Summer Vacation Arts Camp
making new friends at ACA!
Weekly adventures in the visual and performing arts!
for children entering grades 1-6
- Campers enjoy art, music, drama and more in each theme-based week.
- Experienced teachers and trained counselors work with your children to ensure a fun and creative experience.
- Our goal is to inspire creative thinking, encourage exploration in a variety
of media, help children problem solve through the arts, support individual
effort, and encourage working cooperatively within a group.
- Children are grouped according to age, 15 per group
- Ample time for games and outside play
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Extended Day available 8-9am and 4:30-6pm
"Show & Share"
Every Friday from 4:00-4:30. Each group will perform a short song or skit as a fun and low-pressure finale to our camp week! In the Theater.
$310 per week for ACA members
$330 nonmembers, unless noted otherwise.
Early bird, 8-9:00am $15 per child per day. Supervised free play. Monday through Friday.
Afternoon, 4:30-6:00pm, $25 per child per day. Monday-Thursday only. A time to chill out and relax or continue games, projects and art with other campers.
Extended day sign-up forms
Sessions and Themes
|Summer Week 1
4 day week
no camp on June 23
$245 m, $265 nm
|Where the Wild Things Are
||Let the wild rumpus begin! We'll all be kings of
the wild things this week as we delve into this
beloved story through painting, sculpting, dance
and drama. We'll make masks of our favorite
monsters from the story and let our imaginations
run wild creating storybooks and acting them out
June 30-July 3
4 day week
no camp on July 4th
$245 m, $265 nm
|Let it Shine!
||Every camper will shine bright this week, as we
create art that glows, shines, reflects and gets us
ready for the fireworks on the 4th of July. We'll
play with shadow and light, perhaps making a
beautiful lantern or a picture that glows in the
dark - the possibilities are endless!
|Summer Week 3
||The elements of our natural world are perfect
inspiration for art-making. We will create art
with things found in nature, make music about
the woods and water, and act out stories that
may have been blown in on the wind or told in
praise of the sun and stars.
|Summer Week 4
|Night at the Museum
||What happens in a museum at night when no
one is watching? We'll learn about some famous
masterpieces and let our imaginations create
new stories behind the great art of the world.
We'll act out a story of what it would be like to
jump inside the paintings - and don't forget our
camp's favorite game: Monster Museum!
|Summer Week 5
Tie Dye Week!
|Sergeant Pepper and the ACA Club Band
||The music and times of the Fab Four will be our
inspiration this week. We'll create colorful pop
art, sing Beatles songs, learn some dance moves
from the 1960s and make your own tie-dyed
|Summer Week 6
July 28-August 1
|Under the Sea
||Dive into the sea and discover the exotic world
under the waves - colorful fish, fascinating sea
slugs, fierce sharks and sea rays. We'll sculpt,
paint, sing, dance and bring it all to life on stage
at the end of the week.
|Summer Week 7
||Come explore some of the incredible places that
have inspired art through the ages. From the
earliest cave paintings of Lascaux, France to the
modern art scene of New York, from Africa to
Scandinavia, your creativity will be tempted to
wander in many directions. We'll sing, dance,
and act out some fun and fascinating stories of
distant lands. Pack light and get on board for a
|Summer Week 8
||We're putting up the big tent and exploring the
fabulous, colorful world of the circus! Thinking
about tigers and tightrope walkers, jugglers, acrobats,
and the over the top costumes of clowns,
we'll bring to life the art of the circus under our
own big top!
|Summer Week 9
|Inspired by Roald Dahl
||We'll draw from some of Roald Dahl's classics,
such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James
and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and Matilda. Join
us as we create fun Dahl-inspired art projects,
paintings, and sculptures. We'll sing songs and act
out parts of our favorite Roald Dahl stories, too!
|Summer Week 10
||Are you a Gryffindor? Or a Slytherin? This week,
the ACA transforms into Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry, letting you explore the
magical world of Harry Potter and his friends! In
"Care of Magical Creatures," draw, paint or collage
your very own magical creature. In "Potions,"
create a mask to use as a disguise when you run
out of Polyjuice. In "Charms," conjure your favorite
characters as you act out your favorite Harry Potter
scenes in the theater.
|Summer Week 11
4-day week, no camp on Labor Day, Sept 1
|Reach for the Sky!
||Special Week for Kindergarteners Only -
Let's think about things that fly and are up in the
sky - birds, planes, rockets, stars and planets, even
superheroes. We'll create some fun art and learn
songs about our favorite things that are in the sky.
More Information in our Summer Catalog
for more details, sample schedules and more, please see our Summer Camp Catalog
How to Register:
To register online click here
To register by phone call (781) 648-6220
To register by mail print & mail in our registration form
mail to: Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster Street, Arlington, MA 02474
Please visit our Camp Forms page for Required Emergency Contact and First Aid Forms, plus Extended Day forms.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION and POLICIES
Limited Scholarships are available, based on financial need. Complete scholarship information and application procedure is available on the camp forms page. Scholarship assistance is supported in part by Watertown Savings Bank, Winchester Savings Bank, and by individual contributions. Please consider donating to ACA's scholarship fund!
A $25 processing fee applies to all cancellations.
Cancellation 10 days or more before the start of a session, full refund minus $25. Cancellation less than 10 days before the start of a session, 50% refund minus $25 fee. You may choose to receive a full credit to apply to any other ACA program.No refunds after classes begin.
Occasionally, ACA takes photographs for use in our catalogs and promotional materials. If you do not wish to have photographs of your children used by ACA, please notify the office before the start of the session.
Sold Out or Underenrolled Classes:
If a class is full at the time of your registration, you will be notified and placed on a waiting list. ACA reserves the right to cancel classes, change times or locations, and substitute instructors. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified by telephone and will receive a full refund.
We do not pro-rate for late signups
We do not offer sibling discounts