1st – 2nd Grade Summer Camps

1st - 2nd Grade Summer Programs

TaleSpinners & Drama Medley

Have a blast this summer, make new friends and learn all about theater in Studio East camps for 1st and 2nd graders. Want to create your own story and bring it to life on stage? Choose a TaleSpinners camp.  Want to learn and practice lots of different theater skills like acting, improv, or stage combat?  Drama Medley’s the camp for you.  Better yet, choose both!

Save 10% when you register by 3/31

Grade refers to a student’s placement in Fall 2019.

Read about Safe Park for more information about the Little Players camp location.

See calendar of all camp offerings.

Drop off for all TaleSpinners and Drama Medley camps begins at 8:30am at no additional cost. Camp programming begins as listed. Extended Care (EC) is available from 2:15 to 5:30pm, Monday through Thursday. There is no Extended Care on Fridays. To register for Extended Care, use the camp code ending in EC.

TaleSpinners (Grades 1st-2nd)

Create your own story and bring it to life on stage! TaleSpinners campers work together to write an original play, create their characters, choose costumes, make props and set pieces, and perform their dazzling creation on the final day. Each week focuses on a different theme and different activities to excite the young camper’s spirit and imagination.

Daily Activities

  • Ensemble building and play creation activities based on theme
  • Acting games, creating props, drawing backdrops, and script writing
  • Practicing stage and storytelling skills

Skills Developed

  • Building theatrical skills: character creation, ensemble, improvisation, and performance
  • Life skills: listening, following directions, teamwork, and risk taking
  • Emerging literacy skills through storytelling and script writing
  • Strengthen gross motor skills through movement
  • Body language, gesture, facial and vocal expression

Final Presentation

  • 1:30pm on Friday at the camp venue
  • 25-40 minute family showcase to share short plays created by campers
  • Campers have roles and some memorized lines.

Drama Medley is a week-long acting skills camp with a fun selection of theater classes. Each week of Drama Medley camp offers something different. Classes may include musical theater, improvisation, dance, stage combat, or acting technique. Students will showcase their new skills in a brief presentation for parents on Friday afternoon.

Daily Activities

  • 6 hours of instruction daily by professional Teaching Artists
  • Acting games and exercises, singing and dancing

Skills Developed

  • Theatrical skills: character creation, ensemble, improvisation, and performance
  • Life skills: following directions, teamwork, confidence, and risk taking
  • Literacy skills through reading scripts
  • Body language, gesture, facial, and vocal expression

Drama Medley Final Presentation

  • 30-40 minute family showcase at 3:30pm on Friday.
  • Campers have some memorized lines, singing and movement, and staged performance

Drop off for TaleSpinners and Drama Medley camps begins at 8:30am at no additional cost. Camp programming begins as listed.

Extended Care (EC) is available after all TaleSpinners and Drama Medley camps until 5:30pm, Monday through Thursday. After camp activities include games, craft projects, and free play.

There is no Extended Care on Friday after the performance.

To register for Extended Care, use the camp code ending with EC.

Q: How do I register for summer camps?

Summer camps are live for registration right now! Visit the Summer Program Registration webpage to learn how to register. Starting May 1st you may also register by phone by calling the Studio East office during business hours (9:30am-5:30pm) at (425) 820- 1800. View the full schedule of camps.

Q: What happens if the camp I want to register for is full?

We will put your student on a waitlist and notify you if space becomes available. If you wish to also register in another camp to be assured of a spot in one of our camps, we can put your student on the waitlist for the full camp and accept a registration for another session. If you are offered a spot in the camp for which you were waitlisted and you decide to switch, you will be charged the standard $25 switching fee. Please see next question.

Q: What if I need to cancel or switch camps? Will I get a refund?

Full tuition is due at the time of registration. There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $50 per child per camp for reservations canceled up to 2 weeks prior to the start of camp. Switching between camps is allowed, based on availability. There is a switching fee of $25 per switch. There is no refund or credit if you cancel your registration within 2 weeks of the start of camp.

Q: Where are Studio East Summer Camps held?

Summer Camps are held at various locations in Kirkland and Bellevue at schools, churches and community centers. Note: If you need wheelchair access to a camp venue please contact our office for any special instructions. View our venues here.

Q: I have more than one child and I want them in camp during the same weeks. How will this work when their camps are not at the same location?

Studio East runs over 40 camps each summer and we typically start 4-6 camps each week. We partner with local schools, churches, and community centers to provide kid-friendly spaces for our camps.

We know parents often like to have their children in camp during the same weeks, so we have structured our programs with staggered start and end times to facilitate drop off and pick up. We also stagger performance times so that parents can attend up to three different performances on the final Friday of camp.

Q: Who are the Instructors?

