Kansas City’s Creative Camps Full of Laughter and Learning

Alice in Wonderland at Culture House

There are camps that run half days, two days, four days, or two weeks. There are classes and events that make the summer enjoyable. These camps specialize in art, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing and can be found all over the metropolitan area. Just visit the Web sites to learn about the camps, registration forms and fees.

Art Factory
The Art Factory is a new and unique art and entertainment venue where celebrating creativity and artistic expression is a passion. Featuring local and regional talent in contemporary art and design, live music, and art instruction, The Art Factory’s mission is to inspire appreciation for creativity and artful living. In the new workshop area, The Art Factory offers art instruction in a wide variety of media and disciplines for all ages. This summer staff kicks off Kid’s Create Art Camps, with sessions for 6-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds, as well as teen workshops and classes. Participants will learn, play and create in painting, mixed media, clay, jewelry making, song writing, and more. www.TheArtFactoryKC.com

Camellot Academy
Camellot Academy

Camellot Academy
Camellot Academy is a five-week long performing arts camp for children age 5 through ninth grade located at Rockhurst High School. Our campers experience daily classes in drama, dance, art, guitar and voice, culminating in the performance of a full-length musical production during the final week. This summer’s musical is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Camp runs June 8 – July 11; Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Half Day/Full Day options). For more than 49 years, Camellot has impacted the creative lives of thousands of children. Maybe this is the year for your child? For more information, visit CamellotAcademy.com.

Christian Youth Theater Kansas City
Christian Youth Theater Kansas City offers a variety of fantastic summer theater camps all across the Kansas City metro area, sure to delight the inspiring young actor! Half and full day camps include Disney Clubhouse (ages 4-5), Kids on Broadway and Disney Hits (ages 5-12). Xtreme camps (ages 10-16) include Marvel Comics, Dr. Who, The Hobbit, Monster Camp and Camp Willy. Overnight camps include All Shook Up (ages 12-14) and Urinetown (ages 14-19), with 4 full-length performances July 24-26 at the Bell Center at MNU. Visit www.CYTKC.org for details.

Culture House/ Störling Dance Theater
Spend the summer at The Culture House … all the arts under one roof! The 2015 summer programs include dance, theater, music and art … all taught by professionally trained adults.There is something for everyone; Newsies, Annie & Oliver musical revues, Anything Goes, Mulan and Alice in Wonderland full length productions, movie creation, cartooning and photography, Girl Power vocal concerts, dance showcases for little ballerinas as well as full-length ballets like Paquita Grand Pas Classique for advanced dancers, and much more. Whether a child wants to be a professional artist or simply enjoy the arts for fun, The Culture House is the place. Call 913-393-3141 or enroll online at www.culturehouse.com.

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers summer camp experiences for kids ages 5 – 18, in locations throughout the metro area. Every camp gives young people the chance to explore Shakespeare’s plays and the Renaissance period. Students work with professional theatre artists to create costume pieces, swords and props to use in performance of their camp version of a Shakespearean play. Since 1997, Camp Shakespeare has been one of the premier performing arts camps in the region. Campers have a fully interactive experience as they learn stage combat and acting techniques as they gain proficiency with classical text and confidence in public performance. For details, visit www.kcshakes.org.

Kansas City Ballet summer camp
Kansas City Ballet summer camp

Kansas City Ballet
Kansas City Ballet School Summer Programs include once-a-week classes and four-day ballet camps for children ages 3-8. Camp themes include Fairy Princesses, Frozen, Cinderella and Swan Lake. Additional courses and workshops are available for ages 8-14. Classes begin June 1. Enroll today to guarantee a child’s spot. There are two convenient locations: Downtown and Johnson County. For more information, call 816.931.2299 or visit kcballet.org.

Other Fine Art Camps

Blue Valley Recreation


Coterie Theatre

Ibsen Dance Theatre

Jackson County Parks & Recreation

Jewish Community Center

Johnson County Community College

Johnson County Parks & Recreation

Kansas City Art Institute

Kansas City Art Institute Northland

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey

Kansas City Parks & Recreation

Lawrence Arts Center

Leawood Parks & Recreation

Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation

Lyric Opera Summer Camp

Starlight Theatre
and the Kansas City Zoo

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Kellie Houx is a writer and photographer. A graduate of Park University, she has 20 years of experience as a journalist. As a writer, wife and mom, she values education, arts, family and togetherness.

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