Grade 3-4


ABC: Absolute Beginner Chess NEW Session II
Learn how to play chess while having lots of fun. There will be puzzles, contests, and silly challenges. Learn the names of the pieces from Rook to Pawn to Knight. Master the moves of each of all 16 pieces. Become comfortable with the rules and language of the exceptional game. You will feel like a king or queen as you move around the chess board. Learn how to checkmate family and friends. This class is for absolute beginners!


Acting Session II, III
So you want to be a star? Join us onstage! You’ll develop your dramatic imagination and communication skills, and learn how to bring a play to life from script to stage by exploring characters, blocking scenes, and experimenting with acting techniques. You’ll even get to show off what you learned with a performance on the last day, in front of your very own audience of family and friends. Watch out, Broadway, here you come!

All About Apps Session I, II
Want to write computer code, explore the world or become a citizen scientist? Want to be a filmmaker and make stop motion animations? If so, join us at All About Apps, where we’ll use iPads to learn, explore, and create. Along the way, you’ll earn badges to recognize your accomplishments, such as writing lines of code using game apps, contributing observations of nature online using Project Noah, and “hiking” rainforests, ancient ruins, and glaciers. We will even hold an Angry Birds tournament, projecting the game on-screen, and then head outdoors to play a life-size version of the game!

Art Tees Session II
Calling all fashion designers! If you’ve ever seen a really neat T-shirt and imagined making one of your own, great news—now you can! In this class, you’ll actually create a piece of wearable art by taking your own fun photos, then importing your pictures into Photoshop and producing your own T-shirt designs. Next, you’ll print your work and transfer your design onto a plain shirt. By the time the last day of class arrives, you’ll have several cool, one-of-a-kind tees to take home!

Bakery Delights Session I
There’s dough to be rolled, flour to be sprinkled, and cookies to be cut in this class devoted to all things baked. Learn to prepare bakery delights from around the world, using delectable sweets and fresh summer fruits to create such mouthwatering treats as cookies, crumbles, and crisps, while getting hands-on experience as a real baker in a real kitchen. Everyone will want your recipes!

Bring on the Bling Session III
Looking for that perfect accessory to complete your favorite outfit? Don’t go to the store. Learn to make it yourself instead! Create beautiful one-of-a-kind bracelets, elegant earrings, hip headbands, and fashionable flip-flops that show off your individual style. Use beads, clay, embroidery floss, ribbon, wire, jewels and more to design unique jewelry for yourself and your friends!

Candy Crush Session III
Have you ever played Candy Land, watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, or visited an old-fashioned candy store? If so, you might have found yourself wishing you could make your own delectable treats. This class will take you to a whole new level of sweet temptations, guiding you through the basics of candy making. Learn to mold, marbleize, dip, drizzle, and paint your sweet concoctions. Mix, cook, and stretch some tasty taffy, too!

Chocolate Cravings Session III
Do you dream about doing the backstroke in Willy Wonka’s chocolate river? This class will get you pretty close! Dig right in to chocolate of all sorts—milk, dark, white—while we learn how to cook and bake with it to create decadent chocolate treats. We’ll try a new recipe each day, making sure to satisfy every sweet tooth!

Computer Animation Session III
You love watching cartoons, but have you ever thought that you could actually make your own? Well, you can—and will—learn how to produce simple and not-so-simple computer animations, ranging from two-dimensional cartoon sequences to more involved three-dimensional masterpieces. Unleash your creative energies as you sample some of the hottest computer applications around!

Cookie Caper NEW Session II
Everybody loves cookies! Satisfy your sweet tooth and learn the secrets of baking delicious cookies. From the ever popular chocolate chip to delicious holiday treats like ruggelach or pizzelles, you will try your hand at a different cookie each day. So fill up those cookie jars and become your family’s favorite baker!

Costume Shop Session II
Why just go to the store to buy a costume when you can create your own fabulous costume shop? From masks and mustaches to wings and capes, you’ll learn how to make your own costumes and disguises. Using a variety of materials, including face paint, fabric, cardboard, tissue paper, and (of course) duct tape, we’ll transform ourselves into witches, wizards, knights, fairies, monsters, and other amazing creatures. Bring your imagination to life!

