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Kids Creative Summer Camp
New York, New York

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(646) 485-4029
Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Center
647 Columbus Avenue
New York, New York 10024

Kids Creative
2014 5th Avenue

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TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Weekdays, Daily: 8:30AM-5PM

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Let your imagination run wild and join rockin' kids, awesome teachers and jam out to music with The Dirty Sock Funtime Band. Located on the beautiful Upper West Side of Manhattan, we attract a diverse range of children from across the city. Parents are amazed by the energy, enthusiasm and confidence we generate in their children as we equip them with the skills to be creative and give them the tools to become peace builders. The children put these skills to practice as they literally "run the show"--they write and perform a play, along with the accompanying music and videos and parents get to see the final performance. As if that wasn’t enough, we also take them swimming, give guitar, piano and voice lessons, plant gardens, go to Riverside Park, take field trips and more.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: We are a diversity-focused, inclusion camp in an inclusion school, wheelchair accessible, special needs friendly. Past campers have brought aides with them to camp and we make sure to learn about and meet their individual needs.

Dance, Musical Theater, Theater, Music/Band, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Fine Arts/Crafts, Weightloss, Swimming, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Team Sports, Math, Science, Academics, and more.

TOP NEW YORK DANCE CAMP: Kids Creative Summer Camp is a Top Dance Summer Camp located in New York New York offering many fun and enriching Dance and other camp programs. Kids Creative Summer Camp also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. We are easily accessible from the 1/2/3 line at the 96th Street stop and the 96th Street Crosstown M96 bus. Bus service from the East Side of Manhattan is available, depending upon interest. Visit our website for photos!

CAMP FACILITIES: We have an air conditioned facility that is a community center during the year. The space is clean and modern, featuring a performance space, ample classrooms, and wheelchair accessibility. Located in a clean and safe family-friendly neighborhood next to a popular park.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: All camp activities, from brainstorming a story to acting games to sports in the park, are linked by a common peace-building thread which includes mottos such as "all ideas are good" and anti-bullying rules, including ‘no teasing or fake teasing, no fighting or fake fighting.’ Campers share ideas, collaborate with others and perform a show that is completely from their imagination. Don't miss the opportunity for a truly unique summer.

Kids Creative is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that offers arts based, peace education programs for Pre-K to High School age students through after school programs, workshops and summer camps.

Voted NYC's BEST SUMMER CAMP - Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards 2013

In our after school programs we make sure to have homework help, teaching students how to complete problems on their own with confidence.

Our Mission:
The mission of Kids Creative is to foster the 6 C’s of peacemaking in youth: Confidence, Creativity, Conflict Resolution, Community, Collaboration and Cookies through arts education programs and live music and theater events.

Our Vision:
We believe that a better, more peaceful future is achievable by teaching youth the creative, critical thinking and social skills necessary to make peace within themselves and in society.

Our Values:
-Creative freedom is essential for problem solving.
- We must value and encourage children's imaginations.
- Group collaboration is important for supporting individual skill building.
- Cultural awareness and sharing can help individuals build confidence in their community.
- We must understand and respect our environment.
- Every child has gifts and talents.

How we work:
During our after school programs, summer camps, and workshops, we use the creative arts as a space to teach peace education. Our ultimate goal is to build a school where youth are involved with peace education during their academic studies. Our main rule is, 'All ideas are good'. In other words, we show kids that they rock.

Our programs aim:
- To provide a fun, safe space for students of all ages, backgrounds and learning styles.
- To encourage anti-bullying techniques of creative conflict resolution, tolerance and appreciation for the ideas and beliefs of others.
- To instill a love of music and the arts in children.
- To build appreciation for children’s creativity in the general public.

Kids Creative has at its core what we call the 6 C's of peacemaking. Each of these C's is essential to the building of communities in each of our programs. We have divided these into Upper Case and lower case C's.

Community—The overarching “C”. The ultimate key to building peace is being able to coexist with those around you, and to build a functional community where issues are raised and resolved in a constructive manner.

Confidence Building—The basic “C”. You have to be able to accept yourself, and be happy with who you are in order to feel an essential part of building a peaceful community.

Conflict Resolution—The tough “C”. The most difficult aspect of working with others is resolving problems that arise in a manner that is beneficial for all involved. It is possible to easily find temporary solutions, but this is only the first step to conflict resolution. For true peacebuilding, one must also know how to find solutions that are sustainable, meets the needs of the community, and take into account the often numerous factors that contributed to causing and perpetuating the conflict.

Collaboration—The cooperative “C”. No community exists in a bubble, and it is important that members feel invested in working together and finding sustainable solutions. Without collaboration, solutions are only temporary.

Creativity—The innovative “C”. Sometimes, we need to think outside the box and use our imaginations to solve conflicts that arise. We have to be open to the ideas of others to make everyone feel comfortable.

Cookies—The fun “C”. One of our strongest beliefs is that the more enjoyable it is to be a part of a community, the more people are going to want to be involved in sustaining it. People must feel like they are having fun in order to be invested in solving conflicts and building a peaceful, equitable society.

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CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: We offer internships, CIT (ages 14-15), and Apprenticeship programs: Our Camp Website Link:

Persons aged 16+ are eligible for counselor positions: Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: We encourage everyone who feels they may need one to apply for a scholarship - we offer full and partial scholarships. About 50% of our campers have some type of aid.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Family visits are welcome at camp, just give us a call before you come visit and we will make sure to include you in your child's activities! We also encourage parents to attend field trips with us as chaperones.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: FREE Creative Saturdays once a month: Our Camp Website Link:

After school programs in schools around NYC and the boroughs.

We offer workshops, demos, and concerts by our professional band, the Dirty Sock Funtime Band, featured on Nick Jr.

Come Join the Band program: your child can learn a new instrument or advance their skills in one they already play! Students work with professional musicians to create a band, write their own music, increase performance, technical, and other skills, and learn how to form a band!

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Create-A-Play Summer Program!
July 2- August 10 (No camp on July 4)
(Join us for 2, 4 or 6 weeks)
Session 1: July 2 - July 13
Session 2: July 16 - July 27
Session 3: July 30 - August 10

(Grade child will be entering Fall 2018)

Monday to Friday:
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Early drop-off: 8:30 AM
Late pick-up option: 5:00 PM

Full 6-Week Registration (July 2-August 10): $3000
Create-A-Play (Session 1): $1010
Create-A-Play (Session 2): $1125
Create-A-Play (Session 3): $1125
*DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE, please refer to our website!
*Comparable to and often more affordable than other NYC summer camps!

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