Find photos and biographies of our faculty here. All of our instructors are passionate about working with young people and sharing their expertise in the performing arts. Most of our instructors have been teaching for more than five years, many have Master’s degrees and/or teaching certificates, and all are Teaching Artists – active performers as well as teachers. We run Washington State background checks on all of our staff, and all of our Camp Instructors are trained in first aid and CPR.

Q: What do I need to bring to camp?

A sack lunch, snack and a water bottle should be brought to camp every day. You will receive a specific list of other items to bring once you have registered in a camp. We recommend that students bring a backpack to keep their materials organized.

Q: What should I NOT bring to camp?

Prized possessions, especially electronic devices, should not be brought to camp. The campers will be so busy with fun activities that they won’t have time to play video games or check their text messages!

Q: Can my child with special needs attend camp?

Studio East Instructors are usually able to create ways for children with special needs to succeed. Please write down all medications, disabilities, and any physical, emotional or behavioral challenges your child may have on your student’s Medical Information Form, and discuss them with the Education Director prior to the first day of camp. This information will make our instruction more effective and your child’s experience more rewarding. All staff and instructors follow the Studio’s Confidentiality Policy, so your privacy will be protected. Please note that staff members cannot monitor or administer medications.

Q: Can I stay with my student during camp?

Studio East wants to create a safe and comfortable environment for all our students and parents. We have found that students often participate more freely when parents are not there to watch camp, so we try to limit parent observation to the first 20 minutes of the first day of camp.

Q: What is your attendance policy? What should I do if my student will be late or absent for a day of camp?

We expect all students to be in camp every day, arriving and departing on time.  If you foresee a conflict with a portion of camp, please contact the Education Director in advance to talk through options in order to ensure a successful experience for your student, as well as his/her classmates.  Missing more than one day of camp could hinder the process for all of the campers and staff, so please check your calendar carefully.  If something comes up at the last minute, such as illness, please call our office as soon as possible so that we can notify the Instructors of your child’s absence and allow them make any necessary adjustments for the day. June 24th through August 30th our office will be open from 8:30AM-5:30PM. If you call outside of office hours, please leave a message.

Q: Do you offer Extended Care for working parents?

We are pleased to offer Extended Care for all of our Little Players, TaleSpinners, Drama Medley, Summer Stage and Playmakers camp sessions.  Due to our varied camp venues and staffing needs, we are unable to offer extended care for our other camps. Early drop off is available at 8:30 for no additional cost for all camps at LWUMC and SE only.

Q: What kinds of Financial Aid or Work Study opportunities are available for Studio East programs?

We understand that not all families can afford full tuition for our programs. Studio East has a Scholarship Fund which allows us to give partial scholarships to a limited number of deserving students. Financial Aid forms are available on our website, via email and fax and in person at our office. If your family will require financial assistance to participate in our classes, please submit your completed Financial Aid Form to the front office as soon as possible.

Students age 12 and older may be able to earn Tuition Credits for Studio East programs by assisting classes and camps. Skilled teen dancers with an inclination to choreograph may also earn Tuition Credits as Intern Choreographers with our elementary school ArtReach! program. Contact Corey Dunne, Education Director, for more information, at  (425) 820- 1800 x108.

Limited Tuition Credit opportunities are also available to parents who can offer administrative and transportation assistance during Summer Camps. Contact Corey Dunne, Education Director, for more information, at (425) 820- 1800 x108.

Payment, Refund And Switching Policy

  • Full tuition is due at the time of registration.
  • If the program is cancelled by Studio East: Full Refund.
  • Withdrawals up to 2 weeks before the start of the program: Full refund, less $50.
  • Withdrawals within 2 weeks before the start of the program: No refund or credit.
  • Switching between programs is allowed, based on availability: There is a switching fee of $25 per switch.

 

Dropping Off & Picking Up

Parents, please be aware that you must sign your children in and out of camp each day. This is for their safety. If a camper is picked up but not signed out we can only assume the child is missing. Please avoid unnecessary panic by signing your child in and out every day. There is no supervision provided for campers before the official start time of camp. Please do not leave your child at the camp site before the start time. Children need to be picked up on time from camp, as supervision is not available after camp ends, unless you specifically registered for Extended Care (only offered for select camps).

Parents of students in our Teen Camps (#ChangeItUp, Teen Musical, MiniYAPI, Shakespeare) may provide permission at registration for their student to sign themselves in and out all camp days or individual days at the parent’s discretion.

 

Emergency Forms & Special Needs

Students cannot participate without returning a fully completed and signed Emergency Form on or before the first day of camp.