Cracking the Code Session I
If you want to tell a computer what to do, you have to be able to speak its language, or code. In this class, you’ll learn several different computer languages, including Logo and JavaScript. Next, you’ll use these languages to tell the computer how to draw shapes and patterns, and program the movement of characters in a video game. You’ll even compete in some real life challenges to prove you know how to crack the code!

Crazy Chemistry Session I, II, III
Become a Summer Place chemist as you discover and experiment with basic science concepts. Explode pop rockets, launch a huge 50-foot solar balloon, get lost in a dry ice cloud, create gooey slimes, send geysers of soda high into the sky, create “worms” and “snow” by mixing just the right liquids and powders, and even shake-and-make ice cream. This course is sure to excite the curiosity of all future scientists!

Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them NEW Session I, III
Be on the lookout for some fantastic creatures at Summer Place! Animals from around the world will be visiting each day from The Wildlife Sanctuary at The Children’s Museum. Discover the mystery behind some of our animals like the African Bullfrog, Boa Constrictor, and Bearded Dragon—along with a host of unusual mammals, sophisticated serpents, and armored giants. Learn about animal behaviors, habitats, and life history. Who knows, you may even have a chance to create your own fantastic beast.

Food Art NEW Session I
Have you ever wanted to play with your food and NOT get in trouble? Playing with your food is expected in this course. Explore the many ways to make food into amazing works of art. From vegetable faces to mummy hotdogs and Chewbacca Noodles to meatball birds in a pasta nest—you are guaranteed to have fun creating food art in this class. Take home a book of the best edible creations at the end of the session to share with your family and friends, but better than that, you get to eat your artwork.


Flight School Session II
Are you interested in aviation? Does aerodynamics fascinate you? We’ll build and launch complex paper airplanes that loop, glide, and spin! We’ll send a slingshot helicopter into the sky, launch a hot-air balloon, send boomerangs flying, and design and build our own kites. We’ll also experiment with flying discs and even play a round of Frisbee Golf.

Learning the Ropes Session I, II, III
Climb, tug, roll, and swing your way like Tarzan through the challenges of the University’s ropes course. This is a challenging opportunity for you to test your own limits, gain self-confidence, and learn how to work cooperatively with others—all while having lots of fun! Play and learn through games and low and high-ropes activities. Solve problems blindfolded, work together for new “world records,” test your skill and determination, and cooperate for fun and the satisfaction of making it across, through, under, and over.

The Learning Zone Sessions I, II, III
The Learning Zone is an enrichment course option offered to Summer Place campers who could benefit from small-group academic instruction in reading, math, written expression, and study skills. The class is offered to students entering grades one through nine. Groups meet in a relaxed, air-conditioned space that is highly conducive to learning.

The Summer Place learning-skills specialist focuses on an individual plan for each student, based on the needs of the child. The Learning Zone teacher will contact each parent prior to the summer to gather the information needed to develop an educational plan. The specialist will then teach, model, and reinforce the concepts and learning strategies necessary to achieve each student’s specific goals. At the end of each two-week session, parents will receive a written report that summarizes progress made and current achievement levels. This report may, in turn, be passed on to the student’s teachers in the fall.

Summer Place campers may enroll in a Learning Zone course in each session they attend. A nominal fee of $250 per Learning Zone course is charged for this individualized program. For additional information on this special option, please call the Summer Place office.

Loco for LEGO® Session II, III
Calling all LEGO® fans! Come and compete in building challenges as we take an exciting LEGO journey. We’ll build people for our LEGO town and cars for them to drive in. Then we’ll construct an entire city, complete with a fire station, an airport, and even a market. At the end of the two-week adventure, you’ll have your own kit to mix up more LEGO madness at home. LEGO Land is waiting for you!

Makin’ Music Session I
Music lovers wanted. Ever dream of being in a band or composing your own music? Now is the time to make music digitally in our Summer Place Garageband! Here, we’ll create and compose our own original music and songs using digital music computer programs and iPad apps. More interested in the recording studio? First, we’ll listen to some of our favorite hits to explore the making of music! Then it’s off to the music lab, where we will digitally create and produce songs that include different instruments, sounds, genres, and beats with music challenges along the way. At the end of the session, you will be able to download your songs from the Summer Place playlist.

Minecraft Session I, II
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an eager newbie, team up with your friends to create, craft, and explore in the exciting world of Minecraft. You’ll start by learning the basics of building structures, gathering resources, and crafting tools, allowing you to build your very own world. The only limit to your adventure is your imagination! Note: No Minecraft account needed.

