Safe Summer Camps and Programming to Help You and Your Family

Not sure what to do with your kids this summer?  The Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District is here to help you.  Our arts organizations are offering licensed summer camps, creative programming or summer jobs to keep your children and teens occupied and engaged this summer. From Pre-K to 18 years old, trained and trusted teaching artists will offer live and responsive programs to entertain and engross your child's imaginative thinking.

Silver Spring arts organizations are offering a combination of safe-at-home virtual and in-person programming to respond to the different needs and comfort level of every working family.  Next summer (or in classes throughout the year), you can send your children to these same hands-on learning sites so they can meet their fellow campers and teachers in-person.  In the meantime, Silver Spring theater, filmmaking, music, and visual arts organizations are offering interactive camps streamed right to the safety of your home.  Or for those of you who need in-person childcare, we have that too (COVID restrictions permitting).  Regardless of choosing virtual or in-person summer camps, the teaching artists are committed to making your family's physical safety and mental health a priority.  We understand it is important for children to connect with their teachers and other campers to truly enjoy the raucous summer camp hilarity that makes memories into adulthood.

You know us, you trust us, and we'll take care of your kids this summer so you can take care of everything else.

 

Round House Theatre

Parents, Round House knows you’re doing your best to find interactive activities for your student, and we want to assist by inviting them into virtual classrooms filled with fellow young theatre artists! Your favorite Round House Theatre Teaching Artists will lead your student through activities in acting, movement, design, and playmaking. As a parent, you can get work done while knowing that your young artist is busy with fun, engaging, and LIVE activities with our teaching artists. You deserve a break this summer too—so let us take the lead on content creation and send your student on a journey to Destinations! 

  • Camps will happen in small virtual groups, allowing your student to enjoy interacting closely with their teaching artists and fellow young artists. 
  • We will provide everything you need for camp by shipping art supplies, templates for crafts, and activity sheets directly to your door—no need to shop for supplies or worry about the running out of printer ink.  
  • We will welcome family into our final virtual session each week to share some of our favorite experiences and creations.
  • Each day we explore a different destination, allowing students to attend multiple sessions and never visit the same place twice!
  • Participation in camp requires an internet connection and device capable of video conferencing. Round House is offering class online via a password-protected video conferencing account. 

At Round House Theatre, we’re committed to continuing to make theatre with our students—even if we have to do it with some physical distance at the moment. We will continue to inspire creativity, exercise imaginations, and promote artistic risk-taking with your student!  

Once Upon a Time - Online!

Grades K-3, JUNE 16-19, 2020, 10AM-2PM

 

Into the Wild - Online!

Grades K-3, JUNE 22-26, 2020, 10AM-2PM

 

Beaches and Boardwalks - Online!

Grades K-3, JUNE 29-JULY 3, 2020, 10AM-2PM

 

Destination Disney - Online!

Grades K-3JULY 6-10, 2020, 10AM-2PM

 

Quirky Creatures - Online!

Grades K-3JULY 13-17, 2020, 10AM-2PM

 

Kingdoms and Caves: Into the Dragon's Lair - Online!

Grades K-3JULY 20-24, 2020, 10AM-2PM

 

Around the World - Online!

Grades K-3, JULY 27-31, 2020, 10AM-2PM

 

Island Voyages - Online!

Grades K-3, AUGUST 3-7, 2020, 10AM-2PM

 

Freakishly Funny: Silly Superheroes Inspired by Dogman - Online!

Grades 4-6, JUNE 16-26, 2020, 9:30AM-2:30PM

 

Jedi Academy - Online!

Grades 4-6, JULY 6-17, 2020, 9:30AM-2:30PM

 

Daring Design: Imagine You can Train (and design) a Dragon - Online!

Grades 4-6, JULY 20-31, 2020, 9:30AM-2:30PM

 

Marvelous Musicals: What if you were a Disney Descendant? - Online!

Grades 4-6, AUGUST 3-14, 2020, 9:30AM-2:30PM

 

Myths and Legends - Online!

Grades 4-6, AUGUST 17-21, 2020, 9:30AM-2:30PM

 

Art Around the World - Online!