It is important that we be aware of any special issues or challenges your child may face so we can create a successful and rewarding experience for your child. Please write down any and all medications, disabilities, and any physical, emotional, or behavioral challenges your child may have on your student’s Emergency Form, and discuss them with Corey Dunne, the Education Director, prior to the first day of camp. Corey may be reached at (425) 820- 1800 x108. All staff and instructors follow the Studio’s Confidentiality Policy, so your privacy will be protected.

Please note that Studio East staff and Instructors cannot dispense medication to your child. If your child has medical needs, please plan to provide whatever care is required during camp hours. The only exception is for emergency-only medicines. Emergency medications (epi-pens) must be accompanied by written instructions for emergency procedures, and will be kept with the camp’s First Aid kit.

Absence And Illness

We expect all students to be in camp on time every day.  Please alert the Studio if your student will be late or absent by calling (425) 820- 1800. If your child is ill, contagious and/or running a fever, please DO NOT bring him/her to camp.

Code Of Conduct

We at Studio East value each and every individual. In order to create an environment where each student has the freedom to grow both as a performer and as an individual, Studio East does not tolerate the following:

  • Fighting with another student, staff, volunteer, or parent
  • Destruction or theft of any property or materials
  • Disrespect towards oneself or others
  • Use of inappropriate language and/or innuendo
  • Racial or sexual harassment (including inappropriate physical contact)

Lost And Found

All items left at camp will be taken to Studio East at the end of each week. We hold these items at Studio East for one week only, and then donate them to charity. You are welcome to come to Studio East between 8:30am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday, to look through our lost and found collection. The office staff is not able to check the lost and found bin for you; you must do this in person.

What To Bring, What To Wear

We will spend at least 30 minutes outside each day, and we will have activities on grass, dirt and/or wood chips, so please prepare your student accordingly. We do not supply sunscreen, but will apply what you send with your student if necessary. Comfortable clothing is a must for our campers; jeans or shorts, a T-shirt, and tennis shoes work very well. Please, no bare feet or flip-flops. We encourage girls to wear shorts under skirts or dresses. We will be doing a lot of active, messy things and we would hate to see a favorite outfit ruined. It helps if campers bring a backpack to keep all their belongings safe and organized. Prized possessions should be left at home.

Food At Camp

Please pack a non-perishable lunch and a labeled water bottle daily, and please avoid heavy sugar! Please do not send nut products on the first day of camp in case one of our campers has a severe allergy. Instructors encourage campers to share everything at camp except their food. Due to limited space and time, anticipated clean-up and staff responsibilities, we cannot support any celebrations involving edible treats during Studio East programs. We will celebrate students’ birthdays with a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday” when you alert us in advance!

Contact Information

Studio East encourages open communication between instructors and families. Please feel free to reach the instructors by leaving a message with Corey Dunne, the Studio East Education Director, at (425) 820- 1800 x108.

All locations are in Kirkland and Bellevue. Start/end times and performance times on the final day of camps have been staggered to accommodate families with campers in multiple camps.

Studio East is proud to partner with LWUMC, which hosts a Safe Park Program for women and families experiencing homelessness. We are confident this is a safe and comfortable camp location. We encourage you to read more about the Safe Park Program HERE.