Music Mania NEW Session III
Do you love music-making? This class will give you a chance to find your voice and let it shine! Working with our very own Summer Place voice teacher, you’ll learn by doing fun voice building activities, movement exploration, and game playing. This class promises to bring out the musician in everyone. A small concert will take place at the end of the session to showcase all of the skills learned throughout the class.

Nature’s Artist NEW Session I
Join us as we explore the streams, ponds and woods around campus and learn how to create amazing natural artistic treasures. We’ll collect rocks to build huge and beautiful sculptures, gather berries to mix our own paint, design self-portraits using only nature’s medium, develop photo prints using sunlight, transfer a leaf, feather or flower into clay and then add some color for a finished piece that will surely impress your friends.

Ocean Commotion NEW Session I
Summer Place is going under the sea with a number of hand-on activities to explore our oceans. Create a class aquarium and then build your own to take home. Ever wonder why sharks don’t sink or what a sea monkey is? Join Ocean Commotion and learn about the amazing wonders of our oceans. Celebrate the end of the camp session with a Luau Party with snacks and games.

Photography NEW Session I
In this “picture perfect” course, you will be introduced to the basic elements of black-and-white photography. Using a 35mm single-lens camera (provided by Summer Place), you will shoot pictures on campus and then learn how to develop and enlarge them. Your prints will be mounted and matted for a professionally finished product.

Speed Racers Session III
Discover the importance of aerodynamics, mass, and friction as you build your very own race cars. You will learn the tricks of the trade and perfect your sawing, sanding, gluing, and precision-balancing skills while building a Pinewood Derby racer during the first week, and a rocket-powered CO2 dragster the second. Compete to find out if your speed racer will cross the finish line first!

Splatter Paint Session III
What can you make your paint do? Grab your goggles and let’s find out!! Splat, puff, pop! In this fun, interactive class, you’ll be able to splatter paint across the paper like abstract artist Jackson Pollock. You’ll make puffy paint and use it to create three-dimensional art. And you’ll pop paint-filled balloons on paper to make one-of-a-kind abstract art pieces. Are you ready? Let’s add more color to your world!

Street Magic Session I
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a magician like Harry Houdini, David Blaine, or Criss Angel? Study card, coin, and rope tricks, vanishing illusions, and mind reading. You’ll finish the session with more than 30 astonishing tricks up your sleeve. Enter the world of illusions and impress your friends at every party!

Tie It, Dye It, Dry It Session III
We’ll be tie-dying like crazy and we’re not just talkin’ T-shirts! Dip and dye in bright, bold colors using sunbursts and wild patterns as you discover new ways to make your tie-dye project one-of-a-kind. Incorporate your favorite pop song lyrics or inspirational quote into your piece by using fabric paint and markers. Try the accordion knot technique to make a wall hanging, a T-shirt, or a colorful pillowcase that your friends can sign at your next sleepover.


Water Rockets Session II
Get ready for launch! Learn how to transform an ordinary two-liter soda bottle into an extraordinary water rocket that really flies. Add fins and a nose cone to create an aerodynamic design. Achieve maximum altitude on launch day and become a Summer Place junior astronaut.

Wilderness Survival Junior Session II
What would you do if you were lost in the woods? This hands-on class will teach you to appreciate the challenge of survival without the comforts of home. Learn to build a weatherproof shelter; build, start, and maintain a fire (without actually starting one!); use a compass to find your way; and tie knots. You’ll also learn how not to get lost—and what to do if you do.

Woodworking Session I, II
Use your mind, muscle, and creativity as you turn wood into something wonderful! Design and build a variety of projects while learning how to use hammers, saws, sanders, drills, and other hand tools. You’ll gain new skills and confidence and are guaranteed to have lots of fun. Both beginning and experienced woodworkers are welcome!

X Marks the Spot Session III
Want to know a secret about Summer Place? Okay, but you have to keep it to yourself. This place is full of hidden treasures. Behind buildings, around the lake, under the trees—there is amazing stuff to find all over! How do we know? Because we hid it all, of course! And if you want to find all of these treasures, you’ll need to use teamwork and the latest GPS technology each day as you follow clues, answer trivia questions, discover new clues, take and upload pictures, and find the prizes at the end—where X marks the spot!

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