Grades 4-6, AUGUST 24-28, 2020, 9:30AM-2:30PM

 

Artists Lab - Online!

Grades 6-9JUNE 16-26, 2020, 12-3PM

 

Improv SLAM - Online!

Grades 6-12JUNE 29-JULY 2, 2020, 12-3PM

 

Improvisation and Stand-Up - Online!

Grades 8-12JULY 6-10, 2020, 12-3PM

 

Page to Stage - Online!

Grades 6-9JULY 6-17, 2020, 12-3PM

 

Auditions - Online!

Grades 9-12JULY 20-24, 2020, 12-3PM

 

Levine Music

Although we cannot enjoy a traditional, in-person experience, we don't want our campers to miss out on a "Camp Levine experience" this summer! This spring, our Levine Music faculty have had tremendous success teaching lessons and classes in an online format. Therefore, in addition to the multitude of offerings in our Levine Summer Online Catalog, we have reimagined several of our most popular Camp Levine classes to launch virtually, allowing families the flexibility to customize their child's Camp Levine experience from home.

Classes can be purchased separately or in bundles. All camp classes are scheduled on weekday mornings and early afternoons, following our previously scheduled session dates (Session 1: June 29-July 17 and Session 2: July 20-August 7). The bundles create options to take classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. A complete class bundle is also available at a discounted rate.

Classes for Pre-K and Kindergarten

  • Meet The Instruments

    (Entering Pre-K & Kindergarten and Grades 1-2)
    Not sure which instrument inspires your child the most? This group class provides students with an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. In each class, students will explore and discover through seeing, hearing, and learning about instruments from Levine faculty.

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  • Discovering Music & Art

    (Entering Kindergarten)
    Each week, our group classes will travel on an imaginary journey to inspire creative learning with singing, movement, playing instruments, and arts and crafts.

    Complex songs and games are used to reinforce and expand musical literacy concepts such as beat, rhythm, melodic form, harmony, and expression.

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  • Exploring Music & Art

    (Entering Pre-Kindergarten)
    Children build their musical vocabulary, pitch matching, and rhythmic abilities through songs, chants, and the use of unpitched percussion instruments found throughout the house through the implementation of a "found sound" philosophy.

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Classes for Grades 1 and 2

  • Games and Teambuilding

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    The Games & Teambuilding class provides an opportunity for campers to socialize and enjoy virtual games and teambuilding activities with campers in their age group.

    Read more »

  • Instrument Building

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Music can be created in unexpected ways! Embracing a "found sound" philosophy, students will create instruments out of recyclable materials and items found at home. Students should have access to basic arts/crafts supplies and materials.

    Read more »

  • Meet The Instruments

    (Entering Pre-K & Kindergarten and Grades 1-2)
    Not sure which instrument inspires your child the most? This group class provides students with an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. In each class, students will explore and discover through seeing, hearing, and learning about instruments from Levine faculty.

    Read more »

  • Musical Theatre

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Is your child bound for Broadway? In this three-week class, students will sing and dance to their favorite showtunes, create and develop characters, and explore acting games and improv.

    Read more »

  • Puppetry and Magic

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Abracadabra! Students will learn a variety of magic tricks and create puppets out of recyclable materials and items found at home. Students should have access to basic arts/crafts supplies and materials.

    Read more »

  • Songwriting

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Students will learn the basics of collaborative songwriting. The class will culminate in the creation and performance of a song composed in gratitude for the efforts of COVID-19 first responders.

    Read more »

  • Voice for Young Singers

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Come and join us for our summertime sing! Taught by Levine's talented Voice Faculty, Voice for Young Singers is geared toward young, developing sounds. Students will learn the basic rudiments of vocal technique and sight singing using Kodály solfège and a large repertoire of popular folk, Disney, and musical theatre favorites.

    Read more »

Classes for Grades 3 and 4

  • Focus Instrument: Learn to Play an Instrument

    (Entering Grades 3-4, and 5-6)
    The focus instrument program allows students in grades 3-6 to receive small group introductory instruction on an instrument that the student has never played. Instrument options include cello, clarinet, electronic music, flute, guitar, junk percussion, piano, saxophone, trumpet, and violin.

