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Summer Vacation Arts Camp

Vacation Arts

making new friends at ACA!

Weekly adventures in the visual and performing arts!

for children entering grades 1-6

Program highlights:

  • 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.

Weekly Tuition:

$310 per week for ACA members
$330 nonmembers, unless noted otherwise.

Extended Day:

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
June 23-27
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 on stage.

Week 2
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
July 7-11
Elemental Art 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
July 14-18
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
July 21-25
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 t-shirt.

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
August 4-8
Globetrotters 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 fabulous trip!

Summer Week 8
August 11-15
Circus Week 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
August 18-22
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
August 25-29
Harry Potter 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
Sept 2-5

Kindergarten only
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

Camp Forms:

Please visit our Camp Forms page for Required Emergency Contact and First Aid Forms, plus Extended Day forms.


Scholarship Assistance:
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!

Refund Policy:
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.

Media Release:
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


Gibbs Center | 41 Foster Street | Arlington, MA 02474-6813 | Ph: 781-648-6220 | info@acarts.org