This comprehensive summer arts day camp for ages 5* to 10 focuses on nurturing children’s creative potential through the arts. A state-licensed camp, each week of Kate’s Camp is filled with theater, music, dance, and visual art and culminates in a performance for family and friends that unifies all of the art forms! A diverse range of activities is offered on a rotating basis to ensure a fresh experience for even the most frequent camper. They also enjoy a professional workshop or show each week. The artistic activities at Kate’s Camp, including writing short stories and learning choreography, promote self-esteem and confidence building, as well as just plain old fun pretending. *Campers MUST have completed Kindergarten to be eligible.

Summer is prime time for Kate’s Camp for Kids but over the years we’ve heard from parents that they wish there were more opportunities for their children during the school year.

With this in mind, we now frequently offer a fall/holiday and spring after school program.

Continue to check our schedule to see which Kate’s Camp for Kids programs are coming up!

Upcoming Sessions

Kate’s Camp for Kids – Summer 2024 Dates

We are now offering 7 weeks of Kate’s Camp for Kids!

Week 1: June 24-June 28, 2024 “Mad Science”

Week 2: July 8-July 12, 2024 “My Weird Pet”

Week 3: July 15-July 19, 2024 “Food, Glorious Food”

Week 4: July 22-July 26, 2024 “Adventure in the Serengeti”

Week 5: July 29-August 2, 2024 “Lost in Space”

Week 6: August 5-August 9, 2024 “Olympic Glory”

Week 7: August 12-August 16, 2024 “Superheroes”

COST: $325 per session (*10% discount applied to siblings within the same household and multiple registrations)

Partial scholarships are available, apply online here today!

Each session runs MONDAY–FRIDAY, 9 AM to 3 PM each day. Performance is on Friday afternoon.

Before & Aftercare is available for an additional fee – see details below

Before & Aftercare

Kate’s Camp for Kids offers Before and Aftercare! Hours are designed to provide supervision for campers whose parents work beyond the regular camp day.

  • BEFORECARE: 8 AM – 9 AM, $20 per week and cannot be prorated, regardless of the number of days your child attends Beforecare.
  • AFTERCARE: 3 – 5 PM, $30 per week and cannot be prorated, regardless of the number of days your child attends aftercare.

Kate’s Camp staff ARE NOT on duty before 8 AM or after 5 PM, so please be prompt with drop-off and pick-up.

Camp Forms

AFTER registering your child, download your Kate’s Camp 2024 forms:

Payment & Refund Policy

  • Full tuition is due at the time of registration.
  • If a session is canceled by the Kate: Full refund.
  • Withdrawals BEFORE May 24th: Refund, less $25 per session.
  • Withdrawals AFTER May 24th: No refund or credit.

Meet Some of Our Friendly Staff at Kate’s Camp!

Martha Herrle, Camp Director

Martha has been teaching violin and viola at the Community Music School in Centerbrook since 2002 and is the conductor of the Community Music School String Ensemble. She has been involved with Kate’s Camp for Kids since 2013 and has served as the Director for the past eight summers.

Bridget Haines, Assistant Camp Director and Music Director

Bridget is happy to be back for another summer at Kate’s Camp teaching music. She is a recent graduate of Gettysburg College and is the new Orchestra Director at Farmington High School in Farmington, CT. When she’s not playing viola or singing songs, Bridget enjoys going boating on the Connecticut River and cooking with friends!

ReAnna Jean Adams, Director of First Aid and Director for Summer Spotlight

ReAnna Jean Adams, better known as Miss ReAnna, is so excited to be returning to the Kate for another year of fun in the theatre! ReAnna is a graduate of Northern Vermont University with a degree in Theatre and Drama! She loves to be silly and goofy, while also producing the best show possible for your kids. Whether it’s creating a show with the Summer Spotlight campers, or teaching Kate’s Camp campers to write and act, ReAnna is so excited to get started! Let’s get ready for another great summer of showbiz!

Joey Army, Dance Instructor

Joey studied Theater, Dance, and Political Science at Vassar College where he received his ballet training from former principal dancers from Both ABT and NYCB, and was schooled in modern technique by former principal dancers in Graham, Taylor, and Limon companies. After graduating from Vassar he continued his dance education in New York City, studying at multiple different dance schools throughout the city and began teaching young children both dance and gymnastics. Joey currently teaches at several dance schools in eastern Connecticut in styles ranging from ballet to contemporary.

Staff subject to change.

Kate’s Camp for Kids is seeking counselors-in-training (ages 14 & 15). Download an application here.

Kate’s Camp for Kids is funded in part by:

Connecticut State Department of Education
The Kitchings Family Foundation
Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation
M. Jones Fund
New Alliance Foundation
The Town Fair Tire Foundation

The Kate is generously sponsored by:

  • Pasta Vita
  • Saybrook Point Resort & Marina
  • Sennheiser