    Read more »

  • Games and Teambuilding

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    The Games & Teambuilding class provides an opportunity for campers to socialize and enjoy virtual games and teambuilding activities with campers in their age group.

    Read more »

  • Instrument Building

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Music can be created in unexpected ways! Embracing a "found sound" philosophy, students will create instruments out of recyclable materials and items found at home. Students should have access to basic arts/crafts supplies and materials.

    Read more »

  • Musical Theatre

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Is your child bound for Broadway? In this three-week class, students will sing and dance to their favorite showtunes, create and develop characters, and explore acting games and improv.

    Read more »

  • Puppetry and Magic

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Abracadabra! Students will learn a variety of magic tricks and create puppets out of recyclable materials and items found at home. Students should have access to basic arts/crafts supplies and materials.

    Read more »

  • Songwriting

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Students will learn the basics of collaborative songwriting. The class will culminate in the creation and performance of a song composed in gratitude for the efforts of COVID-19 first responders.

    Read more »

  • Voice for Young Singers

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Come and join us for our summertime sing! Taught by Levine's talented Voice Faculty, Voice for Young Singers is geared toward young, developing sounds. Students will learn the basic rudiments of vocal technique and sight singing using Kodály solfège and a large repertoire of popular folk, Disney, and musical theatre favorites.

    Read more »

Classes for Grades 5 and 6

  • Focus Instrument: Learn to Play an Instrument

    (Entering Grades 3-4, and 5-6)
    The focus instrument program allows students in grades 3-6 to receive small group introductory instruction on an instrument that the student has never played. Instrument options include cello, clarinet, electronic music, flute, guitar, junk percussion, piano, saxophone, trumpet, and violin.

    Read more »

  • Games and Teambuilding

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    The Games & Teambuilding class provides an opportunity for campers to socialize and enjoy virtual games and teambuilding activities with campers in their age group.

    Read more »

  • Instrument Building

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Music can be created in unexpected ways! Embracing a "found sound" philosophy, students will create instruments out of recyclable materials and items found at home. Students should have access to basic arts/crafts supplies and materials.

    Read more »

  • Musical Theatre

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Is your child bound for Broadway? In this three-week class, students will sing and dance to their favorite showtunes, create and develop characters, and explore acting games and improv.

    Read more »

  • Puppetry and Magic

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Abracadabra! Students will learn a variety of magic tricks and create puppets out of recyclable materials and items found at home. Students should have access to basic arts/crafts supplies and materials.

    Read more »

  • Songwriting

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Students will learn the basics of collaborative songwriting. The class will culminate in the creation and performance of a song composed in gratitude for the efforts of COVID-19 first responders.

    Read more »

  • Voice for Young Singers

    (Entering Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6)
    Come and join us for our summertime sing! Taught by Levine's talented Voice Faculty, Voice for Young Singers is geared toward young, developing sounds. Students will learn the basic rudiments of vocal technique and sight singing using Kodály solfège and a large repertoire of popular folk, Disney, and musical theatre favorites.

    Read more »

 

Create Arts Center: Virtual Camp

Stay in this summer while staying creative with VIRTUAL ART CAMP!

Join us this June for an all-online artistic adventure with CREATE Arts Center! Led by CREATE’s talented teaching artists, campers will work on both single-day and multi-day projects to create 2-D and 3-D artworks using a variety of mediums. Project types include drawing, painting, cartooning, collage, sculpture, mixed media and more!

Each week-long camp meets online daily for 90 minutes via Zoom. For maximum flexibility, both morning sessions (9-10:30 am) and afternoon sessions (1-2:30 pm) are available.  Virtual Art Camp runs from June 1 through June 26, 2020 in one-week sessions. Individual day registration is NOT available. Ages 6-13 (5 year olds who have completed kindergarten or will turn 6 by September 30, 2020 are eligible to register as well.

Create Arts Center: In-Person Camp

When school is out for the summer, art is in at CREATE! Each week of summer camp will bring new art adventures. Our experienced teaching artists inspire creativity by teaching a variety of art-making techniques, and by exploring the styles of artists to help our campers draw inspiration for their own artwork. The week-long sessions allow for both multi-day and single-day projects, giving our campers the opportunity to work with a variety of materials, including watercolor and tempera paints, clay, plaster, oil pastels, and more. At the end of the week, each child will go home with a portfolio filled with original artwork! Project types include pottery, sculpture, drawing, painting, cartooning, collage, mixed media and more!  Summer Camp 2020 runs from June 8 though August 28, 2020 in one-week sessions. Individual day registration is available for Session 1 (June 8-12, 2020) only.

