Kate’s Camp for Kids

is a comprehensive summer arts day program that began in summer 2013 through collaboration between The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and the Community Music School. It is focused on families seeking to nurture their children’s creative potential through the arts.

This state-licensed camp brings together professional teaching artists from Community Music School and throughout the region to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Designed for boys and girls ages 5 to 10 years old, Kate’s Camp is filled with music, dance, art, and theater and each session culminates in a performance for family and friends! A diverse range of activities is offered on a rotating basis to ensure a fresh experience for even the most frequent camper.

For more information on Kate’s Camp for Kids, for upcoming dates, and to register, please visit our partner, Community Music School.

Summer 2019: Register Here!

Week 1: July 8-12, 2019   “Yee Haw!”

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! Join us for a rollicking western adventure — ride the open range, be a part of a down home hootenanny, share a tale and a song or two, and sleep under the stars!

Week 2: July 15-19, 2019 “Everyone Needs a Superhero” – SOLD OUT

During this week of camp we will be writing our own stories and songs about our favorite superheroes and bringing it all to life on the stage of the Kate. Up, up and away!

Week 3: July 22-26, 2019 “ARF!”

Welcome to Doggie Town! What’s not to love about a town full of pooches who all have talent to share and to spare?  Come join us for this canine musical about kindness, courage and calamity!

Week 4: July 29-Aug 2, 2019 “Sing Me a Story”

“Sing Me a Story” is a DIY week at Kate’s Camp!  If you like to write stories or songs, if your are an artist or a dancer, if you play an instrument or are just plain creative, then THIS WEEK OF CAMP IS  FOR YOU!!!   YOU write the script, YOU compose the songs, YOU can be the choreographer or the costume designer!  Campers will work together to create a totally original, one of a kind, never-before-seen musical extravaganza!  So, bring your creativity and awesome ideas to camp – it’s going to be amazing!

Week 5: Aug 5-9. 2019 “Dinostars” – SOLD OUT

Dinosaurs competing in a talent show? Rapping raptors? A dancing T-Rex? And a panel of judges for “Dinosaurs Got Talent?” Join us for a week of stomping, growling, and showing those judges just what we’ve got!


Introducing SUMMER SPOTLIGHT at the Kate for ages 11 to 13!

We’re pleased to offer two week-long sessions of this new, creative and performing arts intensive! Download a SUMMER SPOTLIGHT brochure here.

With the guidance of expert teaching artists, participants will

  • Develop and direct a one act play
  • Write and record original songs
  • Create a music video
  • Learn about the Kate’s sound and light technology
  • Put it all together in a performance for family and friends!

SESSION 1: July 8 – 12; 9 am to 3 pm
SESSION 2: July 29 – Aug. 2; 9 am to 3 pm

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT Scholarships are available on a limited basis; please download a Summer Spotlight at The Kate Scholarship Application.



Registration Form
Medical Form
Medication Authorization Form (if necessary)
Policy Handbook

We had a great time with our Session 1 tweens! Check out their video HERE.



Kate’s Camp for Kids is generously supported by grants from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Christine E. Moser Foundation, The Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, and the NewAlliance Foundation.