Drop in at any time during the two hours to meet our staff and learn more about Connecticut’s premier summer camp.
Held in the Watkinson School gymnasium, 180 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford
First- and second-grade campers select a schedule consisting of two enrichment courses in the morning and three recreational activities in the afternoon. (Grade 1–2 campers with early dismissal participate in two recreational activities, and are dismissed at the Popsicle break.) All three-session classes are listed below.
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 will use iPads to learn, explore, and create. Along the way, you will earn badges for writing lines of code, using game apps, creating holograms, 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!
Did you know that crested geckos don’t have eyelids? Or that opossums are the only native marsupial in North America? Come meet Skittles the guinea pig from South America and Matilda the radiated tortoise from the island of Madagascar. Discover where these animals live, what they eat, and how they protect themselves. Have fun as we create art projects to go along with the animals we’ve just learned about. Join our professional animal caretaker from The Children’s Museum for an up-close and personal look at the exciting world of animals!
Make your favorite accessories shine in the Summer Place Be-Dazzled Boutique! Work with gems and jewels to create glittery headbands, dazzling bracelets, and sparkly beads. Add shimmery jewels to all of your favorite summertime outfits so your friends can spot you from far away as you glimmer in the sun!
Roll up your sleeves and dig into the exciting world of rocks, crystals, and fossils! Join us as we grow our own crystals, learn how to identify rocks, and pan for real gold in a homemade river. Join the excavation team as we dig up an entire dinosaur skeleton and put it together. Amaze your parents by making and painting your own mold of a Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth and Oviraptor claw to bring home!
Meet Bee-bot, a programmable robot that responds to your every command! This little robotic bee zooms through obstacles, races to complete mazes, and can be programmed to complete a dazzling array of challenges. You’ll take command of your own Bee-bot, learn how to give it commands, and watch it buzz around the room according to the directions that you give it. We’ll have your Bee-bot run races, navigate mazes, and compete against other Bee-bots to be the leader of the hive!
Hungry? Let’s get together in the kitchen and learn how to make some delicious morning treats. While mastering some basic kitchen skills, we’ll cook dishes like Create-Your-Own Omelet, French Toast Casserole, Breakfast Burritos, Summer Fruit Salad, and Homemade Granola. What a yummy way to start the day!
What could be more fun than getting a little messy as you create some amazing clay pieces using different types of clay? Try making finger puppets or a toad house for your Mom’s garden. Create a hand puppet and dress it up before putting on a final puppet show with friends during our last class. It’s Claytime!
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!
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!
Join us as we let our imaginations take us to a different delicious destination each day. It’s off to the ball park where we’ll roll, shape and bake our own pretzels, grill a hot dog, and mix a batch of Cracker Jacks. Next, to a birthday party where we’ll bake and decorate a special cake, make a fancy fruit punch, and ice cream sundaes. Where to next? The destinations are endless and so is the food!
Travel to the Enchanted Forest of Fairy Land! As fairies, you will decorate your own wings, design a wand, create magic wishing dust, and go exploring into the woods to create a fairy house. There is so much to do, join us as we prepare forest cookies for the Fairy Queen and make masks to wear at the Starlight Ball. Would you want to be a water fairy, air fairy, or an animal fairy? Each of them has their own magical skills. Which fairy is waiting inside of you?
Playing with your food can be a lot of fun! 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 to share with your family and friends, but better than that, you get to eat your artwork!
Learn the basics of computer programming through this puzzling and problem-solving course. Play games using innovative and adventure seeking apps. Learn how to easily program loops while coding your own superheroes and robots to complete challenges. You will be surprised how “In-CODE-ably easy and fun coding can be.
Gather round all kings and queens of Summer Place! We heard tales of mighty dragons in the area…so we need your help! Join us as we make crowns and scepters, read stories about different dragons and where they live. Finally, we will venture out looking for the university dragon. Our quest to save the kingdom of Summer Place will begin here!
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!
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.
Come one, come all to the Magic Circus Ring! Making costumes and props and putting on our own clown makeup is just the beginning. We’ll learn fantastic magic tricks and amazing clown stunts—from juggling and plate spinning to feather balancing. On the last day, we’ll share a stupendously silly magical circus show with family and friends!
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.
We want Mo! Mo what? Mo Willems, of course! Come celebrate the crazy characters and silly situations dreamed up by author-illustrator Mo Willems. We’ll read the stories and learn to doodle and draw like Mo. Act out and act up as we pretend to be Gerald the Elephant, Piggie, and Knuffle Bunny. We’ll even sneak a bite of Nanette’s Baguette! Join in the fun, but remember, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Are you ready to enjoy the excitement and fun of nature in the world around us? You will learn how to grow the tallest and strongest beans from seed, make twig boats to sail across the pond, and go on an exciting scavenger hunt to find tiny insects and creatures. Get ready to play games, make nature-based art projects, and discover a new nature adventure each day. Let’s go out and play!
Let’s sing, move, and play with tunes! Chrissy Whalen, graduate of The Hartt School, will help you be tuneful, musical, and artful. Experience the joy and fun of music! Learn through exploration using musical instruments, movement and dance activities, and singing methods. This class promises to fine tune your musical ability!
What can you make your paint do? Grab your goggles and let’s find out! Splat, puff, pop! In this fun and hands-on art class, you’ll be able to splatter paint across the paper like abstract artist Jackson Pollock. You’ll make puffy paint to produce beautiful three-dimensional art and have fun-popping paint-filled balloons on paper to make one-of-a-kind artistic masterpieces. Are you ready? Let’s add more color to your world!
Are you ready for a Summer Place tea party? Our adventure begins with painting wonderful teacups, decorating scrumptious cookies, and making spectacular party decorations. Then, we travel the world to see how tea parties are thrown in foreign lands. Finishing our adventure off with a Mad Tea Party like Alice did in Wonderland. RSVP “yes” to attend the Summer Place tea party!
Calling all creative kids, toy lovers, and game players! Play by your own rules in Toy Factory! Have fun competing in toy building challenges, designing your own board game, and sharing your creations with your friends and family. What toy will you take home?
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!
Sports and recreational activities—along with arrival and dismissal—will take place at Watkinson School, located adjacent to the University. Watkinson offers Summer Place a modern sports center, expansive playing fields, fitness room, dance studio, and state-of-the-art amphitheater.