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(just scroll on down for Summer 2016 or click here for a printable brochure)
We do camp awesome.

See our Workshops and Drop-In pages for part-day fun including Crafternoons™ and Pincushion Social Club™.  For tutoring and academic classes for older students see our Academic Programs page.

Funordinary Art Camp

Winter/Spring 2016 School-Year Dates
February 5, 2016 February 15, 2016
March 28, 2016 March 29, 2016
March 30, 2016 March 31, 2016
April 1, 2016 April 8, 2016
April 13, 2016 April 18, 2016
April 19, 2016 April 20, 2016
April 21, 2016 April 22, 2016

The only thing predictable in this art camp is the fun. Each camp offers a new theme, new skills and new friends. The day’s activities are planned just before the camp date to consider the ages and interests of our enrolled campers. Each day includes multiple art+craft projects, mid-morning snack (provided, nut and/or gluten-free available) and fun+games. Campers bring their own lunch. Grades K-5 suggested (talk to us about your child.)

Register for camp here or by selecting a date above or from the calendar below.

9am-3pm $75/participant ($55 for Crafter-School Students) After-Care 3pm-6pm $25. 9am-3pm camp registration is required for After-Care enrollment.

Pincushion Social Club Camp

Winter/Spring 2016 School-Year Dates
February 15, 2016 April 8, 2016
April 13, 2016 April 18, 2016
April 19, 2016 April 20, 2016
April 21, 2016 April 22, 2016

Needles and thread (including the sewing machine) making art, accessories and who knows what else! Each camp offers new projects and new friends. Some days include multiple smaller projects while others include a full-day project. All camps include mid-morning snack and topical games. All materials are included unless otherwise specified. No experience required. Grades 4-8 suggested (talk to us about your child.) Bring an ipod and get ready to rock ‘n sew.

Register for camp here or by selecting a date above or from the calendar below.

9am-3pm $85/participant ($65 for Crafter-School Students) After-Care 3pm-6pm $25. 9am-3pm camp registration is required for After-Care enrollment.

Did we miss a day? We might be able to schedule something for your school and your friends. Just ask!

 

summer camp STEM STEAM Art camp summer chicago 2016

Summer Camp 2016 for
Creative Chicago Kids

June 20-September 2, 2016
#STEMsneedflowers #docampawesome

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Registration for Summer 2016 is OPEN.

Why grow an artist this summer?

STEMs need flowers.
Campers learn about their world and creative voice with open-ended learning experiences in the arts that include subjects like science, social studies and math. All campers earn Chicago City of Learning STEAM-focused digital badges representing their effort and accomplishment.

Small on purpose.
Quality over quantity. Process over product. Campers get to know one another and our entire team: we get to know your camper, their needs and interests. We make ample space for leadership and self-advocacy skills to bloom while investing in purposeful relationships with each child, creating a comfortable learning environment for the most gregarious or shy camper.

Do camp awesome.
We take full advantage of our big, beautiful space, technology, quality materials and proximity to outdoor spaces and local businesses to stretch our minds and bodies. We delve deep into the weekly topics to inspire ideas and sharpen skills, then end each week with shows, recordings and photo shoots.

 

Creative Summer Camps For Younger Campers Ages 5-9
It’s An Idea Playground

We play with important ideas, learn art and craft technique with open-ended projects of our own design, get kinda messy, make new friends and know every child by name. As always, all campers are welcome to bring their music players and play DJ. No stickers or pre-fab here.

Jun 20-
Jun 24
art camp art supplies STEM STEAM chemistry camps chicago Mixie Dust 9am-3pm
Magically mix art and chemistry.
Summer Crafternoons 3pm-6pm
Jun 27-
Jul 2
eco planet friendly art camp for kids in chicago Greenie Pants 9am-3pm
Get wild about your inner-naturalist.
Summer Crafternoons 3pm-6pm
Jul 5-
Jul 8
 doll camp superhero camp art camp for chicago kids Littlelandia 9am-3pm
Imagine and make a universe of you.
(Single-day registration only. After-care available.)
Jul 11-
Jul 15
 summer camp art camp for chicago kids Hopscotch Hullabaloo 9am-3pm
Round up fun for the urban outdoors.
Summer Crafternoons 3pm-6pm
Jul 18-
Jul 22
 summer camp travel camp geography camp art camp for chicago kids Fly, Bobbin, Fly 9am-3pm
Travel the globe one stitch at a time.
Summer Crafternoons 3pm-6pm
Jul 25-
Jul 29
 summer camp art camp science camp STEM STEAM for chicago kids The Doppler Gang 9am-3pm
Get down with the world of sound.
Summer Crafternoons 3pm-6pm
Aug 1-
Aug 5
 summer camp art camp art supplies STEM STEAM chemistry camps chicago Mixie Dust 9am-3pm
Magically mix art and chemistry.
Summer Crafternoons 3pm-6pm
Aug 8-
Aug 12
 summer camp building camp art camp engineering camp for chicago kids Block Party 9am-3pm
Engineer a week of architectural wonder.
Summer Crafternoons 3pm-6pm
Aug 15-
Aug 19
 summer camp eco planet friendly art camp for kids in chicago Greenie Pants 9am-3pm
Get wild about your inner-naturalist.
Summer Crafternoons 3pm-6pm
Aug 22-
Aug 26
 summer camp science camp physics camp art camp for chicago kids STEM STEAM Creative Momentum 9am-3pm
Get going with the artistic side of science.
Summer Crafternoons 3pm-6pm
Aug 29-
Sep 2
 summer camp doll camp superhero camp art camp for chicago kids Littlelandia 9am-3pm
Imagine and make a universe of you.
Summer Crafternoons 3pm-6pm

