Acting Session II, III
So you want to be a star? In this course, 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!
Bakery Delights Session I, III
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!
Behind-the-Scenes Session I
Learn how to bring a fairy tale from book pages to the stage. What’s a princess without her ball gown? A knight without his armor? A dragon without fire to breathe? Use your imagination to design and build props, costumes and sets to illustrate classic tales. You’ll even get to take them home!
The Big Dig Session III
Roll up your sleeves and dig into the exciting world of rocks, crystals, and fossils! Together, we’ll grow our own crystals, learn to identify rocks, and pan for real gold in a homemade river. Be part of the excavation team as we dig up an entire dinosaur skeleton and put it together. Amaze your family by making and painting your own mold of a T. rex tooth and oviraptor claw to bring home.
Bring on the Bling Session II
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!
Chocolate Cravings Session II
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!
Claytime NEW! Session II
Dig in and get your hands messy as you squish and knead your own clay to play with! Learn the secrets of making clay from ordinary materials like sawdust, dough, and paper. After mixing the clay, you can make all kinds of incredible 3-D creations, from a tiny finger puppet to an army of creepers. It’s claytime!
Computer Animation Session II
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!
Cracking the Code NEW! 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 a computer language called “logo,” then use it to tell the computer how to draw shapes and patterns. You’ll also solve puzzles and compete in challenges. Become the first of your friends to crack the code!
Crazy Chemistry Sessions 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!
The Darkroom Session I
How did people take pictures before digital cameras were invented? And where did those Instagram filters originate? You’re about to find out! Using a Summer Place-provided 35mm single-lens reflex camera, you’ll shoot pictures on campus, learn to develop the film using a developing tank and chemicals, and enlarge your shots in the darkroom. Your photographs will be mounted and matted, for a professionally finished product.
Digital Photography Session I
Computers and photography go hand-in-hand as you discover the principles of digital photography. Learn to use a Summer Place-provided digital camera, capture your photos without cutting off Aunt Edna’s head, and download your pictures to a computer so you can brighten, crop and stylize them with Adobe Photoshop – the same software the pros use! Get ready to become the family’s designated photo taker after they see the beautiful prints you’ll make of your work.
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.
Gooshy Mooshy Formulas NEW! Session III
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to experiment. We’ll measure and mix some gooshy, mooshy, and squishy ingredients to make some messy and marvelous scientific concoctions! Join us as we mix it up every day with a new, fun formula. Whether we’re combining ingredients for a batch of Flubber, Floam, or fizzing sidewalk paint, every day will be a new, messy mix!!
Learning the Ropes Session I, II, III
Climb, tug, roll, and swing your way like Tarzan through the university’s ropes course. This is a challenging opportunity for you to test your own limits, gain self-confidence, and learn 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 course is offered to students entering grades three 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 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 further information on this special option, please phone the Summer Place office.
Loco for LEGO Session I, II
Calling all LEGO fans! Construct 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, and then 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 construct more LEGO madness at home. LEGO Land is waiting for you!
Medieval Machines Session II
Castles, designed to protect people from attack, were the greatest defenses of the medieval era. But even these giant stone structures were not immune to the power of science! Enemies used trebuchets – gigantic wooden machines able to throw a 300-pound stone the distance of several football fields – to shatter castle walls and crush buildings. You’ll build your own model trebuchet to take home, then work with others to design and construct a giant trebuchet that we’ll use to fire water balloons and melons across the battlefield!
Minecraft NEW! Session I, II
Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or just 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.
Mission to Mars Session II
If you choose to accept the challenge, you will become part of a team of campers designing the next mission to Mars. You and your team members will Skype with a real scientist designing for NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory. You’ll also create space meals, spacesuits, Mars lander vehicles and biospheres, and mine for minerals. Will your inventions survive the trip to Mars and keep you and your fellow astronauts alive?
Nature’s Playground NEW! Session II
Are you ready to enjoy the excitement of the natural world? Learn how to build a den from branches, make twig boats to sail across a pond, and go on a voyage to find tiny insects and creatures. We’ll play games, make nature-based crafts, and venture out on lively adventures. This class will convince you to turn off that television and go and play outside!
Scratch Session III
Create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art, then share your creations on the web using Scratch software, developed by MIT’s media lab. Scratch uses building-block programming that allows people to mix together graphics, photos, music and sounds. Simply snap the blocks together into stacks and run your program. Everything from the simplest animations to the most complex games are easy to create with Scratch!
Spa Days Session III
You deserve some days of relaxation at the Summer Place Spa! Pamper yourself using common ingredients found right in your kitchen, from olive oil and sugar to avocado and frozen cucumbers. Uncover the secrets of the professionals as you perfect your manicure and pedicure skills, explore the latest hairstyling trends, and learn healthy skin tips. Use the tools from your own personal spa kit to treat yourself or a friend to an at-home spa day, any day!
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!
Street Magic Session III
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!
Superpaint! NEW! Session III
Splash, spray, pour, brush, draw, scratch, sponge, blend! Discover and experiment with all the ways you can apply paint and mix color. Inspired by the master painters, you will create colorful impressionistic landscapes in the style of "Seurat the Dot," expressive two-view Picasso-like portraits, and realistic pop art soup cans à la Andy Warhol. Try your hand at folk art, checkerboard geometric abstractions, and pictures from your imagination. Become a Summer Place Superpainter!
Tie It, Dye It, Dry It Session I, II
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, T-shirt, or a colorful pillowcase that your friends can sign at your next sleepover.
Water Rockets Session I
Get ready for launch! Learn how to transform an ordinary 2-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.
Wicked Good Candles NEW! Session I
Have you ever walked into a candle shop and smelled the different “flavors”? These days, candles can smell like everything from strawberries and watermelon to Orange Creamsicles and milk chocolate! In this class, you’ll learn to make your own “wicked good” candles, using different waxes, colors, and scents. We’ll make beeswax rolled candles, hand-dipped candlesticks, and a jar candle that smells like apple pie!
Wilderness Survival Junior Session III
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.
Wildlife Safari NEW! Session I, III
The Summer Place is going wild! Animals from around the world will be visiting each day from The Wildlife Sanctuary at The Children’s Museum. Meet creatures like an African bullfrog, a South American boa constrictor, and an Australian bearded dragon – along with a host of other unusual mammals, reptiles, and amphibians! Learn about animal behavior, habitats, and the care that exotic creatures require when they become our pets. The program will include stories, crafts, and opportunities to handle some of these amazing animals!
Woodworking Session I
Use your mind, muscle, and creativity as you turn a piece of wood into a wonderful finished product. Design and build a variety of projects while learning 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!
Zoom NEW! Session III
You’ve been ZAPPED with a shrink ray and you’re two inches tall. What do you see?! Okay, there’s no such thing as a shrink ray, but you can get the same view by zooming in on an ant – or any other small object – with a digital camera. Come join the fun as we zoom in on everyday objects, then print out close-up pictures showing all the details we might otherwise miss. Next, we’ll grab our pencils and paintbrushes, and turn “something ordinary” into art that’s extraordinary!