Ages 6-12 

CREATE’s Summer Art Camp is offered at TWO locations. Both locations run similar programs, with similar schedules and projects.

Our main camp is located at CREATE’s building in downtown Silver Spring (The Atrium Building at  914 Silver Spring Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910). Summer camp Sessions 1 through 12 (June 8-August 28) are located at CREATE.  Additionally, we are offering six weeks of camp at secondary location, Northminster Presbyterian Church. Northminster camps are offered the weeks of June 15, June 22, August 3, August 10, August 17, and August 24. 

 

Docs in Progress

Docs In Progress has been supporting emerging filmmakers for more than 12 years. Some of the most heartfelt, rawest work has come from the teens participating in our annual summer filmmaking workshops. It is a fun and dynamic learning experience.   This year we decided to have a theme -- "Inside Voices: My Life under COVID-19." We want to be a vehicle where our young filmmakers can express what they are going through -- good and bad, funny and sad -- during these difficult times for themselves, their families and their communities. Each camp will be capped at ten participants and includes a limited number of scholarships slots.

July 7-17: ages 12-15

July 27-August 7: ages 16-18

Classes will be held via Zoom from 10-noon with afternoons set aside for writing, filming and post-production.  Each participant will receive a loaner gear bag with iPad and other equipment.  They also will be assigned a Teaching Assistant who will work with them during the afternoons of independent activity.  Teaching Artist is Angela Pinaglia, filmmaker, former Docs Fellow and present Docs In Progress’s inaugural Fellow facilitator, and Summer Filmmaking Camp Instructor with The American University.  Angela recently completed the documentary, Life in Synchro about women and the sport of synchronized skating.

Ghandi Brigade 

Summer DOCS - Filmmaking Apprenticeship Program 

July 13 through August 22, 2020

Summer DOCS is a 5-week summer apprenticeship program. Apprentices receive a stipend for the program. Writers, actors, filmmakers, and graphic designers age 15 to 18 living in District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County are eligible to apply. Program is 20 hours per week. Apprentices work with instructors to create and participate in community service projects (virtually) and document their projects through short videos, graphic designs, social media posts, etc. Students will help raise awareness about COVID-19 relief efforts and help promote the efforts of GBYM partner organizations working on the front lines providing essential services.


Maryland Youth Ballet

Virtual Early Dance Classes

Share the joy of dance with your young dancer in the comfort and safety of your own home! Movement, music, and storytelling are used to develop body awareness, discover artistic expression, and explore the basic principles of ballet.

Ages 2 – 5

Virtual Class Schedule:

Monday 4:30-5:00 PM and 5:30-6:00 PM w/ Ericka Scuderi

Tuesday 10:30-11:00 AM and 11:30-12:00 PM w/ Kristin Brown-Maki

Wednesday 2:00-2:30 PM and 3:00-3:30 PM w/ Cecilia Jordan

Thursday 10:00-10:30 AM and 11:00-11:30 AM w/ Eileen Balyer

Friday 10:00-10:30 AM and 11:00-11:30 AM w/ Ericka Scuderi

Saturday 9:00-9:30 AM, 10:00-10:30 AM and 11:00-11:30 AM w/ Ericka Scuderi

Sunday 9:00-9:30 AM, 10:00-10:30 AM and 11:00-11:30 AM w/ Eileen Balyer

 

Akhmedova Ballet Academy

Dance Camp for 9-11 year olds – July 6th to July 24th.

This camp intensive is a fun and engaging way to offer an excellent introduction to the Vaganova Method of Ballet. The camp is three weeks long and the students will learn the basics of ballet technique, terminology, as well as work on strength and flexibility. 

Ballet is a multi-faceted art form and to develop a true artist art and music should be incorporated into each student’s education. Art and drawing classes will be utilized to develop the student’s artistic development.