Creative Summer Camps For Older Campers Ages 9-12
It’s Spoolhouse Rock™

Red Tri Summer Camp Guide 2015 Wishcraft Workshop (3)

We’ve taken the best of what kids loved about our most popular fashion camp and mixed it with modern ideas. Fashion is a business and style is a choice: we focus on the latter because we believe it goes much further in supporting the development of self-esteem. Campers learn about design, patterning and machine-sewing, guided by their interests. Camps include a machine-sewing project(s) of their own design be it a hoodie, a guitar strap, a messenger bag or a complete outfit. They decide. It’s confidence-building bootcamp for blossoming artists and thinkers of all genders. Campers can design for themselves or a friend: add measurements and math to design and we can make almost anything. No previous sewing experience is required and those with experience take on new challenges. [click to here to find out what happened to Project Wishcraft]

Jun 20-
Jun 24
summer camp fashion camp art camp music camp for chicago kids The Rocker 9am-3pm
Voice your confidence.
Pincushion Social Club 3pm-6pm
Jun 27-
Jul 2
summer camp fashion camp technology camp writing camp for chicago kids The Blogger 9am-3pm
Design and document your life.
Pincushion Social Club 3pm-6pm
Jul 5-
Jul 8
 summer camp sewing camp art camp DIY camp for chicago kids The Maker 9am-3pm
Discover your DIY attitude.
(Single-day registration only. After-care available.)
Jul 11-
Jul 15
 summer camp fashion camp geography art camp in chicago The Traveler 9am-3pm
Chart your global citizenship.
Pincushion Social Club 3pm-6pm
Jul 18-
Jul 22
 sewing camp art camp DIY camp for chicago kids The Maker 9am-3pm
Discover your DIY attitude.
Pincushion Social Club 3pm-6pm
Jul 25-
Jul 29
 summer camp fashion camp confidence camp sewing camp in chicago The Independent 9am-3pm
Speak up for your style.
Pincushion Social Club 3pm-6pm
Aug 1-
Aug 5
 fashion camp art camp music camp for chicago kids The Rocker 9am-3pm
Voice your confidence.
Pincushion Social Club 3pm-6pm
Aug 8-
Aug 12
 fashion camp technology camp writing camp for chicago kids The Blogger 9am-3pm
Design and document your life.
Pincushion Social Club 3pm-6pm
Aug 15-
Aug 19
 fashion camp geography art camp in chicago The Traveler 9am-3pm
Chart your global citizenship.
Pincushion Social Club 3pm-6pm
Aug 22-
Aug 26
 sewing camp art camp DIY camp for chicago kids The Maker 9am-3pm
Discover your DIY attitude.
Pincushion Social Club 3pm-6pm
Aug 29-
Sep 2
 fashion camp confidence camp sewing camp in chicago The Independent 9am-3pm
Speak up for your style.
Pincushion Social Club 3pm-6pm

How does it work?

  • Drop-off begins at 845am (if they can wait that long!)
  • Campers are welcome to arrive anytime. We always have a full-day of open-ended, creative hoopla planned with projects that begin by 930am.
  • Mid-morning (and mid-afternoon for those campers enrolled in the after-camp programs*) wholesome snack is served. The workshop is planet-friendly and allergy-conscious: nut-free and/or gluten-free snacks are available.
  • Campers break for lunch mid-day and are encouraged to pack lunches in reusable containers.
  • Campers who attend through 3pm have the best opportunity to complete all we have planned for them (and learn about things like wavelength and stitch-length, capability and miscibility, automation and celebration, parallelism and pointillism, citizenship and artisanship… we can keep going if you want..)