GradeClass NameCamp TypeDatesDaysTimeLocationTuitionInstructorCodeDescription 
1st-2ndDescendantsTaleSpinners6/24-6/28M - F9:15AM- 2:15PMLWUMC$275 or $425 w/ ECKaysy Ostrom
and
Brad Walker
X19TSDS1 or X19TSDS1ECCome sing, dance and play with Carlos, the son of Cruella de Vil; Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen; Jay, son of Jafar; and Mal, daughter of Maleficent, as we create our own story inspired by the world of Descendants.Register Now
1st-2ndHeroes and VillainsTaleSpinners7/8-7-12M - F9:15AM- 2:15PMLWUMC$275 or $425 w/ ECKaysy Ostrom
and
Brad Walker
X19TSHV2 or X19TSHV2ECIt’s a bird! NO! It’s a plane! NO! It’s Heroes & Villains! This week you’ll create your own hero or villain - design the costume, choose superpowers, and make up a story to share. Will good triumph over evil? Register now and stay tuned!Register Now
1st-2ndMagic TreehouseTaleSpinners7/15-7/19M - F9:15AM- 2:15PMLWUMC$275 or $425 w/ ECKaysy Ostrom
and
Brad Walker
X19TSMT3 or X19TSMT3ECWhat do you think we’ll discover in the tree house using the magical books found there? Maybe we’ll travel back to the late Cretaceous period (65 million years ago) where we meet dinosaurs, or to the Middle Ages to explore King Arthur’s castle, or to Plymouth to share the first Thanksgiving. Whenever, wherever we go will be a magical expedition through our imaginations!Register Now
1st-2ndCatch-em-all CampTaleSpinners7/22-7/26M - F9:15AM- 2:15PMLWUMC$275 or $425 w/ ECKaysy Ostrom
and
Brad Walker
X19TSCA4 or X19TSCA4ECGrab your Poké Ball and join us to collect, train, and battle Pokémon. Will we find a Pikachu? An Eevee? A Jigglypuff? A Squirtle? Maybe all 4 and more! We’ll work together to create a story full of Pokémon to share with friends and family.Register Now
1st-2ndUnicorns and DragonsTaleSpinners7/29-8/2M - F9:15AM- 2:15PMLWUMC$275 or $425 w/ ECKaysy Ostrom
and
Brad Walker
X19TSUD5 or X19TSUD5ECMystical creatures come to life in this week-long drama camp. We’ll explore dragon stories, make unicorn horns, and create our own story full of mystery, magic, and mythology.Register Now
1st-2ndMuggles and MagicTaleSpinners8/5-8/9M - F9:15AM- 2:15PMLWUMC$275 or $425 w/ ECKaysy Ostrom
and
Brad Walker
X19TSMM6 or X19TSMM6ECThis week we’ll create our own magical story inspired by Harry Potter! Are you a new wizard excited to learn how to use your wand? Perhaps you’re a magical creature finally spreading your wings. We’ll create a story together and set it in the wizarding world!Register Now
1st-2ndHeroes and VillainsTaleSpinners8/12-8/16M - F9:15AM- 2:15PMLWUMC$275 or $425 w/ ECKaysy Ostrom
and
Brad Walker
X19TSHV7 or X19TSHV7ECIt’s a bird! NO! It’s a plane! NO! It’s Heroes & Villains! This week you’ll create your own hero or villain - design the costume, choose superpowers, and make up a story to share. Will good triumph over evil? Register now and stay tuned!Register Now
1st-2ndCatch-em-all CampTaleSpinners8/19-8/23M - F9:15AM- 2:15PMLWUMC$275 or $425 w/ ECKaysy Ostrom
and
Brad Walker
X19TSCA8 or X19TSCA8ECGrab your Poké Ball and join us to collect, train, and battle Pokémon. Will we find a Pikachu? An Eevee? A Jigglypuff? A Squirtle? Maybe all 4 and more! We’ll work together to create a story full of Pokémon to share with friends and family.Register Now
1st-2ndDragons Love TacosTaleSpinners8/26-8/30M - F9:15AM- 2:15PMLWUMC$275 or $425 w/ ECKaysy Ostrom
and
Brad Walker
X19TSDL9 or X19TSDL9ECDragons Love Tacos! We’ll dive into Adam Rubin’s hilarious book using music, dance and art, and write our own Dragons Love Tacos-inspired script. On the final day of camp we will present our dragon-filled adventure to friends and family!Register Now
1st-3rdDrama Medley 1Drama Medley6/24-6/28M - F9:00AM- 3:00PMStudio East$375 or $455 w/ ECVariousX19CDM1 or X19CDM1ECTaste a smorgasbord of theater! Each Smorgasbord week at Studio East features different classes. Spend a week learning a ton of different theater skills and show off your knowledge in an informal performance. This week’s class topics include Acting, Improv, Musical Theater Voice, and Set & Costume Design.Register Now
1st-3rdDrama Medley 3Drama Medley7/1-7/3M - W9:00AM- 3:00PMStudio East$270 or $330 w/ ECVariousX19CDM3 or X19CDM3ECTaste a smorgasbord of theater! Each Smorgasbord week at Studio East features different classes. Spend a week learning a ton of different theater skills and show off your knowledge in an informal performance. This week’s class topics include Play Creation, Musical Theater Dance, Puppetry, and Stage Combat. Register Now
1st-3rdDrama Medley 5Drama Medley8/19-8/23M - F9:00AM- 3:00PMStudio East$375 or $455 w/ ECVariousX19CDM5 or X19CDM5EDTaste a smorgasbord of theater! Each Smorgasbord week at Studio East features different classes. Spend a week learning a ton of different theater skills and show off your knowledge in an informal performance. This week’s class topics include Acting, Improv, Musical Theater Voice, and Set & Costume Design.Register Now
1st-3rdDrama Medley 7Drama Medley8/26-8/30M - F9:00AM- 3:00PMStudio East$375 or $455 w/ ECVariousX19CDM7 or X19CDM7ECTaste a smorgasbord of theater! Each Smorgasbord week at Studio East features different classes. Spend a week learning a ton of different theater skills and show off your knowledge in an informal performance. This week’s class topics include Play Creation, Puppetry, Musical Theater Voice, and Acting for the Camera.Register Now
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