excited about their creations and about what they’re learning. Also? Philly Art Center camps run June through August (in other words — ALL SUMMER), and they offer 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. extra-care options for just $2.50 an hour. (Bonus: You needn’t even worry about booking the before- or after-care until the first morning of camp.) From a parent’s perspective, you can’t really beat the convenience.
The kids, meantime, are grouped by age, and get to work with and learn about a wide range of 2- and 3-D media. The weekly themes the Center plans each year are truly cool, and this summer is no exception. During “Warhol’s Factory + Other Hip Hangouts” week, for example, the kids will learn about pop-art screen printing from the Factory and painting with the East Hampton group of Abstract Expressionists. And during Dwell In + Out of Architecture week, they’ll get to work with beehive design and also become mini urban planners, designing a collective paper city. (How rad does that sound?!)
Each week of camp incorporates either a visiting artist, a special event, or a trip to a local museum that’s tied to the week’s curriculum. There’s also daily playground time for an altogether full, fun, well-rounded week.
Interested in grabbing a remaining spot? You can see more details below (including info about multi-week discounts). You can also read all about it and register here.
KIDS SUMMER CAMPS
Ages 4 – 12
Full-day (9 to 3 p.m.) and half-day (9 a.m. to noon) options available
Artists, all grouped by age, do deep dives into weekly themes, exploring a range of 2- and 3-D media. Mornings are spent blissfully working on art projects with a snack break in the middle. The kids break for lunch at noon, followed by some playground time, then head back for another studio block to round out the day. Every week includes a special field trip or artist visit to enhance the theme-based learning.
TWEEN SUMMER CAMPS
Ages 9 – 14
Full Day • Select Weeks Only
These tween-centered summer camps offer cool, specialty themed weeks for kids who want to really focus on a particular medium. Led by experienced artists educators, camp themes include: sewing, comics, ceramics, and well as drawing and painting.
Discounts per Household
20% off 7+ weeks
15% off 5+ weeks
10% off 3+ weeks