Each camp is offered by-the-week or by-the-day and day-spots are released for booking at least 3 days prior to camp (registering by the week is encouraged if you’re really excited as day-spots may be limited by the time camp rolls around.)  Camp policies can be found on this page– please read them before registering and pre-register as camps tend to fill. All camps are $395/week and include all materials. Single-day camp memberships are available as 5-day and 10-day passes.

*After-Camp 2016
Summer Crafternoons™ 3pm-6pm for Ages 5-9
Pincushion Social Club™ 3pm-6pm for Ages 9-12
$75/week for enrolled campers or $95 for a 5-visit membership

How to register

  • Register for a week of camp– Select a date, a camp name, an icon.. they will all take you to where you need to go. Week-long after-care can be booked this way, too. It’s better than GPS!
  • Register for a single day of after-camp activities—  Choose that activity from the calendar.
  • Register for a single day of camp–  Choose that day from the calendar (just remember, single days are made available approximately 3 days before the first day of a camp week and we cannot guarantee a spot.)

Get a jump on things: a limited number of All-Access Summer Passes are available now (Ages 5-9 and Ages 9-12.) Talk about easy. Pre-register as camps tell to fill. We keep it small on purpose and we think you’ll be glad we did.

Other cool stuff about Summer Camp 2016

(Read about what’s new and why in greater detail here).

  • We make camp convenient for you while facilitating immersive experiences that make campers jump out of bed each day.
  • We differentiate with innovative activities to encourage creative campers of every age + gender to stretch and still feel like they’re just stretching out in a beanbag.
  • We make ample space for leadership and self-advocacy skills to bloom while investing in purposeful relationships with each and every child.
  • We incorporate time outdoors in an essential way that captivates even the “do-we-have-to?” camper.
  • We celebrate our vibrant neighborhood of independent businesses to amplify learning, thinking and smiling.
  • We keep young minds fresh during the school intermission while giving them the “break” in summer break. [Read more about our philosophy here.]
  • New themes! We’ve kept around some goodies, turned some on their head and introduced new ones. Wonder what’s up with this “STEM” and “STEAM” stuff? We’ve been up to it since we opened in 2008..we just didn’t realize that what we thought was natural approach to learning through art and play had a special acronym.
  • While the entire facility is used by all campers, we’ve opted to return to a two-track calendar. For kids in that in-between age, we trust that you know them best and to choose the camp that will be the best environment for your child. We're always here to answer your questions so that your child gets the best we have to offer.
  • Believe it or not, not every camper wants to play outside (despite your encouragement and our best planning.) We’ve added outdoor activities for 2016 that are fun with a purpose by connecting to the week’s activities so that everyone can get excited about venturing outside.

Why are we still so in love with sewing machines? We always will be. Sewing is a useful skill that requires the application of math, spatial reasoning, patience, hand-eye coordination…and respect for safety while using a power tool. What’s not to love?

We love our new camp icons. Thanks to the following artists making their elegant work available on nounproject.com: Samuel Miller, Oly Ozi, Patrick Morrison, Blake Thompson, Gregar Cesnar, Dan Hetteix, Nate Eul, Gregory Sujkowski, Wayne Middleton, Richard Pasqua and Guilherme Simoes.

what parents say

“Just an FYI for mini fashionistas: The fashion programs have sold out the past few years. So enroll stat!” – Time Out Chicago Kids Camp Guide

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen [my child] enjoy an activity this much — [my child] tends to focus on the negative and be so nervous about various learning issues and social interactions that it’s hard for him to just relax and have fun. I wish I could bottle whatever you did with them because both of them came out of camp each day so excited about what they were doing. All of us are looking forward to the next two weeks.” Miriam, parent email

“I really sweated whether or not to send my 9 yo daughter to a week long camp here. I mean, $350 per week? Park district (if you can get it) is cheaper. Way. As it turns out, the camp my daughter went to was the most worthwhile activity I’ve ever paid for her. Yes it costs, but it’s worth every penny. The activities fostered individual creativity while giving the kids some guidelines with which to work in and mentoring. The pacing was great and my child came home reporting an exciting and engaging list of activities. The camp made her existing interest in arts and sewing burn even brighter! Wishcraft struck a chord with my child and it has left a lasting impression and seeded what I suspect to be long term inspiration and creativity.” -Jill, yelp.com

“My 6-year-old daughter visited 3 summer camps this summer and Wishcraft was her absolute number 1 winner. When I asked her why she simply said “Because they did not cheat on me. They said I would have fun and I did.” Sometimes I had a problem picking her up – she just would not like to leave! Thanks to all Wishcraft team for the wonderful work!” -Ewa, parentsconnect.com

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