FAQs and Parent Handbook
We look forward to welcoming you and your child to ACA! To learn more about ACA's camp programs, policies, mission and daily operations, please read the Parent Handbook.
If you don't see the answer to your question, please email us anytime, or call
(781) 648-6220 during office hours.
Will my child be with other kids of the same age?
Can I make a special friend request?
Campers will spend each week in small groups (no more than 17 children) of the same age. Groups will enjoy age-appropriate projects and activities. We are happy to honor friend requests whenever possible - if your child would like to be grouped with a friend or sibling, please inform us when you register or at least two weeks before the camp week begins. We are not able to accommodate friend requests made less than two weeks before camp begins!
Do the kids get outdoors and have physical activity during the day?
Our full-day campers enjoy a good amount of physical activity and outdoor time - it's summer after all! After our first art activity, we have a 45 minute snack break that includes supervised free play time outside. After lunch, we have a one-hour outdoor free play time - with options for organized games. Also, during our drama and music activities, campers are constantly on the move, playing group drama games, learning fun dances and moving their bodies to music.
My child loves art, but is afraid of drama - what can we do?
Our camp program integrates all of the arts - visual arts, music, movement and drama, but no child is ever forced to participate in activities that feel uncomfortable. Kids who do not want to get on stage can help with props or costumes, or find another way to take part in our drama activities. Most often, though, our shy or reluctant campers usually enjoy our drama games so much they forget their fears and enjoy the experience!
How will I know what my child is doing in camp each week?
Before the start of each weekly session, you will receive a detailed welcome email from our Director of Education & Programming, outlining our projects and activities for the week. On Thursday of each week, you will receive our camp e-news with a description of our activities and a slideshow of the campers in action. We strive to get a photo of every camper if we can! On Friday of each week we present an Open House at 4:00pm, where campers display their projects in an all-camp art show, and each group performs a short song or skit on stage.
How do I sign up for Extended Day?
If you'd like to sign up for Early Bird Drop off (8-8:45am) or Afternoon Extended Day (4:30-6pm), please use online registration, the Extended Day Form or call the office to sign up. Early bird drop-off is $10 per child per day; Afternoon Extended Day is $25 per child per day. **Please note we do not offer Afternoon Extended Day on Fridays.
What forms and paperwork do I need to submit?
Please use the list of Camp Forms located on the "Registration & Policies" page. You will find our Emergency Contact and Medical Forms. In addition, we require a copy of your child's most recent immunization record. You will also find our Extended Day sign up form and Allergy Action Plan (if needed) as well.
What should I bring?
For all our programs, please send your child in clothes you don't mind getting a bit messy. For Teen Studio, please send one nut-free snack and a water bottle with your child's first and last name. For Young at Art, Vacation Arts Camp, Drama Camp and CIT, please send nut-free snacks, a nut-free lunch, and a water bottle with your child's first and last name. For Extended Day, please send an additional nut-free snack. Your child might also like to bring a book for quiet time during Extended Day. Please leave valuables at home. Cell phones and other electronics may not be used during camp hours.
I forgot/was unable to pick up my child's artwork during the Friday Show & Share. Can I still come and pick up their work?
ACA asks that parents pick up any remaining artwork within two weeks of the end of the camp program for which their child was enrolled. ACA is not responsible for any artwork that has not been picked up within two weeks after the end of a given camp program. Parents can find any remaining camper artwork in the ACA office.
How do I sign up?
To register by phone, call (781) 648-6220
To register by mail, print & mail in our registration form, and mail to:
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy St, Arlington, MA 02476
Is Scholarship Assistance Available?
Limited Scholarships are available, based on financial need. Complete scholarship information and application are available here. 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!
What is your land Refund Policy?
A $50 fee applies to all cancellations
*four weeks or more before camp week begins: full refund less cancellation fee
*two weeks or more before camp week begins: 50% refund less cancellation fee
*less than two weeks before camp begins: no refund
If you don't see the answer to your question, please email us anytime, or call (781) 648-6220 during office hours, 9am-5pm.