Kate’s Camp Afterschool Returns: It’s a Hit! March 13-May 1, 2023

Can’t wait until the summer? Join Miss Bridget and become an All-Star in, It’s a Hit, a baseball themed mini-musical celebrating good sportsmanship, teamwork and problem solving for ages 5-10!

Rehearsals take place on Mondays, 4:00-5:30pm from March 13 to May 1 (skip April 10) with the performance for family and friends on May 1st at 5:30pm on stage at the Kate! Tuition is $175 per child.

Registration for summer 2023 opens March 1st!

Kate’s Camp for Kids 2023 (ages 5-10):

  • July 10-14, 2023: “I Need a Vacation”
  • July 17-21, 2023: “Fun in the Forest” (DIY)
  • July 24-28, 2023: “A Little Bit of Showbiz”
  • July 31-August 4, 2023: “Clowning Around” (DIY)
  • August 7-11, 2023: “Mystery at the Kate” (DIY)
  • August 14-18, 2023: “Dinostars”

2023 Kate’s Camp Payment and Refund Policy: 

  • Full tuition is due at the time of registration.
  • If a session is canceled by the Kate: Full Refund.
  • Withdrawals before JUNE 12TH: Refund, less $25 per session.
  • Withdrawals after JUNE 12TH: No refund or credit.

Summer Spotlight 2023 (ages 11-13):

  • June 19-23, 2023: “Past, Present, Future – Time Travelers”
  • June 26-30, 2023: “One Wild Weekend!”

2023 Summer Spotlight Payment and Refund Policy: 

  • Full tuition is due at the time of registration.
  • If a session is canceled by the Kate: Full Refund.
  • Withdrawals before MAY 29TH: Refund, less $25 per session.
  • Withdrawals after MAY 29TH: No refund or credit.


Kate’s Camp for Kids

This comprehensive summer arts day camp for boys and girls 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 and kids 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.

COST: $325 per session (*10% discount applied to siblings within the same household and multiple registrations)
Each session runs MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9AM-3PM each day.
Before & Aftercare is available for an additional feesee details below.

Partial SCHOLARSHIPS are available for the summer 2023 session, apply online here!

Kate’s Camp is seeking Counselors-in-Training (ages 14 & 15) apply today:

2023 Counselor-in-Training Application


Session 1: JULY 10-14, 2023: I NEED A VACATION
Schoolwork, choir rehearsal, track practice plus my paper route?! How can I possibly get all of this done!?! I NEED A VACATION!! Whether it’s a relaxing fishing hole or riding the rides at your favorite theme park, this week’s show will explore all of the fun of a great vacation!

Session 2: JULY 17-21, 2023: FUN IN THE FOREST (DIY)
What goes on deep in the forest when people aren’t around? Are porcupines comedians? Do the mice knit scarves to survive the winter? Is there a war on between the bears and foxes? Come help us write a mini-musical all about the hidden lives of your favorite forest critters! 

Session 3: JULY 24-28, 2023: A LITTLE BIT OF SHOWBIZ
After finding a trunk full of costumes, props, and memorabilia from their grandparents’ Broadway careers, the kids entertain themselves through song and dance by using some of the goodies found inside.  Their fun helps them to realize that everyone needs to make room in their lives for a little fun, make-believe, and showbiz!

Session 4: JULY 31-AUGUST 4, 2023: CLOWNING AROUND (DIY)
Do you like to juggle? Are you good at gymnastics?  Can you tell a great joke? Do you know any magic?  During this DIY week of camp we will compose a mini-musical showcasing all things CLOWN!  It’s sure to be a hilarious week of silliness!

Session 5: AUGUST 7-11, 2023: MYSTERY AT THE KATE (DIY)
What’s that strange noise coming from behind the stage? Does Mr. Joey have a secret identity? Just who IS the strange woman in the museum? There’s a big mystery at the Kate, and we need YOU to help us write a mini-musical to get to the bottom of it! 

Session 6: AUGUST 14-18, 2023: DINOSTARS
They sing – they dance – they’ll make you laugh if you give them a chance! Here come the Dinostars – taking the stage to entertain you with heroic and Mesozoic acts of fun! With Raptors who rap, stand-up comedians, and even Tyrannosaurus Tex and his gang of line-dancing dinosaurs, our panel of judges have a big job ahead of them!

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: 8am-9am, $20 per week and cannot be prorated, regardless of the number of days your child attends beforecare.
  • AFTERCARE: 3-5pm, $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 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. so please be prompt with drop-off and pick-up.


Summer Spotlight

Summer Spotlight is a creative and inspiring program for theater enthusiasts ages 11 to 13. Working together in a small group, campers write an original, one-act musical play to be performed live on stage at the Kate! Participants will write the script and compose an original song (or two!), as well as strengthen their acting skills with daily rehearsals. This is a great program for kids who have outgrown Kate’s Camp and who want to be involved in producing and staging a theatrical production while learning from professionals at the Kate. Theater lighting and sound design, props and set design, and understanding the role of the stage crew are part of each session. The individual talents and interests of campers (visual arts, dance, proficiency on a musical instrument, etc.) will undoubtedly become part of the creative process and assure that each production will be unique! Each week concludes with a performance of the original work in front of a live audience.

COST: $295 per session
Each session runs MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9AM-3PM each day.

Session 1 – June 19-23, 2023: “Past, Present, Future – Time Travelers”

Session 2 – June 26-30, 2023: “One Wild Weekend”

Meet some of our friendly staff at Kate’s Camp and Summer Spotlight!

Martha Herrle, Camp Director
Martha has been teaching Violin and Viola on the Shoreline since 2002 and is the founder of the Goodwin Strings – a before school group violin instruction program for 7 and 8 year-olds at Goodwin Elementary School in Old Saybrook.  She has been involved with Kate’s Camp for Kids since 2013 and has served as the Director for the past four 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. Let’s get ready for another great summer of showbiz!
Megan McNivens, Art Instructor
Megan is excited to start her first summer at Kate’s Camp teaching visual arts. She is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University where she earned her degree in Psychology and is current a Senior Studio Arts major at Central Connecticut State University. When Megan isn’t instructing lessons in arts and crafts, you can find her at her pottery wheel or behind an easel! She’s looking forward to being part of the creativity at Kate’s Camp this summer!

Kate’s Camp for Kids and Summer Spotlight are funded in part by

Connecticut State Department of Education

Guilford Savings Bank in partnership with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

The Kitchings Family Foundation

Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation

M. Jones Fund

Stacy Cohen

Check out our Kate’s Camp theme song, written and performed by the fantastic Mr. Steve!

Questions? Please contact our Camp Coordinator.